USask commemorates Herzberg Nobel Prize with new international student award

SASKATOON – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize this fall, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) chemistry department has created a new student award—the Herzberg International Equity Award—which will assist almost 50 students from 20 countries this year.

Alumni Ron and Jane Graham’s $5.9M gift assists vaccine research, Huskie Athletics, engineering and education students at USask

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) most generous alumni, Ron and Jane Graham, are supporting Huskie Athletics, the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), the College of Education, and the College of Engineering with a multimillion-dollar donation.

USask community reaches 91 per cent full-vaccination status

SASKATOON – Less than a month after the launch of vaccination requirements at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), 91 per cent of the campus community have submitted a status of “fully vaccinated”.

USask researchers highlight voices of people with addictions to improve services

SASKATOON – According to the latest figures from the Saskatchewan Coroners Service, the province is on track to have 378 overdose deaths this year—continuing a tragic upward trend that began in 2016.

USask, City of Saskatoon join forces on practical research

SASKATOON – Four projects focused on improving life for Saskatoon residents will move forward thanks to Research Junction, an innovative partnership between the City of Saskatoon and University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Newest Schulich Leaders welcomed to USask

SASKATOON – Cole Willmann and Eva Sosnina have been named the University of Saskatchewan (USask) 2021 recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship, the largest science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) scholarship in Canada.

Three USask researchers become fellows in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

SASKATOON – Three University of Saskatchewan (USask) leaders and researchers have been inducted as fellows into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS): Dr. Volker Gerdts (DVM, PhD), Dr. Walter Siqueira (DDS, PhD) and Dr. Cheryl Waldner (DVM, PhD).

USask researchers, Ovarian Cancer Canada and Province of Saskatchewan team up to improve testing and treatment options

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) project will create the province’s only tumour bank and—for the first time in Canada—offer ovarian cancer patients testing to learn if biologic drugs can control their illness.

Deep Water: Researchers find more below than previously thought

SASKATOON – More water lies within the Earth’s continental crust than previously thought, according to new estimates published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, which indicates the planet’s land mass groundwater is the largest store of water in any form, larger than ice sheets.

USask researcher named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Malcolm King (PhD) has been named a fellow in one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious national institutions.

New era for quantum computing possible thanks to warped crystals: USask research

SASKATOON – Muted by the eventual avalanche of news reports about the emerging COVID-19 crisis was an announcement in fall 2019 that a quantum computer developed by Google had performed a complex calculation in 3.3 minutes that would have taken the world’s fastest supercomputer 10,000 years.

USask, City of Saskatoon sign climate commitment towards sustainability

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the City of Saskatoon have reinforced a joint pledge that aims to speed up the transition to a green community.

USask research discovers that concussion recovery times may be longer than previously known

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has identified that concussion recovery can take much longer than many people think, due to a series of biological events following a blow to the head that can take upwards of four weeks to resolve.  

USask anticipates strong enrolment this academic year

SASKATOON – As of the first day of classes on Thursday, Sept. 2, enrolment at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) for the fall term is up by one per cent.

USask research team finds new potential path to combat aggressive cancers

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have uncovered a potential new pathway to fight rapidly growing, oxygen-starved cancerous tumours, including an aggressive form of breast cancer.

Agricultural Rebound Phenomenon: USask researchers warn of increased water demand on the South Saskatchewan River Basin

SASKATOON – As farmers adopt high-tech irrigation systems to manage water use for economic, conservation, and environmental reasons, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers suggest policymakers should enact measures to curb an “agricultural rebound phenomenon” that increases water demand over time.

Saskatoon couple donates $1 million to VIDO to enhance ground-breaking vaccine research

SASKATOON – Malcolm and Marilyn Leggett have long recognized the importance the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has on the local community.

USask, Wanuskewin sign MOU to support Indigenous education

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority (Wanuskewin) have signed a renewed memorandum of understanding (MOU) to serve as a foundation for a dynamic, productive, and evolving relationship in the service of Indigenous education and opportunities for growth and mutual development.

