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Feb. 22, 2013 Vol. 46 No. 17

The Bulletin

University of Manitoba


Until March 1 Art Exhibit: “What are you scared of?” by Bonnie Marin Feb. 27 Book launch for Management and the Gospel: Luke’s Radical Message for the First and Twenty-First Centuries, by Bruno Dyck

Feb. 28 Writing Canadian Legal History: Origins Feb. 28 to March 1 Health research symposium See page 10 for more events

Celebrating Metis pride

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Student input drives new IT projects

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We are what we (are taught to) eat

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Stage Rally

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Members of six unions attend a Feb. 13 rally at Fort Garry campus

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, members of six unions held a lunch hour rally at Chancellor’s Circle between University Centre and the Administration Building. Speakers included Bilan Arte, UMSU president; Tom Moyle, AESES president; Frank Wright, CAW local 3007 chair; Matt MacLean, CUPE local 3909 president; and Sharon Alward; UMFA president. The speakers touched on a number of subjects, including organizational change, privatization, workloads, and marketing and communications efforts. Vice-presidents Joanne Keselman (academic), Paul Kochan (administration) and John Kearsey (external) visited with staff participating in the rally before the formal speeches began.

President David Barnard, out of the country on university business, had issued a statement the day before (Feb. 12) welcoming “engaged debate on crucial issues we face together.” His message pointed to several vehicles set up to encourage input from staff, faculty and students, including committees, town hall meetings and online feedback mechanisms, as well as representation on Senate and the Board of Governors. He invited the University of Manitoba community to continue the discussion at a town hall meeting on March 1. A June 2011 employee experience survey, conducted as part of the Outstanding Workplace Initiative, showed that 86 per cent of University of Manitoba faculty and staff are either somewhat or very satisfied with their workplace experience.

More discussion: For an excerpt from President Barnard's Feb. 12 message calling for "engaged debate", see page 2 For details on how student input is driving University of Manitoba priorites, see page 9 To learn more about professors featured in the Trailblazer campaign feel it has positively impacted their work, see page 9

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The U of M in the News POOR HEALTH NO MORE

Feb. 11, 2013 Macleans  On Feb. 4, Macleans magazine hosted “Health Care in Canada: Poor Health No More,” a town hall discussion at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The conversation on the effect of social disparities on health will continue in the coming months in the magazine but leading up to the Winnipeg event the magazine spoke with Barry Lavallee, a family doctor and the director of the Centre for Aboriginal Health Education at the U of M. Lavallee told Macleans he favours a separate Aboriginal health care system that values Indigenous experience and traditional healing. He’s the medical adviser on one such successful program, the nurse-run diabetes integration project, which serves 19 Manitoba communities, focusing on prevention, clinical assessment and intervention. Many of the staff are Aboriginal, all are non-judgmental and “incredibly literate” about First Nations culture, he says. The result is a significant drop in diabetes complications. Lavallee calls social determinants a “bulls--t” term that masks uglier words like racism, colonialism, classism, “all those -isms,” he said. It is from that frustration that the Idle No More movement has developed, he said. The demands for an equitable share of resources, safety for women, better housing and education are only part of the answer, he says. “If you don’t address racism in the background, perpetuated by policy, then we’re still not going to achieve true [health] equity.”

SOON YOU WON’T EVEN BE ABLE TO DROWN YOUR SORROWS IN IT Feb.11, 2013 Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg sun Greg McCullough, a research associate in the U of M’s Centre for Earth Observation Science, spoke to the public at a forum recently held at River Heights Community Centre. The topic of discussion: growing water pollution woes in Manitoba and the eroding federal protection of the environment that could leave irreparable damage for future generations to face. McCullough studies satellite photos of the algae growth on lake Winnipeg. He told the public that nutrients polluting Manitoba’s big lakes from phosphate-laden drainage are resulting in algal blooms overtaking the bodies of water. Phosphorus from Winnipeg and flooding and runoff from North Dakota and Minnesota are taking a toll, he said.


Feb. 12, 2013 Metro News, CJOB, CBC, CTV Pope Benedict XVI recently said he lacked the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to resign. A conclave will select God’s new Representative on Earth in March. Sharing his thoughts with media on the historic situation was Christopher Adams, rector at St. Paul’s College. Like many, he was surprised by the announcement. “Looking back on it, I should not have been,” he says, adding that Pope Benedict was already 78 when he was chosen to lead the Church in 2005. “Unlike Pope John Paul II, Bishop Ratzinger was quite old when he was elected, he was an elderly man and he was elected as an elderly man.” Adams said he’s looking forward to seeing who is elected during the conclave, since that will signal which direction the Church is headed. “There is no heir apparent,” he says. “Now we wonder; will it be a Latin American or a Filipino (pope)… I think we might be in for a surprise.” Adams would not comment on whom he thinks successors could be. “The Church is grappling with many modern issues, like women (ordained) in the Church, so it’ll be interesting to see where it goes,” he says.


“Convicting cops tough: expert” Feb. 12, 2013, Winnipeg Free Press, story about a jury’s acquittal of two police officers sought comment from U of M law prof. Bruce MacFarlane who said securing a jury conviction against a police officer for an on-thejob incident is extremely difficult not only in Canada, but in courts around the world. It’s because the public has a high level of trust in police officers, he says. That means jurors are more willing to give police the benefit of the doubt if something goes wrong in the execution of their duties, he explains.

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Business competition draws out wannabe CAMPUS NEWS & entrepreneurs from across campus KUDOS


