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the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences newsletter

May 7, 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 where we will be making butter and exploring sugar in drinks. 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

There will be a Permaculture Gardening Day on Saturday, May 9 from 10 am to 4:30 pm, at the Harvest Moon Learning Centre in Clearwater, MB  Cost is $30 per person (includes lunch). Visit for details.

There will be a “Women in Science Cluster Luncheon: a Workshop for Women in Agriculture, Environment, and Science” in the Cross Commons Room, 108 St John's College on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. This event is aimed at women professors and lecturers, research associates, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students or undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science. During the workshop luncheon, we will brainstorm to develop a reoccurring initiative for women in agriculture, environment, science and engineering.  Meet Dr. Karin Wittenberg, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Dr. Stefi Baum, Dean, Faculty of Science, and Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, the Prairie NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, who will provide you with career tips. This event is sponsored by the Faculty Development Initiatives Fund, the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Science, and the Prairie NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering. Please RSVP to Space is limited to 80 attendees.

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.

Soil Science Ph.D. Oral Examination - Rezvan Karimi Dehkordi, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Soil Science, will defend her thesis entitled “Downward Movement of Nitrate and Phosphorus from Hog Manures in Annual and Perennial Cropping Systems” on Thursday, May 14 at 1:30 pm in 346 Ellis Building. Faculty, students, staff and general public are 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 will once again be held in Winnipeg, MB, 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 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


Monica Cyr, Human Nutritional Sciences student, was the valedictorian at the 26th University of Manitoba Traditional Graduation Pow Wow on May 2. Monica spoke about the importance of getting involved at the University and of building a “campus family”.

Barb Sharanowski, Entomology, was honoured with a University of Manitoba Rh Award at a reception on April 27.  These honours are given to academic staff members who are in the early stages of their careers and who display exceptional innovation, leadership and promise in their respective fields. Barb was recognized in the Applied Sciences category for her research on understanding the evolutionary history of Hymenoptera, a particularly parasitic wasp. Barb has applied her work to several problems in agriculture, working to develop sustainable approaches to crop pest management. Read about all the Rh Award recipients at

The 2015 School of Agriculture Convocation was held on May 1 with 66 graduates receiving their diplomas. Several awards were also presented at the event. Terry Betker was selected as Teacher of the Year by the first year students, and Gabi Sponagel-Ridder and Thea Green were selected as Teacher of the Year by the second year students, and Certificates of Merit were presented to Cindy Grant and Keith Kuhl. Read more at

Terry Galloway, Entomology, was officially appointed Professor Emeritus last week. The conferral of the emeritus title is in recognition of distinguished service to the University through teaching, research, and scholarship.

Rick Holley, Food Science, and Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, were presented with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Teaching Award of Merit. These awards are given annually to individuals who excel in teaching an agricultural discipline.

Suzanne Marion, Food Science student, began her summer research assistantship this week as one of the recipients of the 2015 NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award. Suzy will make contributions towards building a nutrient database for crops grown in Malawi. Two other summer undergraduate research assistants, Ce Zhou and Hengguang Xu, have also joined Trust Beta’s research program in the Department of Food Science.

Human Nutritional Sciences presentations at Dietitians of Canada's Manitoba Research Day on April 29 included undergraduate student Monica Cyr and her research poster titled “Exploring the meaning of bannock in Winnipeg’s North End” and Master’s student Kerry Spence and her research poster “A mixed methods case study of a community-based food literacy program in community-based food literacy program in the North End of Winnipeg". Joyce Slater gave a presentation on “Sustainable livelihoods for food and nutrition security”.


Wang, K. & Arntfield, S. D. (2015). Interaction of selected volatile flavour compounds and salt-extracted pea proteins: effect on protein structure and thermal-induced gelation properties. Food Hydrocolloids (In press).

Martin G. Scanlon and John H. Page. 2015. Probing the Properties of Dough with Low-Intensity Ultrasound. Cereal Chemistry Journal, March/April 2015, Volume 92, Number 2 , Page 121

Farenhorst, A., Andronak, L.A., McQueen, R.D.A. (2015). Bulk deposition of pesticides in a Canadian city: Part 2. Impact of malathion use within city-limits. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 226: online 1-8 (DOI 10.1007/s11270-015-2342-5)


Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the article “Mulch-based weed control” in Grainews (April 22). Read it at

Danny Mann, Biosystems Engineering, was interviewed in the article “Tractor simulator bridges the gap between operator and computer” in Country Guide (April 28). Read it at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “Study zeros in on nitrous oxide emissions from soil” in the Western Producer (May 7) Read it on page 34at

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was quoted in the article “New guidelines for phosphorus” in Grainews (April 28). Read it on page 6-7 at

Martin Scanlon, Food Science, and John Page, Physics, were on Global TV (April 23) demonstrating the recently funded ultrasound technology they are using to improve noodle production. The interview was shot in the lab of their research collaborator, the Canadian International Grains Institute lab (Cigi). Watch it at


The Food and Soil Science Graduate Students Associations will be hosting Summer Barbecues every Friday until the end of August. Come on down to the green space behind Ellis Building at noon with cash and a hefty appetite to enjoy conversation with your colleagues, a delicious meal and some summer relaxation.

The Faculty's annual newsletter, the Aggregate, was recently distributed to all alumni as an insert in the University's On Manitoba magazine. The publication provides a quick summary of the Faculty's research, academic and outreach highlights in 2014-15. If you didn't get one in the mail, you can check out the Aggregate online

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! 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.

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 University of Manitoba Employees Scholarship (UMES) is a scholarship that is available to the spouse or dependent children of University of Manitoba employees or retired former employees. The deadline to submit applications for the UMES scholarship is Monday, June 1. Applications can be found online at The 2014-2015 competition is based on course work completed between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015. All eligible applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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