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Chemistry lecturer Rebecca Goyan’s thermodynamics class — and her dogs, Monty and Safari — will be learning ‘on the run’ during the Sept. 25 Terry Fox run/walk event.

Learning on the run

September 17, 2008

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By Fiona Burrows

Every September, lecturer Rebecca (Becky) Goyan teaches undergraduate courses in chemistry but always faces a dilemma. One of her classes is regularly scheduled at the same time as the annual SFU Terry Fox Day walk/run. Her solution: Hold the 100-student class while participating in the event.

At this year’s event, Thursday, Sept. 25 at 11:30 am on the Burnaby campus, some of her thermodynamics students will wear pedometers to measure and compare distance covered with how much heat they generate either walking or running. Students receive a one-percent participation mark and join Goyan and her beloved dogs, Monty and Safari.

Growing up in Alberta when Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope, Goyan remembers being in awe of Terry’s spirit and determination. Shortly afterwards, she faced the reality of cancer when her grandfather battled the disease. At age 10, she wanted to become a scientist and during her PhD at the University of Calgary and then her post-doc work at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, she conducted cancer research.

"Terry Fox is a hero and it’s important to keep his legacy going," says Goyan. "It’s an honour to be teaching at SFU and know that Terry was once a student here." She adds, "I’m amazed how many students don’t know who Terry Fox is and I encourage them to be proactive and learn about cancer prevention."

Her team, 10 ppt solution, grows each year and she’s happy to see returning students take part year after year.

Vancouver campus participants will gather at 11:45 am to walk or run from Harbour Centre to the Terry Fox statue at BC Place.

Event details are available at www.sfu.ca/terryfox
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