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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 12, 2010

October 12, 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 one covers from 8 a.m. Friday Oct. 8 to 8 a.m. today, Tuesday Oct. 12.


CIMEX LECTULARIUS


Maclean’s magazine’s OnCampus website carried a newsfeature on bedbugs in universities. It listed, for example, cases at Ryerson, UAlberta, McGill, UCalgary, Humber College (Toronto) and SFU.


SFU’s Chris Rogerson, associate director of residence life, was quoted: “Universities have departments like mine whose job is to educate tenants, dispel myths and misconceptions, and organize quick reactions to problems. We encourage early reporting, and our attitude is, address the bug, not the person. We don’t get into saying, ‘Well, the unit was clean before you got here.’ The best defence is to make sure there’s no stigma attached, so students don’t decide to suffer in silence.’”


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/ITDbTG


Nancy Johnston, executive director of SFU Student Affairs, was on camera:


“We have about 1,800 beds. . . .  We had maybe a couple handfuls of reports; not all of those, in fact, had bed bugs in the end. . . . It's a worldwide problem, and it's grown exponentially in the last few years according to the literature we've accessed. I mean, we would be shocked to not have some level of bed bugs, but what we didn't want it to turn into was an infestation and it hasn't and we're very pleased about that.”


The piece ran on GlobalTV National and GlobalTV Edmonton, and was reproduced on The Province and Vancouver Sun websites: http://at.sfu.ca/JIDUsH


This morning, CBC Radio followed up the story, interviewing Chris Rogerson.


POLICE BEAT


The Victoria Times Colonist quoted former BC solicitor general Kash Heed as saying he’s concerned the BC government is watering down his efforts to step up “accountability” for the RCMP in their next contract with BC. Rob Gordon, director of SFU Criminology, said: “If the province does go ahead and sign a contract without some of Heed's ideas embedded in it, we're going to be stuck with these guys for another 20 years and I think it would be utterly foolish. It's grossly irresponsible to do it."


Full storyhttp://at.sfu.ca/vjRdID . The story also ran in The Vancouver Sun.


Meanwhile, also in the Times Colonist, criminologist Dave MacAlister branded as “a disaster" a decision by Liberal and NDP MLAs to slash the request of police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe's for more staff. Said MacAlister: “I think we're just fooling ourselves if we think we're making significant change and we're not willing to fund it. We're really not getting any further forward."


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/FOjQKL


The Georgia Straight ran a story on challenges to commonly quoted “research” showing the average age of entry into prostitution is 14. The thesis was challenged by an Ontario judge who ruled against three prostitution laws. The Straight quoted SFU criminologist John Lowman as saying the Crown’s documentation in the case cited only one Canadian study—and its methodology was open to question.


Full story:  http://at.sfu.ca/hArqnf


POLITICS


Research by political science prof Mark Pickup led to a story in The Vancouver Sun:  “Minority governments in Ottawa can be just as effective as majority governments as long as they have the support of the public. . . . “ The story noted Pickup will present some of his findings tonight at an event launching SFU's new Centre for Public Opinion and Political Representation.


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/DrnCKY

SFU news release: http://at.sfu.ca/sGbjkd


ENVIRONMENT


Sea lice are jumping from pink salmon to coho salmon and could be harming coho in the Broughton Archipelago, say two new research papers. The Victoria Times Colonist carried a story: “The papers . . .  were researched by Brendan Connors, a PhD student at Simon Fraser University."


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/PnXhrv

Journal of Applied Ecology: http://at.sfu.ca/ZdximV


ARTS


The Vancouver Sun carried a feature on how Vancouver is the base for a market for Northwest Coast art that is “estimated to be in excess of $100 million annually.” Among those quoted was George MacDonald, director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies at SFU: “It has not expanded internationally as I expected it might have, based on its quality. One of the reasons is that there is so much demand in the Northwest, and I'm including Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria."


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/tlGmQh

Bill Reid Centre website: http://www.sfu.ca/brc


ARCHAEOLOGY


The Olympian newspaper of Olympia WA ran a feature on a site that is “the only public place in Washington where you can dig for fossils.”  The story noted: “If you’re lucky enough, you’ll find a fossil so important it will be kept and sent off to researchers, or one so rare that it will be named after you. The Chu family from Kirkland had such an experience.  . . . . What they found was a new genus and the first Cenozoic fossil record of moth lacewings. Scientist Bruce Archibald from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., confirmed the discovery and named it Allorapisma churom.”


