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May 2, 2013


Come celebrate and eat locally made food!  The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre is hosting a Made in Manitoba Breakfast on Saturday, May 4.   Hosted with the help of Agriculture in the Classroom, this event will be sure to put a smile on your face.  Join us between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm for a breakfast made with local food: eggs, sausages, pancakes and chocolate milk.  There will be activities for the kids and the opportunity to discover and explore the world of food production with the Discovery Centre exhibits.  Cost is $25 family, $8 adults, $6 youth, $2 children 2-6, and includes breakfast, exhibits and activities. See for directions to the Centre.

Manitoba Materials conference (MMC) 2013 is an annual event highlighting research in fields related to Materials Science and Technology, scheduled for Tuesday, May 7 at the University of Manitoba.  It is an important opportunity for students and faculty from departments across the University and in the region to learn about current research and to meet colleagues with common interests. Please join us at this free conference which will showcase materials research from the University of Manitoba and the region, including invited presentations from Professors Safa Kasap (University of Saskatchewan) and Erik Hobbie (North Dakota State University). More information is available on the MMC 2013 website

The Manitoba Community for Women in Engineering, Science, Technology, and Trades (MCWESTT) Conference Committee would like to invite the University of Manitoba faculty members and their students to attend the first Biennial MCWESTT Conference on Friday, May 10, at the Fairmont Hotel.  For more information please go to the website at  The conference is open to all genders.

Science Rendezvous 2013, a nation-wide science open house, will be held at the University of Manitoba campus on Saturday, May 11. Bring your family down and check out the Faculty booth in the Engineering Atrium between 11 am and 3 pm where we will focus on Foods for Health. There are also lots of other exhibits planned, from the Magic Chemistry Show to a spaghetti bridge-building contest!  Get your geek on and come visit.  See the complete list of activities at

On Tuesday, May 14, at 1:00 pm in 346 Ellis Building, Lindsey Andronak will defend her Soil Science thesis "Bulk Deposition of Pesticide Mixtures in a Canadian Prairie City and the Influence of Soil Temperature Fluctuations on 17β-Estradiol Mineralization".

Now that the snow is gone, you won't want to miss the Gardening Made Easy workshop with Louise May from Aurora Farm on Saturday, May 18 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre. Learn some easy gardening tips.  Make a seed ball! Cost: $10+GST, plus cost of materials (probably around $5). Call (204) 883-2524 to register or for more information. Visit for directions to the Centre.

The 24th Annual Mid-Canada AOAC Day will be held Thursday, June 6 at the Victoria Inn and Conference Center, 1808 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg. This year's keynote address will be made by Dr. Ed Cloutis, Department of Geography, University of Winnipeg.  His presentation is titled, “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity rover: analytical capabilities and latest results". Mid Canada Section has supported analytical science in Manitoba for 25 years through post-secondary scholarships, training courses, special category awards at MSSS and by holding Manitoba’s largest annual analytical science conference and trade show, Mid-Canada AOAC Day. Registration Fee - $25.00 (First 20 students to register get free registration - contact David Graham at  Visit for complete details.

The Canadian Society of Soil Science will hold its annual conference in Winnipeg at the Hotel Fort Garry, July 22-25.  More information at:


Katherine Li and Alice Su, high school students from Fort Richmond Collegiate, working with Plant Science's Robert Duncan, competed in the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium.  Katherine and Alice won gold medals for their project on Urban Weed Management.  Katherine and Alice also won the Asim K. Roy Memorial Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Spirit, as well as the Best Group Biological Sciences Award.  They will also be competing in the upcoming Youth Encouraging Sustainability Showcase as well as the online Google Science Fair.

Gary Fulcher, Food Science, just returned from presenting several lectures on cereals to audiences in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina.  The occasion was the 25th offering of the International Cereal Seminar “Avances Tecnologicos y Saludables en el Procesamiento de Alimentos a Base de Trigo”.

Ehsan Khafipour, Kees Plaizier, and Shucong Li of Animal Science attended and presented an oral presentation and a poster at the "Congress on the Gastrointestinal Function", Chicago, IL, April 15-17. Also, all three are invited speakers and traveling to China to present at "The Third International Dairy Cow Nutrition and Milk Quality Symposium" which will be held in Beijing, May 11-13.