First-of-its-kind project at the Global Institute for Food Security imaging live plants for more nutrient-efficient crop breeding

SASKATOON – A first-of-its-kind project at the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is using cutting-edge laser synchrotron technology to image live plants and allow for more efficient crop breeding.

USask announces new COVID-19 vaccination measures for fall term

SASKATOON – As a response to the COVID-19 fourth wave now underway across Canada, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) will expect all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated this fall with World Health Organization (WHO)-approved COVID-19 vaccines before entering USask campuses.

USask research labs to get new, souped-up equipment, thanks to major federal funding

SASKATOON – Four University of Saskatchewan (USask) research teams have been awarded nearly $678,000 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for equipment and labs to support leading-edge research in big data analytics, high-speed imaging of heart development, modernizing electrical networks, and expanding computer capacity to process huge volumes of historical data related to Indigenous sovereignty.

Research reveals extraordinary rates of rare neuromuscular disorder in Indigenous people in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and University of Calgary have found unusually high rates of Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy, also known as Kennedy’s Disease, a rare neuromuscular disorder, among Indigenous people in Saskatchewan.

Oẏateki Partnership brings together three leading institutions to foster system change in service of Saskatchewan Indigenous Youth

SASKATOON – The Oẏateki Partnership is a unique collaboration designed to transform the education and employment systems in Saskatchewan in service of Indigenous young people. Over the next five years, this bold initiative will support 32,000 First Nations and Métis youth on their path to post-secondary education, throughout their education and training, and as they transition to meaningful employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Caterpillars borrow weapons from viruses in battle against parasitic wasps: USask research

SASKATOON – New research found caterpillars defend themselves against parasitic wasps using weapons also found in another enemy—viruses.

Number of First Nations people living with IBD in Saskatchewan has doubled

SASKATOON – The number of First Nations people in Saskatchewan living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) more than doubled from 1999 to 2016, according to research recently published by University of Saskatchewan (USask) community health and epidemiology researchers.

USask researcher discovers tiny insects cause big threat to woodland caribou

SASKATOON — Threats to Canada’s endangered woodland caribou can be traced back to spruce budworm infestations and salvage logging, says a paper co-authored by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Philip McLoughlin (PhD).

USask enrolment increases during pandemic

SASKATOON – Between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021, the number of students attending the University of Saskatchewan (USask) totaled 25,965, which is an overall increase of one per cent compared to the previous year and the highest enrolment to date.

Infectious disease research bolstered by Hospitals of Regina Foundation

SASKATOON – To help protect Saskatchewan residents from emerging disease threats, Hospitals of Regina Foundation (HRF) has invested $150,000 to help establish Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO).

USask researchers, SHA, and CHEP Good Food work together to tackle hunger issues in Sask.

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers along with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and CHEP Good Food Inc. are working together to better understand the historical roots of food insecurity and food sovereignty in the province, and design a path to a more sustainable future.

3 USask students named 2021 Vanier Scholars, 1 awarded international post-doctoral fellowship

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) PhD students Fidelia Anulika Orji, Jocelyn Peltier-Huntley, and Gabrielle Iakotennikonhrare Doreen have been awarded the prestigious 2021 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. The annual award recognizes researchers who demonstrate academic excellence, research potential and leadership ability.

VIDO research provides insight into the immune response and possible long-term health impacts associated with COVID-19

SASKATOON – One of the newest scientists at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) has published new research on potential lasting effects of COVID-19.

New Research Chair at USask will help maximize environmental, economic benefits of forage crops

SASKATOON – A new Beef Industry Integrated Forage Management and Utilization Chair will be established at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) to connect the study of soils, plants, animals, economics, and ecosystems to tap into forage crops’ full range of benefits.

