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Teaching teachers about the environment - December 4, 2007
David Zandvliet co-wrote the book on teaching B.C. kids about the environment and now he’s advising the province’s teachers...

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Fill your courseware orders asap - December 4, 2007
SFU Document Solutions is reminding all faculty and staff to get their spring 2008 courseware orders in as soon as possible...

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Dare to be digital - November 29, 2007
An exciting online reality game is looking for B.C. post-secondary students who want to test their creative and technical...

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Weaving a thesis in Tibet - November 29, 2007
Financing a doctoral thesis on the westernization of the Tibetan handicraft carpet industry isn’t easy. That’s why graduate...

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SFU undergrad awarded Fulbright scholarship - November 29, 2007
SFU physics undergrad Joel Zylberberg (left) is the sole Canadian winner of this year’s Fulbright International Science and...

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Can video games help you learn? - November 29, 2007
Worried about the potentially negative aspects of the video games your kids will receive for Christmas? After all, countless...

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TV epiphany leads to crime-fighting co-op - November 29, 2007
Jordan Ginther’s eureka moment came while watching Kim Rossmo, SFU criminology grad and geographic-profiling pioneer, on TV. ...

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Kids tackle energy consumption with LEGO - November 29, 2007
More than 50 school students aged 9–14 years showed off their robot-building skills Nov. 24 at the Fraser Valley FIRST Lego...

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Web search tricks from a master - November 14, 2007
Go beyond Google and acquire nifty skills such as tracing someone’s e-mail at “Mastering the Web as an Investigative Tool for...

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SFU to build major training network in Latin America - November 14, 2007
SFU is initiating what it hopes will be an extensive network of economic development training programs throughout Latin...

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AIDS grandmothers inspire grad student - November 14, 2007
Anne Paxton remains both haunted and inspired by her recent trip to rural South Africa to identify the health-access needs of...

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Course availability under scrutiny - November 14, 2007
Deteriorating course availability is a chronic issue that associate VP-academic Bill Krane is working to vanquish. 

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Student stargazers witness comet's dazzling visit - November 14, 2007
Students in Howard Trottier’s Physics 190 introductory astronomy class have been getting a celestial eyeful in the past few...

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Computers excite kids mastering English - November 14, 2007
When education professor Kelleen Toohey began a three-year research project to determine how non-English speaking children...

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Website recreates aboriginal history - November 14, 2007
More than 100 elders and leaders from the Fraser Valley Sto:lo Nation gathered at the Xa:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre...

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New chair to stimulate drug discoveries - November 14, 2007
A new B.C. leadership chair will support pharmaceutical research and drug development at SFU.       ...

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Pulling back from the brink - November 1, 2007
Each semester, approximately two percent of undergraduate students receive the dreaded letter from SFU telling them they are...

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Addressing student retention - November 1, 2007
If that’s not your cup of tea, you’re far from alone. The number-one reason students drop out of university and college in...

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How to help students stay and succeed - November 1, 2007
The numbers are sobering: more than 30 per cent of SFU’s undergraduates leave before completing a degree — 22 per cent before...

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HSBC MBA scholarship - October 31, 2007
HSBC Bank Canada has donated $200,000 to establish a permanently endowed MBA graduate scholarship at SFU’s Segal Graduate...

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$2-million autism chair - October 31, 2007
SFU will house the first national chair in autism research and intervention thanks to seed grants of $1 million each from the...

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Reversing turbulence - October 31, 2007
SFU physicist Mike Hayden (right) is figuring out how to turn back time on turbulence. It’s a feat similar to making the...

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Learning about homelessness - October 19, 2007
Graduate student Terry Lavender’s computer game Homeless: It’s NO Game is part of a learning kit offered to Vancouver area...

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From torture to triumph, many miles from home - October 4, 2007
Mohammad Nasser Jahani Asl’s convocation this month with a master’s degree in education is the culmination of a life of...

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Student recruiter walks the talk - October 4, 2007
When Lyndsey Thompson (above), BSc ’07, speaks about the benefits of an SFU education to an audience of high school students,...

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Sixteen degrees at SFU Kamloops - October 4, 2007
Sixteen graduands received their degrees at the SFU Kamloops convocation ceremony Sept. 21, while another 10 received...

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Biologist baits bloodsuckers - October 4, 2007
Eric Siljander spent the past three years investigating nasty little creatures that slip silently beneath bed sheets in the...

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Overcoming obstacles - October 4, 2007
When Parinaaz Deboo (right) addresses her fellow graduands at the Oct. 5 convocation ceremony for the faculties of Business...

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After Tiananmen, SFU grad now living the Canadian dream - October 4, 2007
When Zhongxiu (Alice) He receives her English PhD diploma during SFU’s Oct.4 convocation ceremonies it will mark a defining...

