SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - Dec. 6-10, 2010

December 10, 2010

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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. (PAMR). This weekly edition covers media coverage from Dec. 6 to Dec. 10.


SFU resource and environmental management student Adam King is surveying anglers in the Okanagan on behalf of the Freshwater Fishing Society of B.C. The survey will provide a better “understanding of the trade-offs people will make, such as between options of fishing quality, site access, accommodation, launch facilities, motor types, calm or busy experience,” said the Kelowna Capital News.
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A U.S. researcher says a variant of DRD4 is linked to infidelity, one-night stands, drinking, and thrill seeking. Some have already dubbed DRD4 as the “slut gene.” But SFU biologist Bernard Crespi cautioned people utilizing DRD4 as “a kind of genetic carte-blanche for promiscuity” in The Vancouver Sun.
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David R. Boyd, an SFU resource and environmental management adjunct professor, had an opinion piece published in The Vancouver Sun celebrating the work done by Ecojustice, formerly known as the Sierra Legal Defence Fund.
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Since there’s no safe amount of lead exposure, SFU health sciences professor Bruce Lanphear told USA Today that “parents should try to protect children as much as possible” this Christmas.
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The Tk’emlups Indian Band and SFU will continue delivering satellite education programs for Interior First Nations students on a cost-recovery basis, according to the Kamloops Daily News.
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A pair of SFU communication professors – Peter Chow-White and Richard Smith – were interviewed in a Globe and Mail story about establishing a new social network that would be a cross between Craigslist and Facebook for citizens to barter favours and services.
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As both the B.C. Liberals and NDP face their internal challenges, this is a “very public show of breakdown with both political parties,” SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told CBC News. "You do have these extraordinary events that do happen across Canada, it just happens that we're having both parties go through the same thing right now in British Columbia,” Stewart said. “So ... it's not like aliens have landed from Mars or something, this is quite common in political parties, it's just pretty uncommon for it to happen in both parties at the same time."
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In another interview, Stewart told The Georgia Straightthe resignation of Carole James means the NDP “out-self-destructed the Liberals.”
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George Abbott is the front-runner in the B.C. Liberals’ leadership race, SFU political scientist Marjorie Griffin Cohen told News1130 radio.
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Things don’t look pretty for the B.C. NDP party in the short term, SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told The Globe and Mail. “I think they're going to go down the rabbit hole," he said.
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Infighting within the B.C. NDP party will make it hard for any leader assuming the reins, said Stewart in another interview. "A minority has shown it can defeat the majority and then you have to go in and either dismantle the minority or acquiesce to their demands, whatever they may be," he said in The Vancouver Sun. "It's not a very pleasant situation." Stewart was also interviewed by Vancouver Metro newspaper.
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The Province interviewed Stewart for two articles. In the first one, Stewart said he expected a snap election to be called sometime next spring. In the second article, he suggested James’s supporters would want revenge, creating an even bigger mess for the NDP.
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In an interview with CTV Vancouver, Stewart predicted Health Minister Kevin Falcon will likely replace Premier Gordon Campbell. "He's very savvy politically and he's looking at this situation and saying ‘I can not only pull the party back from the brink, I can have a majority going right into 2015.'" Stewart said.
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SFU public policy professor Doug McArthur, who is currently in the UK, did a telephone interview with CKNW talk-show host Phillip Till. While some people believe the new Liberal leader will call a snap election, McArthur advised such a quick decision might backfire.

The media also reached out to SFU political scientist Marjorie Cohen Griffin on Carole James’ resignation. 24 Hours, Ming Pao newspaper, CKNW, and Fairchild Television did interviews with her. While News1130 and 103 Juice radio (Kelowna) spoke with SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith to get his take on the B.C. political scene.

Christy Clark is saying all the right things as she starts her bid to become leader of the B.C. Liberals, but SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart said she better first focus on beating leadership opponent Kevin Falcon. In The Vancouver Sun, Stewart added that Clark’s tough talk about the NDP won’t work in drawing support from federal Conservatives in rural ridings.
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The Province also interviewed Stewart about Clark’s bid to lead the B.C. Liberals. "I think Christy Clark adds a lot of colour to the race, but she faces an uphill battle," he said in the article.
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SFU professor emeritus Gary Mauser was interviewed by Global TV news and OMNI Television regarding Clark’s announcement to quit her job as talk-show host with CKNW and returning to provincial politics.

News1130 spoke with SFU political scientist Marjorie Griffin Cohen about Clark and women in politics. The interview is slated to be aired this weekend.


