SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - December 6, 2010

December 6, 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. 3, through 8:30 a.m. today, Monday, Dec. 6.


SFU resource and environmental management student Adam King is surveying anglers in the Okanagan on behalf of the Freshwater Fishing Society of B.C. The survey will provide a better “understanding of the trade-offs people will make, such as between options of fishing quality, site access, accommodation, launch facilities, motor types, calm or busy experience,” said the Kelowna Capital News.
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A U.S. researcher says a variant of DRD4 is linked to infidelity, one-night stands, drinking, and thrill seeking. Some have already dubbed DRD4 as the “slut gene.” But SFU biologist Bernard Crespi cautioned people utilizing DRD4 as “a kind of genetic carte-blanche for promiscuity” in The Vancouver Sun.
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David R. Boyd, an SFU resource and environmental management adjunct professor, had an opinion piece published in The Vancouver Sun celebrating the work done by Ecojustice, formerly known as the Sierra Legal Defence Fund.
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Since there’s no safe amount of lead exposure, SFU health sciences professor Bruce Lanphear told USA Today that “parents should try to protect children as much as possible” this Christmas.
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The Tk’emlups Indian Band and SFU will continue delivering satellite education programs for Interior First Nations students on a cost-recovery basis, according to the Kamloops Daily News.
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A pair of SFU communication professors – Peter Chow-White and Richard Smith – were interviewed in a Globe and Mail story about establishing a new social network that would be a cross between Craigslist and Facebook for citizens to barter favours and services.
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As both the B.C. Liberals and NDP face their internal challenges, this is a “very public show of breakdown with both political parties,” SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told CBC News. "You do have these extraordinary events that do happen across Canada, it just happens that we're having both parties go through the same thing right now in British Columbia,” Stewart said. “So ... it's not like aliens have landed from Mars or something, this is quite common in political parties, it's just pretty uncommon for it to happen in both parties at the same time."
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In another interview, Stewart told The Georgia Straightthe resignation of Carole James means the NDP “out-self-destructed the Liberals.”
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George Abbott is the front-runner in the B.C. Liberals’ leadership race, SFU political scientist Marjorie Griffin Cohen told News1130 radio.
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SFU communication grad Tamarah Prevost had an opinion piece published in The Georgia Straight about her involvement with We Can, a coalition of more than 60 organizations working to end violence against women.
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A new environmental school is opening in Maple Ridge and SFU will assist with developing the curriculum. "A lot of the learning is going to happen not just in one place, but in a number of places around the district of Maple Ridge. And many of those places are going to be outdoors. They're going to be in natural settings,” SFU assistant political science professor Mark Fettes told News1130 radio.


The SFU men’s basketball team beat the visiting Montana State-Billings Yellowjackets 94-70 Saturday night in its debut in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, according to The Province. Zach Frehlick scored a career-high 21 points for the Clan. On the women’s side, the Clan came up short in the Barbara Rae Cup, losing 70-64 in overtime against UBC.
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SFU’s women’s wrestling team finished 3-0 at the 2010 Quad Dual Tournament in Texas over the weekend, according to
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