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March 27, 2015


A Soil Science Thesis Defense will take place Tuesday, March 31, at 10:30 am in 346 Ellis Building. Taiwo Akinseloyin will present “Soil Moisture and Temperature Simulation using the Versatile Soil Moisture Budget Approach”.

As part of FOOD 7130: Food Science Seminar Presentations there will be a seminar on Wednesday, April 1 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm in 245 Ellis Building. Join us to hear about “Effects of Cooking Process on Glucosinolates Content of Broccoli” with Yongbo She; “Saponins: Anti-Nutritional or Nutritional Compounds” with Lan Shi; and “A critical assessment of current sports nutrition products for consumption during endurance events” with Carly Isaak.

The Riddell Faculty Seminar Series presents “Food Sovereignty and Fome Zero: Cultivating Agrarian Citizenship in Mato Grosso, Brazil” with Dr. Hannah Wittman, University of British Columbia on Thursday, April 2 at 1:00 pm in the Klaus Hochheim Theatre (5th Floor Wallace Building). Read full description at

The Advancing Women Conference WEST is scheduled for April 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency, Calgary, AB. Advancing Women is a series of national conferences focused Life Skills for Leadership and women in agriculture and food. This series of conferences allows for women to listen, learn, network and be inspired by great women in business.  It is a great help for young women starting their careers and for any woman looking at learning new leadership skills, tools to help balance life, and meet women from the industry.  For more information and to register for the conference please visit the Advancing Women website: (Advancing Women Conference EAST will take place October 5-6 in Toronto)  

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 7 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 Alessi Kwawukume, M.Sc. student with Ehsan Khafipour, presenting "Role of swine vaginal microbiome in initial colonization of the gut and prevalence of diarrhea in piglets".  All are welcome to attend.

An Advanced Plant Science Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 9 in Room 130 Agriculture Building at 3:30 pm. Chami Amarasinghe, Ph.D. student in Plant Science, will be presenting "Fusarium graminearum Species Complex: Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis, Mycotoxin Chemotypes and Pathogenic Potential".  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.

CIFST Manitoba Section invites you to join The NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre Tour on Saturday, April 11, from 9:45 am to 12 noon at NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre, 103-61 Tyndall Ave. The NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre is a welcoming space where people come together to share a good meal, join a cooking group, grow a garden, learn about healthy eating and get active on issues in the community. The centre increases access to healthy food by bringing people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all.  Registration is limited to the first 25 participants. Registration will be restricted to CIFST members until April 8, 2015. There is no charge for CIFST members to attend. If there are spaces available after April 8, then non-members wishing to attend may register. All registrations must be received by April 10, 2015. A $10 charge will apply for non-members attending. Please register by emailing Please include your full name in the email message and please also indicate if you are a CIFST member.

The eighth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, will present "Nitrous oxide: Are we reducing emissions from soil?"  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

All support staff are invited to an event co-sponsored by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Sam Glenn, the Attitude Guy, will present "Your Attitude ‘IS’ The Difference!" on Thursday, April 30 at 11:30 am in 172 St. John's College, Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre. Sam will highlight attitude lessons that we can apply to our personal and professional life. Expect to laugh, learn and grow in this fun, uplifting, and exciting part 2 with Sam Glenn. Refreshments will be served after the talk. Book signing to follow. AFS Support Staff – please RSVP to Crystal at by Monday, April 27.

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. Themed "Dimensions", MCWESTT 2015 will be a special opportunity for you to be inspired by keynote speakers, participate in professional development workshops, and to network with professionals from a variety of industries and professions from across Manitoba. They have a great program lined up, including Jennifer Jones as a keynote speaker! For more information or to register, visit You can also follow them on Twitter @MCWESTT2015, Facebook (MCWESTT), and LinkedIn (MCWESTT 2015).

The 2015 Canadian Nutrition Society will once again be held in Winnipeg, MB, from May 28-May 30.  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. 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 at the Radisson Winnipeg Downtown. Join them to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of CLRA/ACRSD and the International Year of Soils. Full details at


Congratulations to Michael Eskin, Human Nutritional Sciences, who will receive a prestigious award from the Institute of Food Technologists in the USA this July when he is inducted as Fellow of the Institute at their Annual Meeting in Chicago.  The IFT Fellow designation is an honour bestowed upon an IFT member by their peers, recognizing exemplary professionalism in the field of food science.

Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research and international) and distinguished professor, biosystems engineering  will receive the Partners In Research (PIR) Engineering Ambassador Award on May 26 in Ottawa. The award recognizes a Canadian researcher, his or her outstanding body of work over a period of time which has contributed to the field of engineering, and their promotion of this research to the Canadian public. Two of only seven national PIR awards will be presented to University of Manitoba researchers.

Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science, was announced as a nominee for the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in the category Science, Technology & Research. A gala dinner will be held on May 6 to celebrate the nominees and announce the award recipients.

There were several Human Nutritional Sciences presentations at national Home Economics Educators Symposium XIII held February 27-29. Undergraduate student Amy Goulet presented her research on newcomers and food security, and Monica Cyr presented her research on bannock as a traditional Aboriginal food.  Masters student Kerry Spence presented her research on healthy food policies in community-based organizations. Dr. Joyce Slater presented the Gwen Leslie Memorial lecture at the conference, speaking on food literacy.

