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January 23, 2013


An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, January 24 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Dr. Owen Wally, Plant Science, will be presenting “Improving Plant Health Through use of Chemical Elicitors”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

CIFST - Manitoba Section is hosting an informative session on finding professional employment followed by a speed resume reviewing on Thursday January 24, in 245 Ellis Building, 5:30 - 8:00 pm.  For more details, visit Career 2013.pdf.

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. 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:

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, January 29 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Tharshi Nagalingam, Entomology Ph.D. candidate, will be presenting  - topic is TBA.  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, January 31 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  The Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) will be presenting “Learning and Teaching About Changes in the Arctic”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

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:

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 7 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Dr. Rob Duncan, Plant Science, will be presenting “Everything's Bigger in Texas Agriculture”. All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, February 12 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Hooman Namin, Entomology M.Sc. candidate, will be presenting “Molecular identification and phylogenetic relationships of the black-legged Ochlerotatus (Diptera: Culicidae) species.”.  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The fifth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 3:30 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building.  Ying Chen, Biosystems Engineering, will be presenting "Agricultural Engineering Achievements that Changed the World".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Family Fun Day for Faculty & Friends – Join us at the Farm & Food Discovery Centre for a fun-packed day with your family and friends on Louis Riel Day, Monday, February 18 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Try your hand at making cream into butter, bake some bannock over a bonfire and strap on some snowshoes to walk through the deep snow!  Free guided tours through the exhibits will be held every hour from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission costs and travel directions found on our website at

The Support Staff Endowment Fund proudly presents "The Hermetic Code Tour" Day Trip—Saturday, February 23, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Manitoba Legislative Bldg. Back by popular demand, the SSEF Advisory Committee invites UofM Support Staff to attend this exciting excursion. Full details and registration information available at

The Transport Institute conference Northern Exposure 2: Realities of Remote Logistics will be held Friday, March 1 at the Fort Garry Hotel. Looking at the challenge of transportation in the North, the program begins with a view from the land.  Perspectives are offered from consumers, retail distributors and commercial logistics providers. This is followed, in the next two sessions, by discussions on air, road and marine options, looking at both current and future possibilities.  At the luncheon between these two sessions, attendees will hear a status report on climate change in the North from a leading expert in the field.  The afternoon ends with a panel discussion that addresses issues of transportation and economic development in a changing northern climate. The early bird rate of $275 Cdn. plus GST expires on January 31, so register today by visiting

Presented by Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Faculty of Science, all staff are invite to attend the presentation "Sam Glenn - The Attitude Guy" on Tuesday, February 19 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm in 172 St. John's College (Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre). Sam Glenn is known as The Attitude Guy and has become one of the most recognized authorities on the subject of Attitude today. Sam knows success and failure. At one time, Sam was negative, broke, depressed, homeless and got by working odd jobs at night as a janitor and delivering newspapers. Sam's attitude was in the dumps until a dear friend gave him what he calls a “Kick in the Attitude,” a gift that changed his attitude for the better. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences staff – RSVP to Crystal at by Friday, February 1.

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 Ecological and Organic Farming Conference will be held Saturday, March 9 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman, MB. The University of Manitoba’s 4th Year Agroecology students are coordinating this conference in collaboration with Martin Entz and the Natural Systems Agriculture Program. The Agroecology program is part of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba. The conference will be farmer-focused and interactive. There will be a mix of presentations from farmers and researchers with time for questions and discussion. This event is open to all - registration is $15 and includes lunch. Registration is at 8:30 am, and conference is 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. You must pre-register by phone: 204-474-8563 or by email to: Check back in the coming weeks for program info at

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 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.


Last newsletter, we reported that Animal Science M.Sc. student Bishwo Bandhu Pokharel, M.Sc. student in Animal Science, received the highly coveted International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation Travel Fellowship to the 2013 International Livestock Congress.  Well, the Faculty was doubly proud to learn that Mitch Rey, M.Sc. student in Animal Science, was also a winner of the Fellowship!  Congrats to both of them.

