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November 21, 2013


An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 21 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Ms Louise Bellett M.Sc. Candidate Royal Roads University School of Sustainability, will be presenting “The Value of Shelterbelts to the R.M. of Stanley Farming Community, or What Does a Prairie Family Feud Look Like?”  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, November 22 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Xinyang Sun will be presenting "Production and Consumer Acceptability of Cheddar Cheese with Low-Sodium Content".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

A Plant Science Thesis Defense will be held Monday, November 25 at 1:30 pm in Room 218 Agriculture Building, with Braulio Soto-Cerda, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Plant Science, presenting "Association Mapping Analysis of a Core Collection of Flax (Linum usitatissimum L.)". Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

A Soil Science Thesis Defense will be held Tuesday, November 26, at 10:00 am in  Room 346 Ellis Building, with Michael Cardillo, M.Sc. Student, Department of Soil Science, presenting "Stubble Management Effects on Microclimate and Performance of Canola across Different Climatic Regions in Western Canada".

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 26, in Room 220 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Lindsey Lippens, M.Sc. student, will be presenting "Body condition scoring as a tool for managing the dairy animals during different production stages".  All are welcome to attend.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 27 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Lindsey Boyd will be presenting "Effect of Processing on Polyphenol Content and Antioxidant Activity of Cocoa and Cocoa Products".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

FASO is once again holding its Head Shave and Shine for charity, this year on Thursday, November 28 at 1 pm. Proceeds will be going to prostate cancer. If you are a brave soul willing to help them raise funds, join them in the Atrium and have your locks colored or cut!

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 28 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Shuanglong Huang, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Plant Science, will be presenting “How Does Hemoglobin Control of Cell Survival/Death Decision Regulate In vitro Plant Morphogenesis?”  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Food Science Graduate Seminar will be held on Friday, November 29 in Room 245 Ellis Building at 10:30 am. Yuming Chen will be presenting "Effect of Processing on Retention and Bioavailability of Isoflavones in Soy Products".  The seminar is 30 minutes and is followed by a ten minute question period.

Students for Sustainability are a group of University of Manitoba students involved in El Pueblo Creciente (The Growing Village), a Honduras sustainable living project, and they are holding a Bud, Spud and Steak fundraiser on Friday, November 29 at Area Nightclub, 1792 Pembina Hwy, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Please come out and support their program, which allows students  to research, design, plan, and implement alternative solutions for sustainable living in less fortunate areas of Honduras. Last year the team built an adobe home, and this year their focus is a drinking water and irrigation system for an elementary school. Learn more at

A Biosystems Engineering Thesis Defense will take place on Monday, December 2 at 1:00 pm in E2-361 EITC with Colin Kazina, Ph.D. student, presenting "Relative Changes of the Biomechanical Properties of Living Rabbit Brain Tested Under Controlled Physiologic Conditions with Stress-Relaxation Indentation".

A Biosystems Engineering Thesis Defense will take place on Thursday, December 5 at 9:30 am in E2-365 EITC with Marcos Cordeiro, Ph.D. student, presenting "Agronomic and Environmental Impacts of Corn Production Under Different Water Management Strategies in the Canadian Prairies".

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Thursday, December 5 in Room 219 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am. Dr. Andrea Cavalieri, Department of Plant Science, will be presenting “From Construction to Diffusion of Knowledge in Agroecology”.  Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The Desautels Faculty of Music presents Christmas Carols at the Admin featuring the University of Manitoba Singers under the direction of Dr. Elroy Friesen and hosted by the Office of the President on Thursday, December 5, 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Administration Building. Everyone is welcome to attend!

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, December 5 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Dinushika Thambugala, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Plant Science, will be presenting “Genetic Diversity of Genes Involved in Fatty Acid Composition in Flax and Comparative Genomic Analysis of their Loci”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

An SPECIAL Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Monday December 9 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 7:00 pm. Dr. Ravindra N. Chibbar, Professor & Canada Research Chair, Crop Quality (Molecular Biology & Genetics), Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, will be presenting “Genetic Strategies to Improve Seed Storage Carbohydrates to Diversify Utilization of Cereal and Pulse Crops”.  All are welcome to attend. 

A Soil Science Seminar will be held Tuesday, December 10, at 12 noon in Room 346 Ellis Building, with Dr. Selena Randall, Research Development Coordinator, Watershed Systems Research Program, presenting "Saving Lake Winnipeg – Philosophies of a Biologist".

The Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. This year's theme is "Corn and soybeans:  is Manitoba the new Iowa?" The cost is $200.  Register by December 2 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $150.  Registration closes December 8.  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

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.


