SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 3, 2010

December 3, 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., Thursday, Dec. 2, through 8:30 a.m. today, Friday, Dec. 3.


B.C.’s provincial government is keeping people poor, SFU political science professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen told The Province. She responded to an article by the Economist that singles out British Columbia as “one of the keenest slashers” of public spending. The story continues: “Despite being one of the richest provinces, (B.C.) has one of the highest rates of child poverty (10.4%).”
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The SFU-based Human Security Report Project (HSRP) released its latest study yesterday at the United Nations. Project director Andrew Mack spoke at the news conference and said despite concerns of increased threats to global security, long-term trends indicate the risks of war are decreasing, according to PeopleDaily.comCFAX (Victoria) talk-show host Dave Dickson interviewed Mack yesterday, while Global TV news sent a reporter to speak with HSRP research managerSebastian Merz at Harbour Centre.
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SFU criminology grad Brandon Norgaard hopes he can cross off an item on his bucket list by appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He doesn't just want tickets to the show; he wants to dance down the aisle with the talk-show host, reports the Maple Ridge News.
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SFU’s Surrey campus will host the community’s third annual WinterFest event Feb. 26. There will be performances on an outdoor stage at Central City Plaza and indoors in the campus’s mezzanine, according to the Surrey NOW.
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Research by SFU fish biologist John Reynolds was cited in a Postmedia News article about the connection that open net-pen fish farms have on the level of sea lice infection in wild salmon.
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Jenny Kwan’s call for an NDP leadership review is about “sour grapes,” SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told CKNW. "There seems to be no policy differences between Carole James and herself. None that have been indicated anyway,” he said. “So this just seems to be a personal squabble. Perhaps relating to Jenny Kwan being in the spotlight and in recent years she's been moved out of the spotlight and it sounds just sour grapes."

The Georgia Straight had a brief on its website about the 2010 recipients of SFU’s Outstanding Alumni Award. It noted PuSh International Performing Arts Festive executive director Norman Armour is one of the recipients.
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The SFU women’s basketball team lost for the first time at home since Feb. 29, 2008, last night in its Great Northwest Athletic Conference debut against the Montana State-Billings Yellowjackets, who prevailed 66-59. "It was so frustrating," the Clan’s Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, who fouled out with 4:01 to play and the visitors ahead 58-49, told The Province. "After that I had to play so much more cautious and that really limited me. I guess I came out too aggressive, too fierce for my own good." Both SFU basketball teams are in action Saturday night – the women host UBC at 5:15 p.m. in the annual Barbara Rae Cup, while the men start their GNAC season against Montana State-Billings at 7:30 p.m.
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