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USask PhD student uses computer modelling to better understand and predict suicide

Rifat Zahan wants to better understand the complexity of suicide and self-harm behaviours through her research in the College of Arts and Science

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Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages

Nov 24 - Dec 1, 2021

The USask Department of Linguistics hosts a travelling exhibit from the Canadian Language Museum

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USask Jazz Ensemble: SpontaneoUS

Dec 1, 2021

The USask Jazz Ensemble performs music from the big band tradition

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USask Wind Orchestra: Ensemble

Dec 3, 2021

The USask Wind Orchestra performs music that explores and celebrates togetherness

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High-salience, low-friction communication increases uptake in labour market programs during COVID-19

Dec 3, 2021

A seminar by Dr. Vincent Hopkins (PhD), hosted by the USask Department of Economics

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USask PhD student uses computer modelling to better understand and predict suicide

Rifat Zahan wants to better understand the complexity of suicide and self-harm behaviours through her research in the College of Arts and Science

USask researcher hosts theatre workshops to explore workplace harassment in health care

Theatre is a powerful tool because it generates a collective experience, says sociologist Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan (PhD)

T.rex of the sea: Royal Sask. Museum unveils 'significant' new fossil

Regina Leader-Post
Dr. Emily Bamforth (PhD), an adjunct professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, discovered a unique fossil of a giant marine reptile that lived 75 million years ago

Designing the future of accelerator physics

CERN, the CLS and USask have signed a memorandum of understanding for the Future Circular Collider Feasibility Study

USask water experts named to list of world’s most highly-cited researchers

Dr. Martyn Clark (PhD) is the associate director of the Centre for Hydrology and Coldwater Laboratory and a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Planning

International journal honours late USask AI researcher

A new two-part issue of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education is dedicated to Dr. Jim Greer (PhD)

No Bird Wants to Live in a Murder Nest

The Atlantic
USask's Dr. Karen Wiebe (PhD) and her collaborator from the University of Oslo have documented the great lengths to which expectant birds go to keep their cavernous properties safe

USask professor receives Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership

College of Arts and Science professor Dr. Raymond Spiteri (PhD) is the recipient of the 2021 Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership

Anxious about climate change? Here’s what you need to know about ‘ecological grief’

Global News
USask hydrologist Dr. John Pomeroy (PhD) has been observing glaciers for decades, and the changes he is seeing have left him weary, exhausted and tearful

Food waste reduction app chosen as winning project in USask EcoHack

Department of Computer Science student Chi Vu created an app that encourages users to purchase and donate surplus food

USask student offers support to peers experiencing substance use disorders

Sociology student Mark Hammer has worked as a facilitator with Peer Health and with USask researchers and research teams

USask, United Way collaboration creates new course

A collaboration between the United Way of Saskatoon and Area and USask aims to enhance the community agency’s capacity to deliver services efficiently and provide students with hands-on skills in using social research methods

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USask researcher hosts theatre workshops to explore workplace harassment in health care

Theatre is a powerful tool because it generates a collective experience, says sociologist Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan (PhD)

Rock art found at Wanuskewin Heritage Park as four petroglyphs excavated

CBC Saskatoon
Professor Emeritus Dr. Ernie Walker (PhD) is pushing for Wanuskewin Heritage Park to be added to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, the gold standard for cultural and scientific sites internationally

Greystone Theatre opens season with teen insight

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“The play deals with the reality of what it means to witness a horrible event and not say or do anything,” says director Natasha Martina, a faculty member in the Department of Drama

New exhibits at USask explore Canada’s dark history and the resilience of Indigenous People

The first exhibit, created by College of Arts and Science graduate and local artist Carol Wylie (BA'91, BFA'96), features a series of 18 portraits of residential school and Holocaust survivors

Obituary: Henry Woolf

Henry Woolf was a renowned figure in British and Canadian theatre

Department of Music Virtual Open House

Thinking of studying music at USask? Get to know the department

Saskatoon theatre legend Henry Woolf dies at 91

CBC News
Woolf, a professor emeritus in the Department of Drama, was an actor, director, playwright, teacher and a recipient of Saskatchewan's Order of Merit

