SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - November 26, 2010

November 26, 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. 24, through 8:30 a.m. today, Friday, Nov. 26.


Most media outlets reported on the closure of SFU’s Burnaby campus due to unsafe conditions Thursday, but the focus of the storm coverage focused on weather-related crashes and a Canada Line train that got stuck on the tracks in Richmond.
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Now that Britain’s Prince William has announced his engagement to Kate Middleton, the so-called “princess fantasy” is being discussed again. What is with our infatuation with royalty? SFU education professor Beth Marshall told CBC News that the “princess archetype is so woven into our popular culture … that it’s impossible to jettison the fantasy altogether.”
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A new non-profit society started by SFU PhD student Samantha Franks is partnering with two other organizations to conduct a waterbird and shorebird survey on Vancouver Island. The study will update 15-year-old information about the Tofino Mudflats’ habitat and involves counting migrating birds for a month, reports Postmedia News.
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SFU public policy professor Doug McArthur is the co-author of a new ThinkCity report that said municipalities cannot continue to rely on property taxes as a revenue model. "The challenges facing all local governments in B.C. are interconnected – symptoms of an unsustainable system of municipal financing," McArthur said in a news release.
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Liberal leadership candidate Moira Stilwell made a great strategic move announcing she’s in favor of hiking the minimum wage, said SFU marketing professor Lindsay Meredith. By being the first one on this issue, other candidates who make the same declaration will be seen following her lead, he told Canadian Press.
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Scientists are getting worried there may not be enough food for wild salmon and hatchery-raised salmon. Randall Peterman, a professor in SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, told McClatchy Newspapers this could lead to a reduction in wild salmon stocks.

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Political parties in Canada are much more uptight when it comes to abiding public displays of dissent, said The Globe and Mail. They typically air their differences within caucus and not in the media. SFU public policy professor Kennedy Stewartsaid the situation is much different in the UK where there are 650 MPs in Parliament and many of them aren’t afraid of speaking their minds.

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The Globe and Mail reported on a new study that said “a federal carbon tax or emissions-trading system could easily be designed so it doesn’t hurt the carbon-intensive economies of Alberta and Saskatchewan.” SFU environmental economistMark Jaccard, who co-wrote the report, said it’s time Ottawa set out its carbon-reduction policies.

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SFU researchers are part of a group of scientists that may have detected “a phase of matter created moments after the Big Bang” at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, according to CBC News.
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Rob Gordon, head of SFU Criminology, questions some of the expenses that were paid to witnesses in the Robert Pickton trial. According to The Vancouver Sun, the missing women probe cost taxpayers $124 million.

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As an SFU grad, Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Rick Skolrood knows how dangerous Galglardi Way can be. The Burnaby NewsLeader spent an afternoon with him near the spot where a West Vancouver man died in a fatal crash last week that closed the road for hours.

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SFU psychologist Joti Samra has started writing a column on mental health for The Globe and Mail. One of her first columns is titled, “What’s the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist?”

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CBC Radio did a national documentary on SFU sociology professor Barbara Mitchell’s book, The Boomerang Age: Transitions to Adulthood in Families. The book focuses on the generation of emerging adults – twentysomethings who are becoming known as The Boomerangers.

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The Cecelia Suragh Memorial Award has been established to recognize a former SFU Management of Technology (MOT) MBA student. Suragh, a MOT biotechnology candidate, died suddenly in June at the age of 31.

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SFU grad Jonathan Gallina was profiled by The Georgia Straight. The lead game designer for Vancouver-based Propaganda Games was instrumental in the company’s latest release, Tron: Evolution. He’s confident the game, based on the cult classic movie, won’t “suck.”

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The Province wrote a season preview of SFU’s men’s basketball team. Reporter Howard Tsumura said the Clan’s backcourt duo of Ricky Berry and Justin Brown could be the best in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this year.
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SFU women’s soccer player Ari Adams has played her last game for the Clan. The Maple Ridge Times spoke to the four-year player who was named player of the tournament at the 2010 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship.
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