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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 22, 2010

December 22, 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, Dec. 21, through 8:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 22.

CONNECTED 24/7

Can you stay away from your iPhone or BlackBerry during the holidays? SFU assistant communication professor Peter Chow-White believes it’s getting harder for people to resist. "If you asked me do I think people will be answering their BlackBerrys while they're supposedly on vacation, I would say yes, that's one of the deals with smartphones, it makes us available all the time,” he told The Canadian Press. “Especially in occupations where there's a 24-7 global work clock, (if you're concerned) about your career advancement then sure, of course you'll be answering."
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/rBogQU

BATTLING CANCER

Nancy McKinstry, past chair of SFU’s board of governors, shared her battle with ovarian cancer with The Vancouver Sun in a story showing B.C. is tops in cancer survival rates.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/VFuMwK

ALSO IN THE NEWS

Metro Canada columnist Paul Sullivan is the latest to comment on SFU psychology professor Michael Schmitt’s research about how Christmas displays affect non-Christians. “Putting aside questions about the research (maybe 12-inch plastic trees are culturally depressing. Maybe Sikh and Buddhist students require much bigger trees to feel good?), this just encourages the brand of self-righteousness that blights the yuletide season annually,” Sullivan wrote.

An article regarding SFU grad Sofi Hindmarch’s research about Lower Mainland barn owls got picked up by the San Francisco Chronicle. “The Canada study is the latest evidence amassed by researchers that poses an unsettling question: Are we willing to poison owls and a variety of other wild animals in order to fight rats? That's what this new generation of rat poisons does,” said the article.

SFU public policy professor Jonathan Kesselman spoke with CFAX (Victoria) radio host Murray Langon about the proposed changes to the Canada Pension Plan.

CTV’s St. John Alexander interviewed SFU clinical psychologist Joti Samra about the effects of seasonal affective disorder this holiday season yesterday.

SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith spoke with CTV’s Chris Olsen regarding two stories – one about Internet fraud and another about retailers offering promotions that require no money down and 18 months to pay for purchases. The Province also talked to Meredith for an article for Boxing Day sales.

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