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Research News - Issue 1

March 08, 2005
University of Saskatchewan Research News


E-Newsletter to Serve Research, Scholarly and Artistic Community on Campus

As we work to foster and celebrate excellence in research, scholarly and artistic activity at the University of Saskatchewan, there is a growing need for communication to our community. New policy directions, funding opportunities, success rates, novel works and collaborations – all these and more need to be widely reported and known across campus.
To help connect our community, our Research Communications Office presents this, the first issue of Research News. This e-newsletter is intended as a forum to quickly and efficiently distribute information about research, scholarly and artistic work both among our administrative units and to the U of S campus community as a whole. I invite you to critically examine this issue and provide your feedback.
Steven Franklin
Vice-President Research

New Advisory Committee to Explore Preeminence

A new advisory committee chaired by Acting Associate Vice-President Research Karen Chad has been formed to identify current and emerging areas of research, scholarly and artistic preeminence at the university. This includes producing a definition of what constitutes preeminence and criteria for identifying it. The committee includes representation from humanities and fine arts; social sciences; health sciences; natural sciences; and applied sciences. The committee is to carry out extensive and inclusive consultations within the university and other stakeholders before submitting its report to the University Council by September 2005.

Synchrotron Grant Factored into Indirect Costs Allocation

The Major Facilities Access (MFA) grant for the Canadian Light Source (CLS) has been included in calculating the funding for the Indirect Costs (IC) Program allocation for the university. While the funds cannot be used for an MFA grant holder (the CLS), the inclusion means an increase of $180,000 in IC funding for the university in 2005-06. Assuming Tri-Council calculations remain the same, the university will see, as a direct result of the CLS MFA grant, an increase of $0.88 million and $1.59 million in the next two years.

U of S Health Researchers Make Great Strides with CIHR

U of S researchers have made major strides in the latest round of competition for Canadian Institutes of Health research operating grants. The bar for grant success is set very high – nationally only 28 per cent of applicants were successful in the rigorous peer review process. At U of S, seven health researchers out of 34 applicants – 21 per cent -- were successful.
“This is very good news. We haven’t been that close to the national average in a long time,” said Bruce Waygood, University Co-ordinator of Health Research.
Four of the U of S grants are for five years which provides stable funding. “We’ve had very few five-year grants over the past five years,” Waygood says, adding that five-year funding makes it much easier for faculty to make commitments to grad students, post-doctoral fellows and undergraduates. For the first time in many years, the average grant value was the same as national average of about $110,000 per year.
“This success is a result of commitments made by the researchers, our universities, and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation to emphasize the importance of CIHR funding over the past five years,” says Waygood.

Are the Prairies Drying Out?

Al Pietroniro of the NRC National Water Research Institute addresses how climate change may affect water supplies as John Pomeroy, U of S Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change looks on. The two were part of the “Are the Prairies Drying Out?” public forum on water issues organized by Research Communications and presented to about 170 people in the Arts 241 theatre on February 25. Peter Prebble, Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corporation was on hand to gather input for the provincial water conservation plan. Provincial environment minister David Forbes also attended.

Award-Winning Help

Mary Walters, the new U of S awards facilitator, is ready to help you nominate your colleagues for awards to recognize outstanding contributions to research, teaching, outreach and scholarly endeavours.
Upcoming examples, with their deadlines, include the $10,000 CHSRF Health Services Research Advancement Award (March 31) and the Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction Awards (March 31). Next month, there is the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering (April 15), the $5,000 Pierre Berton Award (April 23) from the Canadian National History Society, and the Agricultural Institute of Canada Awards (April 30) which include the AIC Fellowship, Grindley Medal, Honorary Memberships, and others. For more information or help, call Mary at 966-2499 or e-mail her at

ILO Launches Prototype Development Program

A prototype development program launched by the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) helps bring U of S innovations to the point where investors such as licensees or venture capital companies are prepared to continue product development and market introduction or in some cases to the point where CIHR Proof of Principle or NSERC’s Idea to Innovation programs can be pursued. To qualify for grants of up to $25,000 under the program, a Report of Invention must have been filed with the ILO and the rights of the invention must have been assigned to the U of S. Contact 966-1465 for details.
The first grant under the program went to Jim Thornhill and Vivian Ramsden from the College of Medicine for their precision temperature monitoring system and complementary blood cooling device, designed to reduce brain damage in stroke victims in the crucial moments before they are brought to the hospital.

New NSERC Grad Student Award Offers $20,000 in Prize Money

NSERC’s first-ever Innovation Challenge offers graduate and Ph.D. students a shot at a $10,000 grand prize and two $5,000 runner-up prizes. The contest asks students to identify what potential product or service could come of their research results.
The Industry Liaison Office is partnering with Innovation Place to offer two $500 prizes for the top two U of S entries, which will continue on to the Innovation Challenge. Contact Rachelle Girard at 966-7338 for details, or visit ILO on the Web. Deadline for entries is April 20, 2005.

Call for Nominations: Award of Innovation

Deadline for nominations for the Award of Innovation is March 18. Established by the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) and Innovation Place, the award is available to any U of S employee, student, or group who has disclosed a commercializable technology before December 31, 2004. The award includes $7,500.00, a trophy, and a photo on the Award of Innovation wall in the ILO. It is presented at the “Celebrating Success” awards gala on May 10, 2005.

Vet College Releases Research Highlights

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) has compiled highlights from its latest research in a report due for release in mid-March. The report features studies from small animal clinical sciences; microbiology; veterinary biomedical sciences; wildlife health and disease; large animal clinical sciences; large animal clinical sciences and VIDO. Also included is a New Directions section, focusing on veterinary food safety and public health. Watch for the full research report online.

Research Communications Contributes to Green & White CASE Award

University Alumni magazine the Green & White has won a Bronze Medal in the Periodical Team category in the 2005 District VIII juried competitions presented by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Four articles were included in the submission. Michael Robin of Research Communications contributed “Leaving Nanjing; Finding NEMO.” Matthew Barron’s “Shakespeare Abroad: Building Educational Reform in Europe” and Marianne Scott’s “Finding New Rhythms: Maestra Tania Miller Takes the Stage” were also included. Green & White editor Luke Muller contributed “The Anatomy of Horror: Megan Martin’s Big-Screen Werewolf.” The articles appeared in the spring and fall 2004 issues of the magazine. About 400 submissions from universities in the northwest American states, western and northern Canada were received in the competition.

User Feedback Sought for Research Website Redesign

Initial research and planning is underway to revamp the U of S Research website. The comprehensive project will address ease of navigation and include a full graphic redesign. Information provided on the site will be evaluated for its relevance, utility, and timeliness.
To help gather user feedback, a short, three-question survey now appears at the home page. Comments can also be sent to The new site is expected to go online in the next few months.

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