New USask research has potential to make fava beans a new favourite from farm to fork

SASKATOON – A once popular high-protein legume crop with potential to make farming more environmentally sustainable is poised for reinvigorated popularity, thanks to an international research team, including plant geneticists from University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Rare Second World War machine on display at new Diefenbaker Canada Centre exhibit

SASKATOON – A new exhibition at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre on the University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus will provide visitors with a rare opportunity to view an authentic Second World War Enigma cipher machine.

USask College of Medicine campus in Regina set to expand

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine will expand its teaching and learning presence in Regina in August 2022 when that campus will become home to about 40 first-year medical students.

National survey: More Non-Indigenous Canadians see themselves as having a role in reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

SASKATOON – The fourth report from the Confederation of Tomorrow 2021 Survey has found that seven in 10 Canadians believe individuals have a role to play in reconciliation—a proportion that is higher than either of the previous two years.

USask research finds many Canadians broke COVID rules, and tensions grew in relationships

SASKATOON — Nearly one in three Canadians have flouted public health guidelines on COVID-19, justifying it mostly to see friends or family. Meanwhile, more than one in five have had a falling out with friends or family members because of conflicting views on the pandemic.

USask students thrive in career transition with support from RBC Future Launch

RBC commits $1 million to expand the RBC Learn to Work, Work to Learn program

USask and Canadian Light Source announce Executive Director Rob Lamb’s retirement

SASKATOON – Today, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) are announcing the retirement of Professor Robert Lamb, CLS executive director, effective this fall.

USask’s VIDO announces positive Phase 1 results for COVAC-2

SASKATOON – Today the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) announced positive interim results from their Phase 1 clinical trial for COVAC-2, VIDO’s COVID-19 subunit vaccine candidate.

National survey: Westerners support measures to address climate change, but differ on how quickly to act

SASKATOON – Researchers from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the University of Regina (U of R) have collaborated with leading public policy organizations across the country to release the third report from the Confederation of Tomorrow 2021 Survey of Canadians.

USask agricultural researcher receives $2.5 million in support from the Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Yongfeng Ai (PhD) has been awarded $2.5 million through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to improve the processes of transforming pulses into novel food ingredients, new bioplastics, and high-value biomedical materials.

USask researcher studies ancient northern reindeer herding culture

SASKATOON – An international team led by Dr. Tatiana Nomokonova (PhD), assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), will investigate the 2,200-year history and ongoing importance of reindeer herding to Indigenous Nenets and Khanty peoples in the Iamal peninsula of Arctic Siberia.

USask-based Indigenous centre for research on HIV, HCV and STBBI in Saskatoon

SASKATOON – A new Indigenous-led centre for research on HIV, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and sexually transmitted blood-borne illness (STBBI)—focused on Saskatchewan and Manitoba—has officially launched.

USask researchers examine extradition and state kidnappings across the 49th parallel

SASKATOON – With a five-year Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of nearly $214,000, Dr. Benjamin Hoy (PhD), assistant professor of history in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), and assistant librarian Sarah Rutley aim to advance knowledge about how Canada and the United States project power and exercise justice on their citizens living across the border.

'Major issue in climate change': New modelling predicts the nature of extreme rainstorms in the U.S. is changing

SASKATOON – If no changes are made to the rate of global greenhouse gas emissions, storms that used to occur every 20 years on average will instead occur every seven by the end of the century.

USask researcher investigates the value of police street checks

SASKATOON – A multidisciplinary research team led by Dr. Scott Thompson (PhD), assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), will use an award of $400,000 over five years to study prairie police services’ use of street checks—“carding”—to determine community impacts of the controversial practice that’s often criticized for unfair treatment of persons based on race and socioeconomic status.

USask researchers awarded over $5 million in NSERC Discovery Grants

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded nearly $5.7 million from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Discovery Grants Program to support 32 wide-ranging projects.

