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July 20, 2015


Ph.D. Oral Examination - Naser Ibrahim, Ph.D. candidate in Human Nutritional Sciences, will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Effects of Diet and Disease on Renal Oxylipins and Related Enzymes in the Han:SPRD-Cy Rat Model of Cystic Kidney Disease” on Tuesday, July 21 at 8:30 am in 339A University Centre. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) is very pleased to be hosting their first ever Soybean Management & Research Transfer (SMART) Day on Wednesday, July 22 at the University of Manitoba Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman. This field event is designed for farmers and agronomists to sharpen their soybean management skills. It will showcase agronomic research work being led by University of Manitoba researchers. MPSG is proud to be allocating a large portion of our research funding to the exceptional researchers at the U of M because they conduct projects that are of practical relevance to farmers. SMART Day gives them an opportunity to transfer this research knowledge to the farm, and it provides an environment for farmers and researchers to interact. An agenda can be viewed here: This event is free, but registration is required as space is limited!

The Field Walk at Howpark Farms will take place Wednesday, July 22 at Howpark Farms, near Brandon, MB, from 2:30-4:00 pm.  Topics include evaluation of farmer-selected wheat varieties, and effect of variable rates of composted manure. For directions or more information contact Joanne at 204-474-6236 (1-800-432-1960 ext. 6236 in rural Manitoba) or by email, or visit the Natural Systems Agriculture events page at

On Friday, July 24 the Event Day Parking Plan goes into effect at 5:30 pm due to a concert at the Investors Group Field. Complete details about alternate parking locations and other event dates are listed at

Ph.D. Oral Examination - Sunday Malomo, Ph.D. candidate in Human Nutritional Sciences, will defend his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Structure-function properties of hemp seed proteins and protein-derived acetylcholinesterase-inhibitory peptides” on Thursday, July 30 at 1:00 pm in 207 Human Ecology Building. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

On Thursday, July 30 the Event Day Parking Plan goes into effect at 6:00 pm due to Bomber game at the Investors Group Field. Complete details about alternate parking locations and other event dates are listed at

Bring your family out to Dairy Day at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre on Thursday, August 6, 10 am – 2 pm. Visit the dairy barn to learn how cows are milked. Turn cream into butter and strawberry, chocolate or vanilla ice cream. All ages welcome. Reserve your spot today! Space is limited. Admission costs are: Adult $5.00, Youth (6-16) $3.50, Child (15) free and a family (2 adults and 1-4 youth) $14.50. For more information, contact or 204-883-2524.

Hats Off to Human Ecology - Join us during Homecoming Week as we honour the contributions of Faculty of Human Ecology students, faculty, staff and alumni and look forward to new opportunities in the faculties of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Health Sciences. Events include an Open House in the Human Ecology Building, September 29 – October 4, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. As well, there will be a Passing the Baton Ceremony and Reception in the Human Ecology Building, October 1, 4:00 – 5:15 pm with speeches starting at 4:30 pm and optional tours at 2:30 pm.  And finally, a Farewell Dinner will be held in the Manitoba Room, University Centre, October 1 - Reception: 5:30 pm, Dinner: 6:00 – 9:30 pm, tickets: $65.  Visit for more information.

The 2015 CAOCS/CRIBIQ joint congress will take place in Quebec City October 4-6. It is a joint event run by the CAOCS (Canadian section of the American Oil Chemists’ Society) and CRIBIQ (Consortium for Research and Innovation in Industrial Bioprocesses, Quebec).  The meeting will consist of two parallel tracks, one focused more on academic research and other on more industry-relevant research.  The academic track consists of 4 sessions including healthy developments in fats and oils; innovations in oilseed crops; physical properties of fats and oils; and new trends in oleochemistry. Abstracts are due now. Visit for more details.


The Faculty congratulates Dr. Bruce D. Campbell (B.S.A./58, LL.D./07) on the recent announcement of his appointment to the Order of Canada.  Bruce is recognized for his entrepreneurship in agribusiness and for his generous support of innovation and education in Canada’s agriculture industry. The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

Rotimi Aluko, Human Nutritional Sciences, is the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology William J. Eva Award for outstanding research and service to the Food Industry.

Kim Ominski, Animal Science, along with fellow researchers in the Taking Research to the Ranch – Beef Feed Efficiency Outreach project, have been notified they will receive a Alberta Agriculture Teamwork Recognition Award for their leadership and collaborative efforts involving government, the University of Alberta and industry groups.

