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October 3, 2012


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

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, October 4 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Martin Entz, Department of Plant Science, will be presenting “The Glenlea Long-term Study: Celebrating 20 Years”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

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.

A Department of Soil Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 9 in Room 346 Ellis Building at 12 noon.  Selena Randall, Watershed Systems Research Program, will be presenting "Raising a Toast – what Toastmasters can do for you".  All are welcome to attend.

Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar Series - "Is Cooking Dead? The role of Food and Nutrition Literacy in Health Promotion" will be presented by Dr. Joyce Slater, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences on Tuesday, October 9 at 3:00 pm in 207 Human Ecology Building.

2012 Fall Teaching PD  Workshops offered by University Teaching Service - on Tuesday, October 9, "Teaching Large Classes" with facilitator Rachael Pettigrew. For details and registration visit

The University of Manitoba's speaker series Visionary Conversations, hosted by President Dr. David T. Barnard, will next present "Innovation: The Key to economic Success". Join our expert panel for a discussion about how innovation secures our future. The panel of four speakers includes James Blatz, associate vice-president (partnerships); Janice Lederman, chair of the Manitoba Innovation Council; Gerry Price, chairman and CEO of Price Group; and Zhenyu Wu, Canada Research Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, I.H. Asper School of Business.  The event will be held Tuesday, October 9 at the Robert B. Schultz Theatre, St. John’s College. Reception in Galleria - 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm and then Panel Discussion – 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. For more information about the series, visit

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 second seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2012-2013 will be held on Wednesday, October 10 in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Francis Zvomuya, Soil Science, will be presenting "Keeping our dirt clean: staying current in a changing enviro-regulatory climate".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 16 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Dr. Cory Sheffield, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, will be presenting “The potential for cleptoparasites as indicators of bee communities.”  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The PLNT 7460 (Advanced Crop Production) graduate class will be hosting a field demo and workshop on cover crops on Tuesday, October 16. Come out and enjoy a cup of coffee in the field while you learn about cover crops in Manitoba, how to incorporate and manage them with your established rotation and hear about success stories! The workshop is located along highway 3 (on the way to Carman) at the SW corner of NW-20-06-02-W, directly across from Sperling Industries. Registration begins at 2:30 pm and is absolutely free!

2012 Fall Teaching PD  Workshops offered by University Teaching Service - on Tuesday, October 16, "Collecting, Analyzing and Using Faculty Evaluation Data" with facilitator Angela Tittle. For details and registration visit

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 23 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Jordan Bannerman, Entomology, will be presenting “Aphid-parasitoid interactions in the face of climate change."  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

A Department of Soil Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 23 in Room 346 Ellis Building at 12 noon.  Christine Rawluk, NCLE, will be presenting "The National Centre for Livestock and the Environment – It’s All in the Name!"  All are welcome to attend.

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. For more information and to register, visit


Martin Scanlon, professor in the Department of Food Science and acting associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, was presented with the George Scott Blair Award by the AACC International - Rheology Division. Martin is the first Canadian to receive the award, which is presented to a scientist who has shown exceptional ability in research areas involving rheology and texture as related to cereal based products.  At the AACC International meeting held September 30 - October 3 in Hollywood, FL, Martin presented the award lecture on "What has low intensity ultrasound informed us about wheat flour dough rheology?".   Learn more at

Along with Martin, other members of the Department of Food Science - Gary Fulcher, Trust Beta and Harry Sapirstein - attended the 2012 American Association of Cereal Chemists' International annual conference.

Three faculty members received 2011 Merit Awards which are granted by UMFA and the U of M to members to recognize outstanding achievements:  Ranjan Sri Ranjan, service;  Don Flaten and Dilantha Fernando - combination category.

Michele Rogalsky, director the School of Agriculture, will be speaking at the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s conference in St. John’s Newfoundland on October 12.  Her presentation is on the School’s project to incorporate Farm Safety into its programs

Kris Dick, Biosystems Engineering, is travelling to Weimar, Germany, for the LEHM 2012 - 6th International Conference on Building with Earth where he will present a paper and poster on "Rammed Earth Solar Greenhouse Thermal Wall for Use in a Northern Canadian Prairie Climate".

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented “High Food Prices and International Food Assistance” at the annual research workshop of the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy and Competitiveness Research Network (CATPRN) in Toronto on Saturday.  Chang Hee Choi, M.Sc. student, attended the meeting.

