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November 13, 2014


On Friday, November 14, as part of the University of Manitoba's first annual #WeekofThanks there will be a free pancake breakfast courtesy of Aramark held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in University Centre to acknowledge the philanthropic contributions from students, faculty and staff. All this week, the University of Manitoba is recognizing the incredible generosity of our donors – and highlighting the importance of philanthropy in our community. Look for the yellow #WeekofThanks tags in special spaces made possible by donors, and learn more about the Instragram contest related to it at

As part of International Education Week, there will be a session on "Making Connections on Campus" on Monday, November 17, 11:30 am-1:00 pm in 207 Isbister. Astitwa Thapa (International Student Representative and winner of the CBIE Elizabeth Paterson Award for International Student Leadership in International Education) will join in an informal discussion about becoming involved as an international student on campus and highlight some initiatives for getting involved. Learning games from different parts of the world will follow. Refreshments and desserts will be served!

The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is pleased to announce the second seminar in the 2013-14 Agribusiness and Agricultural Seminar Series. Dr. Alan P. Ker, Professor, Department of Food Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph will present “Nonparametric estimation of possibly similar densities with application to rating crop insurance policies”. The seminar will be held Monday, November 17, at 3:00 pm in 252 Agriculture Building. Refreshments at 2:45 pm. Everybody welcome!

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 18 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Cole Robson-Hyska, Department of Entomology, will present "Detection of pathogen spillover from managed honey bees (Apis mellifera) to native pollinators (Bombus spp.) through the quantification of RNA viruses". Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Bioavailabilities of hemp oil and THC determination in vivo" will be presented by Jennifer Vancurren, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, November 18 at 3:00 pm in Engineering EITC E2-150.

The Agri Innovation Forum is once again coming to Winnipeg on November 18 and 19. This is the "Partnering Conference for the Agri-Bioeconomy." Complete program and registration details at

As part of International Education Week, there will be a session on "Teaching in Canada from an International Perspective" on Wednesday, November 19, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm in 207 Isbister. Join us for a discussion about Teaching in Canada from the perspective of international graduate students. Learn about their observations, challenges and experiences while teaching in Canada.

The next seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, November 19 in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Dr. Annette Desmarais, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, will be presenting “Food Sovereignty: A Powerful New Vision for Agriculture and Food”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Mark your calendar for the Agricultural Excellence Conference "Seeding Transition to Harvest Change" scheduled for November 19-21 in Winnipeg at the Fort Garry Hotel.  Full details at   As part of the Agricultural Excellence Conference, there will be a Young Farmer Bear Pit on Wednesday, November 19 at the Fort Garry Hotel from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The cost is free and is open to the first 40 young farmers to email

As part of International Education Week, there will be a session on "A Classroom with a View: UM faculty who are transforming their teaching with experiential learning" on Thursday, November 20, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm - 207 Isbister.  There will be a panel discussion involving two UM faculty members who lead Travel Study courses provincially and internationally. Find out why they have chosen to lead these trips and discuss the transformative personal and professional impact of their experiences. As well, students who have participated in international travel study will also contribute the benefit of these experiences on their future personal and professional endeavours. This session requires registration -

The 2014 CNC‐SCOR Western Lecture Tour will be held Thursday, November 20, at 1:30 p.m., in the Dr. Klaus Hochheim Memorial Theatre, 5th Floor Wallace Building, University of Manitoba.  "Acceleration of oceanic denitrification during global warming" will be presented by Dr. Markus Kienast, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, (marine) geologist and oceanographer, specialized in reading the biogeochemical record of past ocean and climate change preserved in the sedimentary record.

The Critical Environments Research Group invites you to a public lecture “The ecological hoofprint: The global burden of industrial livestock” presented by Tony Weis, University of Western Ontario, on Thursday, November 20 at 3:00 pm in the Cross Common Room, 108 St. John’s College. 

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, November 25 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am. Alessi Kwawukume, M.Sc. student with Ehsan Khafipour, will be presenting "Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV): an update on current research" to be followed by Bishwo Pokharel, M.Sc. student with Woo Kyun Kim, presenting "Effect of reduced available phosphorus in growth performance, P utilization, skeletal integrity and phosphate transporters gene expression in growing pigs". Everyone is welcome!