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Expecting record employer turnout - September 21, 2007
More than 90 companies will be at SFU’s Burnaby campus Sept. 26–27 to fish for employees from the university’s talented pool...

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New program: mechatronics - September 21, 2007
One year ago, professor Farid Golnaraghi arrived at SFU from the University of Waterloo. His goal: create North America’s...

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Retired educators needed abroad - September 20, 2007
If you’re a retired university administrator, faculty or staff member now’s your chance to put your invaluable skills to use...

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Have your say on SFU’s academic structure - September 7, 2007
The Phase 2 Task Force on Academic Structure is holding five open forums at the Burnaby campus this month to update the SFU...

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Honorary degree nominations - September 7, 2007
SFU’s senate committee on university honours is calling for nominations for honorary degrees in the following categories: ...

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Go beyond your borders - September 7, 2007
An International Opportunities Fair on Sept. 19 (10 am–3:30 pm at Convocation Mall on Burnaby campus) will showcase the...

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SFU-Kwantlen program preps aboriginal students - August 17, 2007
A program designed to help prepare first nations students to enter university will enter its second year at SFU's Surrey...

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SFU International having record year - August 15, 2007
SFU International is sending an unprecedented number of students on exchange programs this year. More than 125 students were...

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Thinking of the world, miles from home - August 3, 2007
They haven’t had much time for sightseeing. But Cambodian MEd. students Chan Tola and Sen Vicheth and their Laotian colleague...

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Kamloops Indian Band, SFU eye permanent academic centre - August 2, 2007

SFU and the Kamloops Indian Band (KIB) have signed a memorandum of understanding to look at building a permanent academic

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Get health smart, go to Surrey - July 26, 2007
The Summer Health Institute, offered by SFU’s Continuing Health Education and Health and Counselling Services, is holding a...

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Depression self-help manual online - July 26, 2007
Depression in the workplace costs Canada’s economy more than $30 billion a year in lost productivity, by some estimates, not...

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SCoPE team wins innovation award - July 26, 2007
The SFU Community of Practice for Educators (SCoPE) has received a B.C. Innovation award for leadership from the province’s...

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Staffer spends 11 months down under - July 26, 2007
For Marilyn Trautman (above), a graduate and long-term employee of SFU, an 11-month job exchange at Australian National...

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Expulsion not solution for bullies - July 12, 2007
Schools and school districts preparing policies on bullying and school yard violence need to work past short-term solutions...

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Rodeos: Never just for cowboys - July 12, 2007
in a paper presented to the Canadian Historical AssociationSpring and summer mark rodeo season across Western Canada—the most...

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Nanobot team scores award - July 12, 2007

Move over, David Beckham, ‘cause you ain’t seen nothin’ like the award-winning soccer team that engineering science PhD

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Chemicals in humans: New concerns - July 12, 2007
Thousands of common chemicals from insecticides to perfumes are not being recognized for their potential to accumulate to...

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New field schools in India - June 28, 2007
SFU International is launching two new field schools in India in 2008 as part of SFU’s continuing efforts to strengthen...

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New international studies school open in September - June 14, 2007
With his background, John Harriss would be welcome as a faculty member at any university in the world. But he chose SFU. ...

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Get healthy: Go to Surrey - June 14, 2007
Can fat be good for you? How do you prevent suicide? How can you avoid burnout? You’ll find the answers to these and other...

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Evolutionary scientist racks up awards - June 14, 2007
Patrik Nosil, an SFU 2007 Governor General gold medallist, has won one of Canada’s top prizes for research at the graduate...

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PoliSci grad addresses international congress - June 14, 2007
Seasoned academics, policy makers and professionals were so impressed with Stéphanie Anne-Gaëlle Vieille’s master’s thesis in...

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Beam us down, Scotty - June 14, 2007
SFU geneticist Bob Johnsen will be reunited later this month with the descendents of a group of worms he sent to the...

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Professor becomes freshman - June 14, 2007
What happens when a long-time professor takes a year out to attend university as a student — living in a co-ed dorm,...

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Perseverance pays off for co-op veteran - June 1, 2007
The lure of high educational standards drew international student Shaghayegh (Charlene) Yousefi to Canada from her homeland,...

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Curiosity fuels silver medallist - June 1, 2007
In the midst of a transcript riddled with A+s in sciences, you’ll find a rare contingent of courses that have nothing to do...

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Engineering a simpler computer - June 1, 2007
Making computers simpler to use is part of Vincent Chu’s grand plan. The Governor General’s Silver Medal recipient is...

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Fishing for better salmon manageme - June 1, 2007
Carrie Holt has a better idea for managing the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery. This year’s Dean of Graduate Studies...

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Mammoth hunter gets perfect GPA - June 1, 2007
"I am knee deep in office paper some days and knee deep in mud, collecting woolly mammoth teeth, other days—and loving every...

