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Research News - Issue 10

August 30, 2005
University of Saskatchewan Research News


Proposal Development, Research Collaboration Support Available

The Office of the Vice-President Research provides financial help to develop grant applications and to facilitate formation of research collaborations and groups. Proposal Development Awards of $1,000 are available for NSERC Discovery, CIHR Operating, SSHRC Standard and SSHRC Research/Creation Grant in the Fine Arts. Collaborative and Research Group Facilitation Awards, valued between $1,000 and $20,000, support development of collaborative or multi-agency grant proposals as well as research groups and collaboration opportunities. The next deadline is September 1, 2005. Application forms can found online. Both programs are funded by the U of S Indirect Costs of Research Program.

Research Services Restructures Major Programs Functions

Research Services’ Major Programs Unit has been re-named the Innovation Programs Unit to include a broader program and fund portfolio.
The unit is managed by Amit Shukla, previously the Research Facilitator for Science and Engineering. Major programs officer Tracey Wray left Research Services as of August 12 after 10 years of exemplary service to take up a new position with the College of Medicine.
The Innovation Programs Unit now provides services associated with the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Infrastructure Operating Fund, Innovation and Science Fund, Canada Research Chairs, Indirect Costs Program, and the Research Overhead Fund.

Achieving Greater SSHRC Success Through Internal Review

In support of the U of S SSHRC community, the Office of the Vice-President is pleased to introduce a new SSHRC Internal Review Program.
A draft of your project summary, detailed proposal and budget is due September 15th. Each application will be reviewed by an assessor in the applicant’s discipline and a general reader. Results will be returned to applicants on September 23rd in preparation for the October 15th SSHRC Standard Grant deadline.
Note that any internally reviewed application receiving a 4A rating from SSHRC (meritorious but beneath SSHRC’s available budget), will receive a $5,000 research grant to support a resubmission to SSHRC. Only internally reviewed applications are eligible for these funds.
Send draft documents to Sabrina Kehoe in Research Services, or contact her for more information at 966-1318.

CFI New Initiatives Fund Applications Underway

Expressions of Interest for the CFI New Initiatives Fund (CFI-NIF) have been reviewed by the CFI Advisory Committee and letters have been sent to the project leaders informing them of the Committee's comments and recommendations. Letters of Intent (LOI) must be submitted to CFI by November 15, 2005, followed by full proposals by February 15, 2006.
The Innovation Programs Unit is planning information sessions on the CFI-NIF for project leaders, detailing support available for proposal development, particularly in light of the large number of proposals and limited available time.

Undergraduate Student Researchers Honoured

Friends, family, colleagues and supervisors gathered in the Geology Atrium August 18 for a reception and poster session recognizing the 2005 recipients of the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA).
Organized by U of S NSERC Representative and mathematical sciences
professor Chris Soteros, the event featured a selection of 29 posters from this year’s crop of more than 70 USRA award winners. Vice-President Research Steven Franklin and physics professor Rob Pywell, chair of the U of S Research, Scholarly, and Artistic Work committee, delivered greetings and encouragement on behalf of the university.
The USRA awards, worth $4,500 each, are designed to foster interest in science and engineering research. Projects are typically undertaken as summer work under the direction of faculty supervisors but they can also be undertaken in industry.

Synchrotron Light in Cultural Heritage Studies

To celebrate the re-dedication of the College Building, the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and the Office of the Vice-President Research invite you to attend a public lecture in Convocation Hall at 4:00 p.m., September 12 entitled, “Synchrotron Light in Cultural Heritage Studies.”
Emmanuel Pantos from the Archaeometry Unit at the Synchrotron Radiation Centre in Daresbury, UK will speak about powerful synchrotron-based techniques for archaeology, art history and museum conservation. These range from identifying the type of flax fibres in textiles found in the caves of Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were hidden), to the origins of the casing stones on the Great Pyramid, to much broader conservation issues such as bronze corrosion, historic ink paper degradation and reproduction of ancient technologies. For more information contact Ian Coulthard at the CLS.

