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January 9, 2013


It's time for the fifth annual Chili Smackdown at this week's Hoedown!  Come down and watch the fun tomorrow, January 10, beginning at 11:30 am in the Atrium and have a bowl of delicious chili. Once the expert panel of judges taste-test the entries and declare a winner of this year's Chili Smackdown Belt, you can buy a bowl and bun for $3, drink for $1.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, January 15 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Jing Du, University of Manitoba, Department of Entomology, M.Sc. candidate, will be presenting “Do plants and aphids compete for mutualism with ants?”.  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The fourth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, January 16 at 3:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.  Woo Kyun Kim, Animal Science, will be presenting "Nutrition, Cell Biology, and Nutrigenomics Approaches in Animal Nutrition Research".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Understanding Food Literacy from Perceptions of Young Canadian Adults: A Qualitative Study" will be presented by Sarah Colatruglio, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, January 22 at 3:00 pm in 207 Human Ecology Building.

The Transport Institute in the I.H. Asper School of Business is proud to present a series of lectures (as part of the Stu Clark Distinguished Speaker Series) with Dr. Stephen Blank, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Governance and Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. He is also Senior Fellow, Center for North American Studies, American University; Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Ottawa; and Senior Research Analyst, North American Center for Transborder Studies, Arizona State University. He is the Acting Director of the Portal for North America. Seating is limited.  Please register for each session. "Widening Competition in North American Freight Transport: The Impact of Cabotage" hosted by the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and the Transport Institute, University of Manitoba on Monday, January 28 - breakfast 7:30-9:00 am at the Viscount Gort Hotel. Register: "Looking Beyond the 'What' to 'How'" hosted by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Transport Institute, University of Manitoba on Tuesday, January 29 - breakfast 7:30-9:00 am at Winnipeg Free Press Cafe, 237 McDermot Avenue. Register: or call WCC front desk at 204-944-8484 or email "Cross border governance -- building on NY/Michigan-Ontario cases" hosted by the Transport Institute, University of Manitoba and the U.S. Consulate on Wednesday, January 30 - evening Seminar  7:00-8:30 pm at Robert Schultz Theatre, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba. Register:

There will be a FAST online seminar on Thursday, February 7 at 12 noon entitled “What is an Excellent Source of Protein? Protein quality determination for nutrient content claims” presented by Dr. James House using the Adobe Connect software. This seminar is being presented as part of the FAST (Food advancement through science and training) program, a joint initiative between Université Laval and the University of Manitoba. To register to attend, please complete the following form by January 31, 2013:

The annual Soils and Crops Conference will be held March 5-6 in Saskatoon, SK. See for more information.

The Manitoba Direct Farm Marketing Conference will be March 8-9 at the Parkland Recreational Complex, 200-1st Street SE, Dauphin, Manitoba. Discover new marketing concepts, market trends and great ideas to take home to your farmers’ market, agri-food or agritourism venture! For more info or to register online visit:

The Critical Conversations Seminar Series will feature Annemieke Farenhorst, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Prairie Region, and Department of Soil Science, and Rob Penner, University College of the North, on March 11 when they will present "Engaging the youth and leaders of tomorrow in water rights issues: What works?"  at 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Room 206 Robson Hall. The seminar series is organized by the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Human Rights Research, with support from the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairie region. Critical Conversations seminars in previous years focused on The Idea of a Human Rights Museum and Indian Residential Schools, Truth and Reconciliation. For more information, visit

Starting March 18, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals will offer its first of three exciting programs focused on: Analytical Sciences - March 18 to 28 (participants learn GLP, Sensory & Food Matrix Evaluation, Various Chromatography for Food Science and Technology Applications); Nutraceutical Pilot Plant - April 1 to 12 (participants learn modern technology developments and related regulatory compliance issues); and Food Safety, Health Claims and Nutritional Clinical Trials - April 15 to 26 (participants gain knowledge and practical experience in designing and conducting metabolic/clinical trials). Each training program is designed to be two weeks or 80 hours in length. Full-time students receive a special weekly rate, but seating is limited. To find out more or to register for these training programs go to: or call RCFFN at 204-474-7552.