While we pursue a culture of continuous improvement, the process of change can be difficult. We have asked much of you, our faculty and staff, and we appreciate the patience and effort you have shown; the rewards have already been great. Together we reached some major milestones last year, including a record enrolment of 29,000 students, donor gifts totalling $26 million, and nearly $160 million in sponsored research income. Continued work by many ensures that the provincial government, as our largest funder, provides the resources necessary to achieve our vital mandate. None of this would have been possible without support and input from our university community. Our university serves as a workplace for 8,800 staff members, many of whom have been working within the Outstanding Workplace Initiative to raise our standards ever higher. In our first employee experience survey, our staff indicated how well we are doing. Your feedback led to the University of Manitoba being recognized as a top employer last year by Manitoba’s Top 25 Employers, as 76 per cent of employees who participated in our survey said this is a great place to work. We recognize that there is still a long road ahead and that we must continue to do better in order to attract and keep the high-quality employees our university needs in order to serve our province well. We also recognize the need to provide optimal and inspiring spaces for learning and working. To that end, nearly $614 million in infrastructure projects has been invested since 2008-09. Highlights include the Elizabeth Dafoe and Neil John Maclean libraries, new and redeveloped lab space at the Biological Sciences and Buller buildings, Pembina Hall residence and ARTlab. We are poised to invest another $250 million in capital and technology over the next two years. We are in a period of development and growth, and are committed to creating campuses that best serve and reflect all of us and the important work we do. As we fulfill our important mandate for this province, we keep in mind always that students are the lifeblood of this university. As a result, student involvement in the university’s work is wide-ranging. The presidents of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union and the University of Manitoba Graduate Students’ Association serve on the University’s Senate and Board of Governors. Students are directly involved in processes as diverse as faculty committees, senior leadership hiring, and innovative new vehicles for encouraging student input into university affairs, such as the student experience committee. We truly value student views and ideas on a variety of issues, including information technology, housing, library hours, daycare and academic awards. This engagement and input from students ensure that decisions made about our university reflect their needs and desires. I often refer to the notion that working at a university is so fulfilling because both the cause and the company are great. Together we can continue to transform our campus and provide transformational experiences for our faculty, staff and students as well as the larger community. David

Please join the President’s Town Hall on March 1 at 10 a.m. in the Manitoba Room in University Centre (to be broadcast to Bannatyne Campus). Link to President Barnard's complete message from Feb. 12, 2013, from the Special Dates/Updates box at For additional information regarding the university’s commitments around inclusion, space, change and our story, visit:


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Six teams of students, dressed to impress, put their best foot forward and competed in the Wes Nicol Entrepreneurial Competition recently at the I. H. Asper School of Business.

The event drew entrants from four different faculties at the U of M. In the end, Simon Burns emerged victorious with Elapse Electric, a revolutionary hybrid propulsion system which enables consumers to drive carbon-free regardless of their vehicle model, range or power requirements. The first runner-up award went to Nick Danzinger, whose Digital Lifestyle proposal focused on the “try before you buy” concept of electronic goods and accessories. Although these items will not carry a brand name, customers will be allowed to test items before they make a purchase decision and pricing will undercut competitors significantly. “I had an excellent experience with my first foray into the world of high pressure presentations,” says Burns, a first-year direct entry Asper student. “The judges demanded a level of professionalism and dedication that was profoundly inspiring.” The judges were Shaun Hampton, entrepreneurship consultant with the Province of Manitoba; Mavis McRae, entrepreneur-in-residence with the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship at

Photo by Mike Latschislaw

the Asper School of Business; and Stuart Henrickson, executive director of the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship. “We were extremely impressed by the depth of research and vision exhibited by the presenters and the viability of each of the Championship Round concepts,” says Henrickson. “There is no doubt that we have some exceptional student businesses coming out of the University of Manitoba.” The Wes Nicol program was launched in 1997 and now awards $170,000 in prize money each year to individual students or

student teams who submit winning plans for their entrepreneurial business ideas. The national program seeks to generate and reward interest in entrepreneurship by undergrad students in any faculty at participating Canadian universities. The event is run at the University of Manitoba through the Asper School of Business, but is open to all undergraduate students on campus.

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Dr. Sherry Peden, the first graduate from the U of M’s PhD Studies for Aboriginal Scholars (PSAS) program, has accepted the position of vice-president (academic and research) at UCN, beginning April 1, 2013. 

On March 26, six winners chosen from the nationwide competitions will meet in Ottawa to battle it out for the national title.

Tunnel Vision Interior design student John deWolf, seen here with his partners in artistic expression, is the latest U of M student to help beautify the university’s underground. Since 2010, the Collaboration to Promote Art and Music has established projects like Tunnel Vision to promote the creative talents of students and provoke the university community with expressions of art. Photos by Mike Latschislaw

The Asper School of Business was recognized recently by Heritage Winnipeg for the conservation work done to the second floor of 177 Lombard Ave. That space – home to the James W. Burns Executive Education Centre, and Executive Education for the Asper School of Business – was designed by LM Architects of Winnipeg.

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Pharmacy student proves CPR is essential training FOURTH-YEAR STUDENT ON ROTATION ADMINISTERS CPR TO UNCONSCIOUS CUSTOMER, KEEPS HOPE ALIVE UNTIL PARAMEDICS ARRIVE wanted to maintain blood flow to his brain, which was our main concern.” When paramedics arrived, Dupont says, they used an automated external defibrillator. With no visible results, they then used epinephrine to stimulate the heart, and got a pulse. Pam Johnson, a staff member at the Real Canadian Superstore, says Dupont was completely calm and in control. In gratitude of his quick thinking, store management gave him an ABCD pin, part of its Above and Beyond the Call of Duty employee program, to wear on his lab coat. Dupont shrugs off the accolades and says he was merely doing his job. “People depend on us to know these things, and they counted on us. I was glad to be of service. And I’m glad I took that course,” he says. Supplied photo

Christopher Dupont BY KRISTA SIMMONSON The Bulletin

When Christopher Dupont studied healthcare provider CPR last fall, it was just more training and education in the mind of the fourth-year pharmacy student. But recently he put his studies to practice. During his rotation in the pharmacy at the Real Canadian Superstore on Gateway Road, an unconscious man was discovered in the washroom. Dupont ran with Mustafa Geneve, the attending physician at the walk-in clinic, to evaluate the situation. “Dr. Geneve performed CPR for a few minutes, and then we switched off. I did CPR until the paramedics came, maybe five minutes later,” Dupont says. “We

Impending legislation will allow Manitoban pharmacists to give vaccinations. As part of their opt-in certification process, pharmacists must complete additional training, online and practical exercises, including healthcare provider CPR. “There’s been a lot of discussion about pharmacists and if we really need CPR training. Well, here’s the proof,” says Dupont. “We interact with patients who have serious conditions like cardiovascular disease, who are at increased risk of stroke and heart attack. This is just more education that makes us better equipped to serve our patients.” Dupont hopes his experience will urge other pharmacists to assess their own abilities. “Hopefully, it raises awareness: do you feel comfortable with your CPR skills? Is it time to update? The implication and the impact are pretty significant.”

