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April 23, 2015


The Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Awards Ceremony and Lecture will be held Monday, April 27 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at the Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, St. John’s College, 92 Dysart Rd. Join us for an awards ceremony honouring Dr. Diana Brydon, Recipient of the 2014 Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award and the celebration of our emerging researchers and recipients of the 2014 Rh Awards including Dr. Barbara Sharanowski, Entomology. After the awards ceremony, Dr. Brydon will present “Canada in the World Today: Insights from the Humanities”. All are welcome. Free admission. Reception to follow in The Galleria. RSVP to

All are welcome 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 Staff – please RSVP to Crystal at by Monday, April 27.

The Department of Human Nutritional Sciences will present a special seminar on Thursday, April 30 at 3:00 pm in the Lecture Theatre at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (196 Innovation Drive).  Dr. Wendy Wismer, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, will present “Taste and Smell Alterations Among Cancer Patients:  Their Assessment and Impact on Food-Related Quality of Life.”  All are welcome.

Human Nutritional Sciences Final Ph.D. Oral Examination - Erin Goldberg will present “Fatty Acid Profile and Sensory Characteristics of Table Eggs Procured from Hens Fed Designer Diets” on Friday, May 1 at 9:00 am in 206 Human Ecology Building.  Members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, graduate students and the general public are invited to attend.

The 2015 Diploma Convocation will be held Friday, May 1 at 3:30 pm in the Investors Group Athletic Centre. All are welcome to attend!

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).

Science Rendezvous 2015, a nation-wide science open house, will be held at the University of Manitoba campus on Saturday, May 9. Bring your family down and check out the Faculty booth in the Engineering Atrium between 11 am and 3 pm. 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 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 ninth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, May 13 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. JoAnne Buth, CEO of the Canadian International Grains Institute, will present "From Field to Fork – The Drivers of Canadian Wheat".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is holding a Cell Culture Basics seminar on Wednesday, May 20 in 219 Animal Science Building at 10 am. They will also have a table show from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Please register for the event by following this link:

The 2015 Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Conference will once again be held in Winnipeg from May 28-30.  The conference website is located at  A pre-conference workshop on May 28 entitled “Trainees in Nutrition Symposium” would be of interest to undergraduate and graduate students, with a program focused on professional skills development and excellent speakers. The cost is heavily subsidized at $50, and includes breaks and lunches, plus a networking session with local and national industry, government and NGO representatives. Learn more at Also 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.   For complete details visit

The second annual University of Manitoba Water Rights Conference will be held Monday,  June 1, at Robson Hall. This event is organized by the H2O science and engineering training program ( and the right to clean water in First Nations (  Registration is open to students and professors involved with First Nations water research, as well as First Nation community partners and industry representatives who are interested in this research. Register now:

The Canadian Land Reclamation Association/ Association Canadienne de Réhabilitation des Sites Dégradés (CLRA/ACRSD) and Manitoba Soil Science Society (MSSS) invite you to the 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


The Faculty is sad to report that Don Meadows, retired staff member of the School of Agriculture, passed away on April 5, 2015. Don had served from 1978 to 1989 as the Communications and Continuing Education Officer for the Faculty.  Read Don’s obituary at|DESC,last_name|ASC/.

Martin Scanlon, Food Science, and his team have been awarded nearly $543,000 through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Strategic Project Grants program to help Manitoba wheat manufacturers boost Asian noodle production and improve Asian noodle manufacturing processes. Read the official news release at

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, and his research team were among Research Manitoba’s first grant recipients, announced yesterday by Manitoba Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief. Peter leads the Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research (TMPLR) Program. Read the official news release at

Peter also recently presented “When Less (double bonds) is Better Than More: Health Benefits of Monounsaturated Fatty Acids” at Solazyme Inc, in San Francisco, CA on April 17. Peter participated in the Board Meeting of the Danone Institute of Canada in Montreal on April 20.

Trust Beta, Food Science recently served as a peer review panelist for the Office of Scientific Quality Review (OSQR), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The panel subtitled NP 306 Panel 7: Wheat/Grain Quality (2015) evaluated the scientific quality of a number of ARS Project Plans in their National Program (NP) 306 Quality and Utilization of Agricultural Products.


Maria Giuffrida-Mendoza, Lilia Arenas de Moreno, Nelson Huerta-Leidenz, Sojan Uzcátegui-Bracho, Kutchynskaya Valero-Leal, Sonia Romero, Argenis Rodas-González. 2015. Cholesterol and fatty acid composition of longissimus thoracis from water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and Brahman-influenced cattle raised under savannah conditions. Meat Science, 106: 44-49.

Zhang, H., Wang, G., Beta, T., and Dong, J. 2015. Inhibitory properties of aqueous ethanol extracts of propolis on alpha-glucosidase. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2015, Article ID 587383, 7 pages.


Erin Goldberg, Human Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. student, was featured in the Western Producer (April 16) article “U of M PhD student wins science competition” for her win in the recent Science! Action! video competition. Erin made a 60-second video about her work on increasing omega 3 fatty acids in eggs.  Read it on page 37 at

Milton Boyd, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was interviewed for the article “Navigation Large, Uneven Waters” in the CAAR Communicator. Milton comments on the new Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and Europe. Read it online at


The Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre wants you! We are looking for volunteers to help out with youth and daycare programming, as well as keeping our garden plots green and gorgeous! A background in agriculture preferred and a love of adventure important. Visit to fill out a form or call 204-883-2524 to speak with the Program Coordinator. Be an Ag-vocate!

Support Staff Recognition!  There are two different ways to show your appreciation of a support staff member. ONE - The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences  Support Staff Awards are two annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions by Faculty support staff. Deadline is May 1 – details and nomination form is at  TWO – The University of Manitoba Awards of Excellence for support staff provide for four awards in the areas of President's Award; Leadership Award; Service Award; and Team Award. Visit where you will find nomination forms for the various awards, along with helpful tips on how to complete your nomination.  The deadline for nominations is May 8.

Congratulations to Faculty alum Cedric MacLeod who has been selected as the new executive director of the Canadian Forage & Grassland Association. Cedric completed his M.Sc. in Soil Science at the University of Manitoba.  More details at

Agriculture in the Classroom invites you to volunteer at their upcoming Amazing Agriculture Adventure in Brandon, June 2-3. The Brandon event is held at the Keystone Centre and they are expecting over 600 Grade 4 and 5 students to register for this event. They will need class hosts each day to tour the students and teachers through the interactive stations. In addition, they need volunteers to help manage the various stations. To volunteer, please fill out a form available at before May 15.

The 4th Annual Ag Shed Building Challenge - HAMMER FOR HOPE - is scheduled for Thursday June 4. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for those in need of a hand up. However, the modest, energy efficient homes they build do not have garages. As a substitute for much needed storage space for yard supplies and outdoor equipment, they need your help to build sheds. Habitat Manitoba invites you and your staff to pick up hammers and construct sheds for Habitat families in a fun contest. Enter a team and help Habitat for Humanity continue the fight to eliminate poverty housing. Show your fellow Ag industry colleagues that your team can build it best by competing in Habitat for Humanity Manitoba’s annual Hammer for Hope! For more information about this event, please contact Kim Wilson at or (204) 235-2400. Individuals are also welcome as Kim is putting teams together as well.

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