the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences staff newsletter
November 2, 2011
CANCELLED - The Advanced Plant Science Seminar scheduled for Thursday, November 3 at 3:30 pm in Room 130 Agriculture Building, featuring invited speaker Mr. Kenton Lobe, Canadian Mennonite University, has been cancelled.
Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics Thesis Defense - Matthew Hink will be defending his M.Sc. thesis on Friday, November 4, at 9:00 am in Room 354 Agriculture Building. Matt will be presenting "An Empirical Investigation into the Determinants of Bias in Trade Policy".
The Degree Classes of 1980, 1981, 1986 and 1987 are hosting a multi-year Aggie reunion this weekend. All faculty and staff are invited to attend a Faculty reception on Friday, November 4 from 2 pm to 4 pm in Room 252 Agriculture Building. The group has a number of activities planned for the weekend, including a tour of the new Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre on Saturday and a dinner and dance Saturday night. Please help us welcome back our alums!
The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics will host a seminar on Friday, November 4 in Room 252 Agriculture at 3:00 pm. Dr. Pascal Ghazalian from the Department of Economics at University of Lethbridge will be presenting "Regionalization for Developing Countries: An Empirical Investigation". Everyone is welcome to attend.
Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 8 at 10:00 am in Room 219 Animal Science Building. The two speakers are Nijitha Sanjayan (M.Sc.) presenting "Determination standardized ileal amino acid digestibility of black seeded Brassica napus and yellow seeded Brassica juncea in grower pigs" - poster, and Pengqi Wang (M.Sc.) presenting "Oxidative stress and kidney disease" - extension. Chairperson is Harold Echeverry.
Plan to attend a Department of Soil Science Seminar on Tuesday, November 8 at 12 noon in Room 346 Ellis Building, featuring invited guest Dr. Rigas Karamanos, Viterra, who will be presenting on the topic of "Assessment of Phosphorus Status in a Long-term Tillage and Phosphorus Placement Experiment".
Please note the Department of Entomology Seminar for Tuesday, November 8 is cancelled due to the ESC Halifax meeting.
The Interdepartmental Foods and Nutritional Sciences Seminar will feature Leah Gillingham on Thursday, November 10 at 3:00 pm in the Main Lecture Hall, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals on the topic "Efficacy of high-oleic canola and flaxseed oils in management of hypercholesterolemia and other cardiovascular disease risk factors". Everyone most welcome.
An Advanced Plant Science Seminar is scheduled for Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 pm in Room 130 Agriculture Building, featuring Silvia Rosa, Plant Science, on the topic of "Quantitative resistance of wheat cultivar "Toropi" as new sources of leaf rust resistance". Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the atrium.
Career Services is offering an Interview Preparation Workshop for students on Tuesday, November 15 from 9:00 - 10:30 am. You will learn how to prepare for an interview, types of interview questions, and how to best answer these questions, other methods of evaluation and how to follow-up after the interview. To attend students must pre-register with Career Services at 474-9456 or stop in at 474 University Centre.
A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 15 at 10:10 am in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building, featuring invited speaker Dr. Mike Paterson, Freshwater Institute, on the topic of "Studies at the Experimental Lakes Area examining the importance of nitrogen vs. phosphorus for lake eutrophication". Refreshments are served at 10:00 am.
Plan to attend a Department of Soil Science Seminar on Tuesday, November 15 at 12 noon in Room 346 Ellis Building, featuring invited guest Dr. Selena Randall, Watershed Systems Program, who will be presenting on "An introduction to the Watershed System Research Program".
Soil Science M.Sc. Thesis Examination - Rotimi Ojo will present "Modeling Soil Moisture From Real-Time Weather Data" on Tuesday, November 15 at 1:30 pm in 346 Ellis Building. Everyone welcome.
The 5th annual ABSA "Growing the Opportunities" Dinner will be held Tuesday, November 15 at CanadInns, Fort Garry. Reception at 5:00 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm. Guest speak is Craig Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Granny's Poultry. For more information or to book your table please contact Bonnie Schott, President of ABSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Faculty Seminar Series for 2011 - 2012 continues on Wednesday, November 16, featuring Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science. He will be presenting on "Trucks, Pathogens, Farm Economies & Trade Issues: Opening the Black-Box to Blackleg in Canola". The seminar will be at 3:30 in Room 130 Agriculture Building, with refreshments at 3:00 pm in the atrium. All are welcome!
Career Services is offering a Career Planning Workshop for students on Thursday, November 17 from 9:00 - 11:00 am. Career Planning Workshops are held throughout the year with a new session starting each week during the regular academic year. Students should pre-register at 474 University Centre in person. A nominal fee will apply.
The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics' second seminar will feature Elisson de Andrade on the topic "Transaction Costs in Hedging Decisions" on Wednesday, November 23 at 3:00 pm in 354 Agriculture Building. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Please note the date - the next Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Faculty Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30 at 2:30 pm in Room 130 Agriculture Building. Regrets may be sent to Michelle at email@example.com
The Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held December 13 and 14 in Room 172 Agriculture Building. This year's plenary session is entitled "Sorting agronomic fact from fiction". The cost is $200. Register by December 5 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150. Registration closes December 12. Register early for Winnipeg as space is limited. Graduate students are invited to attend as well as submit posters. Poster requirements and deadlines as well as registration information is on the MAC website at www.umanitoba.ca/afs/agronomists_conf.
