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April 13, 2015


The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences along with the Asper School of Business and the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources present a Special Seminar entitled “Acting on climate change: Solutions by Canadian scholars” with Dr. Catherine Potvin, Canada Research Chair on Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests, Professor, Department of Biology, and Trottier Fellow, Trottier Institute for Science and Public Policy, McGill University on Monday, April 13 at 3:00 pm in the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building. Dr. Potvin recently led a group of 60 Canadian scholars, including three from the University of Manitoba, to develop a consensus on science-based, viable solutions for greenhouse gas reduction. Refreshments will be available in the Atrium at 2:15 PM.

On Tuesday, April 14, Dr. Potvin will be joined by the U of M contributors to the position paper “Acting on Climate Change: Solutions by Canadian Scholars” for a journal launch and panel presentation at 1 pm in 320 Sinnott Building. Martin Entz, Plant Science, Fikret Berkes, Natural Resources Institute and Bruno Dyck, Business Administration were co-authors with Dr. Potvin. Ian Mauro, Geography, will also participate in the discussion. Attendees are invited to stay for a wine and cheese at 4 pm. RSVP to Bev Godard at or 204-474-8563.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 14 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 11:30 am. Pengqi Wang, Ph.D. student with Karmin O, will be presenting "Regulation of oxidative stress in ischemia-reperfusion-induced acute kidney injury".  All are welcome to attend.

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.

The Manitoba Institute for Policy Research presents “Policy, Pizza and A Pint: The Future of Agriculture in Manitoba” on Wednesday, April 22 at 6 pm at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, 237 McDermot Ave. The evening’s speakers, which include Ed Tyrchniewicz and Karin Wittenberg, will tackle the following questions: what role will agriculture play in Manitoba’s economy in the future? How are innovations in the sector impacting rural communities? What environmental impacts can we expect to see in the future? The Pizza & Pint are $10. The Policy is free. Register online at

Agriculture in the Classroom – Manitoba, Inc is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 23 at NOTT South Auto and Art Gallery, 1322 Waverley Street. Themed “Transforming the Face of Agriculture”, the meeting will include the AGM, presentation of the of the Teacher Driver Award and a Special Guest panel, networking, Chef MJ Feeke food stations and cash bar. Registration opens at 4 pm with the meeting beginning at 5 pm. No cost to attend but registration is requested at

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 Carman Safety Orientation Session will be held Wednesday, May 6, at 10:00 am at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman. Coffee and donuts at 9:45. All academics, technicians and students conducting field research at the Ian N. Morrison are encouraged to attend. If you are not with the Department of Plant Science and are planning to attend let Alvin Iverson know so that they have an idea of attendee numbers. Office: 204-745-3944, Cell: 204-745-8642, Fax: 204-745-6992, email:

The Manitoba Community for Women in Engineering, Science, Technology, and Trades (MCWESTT) Conference, a full day of professional development opportunities will be held on Friday, 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 CIFST Manitoba Section invites you to attend the 2nd Supplier Expo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  It will be held Wednesday, May 13 from 12:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Victoria Inn, Winnipeg.  Supplier Expo is a tradeshow for R&D technologists, food scientists, purchasers and senior managers from food and beverage manufacturers.  The technical program includes keynote speakers Rick Holley, Food Science, on “Reducing exposure to food safety risk” and Alana Henuset, Food Development Centre, on “Food labelling”. For more information or to register email at There is no charge to attend this event.

The 2015 Canadian Nutrition Society will once again be held in Winnipeg, MB, from May 28-30.  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.  Late-breaking abstract submission deadline: April 16, 2015 and for complete details visit  Early bird registration deadline is April 15!

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


Erin Goldberg, a graduate student in Human Nutritional Sciences, was one of three selected as a Final Winner in the English speaking category in the in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) video competition Science, Action! The contest asked undergraduate or graduate students to submit a 60 second video and written description featuring a research project or initiative funded by NSERC and carried out at the institution at which the student is enrolled.  Erin will receive a $3,000 cash prize. Read the full story and watch Erin’s winning video at

Ifeanyi Nwachukwu, a Human Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. student in Rotimi Aluko’s lab, is the recipient of the 2015 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Laws and Regulations Division Graduate Scholarship. The award, which is valued at USD $1,500 will be officially conferred during the IFT annual conference Awards Celebration in July in Chicago, IL.

Human Nutritional Sciences M.Sc. student Jutika Datar was selected as one of the eight finalists for an oral presentation in the Nutrition Graduate Student and Trainee Competition sponsored by Nestlé, to be held May 29-30 at the 2015 CNS-SCN Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jutika’s abstract was entitled “Effects of different dietary fats on lipid profile and expression of genes involved in testes function in Zucker (fa/fa) rats”. All finalists receive a Christine Gagnon Memorial Travel Award valued at $475.

Argenis Rodas-González will give an oral presentation in the "International Meat Congress 2015"in Mexico City, Mexico, April 14-16. His talk is entitled “Adding value to mature cow and beef dark-cutting carcasses”.

Chad Lawley, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, gave an invited talk, “Spatial Interactions in Habitat Conservation: Evidence from Prairie Pothole Easements,” at the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta on March 26. 

Sara Raposo, M.Sc. student, and Shyam Mayengbam, Ph.D. student, along with their advisor, Jim House, Human Nutritional Sciences, presented their research findings at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2015, Boston, MA, from March 28-April 1.  Both students gave oral presentations on their work related to marginal vitamin B6 status and its associated health implications.

