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Research News - Issue 11

September 12, 2005
University of Saskatchewan Research News


Is climate change real and if so, how are humans contributing?

Discuss environmental and climate change at a colloquium on September 26 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Biology 106, featuring climatologist Elaine Wheaton from the Saskatchewan Research Council, George Sofko from the Institute of Space and Atmospheric Physics, and Jean-Pierre St. Maurice, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Sciences. Questions and discussion will take place at a reception and mixer after the presentations.
The colloquium is first in a series of four intended to foster discussions across campus on the topic of climate change and its impact on the environment. The hope is to stimulate ideas and perhaps the formation of new multidisciplinary research groups. Future colloquia are planned for November 2005, January and March 2006. Tentative themes include “Implications of Climate Change,” “The origin of greenhouse gases and what can be done about them,” and finally, “Ozone: the whole hole story.” For more information, to suggest topics, or to get involved, contact Jean-Pierre St-Maurice at 966-2906 or Alan Manson at 966-6449.

Revised Research Overheads Policy Implemented

The new Administration of Research Overheads policy came into effect in January 2005 after consultations with the Associate Deans Research, the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work (RSA) Committee and the Budget Committee of Council. It outlines how research overhead costs are recovered, re-invested in RSA activities, and used for new programs. The policy is now consistent with comparable institutions.
Resources are managed through the Research Overhead Fund, in the same manner as the federal Indirect Costs program. Administration procedures for this new fund came into effect May 1, 2005. Recovered funds are split 50/50 between the College and the central fund. For more information, see the Policies and Guidelines section of the Research Services website.

Composer Neil Currie to speak on “Passionscape” compositions

University of Saskatchewan composer and lecturer in music Neil Currie will present a free public lecture on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Convocation Hall. Currie will speak about his modern classical compositions to be released as “Passionscape” on CD by the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in mid-October.
“The Music of Neil Currie” will be the 89th lecture in the U of S Fine Arts Research Lecture Series in Music. Recording engineer Ross Nikiforuk, Refiner's Choir conductor Angie Tysseland, and producer Skip Kutz will also be participating. The series, one of the few fine arts lecture series in North America, showcases nationally and internationally renowned scholarship in the arts. For more information, contact Walter Kreyszig at 966-6184.

Student Field Notes Project Seeking Submissions

U of S students are constantly engaged in field research all over the globe, whether it be digging in the desert for bones from the dawn of civilization, or waist-deep in an Irish bog, taking core samples for climate studies. A new initiative by Research Communications will provide a peek over the shoulder of some of these students, allowing them to share notes and interact with online visitors. The goal of the project is to go live with a blog-style journal by 2006. For now, we need examples for the static page prototype, currently featuring the adventures of geology student Jason Brasseur this summer in the Dominican Republic. Contact Dave Hutton at 966-6490 with your ideas and submissions.

Community Interventions to Prevent Disease Seminar

Leonard Syme, professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, will give a seminar on September 23 in 1E80 Agriculture entitled “Community Interventions to Prevent Disease: Some Work, Most Don't. Can We Do Better?” Syme, cited as the “Father of Social Epidemiology,” studies how psychosocial risk factors such as job stress, lack of social support, and poverty affect people’s health. He has written two books and over 150 published papers, has mentored many notable health scientists, and has been a visiting professor at universities in England and Japan. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of The Wellness Guide Project in California, which aims to empower people and communities to improve their health. For more information, contact Nazeem Muhajarine at 966-7942.

Clinical Trial Registration Now Required Before Publishing Medical Research

The 13-member International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) now requires clinical trial registration as a prerequisite for publishing. Clinical trials must be registered at the start or they will not be considered for publication.
Registration is by the principal investigator, with the US National Library of Medicine via For multi-centre studies the principal investigator at U of S and affiliated sites should verify the trial has been registered by the sponsor or the overall principal investigator if the study is run from another site. Registration information should be updated, for example, when trial is complete or results are published. All new clinical trials should register before starting. If you need an account set up for registration, please contact U of S Ethics Office Manager Susan Blum at 966-8585.

Of Medicine, Mice, and Mothers: the Ethics of Restoring Fertility After Chemotherapy

A special seminar is being offered by the U of S Ethics Office October 7 at 1:30 p.m. to help researchers explore the difficult ethical issues presented by emerging medical technologies. An expert panel will present a hypothetical scenario where a section of ovary is removed from a cancer patient just prior to chemotherapy that would render her sterile. The section of ovary is kept alive by implanting it in a mouse or rat, then removed and restored to the woman’s body after chemotherapy.
Seminar participants will break into groups to consider the animal use issues and protection of human research participants, what data are required to justify human trials, and the most ethical approach to prove the concept in humans. Groups will then reconvene to compare notes.
To participate, contact Ethics Manager Susan Blum at 966-8585.

