Oil and water: university researchers say better monitoring needed to secure vital groundwater supplies

SASKATOON – When it comes to groundwater quality, fracking receives much of the public attention but misses most of the picture, according to hydrogeologists Jennifer McIntosh from the University of Arizona and Grant Ferguson from the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

CFI awards USask researchers $1.3M for new tools to advance health, environment and the economy

SASKATOON — Eight University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded $1.3 million by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for state-of-the-art equipment to support leading-edge projects in human health, food security, environmental protection, public safety and computer technology.

The Muskrat Hut—a solution for clean and accessible remote kitchens and washrooms

SASKATOON – For First Nations communities in northern Canada and other remote regions, access to safe and clean water, toilets, and food preparation areas presents a serious challenge to communal gatherings.

Huskie Athletics announce chief athletics officer

SASKATOON – Dave Hardy has been appointed the chief athletics officer (CAO) for Huskie Athletics at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), beginning August 12, 2019.

USask researchers use mindfulness training to help women achieve leadership and excel

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are using mindfulness training to help women overcome stereotype threat, a major barrier that hinders them from joining and performing well in top leadership positions in organizations.

USask students launch balloon into near-space for space training program

University of Saskatchewan students are part of an international team that has launched a balloon 30 kilometres into near-space as the culmination of a special training program that will help them become the next generation of space technology and engineering experts.

USask medical team receives $987,000 to test new imaging agents for improved cancer diagnosis

A University of Saskatchewan medical research team will receive $987,000 from Western Economic Diversification (WD) towards a $4.55-million project aimed at producing and testing new imaging agents for diagnosing lung and colorectal cancers in humans.

Indigenous-led research centre to address HIV among First Nations, Inuit and Métis

USask researchers to lead $2.9-million project.

USask-led northern energy planning project awarded $2.5 million by SSHRC

Imagine that your family lives on less than $1,600 a month and the power bill takes up half that money.

History of same-sex marriage project among $1.3 million in USask research grants from SSHRC

Canada became global ‘destination’ for lesbian and gay weddings after legalization, researcher says.

Sleep-deprived decision makers may be less likely to appoint women to top jobs

Research into link between sleepiness and bias among $647,000 in federal funding awards.

Artist links with scientists to tell climate change story

Exhibit at Norwich Cathedral a communication of science and art from Canada and the UK.

Métis jigging: a better cardio workout than aerobics or a run?

Dance has more to offer than a “fitness craze”, promoting reconciliation and Métis heritage.

USask-led group awarded $1.65 M to train young scientists for expanding plant protein industry

An interdisciplinary university group led by University of Saskatchewan researcher Michael Nickerson has been awarded $1.65 million by the federal granting council NSERC to train a new generation of innovative plant protein scientists to help industry satisfy the exploding worldwide demand for meat alternatives.

Cannabis dosage studied at USask to reduce seizures in children with severe epilepsy

SASKATOON – Medicinal cannabis oil containing both cannabidiol (CBD) and a small amount of THC (the drug that can cause intoxication) can reduce or end seizures in children with severe, drug-resistant epilepsy, a study by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found.

New chair for the Fedoruk Centre at USask

SASKATOON – Prominent Saskatchewan business leader Tom Kishchuk will serve as the new chair of the board of directors for the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

USask signs MOU with Northern Lights School Division and key partners to offer Bachelor of Education program in Cumberland House

SASKATOON — The University of Saskatchewan, Northern Lights School Division, Cumberland House Cree Nation, The Northern Village of Cumberland House and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan met in Cumberland House Thursday, June 27 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between their organizations to offer the Bachelor of Education degree program in the northern community.

New national Indigenous health research plan prioritizes Indigenous-led agenda

SASKATOON – Supporting Indigenous individuals and their communities to drive Indigenous health research is a key goal of the new five-year plan of the national Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (IIPH), a Canadian Institutes of Health Research institute based at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Nature paper explains impact of forest management on water resources

USask study finds depth of soil and porous rock beneath trees are crucial factors

International research executives to lead the Global Institute for Food Security at USask

SASKATOON – Following an extensive global search, two internationally recognized leaders with deep understanding of agricultural research and innovation have been named to the top leadership posts of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

USask launches queer housing on campus

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has announced a new pilot project to support LGBTQI2S+ students. Starting in September 2019, self-identified queer students living in the College Quarter residence on campus may participate in a pilot project where they can choose to live with other queer students.