Students in the U of M Future Leaders Club – 4H are advancing to provincial finals of communication competitions in Brandon on April 18, after qualifying to represent the Red River Area. Fiona Jochum will be competing in Adult Speeches and Jade Warkentin will be competing in Adult 1 Person Visuals.  Good luck!

Rotimi Aluko, Human Nutritional Sciences, attended the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Food Innovators (AAFC-funded Food Processing Cluster), which took place March 20 & 21 in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec. During the meeting he chaired the Scientific Advisory Board’s review of work done by all the funded projects.

Trust Beta, Food Science, attended the International Union on Conservation of Nature (IUCN) workshop on activities related to the Human Dependency on Nature framework held in Costa Rica, March 6 -11. At the San Jose IUCN Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean where most discussions were held, Trust presented a talk on “Wild, landrace & domesticated species as natural sources of nutrients & bioactives for maintenance of human health” as part of the proposed framework activities.

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, gave a number of “Tick talks”, including an invited lecture on ticks to conference by Rose Pest Solutions on March 5, in Detroit, MI, and “Tick and flea control” at the annual meeting of the Canadian Pest Management Association on March 21, in Calgary, AB.

Barb Sharanowski, Entomology, attended the 8th International Symposium on Integrated Pest Management March 23-26 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Entomology’s Rob Currie, Post-doc Suresh Desai, Ph.D. student Megan Collwel and Rassol Bahreini spoke at the annual general meeting of the Manitoba Beekeepers Association February 28 in Winnipeg.

The Food Fight at the Forks - U of M edition was once again part of the Discover Agriculture in the City weekend held March 20-21 at The Forks. This year, seven teams made up of students from Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences competed with products like buckwheat beet pancakes and high protein ice cream. The winning team, which included Yue Sun, Claro Miguel Vicente, Eva Wielage, Peiying Wang, and Qirui Zhang, impressed the judges with their "Manitoba White Bean Dip", a tasty yet simple spread made out of white beans, basil and parmesan.  A big thanks to Food Product Development professor Sue Arntfield and her class for their enthusiastic participation, and to everyone that made the day such a great success, including emcee Getty Stewart and judges Judy Wilson, Doug Speirs and Jason Wortzman.

On March 24, two teams (one from the Food Product Development class) competed in Mission ImPULSEible, a food product development competition highlight pulse crops. The team of Danielle Dubé, YuJung Hung, Aprajita Saul, Cara Thorleifson and Xiaomeng Zhang received second place  for their “Manitobar” Pulse Protein Bar.  The winning team from Red River College produced a deep fried black bean ice cream covered in chickpeas.

The Faculty Seminars archive has been updated to include recent presentations by Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, and Ale Costamagna, Entomology. Check it out at


Slater, J, Qadar, Z, Bewza, J. 2015. Review of food and nutrition services provided by community-based organizations serving people with HIV in Canada. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 76(2) DOI: 10.3148/cjdpr-2014-033.

Shamloo, M., Eck, P., Beta, T. 2015. Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitory peptides derived from cereals - a review article. Journal of Human Nutrition and Food Sciences 3(1):1057.

Kabo Masisi, William L. Diehl-Jones, Joseph Gordon, Donald Chapman, Mohammed H. Moghadasian and Trust Beta. 2015. Carotenoids of Aleurone, Germ, and Endosperm Fractions of Barley, Corn and Wheat Differentially Inhibit Oxidative Stress.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry available online at:

Wang, K., & Arntfield, S. D. (2015) Effect of salts and pH on selected ketone flavours binding to salt-extracted pea proteins: the role of non-covalent forces. Food Research International. In Press.

Cardillo, M. J., Bullock, P.R., Gulden, R., Glenn, A. and Cutforth, H. 2015. Stubble management effects on canola performance across different climatic regions of western Canada. Canadian Journal of Plant
Science 95:149-159.

Gao, X., Asgedom, H., Tenuta, M. and Flaten, D.N. 2015 Enhanced efficiency urea sources and placement effects on nitrous oxide emissions. Agronomy Journal 107: 265-277.


Martin Entz, Plant Science, was part of a group of 60 Canadian scholars who released a report in Montreal March 18 to argue for a carbon neutral Canada in collaboration with Sustainable Canada Dialogues/Dialogues pour un Canada vert.  A number of the researchers wrote articles in the Alternatives Journal (March 2015) themed Canada’s Map to Sustainability. Read Martin’s article “Fixing Food” here  The entire report can be found at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “Soybean cyst nematode called inevitable for Prairies” posted online for the Western Producer (March 24). Read it at

Karin Wittenberg, Dean, was quoted in the article “Canada meets climate change” in Country Guide (March 17), which highlights the green paper “Moving Toward Prairie Agriculture 2050” produced last year for the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Read it on page 65 at

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science, was quoted in the article “The threat for canola” in Country Guide (March 17). Read it on page 68 at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “Your soil needs crop diversity” in Country Guide (March 17). Read it on page 74 at

Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, was quoted in the article “A combination of new additives and husbandry can replace antibiotics” in the Manitoba Co-operator (March 26). Read it on page 12 at

Tracy Gilson, Glenlea Research Station, was interviewed by Farmscape for the piece “Baby Pigs Remain Bruce D. Cambell Farm and Food Discovery Centre's Most Popular Attraction”. Read the transcript or hear the interview at


The Faculty is seeking an Assistant Operations Manager for the Glenlea Research Station. Full job description and application details at  Deadline to apply is March 31, 2015.

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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