Mental abilities need not decline with age

Mental abilities such as learning and memory need not decline with age, according to a literature review conducted by University of Alberta Extension professor Dennis Foth and U of S Extension professor Gordon Thompson. Foth and Thompson report that mental declines are pathological for only about 10 per cent of the population over the age of 65. While little can be done for people suffering degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, nine out of 10 people can benefit from a lifetime of good mental habits. Even people in their 70s and 80s can see dramatic improvement in their cognitive skills through reading, traveling, memorizing poetry, learning how to play a musical instrument, or even doing crossword puzzles. The work is reported in the September 2005 issue of Educational Gerontology.

The Gravity of the Situation: Bernard Shaw as Broadcaster

Leonard Conolly, professor of English at Trent University, will deliver lecture “`Does Nobody See the Gravity of the Situation?’: Bernard Shaw as a Public Broadcaster” at 7.30 p.m., October 13 in Convocation Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
Conolly is a former president and recent winner of that university’s Distinguished Researcher Award. An internationally respected theatre historian, he is the author of The Censorship of English Drama 1737-1824, co-author of English-Canadian Theatre, editor of Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson, and co-editor of Theatrical Touring and Funding in North America, Canadian Drama and the Critics, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre, Bernard Shaw on Stage, and The Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English. He is a Corresponding Scholar of the Shaw Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake) and an adviser to the Bernard Shaw Estate. For more information, contact Robert Calder at 966-5524.

Nutrigenomics, transgenic fish among attractions during Biotech Week

The virtual College of Biotechnology is celebrating National Biotechnology Week, “Celebrate ImaGENEation” with several events. A panel discussion will explore the question: “Nutrigenomics: does your diet match your genes?” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 27 in 1E80 Agriculture. On Sept. 28, the annual Jarislowsky Chair seminar will feature Pat Krone and “Transgenic Fish: how a pet store novelty became a living biomonitor that can sniff out environmental toxins,” at 3:00 p.m. in 1E80 Agriculture. On Thursday, “Linking the Knowledge Network in Biotechnology” will feature Genome Prairie president and CEO Jerome Konescni as keynote at Boffin’s at Innovation Place. The event runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Biotechnology Student Society is also offering memberships and social activities during the week. For more information, contact Julie Parchewski at 966-2209.

Canadian Light Source Issues Limited Call for Proposals

Canadian Light Source Inc. is inviting proposals for experimental beam time from January 1 to June 30, 2006 on five beamlines. These beamlines are at various stages of commissioning with a few advancing toward routine operation. Researchers should discuss their proposed experiments with the relevant CLS contacts to ensure the beamlines are suitable for the work: Yongfeng Hu (PGM) 657-3722; Tom Regier (SGM) 657-3733; Ning Chen (HXMA) 657-3571; Dominique Appadoo (Far IR) 657-3554; Tim May (Mid IR) 657-3552. Completed proposals should be submitted to the online. Deadline for submissions is October 3, 2005.

Editing and Writing Help for Tri-Council Grant Proposals

The University Writing Centre, with the Office of the Vice-President Research, offers help in developing Tri-Council grant proposals.
Consultants are available to help complete and edit online CVs, develop lay and media summaries, and perform technical and general editing. To register, contact Chris Jensen at Funding for this initiative is provided through the Indirect Costs of Research Program.

Peter Li Appointed to Rights and Democracy Board

Sociology professor Peter Li has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights and Democracy), a non-partisan organization created by Parliament in 1988 with a mandate to promote human an democratic rights. In Canada and abroad, Rights and Democracy supports programs that are aimed at reinforcing democratic laws and institutions, mainly in developing countries.
The prestigious appointment recognizes the quality and social value of Li's work in immigration, multiculturalism, race relations, and social statistics. He has published 11 books and more than 60 academic papers, has lectured around the world, and has served as consultant and advisor to several federal government departments.

Engineering Professor Honoured for Teaching Prowess and Innovation

Professor Jim Bugg in the department of mechanical engineering was honoured in July with an Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources from the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT). Bugg’s Thermal Power Plant Micro Module, developed for the ME 227 website, is designed to help students in his second year thermodynamics class learn the basic processes and components in a thermal power plant.
Bugg was also honoured by the Saskatoon Engineering Society as 2005 Educator of the Year. The Society represents members of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) from Saskatoon and the surrounding area.

Magel Sutherland named Programs Officer for Canada Research Chairs Program

Magel Sutherland has been appointed Programs Officer in the Innovation Programs Unit in Research Services. In her new role, Magel will be concentrating on the Canada Research Chairs program. Her previous position overseeing the Canada Foundation for Innovation New Opportunities Fund has been advertised and a will be filled soon. Magel can be reached at 966-2452.

October 1 deadline for Guggenheim, Wightman, Catalysis Awards

October 1 is the deadline for three prestigious awards, fellowships and honours. Guggenheim Fellowships are open to exceptional individuals working in scholarship, sciences and/or the creative arts.
The Wightman Award (Gairdner Foundation) is awarded on an occasional basis to Canadians who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine and medical science.
The Catalysis Award from the Chemical Institute of Canada is presented biennially to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of catalysis. For help in developing awards nominations for U of S faculty, contact Mary Walters, Awards Facilitator.

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