University of Saskatchewan

August 29, 2014   

2003 Spark Stories

November 28, 2003: Venting anger constructively may cut blood pressure & health costs
      By Kristina Bergen

Expressing anger in a constructive manner may protect an individual against developing high blood pressure and could significantly lower related heath-care expenditures, says a University of Saskatchewan assistant professor of psychology.

November 14, 2003: Studying toxic effects in the North
      By Kristina Bergen

On a recent research trip, U of S soil scientist Steve Siciliano was asked by residents of Fort MacPherson, N.W.T. whether dust from the Dempster Highway, a shale road running through the community, is adding chemical toxins to the berries they pick.

October 31, 2003: Prof's medieval magic studies probe darker corners of religion & science
      By Kristina Bergen

Magical practices are recorded in thousands of European manuscripts produced between 1300 and 1600, says University of Saskatchewan history professor Frank Klaassen, one of the world's leading researchers on medieval magic.

October 17, 2003: Satellite mapping helps study of grizzly bear habitat
      By Kristina Bergen

Prior to western settlement, grizzly bears roamed freely between Alaska and Mexico and as far east as Winnipeg through what is known as the Yellowstone-to-Yukon corridor.

October 3, 2003: Study of Aboriginal oral tradition may help treaty talks
      By Kristina Bergen

A U of S history professor is using intergenerational memory, Oblate missionary records and a dead pictographic language to study how an Aboriginal society acquires and uses historical knowledge - and it's work that may help treaty negotiations between the government and British Columbia's First Nations.

September 19, 2003: Geochemist uses Icelandic sagas to study climate change
      By Kristina Bergen

University of Saskatchewan geochemist Bill Patterson is using the Icelandic sagas - stories about the powerful families who settled Iceland - to help predict future climate change.

September 5, 2003: U of S physicist helps discover new particle
      By Kristina Bergen

University of Saskatchewan particle physicist Chary Rangacharyulu is part of an international team that has discovered a new sub-atomic particle - one that may change our understanding of physics and the very early universe.

May 16, 2003: Prof. tracks colourful history of French paper
      By Kristina Bergen

Alex Sokalski doesn't judge a book by its cover - he judges it by the color of its pages and the source of its paper.

May 2, 2003: Mechanical engineer studies 'hot' fashion
      By Kristina Bergen

If your job required working close to an inferno burning at temperatures of more than 600 degrees Celsius, you'd want pretty good protection between you and that fire.

April 18, 2003: Calder's war propaganda study reveals timely message
      By Kristina Bergen

When University of Saskatchewan English Professor Bob Calder started writing a book about Second World War propaganda, he never imagined the subject would become so timely or explosive.

April 4, 2003: New computer imaging tools boost anatomical modeling
      By Kristina Bergen

A University of Saskatchewan computer scientist is involved in an international collaboration to advance 3-D computerized anatomical modeling - work that could improve medical training and reduce the need for cadaver dissection.

March 7, 2003: Prof's bug flight-simulator key to fascinating neural research
      By Kristina Bergen

Imagine a moth playing an interactive video game, and you've got the makings for ground-breaking research on pest control, robotics and the basic principles of insect flight.

February 21, 2003: Sociologist warns about threat of genetic discrimination
      By Kristina Bergen

Imagine this scenario: you apply for a job, meet your potential employer, and soar through the interview with flying colours. But before you leave, you must submit a drop of blood for tests that will determine whether you are hired.

February 7, 2003: U of S team looks at feasibility of 'farming' poplar trees
      By Kristina Bergen

University of Saskatchewan soil scientists have been awarded almost $1 million to test the feasibility of growing poplar trees as a new Saskatchewan crop - literally a field of trees.

January 24, 2003: Study uses green gene & synchrotron to track toxins
      By Kristina Bergen

U of S researchers have developed a new way to track the effects of cadmium and other environmental toxins on embryo development - work which involves ground-breaking synchrotron imaging and could have application to human health.

January 10, 2003: Biologist Wiebe discovers woodpecker hanky-panky
      By Kristina Bergen

Ninety per cent of bird species are socially monogamous but with woodpeckers, tracking their sex lives is a bit like watching a soap opera.