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Research News - Issue 9

July 15, 2005
University of Saskatchewan Research News


MacKinnon Named to Royal Society of Canada

Janice MacKinnon, professor of public policy in the department of history, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is one of 63 new Fellows announced by the Society on July 7, 2005.
Election to the Society is the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in Canada. Fellows are recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments in their fields of expertise.
MacKinnon returned to the U of S history department in 2001 after 10 years in provincial politics. She served as Canada’s first female finance minister in Roy Romanow’s NDP government from 1993 to 1997. In her book Minding the Public Purse, she describes the challenges of pulling a provincial budget back into the black from the brink of bankruptcy. She sits on the board of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, an independent think tank dedicated to improving public policy in Canada. She is one of 13 Fellows of the Royal Society at the U of S.

How to Get an NSERC Discovery Grant

Research Services is presenting a panel discussion and open Q&A session to help U of S health sciences researchers successfully apply for NSERC funding, in particular Discovery grants. In the past, promising proposals have been rejected on the grounds of being more suitable for CIHR funding, suggesting a need for better understanding of NSERC rules.
The panel will include recent national Grant Selection Committee (GSC) members Vikram Misra and Gregg Adams, as well as University Coordinator of Health Research Bruce Waygood and NSERC Research Coordinator Chris Soteros.
The session will be held July 27, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon in Agriculture 1E85. Contact Chris Soteros at 966-6118 or Amit Shukla at 966-1317 for more information.

U of S-Led Team Searches for New Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Treatments

A Canadian research team led by University of Saskatchewan cell biologist Helen Nichol will use the Canadian Light Source synchrotron to search for new ways to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, backed with $450,000 from the federal Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) program.
Over the next three years, the team will use synchrotron light to analyze the location and chemical form of metals in the brains of fruit flies. They will examine flies that carry the genes that cause neurodegenerative disease in humans, from the early stages before cells die until the disease in the fly's brain is advanced.
Nichol is collaborating with Gabrielle Boulianne from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, Ian Meinertzhagen from Dalhousie University in Halifax, and U of S Canada Research Chairs Ingrid Pickering and Graham George.

Drama Department presents Summer Stock Bomb-itty of Errors

This year’s U of S Summer Stock presentation at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is the Bomb-itty of Errors, billed as “part farce, part parody, a bit musical, and a bit of a drag show.” Accomplished actor, director, designer, and teacher Jim Guedo from the U of S drama department faculty directs this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Adapted to a rap - hip hop format by four New York University graduates, this is the first Canadian production of this version of the Bard’s classic comedy of two sets of twins separated at birth. Brian Cochrane, Scott Gould, Nick Koupantsis and Brent McFarlane star in the production, with deejay Garrett Watson providing the beat, and Erin Crowley the stage management. The show runs from July 18 to August 5. Call 652-9100 for tickets and showtimes.

U of S “Father of Harrington Barley” Retires

U of S barley researcher Bryan Harvey retired June 30, 2005 after a successful career spanning nearly four decades. He is best known as the creator of Harrington, the world’s most popular two-row malting barley. Harrington, one of 40 varieties developed or co-developed by Harvey, has become the international standard for quality and now earns up to 60 times its development costs annually. He has also served the university administration, most recently as Acting Vice-President Research and then as Special Advisor to the Vice-President Research.
Harvey passes the reins of his barley development program to Brian Rossnagel from the U of S Crop Development Centre, developer or co-developer of more than 50 varieties of barley and oats. As professor emeritus, Harvey will continue to manage the six-row barley breeding program and serve on several national and international plant breeding and seed industry committees.

Size: It’s a State of Mind

According to a study by PhD student Dr. Rany Shamloul in the U of S department of physiology, men worried about having a small penis would more likely benefit from counseling than surgery. Shamloul studied 92 men from 19 to 52 years old at an andrology clinic in Cairo, Egypt. All complained of small penis size, but all were within the normal range in a flaccid state of 1.6 inches (or 2.7 inches when stretched). Once the men had been informed of the normal range, then measured, 86 per cent said their concerns had been relieved.
Shamloul’s work, published in the June, 2005 issue of Urology, prompted international media interest.

$54,500 Available Through Sloan Research Fellowships

Sept. 15 is the deadline for nominations for Sloan Research Fellowships. The fellowships provide $54,500 over two years to help stimulate fundamental research by outstanding early-career scientists and scholars. Each year, 116 fellowships are awarded to tenure-track faculty at U.S. and Canadian universities who are within six years of their PhDs in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, economics, neuroscience, relevant fields in the biological sciences, or related interdisciplinary fields.
Details on Sloan Research Fellowships are available online. To help develop nominations for U of S faculty members, contact U of S awards facilitator Mary Walters at 966-2499.

Research News on Summer Schedule

Over the summer, Research News is produced once a month rather than the usual frequency of twice monthly. Submissions for the August issue of Research News are due on Friday, August 8, 2005
Items should be written in lay language and include all associated links for websites and e-mail addresses. Length should generally be 75 to 100 words and include contact information. Digital photos and other art such as logos are welcome.
Send submissions or questions to More information and previous issues are online.

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