First U of S PhD to Give Public Lecture Oct. 5

A symposium to celebrate the Year of Physics 2005 will feature a public lecture Oct. 5 by astrophysicist and Harvard University professor emeritus Al Cameron. Cameron, currently a senior research scientist with the University of Arizona, received the first PhD granted by the University of Saskatchewan.
Physics at the U of S: Past, Present and Future” is being presented by the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics in Arts 241 (formerly the Place Riel Theatre) on October 5 and 6, bringing together alumni, current faculty and students of physics at the U of S. Two afternoon sessions are planned, with a poster session and seminars from alumni of the 1950s, current faculty and students. A tour of the Canadian Light Source synchrotron is also planned. Contact Chary Rangacharyulu at 966-6412 for details.

Third Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop

The Third Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop is coming to Saskatoon’s Sheraton Cavalier August 28-30. Aimed at promoting and enhancing networking among Canadian researchers, the event brings together top genomics guest speakers from around the world, along with Canadian leaders in genomics research.
Organizers will accept on-site registration for latecomers. Contact Kari Nicolas in U of S Extension Division at 966-5592 .

Managing Chronic Pain in Children - Online

Children with chronic pain can benefit from online counseling in pain management techniques, according to pain researcher and U of S psychology PhD graduate Carrie Hicks, now a pain researcher in Prince Albert. In her dissertation, "Online Psychological Treatment for Pediatric Recurrent Pain: A Randomized Evaluation," Hicks describes "Help Yourself Online," an experimental distance project conducted under the supervision of U of S psychology professor Carl von Baeyer. Children with chronic headaches and stomach pain learned management techniques via e-mail and individual telephone counseling. After three months, almost three quarters of the treatment group reported a 50 per cent or better pain reduction, compared to only 14 per cent of the control group. Hicks’ work is cited in the August 2005 issue of Today’s Parent, and an article on her work is featured in the August 2005 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. The initiative won a Starbright Foundation Dissertation Award in 2002.

Graphite Nanotubes Show Promise as Hydrogen Storage Medium

U of S Canada Research Chair John Tse and colleagues at the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences in Ottawa and Technical University in Dresden, Germany have discovered that graphite may hold the key to storing hydrogen efficiently. In theory, graphite sheets placed six to 7.5 angstroms apart would allow hydrogen storage at room temperature and at manageable pressures. While no one yet knows how to build such closely-spaced sheets (Tse says a fine-structured graphite foam might also work), the approach points to a solution that could meet the minimum standards of the U.S. Department of Energy. The paper, "Graphene nanostructures as tunable storage media for molecular hydrogen," appears in the July 26 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

U of S joins International Agriculture IP Organization

The University of Saskatchewan, through the Industry Liaison Office, has become the first Canadian member of the Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA).
PIPRA is a new initiative by universities, foundations and non-profit research institutions to make agricultural technologies more easily available for development and distribution of subsistence crops for humanitarian purposes in the developing world and specialty crops in the developed world. The organization currently has 28 members, including those from the U.S., the Philippines, Mexico, Chile, and now Canada.

Konecsni takes helm of new Genome Prairie headquarters in Saskatoon

Jerome Konecsni has been appointed President and CEO of Genome Prairie, the regional arm of Genome Canada, the primary funding and information resource for genomics research and development in Canada. He comes to the position from Saskatoon-based Bioriginal, where he was vice-president of corporate development.
Genome Prairie was incorporated in 2000 as a focus of genomics research in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The agency is moving its head office to Innovation Place from Calgary as part of a restructuring that created a Genome Alberta regional office. The agency promotes research activities in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and their social, ethical and legal implications.

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Announces New Awards

Nominate someone you know for the new Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Achievement Awards. In conjunction with Saskatchewan’s centennial, these non-monetary awards celebrate health research successes in Saskatchewan by recognizing major achievements of individuals involved in biomedical, clinical or socio-health research. For more information contact SHRF at 1-800-975-1699. Entry deadline is October 14, 2005. Award recipients will be announced at the SHRF Santé Awards Dinner on December 1, 2005 in Saskatoon.

Zoology, Gairdner Medical Science Awards

October 1 is the deadline for three awards from the Canadian Society of Zoologists– the CSZ Popular Article Award, the Bob Boutillier New Investigator Award, and the CSZ Public Education Award. Details on these and other CSZ awards with autumn deadlines are online.
October 1 is also the deadline for nominations for the prestigious Gairdner Foundation International Awards for discoveries in or contributions to medical science (CDN$30,000).
For help in developing nominations for U of S faculty, contact Mary Walters, Awards Facilitator at 966-2499.

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