Staff movements - Welcome back to Karin Wittenberg, Associate Dean (Research) after a year's leave.  The Dean's Office also announces the appointment of Sue Arntfield as Acting Head of the Department of Food Science, and Paul Bullock as Acting Head of the Department of Soil Science, both effective January 1 to June 30, 2013. Many thanks go to Gary Fulcher for his excellent leadership as Head of Food Science since 2005. Thanks also to Martin Scanlon and Tee Boon Goh for their service as acting administrators.  David Levin, Biosystems Engineering, returned on January 1 after a leave, and Yvonne Lawley has returned from maternity leave.  Martin Scanlon, Food Science, and Francis Zyumoya, Soil Science, are now both on leave from January 1 to June 30.

Bishwo Bandhu Pokharel, M.Sc. student in Animal Science, recently received the highly coveted International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation Travel Fellowship to the 2013 International Livestock Congress in Denver, Colorado, January 12-17. The travel fellowship was awarded to 12 students representing 12 universities from 6 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Nepal, Uruguay and the United States.

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, and Mehdi Arzandeh, Ph.Dd candidate in Economics, will attend a Canadian Agricultural Innovation and Regulation Network workshop on January 23 in Ottawa.  They will also be attending the Growing Canada's Agricultural Economy: The Role of Trade Conference organized by the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and the five "Enabling Research for a Competitive Agriculture" policy research networks January 23 – 25. Mehdi is presenting a poster there on the Dynamics of Firm R&D Investment in Plant Breeding.

Trust Beta, Food Science, has been appointed as Extraordinary Professor from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2015 in the Department of Food Science, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Pretoria. The formal, non-remunerated appointment is in recognition of her continuing contribution to research excellence and the training of graduate students at the University of Pretoria (UP). In addition to co-supervision of UP Food Science graduate students, Beta will also be involved in joint research projects.

Department of Plant Science Ph.D. students Sean Asselin, Shalini Mukherjee, Braulio Soto Cerda, and M.Sc. student Pratisara Bajracharya will be attending the Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG XXI) in San Diego, California, January 11-17.

Rick Holley, Food Science, gave a Herzberg lecture on December 6 at Carleton University in Ottawa entitled “Must we irradiate food?” He was also an external examiner for a  Ph.D. defence in the Dept. Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Veterinary Science, Uppsala, Sweden on December 14.


Brewin, D.G. and S. Malla. (2012). The consequences of biotechnology: A broad view of the changes in the Canadian canola sector, 1969 to 2012. AgBioForum, Vol. 15(3), pg. 257-275.

Brewin, D.G., R. Gray, and G. Karagiannis. (2012). Revisiting the impact of trade liberalization and mergers on the malting industry of North America. German Journal of Agricultural Economics. Vol. 61(4). pg. 244-253.


Karin Wittenberg, Associate Dean (Research), was featured in the Prairie Improvement Network (formerly known as MRAC) Ezine in a director profile. Karin has served on the board since 2010 and strongly supports the organization as vehicle to develop economic opportunity for agriculture and for rural Manitoba. Read more at

David Lobb, Soil Science and chair of the Watershed Systems Research Program, talks about the goals of the program in the Grainews (January 7) article "Drainage designed for snowmelt" and about a side-by-side tillage system study in "Zero till is not always the answer".  Don Flaten, Soil Science, comments on "Best water management practices in Manitoba". Read the articles on pages 10-12 -

The December edition of the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (Prairies) newsletter is online at


Nora Watson Cooper, a University of Manitoba '97 Food Science grad who went on to her Masters at University of Arkansas (UA) and is now a product manager for Tyson Foods, recently received the Outstanding Early Career Food Science Alumnus Award from UA.

Call for abstracts - Students are encouraged to submit abstracts for the 4th Annual Functional Foods and Natural Health Products Graduate Student Symposium organized by the University of Manitoba graduate students in Human Nutritional Sciences, Food Science, Physiology, and Pharmacy, the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food in Health and Medicine (CCARM), and the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN).  The symposium will be held at the CanadInns Fort Garry on March 22, 2013. Review the guidelines at and send your abstracts to by 4:00pm CST Wednesday January 30. Note: Symposium registration fees will be waived for all who submit an abstract, regardless of whether or not your abstract is selected for presentation.

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

AG e-news is e-mailed bi-weekly to members and friends of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Email Crystal Jorgenson with your news or get in touch with your department AG e-news rep:

    Agribusiness: Barb Hewitt 9259
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    Biosystems Engineering: Debby Watson 6033
    Food Science: Allison Cranmer 9621
    Plant Science: Bev Godard 8563
    Soil Science: Lynda Closson 8153

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