I am forwarding the following message on behalf of Rob Visser.
From: Rob Visser
Sent: December-10-14 2:59 PM
To: Bev Godard
Subject: Adoption and parental leave announcement for the greenhouse manager
My family and I are happy to announce the adoption of our daughter Harmony into our family. As a result, I will begin taking an eight month parental leave beginning January 12, 2015.
It has been decided that Cathy Bay will become the interim Greenhouse Manager and a new technician assistant will be hired to fill her role. As many of you know, Cathy has been around the greenhouse area for almost 23 years and is experienced in all aspects of its operation. She is currently learning additional responsibilities that come with the manager role. I hope to bring Cathy around to some of you in the near future especially as it relates to key service providers for the controlled growth environment equipment.
Let me take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate all the assistance given to me over the last year and a half as I became acquainted with the greenhouse manager role. I am confident that each of you will do your best to assist Cathy as she begins her time as manager.
Dept. of Plant Science
Morrison Travel Award for Graduate Students in Plant Science (approximate value $1400)
Dr. Ian N. Morrison joined the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba in 1976 as a weed scientist and later served as Head from 1989 to 1996. His research led to the development of new tools and methods for weed control and crop protection for western Canadian producers. Dr. Morrison moved to the University of Alberta in 1996 to become Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics. He touched the lives of over 20 graduate students and hundreds of undergraduate students.
Helgason Travel Award for Graduate Students in Plant Science (approximate value $1325)
Dr. Helgason joined the Department of Plant Science in 1947 as a plant breeder, serving as Head from 1975 to 1978, when he retired. He was named Professor Emeritus in 1980 and maintained an ongoing involvement in his research programme, graduate student committees, and departmental affairs until 1984. His outstanding career accomplishments include the development of corn inbreds and hybrids and the release of several barley varieties, including the six-row malting variety, Argyle.
Lamari Travel Award for Graduate Studies in Plant Science (approximate value $1550)
Dr. Lakhdar Lamari joined the Department of Plant Science in 1988 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow conducting cereal pathology research. He subsequently joined the Department as a professor of plant pathology in 1990. He conducted world-class and world-renown cereal pathology research with special emphasis on tan spot diseases of wheat. He was the first researcher in the world to unravel the mysterious host-pathogen interaction for this disease in wheat. He developed a computer-based plant disease measurement program called "Assess" that permits the easy and rapid quantification of the number of disease lesions on plant surfaces. This program took plant pathology research to a whole new level of precision.
These awards will be offered to graduate students who:
(1) have completed the first year of their M.Sc. or Ph.D. program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Manitoba;
(2) have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours;
(3) will be attending a scientific meeting in a plant science related area and will be presenting the results of their research at the meeting (poster or oral presentation);
(4) have demonstrated research ability based on the abstract submitted and the proposed research results to be presented at the meeting.
The application form (one for all three awards) is attached. Funding must be used within the 12 month period following the date that the award recipients are announced. Recipients graduating within the 12 month period following the date of the award offer must use the funding no later than six months from the date of convocation.
Recipients may not hold more than one of the Morrison Travel Award, the Lamari Travel Award, or the Helgason Travel Award in the same calendar year.
Selection of the recipients will be based on: 1) academic performance; 2) comments from letters of recommendation; 3) the quality of the abstract submitted and of the proposed research results to be presented; 4) the potential value of the meeting to the student's development.
DEADLINE: January 16, 2015
On Friday, December 12th, we will be having our grad student holiday lunch party at 12:00 in room 218!! The plan is to order a bunch of pizzas and pop drinks will be provided. In order to plan how many pizzas to order, there will be a sign up sheet in the lounge to RSVP. If you are not around the lounge, feel free to send me an email to let me know if you are coming. Cost will be $5 per person and can be paid at the party. Friends are welcome!!
If you are participating in the Secret Santa, please bring your gifts along as this is where we will be exchanging them.
Hope to see you all there!
Hello Plant Science Grad Students,
If you are planning to present your Advanced Plant Science Seminar (Ph.D.) next semester, please let me know as soon as possible. The Advanced Plant Science Seminar Series Committee is trying to finalize the Winter 2015 schedule.
Dept. of Plant Science
222 Agriculture Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2
cell: (204) 825-7650
Christmas is coming up and we were hoping to have a couple of holiday related events.
We thought we would do a Secret Santa gift exchange. In case you aren't aware of what Secret Santa is, it is an anonymous gift exchange that involves picking a name out of a hat. You then buy a gift ($10-15 limit) for that person - but you aren't supposed to reveal whose name you have until after the exchange is over. The only names that will be included in the exchange are those who want to participate so we are looking to see who is interested.
If you are interested in taking part in the Secret Santa (or you have more questions) please send an email to either me (swaenepd(a)myumanitoba.ca) or Greg (umbartle(a)myumanitoba.ca?). We will also put a sign-up sheet in the grad lounge. If is there is enough interest we will set a date to meet to draw names.
We are also planning to have a holiday lunch on Friday, December 12th (time to be decided). We are planning to order pizzas or whatever, collecting money from those who are able to come. We will send out more info closer to the date. (This is where the gift exchange will occur).
Please reply if you have interest or questions about the gift exchange!!
The deadline has been extended to December 15, 2014.
Thanks to those who have responded.
From: Martha Blouw
Sent: November-24-14 3:01 PM
Subject: Please respond - Online Curriculum Survey
Plant Science Graduate Curriculum Review Online Survey
We've created an online survey to provide us with further feedback on our graduate curriculum.
The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YPJHBLG
Please complete the survey by December 15, 2014 - it won't take long.
The Plant Science Graduate Studies Committee looks forward to your responses and candid comments. Please note that this survey is anonymous.
Thanks for your participation!
Martha Blouw, Academic Advisor
Department of Plant Science
226 Agriculture Building, 66 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba
Canada R3T 2N2
Telephone: 204 474 8223
Fax: 204 474 7528