Volume 13, Number 1 July 8, 2005

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Synchrotron user looks at fool’s gold

Learning more about separating fool’s gold and real gold from raw ore is how the first researcher from an outside agency will use his time on the Canadian Light Source synchrotron.

As part of the facility’s commissioning process, Allen Pratt of the federal government’s CANMET Mining and Minteral Sciences Laboratories in Ottawa will be using an X-ray beamline to look at the minerals chalcopyrite and pyrite – fool’s gold—in order to better understand the chemistry and arrangement of metal atoms on the surface.

Team training

The University of Saskatchewan is one of 11 participants in a $13-million federal government program designed to encourage professionals to take a team approach to health care.

Under the Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice initiative, the U of S will spend about $1.2 million on developing a program to train future professionals to work as teams in the areas of mental health in children, the transition of elders from hospital to community, chronic illness in middle-aged adults and community health in the Aboriginal population.

International projects receive funding

Money donated largely by University employees and other supports has been allocated to the first two projects under the University’s Global Partner’s initiative.

Designed to help U of S people make contributions to international development and establish reciprocal relationships with universities in developing countries, Global Partners was launched with seed money from the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

The College of Arts and Science announced $6,300 will go to Professors Jim Greer and Gordon McCalla to build links between the Department of Computer Science and a computer science research group at the University of the West Indies.

Professor Andrei Smolyakov in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics will receive $5,800 to enhance collaboration with his counterparts at the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow.

Transition program for low-average kids

The U of S and Saskatoon Public Schools have announced a first-year transition program designed to help students with high school averages of 65-69 per cent adjust to their first full-time year of university study.

Small classes, extra study help, math readiness, help with writing, counselling and academic advising will be available for students who will take standard first-year Arts and Science classes like English, History, Math and Computer Science at the school division’s Royal West Campus.

In announcing the program, Vice-President Academic and Provost Michael Atkinson said research shows students with lower averages often struggle in first year “yet we know that if they make it to second year, their success rate is the same as all students”. The U of S will provide 50 bursaries.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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