Mark your 2012 calendar now - The Canadian Organic Science Conference (COSC) will be held February 21-23, 2012 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. This event will provide a forum for presentation and discussion of organic research in Canada and beyond. Leading scientists will present current advances in the field of organic agricultural practices. Information will be of interest to organic and non-organic stakeholders. For more information, contact conference co-chair Martin Entz at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at http://www.oacc.info/cosc/.
STAFF AND STUDENT NEWS
Ron Britton, Biosystems Engineering, received the Champion of Engineering Education Award from APEGM last week.
Two Biosystems Engineering faculty members were recognized at the 2011 CSBE/SCGAB annual meeting held in Winnipeg this summer. Danny Mann, Biosystems Engineering, won the 2011 Glen Downing Award for outstanding work in industry, teaching, research in the area of Power & Machinery. Ranjan Sri Ranjan, Biosystems Engineering, received the 2011 Jim Beamish Award for outstanding work in industry, teaching, research and extension in the area of Soil & Water.
Merv Pritchard, Associate Dean Academic, and Ranjan Sri Ranjan, Biosystems Engineering, participated in a panel discussion on the University of Manitoba/India workshop on research collaborations with India at a symposium held at the University this past Saturday.
Kris Dick and graduate student Jeremy Pinkos, Biosystems Engineering, will be traveling to Beaver Valley, BC to work on an NSERC-supported hempcrete project. They will be working with timberframe company building panels for timberframes and monitoring their performance.
Fabio Mattos, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, has co-authored a paper entitled "Risk measures and the feasibility of a rice futures contract in Brazil" which will be presented in the 1st Risk Management Commodity Trading Conference, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, November 8-9. The other authors are Daniel Capitani and Joao Martines, both from the University of Sao Paulo.
Trust Beta, Food Science, served on an international review panel for CREAS (Centre for the Study of Healthy Food) under CONICYT (Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica), Chile October 3-7.
Beginning September 2011, Trust is serving as a Scientific Initiative Vice-Chair for Health and Nutrition on the 2012 American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) International Annual Meeting Program Team and Scientific Initiative Chair for the 2013 meeting.
During the 2011 AACC International annual conference held October 15-20 in Palm Springs CA, Trust presented an oral paper co-authored with former M.Sc. Food Science student Rhanissa Hirawan on "Antioxidant properties of regular- & whole wheat spaghetti & LC/MS analysis of their C-glycosyl flavones & SDG" and participated in the poster talk session by presenting on "Phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties of hybrid samples between black rice and white rice" co-authored by postdoctoral fellow, Hongcheng Zhang. Trust also participated in several meetings as an active member of the AACC Education Division, AACC Bioactive Compounds Committee, and the new AACC Mentorship Program.
Cindy Grant, adjunct professor in Soil Science,was awarded the honour of "Fellow" in the Canadian Society of Soil Science at the joint annual meeting with the Soil Science Society of America in San Antonio. Cindy is also a fellow in the Canadian Society of Agronomy and the American Society of Agronomy.
IN THE NEWS
Anita Brulé-Babel and Roger Larios, Plant Science, are mentioned in the article "First Fusarium-Resistant Winter Wheat" of the TOP CROP MANAGER Magazine, October 2011 - Western edition.
Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was part of a panel discussion along with Terry Boehm of the National Farmers' Union and Richard Phillips of the Grain Growers of Canada, focusing on changes to the Canadian Wheat Board, which aired October 24 on Radio Canada International's "The Link" program.
Martin Entz, Plant Science, was featured in the article "A fresh look at our organic roots" in the Manitoba Co-operator (October 20). He talks about the Glenlea field study's long-term results and the ways producers can overcome some of the challenges faced in organic farming.
Derek Brewin and Brian Oleson, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, were both quoted in the article "Ending CWB monopoly brings big changes" in the Manitoba Co-operator (October 27). They commented on the changes that could come in future without the Wheat Board.
Li, S., D.A. Lobb, B.G. McConkey, R.A. MacMillan, A.P. Moulin, W.R. Fraser. 2011. Extracting topographic characteristics of landforms typical of Canadian agricultural landscapes for agri-environmental modelling: I Methodology. Canadian J. Soil Science, 41: 251-266.
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Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan - Under the CSFP, the UK offers awards to Canadians for doctoral study. The Plan is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom, which is responsible for final selection and academic matters, and by the British Council responsible for payments to scholars and for arranging travel, reception and other services. Two types of doctoral award are offered for applicants in any discipline: 12-36 months support toward a full-time doctoral program at an eligible UK university (this is known as a doctoral award), or 12 months support for research in the UK toward completion of a doctoral program at a Canadian university (this is known as a split-site doctoral award). Application deadline: November 12, 2011. For more information visit the CSFP website.
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