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November 14, 2012


Ph.D. Oral Examination - Mr. Aklilu Wake Alemu, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Animal Science, will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled "Modeling Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Cattle: From Rumen to the Whole-Farm" on Thursday, November 15 in Room 220, Animal Science Building at 9:00 am. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 15 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pmDenis Tremorin, Pulse Canada, will be presenting “Food Industry Interest in Sustainability: Where Does Canadian Agriculture Stand?”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The Manitoba Farm Women's Conference themed “The New Face of Rural Life” will be held November 18-20 at the Clarion Hotel in Winnipeg. The event features guest speakers, displays and a banquet. Visit for more information and to download a registration form.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 20 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.   Dr. Rebecca Simmons, University of North Dakota, Department of Biology, will be presenting “Phylogeny and the evolution of life history traits in mimetic tiger moths (Erebidae: Arctiinae)".  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

A Department of Soil Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 20 in Room 346 Ellis Building at 12 noonMario Tenuta, Soil Science, will be presenting "Evaluation of the 4 Rs of N Fertilizer management to Reduce Soil Nitrous Oxide Emissions in Manitoba".  All are welcome to attend.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled “Consumer Segment Profiles, Nutrition Practices, Health Attitudes and Key Drivers for Food Preferences among Rural and Urban Dwelling Baby Boomers Residing in Manitoba” will be presented by Rukmini Sen, Ph.D. candidate, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, November 20 at 3:00 pm in 207 Human Ecology Building.

The third seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2012-2013 will be held on Wednesday, November 21 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Peter Jones will be presenting "Putting Your Best Food Forward: Role of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

On Saturday, November 24 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, join us for the "Food for Thought: Milling Workshop" at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre to learn about how wheat is grown, milled and baked into bread.  There will be a milling and bread-making demonstration. Join us for lunch following the workshop; bring some fixings for a sandwich and enjoy the bread on us!  Cost is $5, including entrance to FFDC exhibits.  Please call 204-883-2524 or visit for more information.
The Manitoba Rancherís Forum 2012: Going Beyond the Grazing School is scheduled for November 27 and 28 at the Victoria Inn in Brandon, MB. As the title suggests, the Manitoba Grazing School has been transformed into a new event, which will encompass a broader range of topics focusing on the needs of livestock, forage and grain producers. The Forum includes speaker sessions, a producer panel, a banquet and exhibitor booths. Full details and online registration at

M.Sc. Thesis Defense - Mitch Rey, Animal Science, will defend his M.Sc. thesis entitled “On-farm evaluation of a needle-free injection device to vaccinate beef calves under Western Canadian conditions” on Thursday, November 29 in Room 220, Animal Science Building at 10:30 am. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 27 in Room 220 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  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.

A Department of Soil Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 27 in Room 346 Ellis Building at 12 noonLindsay Andronak , Soil Science, will be presenting "Manitoba Envirothon:  Environmental and Agricultural Science Education in Secondary School ".  All are welcome to attend.

The Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held December 12 and 13 (this year on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY) in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast.  This year's plenary session is entitled "Are Crop Rotations Obsolete?".  The cost is $200.  Register by December 5 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150.  Registration closes December 9.  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


Digvir S. Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and distinguished professor in Biosystems Engineering, was awarded a 2012 Alumni Achievement Award by the University of Saskatchewan for his research and significant contributions to the agricultural industry.

The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre (FFDC) was visited on November 5 by the Senate Standing Committee for Agriculture and Forestry from Ottawa, as part of their bus tour of the Prairies for a report on science and innovation. The Senate Committee included chair Senator Percy Mockler (NB) and deputy chair Fernand Robichaud (NB) and Senators JoAnne Buth and Donald Plett of Manitoba and committee staff. Bruce Campbell was also present. After a tour of the FFDC by Guy Robbins, FFDC Visitor Services Manager, Michael Trevan gave a presentation about the Faculty and the role of the FFDC. The Standing Committee expressed their appreciation of the innovative work being done to connect agriculture with the public and especially the next generations.

The Entomological Society of Alberta hosted the Joint Annual Meeting with the Entomological Society of Canada in Edmonton November 4-7.  Faculty members from the Department of Entomology were well represented, by Alejandro Costamagna, Rob Currie, Terry Galloway, Neil Holliday, Kateryn Rochon, Barb Sharanowski; that's about all of them.   Neil Holliday, Emeritus Professor, was awarded a Fellowship of the Entomological Society  of Canada. We also had three students in attendance, Alexandra Grossi, Tharshi Nagalingam and Matt Yunik, and two adjunct professors, Paul Fields and Bob Lamb.  We all presented papers and had a wonderful experience interacting with old colleagues and new, and attending an outstanding diversity of stimulating papers and symposia.

Tharshi Nagalingam, Ph.D. student in Entomology, and her supervisor, Neil Holliday, attended the 3rd International Lygus Symposium, October 28—31, in Scottsdale, AZ.  Tharshi presented two papers orally and also presented a poster on her studies of the interactions of plant bugs with dry edible beans.

Rachel Evans, M.Sc. student with Martin Entz in Plant Science, won first prize for her poster "Cereal Cover Crops for Early Season Weed Control in Organic Field Beans" at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA 2012 Annual Meeting held in Cincinnati in October.   Rachel was participating in the graduate student poster competition organized by the American Society of Agronomy Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture.  Martin's M.Sc. student Kristen Podolsky and Ph.D. student Caroline Halde also attended the meeting.

