SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 14, 2010

December 14, 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., Monday, Dec. 13, through 8:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Dec. 14.


A paper by SFU biological sciences professor Leah Bendell, highlighting the growing health threat of high cadmium levels in shellfish, has received a lot of media attention. In The Vancouver Sun, she said “government and industry are putting economics ahead of public health when it comes to addressing the issue of cadmium levels in B.C. oysters.” Bendell advocates stronger guidelines for consumption. “It’s reached the point, enough already,” Bendell said. “Cadmium is becoming a global issue. It’s on the radar. It’s a concern. People should really know so they can make an informed choice.” The article was picked up by other Postmedia News papers, such as Ottawa Citizen, The Province, Edmonton Journal, and Victoria Times Colonist.
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“Drug ripoff retaliation” could be the motive behind a brazen gang shooting early Sunday morning that saw 10 people shot with an automatic weapon, SFU criminology director Rob Gordon told The Province. He spoke with several media outlets about the incident, including News1130 and Global TV.
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The Vancouver Sun wrote an article detailing the story of Ivy Bell, a first-year SFU health science student, who is attending school through the university’s Aboriginal Bridge program. There were many obstacles for Bell, who moved to Vancouver from Haida Gwaii.
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CTV News interviewed retired faculty member of SFU humanities Don Grayston and SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith for a story about how the phrase, “Merry Christmas!” is making a comeback against political correctness.
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A new study suggests children who grow up in apartment buildings are more likely to inhale secondhand tobacco smoke than kids who live in detached homes, according to SFU’s Bruce Lanphear said if landlords don’t take action to create a smoke-free environment, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development might have to step in.
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Research by SFU criminology student Kouri Keenan was referenced in a Prince George Citizen article about an undercover sting operation that led to a murder conviction. “Such operations, known as ‘Mr. Big’ stings, don't come cheap,” said the article. “The cost of this particular operation has not been disclosed but Simon Fraser University criminology student Kouri Keenan has found they typically range from $100,000 to $300,000 and found several that exceeded $2 million.”

SFU professor emeritus Herbert Grubel had his letter to the editor regarding Canada’s Official Languages Act published in the National Post. He said the act hurts Canadian consumers because products imported into the country must bear bilingual labeling. “The real costs and red tape required to meet these regulations effectively prevent Canadian consumers from acquiring products at the lowest cost available in North America,” he wrote.

Peter Chow-White was interviewed on multiple social media topics. Sing Tao (Vancouver Chinese language newspaper), CBC-TV Quebec, and News1130 spoke with the SFU communication professor about the Vancouver Police Department’s Twitter initiative, while he talked to The Vancouver Sun about the top viral videos of 2010. The Associated Press interviewed Chow-White about the use of social media, mobile phones, and the Internet by minority groups in the U.S., and Global TV contacted him about Canadian youths using social media.


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