Congratulations go out to recent Faculty winners of the University of Manitoba Outreach Awards, which recognize outstanding community involvement. Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science, was recognized for her tireless efforts in encouraging and empowering women to enter careers in the sciences and engineering. Farenhorst’s workshops and conferences to educate and build support networks have reached hundreds of participants. She has also partnered with other universities and the Assembly of First Nations in the NSERC CREATE H20 program where First Nations science and engineering students will be at the forefront of tackling water services gaps in their communities.  Kris Dick, Biosystems Engineering, was acknowledged for his efforts in establishing “El Pueblo Creciente” which has a long-term goal to provide alternative housing solutions to people living in impoverished areas of Honduras. Dick has developed a service learning opportunity for our students who are interested in helping to build a home in rural Honduras. An inaugural trip in February, 2013 was a success, with the students designing and building a house, rainwater collection/filtration system, stove, sink and latrine. 

Daiva Daugelaite, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Food Science, was selected as 2013 Best Presentation from the 2013 AACCI Annual Meeting at the 2013 AACCI conference (see  Her paper was entitled “Evaluation of gluten addition effect on rheological properties of alkaline noodles using high frequency ultrasound and stress relaxation techniques” which was presented on behalf of co-authors Anatoliy Strybulevych and John Page of the Department of Physics & Astronomy and Martin Scanlon and Dave Hatcher of the Department of Food Science.

Martin Scanlon, Food Science, was the Canadian member of an international review commission reviewing the research activities and impact of a branch of INRA in Nantes, France last week.

Joanne Thiessen Martens, Plant Science, delivered a keynote presentation, together with Mark Wonneck of AAFC Calgary, at "Restore, Renew, Refine", an ecological agriculture summit held in Camrose, AB on November 9. Their presentation was entitled "Redesigning Canadian Prairie Cropping Systems for Profitability, Sustainability and Resilience".

A number of faculty and students attended the Tri-Societies Annual meetings (American Society of Agronomy – Crop Science Society of America – Soil Science Society of America) in Tampa, FL in early November, including:

Martin Entz, Plant Science, attended the American Society of Agronomy meeting in Florida and presented an invited paper in the Organic Agriculture Symposium:  Redesigning Organic Systems to Improve Resilience: Experiences From Long-Term Studies in Canada and Asia.  Martin's co-author was James Frey, a U of M Agribusiness grad.  Martin's students; Harun Cicek (Ph.D. candidate), Caroline Halde (Ph.D. candidate) and Kristen Podolsky (recent M.Sc. grad) all presented at the meeting and there was great deal of interest in their work on making organic farming systems more productive.

Doug Cattani, Plant Science, gave an invited talk "Selection for Perennial Polyculture?";  had a poster "Evaluation of Selections of Perennial Cereal Rye for Perennial Grain Production in Manitoba";  judged the Forage and Grazinglands (C06 Section of Crop Science Society of America) Graduate student oral competition; and  was also elected as leader for 2014 of the Perennial Grains Group section of the Global Agronomy Community of the American Society of Agronomy.

Corey Lees, Plant Science, working with Robert Duncan, presented a poster "Comparison of Three Different Cytoplasms in the Ogura INRA Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Pollination Control System", at the Crop Science meetings in Tampa Bay, Florida on November 7.

Mario Tenuta and five students from Soil Science also attended the ASA-CSA-SSSA Meetings in Tampa, and Yeukai Katanda received 3rd prize in the Nutrient Management Student Competition for oral presentations.

Rob Gulden and Peter McVetty also attended the Tri-Societies Annual meetings in Tampa.  

A number of Entomology students have received awards recently. M.Sc. student Alexandra Grossi received the Entomological Society of Manitoba Graduate Scholarship this year. Miles Zhang, Ph.D. student, received the award for best student paper the Entomological Society of Manitoba meeting in Winnipeg and 2nd place in the President's Prize Competition for best student talk at the Entomological Society of America meeting in Austin, TX. Udari Madushani Wanigasekara, M.Sc. student, won the International Branch Graduate Student Award from the Entomological Society of America.

Entomology's Kateryn Rochon, Alejandro Costamagna and Barb Sharanowski presented papers/posters at the Entomological Society of America meeting last week in Austin, TX.

Neil Holliday, Entomology professor emeritus, gave a guest lecture and tutorial on Integrated Pest Management in the course “Food Chemistry” at Swarthmore College, PA.