$6 million awarded for Canada Research Chairs at USask

SASKATOON – Three new Canada Research Chairs (CRCs)—all held by female academics recognized as potential leaders in their fields—have been established at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) to carry out innovative research into air quality in cold climates, enhancing Indigenous health and well-being, and preventing cyberattacks.

Veterinary college at USask opens Canada’s first PET-CT unit for animals

SASKATOON – Western Canada’s regional veterinary college, based on the University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus, is now home to Canada’s only PET-CT unit dedicated to clinical use in animals as well as for animal-human research studies.

Toxic metals found in reproductive organs of critically endangered eels

Mystery of shrinking population may be linked to eels devouring their own skeletons.

Downpours of torrential rain more frequent with global warming—USask-led study

The frequency of downpours of heavy rain—which can lead to flash floods, devastation, and outbreaks of waterborne disease—has increased across the globe in the past 50 years, research led by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found.

New interim provincial head for pediatrics

SASKATOON - Highly regarded physician and medical educator Dr. Ron Siemens, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, has been selected as the interim provincial head of pediatrics beginning June 3, 2019 for a one-year term.

USask Graduation Powwow to attract thousands and celebrate Indigenous academic success

Media are invited to attend the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Graduation Powwow, in partnership with Affinity Credit Union, which celebrates the academic success of Métis, First Nations and Inuit graduates from USask and local high schools.

Concussion symptoms reversed by magnetic therapy

SASKATOON – Concussion symptoms—such as loss of balance, hazy comprehension, sleep disturbance and inability to walk straight—can be reversed by a new type of magnetic stimulation, research at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.

USask launches unique Summer Entrepreneurs program

SASKATOON, SK. — The University of Saskatchewan’s commercialization unit Innovation Enterprise (IE) is embarking on a new initiative to train, inspire and motivate the next generation of successful entrepreneurs, while bringing USask innovations to the world.

Funding agreement ensures Fedoruk Centre at USask continues to support world-class nuclear research and training in Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – At the opening of the new Innovation Wing of the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences (SCCS) today, Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan, announced $11.6 million in new funding over the next five years for the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (Fedoruk Centre) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

USask researchers awarded nearly $11 M in natural sciences, engineering grants

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded nearly $11 million to tackle wide-ranging and critically important issues including cannabis, water quality, and swine flu.

USask scholars win prestigious national awards

Three outstanding University of Saskatchewan (Usask) researchers have been awarded Vanier and Banting scholarships and fellowships totaling $430,000 for research that will advance regenerative medicine and improve water quality and mental health.

World’s first wearable kidney the goal of USask-led research team

SASKATOON – An artificial portable kidney that patients who have suffered renal failure could wear is to be created by a research team at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) with federal funding.

$1.25M awarded to innovative USask early career researchers

SASKATOON – Five University of Saskatchewan (USask) early career researchers have each been awarded $250,000 over two years by the New Frontiers in Research Fund, a new federal fund designed to promote exploratory research that crosses disciplinary boundaries and enables researchers to take risks and be innovative.

Wild pigs invade Canadian provinces—an emerging crisis for agriculture and the environment

SASKATOON – Wild pigs—a mix of wild boar and domestic swine—are spreading rapidly across Canada, threatening native species such as nesting birds, deer, agricultural crops, and farm livestock, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.

Prestigious Steacie Fellowship awarded to outstanding USask ecologist

SASKATOON – Maud Ferrari, an exceptional University of Saskatchewan (USask) behavioural ecologist who studies predator-prey interactions, has received one of Canada’s most prestigious awards for young scientists.

USask and Gwich’in Tribal Council hosts two-day public symposium on Indigenous leadership, energy policy and arctic issues

SASKATOON – Members of the media are invited to join the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the Gwich’in Tribal Council for a two-day event showcasing speakers from across Canada regarding public policy and energy sovereignty in Indigenous communities. USask’s College of Arts and Science and the School of Environment and Sustainability are hosting 10 young adults and youth from Inuvik, Northwest Territories as well special guests from Gwich’in Tribal Council for a week-long immersive post-secondary experience.