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Applications and nominations for the Merit Awards for UMFA members are now being accepted. The awards are for the 2012 calendar year. Article 25 of the Collective Agreement between The University of Manitoba and The University of Manitoba Faculty Association provides for Merit Awards of $3,000 each. Awards are available in four specified categories: a) Teaching – up to eight (8) awards; b) Research, Scholarly Work, and Other Creative Activities - up to eight (8) awards; c) Service – up to six (6) awards; and d) Any combination of Teaching, Research, Scholarly Work and other Creative Activities, and Service - up to eight (8) awards. Applications and nominations must be made using the forms available online at the VicePresident (Academic) and Provost website: forms.html Applications must be received by the Joint Committees, c/o Dr. Janice Ristock, ViceProvost (Academic Affairs), 208 Administration Building, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2013. Late applications and nominations will not be considered. Please contact Paula Chorney, if you have any questions

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FACTS ABOUT CARDIAC ARREST Did you know... • Between 35,000 and 45,000 people die of cardiac arrest in Canada every year • Overall, the rates of survival from cardiac arrest are almost four times greater with CPR • In some parts of Canada, the number of bystanders who know how to perform CPR rates is very low. Edmonton has among the highest rates at 46% • 35% to 55% of cardiac arrests are witnessed, by a bystander — usually a family member or friend • Less than 5% of people who experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital survive, largely because CPR is not performed at all or not started soon enough • Cardiac arrest survival rates increase when bystanders follow the first three links in the Chain of Survival: • phoning 9-1-1 or your local emergency number • performing CPR right away • providing defibrillation as soon as possible

Established in 1988 by Sister Cyril Mooney, an internationally recognized education innovator, the BTTP’s shortterm courses, stripped of all unnecessary theory, are designed to orient teachers to an education system where children learn through play-based activities like song, dance and storytelling. To see the BTTP in action, Cranston and Ahrens-Townsend visited some brickfields around Kolkata. There, the pair observed families digging for hours, making unfired bricks. It is estimated that close to 15 million people work in these conditions for some seven months of the year.

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Shining a unique light on the Gospel of Luke BY SANDY KLOWAK The Bulletin

It’s not often the New Testament is interpreted through the lens of management theory, but that’s exactly what U of M business administration professor Bruno Dyck has done in Management and the Gospel: Luke’s Radical Message for the First and Twenty-First Centuries.

• Defibrillation using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be performed within minutes of a cardiac arrest. An AED is less likely to return the heart to a normal rhythm if CPR has not been performed prior to applying the AED. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse. Source:

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Tea—Chai, English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Orange Pekoe.

“I wanted to represent the experience of the BTTP through something other than text,” says Cranston. A number of sources including the University of Manitoba’s University Teaching Service Intercultural Education Grant, the Centre for Human Rights Research Start-Up Assistance Fund, and the Faculty of Education have assisted Cranston to develop the documentary, which is expected to premiere in the fall of 2013.

Roseanna Sasenarine may spend her days helping keep the University of Manitoba in tip top shape, but in her spare time, she wants nothing more than to be outdoors. A member of the U of M’s custodial services team, Sasenarine looks after the Education Building as well as Migizii Agamik, also known as Bald Eagle Lodge. She juggles this job and another contract custodial position, but as soon as she’s off work—in the summer, at least—she’s spending her time outside. “I just love the outdoors,” says Sasenarine, who just bought a house with her husband in Transcona this past summer, and is looking forward to digging into their new garden— something she just missed last season. Sasenarine grew up in tropical Guyana in South America, but moved to Winnipeg with her family in 2004. She, her parents and her brother and sister were sponsored by her aunt and her family, who already lived in Winnipeg. And despite the shock of a winter climate, Sasenarine has been getting along just fine, enjoying outdoor activities in some very different weather. – Sandy Klowak


The freedom to plan my own day. HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE U OF M?




For four years.

The freedom to plan my own day.


Not being worried about working, or anything like that—just being a kid.

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A Barefoot Teacher delivers a lesson to children of migrant workers after they have finished work in the brickfields

In Guyana they have a sport, it’s called circle tennis, or rounders. It’s in a circle and you have 6 or 7 people and you bat the ball back and forth. We’d go there, have our own team. Also, fishing and farming. My dad used to plant rice so we’d help him. We were little— we couldn’t really do much, but just being there, trying to help. We used to drive the tractor! WHAT WAS IT LIKE COMING FROM GUYANA’S CLIMATE TO WINNIPEG’S?

It’s crazy ‘cause in Guyana it’s tropical all the time and we came here in January, it’s like, -35! We’d never seen snow before—it’s different. You can never get used to it, right? You just have to dress for it I guess! WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN MANITOBA?

Cranston with Barefoot Teacher trainees and two of their mentors at the Loreto Day School – Sealdah

Yoder’s The Politics of Jesus, which provides a compelling argument that Jesus’s message was counter-cultural and threatened the powerful leaders of his day (and of our day).

In his new book, Dyck explains what the Gospel of Luke had to say about management theory in the first century, and how we can read it to draw principles relevant for management in today’s world.

• If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7% to 10% for every minute that passes without CPR

They also saw examples of “brickfield schools”, which were established by the Loreto Day School – Sealdah, where Mooney is principal. Staffed by “teachers” trained through the BTTP, children attend “school”—which is not much more than a converted shed—before and after work. Cranston met Mooney in 2012 when she was in Winnipeg receiving an honorary doctorate degree from the U of M and she invited him to do a documentary on the BTTP.


• Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occur during that time


The feeling quickly passed as Cranston and his research assistant, second-year bachelor of education student Elise Ahrens-Townsend, began documenting the unique approach to educating India’s poor and rural youth.


• Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR, more people would reach the hospital alive and more lives could be saved


Jerome Cranston doesn’t sugar coat the memory of his first thoughts upon arriving in Kolkata, India for a recent 10-day visit. With deplorable conditions everywhere, the acting associate dean of undergraduate programs at the Faculty of Education had a brief moment of horror and regret over his decision to pursue making a documentary of the Barefoot Teacher Training Programme (BTTP).

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• CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.

Barefoot and teaching “Oh my God, what have I done?”

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Going to the country in summertime when we’re not working— just go fishing, to beaches. I usually go out in Selkirk and Lockport with my family— my brother and my sister and my husband.

Being outside, gardening – planting flowers, vegetables. Flowers— I love planting flowers. Doesn’t really matter which ones, all sorts, I love them all! A RANDOM FACT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I hate the smell of apple cider– it makes me sick. And I rarely answer my cell phone. It drives my husband, family, and friends nuts! FAVOURITE TV SHOW OR MOVIE?