The 6th annual Carman High School Agro Ecology Day was held on April 9th at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm and involved 90 Grade 10 students from Carman, Elm Creek and Miami. Started in 2010, the event is a joint venture between the Prairie Rose School Division, University of Manitoba Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, and MAFRD. The students participated in hands-on learning with experts in the fields of entomology, weeds, riverbanks, soil, and agricultural meteorology. The University of Manitoba was represented by Doug Cattani, Alvin Iverson, Rotimi Ojo, Ashley Soloway, Megan Westphal,  Jim Dunn and Sue Clayton along with MAFRD staff, Richardson Pioneer, Nutrients for Life and La Salle Redboine Conservation District.


On May 14 at 12:00 Noon all Refworks accounts for the University of Manitoba will be migrated to RefWorks’ main servers based in the United States.  We anticipate a downtime window of several hours while account data is migrated, during which you will not be able to access RefWorks.  All of your references, folders, attachments, and shares will be fully intact. For more information about this migration and related issues please go to


Cardwell, Ryan, Chad Lawley and Di Xiang. 2015. “Milked and Feathered: The Regressive Welfare Effects of Canada's Supply Management Regime.” Canadian Public Policy 41(1): 1-14.

Farenhorst, A., Andronak, L.A., McQueen, R.D.A. (2015). Bulk deposition of pesticides in a Canadian city: Part 1. Glyphosate and other agricultural pesticides. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 226: online 1-11 (DOI 10.1007/s11270-015-2343-4).

Alashi AM, Blanchard CL, Mailer RJ, Agboola SO, Mawson AJ, Aluko RE, Strappe P. 2015. Effects of canola proteins and hydrolysates on adipogenic differentiation of C3H10T/2 mesenchymal stem cells. Food Chem. In press.

Aluko RE, Girgih AT, He R, Malomo SA, Li H, Offengenden M, Wu J. 2015. Structural and functional characterization of yellow field pea seed (Pisum sativum L.) protein-derived antihypertensive peptides. Food Res. Int. In press.

Ghanbarnia, K., Fudal I., Larkan, N., Links. M. G., Balesdent, M. H., Profotova, B., Fernando, W.G.D., Rouxel, T. and Borhan, H. 2015. Rapid identification of the Leptosphaeria maculans avirulence gene AvrLm2 using an intraspecific comparative genomics approach. Molecular Plant Pathology, DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12228.

Slater, J, Yeudall, F (2015) Sustainable Livelihoods for Food and Nutrition Security in Canada: A Conceptual Framework for Public Health Research, Policy, and Practice, Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 10:1, 1-21, DOI: 10.1080/19320248.2015.1004220

Neijat M, Gakhar N, Neufeld J, House JD. Performance, egg quality, and blood plasma chemistry of laying hens fed hempseed and hempseed oil. Poult Sci. 2014 Nov;93(11):2827-40.

Jing M, Rech L, Wu Y, Goltz D, Taylor CG, House JD. Effects of zinc deficiency and zinc supplementation on homocysteine levels and related enzyme expression in rats. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2015 Apr;30:77-82.

Mayengbam S, Raposo S, Aliani M, House JD. Oral exposure to the anti-pyridoxine compound 1-amino d-proline further perturbs homocysteine metabolism through the transsulfuration pathway in moderately vitamin B6 deficient rats. J Nutr Biochem. 2015 Mar;26(3):241-9.


Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed by the National Post (February 26) about the paper he published with Chad Lawley and Di Xiang (see Recent Publications) in Canadian Public Policy.  Read it at The National Post then ran two editorials as follow-ups to the news article. and Responses came from the president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Derek Brewin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, gave his 3rd annual Canola Outlook for CTV’s Farm Gate April 4). His main points were the positive impact the falling Canadian dollar and an improved export basis had on producer prices in the face of falling world oilseed prices.  He also discussed price information sources. Watch at at

Martin Nyachoti, Animal Science, was interviewed by Farmscape (April  8) on “Researchers Strive to Improve Rations for Newly Weaned Piglets".  Read it or listen to the interview online at

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “The statistics prove it — higher yields with Manitoba maple syrup” in the Manitoba Co-operator (April 2). Read it on page 1 at

Karin Wittenberg, Dean, was quoted in the article “Prairie agriculture in for even more change: U of M agriculture dean” in the Manitoba Co-operator (April 2). Read it on page 8 at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was interviewed for the article “Mulch-based weed control” in Grainews (April 7). Read it on page 17 at

Danny Mann, Biosystems Engineering, was quoted in the article “Brain plus computer” in Country Guide (March 31). Read it on page 56 at

Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed by CTV in the piece entitled “Listeria recalls on the rise“. Watch it at

The Food Science dairy facility was noted in the article “Hard work is for Fools & Horses” in the Manitoban (March 10). Fools & Horses is a new restaurant opening on Broadway that will be sourcing their yogurt from the U of M dairy. Read it at

Alicia Coelho, Human Nutritional Sciences student, was featured in the article “Veggie Girl brings fun to the dinner table” in the Sou’wester (March 31). Read it at

Faculty alum Steven Michaleski (B.Sc.(Agribus)/2010) made the news for developing an award-winning new farm app in the article “Tilling databases and cultivating code” in the Sou’wester (March 31). Read it at

An ad in this week’s Winnipeg Free Press promoting the Winnipeg Foundation featured the late Norman and Patricia Stanger. Norm was a much loved professor in Animal Science.  The details of the ad can also be found at

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