SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 16, 2010

November 16, 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, Nov. 15, through 8:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 16.


In his latest column on, former CKNW talk-show host Rafe Mair said he hopes Carole Taylor doesn’t change her mind about becoming SFU’s next chancellor. “The SFU position is non-paying, and if only on the basis that it's human nature to change your mind, she can't be finally counted out,” he wrote. “I hope she doesn't change her mind, for if she loses and wins a seat, she has the worst job in politics: leader of the Opposition for four years.” Mair added he wants to see Taylor and new president Andrew Petter as a team. In The Province, columnist Michael Smythe writes that cabinet minister Barry Penner is another Liberal who supports a Taylor leadership bid.
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Changes to how B.C. Liberal Party members will vote for their next leader may be one of the reasons why outsiders like Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is not interested, SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewart told The Globe and Mail.
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Research by SFU adjunct professor Elizabeth Saewyc and her UBC colleagues show the increase in the legal age of sexual consent isn’t protecting those that need it the most, according to CBC News. "The study shows that society needs to do a better job at preventing sexual abuse among children and teens, using strategies that go beyond the legal arena," said Saewyc. She also spoke to The Vancouver Sun.
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The Province interviewed Anthony Perl, director of SFU’s urban studies program, for its story about the City of Vancouver investigating which intersections in the city are the most dangerous for pedestrians. Perl said Vancouver is the only city in Canada where the number of pedestrians is increasing faster than numbers of cars.
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SFU health sciences associate professor Scott Lear is one of the researchers that will develop a strategy to prevent obesity. They will target 4,000 children between the ages of seven and eight, and 14-15 years old, according to The Surrey NOW.
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The Vancouver Sun published an article noting the difficulties some international students face when it comes to cultural differences. Some of the issues include recognizing someone’s personal space and how to appropriately greet people.Carolyn Hanna, SFU’s senior international student adviser, said the school tries to address differences in physical contact through focusing on intercultural communication.
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SFU marketing professor Leyland Pitt likes to challenge his students. When it comes to presentations, he tells them to present on anything they want. It won’t guarantee a good grade but what the students come up with can lead to a unique idea, according to The Financial Post.
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Kye Allums made history last week when he became the first transgender player in NCAA basketball in the U.S., according to Sports Illustrated. SFU sports sociologist Ann Travers commented on what this means for the future of amateur sports.
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Global B.C.’s Morning News had SFU physicist Howard Trottier as a guest to talk about the discovery of what appears to be the birth of a black hole. According to CBC News, scientists have found a black hole that was formed during a supernova observed 30 years ago.


SFU women’s basketball player Kia Van Laare was the subject of a feature by the Burnaby NewsLeader focusing on student-athletes and academics. The first-year player for the Clan believes hard work should apply in the classroom and on the basketball court.
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