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September 18, 2012


PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE - The first seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2012-2013 will be held on Wednesday, September 19 now in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, Room 130 Agriculture Building.  Terry Galloway, Entomology, will be presenting "Biodiversity of ectoparasites on birds in Manitoba: a veterinary entomologist takes a walk on the wild side".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Manitoba Institute of Agrologists 2012 Annual Fall BBQ will be held Thursday, September 20 at Kelburn Farm, Richardson International (10 km south of Winnipeg on Highway 75). Registration and Networking: 5:00 p.m. Dinner and Program: 6:00 p.m. $30 Members and Guests $15 Students Keynote speaker is Dr. Michael Trevan, Dean, and a presentation of MIA Distinguished Agrologist Award will be made to alum Ted Bailey. To register, email or phone 204.275.3721. Read more at

2012 Fall Teaching PD Workshops offered by University Teaching Services - on Tuesday, September 25, "Setting up Gradebook in D2L" with facilitators Ryan Nicholson and Sol Chu. For details and registration visit

The CIFST Supplier Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 26 at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue. Registration - 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Seminars - 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. Tradeshow - 3:15 – 6:00 p.m. Attendance to the seminars and tradeshow is free of charge but preregistration is required at or (204) 795-7968 in Winnipeg. More info at

FASO will host their annual Meet the Faculty BBQ on Thursday, September 27 from 11 am to 1:30 pm in the Plant Science Courtyard.  All academic staff members are encouraged to come out and meet the degree and diploma students. Hamburgers, veggie burgers, chips and pop for super cheap.  (And this is the day before the Aggie Bedpush begins - let's help them out with pledges for the Children's Wish Foundation!)

A seminar series entitled Critical Conversations on First Nations and the Right to Water began September 10 and runs until March. In keeping with a new trend at leading universities towards open access courses, Manitobans are invited to attend all seminars in the series for free and course readings and podcasts will be posted online at Most seminars are Mondays from 2:30-4:00 pm in Room 206, Robson Hall, Fort Garry campus.

2012 Fall Teaching PD Workshops offered by University Teaching Services - on Wednesday, October 3, "Using Communication Tools in your D2L Course" with facilitators Ryan Nicholson and Sol Chu. For details and registration visit

Career Services will be hosting the 2012 ASE Career Fair for students from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering on Thursday, October 4 from 3 pm to 7 pm, 2nd Floor University Centre. Students from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering are encouraged to attend this big event.  It is a great opportunity for students to network with over 65 potential employers in one place.  For more information, please visit their website at

Biosystems Engineering Thesis Defence - Joe Nelson Ackerman, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Reclaiming Phosphorus as Struvite from Hog Manure” on Friday, October 5 at 10:30 am in E2 - 361 EITC.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging is holding a "Speaking of Aging" Tour across Canada this fall. The University of Manitoba Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, October 10 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in Theatre B, Basic Medical Sciences Building, Bannatyne Campus. To learn more and to register, visit

The 17th Annual Fields on Wheels Conference themed "Agribusiness Logistics in Turbulent Times" will be held on November 9 at the Radisson Hotel Downtown, Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is too late to predict, yet too early to evaluate, how the landmark changes to CWB grain marketing and industry structure (i.e. Viterra) and operations might change. There are many other factors impacting Canadian agribusiness and logistics, many beyond Canadian borders. Fields on Wheels will discuss those this year. Registration fee $325 plus GST per person. For more information and to register, visit


Correction - last week in the In the News section, we noted Sean Asselin was a Plant Science M.Sc. student. He in fact completed his masters earlier this year and is now a Ph.D student under Doug Cattani and Anita Brûlé-Babel.

Fabio Mattos, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics,  will attend the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Behavioral Economics and Finance on September 18-21 and present "The Effect of Reference Prices, Previous Performance and Social Interactions on Marketing Decisions under Uncertainty" (co-authored with Stefanie Fryza).

The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics welcomes Diego Cardoso, a graduate student from the Federal University of Sao Carlos (Brazil), who will spend 5 months working with Fabio Mattos on the research project "Trading Behavior in Commodity Futures Markets".

This past Sunday was Open Farm Day (and one-year birthday) at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre and it was a great success, with about 350 people coming to visit. There was birthday cake and a Manitoba Pork Council lunch, and the highlights of the day were the new chicks and piglets on display.  A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped out, especially the Internationally Educated Agrologist Program students!


Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, spoke last week with the Winnipeg Free Press, CBC radio and CBC Television on the structural changes in the Manitoba hog industry especially the Puratone bankruptcy protection. He also spoke with CBC TV about the CWB as a new entity.

Fabbio Mattos and Stephanie Fryza, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, were noted in the article "So you think you can market" in Country Guide (September 17).  Their research has revealed that the more actively farmers are in the market, the lower their average price. See page 12.

The Department of Food Science's partnership with Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network, NuEats, was featured in the article "New food products head to school". The project “micro-commercializes” new and natural products using healthy local ingredients, and uses the University of Manitoba campus as a test market.  See page 37.


Enter the Farm & Food Discovery Centre Photo Contest - Explore the Farm & Food Discovery Centre from a different perspective—through the lens of your camera! Have a favourite thing to see or do at FFDC? Take a picture of you doing it! All photographs must be taken on the site of the Farm & Food Discovery Centre. Two categories - Adults and Children 12 &Under. Winner of each photo contest category will receive a free one year family membership to the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre, valued at $80.00. See complete rules and details online.

What are you doing after work on Fridays this winter? Come curl with us in Aggie Row Curling, a friendly and long-running league with folks from the Faculty and from Agriculture Canada. We play Friday afternoons at 4:30 at the Pembina Curling Club - close by and easy to get to. The season starts in October 5 and runs til March. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Full time or half time curlers welcome. League  fees for full season are $130. For more information contact Paula Parks at

The 7th Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition sponsored by the University of Manitoba, Office of the Vice-President (Research) will take place November 1, 2012 from 1:00 - 4:30 pm in the Manitoba Room, University Centre, Fort Garry Campus. The posters should be set up between 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Posters will be judged by representatives from the university community, industry, government, and community organizations. The awards will be presented at 4:00 p.m. The intent is to provide our students with a venue to showcase the research they have been doing and to experience communication tools used by researchers.  Please encourage your students to register and submit their end of term research projects or summer research projects. Cash prizes are awarded to the top two posters in each of five categories:  Applied Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences/Humanities and Creative Works. This year, an iPad will be presented to the top poster describing qualitative researcher. The application form is available at and is due Friday, October 12. You can contact Fred at 474-6689 or via email at if you have any questions.

Ushers are needed for Fall Convocation on Wednesday October 17 and Thursday October 18. The Registrar’s Office requests staff serve as ushers for this event to:  greet guests on their arrival at the Investor’s Group Athletic Centre (IGAC); distribute Convocation programs; and provide directions and assistance as needed.  Each day the ceremony begins at 3:30pm. Ushers for the afternoon session must be at the IGAC by 1:30pm. The time commitment (4 to 5 hours) for the ceremony will extend beyond normal working hours. If payment for overtime hours is requested the Registrar's Office will cover the cost of the overtime upon request. To sign up now please contact Gloria Saindon at 480-1088, or by email, as soon as possible. Please indicate for which ceremonies you will be available to assist.

Call for Papers - The Interdisciplinary Conference on “Educating for Sustainable Well-Being: Concepts, Issues, Perspectives, and Practices” will take place November 24 at the University of Manitoba. Abstracts due by September 30, 2012. For details, please go to

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