Arts and Science News

People of USask: Alana Pancyr

Fine arts graduate Alana Pancyr (BFA'13) is a multimedia artist and an actress in on-stage and on-screen productions

Upcoming Events

Senior Art Show

Jan 16-27, 2023

A citywide exhibition for Grade 12 students to showcase their artist talent

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Walter C. Murray Lecture: Origins of Meaning

Jan 27, 2023

Philosopher Dr. Dorit Bar-On (PhD) discusses how language might have evolved from animal communication

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Writing North: Connections

Jan 26-28, 2023

An annual writers’ festival hosted by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the USask MFA in Writing Program

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Department of Music Scholarship Ceremony

Celebrating scholarship recipients in the Department of Music

Philosophy in the Community: Can Psychedelics Really Make People Better?

A public talk by Dr. Sarah Hoffman (PhD), associate professor of philosophy

'We wrote that play, together': USask research paints picture of lived experiences of Iranian women

Haleh Mir Miri has experienced firsthand the oppression that women can be subjected to under extremist Islamic rule

(CANCELLED) Teens at the Crash Site: How Surveillance Capitalism and Networked Tools are Changing Child Rights

Please join the Department of Sociology to celebrate the 52nd Annual Sorokin Lecture

People of USask: Alana Pancyr

Fine arts graduate Alana Pancyr (BFA'13) is a multimedia artist and an actress in on-stage and on-screen productions

Welcome back to the Masquerade!

Performing ensembles include: U of S Jazz Ensemble Stone Frigate Big Band Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra

New report finds systemic responses not adequately addressing human trafficking

MBC Radio
Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD) was lead researcher on the project

Will Canada lead the psychedelic renaissance?

Alberta’s new policy on psychedelic-assisted therapy may move Canadians one step closer to accepting psychedelics as medicine, writes USask historian Dr. Erika Dyck (PhD)

Navigating the digital diet culture

Western Producer
Diet culture is trending, but the agriculture industry is shaped by larger forces, says USask historian Dr. Andrew Watson (PhD)

University of Saskatchewan chemist says it might be the time to let go of gas stoves

CBC News
USask chemist Dr. Tara Kahan (PhD) has studied the effects of gas stoves on the environment around them

How do snowflakes form? Is each snowflake really unique? Why is some snow light and fluffy or heavy? The amazing science of snow

The Conversation
Geography and Planning assistant professor Kystopher Chutko writes about the science of snow

People of USask: Jessie Buydens

Psychology and sociology graduate Jessie Buydens talks about her experiences at USask and the importance of getting involved on campus

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People of USask: Alana Pancyr

Fine arts graduate Alana Pancyr (BFA'13) is a multimedia artist and an actress in on-stage and on-screen productions

Welcome back to the Masquerade!

Performing ensembles include: U of S Jazz Ensemble Stone Frigate Big Band Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra

An Evening with Robert Calder and Somerset Maugham

Emeritus professor Robert Calder will discuss the author W. Somerset Maugham and film adaptations based on his work

Love Ethic

University Art Galleries and Collection
An exhibition featuring works by Joi Arcand, Amalie Atkins, Catherine Blackburn, Ruth Cuthand and Curtis Santiago

Senior Art Show

University Art Galleries and Collection
A citywide exhibition for Grade 12 students to showcase their artist talent

Manuel Axel Strain: Why does this land seem so small?

USask Art Galleries and Collection
Artwork confronting and undermining the imposed realities of colonialism

Kyle Beal and Anna Hawkins: day for night

USask Art Galleries and Collection
Artworks that point to the blurred lines between our public and private lives

USask offers musical time-travel with the Amati strings

University Affairs
Veronique Mathieu, the David L. Kaplan Chair in Music and associate professor of violin, has designed upcoming concerts featuring a set of nearly 400-year-old Italian instruments

Walter C. Murray Lecture: Origins of Meaning

Philosopher Dr. Dorit Bar-On (PhD) discusses how language might have evolved from animal communication

Writing North: Connections

An annual writers’ festival hosted by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and the USask MFA in Writing Program