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Fatty Acid Profile and Sensory Characteristics of Eggs Procured from Hens Fed Designer Diets" will be presented by Erin Goldberg, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, November 25 at 3:00 pm in Engineering EITC E2-150.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 27 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm.  Nosheen Elahi, Ph.D. student, Plant Science, will be presenting “The Potential of Using the BnLEC1 and BnFUSCA3 Genes to Manipulate Oil Content in Brassica napus L.”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

A Human Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar entitled "Structural and Functional Characterization of Ferritin (iron-binding proteins) Isolated from Manitoba Legume Seeds" will be presented by Folashade Gesinde, Human Nutritional Sciences, on Tuesday, December 2 at 3:00 pm in Engineering EITC E2-150.

The Transport Institute's 19th annual Fields on Wheels conference entitled "Wheat, Chaff and Steel: Grain Transportation in the 21st Century" is scheduled for December 3 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. Registration is now open and the agenda is available at

The 2014 Manitoba Agronomists Conference will be held Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $215.  Register by December 1 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $165.  Registration closes December 7.  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 Any inquiries can be directed to the 2014 MAC Coordinator, Rachel Sydor at or 204-474-8473.


Rotimi Ojo, Soil Science Ph.D. student, was announced as one of three recipients of the Dean of Graduate Studies Student Achievement Award. It recognizes the outstanding academic achievement, strong leadership skills and notable personal service of a student to other students and the community. It comes with a $1,000 cash prize and a citation certificate.

Neil Holliday, professor emeritus in Entomology, has been elected second vice-president of the Entomological Society of Canada.  

Entomology's Ale Costamagna, Kateryn Rochon, Barb Sharanowki, Neil Holliday, Pat Mackay and nine graduate students attended and presented papers at the Entomological Society of Canada meeting in Saskatoon Saskatchewan from September 28 to October 1.  At the meeting Udari  Wanigasekara received the Postgraduate Award, from the Entomological Society of Canada

The Entomological Society of Manitoba Meeting was held from the October 31 to November 1 in Winnipeg at the Freshwater Institute.  At the meeting, Aldo Rios Martinez won the best student paper award.

Amy Goulet and Monica Cyr, two senior Human Nutritional Sciences undergraduate students, participated in the 2014 University of Manitoba Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.  Amy’s poster was the result of a summer research internship examining the food challenges faced by Newcomers in Winnipeg’s North End.  The project was funded through Food Matters Manitoba and the Winnipeg Foundation.  Monica was awarded a summer research assistantship through Human Nutritional Sciences.  Her research examined the role of bannock as a traditional Indigenous food in Winnipeg’s North End.  Both students worked with Dr. Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences.

Joyce Slater and M.Sc. student Sarah Colatruglio, Human Nutritional Sciences, recently attended the World Food Studies Conference in Prato, Italy.  Sarah presented results of her thesis work, which examined food literacy in young Canadian adults.  Dr. Slater participated in a colloquium on food literacy with Dr. Thomas Falkenberg, Faculty of Education, as well as colleagues from Curtin University and Queensland University of Technology, Australia. 

Faculty alumna Kelly Beaulieu, founder of Canadian Prairie Garden Purees (CPGP), attended the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Business Council awards gala in Toronto which recognizes the achievements of top Aboriginal and minority-owned businesses.  At the event, CPGP was awarded the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Technology Innovation Award, given to an Aboriginal or Minority-owned business for the most innovative new technology-based product or service. CPGP, which runs out of the Food Development Centre in Portage, produces vegetable purées with a new processing technology that uses rapid steam-infusion cooking to retain the colour, texture, flavour and nutritional quality of the products in the purée. Read more at or at or at


The 3rd edition of BIOCHEMISTRY OF FOODS edited by Michael Eskin and Fereidoon Shahidi and published by Academic Press/Elsevier in 2013 has become a classic textbook in Food Bochemistry. It is presently being translated into Portuguese for sale in Brazil.

Zhang, H., Shao, Y. Bao, J., and Beta, T. 2015. Phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties of breeding lines between the white and black rice. Food Chemistry 172: 630–639.

