University of Saskatchewan

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Formation19 March 1907
HeadquartersSaskatchewan, Canada
Develops animal and human DNA-enhanced vaccines

The University of Saskatchewan began as an agricultural college in 1907 and established the first Canadian university-based department of extension in 1910.

Nuclear Physics Research

Experience gained from years of research and collaboration with global researchers led to the University of Saskatchewan being selected as the site of Canada's national facility for synchrotron light research, the Canadian Light Source.[1] This facility opened October 22, 2004 and is the size of a football field.

The Canadian Light Source synchrotron is considered one of the largest and most innovative investments in Canadian science. Since its origins as an agricultural college, research has played an important role at the university. Discoveries made at the U of S include sulphate-resistant cement and the cobalt-60 cancer therapy unit.

In 1948, the university built the first betatron facility in Canada.[2] Three years later, the world's first non-commercial cobalt-60 therapy unit was constructed.[3] (The first female chancellor of the university, Sylvia Fedoruk, was a member of the cobalt-60 research team. She also served as Saskatchewan's lieutenant-governor from 1988 to 1994.) The success of these facilities led to the construction of a linear accelerator as part of the Saskatchewan Accelerator Laboratory in 1964 and placed university scientists at the forefront of nuclear physics in Canada.[4] The Plasma Physics Laboratory operates a tokamak on campus.[5] The University used the SCR-270 radar in 1949 to image the Aurora for the first time.

Vaccine Research

The University of Saskatchewan agriculture college still has access to neighbouring urban research lands.[6] The University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) facility, (2003) develops DNA-enhanced immunization vaccines for both humans and animals.[7][8]

The university also is home to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization.[9] Innovation Place Research Park is an industrial science and technology park that hosts private industry working with the university.[10]

Rhodes Scholars

In all, 69 graduates of the University of Saskatchewan have gone on to receive the Rhodes Scholarship. These include Wilbur Jackett (1933) and Mark Abley (1975).


 

Alumni on Wikispooks

PersonBornNationalitySummaryDescription
Murray Edwards10 December 1959CanadaBillionaire
Businessperson
Tar sands billionaire, where he jas more at stake than possibly any other individual.
Alison Redford7 March 1965CanadaPolitician
Lawyer
Attended the 2012 Bilderberg as Premier of Alberta


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