Nuffield Canada announces scholarship recipients
The Canadian Nuffield Scholarship program has announced its recipients for 2014. The $15,000 scholarships are awarded to recipients to study food traceability, sustainability of animal production systems and crop nutrient efficiency.
Cheryl Hazenberg of Calgary, Steve Wolfgram of Stratford, Ont., and Daryl Chubb of Irricana, Alta., will travel to Canberra and Sydney, Australia, in February to meet with other scholarship recipients. The recipients will spend a week in Australia touring, attending workshops, listening to speakers and networking.
They will then travel around the world for a minimum of 10 weeks to study a chosen topic.
Hazenberg is director of technical services for the Canadian Angus Association. She will be studying traceability in beef and how to maximize production to meet the needs of the global consumer.
Wolfgram is a veterinarian at South West Ontario Veterinary Services in Stratford, focusing on swine herd health. He will be studying factors that affect the sustainability of food animal agriculture in Canada.
Chubb owns the agriculture consulting firm DeNovo Ag. He will study management techniques that increase nutrient efficiency and assess agronomic challenges that come with increasing food production.
University offers beer brewing course
Simon Fraser University will offer a course in the science of brewing (Biological Sciences 372) to students of all disciplines beginning in January.
The course will focus on the chemistry, biology and microbiology in the brewing process. It is a result of the $2 million Inspire initiative that was launched last year to change how science is taught at SFU.
In collaboration with Central City Brewers and Distillers, students will learn how the brewing process works by studying the technical side of brewing.
The course will explore scientific, research and business opportunities related to the beer brewing industry.
SFU chemist Michelle Unrau, who helped develop the course, said it could potentially include a certificate in brewing and later become a science entrepreneurship program.
Pork seminar appoints new co-ordinator
Marliss Wolfe Lafrentiere is the new co-ordinator for the Banff Pork Seminar, one of the longest running events that supports knowledge and progress for the pork industry.
Wolfe Lafrentiere has a degree in biological sciences from the University of Alberta and has worked in many faculties within the university. She is interested in health, food, the environment and science and innovation.
The 43rd annual seminar is Jan. 21-23.≈