I don’t really watch a lot of TV or movies. I get sleepy. Want to put me to sleep, just put on the TV! FAVOURITE FOOD?



Doing a lot of landscaping this summer at our new house. Fixing the basement, put on some drywall and design the downstairs. WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT PUTS A SMILE ON YOUR FACE?

Just being on the outside— I love the outdoors. I love friendly people just walking by, just saying hi— it doesn’t take much!

“Luke has a lot to say about issues facing modern managers, about decreasing the gap between rich and poor (related to Occupy Wall Street), about seeking to cooperate with rather than lord it over other organizations, about servant leadership and inclusiveness and treating people with dignity, and about problems associated with using money to make money,” explains Dyck, who teaches at the I.H Asper School of Business. A launch for Dyck’s book will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., in the Atrium of McNally Robinson at Grant Park Shopping Centre. Management and the Gospel: Luke’s Radical Message for the First and TwentyFirst Centuries was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. What inspired you to write this book, combining two topics not often paired? My interest is both personal and scholarly. On the scholarly side, ever since Max Weber wrote The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism there has been general agreement that modern management theory is underpinned by a long-since secularized Judeo-Christian ethic. This suggests that the Bible has played an important role in shaping management theory and practice. My personal interest goes back to my Mennonite heritage, and was strengthened when during my undergraduate studies (B.Comm., U of M) I worked overseas for a year and spent some time travelling in Greece and Israel, which emphasized for me that biblical stories take place in a very real socio-economic setting. And as a doctoral student, I read John Howard

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Bruno Dyck Why is it important to look at management through a biblical lens? For scholars, looking at management through a biblical lens is an appropriate response to Weber’s own suggestion regarding how to escape the materialisticindividualist “iron cage.” Even though he was agnostic, Weber argued that “religious ideas” were the “most powerful” levers for such change, and in particular he talked about escape via “a great rebirth of old ideas and ideals.”

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This is the essence of Metis pride. The large crowd that gathered for the recent Metis Learning Day at the U of M, which was sponsored by executive lead for Indigenous achievement, office of the president and the department of Native

studies, was treated to an insightful and inspirational crash course in Metis history. With a scholar and an artist as their guides, they took a sensory trip through an artistic journey grounded in traditional teachings and symbolism, and, of course, tea and bannock.

Sherry Farrell Racette delivers a chronology of Metis history


Tito Daodu knows how a gift can shape the future. The fourth-year medical student spent five weeks in Tanzania last summer teaching a gender equality and reproductive health curriculum to 60 teenagers as part of a service-learning experience.

Sherry Farrell Racette, noted historian and Metis scholar at the U of M, delivered a simple yet comprehensive chronology of Metis history, dating back as early as 1620. She poignantly described the emergence of the ‘New People,’ the economic prowess and political savvy of these Otipemiswiwak, and the colourful, flowery, and intricate beadwork that helps to define the Metis Nation. Heroic stories about Metis leaders Cuthbert Grant, Gabriel Dumont, and of course, Louis Riel, the Father of Confederation were shared as well. Racette described how essential Metis women were to the fur trade; she listed children as the main inspiration for the resurgence movement that occurred between 1932 and 1980; and she referenced Maria Campbell’s book, Halfbreed, as one of the literary works that brought Metis culture into mainstream consciousness. Contemporary Metis artist Christi Belcourt then guided the audience through her artistic practices while showcasing a collection of her paintings, including: “Can I Get a Picture With You Gabe” – a tribute to Gen. Gabriel

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Staff giving opens doors at home and abroad

Metis Learning Day When you bring Metis people, music, artwork, and food together something magical happens. The air fills with laughter, while a silent acknowledgement of a shared history creates a feeling of camaraderie.

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“It was so exciting to watch the light come on for them, to see them realize they had individual power, and collective power, too,” says Daodu. “You can empower girls, but when you educate boys, and they understand their mothers and their classmates need their help, that’s hope for the future. I’m getting chills just talking about it.” Daodu taught the classes, which touched on issues including sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, abortion, genital mutilation and gender empowerment, with a team of three other students— another medical student, a human ecology student and a women’s and gender studies student. The trip was partially covered Phtoo by Andrea Bilash

Artist Christi Belcourt and Deborah Young, executive lead for Indigenous achievement Dumont and her series, “The Great Metis of My Time.” Belcourt also shared details about “Walking With Our Sisters,” an art project she is facilitating to honour the more than 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Participants will contribute a moccasin vamp—symbolizing a life cut short far

too early—which will be compiled into a piece for display at various art galleries throughout Canada. Louis Riel once said, “the desire for freedom is a universal instinct.” This theme defined the message presented by Racette and Belcourt.

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by funding and grants, and they all received cocurricular credit for their effort. She says the crossdisciplinary team was itself part of the learning process. “Having to come together to reach this common goal is an important part of your development. It doesn’t matter what your career path is, you’ll have to collaborate with people to make things work. It’s another benefit of service-learning,” she says. Service-learning is part of experiential education, which also includes Supplied photo undergraduate Tito Daodu, left, was one of four U of M students who taught in Tanzania as part of the program. research, cooperative education programs, and international student The placement community sees benefits, Giving Campaign, which begins exchanges. These types of opportunities too. The 60 Tanzanian teenagers now February 28. are increasingly recognized as an essential have more knowledge and resources to “Every service-learning experience makes component of the university experience, call upon. And because Daodu’s team me a better global citizen. It informs and crucial to the global community. But specifically asked for participants who my understanding of what I learn and it service-learning is far more than a student have leadership abilities, those teens will adds value to my education,” says Daodu. internship or volunteer placement, says pass on their new understanding to their “You get the intangibles the workforce is Tony Rogge, Director, International peers. looking for, all those things you can’t teach Centre for Students. “They’re young, they’re enthusiastic; they in a classroom, but you can learn in the “The emphasis is on reciprocity and can empower their village. And then field. And you really do.” relationships, and it’s much more aligned they’ll enter the workforce and we’ll see In March, you can visit the U of M with their academic interests and making change on a larger scale,” Daodu says. homepage to make your tax deductible new connections between disciplines “The ripple effect can really have a huge donation to experiential education. Watch and the global contexts within which impact.” your generosity grow and have an impact their programs can be embedded or Both Rogge and Daodu are excited to on our global community. connected,” he says. “That’s what makes find out experiential education is one area service-learning a different and powerful of focus for this year’s Faculty and Staff experience.”


