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October 8, 2015


Students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to a Take Your Place Front and Centre - Announcement on Friday, October 9 in the Engineering and Information Technology Complex Atrium at 12:00 pm. Refreshments and light fare available after the announcement. Please show your University of Manitoba pride and wear brown and gold. For more information about the Front and Centre campaign, visit

The Health, Leisure & Human Performance Research Institute Seminar Series will featured Dr. Nicole Vaugeois, University of Vancouver Island, on Friday, October 9, at 2:30 pm in 136 Frank Kennedy Centre.  The seminar is entitled, “Broadening perspectives on the role of leisure and tourism in rural prosperity.” 

Growing Support for Cancer, a fundraiser for CancerCareManitoba, will hold Harvest Day on Saturday, October 10 in Elie, MB. This is the fundraiser that the Aggie Bedpush supported this year (see more in Staff and Student News below). Bring out the family! Harvest will begin at 3 pm and will include combine rides and rainbow auction. There will be a 5 pm supper at the Elie Community Club - $10 rain or shine. For more information contact Andrea Miller at or visit

There will be a Soil Science Seminar on Wednesday, October 14 by Dr. Xiaopeng Gao, Research Associate, Department of Soil Science, on "Improving Water and Nutrient Efficiency in Agriculture of Arid Xinjiang Province of China" at 12:30 – 1:30 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building.

A Mid-Scale Composting Hands-on Workshop will be held Wednesday, October 14 from 1 pm to 3:30 pm at Almost Urban Vegetables in St. Norbert. Organized by NCLE, this workshop is geared towards small to mid-size farms/operations and will feature many of the province's top composting experts. The workshop is free but advance registration is required - email  For more details including featured speakers visit

The second seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series for 2015-2016 will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 3:300 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building.  Dr. D.W. (Dave) Hatcher, Research Scientists, Wheat Enzymes and Asian Products, Grain Research Laboratory, Canadian Grain Commission, will be presenting "The Canadian Grain Commission's Wheat Class Modernization?: Ensuring Maximum Opportunities for Growing and Marketing Canadian Wheat".  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm in the Atrium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 20 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Atta Agyekum, Ph.D. student with Martin Nyachoti, will be giving a talk on "Nutrient absorption and energy metabolism in growing pigs fed high-fiber diets with enzyme supplementation". All are welcome to attend.

A Department of Entomology Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 20 in Room 220 Animal Science/Entomology Building at 10:10 am.  Dr. Quinn Fletcher, University of Winnipeg, Department of Biology, will present "The role of energetics in the ecology and evolution of free-ranging red squirrels". Refreshments served at 10:00 am.

The 48th Annual Fall Convocation will be held Thursday, October 22, for Agricultural and Food Sciences degree, diploma and graduate students at 3:30 pm in the Investors Group Athletic Centre. Livestreaming available at  You can also follow the celebration on Twitter at #umconvocation.

The Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics is pleased to announce that Dr. Colin A. Carter will present the Seventh Annual Daryl F. Kraft Lecture on Wednesday, October 28. Please join us at the Richardson International Auditorium, 172 Agriculture Building for coffee at 2:30 pm.  Dr. Carter's lecture, entitled “China and the Global Food Equation”, will begin at 3:00 pm.  Dr. Carter is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis.

A Department of Animal Science Seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 27 in Room 219 Animal Science Building at 10:00 am.  Zhangbin Cai, M.Sc. student with Ehsan Khafipour will be giving an extension talk on "Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus – 2015 update". All are welcome to attend.

Needing some fun ideas on how to carve your jack 'o lantern this year? Dress up in your Halloween costume and join us at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre on Saturday, October 31 for the Pumpkin Party from 10:00 am to 2 pm. Pumpkin carving for the kids - bring your own pumpkin or buy one on site. Complimentary carving stencils and snacks. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Come and go or bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy on the farm. Admission $5. For directions, visit

The Transport Institute's 20th annual Fields on Wheels conference is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel. Registration is now open at

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - The 2015 Manitoba Agronomists Conference themed "Agronomists & Big Data: Harnessing the Potential" will be held Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17 in Room 172 Agriculture Building and via webcast. The cost is $215.  Register by December 6 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $175.  Registration closes December 12.  Register early for Winnipeg as space is limited. Graduate students are invited to attend as well as submit posters.  Poster requirements and deadlines as well as registration information is on the MAC website at Any inquiries can be directed to the MAC Coordinator, Rachel Sydor at or 204-474-8473.

The 32nd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis will be held April 3-7, 2016, at Niagara on the Lake . Michel Aliani, Human Nutritional Sciences, is chairing a session on Food, Nutrition and Health. Learn more at


The Aggie Bedpush was a fantastic success this year, visiting eight communities last weekend and raising over $12,000 for Growing Support for Cancer.  This fundraiser was initiated by ag alumnus Darcy Miller, who went public with his own battle against cancer and wanted to give back to CancerCare Manitoba by donating 90 acres of soybeans to the cause.  Our students made this their charity of choice this year and the Bedpush team will be presenting their donation to Darcy at the Growing Support Harvest Day supper this weekend in Elie.  Donations are still being accepted at

Phil Veldhuis, School of Agriculture instructor, received one of the Celebrated Alumni Awards from Dean Jeffrey Taylor at the  Faculty of Arts’ Home Coming 2015 Arts Celebrating Arts Luncheon during Homecoming.

