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September 14, 2015


Diploma Orientation will be Wednesday, September 16. Diploma classes start on Monday, September 21.

There will be a Ph.D. Final Examination for Victoria Ndolo, Ph.D. candidate in Food Science, on Thursday, September 17 at 2 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building.  Victoria will defend her thesis entitled “Characterisation of Chemical Components in Manually Isolated Aleurone and Associated Layers from Corn, Wheat and Barley Kernels”. Faculty, students, staff and general public are welcome to attend.

Beer and Bites Manitoba on Saturday, September 19 is billed as a “home-grown” showcase of Manitoba food vendors and bands with support going to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.  The event takes place from 5 pm to 11 pm in the Manitoba Room, University Centre. Musical guests include Keith & Renee, Sweet Alibi, and Until Red. Tickets are $39.95 + fees and include entry into the event and an all-inclusive pass to sample a variety of beers and food. Visit for more information and for tickets.

The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre invites you to visit on Open Farm Day on Sunday, September 20. Discover the mystery behind the food in your fridge and the ingredients in your pantry! Learn about food production by turning canola into oil, wheat into flour, listen to the newborn chicks peeping and watch pigs through windows into a working pig barn. The Centre will be open free of charge to the public from 10 am to 4 pm (dairy barn tour $2), and once again Manitoba Pork will offer a free pork-on-a-bun lunch from 11 am to 1 pm and locally made NuEats novelty ice cream and cold drinks will be available for purchase.  Open Farm Day is a province-wide event that connects the public directly to farmers, ranchers and market gardeners, and provides the opportunity to learn more about farm life and Manitoba food production. For more information about the Discovery Centre’s day, call 204-883-2524 or email   (Please note Hwy 75 construction still ongoing – service road access only).

Department of Animal Science will be hosting two Special Seminars on Tuesday, September 22. Our guest speakers are Dr. Roland Kroebel and Dr. Aklilu Wak from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Lethbridge Research Center. The seminar starts at 10:00 am in Room 219 Animal Science Building with Dr. Kroebel’s talk on “Why model if you can measure and why bother with the Holos model?” to be followed by Dr. Wak’s presentation on “Canadian beef Greenhouse Gases emissions: is Holos playing a role?”. All are welcome to attend.

An Animal Science M.Sc. Thesis Defense will be held Friday, September 25, at 2:30 pm in Room 245 Ellis Building, when Kristine Blair will present “Measured and modelled enteric methane emissions from beef cattle as affected by dietary crude protein of forage diets.”

In celebration of Farm and Food Awareness week at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, the Glenlea Research Station and the Discovery Centre are hosting Manitoba Beer, Food and Film Festival, a fun networking evening on Friday, September 25 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Evening will include sampling of local beer and food, a guided tour of the Research Station, a chance to explore the Discovery Centre, great films and a cash bar. Limited capacity so book now! Tickets $25, must be 18+. Contact 204-883-2524 to get your tickets before September 22.

The first seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2015-2016 will be held on Monday, September 28 at 4:00 pm in the Richardson International Theatre, 172 Agriculture Building.  Jeffrey Fitzpatrick-Stilwell, Senior Manager, Sustainability, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited, will be presenting "McDonald’s Perspective on Sustainable Food Systems”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:30 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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 Manitoba Association of Home Economists is holding its provincial conference themed “A New Vision for Home Economics” October 2-3 at the University of Manitoba. On Friday, October 2, hear a presentation from Dr. Sue McGregor on Transformational Leadership in Home Economics, followed by a networking reception beginning at 6 pm in University Centre. Then on Saturday, October 3, participants will visit the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre for a member breakfast with Dr. McGregor, presentations on social media and the Manitoba hemp industry, a light lunch and tour of the centre. Visit for full details and registration.

