SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 13, 2010

December 13, 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., Friday, Dec. 10, through 8:30 a.m. todayMonday, Dec. 13.


New documents show 21 B.C. Ferries employees each earned more than $200,000 in salary, including president David Hahn, who pulled in $984,248. SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith told Canadian Press that B.C. Ferries’ decision to determine salaries by comparing private and public sector remuneration data won’t go over well with taxpayers.
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The underlying issue in the escalation of gang violence in Metro Vancouver is the drug trade, SFU criminology director Rob Gordon told The Globe and Mail.
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SFU political scientist Marjorie Griffin Cohen told News1130 that women have a harder time in politics because they’re out-numbered by men. "There hasn't been a critical mass of women.  Whenever you have any job category where there is not a critical mass of women, then women are treated as separate and exceptional,” she said.
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The Surrey North Delta News Leader wrote a story about 40 first-year BusOne program students at the SFU campus who put their business creativity to test. Their efforts raised about $1,600 for The United Way.
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SFU biology research assistant Sofi Hindmarch is featured in a article about barn owls in Surrey. She is investigating whether the decline of Canada’s barn owl is partly connected to “super-toxic rat poisons.”
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WORKPLACE INNOVATION reported on a new study by SFU assistant business professor Stephanie Bertels that reviewed more than 13,000 academic and industry publications to examine existing best practices for workplace innovation. Her research “looks at the ways that executives can ensure their companies remain innovative long after they depart.”
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“Shame is an extremely toxic emotion,” SFU associate business professor Steve Kates told Time magazine in an article about what happens to branding when consumers turn on a product, service and, in some cases, a person.
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SFU associate history professor Allen Seager had his letter to the editor published in The National Post regarding a story about the rise of paganism in Quebec. “Authorities in Stanstead, Que. (an archetypically mixed community in rural Quebec), have tackled these issues in a very creative way by creating an impressive replica of Stonehenge – a destination tourist site that is open to the public, free of charge, on all days of the year, but is also used sacred place for orderly demonstrations by pagan citizens, on their special days,” he wrote.

Andrew Petter shared his summer reading list with the Toronto Star. Books on the SFU president and vice-chancellor’s list are: The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensible National Role, Why It Must Be Protected(Jonathan R. Cole); Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect (David W. Orr); The Detective Branch (Andrew Pepper).

The Globe and Mail referenced SFU environmental economist Mark Jaccard in a story about the non-binding climate deal reached in a conference of world environmental leaders in Cancun. "If Canada is serious about reducing greenhouse gases, then governments must put an economy-wide price on carbon dioxide and other GHG emissions,” Jaccard was quoted.


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