SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 18, 2010

November 18, 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., Wednesday, Nov. 17, through 8:30 a.m. today,Thursday, Nov. 18.


It’s all for a good cause. SFU student Veronique Jones plays for the Ice-O-Topes women’s hockey team and is featured in its 2011 pin-up calendar for charity, reported the Burnaby NewsLeader. Proceeds will go to sponsor an after-school hockey program for under-privileged teens.
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SFU physicist Michael Hayden and his colleagues continue to get media coverage for their scientific breakthrough. Hayden, who is working on experiments in Geneva, Switzerland, has done interviews with Canadian Press, Burnaby NOW, andThe Globe and Mail so far.
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One person was killed in a multi-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on Gaglardi Way that shut down the road for more than five hours, according to The Vancouver Sun. TransLink re-routed its buses and motorists had to use Burnaby Mountain Parkway instead.
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Barry Truax is the centre of a performance at the Scotiabank Dance Centre to celebrate his work this Friday. The SFU communication professor said the evening, called Barry Truax: A Portrait, will be both “multimedia and spectacular.” He toldThe Vancouver Sun: "I promised myself right from the beginning -- perhaps in reaction to some of the terribly austere music of the time -- that I would always celebrate the pleasures of auditory communication. I don't want to pander to the audience, but I don't want to offend it either. I want to do sensuous works that please me first. I don't do music that is merely technically interesting; I want it to be beautiful as well."
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Today’s university students have no trouble expressing themselves via Facebook, blogs, or Twitter, but that doesn’t mean they’re good writers. “There’s this emphasis on expressing yourself, on this idea that if you get it on the page, it will be fine,” SFU English professor Paul Budra told Maclean’s magazine. “It’s not.”
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SFU chancellor emeritus Joe Segal has made a record-setting $12-million donation to establish a new mental-health building for Vancouver General Hospital. According to The Vancouver Sun, “it is believed to be the largest personal donation ever made for a mental health project in B.C.”
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Research by SFU public policy professor Jonathan Kesselman was cited in a Maclean’s magazine story about the Canada Pension Plan.
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CBC-TV News in Calgary interviewed SFU international security expert Andre Gerolymatos about airport security measures.


Derrick Bassi is honored for the opportunity to represent Canada, but it’s even better that he’ll be the first Indo-Canadian to do it. Canada’s men’s national soccer team has extended an invite to Bassi to join them at its U20 training camp in Florida next month. "For me, it's letting our community, all of the youngsters, know that there is always a chance. It's very big. It's nice to be able to show that sports will get you something good,” he told The Vancouver Sun.
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