Kees Plaizier, Animal Science, has been elected as Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Animal Science starting January 1, 2014.

Trust Beta, Food Science, was a participant of the IndustryCONNECTS under INNOVATE MANITOBA, a 3-part series (February 20, March 20 and April 23, 2013) co-sponsored by NSERC, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Red River College and held at the University of Manitoba and Red River College Exchange District Campus. She presented on “Grain-Based Functional Foods” during the three events where various industry participants were also present.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, attended the 104th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo in Montreal April 28-May 1. Peter participated in the Special Session "Bruce McDonald Memorial Session: Advances in Canola Research".  As the principal investigator of the of the Canola Oil Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial (COMIT) along with researchers from the Universities of Manitoba, Toronto, Laval and Penn State he presented “Effects of Canola Oils Varying in Fatty Acid Composition on Lipid Profiles and Cardiovascular Risk Scores in the Canola Oil Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial (COMIT)” and “Efficacy of canola oils and vegetable oil blends on abdominal fat mass in men and women at risk for metabolic syndrome”. Dr. Bruce McDonald was a scientist and a teacher, and for 30 years as a professor on the staff of the University of Manitoba his focus was on the nutritional properties of canola oil. He directed a clinical research program that was the first to identify the nutritional properties of the oil. He was also an active participant in the promotion of canola oil in North America and around the world.


Rachel Evans, Plant Science M.Sc. student, was featured in the article "Exchanging knowledge with eastern Africa" in the Sou'Wester newspaper (May 1). She described her experiences in Kenya working on reducing maternal and child mortality rates through improving food security. Read the article at

Martin Scanlon, Food Science, was quoted in the article "Pilot Mound prosciutto wins gold at food fight" in the Manitoba Co-operator (April 25). Martin served as a judge at the Great Manitoba Food Fight, held in Brandon in mid-April. Read it on page 1 at

The recent NCLE seminar with Animal Science Ph.D. candidate Elsie Jordaan was highlighted in the article "Cold weather isn’t an obstacle to anaerobic digesters in Manitoba". A U of M project with Manitoba Hydro and Natural Resources Canada is exploring the feasibility of the digestors in Manitoba.  Read it on page 12 at

The Food Fight at the Forks - U of M Edition was highlighted in Food in Canada (April 2013) magazine. See page 49 at

Laurie Connor, Animal Science, was quoted in the interview "New Software Assists in Designing Barn Conversions to Group Housing" on Farmscape (May 1) and in the Winnipeg Free Press (May 2) in the article "Pork council backs bid to end hog-crate use".  Laurie's current research is aimed at helping pork producers plan the move from stall to group housing. Listen at or read the FP article at


DEADLINE EXTENDED! Do you know a support staff member or team that deserves recognition? Nominate them for the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Support Staff Award. The Faculty has two annual awards recognizing the outstanding contributions by Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences support staff. Complete details ( and nomination form ( are available online.  Deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 15.

Agriculture in the Classroom Seeks Volunteers - AITC invites you to volunteer at their upcoming Amazing Agriculture Adventure in Brandon, June 4-5. The Brandon event is held at the Keystsone Centre and they are expecting over 600 Grade 4 and 5 students to register for this event. They will need class hosts each day to tour the students and teachers through the interactive stations. In addition, they need volunteers to help manage the various stations. To volunteer, please fill out a form available at before May 15.

If you have students who demonstrate initiative, leadership, integrity, and engagement in and out of the classroom, nominate them for the McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2013 Student Scholarship Award. The scholarship was conceived in 2006 to reinforce higher education institutional focus on the student learning experience. The award is directed towards rewarding those students who enhance the teaching and learning environment. Twenty scholarships of $1000 will be awarded in the fall of 2013.  The award is available to any full-time undergraduate student currently studying a degree, diploma, or certificate at an accredited Canadian college or university between June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013.  To learn more about the program and to nominate your students, please visit: Deadline is June 30, 2013.

Farm Management Canada is holding a video competition to showcase Canadian agriculture at the 2013 International Farm Management Congress in Poland. Winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Poland Congress. To enter, contestants must produce a video, one minute or less, that demonstrates: Canadian Farmers Managing for Success! Farm Management Canada must receive the completed application form and video submission no later than May 24, 2013. The names of the winners will be announced in June 2013. For more information regarding how to apply and full contest rules, please visit

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