USask names Grit McCreath its 16th chancellor

SASKATOON – The next chapter of Grit McCreath’s University of Saskatchewan (USask) story is set to begin when she steps into her new role as chancellor.

Viral infections during pregnancy could be linked to behavioural abnormalities in offspring

Male and female rats whose mother experienced a simulated viral infection during pregnancy behave abnormally, consistent with behavioural alterations in autism or schizophrenia, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.

USask research shows dogs reduce distress of patients waiting for ER care

SASKATOON – A visit from a dog can reduce the distress of patients waiting for emergency treatment in hospital, a study by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.

USask research shows dogs reduce distress of patients waiting for ER care

SASKATOON – A visit from a dog can reduce the distress of patients waiting for emergency treatment in hospital, a study by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.

New CFI funding will foster long-term sustainability of two USask national research facilities

SASKATOON – Two University of Saskatchewan (USask) research centres—the Canadian Light Source and VIDO-InterVac—will receive a total $13.4-million increase in operating support over two years from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)—one third of the total $39 million awarded nationally to seven facilities.

USask and Prince Albert Grand Council sign MOU

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) President Peter Stoicheff met with the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte in Prince Albert today, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between their organizations.

Fish under threat release chemicals to warn others of danger

Fish warn each other about danger by releasing chemicals into the water as a signal, research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has found.

USask-led event brings together academics and industry to tackle Internet of Things (IoT) challenges

SASKATOON – The Internet of Things (IoT) has begun to change how people live, interact and consume, and companies want to know how to adapt to this new and fast-changing environment.

Canada in dire need of revised water policies: USask experts say

OTTAWA – Water experts from across the country gathered in the nation’s capital for a forum on water security to discuss solutions to make communities and industries more resilient and less vulnerable to climate change.

USask research shows tiny traces of neonicotinoid pesticides impair insects’ ability to spot predators

SASKATOON – Traces of neonicotinoid pesticides can impair a flying insects’ ability to spot predators and avoid collisions with objects in their path, new research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) shows.

USask awarded $482,150 to develop digital service for provincial arts organizations

SASKATOON—The University of Saskatchewan (USask) Art Galleries and Art Collection has been awarded more than $480,000 to develop a digital service that will help arts organizations in the province better engage with their audiences.

USask Images of Research highlights research the world needs

SASKATOON – Top prizes in the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Images of Research competition were awarded to images that uncover the benefits of playful behaviour in pigs, build better understanding with Indigenous peoples, and help to gain new insight into ecological change from plants, birds, bees, and glaciers.

USask partners on $2.5 million project to prepare the future workforce

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is part of a network of Canadian universities awarded $2.5 million by the Government of Canada's Future Skills Centre (FSC) to investigate ways to ensure students graduating with a university degree will be ready for a world marked by rapid change.

ONEC Group joins USask consortium bringing renewable energy to remote communities

SASKATOON – A unique University of Saskatchewan (USask) research program that aims to address policy challenges and socio-economic barriers to renewable energy development in northern, remote and Indigenous communities has received $500,000 from Edmonton-based ONEC Group, an engineering and construction project delivery company.

USask pump monitor research high-tech opportunity for Saskatchewan manufacturer

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team and fluid power systems company Wil-Tech Industries Ltd. (WTI) are partnering to develop monitoring technology for predicting the failure of hydraulic pumps—an innovation that will avoid costly shutdowns at mines and other industrial sites and help ensure worker safety.

USask team developing unique harness to help save injured horses

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers are working with RMD Engineering Inc. of Saskatoon to create a unique harness designed to help in the recovery and rehabilitation of horses from limb injuries. Such injuries are often fatal because currently available equipment is inadequate for proper treatment.

USask study on opioid use offers solutions

SASKATOON – Better coordination of existing services, a one-stop shop with supervised consumption, and a crisis response plan paired with a long-term provincial strategy are all needed in the fight against opioid addiction in Saskatoon.