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/LceANd


EDUCATION


Broadcaster-commentator Rafe Mair blogged about the installation of Andrew Petter as SFU’s ninth president last week. SFU gave Mair an honorary degree by SFU in 2007. “I’m very happy with my ‘new’ Alma Mater which grants honourary degrees to the likes of Alexandra Morton and me and has the good common sense to appoint as President someone whose politics don’t match those of the ‘establishment’ thus risking the ire of those who fund it. In short, I’m very comfortable being a lifetime alumnus of a university which fosters and carries on the traditions of what a good university should be.”


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/MHKiEd


ISLAMIC CONGRESS


National Post interviewed executive director Zijad Delic of the Canadian Islamic Congress, an SFU PhD grad: “We have made social contract with Canada when we became Canadian citizens. . . . Are we loyal to back home, or are we loyal to Canada? If we are loyal to back home, we have a problem."  The story included this: “He might be smooth, but he is not shallow. His PhD thesis at Simon Fraser University was on "Hermeneutics of Islamic Education and the Construction of New Muslim Cultures in the West: Faithful, but Reformed."


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/EsTTkn


COMMONWEALTH GAMES


SFU wrestler Arjan Bhullar won the 120-kilogram gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in India. "I've been training for eight years and I've seen this over and over in my mind," Bhullar said. "I saw this match over and over in my head.”


Calgary Sun story: http://at.sfu.ca/NbZAeY


FOOTBALL SAFETY


A newsfeature on a new line of football helmets ran in the Globe and Mail, with head coach Dave Johnson of SFU praising the Xenith equipment. He adopted the gear—which uses air shock absorbers for protection instead of foam—after four Clan players were lost to concussions in 2008.


"This year we've had seven concussions but zero with the guys who are wearing Xenith helmets. Now, when a kid is concussed he goes through the normal procedure but when he comes back he must wear a Xenith helmet. That's my deal. After this year it's going to be non-negotiable. You probably think they pay me—they don't. And we don't get free helmets."


Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/CFXlgm


CLAN ATHLETICS


Three Clan athletes won GNAC Player of the Week honours as:


- Former Windsor High School teammates Bo Palmer and Gabe Ephard combined for 239 rushing yards and two touchdowns to lead the Clan football team to a 27-20 Shrum Bowl victory over the UBC Thunderbirds. It was the 33rd edition of the game, and the Clan moved to 17-15-1. The Clan are off until  Oct. 23, when they travel to Utah to face Dixie State.


SFU release (with video recap): http://at.sfu.ca/uHGlgR


Palmer was then named GNAC Offensive Player of the Week: http://at.sfu.ca/LAZHMT


- Freshman Joseph Martin scored his second goal of the season for the Clan men’s soccer program, and thus downed the St. Martin’s University Saints 2-1 in overtime in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at Lacey WA. Max Baessato got the Clan’s other goal on a header. The win kept the Clan perfect on the year at 10-0-0 (5-0-0 GNAC). SFU now hosts Trinity Western on Terry Fox Field on the Burnaby campus on Wednesday (7 pm.)


SFU Athletics release: http://at.sfu.ca/UPiPUJ


Martin shared the crown as GNAC men’s soccer Player of the Week: http://at.sfu.ca/AEFtKM


- Junior Jessica Smith won her second straight cross-country run and led the Clan women’s team to the overall title at the Western Washington University Preview at Bellingham. Smith finished in a time of 17:46, more than 20 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. SFU had seven runners in the top 10 on the women’s side, with Helen Crofts finishing third. On the men’s side, Keir Forster finished third overall, helping SFU to a third-place finish.


Bellingham Herald: http://at.sfu.ca/dYVeef   SFU Athletics release: http://at.sfu.ca/mhXyKS


Smith was selected GNAC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week: http://at.sfu.ca/SZJTYt


Meanwhile, playing at home, the Clan women’s soccer team marked a 0-0 tie against the nationally ranked Western Washington University Vikings. The Clan now are 4-3-2 for the season with a 3-2-2 mark in GNAC play.


SFU Athletics release: http://at.sfu.ca/nqWEHx


The Clan women’s volleyball team defeated Montana State University Billings 3-1 on the Burnaby campus to improve to 2-12 (2-7 GNAC) for the year. Jennifer Neilson had 19 kills for the Clan. SFU now hits the road to play the St. Martin’s University Saints (Lacey WA) on Thursday and the Western Oregon University Wolves (Monmouth OR) on Friday.


SFU Athletics release: http://at.sfu.ca/PWcrwe


DIVERSITY AWARD


Burnaby Now ran a story on the award to KPMG last month of SFU’s Nancy McKinstry award for leadership in diversity.  The Burnaby Now story also told how the Burnaby Board of Trade organized workplace tours for 21 skilled immigrants at SFU.


Burnaby Now story:  http://at.sfu.ca/JzwNnY

SFU News release: http://at.sfu.ca/OndIEc

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