University of Saskatchewan

August 21, 2014   

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  • Balancing Indigenous rights and Arctic energy projects     Dec 16, 2013

  • Whether the issue is of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline in British Columbia or shale gas extraction in New Brunswick, First Nations are asserting a more active role in resource development projects affecting their communities.
  • Student mapping language areas of the human brain     Dec 09, 2013

  • One. Won. Those two words might sound the same, but you probably used entirely different parts of your brain to read them. University of Saskatchewan neuroscience student Layla Gould is investigating uncharted regions of the brain, mapping out which areas are used for reading and picture processing—information which is already helping brain surgeons in Saskatoon.
  • Brazilian student shines light on nanomaterials     Dec 02, 2013

  • As a child growing up in Brazil, Verônica de Carvalho Teixeira received an astronomy book from her grandmother and it was love at first sight with science.
  • Engineering research could help save energy worldwide     Nov 25, 2013

  • Up to 20 per cent of all energy in the developed world is consumed by a single source—heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
  • Student engineers cartilage tissues to combat osteoarthritis     Nov 18, 2013

  • In a biomedical engineering lab at the University of Saskatchewan, a 3D printer drips a mixture of living cells and biodegradable plastic into a grid design about the size of a shirt button.
  • Protecting high-tech devices from cosmic rays     Nov 12, 2013

  • If the “dog ate my homework” excuse won’t work anymore, kids today might try out “a cosmic ray bombarded my computer with subatomic particles and I lost everything!”
  • Student aims to unlock secrets of dark matter     Nov 04, 2013

  • On a chalky blackboard at the University of Saskatchewan, graduate student Fred Sage is working to understand “dark matter”, the invisible substance that makes up more than a quarter of the mass in our universe and mysteriously holds galaxies together.
  • Finding ancient minerals for high-tech uses     Oct 28, 2013

  • As demand for high-tech devices and green technologies rises, countries around the world are scavenging for sources of rare earth elements—the expensive metals required in everything from iPods to hybrid cars.
  • Rated 65+ -- Student designs videogames for seniors     Oct 21, 2013

  • With interest in playing videogames growing amongst senior citizens, researchers around the world are looking into how playing these games can benefit the health and well-being of older adults.
  • Student studies duckling survival in cropland     Oct 15, 2013

  • University of Saskatchewan biology student David Johns has spent two summers scouring southern Saskatchewan for northern pintail ducks, a species whose numbers have declined due to land use changes.
  • Student uses synchrotron to study world’s thinnest material     Oct 07, 2013

  • With $105,000 in federal research funding, University of Saskatchewan physics student Adrian Hunt is using the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to study a new material currently creating excitement in the scientific world.
  • Using new methods to detect food adulteration     Sep 30, 2013

  • When buying food products or beverages, how confident can we be that the content labels match what’s inside the container?
  • Searching for plague among prairie dogs     Sep 23, 2013

  • Crouched in the dust beside a prairie dog burrow in southwestern Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park, I’m trying to capture fleas that may carry the bacteria that causes plague — yes, the same disease that caused the devastating “Black Death” in medieval Europe.
  • New tools help battle canola disease     Sep 16, 2013

  • A single-celled parasite is spreading across the Prairies, turning healthy roots into stumpy, disorganized clumps and threatening Canada’s $15-billion canola industry.
  • Student wants to bring forest back to Flin Flon     Dec 10, 2012

  • Decades after fire and tree-cutting devastated the forest in Flin Flon, Man., researchers are trying to solve the mystery of why the forest has not grown back.
  • Student Takes Math to Heart     Dec 03, 2012

  • As a child growing up in Iran, math problems really got Saeed Torabi’s heart pumping. As a PhD student, he is using his love of math to help build a computer simulation of a beating heart.
  • Student aims for better assessment of uranium toxicity in sediment     Nov 26, 2012

  • University of Saskatchewan researchers are trying to improve the way regulators and mine operators assess the risk of metal contamination from effluent discharged in uranium mining.
  • Researcher hunts for hepatitis C cure     Nov 19, 2012

  • A deadly virus with no symptoms until its end stages, the liver disease hepatitis C could threaten the health of the largest population in North America - baby boomers.
  • Finding cure for HIV a balancing act     Nov 13, 2012

  • University of Saskatchewan researchers are studying a family of proteins produced in our own cells that can shut down HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • Student studies diseases of wild urban rats     Nov 07, 2012

  • Wild urban rats carry bacteria and viruses that can pose a significant health risk to people, yet very little is known about them in Canada.
  • Humour, media savvy key to ParticipAction’s success     Oct 29, 2012

  • Before YouTube, ParticipAction’s television ads such as the 60-year-old Swede and Body Break were the viral videos of their day.
  • Student ambassadors promote science     Oct 22, 2012

  • Exploring the particle physics of popcorn and the forces and geometry in hockey are just two ways student “science ambassadors” from the University of Saskatchewan are making science fun and relevant for young people in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
  • Synchrotron shines light on prostate cancer     Oct 15, 2012

  • University of Saskatchewan researchers are pioneering the use of synchrotron technology to study prostate cancer in humans and dogs.
  • History of province's early sex trade uncovered     Oct 09, 2012

