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USask graduate and visual artist Wally Dion (BFA’04) returns to campus for skodenstoodis, a major solo exhibition at the College Art Galleries

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USask Department of Music professor Kathleen Solose is artistic director of the Elixir Ensemble

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Collaborative online international teaching enhances USask students’ global awareness

Studying abroad was impossible during the pandemic, but College of Arts and Science instructors brought the world to their students through Collaborative Online International Learning projects

Life-long interest in music leads to USask degree

Violinist Drusilla Waltz is the recipient of the Arthur Collingwood Prize in Music

Aimee Wall & Lisa Bird-Wilson among finalists for $60K Amazon Canada First Novel Award

CBC Books
Métis and nêhiyaw writer Lisa Bird-Wilson (BA'93, BEd'99, MEd'05), a College of Arts and Science graduate, was nominated for the book Probably Ruby

Patrick Bulas, Barbara Reimer win Dean’s Distinguished Staff Awards

The awards recognize employees of the College of Arts and Science who have distinguished themselves through excellence in work performance

USask-led study aims to understand, mitigate change in western boreal forest

Dr. Philip McLoughlin’s research team has been awarded $1.87 million by a federal granting agency for an interdisciplinary project to study complex environmental changes occurring in Western Canada’s Boreal Plains and help mitigate the consequences

USask-led study finds a high-fish diet may not be bad for you

A synchrotron-based study led by USask researchers shows the chemical form of mercury found in the brains of people who ate a lot of fish is different from the mercury form found in the brains of people who were poisoned

Digital and extended media professor wins USask teaching award

Lisa Birke is the winner of the Provost’s New Teacher Award

Exploring Indigenous identity and resistance

USask graduate and visual artist Wally Dion (BFA’04) returns to campus for skodenstoodis, a major solo exhibition at the College Art Galleries

Q+A: Sask. researcher says service dogs prevent suicides

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Alexandria Pavelich, a USask PhD student, studied four veterans experiencing PTSD, substance use and suicidal ideation for 16 months

USask computer science graduate creates Rahat Yasir Award for Diversity and Inclusion

The $1,500 award will provide financial support to an undergraduate student studying in the Department of Computer Science who identifies with, or who is an ally to, the LGBTQ2S+ community

Selina Boan, Tenille K. Campbell and Brian Thomas Isaac among finalists for the 2022 Indigenous Voices Awards

CBC Books
Diana Hope Tegenkamp, office coordinator in the Department of English, and College of Arts and Science graduate Tenille K. Campbell (BA'07) are included on the shortlist

Calder put Saskatchewan writers on the map

Author and professor emeritus of English Dr. Robert Calder (BA’63, MA’65) is receiving the USask Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

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Life-long interest in music leads to USask degree

Violinist Drusilla Waltz is the recipient of the Arthur Collingwood Prize in Music

Aimee Wall & Lisa Bird-Wilson among finalists for $60K Amazon Canada First Novel Award

CBC Books
Métis and nêhiyaw writer Lisa Bird-Wilson (BA'93, BEd'99, MEd'05), a College of Arts and Science graduate, was nominated for the book Probably Ruby

Digital and extended media professor wins USask teaching award

Lisa Birke is the winner of the Provost’s New Teacher Award

Exploring Indigenous identity and resistance

USask graduate and visual artist Wally Dion (BFA’04) returns to campus for skodenstoodis, a major solo exhibition at the College Art Galleries

Selina Boan, Tenille K. Campbell and Brian Thomas Isaac among finalists for the 2022 Indigenous Voices Awards

CBC Books
Diana Hope Tegenkamp, office coordinator in the Department of English, and College of Arts and Science graduate Tenille K. Campbell (BA'07) are included on the shortlist

Calder put Saskatchewan writers on the map

Author and professor emeritus of English Dr. Robert Calder (BA’63, MA’65) is receiving the USask Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Naomi Hansen's first book shines light on Saskatchewan eateries

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
When USask history graduate Naomi Hansen (BA'17) went looking for a book of popular Saskatchewan recipes and didn’t find one, she decided to create one herself

U of S research looks at ways to make the stage inclusive through design

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Prof. Carla Orosz says the need for skin tone to inform designers’ choices speaks to the broader importance of making the stage a more inclusive space

Amati instruments reunite for concert with new performers

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Handcrafted in Italy in the 1600s, the university’s collection remains one of only a few complete Amati string quartets in the world

College Art Galleries to present exhibition by USask graduate Wally Dion

A large-scale neon text-based sculpture will be installed outside the Peter MacKinnon Building on the USask campus

Arts and Science authors shortlisted for Sask Book Awards

Seventeen alumni, faculty and staff are among the nominees

Elixir Ensemble presents: Dumka

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USask Department of Music professor Kathleen Solose is artistic director of the Elixir Ensemble