USask students poised for career success, thanks to new RBC-funded program

SASKATOON – Today, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) announced a donation from RBC Foundation to help students develop professional skills, prepare for the demands of the workforce and transition to their careers with ease.

USask and World Water Day 2019

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) will highlight World Water Day on Friday, March 22 with two special events, one local and the other international.

USask creating pathways to help Indigenous students enter engineering and succeed

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Engineering today officially launched a program designed to help more Indigenous people enter the college and successfully complete their degrees. The new Engineering Access Program is part of the college’s Indigenous Peoples Initiatives Community (IPIC).

Shooting cancer’s messenger: new USask therapy disrupts communication inside malignant cells

SASKATOON – A new breast-cancer treatment which shoots the messenger within cancer cells and halts the growth of tumours is being developed at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

USask awarded CFI funding to research new antibiotics and food products

Two researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have been awarded a total of $274,119 by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to buy equipment crucial to studies into antibiotics and novel food products.

USask receives funding to reduce carbon emissions

SASKATOON—The University of Saskatchewan (USask), with the support of federal funding, will work to improve energy efficiency resulting in significant cost savings.

USask launches training for health researchers engaging with Indigenous communities

SASKATOON – The Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) is teaming up with the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) to offer free, monthly training modules for patient-oriented research teams seeking to engage Indigenous communities in their health research endeavours.

USask and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra collaborate on Finding Heinz Moehn project

SASKATOON ¬– University of Saskatchewan (USask) music faculty and students are working with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to bring to life a “lost” 1938 concerto by a German music master—Heinz Moehn—who was a leading editor of Mozart’s works.

Lost concerto by German music master and Mozart editor resurrected in Saskatoon

A treasure trove of musical scores written by a pivotal figure in 20th century German music has been resurrected from a Saskatoon basement.

USask hosts planetary health conference

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is bringing the planetary health discussion and a number of expert keynote presenters to Saskatoon this week to examine the delicate interdependencies of human civilization and nature.

Eat Well Saskatchewan brings nutrition experts to homes across the province

SASKATOON – Eat Well Saskatchewan, a new service offered through the University of Saskatchewan (USask), aims to connect registered dietitians with people anywhere in the province via telephone, email and social media.

USask scientist boosting natural bodyguards against HIV

SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan virologist has been awarded close to $900,000 to develop ways to fortify the body’s natural defences against HIV.

Social impacts of oilsands poorly understood, USask study finds

SASKATOON — Decades of research into Canada’s oilsands have failed to give a clear picture of how industrial development has affected the region’s Indigenous Peoples, according to a study by University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers.

USask researcher creates new medical imaging technology

SASKATOON – As health care has evolved, medical imaging such as X-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds and MRIs have become increasingly important for diagnosis and treatment of patients. Through these imaging studies, health care professionals can learn how diseases are manifest to improve patient care.

Rehab dogs help children with cerebral palsy walk

Dogs can help children with cerebral palsy walk and gain self-confidence and independence, according to new research by the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Daniels appointed to government relations leadership role

A long-time advocate for higher education and research is joining the leadership team at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

New USask treatment for bone cancer in young people and dogs

SASKATOON – Teenagers and pet dogs stand to benefit from a novel therapy for bone cancer being developed at the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Colorectal cancer cells killed by assassin antibody, USask team finds

SASKATOON – A novel treatment for advanced colorectal cancer—using a radioactive antibody that attaches to cancer cells and kills them—is being developed by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) College of Medicine.

USask awarded $4.9 million for Indigenous health research, HIV and cancer

SASKATOON – Five University of Saskatchewan (USask) research teams have been awarded a total of $4.85 million by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)—the main funding body for university health research in Canada—for cutting-edge health research on cancer, HIV and Indigenous health.

$625,000 award enables Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) researcher to accelerate novel breeding program

SASKATOON – Martin Mau, senior researcher at the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), has been awarded funding from a Saskatchewan agricultural fund to enhance a research project that could speed up plant breeding in Saskatchewan and around the world.

Starting early: USask adds Early Childhood Education option

SASKATOON – The early years for children are an important time––filled with rapid growth and development. Thanks to a new partnership between the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Education and the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education, USask education teacher candidates will soon have the opportunity to enroll in an early childhood education (ECE) concentration.