Members of the Department of Biosystems Engineering were highly recognized at the 2015 Canadian Society for Bioengineering Conference held in Edmonton July 6-8. Qiang Zhang was awarded the designation of CSBE Fellow (a member of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food or biological engineering). Stefan Cenkowski was awarded the Maple Leaf Award (the highest award made by the Society in recognition of leadership in the profession). Suresh Neethirajan was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year Award. Suresh is currently an Assistant Professor in the Biological & Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Guelph and is a former graduate student of the Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba. Taylor Kirouac received the CSBE Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship (the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester). Samantha Symons received the CSBE Undergraduate Thesis Award for a thesis entitled "Phosphorus sorption capacity of potential sediment capping clay" (Advisor: N. Cicek). Amy La received the CSBE Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. category) for a thesis entitled "Effectiveness of negative air ionization in reducing airborne porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PPRSV) and aerosols" (Advisor: Q. Zhang). Valery Agbor received the CSBE Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. category) for a thesis entitled "Bioprocessing of lignocellulosics  feedstock for biofuels and co-products via consolidated bioprocessing with the thermophilic bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum strain DSMZ 1237" (Advisors: D. Levin & N. Cicek).

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Support Staff.  The first award is to Pam Gauthier, Administrative Assistant for Human Nutritional Sciences for her positive personality and support to department members during the past two and a half years of transitions from Human Ecology to the Faculty of agricultural and Food Sciences. The second award went to Lorne Adam, Technician for Plant Science for his significant contributions to research, teaching and technology transfer. All nominees and nominators were acknowledged at an Animal Science BBQ – many thanks to Animal Science for hosting the event. Congratulations to each of you - your support helps make the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences an outstanding workplace!

Colin Penner, School of Agriculture, will need help to get off a remote island during the STARS CEO Rescue on the Island event, September 15. Make a donation in support of STARS and help him reach his $50,000 goal so that he will be able to go home. Read more/donate now at

On July 8 over 60 people joined faculty, staff and students with the Natural Systems Agriculture Program and NCLE (National Centre for Livestock and the Environment) to learn more about designing productive farming systems that require fewer chemicals and include composting. Martin Entz, Mario Tenuta, Trevor Fraser, Keith Bamford and graduate students Michelle Carkner and Calvin Dick shared their expertise and experiences with the keen crowd.

Michael Trevan, Food Science, was in Ottawa July 13-14 for a workshop organized by the Agricultural Institute of Canada to discuss an integrated agricultural research policy/strategy for Canada. The meeting brought together scientists, producers, government officials and businesses to create a policy for the 21st Century that will make Canada a leader in research standards for innovation and sustainability. Michael was invited to act as a facilitator for group discussions and moderate the panel session on international collaborations. There were over 50 participants from industry government and academia.

Usha Thiyam-Hollander, Human Nutritional Sciences, participated in the 14th International Rapeseed Congress held on July 5-9 in Saskatoon.

Balachandar Jayaraman, Ph.D. student in Animal Science supervised by Martin Nyachoti, made an oral presentation titled " Effects of increasing standardized ileal digestible tryptophan:lysine ratio on performance and ileal expression of cytokine mRNA in weaned pigs challenged with Escherichia coli K88"  at the ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting July 12-16 in Orlando, FL.

Soil Science graduates students Mayowa Adelekun and Sirajum Munira both received a Canadian Soil Science Society Travel Award for the 2015 meeting in Montreal held July 5-10.

The Department of Food Science welcomes Acácio Antonio Ferreira Zielinski, PhD student in Food Technology, Parana Federal University, Brazil, who is working on his thesis “Evaluation of the phenolic compounds and the in vitro antioxidant capacity of herbal tea infusions: Classification, modelling and optimization by chemometric tools”. Acácio’s thesis project is co-supervised by Drs. Charles Windson Isidoro Haminiuk (Paraná, Brazil) and Trust Beta. He will spend 6 months in Manitoba.

The Department of Food Science also welcomes Huai-An Hsiao from Taiwan who joined Trust Beta’s research group as a summer intern. Huai-An is one of the top senior undergraduate students under the mentorship of Dr. Yu-Wei Chang of the Department of Food Science, National Taiwan Ocean University. On July 3, Dr. Chang indicated potential areas of research collaboration in the area of functional foods during his visit to our Department.

A big thank you to all that participated in the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Program held in June at the University of Manitoba. Scholarships offered to Aboriginal grade 11 students allow them to spend a week at a Canadian university interacting with scientists in their research laboratories. During their week on campus the students have the opportunity to meet role models, learn about the support systems that are available to them on campus and experience the excitement of doing research.  We had Faculty academics, staff research associations, post docs and undergraduate students assisting from the departments of Soil Science, Food Science, Human Nutritional Sciences, Entomology and Biosystems Engineering.

Leaves Ending and Beginning July 1 – Danny Mann, Head of Biosystems Engineering, is back from leave, with thanks to Nazim Cicek for serving as Acting Head over the past year. Congratulations are in order as well, as Danny has been re-appointed as Head for a five-year term.  In the Department of Food Science, Rick Holley will serve as Acting Head until December 2015, as Michael Trevan’s term of Acting Head has ended.