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An accidental scholar - June 1, 2007
For someone so passionate now about the value of a liberal arts education Sarah Hickinbottom sometimes wonders how she ever...

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For the love of parasites - June 1, 2007
Dustin Anderson has two academic loves—disease-causing parasites and neuroscience—and not necessarily in that order. But if...

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Mentored scholar pays it forward - June 1, 2007
One good teacher can make all the difference. And for Corey Dekker that teacher was SFU political scientist David Macdonald,...

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MBA opens door to a 6th career - June 1, 2007
It would be a stunner on any résumé. A cumulative grade point average of 4.242, just shy of a perfect 4.33, is the top mark...

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2007 undergraduate Deans’ medallists - June 1, 2007
Undergraduate Deans’ Convocation medals recognize graduating students from each faculty whose cumulative grade point averages...

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North Van boy finds calling at SIAT - June 1, 2007
Community. That’s what the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) means to Andrew Drinkwater. When he first started...

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Poet, Teacher, Activist, Scholar - June 1, 2007
A published poet, a gifted teacher, and a student activist—Myka Tucker-Abramson is all of these. And now the master of arts...

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Co-op education in Botswana - June 1, 2007
For many of us, reading about AIDS and HIV is enough, but not for Kayla Donnawell. She has to throw herself right into the...

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Library hosts new online medical journal - May 17, 2007
The SFU library is hosting a free, online general medical journal launched by former editors of the Canadian Medical...

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Tune in to urban issues - May 3, 2007
Want to learn more about issues affecting your community? SFU's Continuing Studies City Program public lectures are now...

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Steppin' out steps up - May 3, 2007
Surrey campus grad student Douglas Grant presents his interactive film proposal this week at the prestigious sagasnet...

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Local History of Sex Work - April 5, 2007
A multimedia art installation and book, chronicling the history of Vancouver sex workers, will première April 12 at the...

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Krebs honoured for teaching and leadership - April 5, 2007
He scores high marks in the classroom but Dennis Krebs, SFU's latest 3M teaching fellowship recipient, likes to think his...

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New program perfect for Surrey campus - April 5, 2007
A unique program in world literature debuts at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus in September.    ...

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Fund the future - April 5, 2007
The SFU 2007 campus fundraising campaign is under way, and campaign chair Jon Driver, dean of graduate studies, says this is...

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Digital media masters program offers two $20,000 entrance scholarships for September 2007 - March 21, 2007
The new Masters of Digital Media (MDM) program at SFU's Great Northern Way campus (GNWC) is offering two $20,000 entrance...

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Take two on TechOne - March 21, 2007
First-year students at SFU's Surrey campus will be trying their own approach to crime reduction this fall.   ...

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Scholarship change means well-rounded top students - March 21, 2007
Hundreds of top SFU students can breathe easier following registrar Kate Ross' recent announcement that they will no longer...

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Dual-degree program worth the challenge - March 21, 2007
Eighteen months ago, David Carlson had never spoken a word of Mandarin. Now he speaks it every day on campus at Zhejiang...

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Better scholarships for BC's best and brightest - March 8, 2007
SFU is setting a new gold standard for post-secondary entrance scholarships in B.C.       ...

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Book boom - March 8, 2007
There must be something in the water cooler in SFU's English department, or perhaps it's just the publish-or-perish...

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Competition drives Angerilli's three Rs - March 8, 2007
Recruiting. Retaining. Revitalizing. These are the three Rs Nello Angerilli is targeting as SFU's new VP-students and...

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New Sustainability Education Network - February 22, 2007
Lessons for living sustainably begin in school. That's the message from the newly-formed BC Network and Working Group on...

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Clickers not clicking in class - February 22, 2007
If you've seen the TV show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, you know about the personal response systems (PRSs) or "clickers"...

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New: EdD taught fully in French - February 7, 2007
SFU's office of francophone and Francophile affairs (OFFA) launched a French-language doctorate in
educational leadership...

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Did you know? - February 7, 2007
SFU's writing and publishing program developed a localized version of its technical communication program for students in...

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New funds for international travel - February 7, 2007
SFU undergraduate Chisa Katsuki traveled to Mozambique in January for a three-month international co-op position she arranged...

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Applied Sciences open house - February 7, 2007
Ever wonder how a flashing light is built or how to make digital postcards with PhotoShop? Come to SFU's Faculty of Applied...

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New program in dialogue & negotiation - January 25, 2007
Name almost any world, national or local conflict and you'll usually hear someone saying the situation needs more dialogue....

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Ask now about weekend university - January 25, 2007
A new initiative for part-time undergraduate degree studies for adult learners is planned for 2008. The new program for...

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Urban Studies appoints new advisory council - January 25, 2007
SFU's Urban Studies program welcomed its new public advisory council at an inaugural meeting Jan. 12 at SFU Vancouver....

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