USask to offer early childhood education

SASKATOON – Members of the media are invited to attend an announcement about early childhood education that is the result of a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Education. Outcomes of this collaboration will benefit future teachers, children and their families.

USask launches new Certificate in the Study of Indigenous Storytelling

SASKATOON – A unique interdisciplinary certificate offered by the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) was officially launched on Feb. 6 during Indigenous Achievement Week.

Interactive USask art project addresses decolonization and Indigenization

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is inviting participants to join two alumni in the live creation of an innovative art piece that aims to spark conversations about decolonization and Indigenization.

Indigenous Achievement Week at the University of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – Media are invited to attend Indigenous Achievement Week (IAW) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask). The week is open to the public and celebrates the successes and contributions of Métis, First Nations and Inuit students, staff and faculty.

New director appointed at the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at USask

SASKATOON – The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are pleased to announce the appointment of Marc-André Pigeon as the new director, effective January 1, 2019, for a five-year period.

$1.85M in federal grants awarded for USask social science and humanities research

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) has been awarded a total of $1.85 million for 10 wide-ranging faculty research projects and 30 graduate student scholarships and fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in a Canada-wide competition.

USask scientists investigating effects of sulphates on cattle health

CLAVET, Sask. – High sulphate levels found in the drinking water of cattle across the Prairies are being investigated by livestock researchers at the University of Saskatchewan using the unique-in-North America metabolism barn at the university’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

USask hosts sled dog education event

SASKATOON – The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) invite media to attend the Canadian Challenge, a sled dog racing education event.

New exhibit uses popular culture to explore Canada’s colonial past

SASKATOON – The Diefenbaker Canada Centre is hosting an exhibit that looks at settler colonial responsibility. Grand Theft Terra Firma, curated by The Reach Gallery in Abbotsford, B.C. appropriates the language of digital gaming to reframe the settlement of Canada as a complex heist.

USask discovery may help improve CF treatment

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) medical research team has made a ground-breaking finding with potential to lead to more effective, longer-lasting and better-tolerated treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF).

USask research turning ethanol waste into Alzheimer’s meds, industrial products

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team’s quest to extract protein from more than a billion litres of annually produced wastewater (called thin stillage) at Saskatchewan’s ethanol plants has yielded something far more valuable—a compound used in many countries to slow cognition loss in Alzheimer’s patients.

USask-led Global Water Futures launches six projects co-led with Indigenous partners

SASKATOON – In a unique approach to improving water security through western science and Indigenous knowledge, the University of Saskatchewan (USask)-led Global Water Futures (GWF)—the world’s largest university-led freshwater research program—has launched six new co-led projects across Canada to address urgent and growing water quality issues for Indigenous communities.

USask-led novel heating and cooling control system provides year-round home

SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team and industry partner are working to develop an affordable solution to a problem affecting many Canadians—home heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) that leave basements and upper-floor rooms too cool or hot.

USask study shows more snow, earlier melt will challenge Arctic communities in future

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers with the Global Water Futures (GWF) program have provided the first detailed projections of major water challenges facing Western Arctic communities such as Inuvik and transportation corridors such as the Dempster Highway by the end of this century.

USask announces five-year partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Canada in support of Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence

SASKATOON – In conjunction with the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference taking place this week in Regina, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) has announced a five-year partnership and $250,000 contribution from research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. that will support advancements in innovation and leadership at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE).

Research grants to USask advance Indigenous agriculture, safe water, reconciliation

SASKATOON – Four University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded more than $160,000 in Connection Grants by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for projects aimed at revitalizing agriculture on Indigenous lands, fostering reconciliation, ensuring safe water supplies, and designing sustainable communities.

USask to recognize inaugural winners of young entrepreneur awards

SASKATOON –Members of the media are invited to to a special event at the University of Saskatchewan recognizing the inaugural winners of the Get a Bigger Wagon Young Entrepreneur Awards, presented by Gordon and Maureen Haddock:

Cameco Spectrum 2019 fascinates families of all ages

SASKATOON—Members of the media are invited to attend Cameco Spectrum 2019 on the University of Saskatchewan campus this weekend.