Creativity in quarantine

The Green & White
The COVID-19 pandemic opened the floodgates of productivity for painter Marie Lannoo (BA’77)

Award-winning USask professor enjoys thriving artistic practice

Alison Norlen, a faculty member in the Department of Art and Art History, has been honoured with the title of distinguished professor

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'We wrote that play, together': USask research paints picture of lived experiences of Iranian women

Haleh Mir Miri has experienced firsthand the oppression that women can be subjected to under extremist Islamic rule

People of USask: Alana Pancyr

Fine arts graduate Alana Pancyr (BFA'13) is a multimedia artist and an actress in on-stage and on-screen productions

People of USask: Jessie Buydens

Psychology and sociology graduate Jessie Buydens talks about her experiences at USask and the importance of getting involved on campus

The Life and Legacy of Henry Taube

A graduate of the College of Arts and Science, Henry Taube is the only Saskatchewan-born winner of the Nobel Prize

People of USask: Deborah and Verla Chatsis

USask graduate Verla Chatsis (BA'84, BSP'85) talks about how her sister Deborah Chatsis (BE’83, LLB'86, LLD’15) valued family and education

USask community members appointed to the Order of Canada

USask alumnus Donald Arnold Kossick (BA'68) is one of several members of the university community appointed to the Order of Canada

A man among Kings

The Green & White
Like many kids growing up in Saskatoon, Vukie Mpofu (BA’18) dreamed about playing in the NHL

For the record

The Green & White
Three former USask athletes have one thing in common — records that probably won’t be broken for a long time

Creativity in quarantine

The Green & White
The COVID-19 pandemic opened the floodgates of productivity for painter Marie Lannoo (BA’77)

Memorial award commemorates USask graduate’s passion for linguistics, art

Claire Mueller's family has established an award to financially support undergraduate students enrolled in linguistics and studio art

Late USask graduate’s wishes fulfilled with creation of chemistry scholarship

Susan Gibson (BA'69, LLB'69) dedicated funds in will to recognize work of brother and distinguished professor emeritus

A new Canadian finds empowerment through Indigenous learning, relationships

Indigenous knowledge helped USask graduate Dr. Jebunnessa Chapola (PhD) understand her own Bangladeshi upbringing

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University of Saskatchewan chemist says it might be the time to let go of gas stoves

CBC News
USask chemist Dr. Tara Kahan (PhD) has studied the effects of gas stoves on the environment around them

U.S. considers gas stove ban due to 'hidden hazard.' Will Canada follow?

CTV News
"We know you are introducing pollutants into your home and if you can avoid it - why not?" said Dr. Tara Kahan (PhD) of the USask Department of Chemistry

How a former ski hill in southern Alberta has become an important key to climate study

CBC News
"We try to follow every drop of water, every flake of snow," said Department of Geography and Planning faculty member Dr. John Pomeroy (PhD)

The Life and Legacy of Henry Taube

A graduate of the College of Arts and Science, Henry Taube is the only Saskatchewan-born winner of the Nobel Prize

Walter C. Murray Lecture: Origins of Meaning

Philosopher Dr. Dorit Bar-On (PhD) discusses how language might have evolved from animal communication

USask chemist wins national institute’s early career research award

Dr. Tara Kahan (PhD) is recognized as a world leader in cryospheric chemistry and indoor chemistry

The top 10 stories of 2022

The College of Arts and Science’s most-read news stories of the year

Remembering a USask computing pioneer

Dr. Kathleen Booth (PhD) invented some of the technologies that make computers possible

USask research to benefit from prestigious Banting Fellowships

Researchers will study how Indigenous communities adapt to disaster and why Earth’s animals first moved from ocean to land

USask researcher asks public to report cougar evidence

A Department of Biology researcher is building a database to uncover the whereabouts of the secretive and elusive prairie cougar.