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 Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals will host “Packaging Conference:  Packaging that Makes Food Products Sell” on October 7-8. Learn the ins and outs of how the packaging you choose for your food products can greatly influence your product sales.  Participants will learn from industry experts how packaging communicates quality and enhances shelf appeal.   To learn more and to register, visit


The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre welcomes Elisabeth Harms as Program Coordinator for a one-year appointment. Elisabeth graduated with a B.Sc. in Human Nutritional Sciences and has most recently worked as a clinical coordinator at Richardson Centre for Functional Food and Nutraceuticals. She also brings to the role her experience as a museum interpreter and a children’s food program instructor. She will be directing programming activities at the Discovery Centre, including school tours, workshops and outreach activities. Contact Elisabeth at (204) 883-2532 or

Congratulations to Nazanin Vafaei, Ph.D. student in Food Science, who has been awarded the James W. Barlow Graduate Fellowship valued at $7175for the 2015-16 academic year.

Fouad Daayf, Plant Science, was an invited speaker at Botany 2015 held in Edmonton, AB this past July.  His seminar was entitled “Biochemical Warfare at the Plant-Pathogen Interface: Examples and Implications.”

In August, Fouad presented a poster at the Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop in Victoria BC, entitled “Functional analysis of Verticillium dahliae’s isochorismatase hydrolase and its role in potato verticillium wilt.”  Xiaohan Zhu, Ph.D. student with Fouad, was first author of the poster, with Dr. Rashidul Islam, research associate, and Lorne Adam, technician, as co-authors.

Twenty Human Nutritional Sciences students attended a two-day workshop on “How to Teach Food Skills to Children” September 8 and 9.  The workshop, which included practical and theoretical instruction, was implemented by Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences, and Chef Taisa Antoine, an HNS student who has a diploma in culinary arts and teaches children’s food skill classes at Red River College.  The workshop was funded through the FAFS Endowment Fund.

Argenis Rodas-González, Animal Science, presented "Increasing the dollar value of cull cows and beef dark cutters" at 4th International Forum of Food Safety - SAGARPA: Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación in Aguascalientes, México, September 8 and 9.


An online survey about research data practices and needs is now open. You can take this survey at:  It takes about 10 minutes, and remains open until September 30, 2015. For more information please go to


R. Vadivambal and Digvir S. Jayas have just published a 381-page, co-authored book entitled “Bio-Imaging: Principles, Techniques, and Applications” with the Taylor francis Group (CRC Press).

*Colatruglio, S, Slater, J. 2015. Food literacy: Perceptions of young Canadian adults. Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 5(3):71-87. (*Trainee)

Larcombe, L, Mookherjee, N, Slater, J, Slivinski, C, Dantouze, J, Singer, M, Whaley, C, Denechezhe, L, Matyas, S, Decter, K, Turner-Brannen, E, Ramsey, C, Nickerson, P, & Orr, P 2015. Vitamin D, serum 25(OH)D, LL-37 and polymorphisms in a Canadian First Nation population with endemic tuberculosis. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 74. DOI:

S. Conte, R.Bergeron, H.Gonyou, J.Brownc, F.C.Rioja-Lang,  M.L.Connor. & N.Devillers. 2015. Use of an analgesic to identify pain-related indicators of lameness in sows.

A review article on “Ergometric studies of proteins: New insights into protein functionality in food systems” was published recently in Trends in Food Science & Technology 45 (2015) 251-263 by two past Masters students in Food Science, Zhuo Zhang and Luis E. Maya Desdier with their advisor Martin Scanlon, Food Science..  The article describes how instruments in the Food Science department at the University of Manitoba that are extremely precise in their measurement ability can measure the work component (ergometric) that is part of enthalpy measurements conducted on solutions of food and pharmaceutical proteins.  This new information has the potential to allow us to better understand the functionality of plant and animal proteins in food systems.  Zhuo has just recently completed a Ph.D. on neutron scattering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, while Luis is a product development consultant at the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie.


