SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 1, 2010

December 1, 2010

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Media Matters, a daily report on Simon Fraser University in the news, is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR). This edition covers the period from 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30, through 8:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 1.


A study by SFU researchers shows wind speeds over land in the Pacific Northwest are declining. The discovery is linked to climate change and may prove to be a new challenge for wind farms, reported The Vancouver Sun. "One [implication] is that this is something that needs to be taken into account for wind power," said Karen Kohfeld, an assistant professor in SFU's School of Resource and Environmental Management. "It needs to be estimated into their calculations of what the payback time (for a project) is."
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Kohfeld also appeared on CBC-Radio’s The Early Edition this morning, and was scheduled to be a guest on CBC-Radio’s On the Coast show.


SFU political science professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen spoke to Reuters News and New Tang Dynasty Television news about whether B.C. Liberal policies will change with a new leader in place. “Shifts will be minor, such as incremental increases in the minimum wage until it reaches something like $10 in about 1.5 or two years,” said Griffin Cohen. “The major change will be to present the leader as a kinder, gentler person than Campbell … but I can’t think of any policy – other than the HST – that will change.” CKWX News1130 also interviewed Griffin Cohen.
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A tuition increase for international students at Capilano College may benefit other Lower Mainland schools like SFU, reports the North Shore News. The new rate in 2011 will be $475 per credit and closes the gap between the school and surrounding universities.
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Canada’s criminal justice system “should be a last resort when dealing with child prostitutes,” SFU criminologist John Lowman told Postmedia News. The article talks about how child prostitution charges are dropping, but child advocacy groups still aren’t satisfied.
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CBC-Radio North interviewed SFU communication professor Peter Chow-White about family and friends who set up websites and Facebook pages to mourn loved ones.

Brenna Murray, a master of public health student, was interviewed by CJSF, SFU’s campus radio station, about issues relating to HIV as part of its coverage for World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

SFU international expert Andre Gerolymatos spoke to Global TV news about the North and South Korea conflict, plus China’s assertiveness over its regions. Global TV and CBC News both also interviewed him about the controversial Wikileaks story involving a website disclosing the content of secret diplomatic cables.

The Burnaby NewsLeader wrote a preview of the Arthritis Society of B.C.’s third annual Jingle Bell Walk & Run and interviewed SFU kinesiology student Kadi Nicholson. She was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at age 16.
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Legendary women’s basketball coach Allison McNeill’s hometown newspaper profiled the former SFU bench boss, who was recently honored with an award for being a role model. The Salmon Arm Observer said the award “recognizes extraordinary achievements and contributions by women to sport in B.C.”
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