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February 26, 2015


The Canadian Symposium: Issues and Directions in Home Economics/Family Studies/Human Ecology  Education will be held in Winnipeg February 27 and 28 and March 1 at the Winnipeg Hilton Airport Suites Hotel. Of special note is the Gwen E. Leslie Lecture Friday, February 27 at 7:30 pm entitled "Food for Thought: Can Food Literacy Guide Us Through the Maze of Food Messages?", to be presented by Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences. She will examine the meaning and importance of “food literacy” as a concept, skill set, health promotion strategy and teaching tool. For more information on attending the lecture, please contact Janice Skene at or 204-376-2649.

March is Nutrition Month! Human Nutritional Sciences will be participating with a number of activities, including a "Healthy Eating 9-5" booth (10 am - 2 pm on March 2 in Engineering Atrium, and March 24 and 25 in University Centre), Free Fruit Fridays every Friday in the HESO Lounge, a Healthy Bannock Making Workshop (March 11, 11 am - 1 pm in Migiizi Agamik Lodge), and Health at Every Size public presentations and display. The activities are brought to you by Human Nutritional Sciences Nutrition Education & Community Outreach Organization, Dietitians of Canada, and the Human Ecology Student Organization.

The Transport Institute presents The Warming of the North 2015 - Implications for Arctic Transportation, Supply Chain Management, and Economic Development on March 1-3 in Ottawa, ON. Registration $595 plus GST. Details and registration at

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 3 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Kolawole Aluko, M.Sc. student with Martin Nyachoti, will be presenting "Effects of egg powder containing anti-F4 antibodies and a combination of chitosan and probiotic on performance and post-weaning diarrhea in ETEC K88+ challenged piglets" to be followed by Umar Rasool, M.Sc. student with Jim House, presenting "Safety and efficacy of hemp products in broiler" (Poster).  All are welcome to attend.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 5 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Dr. Frank You, Research Scientist, Bioinformatics and Genomics, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will be presenting “The Refined Flax Genome and Its Applications”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

Degree Grads Farewell will be held on Saturday, March 7 at the Metropolitan Events Centre (281 Donald Street).  Cocktails at 6 pm with dinner to begin at 7 pm, followed by a short program.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the ticket sales table in the Atrium or by contact Brady at

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 10 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Kristine Blair, M.Sc. student with Kim Ominski, will be presenting "Greenhouse gases emissions from cattle overwintering" to be followed by Umar Rasool, M.Sc. student with Jim House, presenting "Safety and efficacy of hemp products in broiler" (Scientific Presentation).  All are welcome to attend.

A Special Seminar presented by the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment will be presented on Thursday, March 12 at 3:00 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building, by Dr. Ralph C. Martin, Professor and Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, on the topic "Food Production for Enough Healthy Consumption". All are welcome to attend. Refreshments at 2:30 pm.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, March 12 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Denis Tremorin, Director, Sustainability, Pulse Canada, will be presenting “Telling Our Story: Sustainability Metrics for Canadian Crops”.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

The University of Manitoba and the Association of Employees Supporting Education Services (AESES) are hosting International Women's Day with keynote speaker Dr. Janice Dodd, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba on Wednesday, March 18 at the Marshall McLuhan Hall. She will speak on "The Gender Dimension". Cocktails (cash bar): 5:30 pm, Dinner: 6:15 pm. Dinner tickets $25 may be purchased by Tuesday, March 10 from Faculty of Arts Office, 3rd Floor, Fletcher Argue Building, 204-474-9100 OR Centre for Aboriginal Health Education, A101 Chown Building, Bannatyne Campus 204-789-3511. Admission for Speaker only is FREE. Talk begins at 7:30 pm. For additional info, contact Lisa McKendry at 204-949-5208.