New $1.65-million project will help develop next generation of scientists

SASKATOON – Take a unique-in-Canada science project, inject $1.65 million, add brilliant young scientists from Saskatchewan and around the world, and mix in a rigorous set of professional development opportunities—that’s the recipe for a new training program just launched by the University of Saskatchewan (USask), thanks to new funding from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

Smartphone survey to collect Saskatchewan residents’ perception of COVID-19

SASKATOON – Saskatchewan residents can give input about COVID-19 public health measures by using their smartphones to respond to a series of five-minute surveys.

Fossil secret may shed light on the diversity of Earth’s first animals

A large group of iconic fossils widely believed to shed light on the early evolution of many of Earth’s animals and their communities may be hiding a secret.

USask researchers funded to tackle MS, osteoporosis, and plant health

SASKATOON – Three interdisciplinary, multi-institutional projects led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have each been awarded $250,000 over two years under a federal funding program that fosters innovative high-risk research with the potential for significant and impactful results.

Oldest drama department in Canada celebrates 75 years

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Department of Drama—the oldest drama department in Canada and the Commonwealth—is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a series of virtual events beginning June 1, 2021.

Nearly 3,500 USask students set to graduate this spring

SASKATOON – This spring, 3,465 students are expected to graduate from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) with 3,577 degrees, diplomas and certificates. These graduates join a century-old community of more than 162,000 alumni worldwide whose contributions are helping to shape our world.

USask and City of Saskatoon named to Smart Cities list for wastewater projects

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the City of Saskatoon have been honoured for their collaborative wastewater monitoring project that advances environmental and human health—one of 50 international projects named to the 2021 Smart 50 list.

Predicting the unpredictable: How scientists are improving cold-region water and climate prediction models

SASKATOON – The world is changing rapidly, and the past is no longer a guide to the future in terms of extreme events and floods.

USask students capture history in northern Indigenous community through quilting

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Education students are helping to preserve the culture and history of the province’s oldest permanent settlement, one quilt patch at a time.

Saskatchewan Blue Cross invests $150K to help establish USask’s VIDO as Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research

SASKATOON - The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is one step closer to establishing its Centre for Pandemic Research, thanks to a $150,000 donation from Saskatchewan Blue Cross.

USask and Co.Labs join forces to foster tech innovation in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Saskatchewan Collaborates Inc. (Co.Labs), the Saskatoon-based tech incubator, have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at creating a pipeline of innovative ideas, services, and talent.

USask researcher works on project aimed at seeing adolescents flourish, awarded Templeton Foundation funding

SASKATOON – Dr. Carol Henry (PhD) of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is the lead researcher of an international team awarded $100,000 from the Templeton World Charity Foundation for work aimed at seeing young women on two continents thrive.

New USask research will make bean crops hardier, help improve global food security

SASKATOON – Tepary beans—a high protein legume common to the southwest United States and Mexico—may hold the key to adapting bean crops for the increasingly harsh conditions brought on by a changing climate, according to research led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Michigan State University.

Scientists measure new depths at the bottom of the hydrologic cycle

SASKATOON – For the first time, researchers have mapped groundwater circulation up to five kilometres below the surface—one of the first attempts to document the deepest parts of the hydrologic cycle.

Canadian universities, professional associations, businesses licensing use of USask-developed pharmacy resource

SASKATOON – A clinical resource for pharmacists first developed at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) nearly 10 years ago is finally getting its due.

USask joins in announcing Herzberg50 and ‘NobelCanadian’ commemoration projects

As part of a national initiative to mark the 50th anniversary of Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) is partnering with heritage education organization Defining Moments Canada, Canadian Heritage, and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) on a major digital project that will showcase Herzberg’s life and achievements to a wide public audience including high school students.

USask to pay tribute to honorary degree recipients

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) will honour four remarkable individuals proudly associated with the university who have gone on to make significant contributions to their communities and to Canadian society throughout their careers.

USask Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence hires new director

SASKATOON – Scott Wright has been selected to lead the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) as director, effective May 19.