Live theatre finally returning to USask

For the first time in 613 days, USask drama students are returning to the stage to perform in front of a live audience

SJO is Back in the Swing of Things after nearly two years away

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Prof. Dean McNeill, the head of the Department of Music, is the artistic director of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra

USask Symphony Orchestra: Celebrating Holidays

The debut concert of the new USask Symphony Orchestra

USask Wind Orchestra: Ensemble

The USask Wind Orchestra performs music that explores and celebrates togetherness

USask Jazz Ensemble: SpontaneoUS

The USask Jazz Ensemble performs music from the big band tradition

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A long and winding road

Golden Grad Marie Ellen McMunn (BA'71, PGD'04) recalls her journey to obtain education and employment

New exhibits at USask explore Canada’s dark history and the resilience of Indigenous People

The first exhibit, created by College of Arts and Science graduate and local artist Carol Wylie (BA'91, BFA'96), features a series of 18 portraits of residential school and Holocaust survivors

College of Arts and Science alumni named to Saskatchewan Order of Merit

Albert Brown (BA’74, BEd’82), Hart Godden (BMus’82) and Dr. Donald Greve (BA’58, MD’60) have been recognized for their contributions to the province of Saskatchewan

A legacy of learning

Robert Loewen knew the value of a university education and passed that down to his family

Lockert receives 2021 President’s Medal

She is also the recipient of the Three-Year Medal in the College of Arts and Science, awarded to the most distinguished graduate receiving a first degree in a three-year program in the college

High-achieving USask mathematical physics graduate to receive Dean’s Medal at Fall Convocation

Edward Utama will also receive his Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in mathematical physics, with high honours, and the University Medal in the Sciences

Award-winning USask environmental geoscience graduate makes history

Matt Fellwock will receive his Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in environmental geoscience, with a minor in chemistry, at USask’s 2021 Fall Convocation virtual celebration

Saskatoon lawyer makes jump to FSIN to advocate for Indigenous people

CTV Saskatoon
USask graduate Aly Bear (BA'17, JD'20) aims to use her legal knowledge to advocate for Indigenous people on a bigger platform after being elected third vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations

Class of 2021—Update your contact info for a chance to win Apple AirPods Pro

Contest is open to anyone who received a degree from the College of Arts and Science in fall 2021

‘I am proud’: USask graduate reflects on earning degree in Indigenous studies

Pearl V. Gardiner will receive a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, during USask's 2021 Fall Convocation

Strong, fierce, independent — Heather Hale is working tirelessly for Saskatoon Sexual Health

Bridges
Heather Hale earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political studies in 2003 from the University of Saskatchewan

Service and sacrifice: Remembering Captain Cowie

Captain Donald MacArthur Cowie went from teaching in the classrooms of Saskatoon’s Mayfair School, to battling on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day

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T.rex of the sea: Royal Sask. Museum unveils 'significant' new fossil

Regina Leader-Post
Dr. Emily Bamforth (PhD), an adjunct professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, discovered a unique fossil of a giant marine reptile that lived 75 million years ago

Designing the future of accelerator physics

CERN, the CLS and USask have signed a memorandum of understanding for the Future Circular Collider Feasibility Study

USask water experts named to list of world’s most highly-cited researchers

Dr. Martyn Clark (PhD) is the associate director of the Centre for Hydrology and Coldwater Laboratory and a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Planning

International journal honours late USask AI researcher

A new two-part issue of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education is dedicated to Dr. Jim Greer (PhD)

No Bird Wants to Live in a Murder Nest

The Atlantic
USask's Dr. Karen Wiebe (PhD) and her collaborator from the University of Oslo have documented the great lengths to which expectant birds go to keep their cavernous properties safe

USask professor receives Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership

College of Arts and Science professor Dr. Raymond Spiteri (PhD) is the recipient of the 2021 Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership

Anxious about climate change? Here’s what you need to know about ‘ecological grief’

Global News
USask hydrologist Dr. John Pomeroy (PhD) has been observing glaciers for decades, and the changes he is seeing have left him weary, exhausted and tearful

