SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 15, 2010

October 15, 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).


The Globe and Mail today listed SFU as one of Canada’s Top 100 employers—for the fourth straight year. Mediacorp Canada, the nation’s largest publisher of employment guides and periodicals, reviewed the recruitment histories of more than 75,000 national employers nationally based on eight key performance areas. That led SFU making it onto a list of 12,500 candidates  invited to enter the competition.
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There was quick media interest in a new book by SFU Criminology researchers that cautions that efforts to combat homophobic bullying should not be limited to occasional awareness campaigns. In Get That Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools (Brunswick Books), Rebecca Haskell and Brian Burtch encouraged 16 queer youth to speak for themselves about the extent of—and solutions to—the problem of homo- and transphobic bullying in high school. The authors were lined up for interviews today on the Breakfast Television show on City-TV Vancouver, the Christy Clark show on CKNW, and, coming up Monday at 12:30pm, the BC Almanac show on CBC Radio. GlobalTV has also pursued them.  
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In a story about a Langley mom mounting a campaign to "take back Facebook" from cyberbullies, The Province quoted SFU Communication prof Stuart Poyntz: “There's a real sense of panic among parents. It feels to many that this is beyond their purview. . . . [But] kids are not going to leave Facebook, and Facebook in and of itself is not the problem.” Education prof Wanda Cassidy said research shows online bullying is a growing problem.
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Meanwhile, the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times picked up an earlier story from the Vancouver Courier on how the Vancouver School Board is showing videos aimed at curbing cyberbullying. “Lisa Pedrini, the VSB's manager for social responsibility and diversity, said online bullying is a problem based on research conducted by the University of B.C. and Simon Fraser University in the Lower Mainland. Administrators also acknowledge the problem.”
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Health Sciences prof Bruce Lanphear did interviews with CBC-TV, CBC Radio, and the Christy Clark Show on CKNW. This on the federal government’s formal declaration that Bisphenol A, or BPA, a chemical used to make some hard plastic containers and toys, is a toxic substance. “Studies in animal models are ‘quite concerning,’ and raise questions about prostate disease, breast cancer, fertility issues and behaviour problems in children, Lanphear said.”
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Maclean’s magazine columnist Paul Wells: “What if the most valuable product from higher education isn’t the ideas but the people who generate them—the superbly educated graduates with advanced math and science degrees? That question fascinates Arvind Gupta, a professor of computing science at Simon Fraser University. He is also CEO of MITACS, a federally funded Centre of Excellence in information technology.”
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The Maple Ridge News reported the local school district's proposed environmental school is still on target to open next school year, despite not yet having a facility to call home. “The program was the recipient of a $1 million Community/University Research Grant in March, which will fund researchers from Simon Fraser University for five years to train teachers and develop the school's curriculum.”
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The Moncton Times and Transcript picked up a Vancouver Sun story on how SFU students now can take bhangra dancing for credit. “Introduction to Popular Dance is a new course offered at Simon Fraser University's new School for the Contemporary Arts at the Woodward's building in downtown Vancouver. It is the first bhangra course for credit in Canada, and probably North America, instructor Raakhi Sinha said.”
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The Georgia Straight wrote about a new teaching guide Learning about Homelessness in British Columbia, co-authored by economics prof Krishna Pendakur. “The free 166-page teaching guide is intended primarily for students in Grades 11 and 12. It includes background information on homelessness, a series of activities for students, and a list of additional resources on the subject.”
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The Victoria Times Colonist reported Simon Fraser University student Rachel Malek won a youth leadership award from an award of excellence from B.C.’s Representative for Children and Youth. “She organized student discussion groups at Parksville Alternative Secondary School, and researched and ran a benefit to raise money for Free the Children. She also pioneered a new communications strategy for the FIRST Coalition Planning Committee, which supports the rights of sex trade workers and advocates for the decriminalization of adult sex work.”
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Two goals in the final 10 minutes lifted the Clan women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win over the Western Oregon University Wolves in Monmouth OR Thursday. Ari Adams scored one goal for SFU,  and the other was an own-goal from a WOU defender. SFU improved to 5-3-2 (4-2-2 GNAC) for the season.
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The Clan volleyball team picked up its third win of the season Thursday night, defeating the St. Martin’s University Saints 3-2 in Lacey WA.
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National Post told readers:Defence Minister Peter MacKay's banning of a leading imam from the military's Islamic History Month event has exposed an executive-level rift in the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) between forces of progress and orthodoxy. . . . CIC president Wahida Valiante openly disavows her reform-minded executive director, Zijad Delic, and rejects his criticisms about the Muslim group's many public controversies, especially the failed hate speech cases against Maclean's magazine.” Delic is an SFU grad: EdD, 2006.
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