Virtual Water Gallery brings together a world of art and science 

SASKATOON – A team of researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask), and others from around the world, are partnering with artists to launch a new online exhibit of art and science that aims to inspire and inform about water issues globally.

Waniska Centre holds pipe ceremonies to establish relationships with partner organizations

SASKATOON – Newly formed research relationships at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) were honoured and blessed with virtual pipe ceremonies on April 6 and 13, 2021.

Uptick in Canada’s Lyme disease cases: why we should care

SASKATOON - While health workers are caring for people infected with the novel coronavirus, veterinary researchers are helping to protect the public from illnesses spread by another health threat: ticks.

Ministers Champagne, Joly and Carr highlight Budget 2021 biomanufacturing investments

Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians.

Saskatchewan’s first satellite passes major milestones

SASKATOON – A group of University of Saskatchewan (USask) students developing the province’s first cube satellite (RADSAT-SK) is getting closer to sending their project into orbit.

Federal budget supports USask’s VIDO with $59.2M

SASKATOON – Today the Government of Canada announced $59.2 million to the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO). The funding supports the development of its vaccine candidates and the expansion of its research facilities, including a National Centre for Pandemic Research.

The role of government and division of power: National survey reveals Canadians’ views divided about pandemic management

SASKATOON – Researchers from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the University of Regina (U of R) have collaborated with leading public policy organizations across the country to release the second report produced from the Confederation of Tomorrow 2021 Survey of Canadians.

Deciduous trees offset carbon loss from Alaskan boreal fires, new study finds

SASKATOON – More severe and frequent fires in the Alaskan boreal forest are releasing vast stores of carbon and nitrogen from burned trees and soil into the atmosphere, a trend that could accelerate climate warming. But new research published this week in the journal Science shows that the deciduous trees replacing burned spruce forests more than make up for that loss, storing more carbon and accumulating it four times faster over a 100-year fire interval.

Saskatoon COVID-19 wastewater testing results now available to public

SASKATOON – Saskatoon residents now have access to the results of wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, thanks to a partnership between University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers, the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

New USask partnership will use traditional Cree approaches to make communities safer

nehiyaw wicihitwin (Cree helping Cree) program is grounded in Cree culture, language, values and beliefs

Beauty under pressure: winners of USask Images of Research announced

SASKATOON – Despite unprecedented challenges, University of Saskatchewan (USask) students, faculty, staff, and alumni snapped images of what research looks like from their side of the lab bench, dig site, and desktop, and submitted more than 70 images to showcase the beauty of that work.

Masks, vaccines, lockdown and trust: National survey reveals what Canadians think of COVID-19 pandemic response

SASKATOON – Researchers from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the University of Regina (U of R) have collaborated with leading public policy organizations across the country on a national public opinion survey that gives voice to Canadians about major issues shaping the future of the federation and their political communities.

Boost for USask research to bolster beef production with better biology approaches

SASKATOON – A multi-agency research team led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) veterinary reproductive biologist Dr. Gregg Adams (DVM, PhD) aims to make rapid strides in improving the productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of Canada’s $18-billion beef sector by integrating advances from the field of omics into livestock production.

Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Saskatchewan partner to establish sole dental therapy program in Canada

SASKATOON – A new partnership between the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority (NITHA), Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded $150,000 by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to create a model for establishing the only accredited dental therapy program in Canada.

Canadians hopeful for new workplace arrangements, dreading mental health and economic impacts of pandemic: USask research

SASKATOON – Canadians are bullish on a post-pandemic future when it comes to new ways to do their work but are apprehensive about dark days to come for their mental health, the economy, and for their personal finances—these are some of the highlights of the first Taking the Pulse of Canada national survey conducted by the University of Saskatchewan’s Canadian Hub for Applied and Social Research (CHASR).

USask researchers help lead $9-million COVID Variant Rapid-Response Network

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) and University of Regina (U of R) researchers are joining forces with scientists across the nation to undertake surveillance, sequencing, tracing and research-driven action on the COVID-19 virus variants that have been identified in Canada.