Food waste reduction app chosen as winning project in USask EcoHack

Department of Computer Science student Chi Vu created an app that encourages users to purchase and donate surplus food

Saskatoon kids ‘break the code’ of Cree language in USask science outreach program

A new lesson in the Kamskénow program uses Cree syllabics to teach cryptography

Rock art found at Wanuskewin Heritage Park as four petroglyphs excavated

CBC Saskatoon
Professor Emeritus Dr. Ernie Walker (PhD) is pushing for Wanuskewin Heritage Park to be added to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, the gold standard for cultural and scientific sites internationally

After a year of disasters, it’s urgent that we address Canada’s climate-caused water crisis

The Globe and Mail
Canada has had two brutal wake-up calls from Mother Nature this year, writes Dr. John Pomeroy (PhD), director of the Global Water Futures program, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, and a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Planning

USask to launch new applied computing degree program

The Applied Computing Program will teach practical skills for a variety of high-paying careers

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Saskatoon kids ‘break the code’ of Cree language in USask science outreach program

A new lesson in the Kamskénow program uses Cree syllabics to teach cryptography

New exhibits at USask explore Canada’s dark history and the resilience of Indigenous People

The first exhibit, created by College of Arts and Science graduate and local artist Carol Wylie (BA'91, BFA'96), features a series of 18 portraits of residential school and Holocaust survivors

Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages

The USask Department of Linguistics hosts a travelling exhibit from the Canadian Language Museum

Government of Canada funding boosts travel opportunities for USask students

The College of Arts and Science and College of Agriculture and Bioresources have been awarded a total of almost $950,000 through the Global Skills Opportunity program

New book co-authored by USask researcher shares stories of women’s involvement in street lifestyles

Dr. Robert Henry (PhD), an assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies, collaborated with six Saskatoon women on the new book

Saskatoon lawyer makes jump to FSIN to advocate for Indigenous people

CTV Saskatoon
USask graduate Aly Bear (BA'17, JD'20) aims to use her legal knowledge to advocate for Indigenous people on a bigger platform after being elected third vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations

New course begins new partnership between USask, First Nation

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
College of Arts and Science to collaborate with Mistawasis Nêhiyawak, a First Nation located 120 kilometres north of Saskatoon

‘I am proud’: USask graduate reflects on earning degree in Indigenous studies

Pearl V. Gardiner will receive a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, during USask's 2021 Fall Convocation

A Cree family's canoe is returned, after sitting in a University of Saskatchewan storage room for years

Maclean's
It was repatriated to the First Nations community whose members had built it nearly 50 years earlier

USask donors support creation of ohpinamake, a new prize for Indigenous artists

An award of $10,000 will be provided annually for the next five years, thanks to the generosity of donors Jim and Marian Knock

USask political studies graduate looks forward to new role with Métis Nation—Saskatchewan

Cole Chretien will receive a Master of Arts degree in political studies during USask's 2021 Fall Convocation

“Make a Promise”: USask College of Arts and Science and Mistawasis Nêhiyawak enter knowledge partnership

Partners will collaborate in the areas of Indigenous wellbeing, community development and environmental stewardship

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USask PhD student uses computer modelling to better understand and predict suicide

Rifat Zahan wants to better understand the complexity of suicide and self-harm behaviours through her research in the College of Arts and Science

USask researcher hosts theatre workshops to explore workplace harassment in health care

Theatre is a powerful tool because it generates a collective experience, says sociologist Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan (PhD)

USask student offers support to peers experiencing substance use disorders

Sociology student Mark Hammer has worked as a facilitator with Peer Health and with USask researchers and research teams

USask, United Way collaboration creates new course

A collaboration between the United Way of Saskatoon and Area and USask aims to enhance the community agency’s capacity to deliver services efficiently and provide students with hands-on skills in using social research methods

High-salience, low-friction communication increases uptake in labour market programs during COVID-19

A seminar by Dr. Vincent Hopkins (PhD), hosted by the USask Department of Economics

New graphic novel depicts famed history of LSD research in Sask.