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Aimee Wall & Lisa Bird-Wilson among finalists for $60K Amazon Canada First Novel Award

CBC Books
Métis and nêhiyaw writer Lisa Bird-Wilson (BA'93, BEd'99, MEd'05), a College of Arts and Science graduate, was nominated for the book Probably Ruby

Exploring Indigenous identity and resistance

USask graduate and visual artist Wally Dion (BFA’04) returns to campus for skodenstoodis, a major solo exhibition at the College Art Galleries

USask computer science graduate creates Rahat Yasir Award for Diversity and Inclusion

The $1,500 award will provide financial support to an undergraduate student studying in the Department of Computer Science who identifies with, or who is an ally to, the LGBTQ2S+ community

Selina Boan, Tenille K. Campbell and Brian Thomas Isaac among finalists for the 2022 Indigenous Voices Awards

CBC Books
Diana Hope Tegenkamp, office coordinator in the Department of English, and College of Arts and Science graduate Tenille K. Campbell (BA'07) are included on the shortlist

Calder put Saskatchewan writers on the map

Author and professor emeritus of English Dr. Robert Calder (BA’63, MA’65) is receiving the USask Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

Alumni reflect on USask education as Women’s and Gender Studies Program celebrates 30 years

An anniversary brunch and panel discussion will be held on May 14 at Marquis Hall

USask to spotlight six honorary degree recipients

The university will recognize USask alumni Jane Graham, Emeritus Professor James (Les) Henry, Justice Catherine Wedge and Dr. Alan Wildeman (PhD), along with journalist Susan Ormiston and Dr. Nicholas Carino (PhD)

Poster provides a lifetime of inspiration

Understanding hard work propels Alumni Achievement Award winner Kendal Netmaker (BA'11, BEd'11) to success

Naomi Hansen's first book shines light on Saskatchewan eateries

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
When USask history graduate Naomi Hansen (BA'17) went looking for a book of popular Saskatchewan recipes and didn’t find one, she decided to create one herself

Alumna awarded prestigious McCall MacBain Scholarship

As a McCall MacBain Scholar, Nikaela Lange (BA’21) will pursue a fully funded master’s degree at McGill University while connecting with mentors and participating in an intensive leadership development program

College Art Galleries to present exhibition by USask graduate Wally Dion

A large-scale neon text-based sculpture will be installed outside the Peter MacKinnon Building on the USask campus

Arts and Science authors shortlisted for Sask Book Awards

Seventeen alumni, faculty and staff are among the nominees

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USask-led study aims to understand, mitigate change in western boreal forest

Dr. Philip McLoughlin’s research team has been awarded $1.87 million by a federal granting agency for an interdisciplinary project to study complex environmental changes occurring in Western Canada’s Boreal Plains and help mitigate the consequences

USask-led study finds a high-fish diet may not be bad for you

A synchrotron-based study led by USask researchers shows the chemical form of mercury found in the brains of people who ate a lot of fish is different from the mercury form found in the brains of people who were poisoned

USask computer science graduate creates Rahat Yasir Award for Diversity and Inclusion

The $1,500 award will provide financial support to an undergraduate student studying in the Department of Computer Science who identifies with, or who is an ally to, the LGBTQ2S+ community

USask student uses digital tools to explore 19th-century British fashion

Undergraduate course taught by Dr. Jim Clifford (PhD) introduces students to new ways of researching and presenting history

A Nobel Prize scientist who fled Nazi Germany leaves mark on Saskatoon

Regina Leader-Post
The Nazis’ rise to power forced Gerhard Herzberg and his wife, Luise, out of a top-tier academic position in Germany

Wildfire smoke accelerates glacier melt, affects mountain runoff: USask research

A new study by University of Saskatchewan hydrology researchers found that exposure to wildfire smoke can cause glaciers to melt faster, affecting mountain runoff that provides major freshwater resources for life downstream

Women in Leadership: Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace works toward a more sustainable future

On Earth Day, the USask water expert discusses the Sustainable Development Goals and how individuals can improve water and energy efficiency

USask digital exhibit showcases dining practices of ancient Romans

Cēna was developed by archaeology graduate student Christie Fender and is housed on USask’s Shared Spaces app

Sask. researchers help crack mystery 518 million years in the making

CTV News
A new paper co-authored by University of Saskatchewan researchers shows the creatures responsible for one of the world's oldest and most complete fossil records lived more turbulent lives than previously thought

USask computer scientist wins lifetime achievement award

Dr. Gord McCalla (PhD), professor emeritus in the Department of Computer Science, has won a 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from CS-Can|Info-Can

USask researcher helps to protect Earth’s atmosphere by interpreting satellite data

Physics and engineering physics PhD candidate Kimberlee Dube is working to understand how the atmosphere is changing