It feels like dogs know just when we need them most. Well, they might, experts say

CNN
When you have a strong bond with your dog, it can often intuit your feelings—and offer you support, says Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD) of the Department of Sociology

Neutrons Canada established to lead research infrastructure program

Fifteen member universities, led by USask and McMaster University, have come together to incorporate the new not-for-profit research organization

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New report finds systemic responses not adequately addressing human trafficking

MBC Radio
Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD) was lead researcher on the project

People of USask: Deborah and Verla Chatsis

USask graduate Verla Chatsis (BA'84, BSP'85) talks about how her sister Deborah Chatsis (BE’83, LLB'86, LLD’15) valued family and education

Sinclair named USask Storyteller-in-Residence

Métis drama professor Bruce Sinclair begins his 12-week residency at the University Library this month

The top 10 stories of 2022

The College of Arts and Science’s most-read news stories of the year

USask researcher hopes to improve public understanding of Indigenous gangs, street lifestyle

CBC News
Canada Research Chair Dr. Robert Henry (PhD) will receive $120,000 annually for the next years for his project

USask research to benefit from prestigious Banting Fellowships

Researchers will study how Indigenous communities adapt to disaster and why Earth’s animals first moved from ocean to land

Indigenous gangs, street lifestyle focus of new Canada Research Chair

Indigenous Studies researcher Robert (Bobby) Henry, whose work is internationally recognized, has been awarded a Canada Research Chair

Benjamin Hoy wins Governor General’s History Award

USask associate professor of history has won the 2022 award for scholarly research for his book A Line of Blood and Dirt

A new Canadian finds empowerment through Indigenous learning, relationships

Indigenous knowledge helped USask graduate Dr. Jebunnessa Chapola (PhD) understand her own Bangladeshi upbringing

‘Our voices are so important’: USask science graduate inspires the next generation of Indigenous students

Micheala Merasty wants to be a voice for the environment—and a role model for her daughter

CTV comedy series starring USask student premieres soon

Cheyenna Sapp performs in Acting Good, a new sitcom premiering Oct. 17

Settee brings a northerner’s perspective to global climate issues

USask Professor Emeritus Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD) has been invited to speak to Canadian and world leaders on climate issues

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Philosophy in the Community: Can Psychedelics Really Make People Better?

A public talk by Dr. Sarah Hoffman (PhD), associate professor of philosophy

'We wrote that play, together': USask research paints picture of lived experiences of Iranian women

Haleh Mir Miri has experienced firsthand the oppression that women can be subjected to under extremist Islamic rule

(CANCELLED) Teens at the Crash Site: How Surveillance Capitalism and Networked Tools are Changing Child Rights

Please join the Department of Sociology to celebrate the 52nd Annual Sorokin Lecture

New report finds systemic responses not adequately addressing human trafficking

MBC Radio
Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD) was lead researcher on the project

Will Canada lead the psychedelic renaissance?

Alberta’s new policy on psychedelic-assisted therapy may move Canadians one step closer to accepting psychedelics as medicine, writes USask historian Dr. Erika Dyck (PhD)

Navigating the digital diet culture

Western Producer
Diet culture is trending, but the agriculture industry is shaped by larger forces, says USask historian Dr. Andrew Watson (PhD)

USask-developed guide highlights benefits of pet ownership in rental housing

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“It’s really to raise awareness about the potential benefits of animals," said Department of Sociology professor Dr. Colleen Dell (PhD)

Obituary: David E. Smith

Smith was a professor of political studies at the University of Saskatchewan for 40 years

Researcher archiving Sask. Twitter as part of COVID-19 history project

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Upheaval since Elon Musk's takeover adds urgency to preserve records of what life was like in pandemic times

2 generations of Sask. LGBTQ community reflect on history and the future

CBC Saskatchewan
Psychology student Thios Mwunvaneza participates in an intergenerational conversation about the past, present and future of Sask. LGBTQ communities

How history keeps repeating itself, and the ways it hasn't: Alberta's COVID-19 pandemic

CTV News
Pandemics almost always follow the same pattern for the first few months, says Dr. Pamela Downe (PhD) of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

USask launches first practicing anthropology master’s program in Canada

Graduates will be trained for careers as anthropologists in the private and public sectors

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Convicted murderer Colin Thatcher’s invitation to the Saskatchewan legislature diminishes us all

The Conversation
Recent events at the legislature show that we live in a society that normalizes violence against women, writes Dr. Kathy Walker (PhD) of the Department of Political Studies

Statement on the tragedy at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon

A message from Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD), vice-dean Indigenous in the College of Arts and Science

The simple reason a viral math equation stumped the internet

The Conversation
Mathematicians and mathematics educators have been weighing in on a particular debate rooted in school mathematics that shows no signs of abating

‘Water’ we doing to our water?

