SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011

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Media Matters, a report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations.
This daily edition lists the main items of known media coverage from 9 a.m. Pacific Tuesday April 26 to 9 a.m. Pacific Wednesday April 27.


  • Political scientist Patrick Smith was in a story in Coquitlam Now that looked at the NDP’s climb in public-opinion polls on the May 2 federal election.
    “He attributes the NDP's rise to Layton's consistent messaging since late March and his performance in both the English and French leadership debates. ‘He's been true to message. He was the one who handled the coalition discussion the best, which was to say that he'll work with anybody,’ Smith said.”
    Smith also assessed Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff: “Canadians just don't seem to have taken to [Michael Ignatieff]. The latest polls would suggest that he's actually going to be a bit of a drag on the party.” As for the Conservatives, "For me, it totally plays into concerns around the attitudes about democracy for (Stephen) Harper.”
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  • Burnaby Now reported on Prime Minister Harper’s third campaign visit to Burnaby on the Easter weekend. “SFU marketing professor Lindsay Meredith was not surprised at all by Harper's focus on Burnaby.  ‘This is going to be what they call your traditional squeaker,’ Meredith said of the election. ‘This is going to put all pressure on the swing ridings.’"
    “Meredith said the Conservatives are focusing on ridings where they think they have a chance of winning, and Burnaby-Douglas will likely be very close—too close to call.”
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  • In a separate story, Burnaby Now looked at the race in Burnaby Douglas, where the NDP candidate is public policy prof Kennedy Stewart.
    “Stewart ran for the federal NDP in the 2004 election in Vancouver Centre, where he garnered 32 per cent of the vote, up from 12 per cent in 2000. Stewart has said he will go after the student vote (he has strong ties to SFU, which is in the riding), but students are notorious for not showing up at the polls, so that remains to be seen. He's mostly focused on the HST as part of his campaign and has been criticizing (Tory candidate Ronald) Leung for avoiding all-candidates debates.”
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  • Burnaby Now ran a gallery of photos from the “vote mob” event held by students at the Burnaby campus on April 21.

  • Political scientist Alex Moens was quoted in a Summerland (BC) Review column about Sean Upshaw, independent candidate in Okanagan-Coquihalla. He’d wanted to run as a Conservative, but an accelerated nomination process gave the nod to Dan Albas.
    Maclean’s Magazine recently featured Upshaw’s story as part of large expose on the Conservative nomination process in ridings across British Columbia.  The article, which paints a less than flattering picture of the Conservative Party, quotes Simon Fraser University political scientist Alex Moens who called the various nomination controversies a  ‘tremendously distasteful show of inside corruption,’ a harsh indictment by any measure, but even more so if it comes from a Conservative party member like Moens.”
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  • The Burnaby NewsLeader told readers how “A new neighbourhood energy utility on Burnaby Mountain will supply enough heat for the entire Simon Fraser University campus and future homes in the UniverCity residential development.”
    “SFU is partnering with SFU Community Trust, Corix Utilities, and BC Hydro on the energy system, which involves a high-efficiency heating plant that uses biomass—recycled wood waste from construction sites that would normally go to landfills—as the primary fuel source.
    reclaimed for use in the university’s future expansion plans.
    “As Canada’s most community-engaged research university, Simon Fraser is committed to implementing as well as researching sustainable energy solutions,” said SFU president Andrew Petter. “This project is an innovative and efficient system that reflects SFU’s determination to be a community leader in sustainable practices.”
    Full story:
    SFU release:


  • SFU Communication prof Richard Smith was in a Vancouver Sun story on how personal information of tens of millions of Sony PlayStation users may be in the hands of hackers.
    “Smith . . . said he believes that this case with Sony will serve as a wake-up call about the risks of collecting information and the need for companies to think more carefully about storing it in the first place.
    “Storing credit card numbers isn't required to do business online, noted Smith, but companies do it as a convenience to users.  ‘They could make users type it in each time, they could work with a payment processor, like PayPal, they could do other things.’"
    Full story not yet online.


  • Psychologist Joti Samra did interviews with CTV and The Province on the positive energy of fan-psychology, in advance of last night’s NHL playoff series win by the Vancouver Canucks over the Chicago Blackhawks.
    In The Province, she said: “Sports does that for us. People who aren't even fans get into it. Everybody's cheering for the same team, and we get this hope and want them to do well. . . . There's something positive about being in your home city where you've got fans and support. I think that creates an energy for the players."
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  • UBC’s decision to remain in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) "for the time being”, and not to follow SFU into the National Collegiate athletic Association (NCAA), meant many mentions in media across Canada of SFU’s move. The Vancouver Sun, for one, noted:
    “The proper role of sports at UBC has been an ongoing debate, however, and opinions vary widely, even in the athletic department and among alumni who have played for the Thunderbirds. In 2008, discussions moved to the front burner when NCAA Division II, a second-tier league, invited Canadian schools to apply.
    Simon Fraser University made their intentions known immediately and joined the NCAA Division II ranks. UBC instead struck up a committee to investigate the issue.”
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  • SFU Athletics told media how the Clan softball team split a doubleheader with the Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders, winning the first game in Nampa ID 5-4 and falling in the second game 4-3 in 10 innings. SFU is now 10-19-1 (10-15-1 GNAC) while NNU is 17-27 overall with a 16-16 mark in conference play.
    Clan news release:

  • Burnaby Now did an advance story on the ninth annual Achilles Cup track and field meet betweenSFU and UBC.
    “The Clan is the defending cup holder and holds the edge 4-3-1 all-time against its crosstown rivals. The Clan is coming off a number of impressive showings in recent meets in California, where SFU qualified 16 athletes for the NAIA national championships. SFU looks to make up most of its points in the middle distance events.”
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    SFU Clan news release:

  • The news website in North Bay ON reported that Justin Mulholland, goaltender with the SFU hockey club, will be a coach in August for the Youth Hockey Development program there.
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  • Burnaby Now featured SFU Contemporary Arts students Remy Siu and Alex Mah.
    The story opened with Siu,who is finishing his third year as a music composition major at SFU. “Together with classmate Alex Mah, he recently took part in Phoenix Chamber Choir's Young Composers Development Program—which gives emerging composers a chance to learn more about choral writing in a hands-on (or, more accurately, voices-on) setting.”
    And the story noted:” Both are  . . . quick to give a great deal of credit to the SFU music composition program, particularly teachers David MacIntyre and Janet Danielson.”
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  • The Colorado-based web site of was quick to pick up an SFU news release on how international experts will discuss how science, medicine, and the pharmaceutical industry shape sexual normalcy, deviancy, function and dysfunction at a conference April 28-30 at SFU Vancouver.
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    SFU release:

ALSO in the NEWS

  • Burnaby Now featured the installation of a new radar speed-reader board on Gaglardi Way, just south of the SFU Burnaby campus.
    “The location was selected because ICBC data shows that there have been approximately 88 crashes that resulted in injuries or fatalities during the past five years in that area.
    “That includes a March 8 accident where a 20-year-old Port Coquitlam woman died and three men were injured after their car went off an embankment. The accident occurred just before 7 p.m. when a small, dark-coloured Mazda car travelling from SFU went off the road and crashed at Gaglardi Way and University Drive.”  (All in the car were SFU students.)
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  • Burnaby Now ran a story about a new website from Burnaby resident Mark Weiler that “makes the process of requesting documents from the government easier.” The story added: “Weiler, who launched last week, graduated from SFU recently with a doctoral degree in the faculty of education. He used freedom of information legislation to document how governments develop curricula for public servants for his dissertation.”
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