Plant breeder’s legacy draws support for graduate student award

The next generation of plant breeders at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources will be supported by a new graduate award honouring Gerhard Rakow. Rakow retired earlier this year after 30 years working as a canola and mustard breeder with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His work in canola breeding improved both the uses and nutritional benefits of canola oil.

Industry partners that benefited from Rakow’s work were eager to help out with his retirement party. With more funds raised than needed, the surplus was used to establish the Gerhard Rakow Legacy Award to encourage graduate student research projects focused on plant breeding. Continue reading

Brainfreeze race supports Huskies

This year over 200 participants will brave the prairie winter as they take part in a 10km or half-marathon race at the Brainsport Brainfreeze on March 3rd. The runners will wind their way along the scenic Meewasin river trail, passing by iconic Saskatoon landmarks, such as the Bessborough Hotel and many of the historic bridges spanning the South Saskatchewan River.

The Brainfreeze winter running race was first conceived in 2008, with the first race actually taking place in the winter of 2009. At that time, there were many races in Saskatchewan during the late spring, summer and early fall, but few offered throughout the winter months, a time of year that the Brainsport Running Store wanted to promote for running. Meanwhile, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Cross Country program was searching for a fundraising project that could generate the funds needed to supplement its athlete recruitment scholarships and could help cover some of its travel expenses to high-level competition around North America.

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