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Tito Daodu, fourth-year medicine student, changing lives on a service learning trip in Tanzania

Colourful beadwork showcases the artistry of Metis people

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The Bulletin | Feb. 22, 2013 |

Atmosphere Symposium on Campus

You are invited to attend the

President’s town Hall The presentation will be followed by an open forum question and answer period with President and Vice-Chancellor David T. Barnard and the Executive Team.

Friday, March 1 10:00 a.m.

Manitoba Room (220/224) University Centre Fort Garry Campus Video Linked to Frederic Gaspard Theatre Basic Medical Sciences Building, Bannatyne Campus. Webcast on

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U of M works collaboratively with students to create IT plan for upcoming year

The Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba hosted the fifth annual Atmosphere Symposium from Feb. 7 – 9, 2013. This year’s focus is Ecology and Design.


“Atmosphere was created to bring together speakers from all of the disciplines represented in the Faculty of Architecture to discuss issues related to atmosphere,” said Marcella Eaton, associate dean (academic), environmental chair and associate professor, department of landscape architecture. “From the initial conference Atmosphere is the consequence of the projects we make as designers of landscapes, cities, architecture and interiors.”

The student IT experience subcommittee, co-chaired by Lebar and comprised of university as well as student representatives like Mario Lebar Bilan Arte UMSU president Bilan Arte, was then tasked with rating the proposals issues being dealt with here are the ones based on urgency and impact for students, that students deal with daily.” through a Some suggested projects include “It’s a change consensus-based improvements to audio visual services for from being "We’re glad to see that the input from decision-making students, more working power outlets, and administrationmodel. They our members is being acted on. The a ‘one-card’ project that could see students driven to attempting are now in issues being dealt with here are the using a single card for all university to see what is of the process of ones that students deal with daily." functions and services, like student ID, interest to students,” providing a pared – Bilan Arte, UMSU president library, access cards, transit and parking. he explains. “We down list to an IT are looking to team for further Other suggestions include projects IST engage with investigation. has already been working on, such as students directly as opposed to solely upgrades to the student email system, Arte sees the new strategy as a worthwhile through administration.” a new student portal and an expansion process that gives students a voice in of the wireless network and improved Launched last fall, the initiative called out shaping their university experience. network capacity. to students, faculty and administration “We’re glad to see that the input from our for IT project proposals they’d like to “The expansion of wireless access is a huge members is being acted on,” she says. “The see implemented around campus, with a one for many of our members,” says Arte.

The symposium presented critical work from internationally acclaimed scholars, educators, practitioners and students on ecology in design pedagogy, ecology in design practice, history/theory of design and ecology, (new) technology/material in design and ecology, speculative design projects theorizing ecology, and project reflections in ecological context. Keynote lectures included “Hedonistic Sustainability” by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, architect and partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); “Urbaneering Utopia: A New Profession for the Design of Cities” by Jennifer Siegal, founding co-president of Terreform ONE and a partner at Planetary ONE in New York

The Bulletin | Feb. 22, 2013 |

The University of Manitoba is launching a new, collaborative approach to delivering student-focused IT services on campus. The Student First initiative, created in partnership with information services and technology (IST), student life, and the University of Manitoba Students' Association (UMSU), aims to create a more student-driven IST investment by consulting directly with students on the IT services they want to see implemented around campus, says Mario Lebar, director of IST enterprise systems at the U of M.

city; “Ecologies of Education: Listening as a form of Risk Distribution” by David Gersten, professor at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union; “Ecological Thinking for Integral Design” by Mark DeKay, professor at the University of Tennessee; and “Meanders, dreams, and realities in river management and restoration” by Matt Kondolf, professor of environmental planning at the University of California, Berkeley. This year’s symposium turned out to be an educationally inspiring event for the 200 over students, faculty and community members who attended. The Faculty of Architecture looks forward to hosting the Atmosphere Symposium again next year.

University Centre goes to the dogs The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention

Mali & Haiti as test cases

Monday, February 25th 11:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. University College Concourse Lounge Co-sponsored by: The Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice

Everyone Welcome

Photo by Mike Latschislaw

The Fireplace Lounge in University Centre was a dog-lover's paradise during the recent Wellness Week, thanks to a visit from the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dogs. For almost two decades, St. John’s Ambulance has been offering the therapy dog program to help expedite recovery from strokes, surgery, as well as treat the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Wellness Week was sponsored by UMSU and student services. For more information, visit

By the Jan. 17 deadline, 40 proposals were collected, one directly from a student, four from UMSU on behalf of students, and the rest from administration.

Lebar says the student-focused plan is a significant detour from previous years, when IT projects were more focused on finance and accounting, departments in which IT services had their origin. But including students in the planning strategies is a step in the right direction, he says. “You want to engage in a way that works for you and works for them,” he says. “Improving the student experience is a fundamental tenet of the university’s strategic plan and IT is a fundamental part of the student experience.” Arte agrees. “I think this project is a good example of how stakeholder consultation should happen on this campus,” she says. “We’ve successfully managed to have a couple of high-priority issues be addressed by the university, and we’re hopeful that this process will continue as it has.”


When Wanda Wuttunee agreed to participate in a national marketing campaign for the University of Manitoba, she was pleasantly surprised at the positive results of her experience. She explains: “I received a flood of responses from people across Canada when my face and story appeared nationally. It turned out to be a great opportunity to challenge and move Canadians and their understanding of my work and my university.”

Wuttunee is a professor of Native studies and director of Aboriginal Business Education Partners. She is one of several innovative researchers and educators at the University of Manitoba who were featured by the University of Manitoba in the “Trailblazer” campaign that began in the fall of 2011.

Coordinator of the Canada Haiti Action Network (CHAN)

The Student First initiative has a rough one-year focus, with individual project goals of six to nine months. Organizers hope the projects will be chosen and approved for April 1, in time to be carried out in the 2013-14 fiscal year.


During the past 12 months, the University of Manitoba community has received an astounding 26 awards for its marketing and communications efforts. The latest recognition, nine awards including two 2013 Grand Gold awards, were presented by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) CASE District VIII at a ceremony held on Feb. 14 in Portland, Oregon. In addition, the University of Manitoba was presented with the 2013 Virginia Carter Smith Grand Crystal Award, recognizing the most outstanding communications program of the year from among the nine Grand Gold category winners, as selected by a jury of CASE District VIII advancement professionals and peers.

Roger Annis

priority on projects that would be directly beneficial to students.

