SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 23, 2010

November 23, 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. 22, through 8:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 23.


Former B.C. lieutenant-governor David Lam passed away yesterday but his legacy and vision will go on. Paul Crowe, director of SFU’s David Lam Centre for International Communication, told The Vancouver Sun that Lam “wanted people to get to know each other and unify, regardless of where they came from in the world.”
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University Highlands elementary school officially opened today and Vancouver Sun education reporter Janet Steffenhagen blogged about the event. The state-of-the-art environmentally friendly school is next to SFU’s Burnaby campus. SFU Education dean Kris Magnusson said the school “serves the university community (and) signals the start of a ‘symbiotic relationship in learning’.”
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USA Today interviewed Anthony Perl, director of SFU’s urban studies program, for an article that said proposed high-speed train projects in America might be in jeopardy following the results of the recent U.S. elections.
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Rob Gordon, director of SFU criminology, is as surprised as the police investigating a car explosion in Squamish. According to The Globe and Mail, police said this is an isolated incident and wouldn’t acknowledge whether the vehicle’s owner had a criminal record.
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Two Vancouver companies received a huge boost after talk-show maven Oprah Winfrey endorsed their product. SFU marketing expert Lindsay Meredith told CTV News that Lululemon and Ethical Bean received the equivalent of a “golden handshake” as a result of the publicity.
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Vancouver Sun digital life writer Gillian Shaw mentioned an iPhone app developed by SFU MBA students in her latest article. Quake Aware provides real-time earthquake alerts and survival tips.
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A film about the tribulations of Chinese-Canadian immigrants by producer Jordan Paterson from SFU’s Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) will be shown Nov. 29 at the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema. published an SFU news release about the premiere being held at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.
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Greg Bowcott’s hometown newspaper, the Abbotsford Times, wrote a feature about his first season with the SFU football team. The original plan was to redshirt the freshman quarterback but he wound up with the starting job late in the Clan’s season. "Greg graded out as our best quarterback," said SFU head coach Dave Johnson. "Even going way back to training camp, Greg Bowcott was a guy who deserved to be a starter."
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