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December 11, 2013


Everyone is welcome to attend the Dean's Office Annual Holiday Celebration on Friday, December 13 in Room 252 Agriculture Building from 2:00 - 4:30 pm.

A Soil Science Thesis Defense will be held on Tuesday, December 17, at 9:30 am in Room 346 Ellis Building. Taryn Dickson, M.Sc. student, will present "Growing Season Weather Impacts on Canola Phenological Development and Quality".

The fourth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, January 22 at 3:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building. The Department of Entomology will be presenting.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Manitoba Soil Science Society 57th Annual Meeting entitled "Nutrient Management: Connecting Soil and Water through the 4Rs" will be held February 6-7, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Winnipeg South, 1330 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg.  Contact information and abstracts must be submitted by December 18, 2013.  Visit for more information.


Warren Blunt, Ph.D. student in Biosystems Engineering, was announced as one of the first five students to receive the Sir Gordon Wu Graduate Student Scholarships, awarded annually to graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional intellectual ability and academic accomplishments. The renewable scholarships have a maximum value of $40,000.

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was a speaker at a Sow Lameness, Longevity and Temperament Workshop in Timberland, NB on December 4. The workshop was the same as ones they gave in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba in October.  Her presentations were entitled "Quantitative vs Qualitative Lameness Assessment" and "Housing Design Impacts on Lameness".

Gary Fulcher, Food Science, returned recently from several days of discussion with major food and beverage processors in the UK.  The talks in London, Oxford, and High Wycombe included evaluations of recent innovative improvements in food packaging, particularly monolayer applications as they relate to recycling and traceability  issues

A big thank you to Rob Duncan and Judith Nugent-Rigby in Plant Science and Pat Kenyon and John Thoroski in Food Science for providing hands-on workshops for a Grade 12 Biology class from Altona's W.C. Miller Collegiate on December 10.

The School of Agriculture announced a new web-based distance delivery course that is being offered for the Manitoba Arborists’ Training and Certification Program. For more information, visit

The FASO Head Shave and Shine raised over $700 prostate cancer research, thanks to the couple of brave souls that allowed their heads to be shaved for charity -brrrrrr!


Taylor, J.R.N, Belton, P.S., Beta, T., Duodu, K.G. 2013. Review: Increasing the utilisation of sorghum, millets and pseudocereals: Developments in the science of their phenolic phytochemicals, biofortification and protein functionality. Journal of Cereal Science (online access:

Yu, L., Nanguet, A-L., and Beta, T. 2013. Comparison of antioxidant properties of refined and whole wheat flour and bread. Antioxidants 2:370-383 (open access: doi:10.3390/antiox2040370).


The Libraries is implementing a new way of doing business which will change the way you search the catalogue and the way we do things ‘behind the scenes’.   We’re working on these changes now and there will be an impact on service, while these changes are being implemented:

  • Requests/holds on books  will not be available from December 6th, 2013 until January 2nd, 2014.
  • Renewals cannot be made after December 20th, 2013 at 4:00 until January 2nd, 2014, so if your loan is due on December 16th and you wish to renew them you will need to do so from December 17th to 19th. If you miss this window no fines will accrue on your account.  You can renew the loans after January 2nd.
  • All notices from the Libraries will be sent to you only via your University of Manitoba email address beginning January 2nd, 2014.
  • Most things will be back to normal in early January when we roll out a new catalogue interface that has the same look as One Stop Search.  One Stop Search will also be getting a bit of an update so that you can access your library account and use the options available.   You can see the new look webpage now at
  • If you have any questions or concerns please contact either Susan or Sharida and they will help you!


Digvir Jayas, Biosystems Engineering, authored the article "A less glamorous - but more effective - approach to feeding the world" in the Manitoba Co-operator (November 28). Digvir shows that reducing grain storage loss would be more cost-effective than increasing production, and that is can be accomplished with current knowledge and further research. Read it on page 5 at

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was quoted in the article "New videos on smart pig handling" in the Manitoba Co-operator (December 5). The Manitoba Pork Council (MPC) has released a new “Smart Pig Handling” series of six videos on safe, low stress pig handling, and they feature our own Don Chaput and Jason Bourcier demonstrating safe and "animal friendly" techniques for handling/moving pigs. The clips were filmed at our own swine units and will be used in training programs across Canada.  Read the article on page 10 at  View clips of the videos at

John Thoroski, Food Science, was interviewed in the article "U of M Dairy Facility Available" in the Western Dairy Farmer (December 2013). John


Certificate of Merit Call for Nominations - The Certificate of Merit is presented by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the School of Agriculture in recognition of leadership with agricultural organizations and outstanding service to the community at large. Each year two Certificates of Merit are presented, normally, one to a graduate of the Agriculture Diploma program, and one to a graduate of the Agriculture Degree program. Nominations are considered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Executive Committee and must be received no later than December 31, 2013. Nominations should include a letter from the nominator describing the nominee’s leadership contributions and service to the community.  Letters of support may also be included. More information including a list of previous recipients can be found at

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a research communication competition that challenges graduate students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. Deadline is January 8 and the heats take place in February, with the final on February 25. First place prize is $5,000. You can find out more information at

Undergraduate Research Awards provide students with an opportunity to compete for 1 of up to 80 awards; to be mentored with a professor of their choice for 16 weeks, to receive $6000, and to gain experience in a field of interest to them. The process requires each student who plans to compete for one of the awards to meet with and interview two separate researchers; describe their research, scholarly work and creative activities in short 150 word paragraphs each and; then select one researcher and describe their rationale for choosing that faculty member and that particular research program.  Once a student is selected to work with a professor, you will be asked to provide a description (250 words maximum) of how you will expose the student to your research and mentor him/her for the 16 week period.  The deadline for students to submit is February 15, 2014.  URA application forms are online:

The call for the Student Life Leadership Awards is out (Undergraduate and graduate students).  Last year, several of our students won this award.  Please pass on to your staff and encourage students to apply.  Last year the nominations came from staff; this year it seems that students need to apply themselves, but get supporting letters from others. Deadline January 10, but don't wait until the last inute.  More info and forms at

The Office of the VP (Academic) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF). This fund will support projects (ranging from $5,000-$15,000) that explore new pedagogical approaches (such as blended learning), and the impact on learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the integration of research and teaching in the classroom, and more. Guidelines and application form are available online at Please have applications submitted to the Dean's Office by January 27 so that we can rank applications and submit by January 31.

The Cattlemen's Young Leaders (CYL) Program provides a combination of formal and informal opportunities to learn from existing beef cattle industry leaders and other youth organizations undertaking mentorship opportunities.  Young producers between the ages of 18 and 35 years have a chance to participate in provincial, national and international high level discussions that define the direction and future of the Canadian cattle & beef industry.  You can find the application form and more information on their website at until January 19 when applications close.

The Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation provides the Dr. Karl C. Ivarson Scholarship annually to support students pursuing studies in soil science in Canada. The scholarship is tenable for full-time study in the 2013-14 academic year at any recognized Canadian university.  Two scholarships of $5000 will be offered in 2014. Deadline for application is January 17. See program description for more information at

DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) has created a number of exciting program opportunities under the "RISE umbrella" for students on both sides of the Atlantic who are interested in gaining research and work experience in an international setting. The RISE programs - Research Internships in Science and Engineering - are  directed at students in the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, earth sciences, and physics. Learn more by visiting

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