Another pioneer in her field of expertise is Karen Busby, professor of law and director of the University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research. She has been a panelist at the award-winning Visionary Conversations series and was prominently featured in the university’s campaign.

Busby also found that telling her story on a national stage was beneficial to her own work as well as profiling the trailblazing work of researchers at the University of Manitoba. She notes: “The national campaign ultimately benefits the entire university community through obtaining funding for new facilities and centres of excellence, attracting new faculty and researchers and attracting graduate students. It’s an exciting time of growth and development.” One of the awards given to the University of Manitoba this year celebrated an inspiring speech delivered by Tito Daodu, a fourth-year medicine student. She spoke before thousands of secondary students at a “We Day” rally in Winnipeg, telling them about her life’s journey from Africa to Winnipeg, and how seeing injustice at all points along the way inspired her to do something about it.

The 2013 Virginia Carter Smith Grand Crystal Award, recognizing the most outstanding overall entry, for the Trailblazer branding campaign. Grand Gold – 2012 Trailblazer Campaign

Projects and Programs Category

Grand Gold – 2012 Recruitment Marketing Campaign

Alumni and Student Category

Gold – 2012 Recruitment Marketing Campaign

Advertising for Student Recruiting Category

Gold – 2012 Trailblazer Campaign

Branding and Image Development Category

Gold – 2012 Recruitment Marketing Campaign

Marketing, Recruiting, Student Involvement, Community or Government Relations Category

Silver - #Define Yourself Instagram Challenge

Social Media Programs and Projects Category

Bronze – Visionary Conversations Speaker Series

Special Programs Category

Bronze – We Day Manitoba 2012 Speech

President David Barnard says: “I am delighted that the University of Manitoba has again been recognized by its peers and other institutions throughout Canada and the United States. It is humbling and especially significant that these awards are the result of our being entrusted by Wanda, Karen, Tito and others to tell their stories, giving a voice to innovation and success.” Joanne Keselman, VP (academic) and provost, adds: “Sharing the story of the University of Manitoba’s innovation and pioneering work has a real impact on the recruitment and retention of outstanding students and faculty. Through

Speechwriting Category

conveying to our community these stories of our students’ and faculty’s successes, ground-breaking research and academic excellence, we have gained a stronger reputation in the province, across Canada and around the world.” John Kearsey, VP (external), says: “These awards are a testimony to how much can be accomplished when the entire university community comes together in support and development of a project such as a campaign. When we work collaboratively, with a common goal, everyone benefits: academics, staff and students.”

He adds: “Passionate people graciously allowed us to share their stories in order to inspire our community. They are inspiring future students, alumni and donors, government and the entire community, making the connection between the university and its work, and the impact it has upon our daily lives.” The strong support from the university community played a significant role in the University of Manitoba coming away with the top prize at this celebrated event. The judges for the Virginia Carter Smith Grand Crystal Award were duly impressed with the high level of integration that the Trailblazer branding campaign had achieved across a wide variety of campus units, including recruitment, events, student life, merchandise and others. The CASE District VIII 2013 Awards program is highly competitive, this year attracting 550 entries in categories including publications, periodicals, visual design, illustration and photography, alumni, writing, projects, web sites, video and multimedia. This was a very competitive year; 148 entries received gold, silver or bronze awards for their truly innovative, creative and inspiring communications projects, and nine of these, including the most prestigious award, went to the University of Manitoba. Furthermore, out of the nine grand gold awards presented, the University of Manitoba received two. No other participating institution achieved that level of success. The University of Manitoba worked closely with local advertising agency McKim Cringan George to develop the concept and approach for the awardwinning designs.

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The Bulletin | Feb. 22, 2013 |


UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS All music events at Eva Clare Hall (Desautels Faculty of Music, 65 Dafoe Road) unless otherwise noted. For more music events: >> (click on “events”)

University of Manitoba

Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. | Concert: Jazz Ensemble. Performing at Mardi Jazz, Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, 340 Provencher Blvd.


Friday Jan. 18 to Friday March 1 “What are you scared of?” by Bonnie Marin. At the School of Art Gallery, 255 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Road.


Monday, Feb. 25 | 12 to 1 p.m. Seminar by Detlev Boison, Oregon Health & Science University, on the topic of therapeutic epilepsy research with a focus on Adenosine. In Theatre B, Basic Medical Sciences.


Monday, Feb. 25 | 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. “The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention: Mali & Haiti as test cases,” by Roger Annis, coordinator of Canada Haiti Action Network (CHAN). In University College Concourse Lounge.

FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE LECTURES In Centre Space, John A. Russell Bldg. Monday, Feb. 25 | 6 p.m. Lecture by Mary-Ellen Tyler. Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 6 p.m. Lecture by Trevor Boddy. Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 6 p.m. Lecture by Dewey Thorbeck. Thursday, Feb. 28 | 6 p.m. Lecture by Karen Lee.


Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 7 p.m. Book launch for Management and the Gospel: Luke’s Radical Message for the First and Twenty-First Centuries, by Bruno Dyck, business administration, U of M. In Atrium at McNally Robinson Booksellers–Grant Park.


Wed., Feb. 27 | 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. “From Neechi Foods to Neechi Commons: working towards food security in the inner city,” by Louise Champagne, President of Neechi Foods Co-operative, Winnipeg. In 223 Migizii Agamik.


Wednesday, Feb. 27 | 12 to 1 p.m. “Development and Testing of a Conceptual Framework for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice” by Brenda Stutsky, program advisor, Faculty of Medicine Division of Continuing Professional Development, U of M. In 370 Helen Glass Centre. Contact site scheduler to participate via Telehealth. For more information, contact 975-7714 option 2.


Thursday, Feb. 28 | 4:30 p.m. Philip Girard. Robson Hall, Moot Court

STATISTICS SEMINAR SERIES Thursday, Feb. 28 | 2:45 p.m. “Some Flexible Cure Rate Models and Associated Inference” by N. Balakrishnan, mathematics & statistics, McMaster University. In 316 Machray Hall.



Feb. 28 to March 1 2nd Annual First Nations, Metis & Inuit Health Research Symposium. At Bannatyne Campus. Registration free and open to all.

