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Connecting Heaven and Earth: UM Researchers Have Highly Anticipated Nuclear Experiment Underway

Neutron stars were recently in the news because the gravitational wave observatory, LIGO, detected a neutron star merger.  Neutron stars are very interesting objects.  A teaspoon of neutron star matter is so dense it would weigh about 10 million tons!  The remnants of supernovae explosions, neutron stars tell us about the origin of matter in...

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American Society of Pharmacognosy announces Paper of the Year – Sorensen chemistry lab

The Sorensen lab back-to-back papers in the Journal of Natural Products were selected by the editors for the Arthur E. Schwarting Award for Paper of the Year in 2018. The announcement was made public July 2, 2019 in the American Society of Pharmacognosy newsletter. As the American Society of Pharmacognosy newsletter reports: Dr. Sorensen’s award-winning paper represents the first genome sequencing and annotation...

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Introducing Manitoba’s first Fecal Microbiota Transplant Program

Not all poop is the same, at least when it comes to fecal transplants. Typically a topic avoided in polite conversation, Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is the transfer of one individual’s stool to another. The procedure can be life-saving for Canadians who have battled, or are battling, a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection. Patients with C. diff...

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Ronald Domalaon will receive his PhD from the department of chemistry on Thursday, June 6.

Classmates call Domalaon a “go-getter”, having already started a job in the pharmaceutical industry, after being scouted and hired in November of last year – but for Domalaon, it’s par for the course. Initially drawn to a career in medicine, Domalaon changed his plans after his first summer research position as an undergrad student in...

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UM Today: Verna J. Kirkness Program encourages youth for 10th year

This week, Grade 11 students from 12 different communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are taking part in the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program at the University of Manitoba. In partnership with the university, the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Foundation is hosting the program on campus for the 10th time....

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New Data Science Centre – NEXUS at the U of M

The Faculty of Science announced today that it has formed, Data Science NEXUS, a new data science research centre. NEXUS will lead innovation and discovery in data science, an emerging field that is quickly shaping and reshaping our world. NEXUS aims to aid the U of M and the province in remaining competitive on the global...

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GlycoNet: Protein engineering enables better treatment for rare inherited metabolic disorders

As GlycoNet reports: One in every 5,000 Canadian newborns develops lysosomal storage disorders (LSD), a type of metabolic diseases caused by genetic mutations. Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases are amongst the most severe LSD. Children suffering from these diseases lack an enzyme that can recycle used lipids (gangliosides) in their neurons. Eventually, the un-recycled gangliosides accumulate...

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Celebrating remarkable teachers at the 27th Annual Students’ Teacher Recognition Reception

Congratulations! Krystyna Koczanski, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Student Experience, Faculty of Science, and James Xidos, Senior Instructor, Department of Chemistry, University of Manitoba. Who were celebrated by students for being exceptional teachers, mentors, and guides at the 27th Annual Students’ Teacher Recognition Reception, held May 6, 2019. At the event, graduating students from 20 faculties...

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UM Today: Research pushing the boundaries

Four early career researchers at the University of Manitoba are among the inaugural recipients of $986,250 in funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) announced on May 13, 2019, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The NFRF program launched in 2018 provides funding that supports high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research...