Annemieke Farenhorst, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, and her team were featured in the article Water for Life in the University of Manitoba research magazine ResearchLife.  The story and photos are also available at

Victoria Ndolo, Ph.D. student in Food Science, was one of three graduate students featured in the UM Today article “CANDID: Q&A with international students”. Read it at

Myrna Grahn, Farm and Food Discovery Centre, was interviewed by Farmscape for the article “Special Open Farm Day Events Planned for Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre”. Read the transcript at

Don Flaten, Soil Science, was interviewed in the article “Choice Sampling” in Country Guide (September 2015).  Read the article on page 39 at  Don was also quoted in the article “Phantom Nutrients” on page 48.

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article “Grow Your Own” in Country Guide (September 2015).  Read it on page 42 at

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article “Their Sights are on Fusarium” in Country Guide (September 2015).  Read it on page 50 at

Colin Penner, School of Agriculture, was interviewed in the article “Stranded for a cause” in the Manitoba Co-operator (September 4) and in KAP’s Farmers’ Voice magazine (Fall 2015). Colin is participating in the STARS Rescue on the Island fundraising event (see more details in Other News below). Read the Co-operator article at and the Farmers’ Voice article on page 24 at

Rick Holley, Food Science, was interviewed by CBC and Global News about the Manitoba Health closures of 12 eateries this summer. Read more at and

Research by Rob Gulden, Plant Science, was highlighted in the article “Four steps to minimizing your harvest losses” in Grainews (September 1). Read it on page 12 at

Anita Brûlé-Babel, Plant Science, was quoted in the article “Are plant infection rates increasing?” and in a sidebar entitled “It’s not tillage” in Grainews (September 1). Read it on page 12 at

Doug Cattani, Plant Science, was interviewed in the article “Perennial grain crops are one step closer” in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 27). Read it on page 1 at

Yvonne Lawley and technician Eric Wallace, Plant Science, were quoted in the article “Electric fences could be an easier way to keep deer out of gardens” in the Manitoba Co-operator (August 20). Read it on page 8 at

Magda Rogalsky, Soil Science M.Sc. student, was interviewed for “Corn School West: Countering the Yield Lag After Canola” on  Watch the interview at

Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences, was a co-author on the blog article “Fresh Food Fuels Change: An innovative pilot evaluation” on  Read the article at

Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was interviewed for the article “Bull’s Eye” in Wave magazine (Summer 2015). Read it on page 34 at


Get Me Off the Island! - 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


Energetic volunteers needed! University of Manitoba students, staff and faculty, alumni and other community members are invited to take part in an on field performance at Investors Group Field at half-time of the October 3 Blue Bombers game to help publicly launch Front and Centre: The Campaign for the University of Manitoba. Details and signup instructions available at

The 2015 Annual Undergraduate Student Research Poster Competition will take place Thursday, October 29. It’s a great opportunity for members of the university community and the general public to see the relevance, value, and outstanding caliber of research being conducted by young researchers at the University of Manitoba. Please encourage students to participate in this event.  Students may wish to present the results of an undergraduate honours thesis completed in the previous academic year; present the results of a summer 2015 research project; or present an original research/scholarly/creative works project that was completed in an undergraduate course. See for further details. The deadline to register is Friday, October 16. 

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.

U of M employee? Consider a workshop offered through the Learning and Organizational Development office in Human Resources. New sessions include Workload Balance & Stress, Project Management, Presentation Skills, and Social Intelligence & Leadership. Registration for fall sessions is now open at

The Statistical Advisory Service is operated by the Department of Statistics primarily as a service to researchers at the University of Manitoba.  Faculty members or students who require assistance in preparing studies or analyzing data are encouraged to contact the Advisory Service – contact  They also have drop-in hours in Room 320 Machray Hall - Mon - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Tues, Wed, Thurs - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Agriculture Building Fall and Winter Hours - Effective September 4, 2015 to April 30, 2016, the Agriculture Building hours will be: open Monday-Friday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; Holidays – closed.

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