Thursday, Feb. 28 | Concert: Jazz Ensemble. At Juss Jazz, 240 Portage Ave. Thursday, Feb. 28 | 3:30 to 6 p.m. | American Art Song Lecture & Recital. Join us for a free lecture and recital on the American Art Song by our guest artists, University of South Dakota Music Faculty, Tracelyn Gesteland and Brandon Hendrickson. Saturday, March 2 | 8 to 10 p.m. | T. Friesen Recital. Tatiana Friesen presents her post-baccalaureate recital in viola performance. Free. Sunday, March 3 | 7:30 to 9 p.m. | Piano and Winds. Repertoire includes Stravinsky’s “Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments,” Messiaen’s “Oixeaux Exotiques” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Conducted by Fraser Linklater. Free.


Tuesday, March 5 | 7 p.m. | UM Jazz Orchestra Concert. Final Jazz Orchestra concert of the year, directed by Derrick Gardner.

Friday, March 1 | 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. “The Smelly Drop: Sexuality in Biblical and Rabbinic Judaism” by Rabbi Steven Greenberg. In 237 University College.

Friday, March 8 and Saturday March 9 | 8 to 10 p.m. | Opera Theatre presents Singing in a Strange Land. Annual performances of opera excerpts, directed by Katherine Twaddle. At Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.. Tickets available at music office or at door, $15/$10.

Friday, March 1 | 1:30 to 3 p.m. “Six Queer Heros and Scoundrels: The Toleration of Deviance in Traditional Culture” by Rabbi Steven Greenberg. In 409 Tier Bldg.

Thursday, March 14 | Jazz Ensembles. At Juss Jazz, 240 Portage Ave.


Friday, March 1 | 3 p.m. Lecture by Renée El-Gabalawy, Vineberg Award winner, U of M. In P412 Duff Roblin. Refreshment served 30 minutes before talk, wine and cheese to follow.


March 1 & 2, 2013 Graduate education students will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work in an academic forum.


Tuesday, March 5 | 8 p.m. Book launch for Disraeli: The Romance of Politics, by Robert O’Kell, professor of English and dean emeritus of Faculty of Arts, U of M. In Prairie Ink Restaurant, McNally Robinson Booksellers—Grant Park.


Wednesday, March 6 | 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. “Indigenizing psychological interventions: applying a wellness model rather than an illness model” by Glen McCabe, Faculty of Education, U of M. In 223 Migizii Agamik.


Thursday, March 7 | 3 to 5 p.m. “ReImagining Inclusive Education: Designing Learning Communities for ALL” by Jennifer Katz, Faculty of Education. In 327 Education Bldg.


Friday, March 8 | 3 to 4 p.m. Presented by the department of Psychology. In P412 Duff Roblin.


Friday, March 8 | 3 p.m. Lecture by Mary-Ellen Kelm, history, Simon Fraser University. In 108 ‘Cross Common Room,’ St. John’s College. Small reception to follow. All welcome.

• The Bulletin publishes events involving the university community at no cost. • Deadline for the March 1 issue is Feb. 27 at 4:30 p.m. • Email events to

The Black Hole Theatre season 2013 The Pluto Shot, by Robert Smith March 12 to 16 and March 19 to 23 at the Black Hole Theatre Individual tickets: adults $15, students/seniors $12 Season passes: adults $39, students $29. Visit the website:

ACADEMIC JOB OPPORTUNITIES A full listing of employment opportunities at the University of Manitoba can be found at umanitoba. ca. U of M encourages applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please include the position number when applying for openings at the university.


Department of environment and geography Position: Head, department of environment and geography Position number: 07684 Deadline: March 29, 2013 Start Date: July 1, 2013 For Information: dean Norman M. Halden, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, 445 Wallace Building, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 or by e-mail:


Department of preventative dental science Position: Assistant/associate professor in division of pediatric dentistry Position number: 16038 Deadline: May 1, 2013 Start Date: Aug. 1, 2013 For Information: William A. Wiltshire, professor and head of orthodontics and chair of search committee, e-mail:, department of preventive dental science, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, D341A-780 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3E 0W2, phone: 204789-3856, fax: 204-977-5699


Position: Canada Research Chair in knowledge translation, assistant or associate professor

Position number: 14496 and 14497 Deadline: April 1, 2013 Start Date: April 2014 For Information: Beverly O’Connell, dean, c/o Marni Laurencelle, administrative assistant to the dean, email:


George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation Position: Assistant or associate professor, computational biology or bioformatics Position number: 15079 Deadline: June 1, 2013 Start Date: Sept. 1, 2013 For Information: Email:, Attention: Kevin Coombs, assistant dean (research), office of the associate dean (research), Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, A108 Chown Bldg. 753 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6


Department of human anatomy and cell science Position: Assistant professor Position number: 15836 Deadline: March 31, 2013 Start Date: July 1, 2013 For Information: Thomas Klonisch, chair of the search committee, department of human anatomy and cell science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, 745 Bannatyne Ave., 130 Basic Medical Sciences, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3E 0J9

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Bringing Research to LIFE Upcoming Events

trudeau lecture the Case for Public Knowledge In the first Trudeau Lecture to come to the University of Manitoba, renowned public historian Ronald Rudin, a professor of history at Concordia University, calls for university-based researchers to use the tools at their disposal to make their research freely available to the public. Prof. Rudin will talk about how his involvement with open access issues and the production of digital media changed him from someone who was not particularly concerned about public knowledge to an advocate of researchers using simple actions to make publicly accessible the knowledge they create. 2011 Trudeau Fellow Ronald Rudin is the producer of two documentary films and the author of six books. One of his works, Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A Historian’s Journey through Public Memory, won the 2010 book award of the National (U.S.) Council on Public History and the inaugural public history prize of the Canadian Historical Association (2011). A public historian who has long had an interest in how the larger population comes to understand the past, Rudin engages in research that touches upon the economic, social, intellectual, and cultural history of French Canada. Feb. 28 Reception 6:30 pm lecture 7 pm Robert B. Schultz Theatre St. John’s College Fort Garry Campus

three Minute thesis Competition Final Hear our innovative, trailblazing graduate students explain—in three minutes or less—their research. Challenging? You bet it is. It takes years for a thesis to be researched and finalized, never mind synthesizing it down to a mere three minutes (and using only one slide/ visual) to get the information across to a layperson audience. The competitors will be evaluated by our panel of judges, with the audience voting for their favourite for the People’s Choice winner. 3, 2, 1… GO! March 6 7 pm – 9 pm Robert B. Schultz Theatre St. John’s College Fort Garry Campus