Rob Gordon, director of SFU Criminology, said it’s “extraordinarily unusual” for the RCMP to send the body of a murder victim to another jurisdiction for further investigation. That’s exactly what’s happening in the case of 15-year-old Loren Donn Leslie, whose body was discovered last week in northern B.C., reports The Globe and Mail.
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Despite several arrests and weapons seizures recently, Gordon said more needs to be done. The director of SFU Criminology said in the North Shore Outlook the underlying issue is still the “illegal drug trade” and that has to be addressed.
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SFU communication grad Tamarah Prevost had an opinion piece published in The Georgia Straight about her involvement with We Can, a coalition of more than 60 organizations working to end violence against women.
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Mediacorp Inc. has again chosen SFU as one of Canada’s top family-friendly employers. The announcement was made in today’s Globe and Mail.
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SFU political science PhD student Julie MacArthur had an opinion piece published by The Vancouver Sun today about the Irish financial crisis. “In the high-stakes game of musical chairs that is global financial speculation, the average Irish person is caught chair-less and, increasingly, homeless,” MacArthur wrote. “They did not cause this crisis, but they are certainly paying for it.
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In The Globe and Mail’s eight-part series about the challenges facing Canada’s foreign trade, the newspaper suggested we focus on the study of entrepreneurship -- from elementary school to post-secondary. Daniel Shapiro, SFU’s Business Administration dean, stressed “the value of bringing technical skills in science and engineering, together with the business knowledge and decision-making skills that characterize entrepreneurship.”
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SFU’S Climate Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) released a report yesterday calling for a national centre for sustainable energy solutions and suggesting we need to pay more for gas and energy to combat global climate change. A number of media outlets spoke to ACT spokesperson Bruce Sampson, including Vancouver Metro and The Globe and Mail.
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The SFU-based Human Security Report Project released a report last week that continues to attract international media attention. More than 100 English-speaking media outlets picked up the story, such as The Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Minneapolis Star Tribune. Additionally, more than 100 German-language media outlets reported on the study, including Deutsche-Presse Agentur and Vienna Online.
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SFU biologist Leah Bendell was a guest on the CTV Vancouver morning news urging Health Canada to toughen its shellfish consumption guidelines. She said her research shows dangerous concentrations of a potentially hazardous substance in B.C. seafood. "Consumers need to know exactly how much shellfish they can safely eat to ensure that long-term exposure to cadmium doesn't jeopardize their health," Bendell said. She was also interviewed by CKNW.
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The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) launched its social-media initiative yesterday by tweeting police calls it received throughout the day. SFU communication professor Peter Chow-White told The Province social media gives VPD the ability to better control its message.
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The Burnaby NewsLeader spoke with Mae Burrows about being a recipient of the 2010 SFU Outstanding Alumni Award in the Service to Community category.
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A new environmental school is opening in Maple Ridge and SFU will assist with developing the curriculum. "A lot of the learning is going to happen not just in one place, but in a number of places around the district of Maple Ridge. And many of those places are going to be outdoors. They're going to be in natural settings,” SFU assistant political science professor Mark Fettes told News1130 radio.

Two SFU grads – Loreen Paananen and Bev Park – were named to the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women list. These women were chosed as 2010’s top achievers and leaders in our nation’s private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

Former SFU physiotherapist Alex McKechnie is the newest inductee into the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame. In addition to working with the Clan, he also assisted with the Vancouver Whitecaps NASL teams, and the 1976 Canadian Olympic soccer team.

Jon Driver, SFU vice-president, academic, was interviewed by CBC-Radio Kelowna about the university continuing to offer First Nations language and culture programming with the Tk’emlups First Nation.

A Maclean’s story looks at the number of women’s studies programs that have changed their department’s name. The article references a quote from Catherine Murray, program chair for SFU’s Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies from the National Post.
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SFU political scientist Marjorie Cohen Griffin was a guest on CFAX radio (Victoria) this morning talking about the future of B.C.’s economy and what can we expect from our new political leaders.

It’s a historical day for space flight, SFU adjunct professor Stephen Braham told about today’s successful SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and landing.
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Toronto Star columnist Tyler Hamilton referenced Mark Jaccard in his recent piece about new technologies involving carbon emissions. Jaccard, an SFU resource and environmental management professor, believes there is a way to design a national cap-and-trade system. Hamilton said if Canada doesn’t put a cap on emissions, a cap would remain on innovation.
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According to the Georgia Straight, SFU economist Nancy Olewiler has been elected as chair of TransLink’s board of directors. She replaces Dale Parker in that role.

SFU business professor Lindsay Meredith was interviewed by CKNW about a report showing 21 B.C. Ferries senior managers each earned more than $200,000 last year. Meredith said the Crown corporation needs to stop acting like a private-sector company when it comes to salaries. The report also revealed B.C. Ferries’ top five managers were paid just under $3 million in compensation.

SFU fish physiologist and conservationist Patricia Gallaugher has been honoured with the 2010 Haig-Brown Conservation award, reported the Burnaby NewsLeader.

The South Delta Leader reported on SFU being named as one of Canada’s top family-friendly employers for 2011. "We understand how important it is to help our faculty and staff balance work with family commitments," said Alan Black, SFU's manager of pensions and benefits. "We want our employees to enjoy coming to work." South Delta’s sister paper, the Surrey Leader, also ran the story.

The 2010 Winter Olympics should be the newsmaker of the year, SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart submitted to the Vancouver Courier. “The Olympics because of ... the Olympic Village fiasco. The city now owns nearly $1 billion of high-end real estate it cannot sell or fully use for other purposes and faces major losses on this project. This is significant as the city's entire annual operating budget is only $800 million,” Stewart wrote. “As Mayor Gregor Robertson rashly, and unnecessarily, decided to take political ownership of this boondoggle shortly after the 2008 election, local property taxes will now go toward subsidizing wealthy homeowners rather than, for example, building more homeless shelters. This development will continue to be an issue in this city long after the Olympic torch is passed to Sochi, Russia in 2014. That said, the Sydney Opera House was once considered a policy disaster, but is now a national treasure.”

The Coquitlam NOW ran a brief about SFU health science students working with Central Community elementary kids in Port Coquitlam. The students volunteered at least four hours per week to apply their academic learning, such as developing programs for children to promote public health. "Our kids love the university students and, because of their connections with their SFU friends, many of our kids have experienced successes in their school lives and healthy habits that could have taken longer to achieve," said Nadine Tambellini, the school’s principal.


The SFU men’s basketball team beat the visiting Montana State-Billings Yellowjackets 94-70 Saturday night in its debut in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, according to The Province. Zach Frehlick scored a career-high 21 points for the Clan. On the women’s side, the Clan came up short in the Barbara Rae Cup, losing 70-64 in overtime against UBC.
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SFU’s women’s wrestling team finished 3-0 at the 2010 Quad Dual Tournament in Texas over the weekend, according to
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