CBC News
The book is based on research by Department of History professor, Canada Research Chair Dr. Erika Dyck (PhD)

Rock art found at Wanuskewin Heritage Park as four petroglyphs excavated

CBC Saskatoon
Professor Emeritus Dr. Ernie Walker (PhD) is pushing for Wanuskewin Heritage Park to be added to UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, the gold standard for cultural and scientific sites internationally

Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages

The USask Department of Linguistics hosts a travelling exhibit from the Canadian Language Museum

USask provides ‘PAWSitive’ toolkit for service dog organizations working with veterans

In commemoration of Remembrance Day, registration is now open for a free online course, led by USask health researchers, for service dog organizations working with veterans

New book co-authored by USask researcher shares stories of women’s involvement in street lifestyles

Dr. Robert Henry (PhD), an assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies, collaborated with six Saskatoon women on the new book

Saskatoon lawyer makes jump to FSIN to advocate for Indigenous people

CTV Saskatoon
USask graduate Aly Bear (BA'17, JD'20) aims to use her legal knowledge to advocate for Indigenous people on a bigger platform after being elected third vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations

‘I am proud’: USask graduate reflects on earning degree in Indigenous studies

Pearl V. Gardiner will receive a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, during USask's 2021 Fall Convocation

See all Voices & Opinion News

After a year of disasters, it’s urgent that we address Canada’s climate-caused water crisis

The Globe and Mail
Canada has had two brutal wake-up calls from Mother Nature this year, writes Dr. John Pomeroy (PhD), director of the Global Water Futures program, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, and a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Planning

Power of incumbency, low turnout may have led to big Conservative win in northern Sask. riding, experts say

CBC Saskatchewan
"Saskatchewan continues to be quite conservative," said Dr. Daniel Westlake (PhD), an assistant professor in the Department of Political Studies

Conservatives might not sweep all seats in Sask., political watchers say

CBC Saskatchewan
"The Conservative Party has had to shift towards the centre in order to compete with the Liberals for swing voters," says Dr. Daniel Westlake (PhD), an assistant professor in the Department of Political Studies

Making the promised Canada Water Agency a reality

Policy Options
Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace (PhD), a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Planning, has co-authored an article published in Policy Options magazine

Transitional justice for Indigenous Peoples should be a key federal election issue

The Conversation
“Transitional justice,” centred on accountability and redress for victims, refers to the ways countries emerging from periods of conflict and repression address large-scale or systematic human rights violations

Survey shows little sympathy for unvaccinated, Sask. residents less likely to mask up

Global News
Typically there are stages during a pandemic, according to medical anthropologist Dr. Pamela Downe (PhD)

Regina's Dewdney Avenue is a constant reminder of the mass killing of Indigenous people

CBC News
Edgar Dewdney was responsible for quelling dissent among the chiefs, writes Dr. Robert Innes (PhD), professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies

Learn Indigenous history from Indigenous experts: Sask. Métis prof

CBC Saskatchewan
Dr. Allyson Stevenson (PhD), Gabriel Dumont Research Chair in Métis Studies, said Indigenous historians play a relevant role in the reckoning currently happening across Canada

Can justice in Kamloops come through the International Criminal Court?

Policy Options
It seems unlikely that the ICC will extend pressure or assistance unless the Canadian government itself requests it, writes Dr. Kirsten J. Fisher (PhD)

New stat holiday a chance to 'get educated,' Sask. residential school survivor says

CTV News
For real action, Indigenous people need to be part of policy decision-making, said Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD), a faculty member in the Department of Indigenous Studies

What I told my child about the Kamloops graves—to honour the 215

Maclean's
College of Arts and Science alumna Tenille Campbell (BA'07) describes the exhaustion of hearing about residential school trauma, and her determination to share those stories with the next generation

Canada must do more to ensure global access to vaccines

The Sheaf
Dr. Simonne Horwitz (D. Phil), a faculty member in the Department of History, says wealthy countries should be purchasing vaccines “on a one-to-one basis” and contributing to COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access

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USask PhD student uses computer modelling to better understand and predict suicide

