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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 1, 2010

October 1, 2010

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Media Matters, a report on SFU in the news, is compiled and distributed daily by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR).

FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS

RAAKHI SINHA, SFU CONTEMPORARY ARTS

The Breakfast TV show on Vancouver’s CityTV today gave eight minutes to a feature on SFU’s new for-credit bhangra dancing course—broadcast live from the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward’s. Instructor Raakhi Sinha led the TV event, along with dancing students.

(The Breakfast TV video is not yet online, but should eventually appear at http://at.sfu.ca/dCeqZh. SFU’s news release on the bhangra course is at http://at.sfu.ca/agyzgG )

Breakfast TV also threw in a plug for SFU’s big Diwali Celebration, coming up at SFU’s Surrey campus on Nov. 2.

MARTIN SHAIN, SFU HEALTH SCIENCES

The Vancouver Sun and The Province reported on a new legal duty, is emerging across the country, that places pressure on employers to provide a psychologically safe workplace. "This duty, simply put, requires employers to make a reasonable effort to protect the mental health of employees," adjunct prof Martin Shain told business leaders and lawyers in Vancouver. Shain is with SFU Health Sciences. Full storyhttp://at.sfu.ca/GSzKHP. A story also ran in the Victoria Times Colonist and Kamloops Daily News.

JOHN LOWMAN, SFU CRIMINOLOGY

The Montreal Gazette ran an editorial-page column opposing Ottawa’s decision to appeal an Ontario court ruling that went against Canada’s prostitution laws. The Gazette quoted testimony from SFU’s John Lowman: “John Lowman, professor at Simon Fraser University's school of criminology, told the court that police enforcement of the communicating provision in Vancouver pushed street prostitutes from populated areas into isolated commercial and industrial districts—from which about 50 women disappeared in the years 1995 to 2001. This area was Robert Pickton's hunting grounds.” Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/FvAwKg

ATHLETICS

GABE EPHARD, SFU FOOTBALL

The Province featured running back Gabe Ephard of the Clan football team. He’s leading the NCAA’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference in yards per carry at 9.3, is second in rushing with 463 yards through four games, and third in all-purpose yardage at 141.2 per game. Said Clan head coach Dave Johnson: “He is playing like a man possessed. He is a leader. His attitude is spectacular. He is saying and doing the right things. Gabe's character in three years has come a long way." Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/CVdjog

ENTERTAINMENT

Maclean’s named rocker K’naan as a newsmaker of the week. “What does K’naan have to do to be criticized? After organizers of a Vancouver-area charity concert fell short of his $40,000 fee, the Somali-Canadian musician refused to take the stage, leaving fans and the charity in the lurch; Simon Fraser University, where the benefit was being held, reportedly offered to pay the difference, to no avail. Yet event organizers . . . fell on their swords, accepting full blame, and offering refunds.” Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/duYXXY

SECOND RUN

PETER CHOW-WHITE, SFU COMMUNICATION

The Calgary Herald picked up a Province column on “the horror” of some recent postings on social media about crimes and bullying "Youth use and view and understand social media differently than older adults do," said SFU Communication prof Peter Chow-White. Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/Fiixgi

PAT HOWARD, SFU COMMUNICATION

The Montreal Gazette ran a Postmedia News feature on genetic engineering of foods.  It quoted Pat Howard, SFU specialist in biotechnologies and public policy: “We've got in place a regulatory system that never accepted the idea that we needed a special system to deal with the special effects of the process. They only want to look at the product—are the products substantially equivalent—not the process." Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/IONfJB

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