Governments at all levels need to work together to manage and protect our freshwater resources, writes Raylene Hartl, a master’s student studying biology at USask

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

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Department of Music Scholarship Ceremony

Celebrating scholarship recipients in the Department of Music

'We wrote that play, together': USask research paints picture of lived experiences of Iranian women

Haleh Mir Miri has experienced firsthand the oppression that women can be subjected to under extremist Islamic rule

Welcome back to the Masquerade!

Performing ensembles include: U of S Jazz Ensemble Stone Frigate Big Band Saskatoon Youth Jazz Orchestra

Honours Colloquium

A showcase and celebration of research by graduating English Honours students

A story of fire and ice: USask research studies how wildfires impact glacier melt

Department of Geography and Planning PhD candidate Caroline Aubry-Wake studied the impact of wildfires on the Athabasca Glacier

The top 10 stories of 2022

The College of Arts and Science’s most-read news stories of the year

Quantum computers can enhance medicine, artificial intelligence: USask research

USask mathematical physics student Tarah Teixeira is excited to be part of the development of future applications for quantum computers

Researcher archiving Sask. Twitter as part of COVID-19 history project

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Upheaval since Elon Musk's takeover adds urgency to preserve records of what life was like in pandemic times

2 generations of Sask. LGBTQ community reflect on history and the future

CBC Saskatchewan
Psychology student Thios Mwunvaneza participates in an intergenerational conversation about the past, present and future of Sask. LGBTQ communities

USask launches first practicing anthropology master’s program in Canada

Graduates will be trained for careers as anthropologists in the private and public sectors

Memorial award commemorates USask graduate’s passion for linguistics, art

Claire Mueller's family has established an award to financially support undergraduate students enrolled in linguistics and studio art

USask student wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study literature at University of Oxford

Cassidy Serhienko has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue her Master’s in English Literature at the University of Oxford

See all College Vision News

Sinclair named USask Storyteller-in-Residence

Métis drama professor Bruce Sinclair begins his 12-week residency at the University Library this month

The top 10 stories of 2022

The College of Arts and Science’s most-read news stories of the year

Oehlerking appointed to student experience leadership position for five-year term

Dr. Darrin Oehlerking (DMA) will serve as associate dean student affairs in the College of Arts and Science from 2023 to 2028

USask celebrates 75 years of graduate success, looks to the future

This year marks 75 years since the USask College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies was established

Signature areas of research help USask highlight its strengths

The university has provided $360,000 to nine teams to assist in developing and showcasing innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarly, and artistic work

Kyla Denton wins 2022 USask Safety Award

Administrative doordinator for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has a history of spearheading positive safety initiatives

Education, arts and humanities strong USask performers in THE subject rankings

USask’s best performance growth was in arts and humanities

Women in Leadership: Carla Orosz wants the theatre to be a welcoming place

“Build relationships with each other and truly do some deep listening,” says the Department of Drama head

USask’s Indigenous Student Achievement Pathways program marks 10-year anniversary

On Campus News
ISAP welcomes First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to the College of Arts and Science, with academic and social programming that builds confidence, knowledge and skills

USask Indigenous studies professor emerita named acting vice-dean Indigenous

Dr. Priscilla Settee (PhD) has been appointed to a key leadership role in the College of Arts and Science

College of Arts and Science renewing a vision for fine and performing arts at USask

New project will assess opportunities and needs related to organizational structure, infrastructure, community partnerships, and research, scholarly, and artistic work

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