Prairie Improvement Network (PIN) will host its 2015 Annual General Meeting at the Victoria Inn in Brandon, MB, on Thursday, March 19 beginning at noon. Their keynote speaker is Dr. Karin Wittenberg, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Dr. Wittenberg's presentation is titled "Moving toward Prairie Agriculture 2050."Registration deadline is Friday, March 22. More details and online registration at

It's time once again for Discover Agriculture in the City, a free, two-day event featuring interactive displays and live presentations from key organizations in the agriculture industry that will take place March 20-21 downtown at the Forks Market. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, along with partner organizations, have developed this event for urban Canadians to explore and discover the important role agriculture plays in their lives. Come see the University of Manitoba Food Fight at the Forks featuring our very own food product development students, enjoy cooking demos and many other activities. For more information, visit

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 24 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am.  Brittainy Hewitt, M.Sc. student with Emma McGeough, will be presenting "Verified beef production and sustainable beef production".  All are welcome to attend.

The Manitoba Community for Women in Engineering, Science, Technology, and Trades (MCWESTT) Conference, a full day of professional development opportunities will be held on May 8 at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg. The master of ceremonies for the day, Aisha Alfa, is back by popular demand. Keynote speakers include Betty-Ann Heggie and Jennifer Jones. For more information please go to the website at  Early bird registration is now open. The conference is open to all genders, and is aimed at professionals from public/private industry, academics and students.

The Canadian Nutrition Society conference will once again be held in Winnipeg, MB, from May 28-May 30, 2015.  Of special note is "Lipid Nutrition and Metabolism in Human Health", a post-conference workshop to be held at the University of Manitoba May 31-June 1. Participants will explore the relationships between lipid nutrition, lipid metabolism, and human health.   Abstract Submission Deadline: March 31, 2015. and for complete details visit

The Canadian Land Reclamation Association/ Association Canadienne de Réhabilitation des Sites Dégradés (CLRA/ACRSD) and Manitoba Soil Science Society (MSSS) invite you to the 2015 CLRA/MSSS Joint Conference June 15-18, 2015, at the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown. Join them to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of CLRA/ACRSD and the International Year of Soils. The Call for Abstracts (Oral and Poster) submission deadline has been extended to March 2. Full details at


Correction - last week, we reported that Rotimi Aluko, Human Nutritional Sciences, was a recipient of federal funding as part of a new research cluster led by the Canadian Food Innovators. Rotimi is in fact the chair of the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and in this capacity also a member of the Board of Directors for Canadian Food Innovators. As SAB chair, he is in charge of conducting required science reviews of all grant applications submitted for funding. He also assists the board in all areas that deal with science policy of the organization, especially grant funding.

Rotimi has received funding of $91,300 from the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association for "Extraction and functional characterization of cholesterol-binding indigestible proteins from Manitoba-grown pulses." Rotimi, along with P. Chelikani  and J. Wu, has received funding of $164,000 from Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency for "Identification and functional characterization of advanced glycation end products and meat protein-derived peptides as novel bitter taste blockers."

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was named by Minister Ron Kostysyn to MAFRD's Agriculture Risk Management Review Task Force, which will evaluate existing programs and policies used to help farmers recover from climate-related challenges such as flooding, with the goal of identifying more comprehensive and sustainable programs. The group will hold public consultations and make recommendations in a year-end report to government.  See details on the task force at

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science, was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Ruhuna International Science and Technology Conference (RISTCON 2015) held at the University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka. Dilantha's keynote was titled "Socioeconomic and environmental sustainability through integrated research for development - a Sri Lankan Focus". Read more at

Ehsan Khafipour, Animal Science, and his graduate student, Alessi Kwawukume, and research staff, Hein Min Tun and Jackie Donogh attended the Manitoba Swine Seminar on February 4-5. Ehsan met with several industry representatives and conference speakers to discuss the latest development in porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDv) research currently ongoing at University of Manitoba.

The Department of Food Science welcomes Debora Giordano from University of Turin, Grugliasco, Italy for six months as part of her research period abroad. Debora is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Science. She is being tutored by Professor Amedeo Reyneri and Dr. Massimo Blandino in Turin and Trust Beta in Manitoba. During her stay at the University of Manitoba, Debora will focus on analysis of bioactive compounds in pigmented and white corn varieties / hybrids and in traditional and untraditional wheat pearling and milling fractions. She will also investigate the evolution of bioactive compounds during kernel development and their correlation with resistance to Fusarium verticillioides and fumonisin contamination.