After seeing how gas stoves pollute homes, these researchers are ditching theirs

CBC News
Department of Chemistry faculty member Dr. Tara Kahan (PhD) warns that gas stoves generate high levels of nitrogen oxides

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Aimee Wall & Lisa Bird-Wilson among finalists for $60K Amazon Canada First Novel Award

CBC Books
Métis and nêhiyaw writer Lisa Bird-Wilson (BA'93, BEd'99, MEd'05), a College of Arts and Science graduate, was nominated for the book Probably Ruby

Exploring Indigenous identity and resistance

USask graduate and visual artist Wally Dion (BFA’04) returns to campus for skodenstoodis, a major solo exhibition at the College Art Galleries

Selina Boan, Tenille K. Campbell and Brian Thomas Isaac among finalists for the 2022 Indigenous Voices Awards

CBC Books
Diana Hope Tegenkamp, office coordinator in the Department of English, and College of Arts and Science graduate Tenille K. Campbell (BA'07) are included on the shortlist

māmowi āsohtētān 5th annual Internal Truth and Reconciliation Forum

For the fifth straight year, members of the University of Saskatchewan campus community will gather on May 11 for the māmowi āsohtētān (“Let’s Cross This Together”) annual Internal Truth and Reconciliation Forum

Remai Modern hosts Maanipokaa’iini, the first survey of Adrian Stimson's work

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Stimson (MFA'06) explores bison as a symbol of the cycles of renewal on the land, and the impact of colonial policies

‘Believe in yourself’: USask graduate makes history as FSIN Vice Chief

Arts&Science magazine
Third Vice Chief Aly Bear (BA’17, JD’20) was inspired to become a lawyer after studying the work of late USask professor Patricia Monture

Wally Dion: skodenstoodis

The major solo exhibition by College of Arts and Science graduate Wally Dion (BFA'04) focuses on new and recent artworks

Pro Metal donor bursary opens door to education for Indigenous students

“We are so grateful to the people at Pasqua First Nation and we want to continue our efforts to support students achieve their dreams while not forgetting our shared histories,” said Candace Wasacase-Lafferty (BA'18)

College of Arts and Science students recognized with Indigenous Student Achievement Awards

Indigenous Achievement Week is an annual event that celebrates the successes and contributions of Métis, First Nations and Inuit students, staff, faculty and alumni

USask students reflect on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

“Our ideas and thoughts are fundamental to advancing the sciences," says bioinformatics student Vaidehee Lanke

Canada's unmarked graves: How residential schools carried out 'cultural genocide' against Indigenous children

60 Minutes
60 Minutes on CBS News features the work of USask archaeologist Dr. Terence Clark (PhD) and his team as they search for unmarked graves of children at former residential schools

Sask. storyteller working to preserve Indigenous culture and language

CTV Saskatoon
“These stories hold our histories, they hold our teachings, our laws,” said Prof. Randy Morin

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Q+A: Sask. researcher says service dogs prevent suicides

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Alexandria Pavelich, a USask PhD student, studied four veterans experiencing PTSD, substance use and suicidal ideation for 16 months

Alumni reflect on USask education as Women’s and Gender Studies Program celebrates 30 years

An anniversary brunch and panel discussion will be held on May 14 at Marquis Hall

USask student uses digital tools to explore 19th-century British fashion

Undergraduate course taught by Dr. Jim Clifford (PhD) introduces students to new ways of researching and presenting history

Naomi Hansen's first book shines light on Saskatchewan eateries

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
When USask history graduate Naomi Hansen (BA'17) went looking for a book of popular Saskatchewan recipes and didn’t find one, she decided to create one herself

A Nobel Prize scientist who fled Nazi Germany leaves mark on Saskatoon

Regina Leader-Post
The Nazis’ rise to power forced Gerhard Herzberg and his wife, Luise, out of a top-tier academic position in Germany

Arts and Science authors shortlisted for Sask Book Awards

Seventeen alumni, faculty and staff are among the nominees

Women in Leadership: Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace works toward a more sustainable future

On Earth Day, the USask water expert discusses the Sustainable Development Goals and how individuals can improve water and energy efficiency

Dell honoured with Distinguished Graduate Mentorship Award

“I enjoy working side by side with students and trainees, getting to know them professionally and personally, and finding where we complement one another and build upon that synergy,” said Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD)

USask digital exhibit showcases dining practices of ancient Romans

Cēna was developed by archaeology graduate student Christie Fender and is housed on USask’s Shared Spaces app

USask student honoured with Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal

Biomedical sciences student Ishita Mann will be presented with the medal on April 26 during a ceremony at Government House

‘Believe in yourself’: USask graduate makes history as FSIN Vice Chief

Arts&Science magazine
Third Vice Chief Aly Bear (BA’17, JD’20) was inspired to become a lawyer after studying the work of late USask professor Patricia Monture

USask historian is cofounder of Italy’s first LGBT+ History Month

Gender and sexual diversity is rarely talked about in Italy. Dr. Alessio Ponzio (PhD) wants to change that.