Food for thought

Are students learning enough about nutrition in Manitoba schools? By KatIe ChalMeRs-BROOKs For the Bulletin Joyce Slater minced no words when naming her research study Is Cooking Dead? It’s an issue the registered dietitian has heard grumblings about for decades as our “foodscape” has transformed from home-cooked and more wholesome to processed and more convenient. “People are eating about half of their meals outside of the home. We have a very highly processed commercial food supply and it’s making us sick. So how do we equip people to engage with that in ways that reduces their risk of becoming sick?” asks Slater, an assistant professor in the departments of human nutritional sciences and community health sciences. Processed foods are generally high in sugar, salt and fat. More than 60 per cent of adults and a third of children are now considered overweight or obese. The majority of deaths in Manitoba are from diseases linked to nutrition like Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. To find out what our future holds, Slater looked to junior high and high school students across the province. She wanted to know to what extent food skills and nutrition are being taught in schools and whether or not kids are applying what they learn. “We need to equip our young people to interact with a very complex food system,” Slater says. A study of 498 Manitoba public schools revealed a 10 to 30 per cent jump in enrollment in food and nutrition classes—traditionally known as home economics—over the last decade. The increase is partly due to a switch that made the classes mandatory for boys, Slater says. She also discovered that half of the middle schools she studied don’t offer these classes at all, and where offered, the classes are often shorter and less frequent due to competition from other optional courses like dramatic arts and computers. Slater interviewed teachers and superintendents and heard about Grade 7 students who have never turned on an oven or cracked an egg, and teenagers who pack a couple of cans of Red Bull for their lunch and come from homes that don’t stock the basic kitchen utensils. Busy, working families are not making nutrition a priority, says Slater, who for years worked as a public health nutritionist. “We’re doing our young people a disservice by watering down or removing home ec and by not providing them with a comprehensive education in food and nutrition,” she says. “They don’t know what they don’t know. And

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Joyce Slater, assistant professor in the Faculty of Human Ecology that’s not meant to sound patronizing. We have normalized this way of eating and interacting with food. It really concerns me. But this isn’t about wanting to necessarily save home economics. Maybe we need to get rid of traditional home economics, maybe blend it into other curriculum. I’m not sure yet what the answer is.” Slater is now working with stakeholders to discuss new curriculum, which hasn’t been updated in over 20 years. She notes some classes still have students cooking with white flour or focusing more on assembling food—like making mini pizzas from hamburger buns—rather than learning how to prepare food using basic, healthy ingredients, and navigate nutritional information in food labels and menus. We should follow England’s lead, Slater says. Earlier this month, the British government made classes in healthy foods and cooking mandatory for middle school students. She insists it doesn’t make sense to only make gym class compulsory—as is the case in Manitoba. Many of the lessons in nutrition were transferred to physical education curriculum in 2000 but they don’t translate, she says. “One teacher told me that’s like learning basketball by watching YouTube. You can’t learn about food theoretically. You need both theory and the applied aspect.” Her study—the first of its kind in Canada—also revealed concerns about a surge in retirement among home ec teachers, the growing number of teachers who are assuming the role but don’t have the specialized training, and the transformation of home ec into culinary arts, which focuses more on preparing young people to work in the

food industry rather than healthy eating. But she also heard about students who are keen on educating themselves; they want to learn more about eating local foods and the effects of food production on the environment. “It’s a crazy, mixed-up food time in society right now. (School) is a place where they can start to tackle and wrestle some of these issues,” Slater says. March is Nutrition Month (hosted by the department of human nutritional sciences) Get involved: Agriculture in the City The Forks Market March 15, 16, 17 A free public lecture Satiety and Weight Management Dr. Susan Raatz from the USDA-ARS Human Nutrition Research Center Robert B. Schultz Theatre March 21, 7pm Afterwards, join the round table as a panel of experts discuss the role of food in maintaining health. Functional Foods and Natural Health Products Graduate Research Symposium CanadInns, Fort Garry March 22 Screening of documentary Food Inc. and test your grocery shopping skills with the Supermarket Sweep game. Fireplace Lounge, University Centre March 28 ecology/departments/hns

Published by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International) Comments, submissions and event listings to: Phone: (204) 474-7300 Fax (204) 261-0325

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U of M researchers on cutting edge of biofuels innovations The Bulletin

Two University of Manitoba professors, who continue to lead research into a more sustainable substitute for petroleum made out of waste, got a significant boost recently. David Levin, biosystems engineering, and Richard Sparling, microbiology, are looking into the most effective ways of converting cheap industrial and agricultural waste into valuable drop-in biofuels by harnessing the power of designer microbes. Their research is now part of the work of BioFuelNet Canada, a network which pools research expertise from 25 universities in Canada with partners in industry and government, to accelerate commercialization of advanced biofuels. The network operates under a $25 million grant over five years through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, and currently funds 64 unique advanced biofuels research projects.

“The trailblazing work of professors Levin and Sparling will have real impact on the need for a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels without impacting the production of food grains,” says Digvir Jayas, VP (research and international) at the University of Manitoba.

David Levin

Drop-in biofuels have garnered increased attention recently as they are so structurally similar to petroleum that they can be directly used in existing engines and infrastructure without modification. They are much more environmentally friendly than conventional petroleum, especially when they are made from waste. This reduces the need for large expanses of land to grow primary materials, and eliminates competition with the food industry. Levin and Sparling grabbed

the media spotlight in 2010 when it was revealed they were reusing Tim Hortons coffee cups for this purpose (www.cbc. ca/news/story/2010/07/05/tim-hortonswaste-cups-fuel.html.) Levin is leading BioFuelNet’s regional Prairie Platform in order to coordinate the work of advanced biofuels researchers around availability of waste materials and key production chains. “By engineering the metabolism of

The potential impact of the biofuels sector in Canada is immense. Levin and Sparling’s cutting-edge research and the ambitious work of BioFuelNet are ensuring the development of made-in-Canada biofuels solutions in order to offer Photos by Jeremy Brooks Richard Sparling a long-term source of energy for future generations, while microorganisms, we can improve the minimizing negative environmental speed and efficiency by which they impacts. convert waste material into biofuels, And that future is not far off. The National thereby making the process more Research Council of Canada (NRC) made economical,” says Levin. “In as little as 24 aviation history last October by flying the hours, our strains of bacteria and yeast first 100 per cent drop-in biofuel-powered are converting waste material, such as civilian jet, with impressive results in agricultural crop residues (like wheat terms of emissions savings and fuel straw and hemp hurds), sugars and fryer efficiency. oils from the nearby McCain potato processing plant, or glycerol derived from biodiesel production, into biofuel.”


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