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October 24, 2019: Brandon Alumni Event

Join President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. David Barnard, the new Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences, Dr. Martin Scanlon, on Thursday, October 24th for lunch with fellow alumni and friends.  Hear from Dr. Robert Duncan, Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Science, and two of the UM’s award winning graduate students who will be presenting on their research and the impact it is having on the global community.  Our presenters include:

Dr. Robert W. Duncan, PhD.

Topic:  Building on the success of Canola and Rapeseed Breeding at the University of Manitoba

Samira Seif, Master’s student in Physiology and Pathophysiology

Topic:  New ways to mend a broken heart

Wolfgang Klassen, Master’s student in Physics and Astronomy 

Topic:  Where did all the antimatter go?

Event details:
Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Prairie Firehouse, 637 Princess Ave, Brandon, MB

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Information about our presenters:

Dr. Robert W. Duncan, Ph.D:

Robert was born and raised on his family’s certified seed production farm near Miami, Manitoba. He received B.Sc. in Agronomy and M.Sc. Plant Science, both from the University of Manitoba, and later received his PhD from the University of California, focusing on breeding for bacterial blight and white mold resistance in Dark Red Kidney (DRK) Beans. Upon completion of his Ph.D. he moved to Texas where he was an Assistant Professor and the Small Grains Extension Specialist at Texas A&M University. In Texas, he co-developed multiple wheat and oat cultivars that are grown in numerous states. His current research at the University of Manitoba focuses on numerous aspects of breeding canola and rapeseed.

Samira Seif (UM graduate student): 

Always seeking to expand her knowledge and apply her training in new ways, Samira’s background as a clinician allows her to learn new molecular biology techniques and approaches to understand the mechanism of diseases. She has seen parents lose their children due to congenital diseases and there is no treatment available to cure their babies. She is inspired to find a new approach to improve the life of infants and give hope to sick babies and their families.

Wolfgang Klassen (UM graduate student):

Wolfgang has always wanted to know how things work, and for him, physics was the obvious choice for where to find understanding. His fascination with elegance in nature has led him to become a talented musician as well as a physicist.  His research involves developing precision measurement tools to help in the search for physics beyond the standard model.


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