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May 8, 2014


Science Rendezvous 2014, a nation-wide science open house, will be held at the University of Manitoba campus on Saturday, May 10. Bring your family down and check out the Faculty booth in the Engineering Atrium between 11 am and 3 pm where our hands'on activity will be butter-making! There are also lots of other exhibits planned, from the Chemistry Magic Show to slime-making to a spaghetti bridge-building contest.  Get your geek on and come visit!  See the complete list of activities at

The Presidential Committee to Appoint a Dean of Science is pleased to announce public presentations by candidates. Dr. Stefi Baum, Professor, Director & School Head Chester F. Carlson Centre for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology will present on Friday, May 16 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the Senate Chamber, Room E3-262 EITC Building.

There will be a Soil Science Seminar on Tuesday, May 20 by Dr. Xiying Hao, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, on "Co-composting of beef cattle feedlot manure with construction and demolition waste" at 12:00 – 1:00 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building.

There will be a Ph.D. Defence by Ainsley Hamm at 8:30 on Thursday, May 22 in Room 220 Animal Science entitled "Bacterial Ecology and Fate in Integrated Livestock Production Systems".

The Associates of the Asper School of Business are pleased to invite students, faculty and staff of the University of Manitoba to a presentation by the 2014 International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award recipient Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corporation on Monday, May 26, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Main Level, Drake Centre. Linamar Corporation is a diversified global manufacturing company of driveline components for passenger vehicles and on- and off-road industry vehicles, based in Guelph, ON.  Students, Faculty and Staff of the University of Manitoba who are in attendance will have an opportunity to win tickets to the Gala Dinner Event (a minimum of three names will be drawn). Confirm your attendance by email to

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is hosting the conference "Western Canadian Functional Food Ingredients: Strategies to Manage Costs and Enhance Products" on June 11 – 12. Learn about technologies and applications to enhance your products or control costs using functional ingredients grown in Manitoba and western Canada, such as flax, pulses, hemp, vegetables and berries. This event will be of interest to food processors, ingredient suppliers, entrepreneurs, technology developers and manufacturers, food product developers, researchers and regulatory agencies with strong interest in developing and using functional ingredients. Early bird cost is $169 and ends May 23. Registration form and agenda can be found at

The 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture is coming to Winnipeg June 22-25. This event is being sponsored by the North American Conservation Agriculture Systems Alliance (CASA), which was started back in 2007 through the convening efforts of the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in Lafayette, IN.  The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) is a member of CASA, and it is through the hard work of SCCC and CTIC (the co-hosts of this Congress) that the event is taking place here in North America. In addition to a star-studded program, there are also two tours following the Congress that you may take part in. To learn more about the Congress, please visit the website at or contact Marla Riekman at directly for more details.

The University of Manitoba Transport Institute (UMTI) is pleased to present the Warming of the North Conference in Ottawa, Ontario from September 28-30, 2014. This major international transportation conference will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, private and public industry and business to discuss the impact of warming trends on transportation in the North.  The theme of the conference is Implications for Arctic Transportation, Supply Chain Management, and Economic Development.  With Canada in the role of Chair of the Arctic Council, it is vital that the country take the lead on presenting the issues facing the world as the passages in the North open up to shipping traffic.  The agenda is now available to view and registration is officially open for this event.  Please visit or go directly to the conference information page here


Belay Ayele, Plant Science, was honoured with a University of Manitoba Rh Award at a reception on April 29.  These honours are given to academic staff members who are in the early stages of their careers and who display exceptional innovation, leadership and promise in their respective fields. Belay was recognized in the Natural Sciences category for his research on novel genes in cereal crops that are important to Manitoba and Canada. Among his projects, he is seeking to increase wheat’s tolerance against preharvest sprouting, as well as altering genes to create cereals that are optimal for biofuels. Read about all the Rh Award recipients at

The 107th Diploma Convocation was held on May 2 with 58 graduates receiving their diplomas. Several awards were also presented at the event. Gary Martens, Plant Science, was selected as Teacher of the Year, and Certificates of Merit were presented to Ed Tyrchniewicz, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, and Marg Rempel. Read more at

