University of Saskatchewan

September 30, 2014   

Research News - Issue 7

June 13, 2005
University of Saskatchewan Research News


Research News now available in plain text version

In response to subscriber requests, Research News is now being produced in a plain text version in addition to its full-graphic html format. Those subscribers who receive Research News through the Tri-Council researcher and graduate student listservs will receive the newsletter in a plain text form. Only the html version will be archived online. Questions and comments should be addressed to

New resources for researchers online

Researchers now have an online starting point where they can find the information and services they need. These New Resources for Researchers include information on internal funding opportunities and a detailed funding matrix that includes deadlines and key website addresses for SSHRC, CIHR and NSERC, as well as a Grants-Related Contacts chart that allows researchers to quickly and easily find the correct Research Services person to answer their questions. The page is available through the “What’s New” link on the U of S Research page at

Northern research online portal launched

University of Saskatchewan archivist Tim Hutchinson and Olafur Asgeirrson, national archivist for Iceland (left), launched the Northern Research Portal at the University of Saskatchewan June 7. The website, jointly backed by the University of Saskatchewan Library, brings together online, archival and library material focusing on Northern development and Canadian understanding of the North. Access is customized for different user groups: K-5 students, general audience, University of the Arctic students, K-12 teachers, and independent researchers. There are more than 3,500 images including photos of early exploration and artwork inspired by the North. More than 10,000 pages of digitized text records and books from the University Archives, University Library Special Collections, and the Diefenbaker Canada Centre are also included. The project was funded through the Canadian Content Online Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

WCVM first Canadian site for student program

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) became the first Canadian institution to participate in the Merck-Merial Veterinary Scholar program this summer, intended to give first- and second-year veterinary students a well-rounded, positive experience in biomedical research. WCVM is one of only 20 veterinary schools hosting the 16-week program in 2005.
WCVM matched a $20,000 US grant (just over $25,000 CDN) from the Merck-Merial program so the college could select six undergraduate students as scholars. Each student receives $2,000 a month, plus full travel support to attend a symposium at the University of Georgia in July. Five students are from WCVM; the sixth will travel from the University of Bern, Switzerland, to participate. Further details are available in the spring issue of The Ark newsletter, or by contacting Dr. Baljit Singh at 966-7408.

U of S Researchers Issued Patent for Medical Oxidative Stress Technology

Adebola Obayan from the department of surgery and Bernhard Juurlink from the department of anatomy and cell biology have been issued U.S. patent No. 6,852,541 for their invention, “Rapid Assay for Testing Overall Oxidative Stress.” The technology is currently being marketed by the U of S Industry Liaison Office. Oxidative stress is a marker for patient health and response to treatment in a host of disease states. Applications in the clinical setting include neonatal and trauma patient monitoring, preventing complications in long-term dialysis patients, and monitoring emergency and critical care patients. There is also great demand for home test kits to monitor oxidative stress response in autistic patients, which would allow parents to manage external factors such as diet.

RUH Foundation funds study into preemie-obesity link

Pediatrics professor Koravangattu Sankaran has been awarded $17,250 by the Royal University Hospital (RUH) Foundation Fund to study the tendency of premature babies to grow into overweight and obese children and adolescents. Sankaran, director of neonatal and intensive care and research, will work with co-applicants Heidi Ludwig-Auser from RUH, Chris Arnold from St. Paul’s’ Hospital, Adam Baxter-Jones from kinesiology at the U of S.
Previous studies have found low birth weight is associated with increased risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. The team hopes to assess the health status and prevalence of obesity among people born prematurely and develop a predictive statistical model for this group.

Merging Aboriginal tradition with Western science in Canada’s North

Industrial society’s environmental fallout, from global warming to PCBs, shows up far from population centres in northern communities such as those of the Moose Cree First Nation, near Moose Factory on the shore of Hudson’s Bay. Sue Wilson Cheechoo, a PhD student with the U of S department of community health and epidemiology, is pursuing her doctorate with a research project that will marry traditional Aboriginal knowledge with Western science in her home communities. The goal: identify what environmental factors contribute to a decline in people’s health. Recently, the married mother of six, who credits her family’s support for her success, was awarded a $10,000 Northern Resident Scholarship from the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS).

YWCA honours U of S women of distinction

Pharmacology associate professor Lingyun (Lily) Wu and dean of the College of Commerce Lynne Pearson are winners of 2005 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, announced June 2. <!--[if !vml]--> <!--[endif]-->
Wu’s work has advanced understanding of the causes of – as well as new treatment strategies for – high blood pressure, as well as diabetes and other insulin resistance syndromes. Her work has won numerous national and international awards.
Pearson was honoured for her long and distinguished career with the federal and provincial governments, as well as her leadership at the U of S and contributions to numerous boards of directors, task forces and various public agencies.
Other U of S women nominated for awards this year include psychology professor Margaret Crossley, associate professor of kinesiology Louise Humbert, history professor Janice MacKinnon. Pauline Melis, director of institutional planning with the Provost’s office, and Julie Parchewski, manager of the College of Biotechnology.

Bietenholz honoured with Renaissance Studies Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter Bietenholz, professor emeritus in history, received the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies at their annual banquet, held this year at University of Western Ontario on May 30. Bietenholz, who retired from the U of S in 2000, published seven single-authored monographs, including four since he joined the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan and edited the works of Renaissance Latin writers and co-edited the three-volume biographical dictionary of the Contemporaries of Erasmus, reprinted in a one-volume paperback in 2004. He remains active in research since his retirement, preparing, among other publications, a monograph on radical readings of Erasmus' work from his death to the end of the seventeenth century.

CBC Quirks & Quarks, Writers & Co. attract full-house crowds at U of S

CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks national science program played to a full house in Arts 241 (Place Riel Theatre) on June 1st for their annual Question Show. Science questions from the Saskatchewan public were answered by U of S scientists, an NRC PBI scientist, and a local veterinarian.
CBC Radio’s Writers & Company also played to a full house June 9 at the Father O’Donnell Auditorium at St. Thomas More College at the U of S. Saskatchewan literary greats Guy Vanderhaeghe and Sharon Butala, together with Alberta’s Fred Stenson, and Métis poet Marilyn Dumont were featured. The show airs June 19.
Both events, organized by U of S Research Communications, are part of CBC’s Celebrating the Saskatchewan Centennial programming. <!--[if !vml]--> <!--[endif]-->

Linda Soshyski joins Research Communications

Linda Soshyski has joined Research Communications as administrative assistant. Linda provides administrative and research support to the director and communications officers. Under the guidance of the director, she organizes and manages administration for the office, does research, maintains the media tracking database, coordinates meetings, news conferences and special events, and manages website development.
Linda joins the U of S from the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority where she excelled at wide-ranging administrative duties, financial management, event planning, web development, and investor relations. She can be reached at 966-1425.

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