Sheppard, S. C. Bittman, S. Donohoe, G. Flaten, D. Wittenberg, K. M. Small, J. A. Berthiaume, R. McAllister, T.A. Beauchemin, K. A. McKinnon, J. Amiro, B. D. MacDonald, D. Mattos, F. Ominski, K. H. 2015. Beef cattle husbandry practices across ecoregions of Canada in 2011. Can J Animal Sci 95(2): 305‐321.

Ndolo, V.U., Fulcher, R.G., and Beta, T. 2015. Application of LC–MS–MS to identify niacin in aleurone layers of yellow corn, barley and wheat kernels. Journal of Cereal Science 65:88-95. http://dx.doi:10.1016/j.jcs.2015.07.001

Argenis Rodas-González. 2015. Keeping beef local: there can be opportunities in farmers’ markets. Cattle Country, Manitoba Beef Producer. July, pp.9.


The supply management research of Chad Lawley and Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, and Di Xiang, Economics, was highlighted in a column in the Toronto Sun (June 21). Read it at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the article “Forest fire smoke invades Manitoba skies” in the Manitoba Co-operator (July 9). Read it on page 3 at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, was interviewed in the articles “Winter no barrier to composting” and “On the lookout for soybean cyst nematodes”in the Manitoba Co-operator (July 16). Read more on page 15 and 17 at

Mario Tenuta, Soil Science, is featured on the UM Today news site for a video on composting.  Watch it here -

Rotimi Aluko, Human Nutritional Sciences, and Lisa Reed, HNS 4th year student, are interviewed in the article “A year later” on UM Today about the transition of the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences from Human Ecology to Agricultural and Food Sciences. Read more at


AEDs purchased for Research Stations - In order to address the issue of longer emergency response times to our rural research farm sites at Glenlea and Carman, the Local Area Safety & Health (LASH) Committee applied for and received funds from the Faculty’s Endowment Fund for the purchase of two Automated External Defibrillator (AED) units.  The location of these units are as follows:  #1 - Glenlea Research Station - Main Hallway of Office/Mechanical Shop, 1191 Research Rd, Glenlea Station, Glenlea. Main Contact: Tracy Gilson.   #2 - Carman Research Farm - South West Corner of Lobby Lounge Area, Rm 111 Main Bldg, Ian N Morrison Research Farm Carman + Region Facility. Main Contact: Alvin Iverson.  These units are registered with the University of Manitoba AED Inventory, the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation and with the 911 System. Local area emergencies may also be directed by the 911 System to our equipment. On-site training is already taking place at Glenlea and Carman. More Faculty-wide training will take place during the annual Spring training sessions.
To familiarize yourself with this equipment, please view this 8 minute on-line video from Zoll AED. This is the exact model of the equipment that we have installed.

Three alumni were among those honoured with induction into the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame on July 16.  Morris Deveson (BSA/56), Glen Findlay (BSA/63, MSc/64), and Bob Roehle (BSA/68) were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the improvement of agriculture and the betterment of rural living in the province. Read more details at

Copyright Changes at the University of Manitoba - Following similar decisions by other Canadian U15 universities in the past number of years, the University of Manitoba has chosen not to renew its licence with Access Copyright. Instead, it will coordinate all copied materials under its Fair Dealing Guidelines, which are being developed at the U of M in accordance with current Canadian copyright laws. To find out what instructors and students need to know, visit

The 2015 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards recognize and honour people, projects and ideas that successfully turn the principles and guidelines of sustainable development into lasting achievements. Any individual, business, institution, organization, community group and youth in Manitoba is eligible to apply or be nominated in a variety of categories. Nominate someone you know or apply yourself! For application/nomination instructions and forms, please visit: The deadline for submitting an application or nomination is 12:00 noon, Friday, September 25, 2015.

Textile Sciences Research Survey - Please consider participating in a survey being conducted by Textile Sciences graduate student Marjia Khanom. The purpose of this research is to measure Canadian consumer knowledge about the health risks (cancer), physical injuries (limb loss) and deaths to over 60 million textile and apparel factory workers who are making apparel items for Western consumers in developing countries, such as Bangladesh. Visit

Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba once again invites you to join them as a volunteer at their upcoming Amazing Agriculture Adventure in Winnipeg September 15-17, at Glenlea Research Station/Farm & Food Discovery Centre and at Kelburn Farm.  This is a hands-on, interactive event geared to the Grades 4 and 5 Science curriculum. Over 1000 students move through a number of interactive stations covering a variety of agriculture topics. AITC-M will need classroom hosts each day to tour the students and teachers through the stations. In addition, they need volunteers to help at various stations, and to serve as kitchen helpers and as people movers. To volunteer, please contact Diane at (204) 471-9698 or or visit : before September 1.

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