Volume 13, Number 2 September 9, 2005

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Who’s where in the College Building?

As the finishing touches are completed, new tenants are moving into the College Building:

Ground Floor:

  • U of S Art Collection Storage
  • Lower Gallery, College Building Galleries
  • Administrative Offices, University Art Collection
  • SESD Information Technology & Communications
  • SESD Disability Services

First Floor:

  • Upper Gallery, College Building Galleries
  • Museum of Antiquities
  • Amati Instrument storage
  • Convocation Hall
  • SESD Recruitment & Admissions

Second Floor:

  • Administration Offices
  • Board Room
  • Green Room

Exploratory work OK’d for Intervac project

The U of S Board of Governors has approved spending of $1.125 million for early design and development work in advance of the proposed $76-million Intervac international vaccine centre for campus. The Board is concerned about the capital costs and particularly about future operating costs and potential funding sources, and the preliminary design work will pursue answers to these concerns before the University accepts a key capital grant of $19.2 million for the project later this year.

Maintenance Bldg refit

The Board of Governors has approved a $3.6 million project to upgrade the workshop areas of the Maintenance Building, to meet Occupational Health & Safety codes. The name of the building has also been changed to the University Services Building.

WCVM & northern territory monitor wildlife health

A community-based project involving the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Sahtu Settlement Area in the Northwest Territories has, for the third year, helped area youth and subsistence harvesters better understand local wildlife issues.

A group from the WCVM and the settlement travel to communities in the Sahtu to talk about the health and sustainability of wildlife populations. A special focus in 2005 was setting up a health monitoring program with local harvesters, interviewing harvesters on historical and current disease occurrences in wildlife, and providing grad students with northern community experiences.

Joint study examines age-related blindness

U of S rheumatologist Dr. John Sibley and his colleague neurologist Dr. Patrick McGeer of the University of British Columbia have found that rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with anti-inflammatory drugs are 10 times less likely than those in a similarly-aged group to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common dorm of blindness in people over age 55.

Their study, published recently in the Neurobiology of Aging, reviewed almost 1,000 rheumatoid arthritis patients in Saskatchewan over 65 years who had been living with the condition since age 51. Only three had developed AMD where about 30 cases would be expected in the general populace. More study is needed, said the doctors, to confirm the findings but if corroborated, anti-inflammatories would be the first approach in treating the disease.

Industry Liaison offers value-added program

A new program called Forge Ahead has been set up by the U of S Industry Liaison Office to help researchers with the commercial development of technologies.

Under the program, researchers can apply for up to $25,000 to increasing the commercialization potential of early-stage technologies. Some $100,000 is expected to be handed out per year to add value for potential licensees by eliminating some of the commercial uncertainties that normally surround early-stage technology, according to Doug Gill, the Office’s managing director.

NSERC funding announced

The Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council has announced it will provide about $12 million over the next five years to fund 85 U of S projects ranging from a study of how plants transport molecules like sugars and proteins to an exploration of an atmospheric system over Canada that affects weather conditions.

A University news release said NSERC will also provide 27 U of S graduate students with a total of $922,000 in scholarships.

A list of U of S projects is at www.nserc.gc.ca/news/news_rel_e.htm

SSHRC funds eight research projects

An investigation of how Russia has influenced the G8 policy agenda, and a look at when instructional assistance is helpful to disabled high school students are among the U of S research projects that will receive funding from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Eight projects at the University will share grants totalling about $650,000 over the next three years.

Addictions research set for U of S

As part of his major Aug. 4 launch of Project Hope, a strategy to fight drug abuse, Premier Lorne Calvert announced that the U of S will receive funding to establish a new addictions research chair.

While the University has not yet worked out which department or departments the chair will be located in, President Peter MacKinnon welcomed the announcement.

“The work of this important new chair will draw on our existing strength in health education, research and public policy to broaden provincial and national understanding of addictions and treatment services,” MacKinnon said.

Calvert hosted a major event on campus to launch the multi-faceted Project Hope, a three-year plan to prevent and treat substance abuse. The project is based on the just-release report on substance abuse in Saskatchewan written by MLA Graham Addley.

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

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