Volume 13, Number 16   April 21, 2006

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First papers published

Two research groups – one from the University of Saskatchewan, the other from the University of Western Ontario – have published the first papers that result from experiments done at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) synchrotron.

The U of S paper, which appeared in the online version of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, is from the research group of Alex Moewes, Canada Research Chair in Materials Science in Synchrotron Radiation and documents the work of grad student Regan Wilks on the movement of electrons along peptide molecules.

The second paper describes the work of a team from the University of Western Ontario led by Canada Research Chair Tsun-Kong Sham that used a strobe light at the CLS to study the behaviour of a chemical used in organic light-emitting diodes. That paper appeared online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Funding committed to swine centre

The Prairie Swine Centre will receive $1.65 million over the next five years from the government of Saskatchewan to support its work addressing the needs of the province’s primary producers, their suppliers and the packing industry.

A non-profit research corporation set up in 1992 and affiliated with the U of S, the centre is recognized globally for its contributions to practical, applied science in pork production, particularly in the areas of nutrition, engineering and animal behaviour.

Centennial event announced

Part of the University’s 100th anniversary celebration will be hosting the 2007 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences from May 26-June 3 next year.

The conference, with the theme Bridging Communities: Making public knowledge – Making knowledge public, is Canada’s largest academic annual meeting. The Saskatoon event is expected to draw up to 6,000 delegates over the course of the nine days, making it the biggest conference ever held in the city.

As host, the U of S will be providing 165 classrooms and lecture theatres, additional venues for social and cultural events, parking, some accommodation, security and day care.

Vaccine targets shipping fever

Research into how a stimulant called CpG, when added to cattle vaccines, can enhance the animal’s protection against bovine respiratory disease (shipping fever), has received $600,000 in funding through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program.

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) is spearheading the research. According to George Mutwiri of VIDO, vaccines are cost-effective at reducing suffering and death in cattle. “The economic impact of bovine respiratory disease is immense,” he said in a news release, and it is hoped the research will provide benefits to producers and consumers.

CUPE offers scholarships

June 29 is this year’s deadline for CUPE 1975 members, their spouses or children to apply for education support through the Norm Quan Bursary. The bursary application requires an essay.

Also being awarded are bursaries of up to $1000 from the Glen Makahonuk Memorial CUPE 1975 Training and Development Fund. The bursaries will assist union members with tuition, and the deadline for applying is August 15.

More information and application forms are available from the CUPE 1975 office.


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


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