  • In 1910, an all-male jury in Saskatoon caused an uproar when the jurors acquitted notorious brothel madam Babe Belanger of attempting to bribe a police officer.
  • Genes key to rust resistance in wheat     Oct 05, 2012

  • Saskatchewan plant scientists are working to stay one step ahead of a fungal disease — stripe rust — that they fear may be moving into the province and starting to reduce wheat crop yields.
  • Empowering First Nations in the Transition to Renewable Energy     Jul 03, 2012

  • A University of Saskatchewan public policy student has won a prestigious national scholarship that will enable him to explore how policy changes could create opportunities for First Nations to produce renewable electricity for the power grid.
  • Berry Researcher Sees the Fruits of His Labour     Jul 03, 2012

  • A University of Saskatchewan plant science student has been awarded the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship to adapt the blue honeysuckle berry to grow in a warmer climate.
  • Discovery may aid oilsands cleanup     Dec 12, 2011

  • A novel filtration material developed at the University of Saskatchewan as part of a PHD thesis may offer a green solution to contaminated oilsands process water.
  • Research improves cold-hardy wheat     Dec 05, 2011

  • With global demand for wheat exceeding 20 billion bushels a year, producers need more high-yielding crops that can survive in the extreme climate of the Canadian Prairies.
  • Student, ranchers protect prairie songbirds     Nov 22, 2011

  • Grassland songbirds — from Sprague’s pipit to the chestnut-collared longspur — rely on native prairie to survive, yet many songbirds and much of that habitat is disappearing.
  • U of S researchers excel at conference with juvenile arthritis findings     Nov 17, 2011

  • Two ground-breaking studies that could help juvenile arthritis sufferers manage their pain, and provide an important new tool for researchers to develop treatments for the disease took top honours at the Canadian Arthritis Network Annual Scientific Conference in Quebec City.
  • Student protects animal, human health from parasites     Nov 17, 2011

  • Large, free-roaming dog populations in northern Saskatchewan communities often carry parasites that can pose significant health risks to people living in the area.
  • Student unleashes electrical power of microbes     Nov 10, 2011

  • Jonathan Godwin, a University of Saskatchewan master’s student, is improving a new “green” energy source — creating electrical fuel cells from everyday microbes.
  • Synchrotron used to improve cancer treatment     Oct 31, 2011

  • Traditional cancer treatment tablets and injections deliver cancer-killing drugs indiscriminately to all parts of the body, often causing serious side effects.
  • Student examines views of disability     Oct 24, 2011

  • Adam Pottle, a PhD English student at the University of Saskatchewan, was born with impaired hearing in both ears. To engage in class discussions, he has learned to read lips.
  • Research project on psychopaths finds there is hope for treatment     Oct 20, 2011

  • Lindsay Sewall has spent the last three years studying a feared and misunderstood segment of the population: Psychopaths. The University of Saskatchewan researcher is in the first stages of her PhD in psychology, looking into whether psychopathy can be treated in violent offenders to reduce their risk of reoffending.
  • Student unlocks secrets of mercury     Oct 12, 2011

  • More than one billion people around the world depend upon fish for protein in their diet. But the threat of mercury poisoning, especially in children, has raised concerns about the safety of eating fish.
  • Researcher vying to save polluted lake     Oct 04, 2011

  • In a way, Lake Diefenbaker is Jeff Sereda’s lake. The University of Saskatchewan post-doctoral researcher got married there, worked there for years and now his research centres on the lake’s health.
  • First Successful Embryo Transfer in Wood Bison     Sep 26, 2011

  • UniversityofSaskatchewanveterinary scientists and colleagues acrossCanadahave recently carried out the world’s first successful embryo transfer in wood bison.
  • Battling Chronic Wasting Disease in Elk and Deer     Sep 26, 2011

  • Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been responsible for the severe decline ofSaskatchewan’s game farm industry. Millions have been spent on programs to screen herds and compensate farmers.
  • “Green” sunscreen research at the U of S     Sep 26, 2011

  • Since plants need sunlight to survive and can’t go hide in the shade, they need to make their own sun protection.
  • Tackling Obesity with Computer Apps     Aug 03, 2011

  • Imagine an app for your smart phone or Facebook page that helps you make healthy decisions about what to eat at a restaurant so that you can control your weight, manage your diabetes, or build muscle.
  • U of S student research team launches imaging system to the edge of space     Apr 08, 2011

  • A team of students from the University of Saskatchewan launched a prototype probe to the edge of space on April 5, 2011, the first step in studying the effects of pollution on the upper atmosphere.
  • U of S study of an ancient bacterial gene sheds light on movement of North American peoples     Feb 17, 2011

  • DNA from the stomach bacteria of a young man who died hundreds of years ago is shedding light on movement patterns of North American peoples and when they came in contact with Europeans.
  • New funding assures U of S participation in Canada-Norway rocket program     Feb 01, 2011