Ian Brown, Plant Science (retired), was honoured recently with the Leadership Award as part of the University of Manitoba Support Staff Awards of Excellence. As well, the Engineering CEAB Accreditation Support Staff Team, which included Biosystems Engineering's Evelyn Fehr, was recognized with the Team Excellence Award. Also nominated in the Team Award category was the Agricultural and Food Sciences' Administrative Assistance Team, which included Margaret Ann Baker, Animal Science/Entomology; Debbie Bialek, Plant Science; Beata Chartrand, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics; Harminder Dhanjal, Dean's Office; Carola Lange, Food Science; Gisele Perrault, School of Agriculture; Terry Ramm, Soil Science; and Debby Watson, Biosystems Engineering. Congratulations to all!

Rob Gulden, Plant Science, and Barb Sharanowski, Entomology, were presented today with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit and Chang Hee Choi, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was selected to receive the Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit. These awards are given annually to individuals who excel in teaching an agricultural discipline.

The annual Students' Teacher Recognition Reception gives outstanding graduating students an opportunity to honour teachers who have made important contributions to their education. Recognizing that academic growth and development occurs over many years, the selected students are asked to select two teachers: one from their Kindergarten to Grade 12 years, and one from their years at the University of Manitoba. The Faculty nominated Plant Science student Danica Swaenpoel who recognized Anita Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, as her University of Manitoba honoree and April Popple, Souris Secondary School. The School of Agriculture nominated Diploma student Kayla Antonowich and she recognized Gary Martens, Plant Science, as her U of M honoree and Elizabeth Wiens, Edward Schreyer School.

Martin Scanlon, Food Science, was part of an international team reviewing eight of the 10 Methusalem scholars associated with KU Leuven (Belgium).  The Methusalem program provides long-term funding for experienced researchers with international stature.  KU Leuven is one member of The League of European Research Universities, an association of 21 leading research-intensive universities.

Trust Beta, Food Science, was sponsored by Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) and the International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) to attend the Healthgrain Workshop April 23-24 and the International Symposium on Bioactive Compounds in Cereal Grains and Foods April 24-25 in Vienna, Austria. In the former, she gave on talk on “Interactions among phenolics & proteins: significance in food quality & health” under the session on "Proteins and health and new protein sources". In the latter, she gave a keynote presentation on “Bioactives in whole grains and co-passengers of cereal dietary fibre: An overview of their role in health protection including new insights on grain phenolic compounds” and led a round table discussion on “Will we ever have sufficient evidence to recommend consumption of grain products rich in bioactives?” The event, which attracted some 110 participants from around the globe provided up-to-date information in the area of bioactives research on health benefits and food uses, innovative processes and product development, market opportunities and added value specialty products from around the globe.

Derek Brewin is presenting two papers at the annual meeting of Canadian Agricultural Economics Society is being held in Vancouver jointly with Canadian Economics Association May 29 to June 1.  Derek is presenting "The Processing Plant Location Problem: The Case of Canola Crushing in Western Canada" and 'The Rise of Canola: An Assessment of Private Incentives to Innovate." Derek’s Ph.D. student Mehdi Arzandeh is presenting "On the Dynamics of Firm R&D Investments in Plant Breeding under IPR's." Details are available at:

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals sponsored a Special Prize at this year's Manitoba Schools Science Symposium. The winners of the prize were: Junior category: Anthony Duan and Esther Lam from Acadia Junior High School for their project "Effects of Cooking on Anti-bacterial Properties of Garlic" and Senior category: Dareen El-Sayed from Kelvin High School for her project "The Anti-Diabetic Activity of Hulled Hemp Seeds through the Inhibition of α-Glucosidase". You can see their photos at

Manuel Araullo, a graduate of the Internationally Educated Agrologist Program, was recently confirmed as an elected member of the MIA Provincial Council, with a three-year term. Provincial Council provides strategic direction and oversight of the profession in Manitoba. Manny arrived in Manitoba in 2007 from the Philippines, participated in the 2009-10 IEAP (pilot) cohort, and attained full status as a Professional Agrologist in 2011. Manny recently accepted a new opportunity as Director of Nutrition with Genesus Genetics following on from his work with Cargill.


