Spotlight on Science & Technology
The Saskatoon Industry Education Council is excited to announce our Spotlight on Careers in Science & Technology. We will host live events, share industry interviews and tours, and provide hands-on lab activities for students and teachers.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Monday, October 19 – Friday, October 23
Presentation and Q&A with a Scientist
- Hear from Dr. Janet Rossant, a world-renowned expert in developmental biology as she discusses research in stem cell development and cell differentiation.
Agriculture & Bioresources Career Panel
- Learn about a career in Agriculture & Bioresources from the U of S College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Sask Polytech BioScience Technology Program, as well as a post-secondary student and an industry professional sharing their education and career journeys.
How do we develop vaccines for COVID-19? Live Q&A with Dr. Volker Gerdts
- Dr. Volker Gerdts, Director and CEO of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and International Vaccine Center (VIDO-InterVac), as he shares information about their current research and pursuit to create a vaccine for COVID-19.
Still have questions about your future? Check out these resources and activities.
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Ag-West Bio’s Scientists are People Too Series:
The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centreat the University of Saskatchewan is internationally recognized for its role in vaccine development and is one of Canada’s national sceince facilities. With 150+ interdisciplinary personnal, over $200 million in containment infrastructure, we develop vaccines and technologies that protect health.
Hear from Dr. Volker Gerdts, Director and CEO of VIDO-InterVac provide an update on the efforts to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.
The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization—Home of InterVac The world is changing, so is disease. The International Vaccine Centre (InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan enables scientists to find vaccines to help combat pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.
Dr. Janet Rossant shares her experiences and insights as a woman leader in stem cell science.
Check out this applied research project by student research, Dhinesh Priyasamy! Harmful chemicals caused by dyes, paints, textiles (etc) are often found in natural aquatic environments (oceans, lakes, rivers). These harmful chemicals can be broken down using laccase. Laccase is an natural enzyme found in fungi. Laccase can also be produced quickly using synthetic biology.
From Indigenous health to one-on-one relationships with faculty and mentors, our medical students talk about the advantages of studying medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.
Our medical students talk about how their diverse backgrounds make up the fabric of our student community. Special thanks to our medical students, Saskatchewan Medical Students Society and USask Media Production for making this video possible.
At the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, certificate, diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate degree training are available in a wide range of specializations. The student experience is enhanced when teaching and scholarship are offered in a research-rich environment.
What is life like as a AgBio Student? At the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan you will be coached and mentored by a dedicated team of world class scholars. You will graduate with excellent, industry-endorsed scientific training and a foundation of marketable career skills.
Usask AgBio Programs – which program should i take?
VIDO Lab Activity
The SIEC is proud to partner with VIDO-InterVac (the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and International Vaccine Center), a world leader in developing vaccines and technologies against infectious diseases. Typically, the SIEC hosts their Spotlight on Science & Technology at the VIDO-InterVac Center, where students have the opportunity to go into the lab facilities and work with world-class scientists. Unfortunately, this year we cannot go into the VIDO facility. But the VIDO Team has created lab activities to be used in your classrooms. Be sure to complete the survey to let us know what you and your students thought about the activities and tag us on social media.
Ag in the Classroom
Agriculture in the Classroom-SK is partnering with SIEC’s ‘Spotlight on Careers’ program to offer Biotechnology Kits to high school science teachers to complement and broaden the exploration of careers in science and technology. Each kit includes a teacher-lead presentation and hands-on experiment. All materials are supplied but standard lab equipment may need to be provided by the teacher.
Biotechnology in Agriculture: DNA Extraction Kit. In this kit, students will have the opportunity to extract DNA from familiar crops and plants. A presentation will be supplied to provide an understanding of how and why it’s useful to study DNA, how DNA differs among species and careers related to biotechnology. Curriculum connections include: Science RE 9.1, RE 9.2 and Biology 30 – Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3
pGLO Bacterial Transformation Kit. In this kit, students will have the opportunity to observe gene expression and genetic engineering in real time. Students will transform bacteria by introducing a gene from the bioluminescent jellyfish Aequorea victoria. A presentation will be supplied to provide the history of genetic engineering as well as methods and procedures used and applied in agriculture. Curriculum connections include: Science RE 9.1, RE 9.2 and Biology 30 – Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 **Limited kits are available**
Request a kit
Please contact Leah to request your kit
Leah – firstname.lastname@example.org