  • Budding space scientists from the University of Saskatchewan and two other Canadian universities will continue CaNoRock, a novel rocket research program, thanks to an agreement among several Canadian and Norwegian universities and research agencies.
  • U of S PhD candidate completes prestigious training at the Speiz Laboratory in Switzerland     Jan 31, 2011

  • Isaac Asiamah, a PhD candidate with the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the U of S, has recently returned from a prestigious training opportunity at the Speiz Laboratory in the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports. Isaac spent four months at the laboratory and received training in the handling of chemical weapons-related materials, including water and air-sensitive chemicals, as well as training in toxicology and chemical safety.
  • U of S Student Wins GG Award for Food Research     Oct 12, 2010

  • This summer Ricky Lam was flown to Ottawa to meet celebrity chefs and receive honors from Governor General Michaëlle Jean for his innovative research and “immense potential” to contribute to the food industry.
  • U of S Student Uncovers History of Trade Blankets     Oct 12, 2010

  • University of Saskatchewan PhD student Katya MacDonald has been awarded a prestigious national scholarship to research the history of one of Canada’s most iconic symbols—the trade blanket.
  • U of S Psychology Graduate Advances Epilepsy Research     Oct 12, 2010

  • University of Saskatchewan psychology graduate Neil Fournier has been awarded a post-doctoral fellowship for brain research that could open up new possibilities for the treatment of epilepsy.
  • U of S Medical Student Drawn to Research     Oct 12, 2010

  • When Neil Kalra was in grade nine, he was already doing innovative medical research.
  • U of S Student Tracks Changing Path to Adulthood     Oct 12, 2010

  • With the increasing need for more education to land jobs, young people today wait longer than ever to marry and become parents.
  • Probing Materials with X-Ray Vision     Oct 12, 2010

  • For Michael Gaultois, the bright lights of his native Alberta couldn’t compete with the Canadian Light Source synchrotron and its promise to help him reveal the secrets of advanced materials.
  • U of S Student Exploring Fertility in Space     Sep 20, 2010

  • Growing up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, Heather Allaway had a somewhat unusual career aspiration — she wanted to become an astronaut.
  • U of S Student Studies Tick DNA to Get Ahead of Potential Health Threat     May 17, 2010

  • While most people try to keep blood-sucking parasites as far away as possible, University of Saskatchewan biology student Chantel Krakowetz surrounds herself with ticks to study their population genetics and the bacteria they contain.
  • Smallpox Vaccine Inspires Research Career for U of S Student     May 17, 2010

  • Back in his native India, Channakeshava Umeshappa was studying to become a veterinarian when he came across the history of smallpox and recognized the power of vaccination to change the world.
  • Student Developing New Planning Tool for Arctic “Cold Rush”     May 17, 2010

  • The race to explore and develop the Arctic’s treasure trove of natural resources has been dubbed the “Cold Rush.”
  • Tracking Disease with X-Ray Vision     Nov 27, 2009

  • University of Saskatchewan physics PhD student Brian Bewer has developed new imaging technology that will enable medical researchers to look at disease in live subjects without blurring and with greater tissue clarity than ever before.
  • U of S Students Launch Experimental Rockets in Norway     Nov 25, 2009

  • If it weren’t for the rocky, Mars-like arctic landscape in the background, you might mistake video of an experimental rocket being launched at the Andøya Rocket Range in Norway for footage of a spacecraft blasting out of Cape Canaveral.
  • Making Exercising Part of the Game     Nov 16, 2009

  • Young people who play online role-playing video games are often stereotyped as anti-social geeks who need more exercise and sunlight in their lives.
  • Student Uses Sound Waves to Study Snow     Nov 09, 2009

  • A University of Saskatchewan graduate student has discovered how to use sound waves to determine the water content of snow—a finding that could help scientists better predict floods and droughts and shed light on climate change.
  • Going North to Help Gauge Global Water Supply     Oct 28, 2009

  • In the Sheep Creek Basin in Ivvavik National Park, in Canada’s far northwest corner, Stacey Dumanski took full advantage of the amazing 24-hour sunlight this summer to do fieldwork that could help improve global water prediction.
  • U of S Researcher Unravels Secrets of DNA     Oct 19, 2009

  • Michael Szafron has been trying to solve a mystery for over a decade—how our DNA untangles itself within the cell.
  • U of S Student Develops New E. coli Vaccine     Oct 13, 2009

  • Food and water around the world could soon become safer for human consumption thanks to a new cattle vaccine created by University of Saskatchewan graduate student David Asper.
  • U of S Innovation Could Decrease Building Energy Use     Oct 06, 2009

  • For close to a decade, engineers at the University of Saskatchewan have been working on an energy exchange system for improved building ventilation that could recover up to 60 per cent of the energy required to condition air.
  • U of S-Designed Computer Program to Identify Early-Stage Dementia     Sep 28, 2009

  • As baby boomers age, the prevalence of dementia in Canada is expected to double to 750,000 cases by 2030, according to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada.
  • U of S Student Helps Record History of Sto:lo First Nation     Sep 24, 2009

  • From 1885 to 1949 the Canadian government banned Pacific Coast potlatch ceremonies—a part of Aboriginal community heritage by which hereditary names were transferred.

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