Brewin, D.G., M. Undi, S. Kulshreshtha, K. Wittenberg, M. Tenuta, and K.H. Ominski. (2014). "Integration of forage, beef, and hog production systems in Western Canada: An economic assessment." Agricultural Systems. Vol. 127, pg. 1-8. Online at:


Inoka Amarakoon, Soil Science Ph.D. student, and Francis Zvomuya, Soil Science, were featured in CSA News (April 2014) for research on runoff losses of veterinary antimicrobial compounds in manure that they had recently published in the Journal of Environmental Quality. CSA News is the monthly news magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and Crop Science Society of America, and it is quite an honor to be featured in it.  The article was adapted from Amarakoon, I.D., F. Zvomuya, A.J. Cessna, D. Degenhardt, F.J. Larney, and T.A. McAllister.  2014. "Runoff losses of excreted chlortetracycline, sulfamethazine, and tylosin from surface-applied and soil-incorporated beef cattle feedlot manure"  J.Environ. Qual. 43:549–557.

Ranjan Sri Ranjan, Biosystems Engineering, was quoted in the article "Precision agriculture technology can refine irrigation practices" in the Manitoba Co-operator (May 1). Ranjan notes that variable rate irrigation technology can improve potato quality and consistency, and may soon be found in Manitoba fields.  Read it on page 34 at

Alum Tyler Fulton and his wife Dorelle were featured in the article "Couple combines careers with farm lifestyle" in the Western Producer (May 1). Both tele-commute for their jobs in addition to working on the family cattle farm in an interesting balance of urban professions and rural lifestyle. Read their interesting story on page 21 at

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was on CBC’s The National (May 4) talking about the effect of the PED Virus on pork supplies.

Derek was also interviewed by David George-Cash for the Wall Street Journal last week about canola crushing margins. And we reported back in April about Derek's interview on canola markets for CTV's Farmgate - watch it at

Michele Rogalsky, School of Agriculture, was interviewed by CKLQ Radion in Brandon about the recent Diploma graduation and the Certificate of Merit presentations. As well, both Certificate recipients Marg Rempel and Ed Tyrchniewicz, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, were interviewed by Kelvin Heppner of Golden West Radio/Portage Online -

John Thoroski, Food Science, and Food Science students were featured by Global TV for a story about Cornell Creme, a local ice cream maker working with the dairy lab to produce their product. Watch it at


Deadline extended! There is a new Faculty entrance award aimed at students interested in careers in food production and processing industries. As a result of funding from the Guelph Food Technology Centre, the University of Manitoba is offering three scholarships (pending Senate approval) of up to $8,000 each ($4,000 in the first year with the potential for renewal in the second year) to high school students with an interest in pursuing a degree in Food Science in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Full details and application form available at Deadline has been extended to May 22, 2014.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award – Help students conduct research outside Canada. Recently launched, this Research Award helps faculty and students at Canadian universities deepen the research links between Canadian and international educational institutions. Open to full-time senior undergraduate & graduate students. Visit or contact for more information. Deadline:  June 13, 2014, for projects starting in September 2014.

Do you have extra belly fat? The Richardson Center for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is conducting a nutrition study to investigate how dietary oils can improve your health while potentially reducing android (belly) fat. The study is open to men and women who meet the following criteria: aged 20-65; elevated blood cholesterol; elevated waist circumference; not taking medication to lower blood lipids/cholesterol; and non-smoker. Volunteers will be compensated for their participation. For more information, visit or contact (204) 480-1042 or

The University of Manitoba Employees Scholarship (UMES) is a scholarship that is available to the spouse or dependent children of University of Manitoba employees or retired former employees. The deadline to submit applications for the UMES scholarship is Monday, June 2. Applications can be found online at Applications are also available at the Financial Aid and Awards Office, which is in Room 422 University Centre, or at Room S107 Medical Services Building at the Bannatyne Campus. The 2013-2014 competition is based on course work completed between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


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