Rifat Zahan wants to better understand the complexity of suicide and self-harm behaviours through her research in the College of Arts and Science

Food waste reduction app chosen as winning project in USask EcoHack

Department of Computer Science student Chi Vu created an app that encourages users to purchase and donate surplus food

USask student offers support to peers experiencing substance use disorders

Sociology student Mark Hammer has worked as a facilitator with Peer Health and with USask researchers and research teams

USask, United Way collaboration creates new course

A collaboration between the United Way of Saskatoon and Area and USask aims to enhance the community agency’s capacity to deliver services efficiently and provide students with hands-on skills in using social research methods

Greystone Theatre opens season with teen insight

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“The play deals with the reality of what it means to witness a horrible event and not say or do anything,” says director Natasha Martina, a faculty member in the Department of Drama

New exhibits at USask explore Canada’s dark history and the resilience of Indigenous People

The first exhibit, created by College of Arts and Science graduate and local artist Carol Wylie (BA'91, BFA'96), features a series of 18 portraits of residential school and Holocaust survivors

USask to launch new applied computing degree program

The Applied Computing Program will teach practical skills for a variety of high-paying careers

Government of Canada funding boosts travel opportunities for USask students

The College of Arts and Science and College of Agriculture and Bioresources have been awarded a total of almost $950,000 through the Global Skills Opportunity program

Live theatre finally returning to USask

For the first time in 613 days, USask drama students are returning to the stage to perform in front of a live audience

Lockert receives 2021 President’s Medal

She is also the recipient of the Three-Year Medal in the College of Arts and Science, awarded to the most distinguished graduate receiving a first degree in a three-year program in the college

High-achieving USask mathematical physics graduate to receive Dean’s Medal at Fall Convocation

Edward Utama will also receive his Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in mathematical physics, with high honours, and the University Medal in the Sciences

Award-winning USask environmental geoscience graduate makes history

Matt Fellwock will receive his Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in environmental geoscience, with a minor in chemistry, at USask’s 2021 Fall Convocation virtual celebration

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USask and CLS announce Herzberg Experimental Hall in honour of Nobel Laureate Gerhard Herzberg

As part of a national initiative to mark the 50th anniversary of Gerhard Herzberg’s Nobel Prize, USask is naming the main experimental hall of the CLS and a physics lecture theatre after the scientist

Jill Blakley named College of Arts and Science interim vice-dean faculty relations

Dr. Jill Blakley (PhD) takes over the faculty relations portfolio from Dr. Valerie J. Korinek (PhD)

“Make a Promise”: USask College of Arts and Science and Mistawasis Nêhiyawak enter knowledge partnership

Partners will collaborate in the areas of Indigenous wellbeing, community development and environmental stewardship

Faculty member in Indigenous studies department, women’s and gender studies program named acting vice-dean Indigenous

Dr. Emily Snyder (PhD) will serve as acting vice-dean Indigenous in the College of Arts and Science for a one-year term

College of Arts and Science welcomes new faculty members

The new hires join the biology, linguistics, drama, Indigenous studies, mathematics and statistics, and political studies departments

New USask Certificate in Urban Design offers deeper understanding of built environments

More than half of the courses will be taught in a studio format, which supports applied experiential, conceptual and skills-based training through making

‘Water is the elixir of life’: New USask certificate program focuses on water science

The Certificate in Water Science will offer students theoretical and practical training in hydrologic science

College of Arts and Science offers innovative new courses for 2021 Fall Term

The College of Arts and Science is the largest and most academically diverse college at USask, with 21 departments, 50 degree programs and 16 certificate programs

USask psychology department unveils new name

The Department of Psychology is now the Department of Psychology and Health Studies

Music professor named interim associate dean student affairs

Dr. Darrin Oehlerking (DMA) has been appointed to a key leadership role in the College of Arts and Science

Message of congratulations from Dean Peta Bonham-Smith

The College of Arts and Science's 2021 spring graduation celebration will be held online on Tuesday, June 1 at 5 pm

College of Arts and Science recognizes distinguished staff

Shannon Boklaschuk and Joni Morman are the winners of the 2021 Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award