Julieta Frank, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, has co-authored two presentations with her students, who will be presenting the research at the Canadian Agricultural Policy Conference, organized by the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and the five "Enabling Research for a Competitive Agriculture" policy research networks on January 23 – 25 in Ottawa. The titles are:  Marjaneh Aghvami and Julieta Frank, "Wheat Futures Contracts Performance and Hedging Effectiveness." and Enoch Omololu and Julieta Frank, "An Empirical Analysis of the Limit Order Book and Liquidity Shocks in Livestock Futures Markets."

The fourth annual Chili Smackdown at Hoedown was a burning success, with five diverse entries. The judges, Michael Stringer, Brian Amiro and Laird Lampertz, carefully tested every crockpot and came up with this year's fiery winner - Wendy Kramer (a repeat winner from 2011) with her beer, smoked paprika and hot pepper concoction! Once the judging was complete, the chilis were included as part of FASO's Hoedown Chili Lunch. The day also included the QuizBowl with the final score: Students 15, Faculty 14.  Students win!

Last week we noted the various personnel moves due to research study leaves - we missed announcing that Anita Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, went on leave January 1 and will return on December 31, 2013.


Trust Beta, Food Science, is a contributor to a 35-page chapter on “Food sources of phenolics compounds” in Handbook of Natural Products - Phytochemistry, Botany, Metabolism edited by K.G. Ramawat, J.M. Merillon, M. Henry and published by Springer; 2013 edition (April 14 2013). Wende Li is a co-author to the chapter.

Visvalingam, J., Hernandez-Doria, J.D., Holley, R.A. 2013.Examination of the genome-wide transcriptional response of Escherichia coli O157:H7 to cinnamaldehyde exposure. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79: 942-950.

Visvalingam, J., Gill, C.O., Holley, R.A. 2013.Morphological and viability changes in Escherichia coli and E. coli O157:H7 cells upon rapid shift from 6 °C to 37 °C. Food Micribiology. 34: 95-99.


Siobhan Maas, Farm & Food Discovery Centre, was quoted in the article "Discovery centre booth connects the field to our food" in the Manitoba Co-operator (January 10). She described some of the activities they were planning for Ag Days to help promote the Centre.  Manitoba Ag Days organizers selected the Discovery Centre as their featured booth this year.


Job Posting - The KID-NETIC Program Coordinator will work with a team of staff and students to support the WISE Kid-Netic Energy program in the Faculty of Engineering, and the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering Program in the Prairie Region. See full job posting at This is an open competition. Applications can be submitted until 01/31/2013 4:30pm. If you have additional questions, contact or

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. The heats take place on February 26 & 27 and the finals are on March 6. First place prize is $5,000. You can find out more information at

Genome Prairie is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Reno Pontarollo as President and CEO. Dr. Pontarollo, the current Chief Scientific Officer of Genome Prairie, will succeed Dr. David Gauthier as President and Chief Executive Officer on April 1, 2013.  During the interim, as President and CEO designate, Dr. Pontarollo will work closely with Dr. Gauthier to lay the foundation of a long-term strategy that will focus on the implementation of new regional research initiatives and partnerships.  Read more online.

This is a Call for Oral and Poster Presentations for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture ( to be held in Winnipeg June 22-26, 2014. "Soil Health and Wallet Wealth" is the overall theme for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture because the path to sustainable long-term agricultural production starts with healthy soil. Agricultural production systems are not sustainable unless they are profitable and Conservation Agriculture is the key to building and maintaining healthy soils and profitable farming systems. Proposals for oral and poster presentations are to be submitted to ( following the guidelines for submission by September 1, 2013. All submissions will be reviewed and the corresponding author notified after review by the program committee by October 15. Questions on the papers for the 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture can be directed to: Jerry L. Hatfield (Program Chair) at

The International 4-H Youth Ag-Summit, which runs August 19 – 25 in Calgary, aims to inspire young adults to share ideas and develop a plan of action on how to feed a hungry planet today and in the future.  Expenses paid if you are accepted, spots for Manitoba students still open, details at:

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 30th, 2013. 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
    Animal Science and Entomology: Mei Ding 6125
    Biosystems Engineering: Debby Watson 6033
    Food Science: Allison Cranmer 9621
    Plant Science: Bev Godard 8563
    Soil Science: Lynda Closson 8153

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