Karin Wittenberg, Dean, was a speaker at the Hats Off to Human Ecology Farewell Dinner held during Homecoming. Earlier in the day, a Passing the Baton Ceremony was held in front of the Human Ecology Building and Michael Eskin, Human Nutritional Sciences, was one of the featured speakers. A plaque commemorating the Faculty of Human Ecology was unveiled by President David Barnard and Lieutenant Governor Janice Filmon.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, gave a plenary lecture at the Canadian Chapter of the American Oil Chemists Society meeting on October 5 in Quebec City entitled "Using Genetic Information for Tailoring Lipid-lowering Interventions".

Maryam Shamloo, Peter Eck and Peter Jones have been awarded $15,000 for the project "Climate change and genotype variations impacts on human health properties of wheat" under the Mitacs-Accelerate Graduate Research Internship Program. The study seeks to fill the existing knowledge gap on the effects of genotype, growing location, and genotype-environment interactions on bioactive levels of Canadian wheat, and specifically Manitoban wheat.

lfeanyi Nwachukwu, Human Nutritional Sciences won a $1500 US Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship from the Institute of Food Technologists. This year, Feeding Tomorrow received a record number of scholarship applications making the application process more competitive than ever.

Members of the Plant Science Department participated in an "Innovation Incubator" hosted by iDE Canada (International Development Enterprises Canada). Since 1983, iDE Canada has been connecting donors to people experiencing poverty in developing countries. Donor support has provided opportunities for people living on less than $2 per day.   Participants from seven countries spent the morning at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm learning about soil health, participatory plant breeding and cover crops.  U of M tour hosts included Iris Vaisman, Anne Kirk, Alvin Iverson and Martin Entz.

Martin Entz, Plant Science, participated in the 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design in Montpellier, France in September.  “The research focus of the FSD community is the farm system level, the interactions and feedbacks at lower and higher levels of integration and the tools and methods required for understanding and implementing multi-functional farming systems expressing good trade-offs between agricultural production and ecosystems services ”.  Martin presented a paper entitled "Co-design of organic cropping systems for the Canadian Prairies.

Trust Beta, Food Science, was organizer for a session on “Cereal Grains and Legumes as Functional Foods” at the 8th International Conference & Exhibition on Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF 2015) held in Wuxi, China, September 20-23. In the same session, she presented an oral paper co-authored with Ph.D. student Victoria Ndolo on "Nutritive and nutraceutical value of aleurone layer of cereal grains”. At the same conference, Trust also presented a paper on “Corn fractions differentially modify cardiovascular risk factors in LDL receptor knockout mice” on behalf of co-authors, Kabo Masisi, PhD student, and Mohammed Moghadasian, Human Nutritional Sciences.


Arshad Ali, Mashiur Rahman, Ying Chen (2015). Cotton Spinning Properties of Chemically Modified Hemp Fibres, International Journal of Science and Research, Volume 4 (8), pp1482-1490.

Jeke, N.N., Zvomuya, F. Cicek, N., Ross, L. and Badiou. P. 2015. Biomass, Nutrient, and Trace Element Accumulation and Partitioning in Cattail (Typha latifolia L.) during Wetland Phytoremediation of Municipal Biosolids. J. Environ. Qual. 44: 5: 1541-1549.  This publication was selected for promotion in CSA News magazine ( and/or "Research Highlights” ( webpages.

Acacio Antonio Ferreira Zielinski, Charles Windson Isidoro Haminiuk, Trust Beta. Multi-response optimization of phenolic antioxidants from white tea (Camellia sinensis L. Kuntze) and their identification by LC-DAD-QTOF-MS/MS. LWT - Food Science and Technology 65: (2016) 897-907.


Christine Rawluk, National Centre for Livestock and the Environment, was interviewed the article "McDonald's to discuss sustainability in the Manitoba Co-operator (September 24). Read it at

Barb Sharanowski, Entomology, was quoted in the article "Beefing up parasites’ attack rate relies on diversity" in the Western Producer (October 1). Read it on page 32 at

Joyce Slater, Human Nutritional Sciences, was interviewed by the Globe and Mail (Joel Schlesinger) about food deserts in Winnipeg’s North Point Douglas neighbourhood "Native grocery retrofit lifts hard-luck neighbourhood”

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, has been in the media this week related to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  He was interviewed by CBC Radio (On the Coast, CBC Vancouver) on October 6  - (story starts at the 2:06 mark). He was also interviewed by the Toronto Star on the TPP's effect on food prices (uncited) The Globe and Mail ran a story on October 5 about the TPP, and cited recent research by Ryan, Chad Lawley and Di Xiang (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China) -  Ryan and Chad also authored an op-ed in the National Post (October 8) about the TPP agreement and supply management -


Aggie Staff Clothing Sale - The company that provides the students with their “Aggie” branded clothing has created several staff items which are available for order. Size samples for all items will be available to try on in the Dean’s Office this week (Monday to Friday).  ORDER DEADLINE is Tuesday, October 13. Order forms can be left with Crystal Jorgenson.  Payment by credit card or by cheque (payable to “Intrepid Dezine”).  A portion of the proceeds of the clothing sales is directed back to FASO.

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

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. 

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