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Alumni reflect on USask education as Women’s and Gender Studies Program celebrates 30 years

An anniversary brunch and panel discussion will be held on May 14 at Marquis Hall

Opinion: Time running out to secure Saskatchewan's water prosperity

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Saskatchewan’s prosperity rides on our ability to manage our water, write Dr. John Pomeroy (PhD) and Dr. Baljit Singh (PhD)

Russia-Ukraine war could have significant implications for international order: U of S lecturer

650 CKOM
The situation in Ukraine is “absolutely tragic," said Dr. Martin Gaal (PhD), a lecturer in the Department of Political Studies and coordinator for the global studies certificate at the University of Saskatchewan

Experts with Prairie roots surprised by speed of attack on Ukraine, but not by resistance to it

CBC Saskatchewan
As an academic with a focus on Ukraine and a woman of Ukrainian heritage, the war in her ancestors' home country has affected USask graduate Marnie Howlett (BA'15, MA'17) on several levels

International relations expert explains Russia-Ukraine conflict

650 CKOM
Dr. Colleen Bell (PhD), an associate professor in the Department of Political Studies, has focused her research largely on international relations and the politics of security

More than three-quarters of homicide victims in Sask. in 2020 were Indigenous: StatsCan

CBC Saskatchewan
Dr. Robert Henry (PhD), an Indigenous studies professor in the College of Arts and Science, says the statistics show action is needed

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)

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Life-long interest in music leads to USask degree

Violinist Drusilla Waltz is the recipient of the Arthur Collingwood Prize in Music

Q+A: Sask. researcher says service dogs prevent suicides

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Alexandria Pavelich, a USask PhD student, studied four veterans experiencing PTSD, substance use and suicidal ideation for 16 months

USask computer science graduate creates Rahat Yasir Award for Diversity and Inclusion

The $1,500 award will provide financial support to an undergraduate student studying in the Department of Computer Science who identifies with, or who is an ally to, the LGBTQ2S+ community

Alumni reflect on USask education as Women’s and Gender Studies Program celebrates 30 years

An anniversary brunch and panel discussion will be held on May 14 at Marquis Hall

USask student uses digital tools to explore 19th-century British fashion

Undergraduate course taught by Dr. Jim Clifford (PhD) introduces students to new ways of researching and presenting history

USask to spotlight six honorary degree recipients

The university will recognize USask alumni Jane Graham, Emeritus Professor James (Les) Henry, Justice Catherine Wedge and Dr. Alan Wildeman (PhD), along with journalist Susan Ormiston and Dr. Nicholas Carino (PhD)

College Art Galleries to present exhibition by USask graduate Wally Dion

A large-scale neon text-based sculpture will be installed outside the Peter MacKinnon Building on the USask campus

Dell honoured with Distinguished Graduate Mentorship Award

“I enjoy working side by side with students and trainees, getting to know them professionally and personally, and finding where we complement one another and build upon that synergy,” said Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD)

USask digital exhibit showcases dining practices of ancient Romans

Cēna was developed by archaeology graduate student Christie Fender and is housed on USask’s Shared Spaces app

LinkedIn Masterclass

SHIFT is a webinar series for students and recent graduates that focuses on how to succeed post-graduation

Non-Linear Career Paths Panel

SHIFT is a webinar series for students and recent graduates that focuses on how to succeed post-graduation

USask student honoured with Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal

Biomedical sciences student Ishita Mann will be presented with the medal on April 26 during a ceremony at Government House

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Patrick Bulas, Barbara Reimer win Dean’s Distinguished Staff Awards

The awards recognize employees of the College of Arts and Science who have distinguished themselves through excellence in work performance

Three faculty members receive College of Arts and Science Teaching Awards

Dr. Jon Bath (PhD), Dr. Janeen Loehr (PhD) and Dr. Colin Sproat (PhD) are the winners of this year’s New Teacher Awards

New program at U of Sask. focusing on queer theory, gender diversity and sexualities

CBC Saskatchewan
"As a queer person, I felt it was very important for me to offer to the students something that would allow them to understand themselves, understand the world around them," said Dr. Alessio Ponzio (PhD)

The 2020/21 Dean’s Honour List

The College of Arts and Science recognizes its most outstanding students

Putting students first: College celebrates third “Think Big – Be Bold” Day

The College of Arts and Science is celebrating students at its annual college plan day

The top 10 stories of 2021

Counting down the year’s top College of Arts and Science news stories

New scholarships will support USask students in fine arts, astronomy and environmental programs

The Gerald & Joan Johnson Endowed Student Award was created through a $100,000 gift to the College of Arts and Science

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