Loewen, P. C., Villenueva, J., Fernando, W. G. D., and de Kievit, T. 2014 Genome sequence of Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain PA23. Genome announcements 2: e00689-14

Holliday, N. J., K. D. Floate, H. Cárcamo, D. A. Pollock, A. Stjernberg, and R. E. Roughley. 2014. Ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of the Prairie Grasslands of Canada. In Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Volume 4): Biodiversity and Systematics Part 2. Edited by D. J. Giberson and H. A. Cárcamo. Biological Survey of Canada. pp. 1-85. © 2014 Biological Survey of Canada. ISBN 978-0-9689321-7-9

Bullied, W.J., Flerchinger, G., Bullock, P.R. and Van Acker, R.C. 2014. Process‐Based Modeling of Temperature and Water Profiles in the Seedling Recruitment Zone: Part I. Model Validation. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 188:89‐103

Gupta M, Velayutham P, Elbeshbishy E, Hafez H, Khafipour E, Derakhshani H, El Naggar H, Levin DB. 2014. Co-fermentation of glucose, starch, and cellulose for mesophilic biohydrogen production. Int. J. Hydro. En. [In press]

Munyaka P, Rabbi MF, Pavlov VA, Tracey KJ, Khafipour E, and Ghia JE. 2014. Central muscarinic cholinergic activation alters interaction between splenic dendritic cell and CD4+CD25- T Cells in experimental colitis. PLoS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109272.

Derakhshani H, Rawluk C, Plaizier JC, and Khafipour E. New Microbiome Research for Tackling Mastitis on Manitoba Dairy Farms. Milkline, Oct/Nov 2014.


John Thoroski, Food Science, was highlighted in the U of M alumni magazine On Manitoba (Fall 2014) for the work he has been doing with local dairy product producers, including Oak Island cheeses and Cornell Dairy Farm ice cream. Read the article "Cornell Creme Delights" on page 14 at Digvir Jayas, Vice-President (Research and International) and Biosystems Engineering, was quoted in the article "Moving to market" in Country Guide (November 2014). He comments on how a well-designed grain handling and storage system on the farm makes it more efficient and cost-effective for producers. Read it on page 55 at


The 2014 Manitoba Agronomists Conference (MAC) is has put out a Call for Grad Student Posters. MAC will be held on December 10 and 11.  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. Max poster dimension is 4' wide by 3' high.

The Agronomists Conference also has put out a Call for Student Volunteers. In return for volunteering with the conference, you will receive a free lunch on the day you volunteer and you can attend a speaker ssession of your choice!  Please consider volunteering your time for any of the following positions: handing out parking passes in the Welcome Centre on the morning of December 10; helping out at the registration table with nametags and speaker packages; helping with refreshment and lunch coordination; assisting with Powerpoint set-up and microphones; helping with the poster displays set-up. Please let Rachel Sydor ( know that you would like to help out.

The Manitoba Arborist Training and Licensing Program, available through the University of Manitoba, is now available in an online option to students seeking to learn about tree care. Aimed at those seeking to apply for a Manitoba Arborists Licence with the Province of Manitoba, the program covers topics such as tree biology, plant classification and identification, soil science and tree worker safety. Anyone who provides tree care or pruning for financial gain in Manitoba must have a valid Manitoba Arborists Licence under provincial law. Registration is now open for the next session of the Manitoba Arborist Training and Licensing Program , which begins January 12, 2105. Visit for more information or to register.

UMSU is seeking campus groups interested in supporting their annual Holiday Hampers program.  Through this program they provide food hampers to students in need, and their families, over the holiday season.  Last year, over 100 hampers were requested, and due to the generous contributions of campus organizations, they were able to meet this need. If you participate, UMSU provides the list of groceries for the hamper, as well as the address - your responsibility is to assemble and deliver the hamper. If you are interested in the Adopt-a-Hamper Initiative, please contact Rebecca Kunzman or Ilze Ceplis by November 28th, via email at or

Volunteers Still Needed!  The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is a hands-on interpretive facility with exciting, interactive exhibits that explore the way food is produced including modern farming, science and technology that provide healthy, sustainable food for Manitoba, Canada and the world. It is located at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station, off Highway 75. The Centre is looking for Ag volunteers who can assist with events for the general public and very active programing for schools and youth and who are looking to get involved with explaining agriculture to the urban and youth audience. Here is a great chance to get involved with representing Agriculture! Please call Guy Robbins, Manager, at 204-883-2524 or email

Certificate of Merit Call for Nominations - The Certificate of Merit is presented by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the School of Agriculture in recognition of leadership with agricultural organizations and outstanding service to the community at large. Each year two Certificates of Merit are presented, normally, one to a graduate of the Agriculture Diploma program, and one to a graduate of the Agriculture Degree program. Nominations are considered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Executive Committee and must be received no later than December 15, 2014. Nominations should include a letter from the nominator describing the nominee’s leadership contributions and service to the community.  Letters of support may also be included. More information including a list of previous recipients can be found at

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