Colin Penner and Garrett Sawatzky, School of Agriculture, are members of Keystone Agricultural Producers' Manitoba Young Farmers Group and they will be attending the Canadian Young Farmers Forum this week as Manitoba delegates. The 2015 conference theme is “Family Farm 2.0 – Preparing for 2050” and is being held in Ottawa February 27 to March 2.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN), was invited to Phoenix, AZ, on February 17 to give a lecture to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. His lecture focused on “Approaches for Selecting the Best Natural Product.”

The Manitoba Naturopathic Association is hosting their Annual General Meeting at RCFFN on Saturday, February 28. Dr. Jones will tour the group through the facility, and discuss opportunities to collaborate or provide services to the doctors who may benefit from our expertise in formulation, testing and clinical trial facilities.

RCFFN welcomes Kerry-Leigh Burchill, Director of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa, on February 26. Ms. Burchill will tour the facility as one of her stops while in Winnipeg.


Onuh JO, Girgih AT, Malomo SA, Aluko RE, Aliani M. 2015. Kinetics of in vitro renin and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition by chicken skin protein hydrolysates and their blood pressure lowering effects in spontaneously hypertensive rats. J. Funct. Foods 14, 133-143.

Nwachukwu ID, Devassy JG, Aluko RE, Jones PJH. 2015. Cholesterol-lowering properties of oat β-glucan and the promotion of cardiovascular health: did Health Canada make the right call? Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. In press.

Cheung LKY, Aluko RE, Cliff MA, Li-Chan ECY. 2015. Effects of exopeptidase treatment on antihypertensive activity and taste attributes of enzymatic whey protein hydrolysates. J. Funct. Foods 13, 262–275.

Singh, C.B., D.S. Jayas and R. Larson. 2014. Assessment of fan control strategies for in-bin natural air-drying of wheat in Western Canada. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 56: 3.25-3.36.


Michael Trevan, Food Science, was pictured on the front of the inaugural newsletter of Safe Food Canada - The Learning Partnership. Michael serves as the chair of this new organization, and they recently held their first expanded board meeting.

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed by GX94 Radio about Canada’s supply management policies.

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was interviewed in the article "Soybean cyst nematode is coming" in Top Crop Manager(February 2015). Mario says Prairie soybean growers will need to be vigilant in scouting for soybean cyst nematode. Read it online at

Rob Gulden, Plant Science was quoted in the article "Confused yet about stacked technologies?" in Country Guide (February 17). Rob says that while stacked traits open opportunities, farmers still need to think about integrated weed management. Read it on page 52 at

Peter McVetty, Plant Science, was featured in the article "Breeding Basics" in Country Guide (February 17). Peter provides some insight into the complex business of plant breeding. Read it on page 58 at


2015 Faculty Endowment Fund Competition - The Endowment Fund Committee of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is once again soliciting proposals for funding from academic and support staff, students, and alumni of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The deadline for applications is 12 noon, Friday, March 6, 2014. NO LATE APPLICATIONS CONSIDERED! Funding is available for a wide variety of worthy projects and programs consistent with the academic goals of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. The Endowment Fund has over $1.3 million donated to date from students, academic and support staff, alumni and the private sector, from which interest of approximately $150,000 is available this year to fund proposals. Visit the Endowment Fund site at to read about projects which may qualify, past projects funded and to download an application form. If you have any questions, please contact Martin Scanlon at 474-6082.

Lights, Camera, Science Action! - NSERC is inviting you to submit a 60-second video showcasing science and engineering on our campus for a chance to win one of 15 cash prizes of $3,000. Read more: Contest closes: February 27, 2015 at 5 p.m. (EST).

Fiscal Year End - Our fiscal year end of March 31, 2015 is fast approaching. Staff are reminded to make all purchases, travel and business claims soon. For year-end guidelines and schedule, please see Financial Services website at

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