University of Saskatchewan

September 19, 2014   

2001 Spark Stories

November 30, 2001: Research Chair looks at Internet’s impact on social groups
      By Elizabeth Frogley

Sociologists need to pay more attention to technology and its impact on society, says University of Saskatchewan sociologist Zaheer Baber.

November 16, 2001: Powerful ‘X-PEEM’ microscope will probe materials
      By Elizabeth Frogley

The University of Saskatchewan will soon have a new state-of-the-art microscope — one of only a
handful in the world — that takes pictures of the chemical structure of the surfaces of materials.

November 2, 2001: Study shows lithium may ease cannabis withdrawal
      By Elizabeth Frogley

A promising new direction for medical treatment developed at the University of Saskatchewan may help recovering cannabis addicts cope with withdrawal.

October 19, 2001: Canada Research Chair Dalai working on cleaner fuel
      By Joel Deshaye

When canola is exported, large amounts of low-grade oilseed go to waste because the lower quality seed is unfit for human consumption.

October 05, 2001: Goal is software that will let caregivers co-ordinate efforts
      By Elizabeth Frogley

New software is being created at the U of S that will allow health care teams to interact and co-ordinate health goals for their patients without ever meeting.

September 07, 2001: ‘Churches get too much blame in residential school lawsuits’
      By Kathleen Prendergast

There’s been a growing recognition of the fact that Native children in residential schools were subjected to inadequate care, overwork, inferior instruction, and excessive and discriminatory religious training, not to mention physical, sexual and cultural abuse.

September 21, 2001: CLS will help Delbaere accelerate protein crystal research
      By Joel Deshaye

Understanding protein structures could lead to new drug treatments. For instance, Delbaere hopes to develop a drug that would literally fit into and plug the protein that produces too much glucose in a diabetic patient’s cells, effectively controlling glucose levels.

August 10, 2001: Courtney’s political studies range from ridings to reforms
      By Elizabeth Frogley

Contrary to popular belief, politicians do sometimes ignore their own best interests and do what’s best for their constituents, says University of Saskatchewan political scientist John Courtney.

August 10, 2001: Physicist working to create diamond-based semiconductors
      By Elizabeth Frogley

Faster, smaller and more powerful computer chips could one day be made with diamonds, says a U of S physicist who hopes to be the first to synthesize diamond-based semiconductors.

May 04, 2001: Study of ‘homeobox’ gene offers exciting prospects
      By Susan Echlin

A gene that can change fruit fly antennae into legs may one day help prevent drug-related birth defects and ease the suffering of multiple sclerosis patients.

April 20, 2001: Prof predicts major growth in fuel alcohol industry
      By Elizabeth Frogley

“The fuel alcohol industry in North America is almost guaranteed to grow 150 per cent in the next two years because of new plants being built and increasing demand,” says Michael Ingledew, U of S professor of applied microbiology and food science.

April 06, 2001: Project will tackle urban Aboriginal housing shortage
      By Keith Solomon

An almost $2-million U of S-community research project promises some long-term solutions to the growing shortage of affordable housing for Saskatoon’s burgeoning Aboriginal population.

March 23, 2001: In motion study is major community research project
      By Michael Fralic

Saskatoon could become a model for “active living” in Canada, thanks to a unique community-university research project led by University of Saskatchewan kinesiology researcher Karen Chad.

March 09, 2001: Juurlink tries to cut ‘oxidative stress’ in spinal cord
      By Elizabeth Frogley

A new treatment that can prevent paraplegia in rats with spinal cord injuries may also benefit human patients, say University of Saskatchewan researchers.

February 16, 2001: Ag sleuth uncovers beverage fraud
      By Keith Solomon

“Probably 10 per cent of the food on out shelves isn’t what it claims to be,” says Nicholas Low, U of S College of Agriculture.

February 02, 2001: Bretscher and colleagues work on promising TB/AIDS vaccine
      By Michael Fralic

The world may be a step closer to a cure for and prevention of AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), thanks to the research of a University of Saskatchewan scientist and his colleagues.

January 05, 2001: Prof and grad student study prostitution
      By Paula Jane Remlinger

Are programs aimed at addressing child and youth prostitution really working?
January 19, 2001: Researcher relates Jane Austen novels to modern readers
      By Kathleen Prendergast

Recent spate of movies on Jane Austen’s novels makes the time ripe for scholarship on the novelist, says U of S English Prof. Kathleen James-Cavan