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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 17, 2010

November 17, 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, Nov. 16, through 8:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 17.

PHYSICS BREAKTHROUGH

SFU physics professor Michael Hayden and his PhD student Mohammad Dehghani Ashkezari are members of an international team of scientists that has managed to capture and hold atomic antimatter. This is the first time anyone has managed this feat, according to the Globe and Mail. Interesting to note the CBC News article has more than 120 comments.
Full story (Globe and Mail)http://at.sfu.ca/NcfRZD
Full story (CBC News): http://at.sfu.ca/HJPWMk
Full story (Vancouver Sun): http://at.sfu.ca/fTfJbu

SOCIAL MEDIA

As part of its Social Media Week theme, News 1130 radio interviewed SFU communication professor Peter Chow-White about people spending too much time online. He said many people take the next step in social media and meet people offline. “Our online lives and offline lives can be so intertwined … online can augment offline,” Chow-White said. “We’re getting so used to being online … it’s seamless.”

WAR ZONE EXPERIENCE

The Vancouver Sun wrote a feature about Bashir Jamalzadah, an SFU education grad, and his experience as a language cultural adviser with the Canadian military in Afghanistan.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/hSSBwA

AIRPORT SECURITY

SFU international security expert Andre Gerolytamos was a guest on CKNW’s The Bill Good Show where he talked about how the issue of airport security is heating up around the world. "Airline security has become top of mind once again in the wake of a disguised Asian refugee, a debate over whether turbans should be taken off for security checks, and a man who warned a guard: 'Don’t touch my junk or I’ll have you arrested,” said the CKNW intro for Gerolytamos.

HELPING ANIMALS

It’ll be more than a vacation for Charlotte Sedens when she heads to Cuba next month. The SFU grad and a friend have started collecting medical supplies and will deliver them to an animal welfare organization in Havana, according to theBurnaby NOW.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/ZsdNHf

TRANSFORMING SURREY

Improving public transit service in Surrey will go a long way in transforming the community, Gordon Price, director of SFU’s City Program, told the Surrey Leader.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/veLzBx

LITERACY TESTING

SFU was noted as one of a few Canadian universities that require incoming students to take a short literacy test. According to The Sarnia Observer, about 25 per cent of students fail. The article focuses on a survey of 24 Ontario community colleges that shows almost 40 per cent have no program in place to assess literacy.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/eALrft

SEMICONDUCTORS

Jim Derbyshire is CEO of Veridae Systems Inc, a Vancouver-based startup company that specializes in semiconductors. He’s also a mentor-in-residence for SFU’s Venture Connection program and his company has developed a breakthrough technology for debugging computer chips, reported Business in Vancouver.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/hnHZwC

SUPERCONDUCTIVITY

Physorg.com published an SFU news release detailing research by SFU physicist Jeff Sonier that discovered a new property in warm superconductors.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/INanbb

NEW ASIAN SUPERMARKET

The trend of the new millennium is fusion, SFU marketing professor Lindsay Meredith in The Vancouver Sun, and that is why a new Asian supermarket in West Vancouver will thrive despite demographics that suggest otherwise. "If you look at the attendance at Chinese and Indo-Canadian restaurants — whitey is as prevalent as all-get-out," he said.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/ebNxMw

ALSO IN THE NEWS

A team from SFU finished in third place in the regional round of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Pacific Northwest Programming Contest. California State University – Chico took top spot and now heads to Egypt to compete in the 2011 World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest.

SFU economics professor Nancy Olewiler has been reappointed to another three-year term to TransLink’s board of directors.

Burnaby Mountain will be one of the sites of the next Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race (MOMAR). The competition, which has primarily been a Vancouver Island event, combines mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and orienteering. It usually attracts up to 400 participants from across B.C. and the world.

SFU ATHLETICS

The Burnaby NOW wrote an article about SFU’s women’s and men’s soccer teams advancing to the NAIA national championships.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/NeJWJY

Reporter Howard Tsumura looks into the origins of Noodle, the nickname SFU women’s soccer player Lauren Lachlan has had since childhood. "I used to get really upset but I was a really scrawny child,” she told The Province.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/BLWDaZ

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