Susan Arntfield, Food Science, and students Kun Wang and Yuming Chen attended the 9th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop (CPRW) in Niagara Falls, ON, from November 6- 9. Kun Wang gave an oral presentation on “Model studies on binding of carbonyl flavours to pea proteins” and Yuming Chen presented a poster on “Effects of processing on anti-nutritional factors in Peas”. Susan Arntfield is on the CPRW Executive and chaired a session on Food, Nutrition and Human Health.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, was invited to present at two conferences. First, the American Heart Association, Scientific Sessions, 2012 on November 5 in Los Angeles, CA.   Scientific Sessions is the leading cardiovascular meeting in the United States with over 17,000 professionals attending annually, and over 22,000 total attendees.  Dr. Jones' topic was  “Not all saturated fats are created equally” & “Red wine and CVD: Grapes, alcohol or neither?”  As well, he is currently attending the 2nd Oxford Function Food Conference at The Oxford Hotel, Oxford UK from November 13-14.  The conference is hosted by the Functional Food Centre of Oxford Brookes University and jointly with Richardson Centre of University of Manitoba. The focus of the conference this year will be on functional foods and the role they play in helping to tackle obesity, diabetes and inflammation.  The two-day program will include contributions from the UK, Europe, Canada and the US in the form of plenary lectures, symposium sessions and poster sessions.  Dr. Jones presented "Putting your best food forward; Research at the RCFFN".

Canada’s pulse industry will receive $617,023 through the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) to research the health and nutrition benefits of pulses. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz made the announcement yesterday from the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Read the news release at

Thanks to  Food Science's John Thoroski and Michael Stringer for doing a workshop with ten Grade 9 students entitled No Crying Over Spilled Milk Here at the dairy on November 7th for the U of M Take Our Kids to Work Day 2012. There were a lot of Grade 9 students on campus that day and all were treated to our ice cream at lunch time.

Discovery Day for International Students will be held Thursday, November 15th, on the  2nd floor of University Centre. Thank you to our Academic Advisors Daniel Bowers and Wendy Kramer for participating and answering questions from international  high school and university students.

Congratulations to the three staff members that won prizes in the 2012 United Way Rainbow Auction - Beata Chartrand, Chantal Bassett and Gisele Perrault.  A big thank you to Harminder Dhanjal for coordinating the Faculty's gift basket, a Holiday Dinner Dream, which was a very popular choice in the draw!


Holliday AE, Pak DM, Holliday NJ. 2012. The Aleochara (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) attractant in mustard seed meal is not dimethyl disulphide. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Manitoba 67(2011): 5–10.

Gonzalez-Gutierrez, J. and Scanlon, M.G. 2012. Rheology and mechanical properties of fats. pp. 127-172 in: Structure-Function Analysis of Edible Fats, A.G. Marangoni (ed.), AOCS Press, Urbana, IL. See youtube description:


Rick Holley, Food Science, wrote an article for the Opinion page of the Winnipeg Free Press (November 10) entitled "Food irradiation -- a gift horse?". Rick notes that irradiation can "effectively reduce pathogen contamination of foods at levels that do not create toxicity, affect its wholesomeness or nutritional adequacy." Read the whole article at


Undergraduate Research Awards for Summer Work Experience at the University of Manitoba - Undergraduate students have the opportunity to compete for this award, which allows them to be mentored full-time with a professor of their choice for 16 weeks, to receive a $6,000 award, and to gain valuable experience in their field of interest. Last year they received over 260 applications and funded 80 students. Deadline February 15, 2013. To learn more, go to

REMINDER - Holiday Card Photo Contest - The Faculty is calling on you to snap a “Holiday” photo that may end up gracing our annual holiday cards. We would love a nice wintry and, if possible, agricultural-themed photo. Winning entry will receive a prize and of course, a proud place on the front of the Faculty’s official holiday card! Deadline is this Friday, November 16. Send your entry to (High resolution photos only – please pick only your best one or two shots to send)

More Holiday Ideas - Looking for ideas for Christmas presents? The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre has a range of polo shirts, hoodies, and baseball caps with the FFDC logo in different colours and sizes. They make a unique present and staff will get a 20% discount! Please contact Guy Robbins or Siobhan Maas on 204-883-2524.

Are you looking for a different venue for your staff meeting or holiday party? The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre has its multi-purpose room available for your event (with refreshments and catering) and the chance to tour the FFDC as well as see the newly born piglets between December 5th and 21st! Please contact Guy Robbins or Siobhan Maas on 204-883-2524 to book the centre now to avoid disappointment.

Discovery Centre Parents ‘n Tots Story Group - Targeted at pre-schoolers, aged 3-5 years, the Discovery Centre is starting up a story group, where children can come listen to a book read aloud and explore various agriculture- and science-related themes.  From snow to lightning, pigs to pumpkins, bugs to lunch boxes, there are so many topics to keep your preschoolers captivated! Parents must be in attendance and younger siblings are encouraged to attend.  A small play area has toys and puzzles to keep little ones occupied.  Various hands-on activities will also be planned, depending on the theme of the book.  Only $2 per preschooler to attend, which goes towards the purchasing of new books to read and includes a healthy snack. First story group will be Thursday, December 6 from 10:30-11:30 am.  Group will start up again in the New Year on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

Enter the Farm & Food Discovery Centre Photo Contest - Explore the Farm & Food Discovery Centre from a different perspectiveóthrough 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

Export Development Canada (EDC) is holding its 13th annual International Business Scholarship competition, created and designed to develop the next generation of globally-minded business leaders. EDC’s scholarship program offers up to 30 $4,000 scholarships annually, 25 of these for outstanding undergraduate students in international business and five for those in programs that combine business with environmental or sustainability studies. For more information:



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