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Briefs Jan. 21

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U of Calgary student receives scholarship

Tariq Munir, who is entering his third year of a full-time PhD degree program in the department of geography at the University of Calgary, is one of two 2012 recipients of the Agricultural Institute of Canada Foundation Dr. Karl C. Ivarson (soils) scholarship. Munir is continuing research on the “potential effects of climate change on soil biogeochemistry of a boreal Alberta peatland.” This is a field-based experimental project in which Mr. Munir has applied drainage and warming treatments and is monitoring carbon gas exchange, nutrient availability and dissolved organic and inorganic carbon to investigate the potential impact of climate change on organic soil carbon stocks.

The second Ivarson scholarship was awarded to Alexander Koiter, a PhD student at the University of Northern British Columbia, where his thesis work focuses on sediment fingerprinting.

Former ag minister John Wise passes

Memorial services were held Jan. 14 in St. Thomas, Ont. for John Wise, the southwestern Ontario dairyman who served as the federal agriculture minister for Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark.

Wise, the Progressive Conservative MP for Ontario’s Elgin constituency from 1972 to 1988, died Jan. 9 at age 77 at Victoria Hospital at London, Ont. Wise became minister of agriculture in 1979 during the Tories’ short stint in government under Joe Clark. He was returned to the ag critic’s chair in 1980, opposite Pierre Trudeau’s ag minister Eugene Whelan, and became agriculture minister again 1984-88.



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