The National Centre for Livestock and the Environment hosted MAFRD Veterinary Diagnostic Services on a research tour of NCLE on November 18. Laurie Connor, Christine Rawluk and Kim Ominski described pig, manure and cattle-forage research activities around the theme of Tools for Sustainable Agriculture while Guy Robbins described ways in which the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is connecting the public to modern agriculture.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) delegation from India visited Canada, stopping in Winnipeg on November 20.  The FICCI is one of the largest and oldest business organizations in India and boasts an indirect membership over of 2,500,000 companies from various regional chambers of commerce. At the India-Manitoba Opportunities Session hosted by the Winnipeg World Trade Centre, Amarbeer Bhandari, Centre Operations Manager of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, presented "Manitoba Leading Innovator in Agribusiness".  Peter Jones hosted the delegation and provided a tour through the RCFFN facility.

Associate Dean (Academic) Brian Amiro is taking a six-month leave effective January 2014.  The Dean's Office welcomes Jared Carlberg as Acting Associate Dean (Academic) for the period January 1 to June 30, 2014.

Welcome to Jennifer Henderson, who has been hired as a part-time office assistant in the Department of Soil Science.

The Faculty extends it congratulations to Larry McIntosh, president and CEO of Peak of the Market, who last week received the 2013 Annual Gold Heart o Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented by Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba. As well as being the familiar face of Peak of the Market, Larry has dedicated his time to a number of community organizations and charities.


Manimel Wadu, M.C.W., Michaelis, V.K., Kroeker, S. and Akinremi, O.O.  2013.  Exchangeable calcium/magnesium ratio affects phosphorus behavior in calcareous soils.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 77(6): 2004-2013.

MG Scanlon & HH Tai. 2013. Potato utilization in Canada. Canadian Food Insights 1 (2): 36-39. This publication jointly written between AAFC and academic collaborators examines research for the Canadian potato industry and attempts to predict its future course.

Holliday NJ, Andreassen LD, Dixon PL, Kuhlmann U. 2013. Delia radicum (L.), Cabbage Maggot (Diptera: Anthomyiidae). Chapter 20 pp. 142–151 in Mason P & Gillespie D [eds]. Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK.

Photos taken by Plant Science's Fouad Daayf and his Ph.D. student Hassna Alkher were chosen to make the official cover of the journal "Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology" on both internet and hard paper. (see


Michele Rogalsky, School of Agriculture, was interviewed in the article "Colleges get put to the test" in the Country Guide (November). Michele and other heads of agricultural colleges talk about the upswing in enrolment in diploma programs across the country.  Following the article are a number of alumni profiles, three of which are U of M graduates - Nadine Hildebrand, Brett Teetaert and Gary Mroz. Story starts on page 62 at

Martin Scanlon, Food Science, had an op-ed article entitled “Man. Ag food inspection justified” in the Western Producer (November 14) commenting on the action of Manitoba Agriculture with respect to Harborside Farms.  Martin had been one of the judges at the Great Manitoba Food Fight that had awarded Harborside Farms first prize some three months prior to seizure of the hams by provincial food safety personnel.

Alumnus Tyler Fulton and his wife Dorelle are the Manitoba nominees for Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers and they are featured in Grainews (November 12). Read their inspiring profile on page 39 at


Farrowing was completed at the hog barns last week so you can now see brand new piglets at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre for the next few weeks! The Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, so come and visit! For information call 204-883-2524 or visit

The Support Staff Endowment Fund is a University trust fund established to support activities and projects which promote excellence among the members of the Support Staff at the University of Manitoba. They are currently accepting membership applications for the Committee. Please visit for more information - the deadline is December 16, 2013.

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 minute.  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 2013 Manitoba Agronomists Conference (MAC) is has put out a Call for Grad Student Posters. MAC will be held on December 11 and 12.  All grad students are welcome to attend and submit a poster for our poster session.  Attendance is free for grad students, standing room only and does not include lunch. For requirements and deadlines for submitting a poster, please visit our website:   Please make sure to supply 8 1/2 x 11 handouts of your poster. Volunteers are also needed – please contact Rachel at

The Winnipeg Foundation has put out a call for its Emerging Leaders Fellowship ( and Food Matters Manitoba would like to work with a student who is interested in learning more about food security and the charitable sector.  The anticipated project will involve conducting a situational assessment of newcomer food security issues in Winnipeg’s North End. The project would run full-time (35 hours/week) from May to August, 2014. While your role would be to help shape the project, responsibilities will include consulting with community-based organizations, conducting interviews and focus groups, asset mapping and report-writing. If you are interested, please contact Stefan Epp-Koop ( by Thursday, November 27. Submit a resume and a brief letter of intent outlining: why you are interested in this position; what knowledge and skills you would bring to this position; and statement of availability during May-August 2014. If selected, you will work with Food Matters Manitoba to submit a proposal to Winnipeg Foundation. 

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