New USask radiotracers could be key for new treatments and early detection for Parkinson’s

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) nuclear medicine researcher Chris Phenix has been awarded US$150,000 by The Michael J. Fox Foundation to develop diagnostic radiotracers for early detection of Parkinson’s Disease, a chronic degenerative brain disorder that affects more than 100,000 Canadians. The project is eligible for supplemental funding after one year if progress warrants additional pursuit.

USask researchers seek to prevent liver disease, high blood pressure, and understand lifelong impacts of Zika virus

SASKATOON – Three University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded a total of $1.87 million by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) for projects involving fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, and long-term impacts of Zika on babies born without tell-tale microcephaly signs of the viral disease to mothers with “silent” infections.

New USask research takes aim at improving water security, gender equity, and international co-operation

SASKATOON – A multidisciplinary research team from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded $289,000 for a project to develop water security solutions that contribute to enhanced gender equity in the West African nations of Ghana and Senegal, where women and girls are hit hardest by impacts of climate change.

USask scientists help find the key to decoding rye genome

SASKATOON AND GATERSLEBEN – An international team led by the IPK Leibniz Institute in Germany and including University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers has succeeded in completely decoding the genome of rye, despite its large size and complexity.

USask researchers receive SHRF funds for projects with a virtual focus

SASKATOON – Virtual follow-up with discharged intensive-care patients and the development of culturally sensitive treatment for chronic musculoskeletal issues are just two of the 10 University of Saskatchewan (USask) research projects recently awarded funding from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).

Ducks Unlimited Canada endowed chair at USask the first of its kind in the country

SASKATOON – A rising star in conservation science has been hired as the Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) Endowed Chair in Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Bacteria on the surface of the eye not all the same: new insights from USask research

SASKATOON – A pioneering study led by University of Saskatchewan (USask) veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Marina Leis (DVM, DACVO) shows that bacterial communities vary on different parts of the eye surface—a finding that significantly alters understanding of the mechanisms of eye disease and can lead to developing new treatments.

USask model for predicting mountain snowpack provides clearer picture of spring runoff, impacts of climate change

SASKATOON – Scientists have developed a way to predict the depth and movement of snowpacks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains which will provide valuable information on spring runoff, risk of flooding, avalanche danger, and the impact of climate change.

Global Institute for Food Security researchers at USask help map broad genetic diversity of canola crop

SASKATOON – Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are members of an international consortium of leading academic and commercial seed companies from the USA, Canada, Europe and Israel, that has announced the successful mapping of the canola pan-genome (its entire set of genes). The International Canola Pan-genome Consortium was established in 2019 to advance the canola agricultural industry by capturing the broad genetic diversity of this crop.

New national data platform to track risks and benefits of medication use during pregnancy

SASKATOON – Over 75 per cent of pregnant women take medications for which the risks or benefits are unknown. A new national data platform involving a University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher announced today takes aim at improving health outcomes for women and babies across the country.

USask awarded $6.76M to help revive North American bison population, strengthen Canadian cattle industry

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded $6.76 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to help conserve bison and other threatened animal species and address challenges facing the beef cattle industry, including antimicrobial resistance which poses a global threat to animals and humans.

USask awarded $3.2M towards first-in-Canada engineering biology centre for ag innovation

SASKATOON – The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will invest $3.2 million in a unique biomanufacturing facility at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) that will use cutting-edge “engineering biology” technologies to accelerate agri-food innovation and help address food security needs.

USask helps lead COVID-19 saliva dental research study

SASKATOON – Dentistry students and staff remain among the few groups on-site nearly daily at universities and colleges across Canada, including those at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Calling all citizen scientists: help classify polar bears

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Doug Clark is launching a first-of-its-kind research project that will engage citizen volunteers to help advance knowledge about polar bear behaviour by analyzing a decade’s worth of images captured by trail cameras at Wapusk National Park in northern Manitoba.