Ehsan Khafipour and Kees Plaizier, Animal Science, attended the American Dairy Science Association Discover Conference on "New Developments in Rumen Microbiology and Their Potential to Improve Animal Performance" which was held in Naperville, IL, September 10-13. Ehsan and Kees discussed the possibility for new collaborations in the area of gut health with several teams across US.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, attended "Bénéfiq 2012 International Rendezvous on Health Ingredients" in Quebec City September 25-27.  Peter presented “Plant Sterols as Adjuvant in CVD Therapy”  as part of the Cardiovascular Health section of the conference.

Peter also presented "Functional Foods and Humans - A Review” at the 33rd Western Nutrition Conference held in Winnipeg September 19-20.

The Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade toured the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals on September 27.

The National Centre for Livestock and the Environment was host to a couple of significant tours recently. On September 21, the Canadian Farm Writers Federation’s tour stopped at NCLE where media and communication specialists learned about ongoing NCLE research. Then on September 25, Ministers Kostyshyn (Agric. Food & Rural Initiatives), Mackintosh (Conservation and Water Stewardship) and Bjornson (Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade) were among members of the NDP Caucus who spent the morning with NCLE researchers, as part of an initiative led by UM Government and Community Engagement.

The 31st Annual Aggie Bedpush concluded on Monday at the steps of the U of M Administration Building with a record number of over 50 participants and a fantastic amount raised to date of nearly $7,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation. Donations are still being accepted - mail them to FASO at 160 Agriculture Building (cheques made out to "Childrens Wish Foundation of Canada"). Donations of $20 and over will receive a tax receipt.  This year's bedpush was highlighted by a number of media, including CJOB, CTV and others.


Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, had a commissioned paper, “High Food Prices and International Food Assistance” published by CATPRN  last week (


In the August 2012 edition of the University of Manitoba's alumni magazine On Manitoba, Roniele Cordeiro is profiled in the story "Giving Back: Legacy of learning has international impact".  Roniele, Ph.D. student in Food Science, talks about how her academic experience has been enhanced thanks to the Roma Zenovea Hawirko Graduate Scholarship, given to a graduate student in the field of microbiology.  Read the whole story on page 16 -

Rob Gulden and Martin Entz, Plant Science, were interviewed for the article "Quebec company seeking wheat for special flour"  in the Western Producer (September 27).  A Quebec miller looking for wheat crops grown with fewer chemicals may have to look west to source them, revisiting an pesticide-free concept that was studied at the University of Manitoba years ago. See page 80 -

Brian Amiro, associate dean (academic), was interview by Golden West Radio about the increased enrolment in the degree and diploma programs. Optimism and a high demand by industry for qualified employees are a few factors that have played a role in the increases.


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. Deadline is December 14, 2012. See complete rules and details 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.

Work as a Program Assistant at the Farm & Food Discovery Centre as part of the University of Manitoba Work-Study program! This program gives students opportunities to gain work experience while studying at school without hindering their student loan status.  Students in receipt of Canada Student Loans are allowed to earn up to $3400 per academic year without having their student loan reassessed.  Interested students should visit the website at to review the application process.  The first round of applications are due by October 5, 2012 at 11:59pm. Students must meet the eligibility criteria and interviews will be around October 10.   Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Guy Robbins, Visitor Services Manager, Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre on 883-2524 or

PMUSER – Proceedings of Manitoba’s Undergraduate Science and Engineering Research - is an official refereed academic journal of the University of Manitoba that exclusively publishes research and review articles written by undergraduate students. Students are encouraged to take part in this exciting new opportunity by serving on the journal editorial board in one of these following positions: Peer-Reviewer, Editor, Layout-Editor. Not only is this a great opportunity to enhance your writing and scientific communication skills, it will also result in a Co-Curricular Record Notation which is extremely beneficial to graduate or professional school applications. Apply online at

SpeakEASY - If you are teaching a U of M credit-course and you would like help with your spoken English skills, you are eligible to participate in the SpeakEASY program offered by the English Language Centre. The program is partially funded by the English Language Centre, so your total fee is only $50 for five 50-minute sessions with an English instructor.  If you are an UMFA faculty member, there is no charge because funding is provided by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Academic Affairs) and the English Language Centre. Please contact Cheryl Bodnarus at for registration.



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