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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 20, 2010

October 20, 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. Tuesday Oct. 19 through 8 a.m. today, Wednesday Oct. 20.

NEW CHANCELLOR

SFU told media today about the appointment of noted Canadian broadcaster, politician and business leader Carole Taylor as its 10th Chancellor. Taylor will assume her three-year term at Spring Convocation in June 2011, when incumbent Brandt Louie steps down.
“Carole Taylor is known across Canada as a leader who embraces change, and who challenges us to think creatively about the major issues of the day,” President Andrew Petter said in a news release. “SFU is fortunate to have attracted a person of such vast experience and so profound an understanding of the value of higher education.”
SFU news release (with links to photos, videos and a biography):  http://at.sfu.ca/KrrPOM

WILLIAMS TRIAL

News media turned to three SFU experts for comment on the trial of Col. Russell Williams, sexual predator and sadistic serial killer.
On the national Power Play segment of CTV News, forensic psychologist Stephen Hart was asked: “Why would such a seemingly accomplished military man turn into a sexually deviant monster and murderer?”
Hart: “It’s really not clear why people develop sexual deviance or why people develop the personalities that they do, except we have some indication that there’s probably some genetic or biological push towards this. . . . When a case like this comes along, it makes it clear that sometimes people just make bad decisions.”
And what about the Crown’s introduction of extensive graphic evidence, photos and videos?
Hart: “I think it is important that the Crown now lay out all the evidence that they have, so that if these people ever apply for parole in the future, 25 years down the road, that somebody has that information; it doesn’t get lost in the system.”
CTV video: http://at.sfu.ca/JbItxY

Rob Gordon, director of SFU Criminology, was also on GlobalTV on the question of making public the shocking photos and videos from the trial. “It must be very hard to see footage of the clown walking around wearing items of clothing he has taken from their bedrooms.”
Also on GlobalTV, in the same story: Joti Samra, psychologist and adjunct professor in SFU Health Sciences. She said that parents must be ready to give explanations to children who may see the photos in the media.
(Video not available.)

BASI-VIRK SENTENCING

Rob Gordon was on CBC-TV as well, taking about the remarkably lenient “house-arrest” sentences for former BC ministerial aides Dave Basi and Bob Virk on corruption charges.I see no deterrent effect here. I’m really not sure what it is they’re restrained from doing, because they obviously will be able to carry on a normal life.”
CBC video: http://at.sfu.ca/FDWSDH

EDUCATION

Kieran Egan of SFU’s Faculty of Education is featured in Utne Reader  magazine as one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World”—on the level of people like Nelson Mandela.  Calling Egan “Teacher of the Years”, the magazine (circulation some 260,000) wrote:
“The curriculum for K-12 education looks like a vast encyclopedia of human knowledge, notes Kieran Egan, a professor of educational theory at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University. “Unfortunately, the information students learn often fades away after only a few years—even if they manage to do well on tests. Equally distressing, Egan says, is the fact that most students come away with virtually no sense of wonder.
“He posits that this is a result of an education system that values breadth over depth.  In his new book Learning in Depth, Egan offers a solution, arguing for an ambitious but simple change in curriculum: Students follow the usual program, but during their first week of schooling, each is given a topic to study throughout her or his entire school career.
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/MOtgjl

The Surrey-North Delta Leader covered a Surrey Board of Trade event that heard how the board, the Surrey School District, SFU and Kwantlen Polytechnic have banded together to advocate for sufficient funding and resources for the city's education system.  “‘The business case is so strong for future investment,’ said Joanne Curry, executive director of SFU Surrey.”
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/JDDPrf
The Vancouver Sun’s education blog also did a story: http://at.sfu.ca/fgkHyx

COMMUNITY

The Surrey-North Delta Leader told readers: “With paint brushes in hand, a small crowd descended on a North Surrey refugee services office Friday (Oct. 15) to give the place a fresh look. Simon Fraser University offers staff and student volunteer time each year to not-for-profit groups needing renovation work to their offices. Umoja Operation Compassion Society was the recipient of services from this year's SFU and United Way campaign. “
Leigh McGregor, SFU's manager of recruitment for the faculty of environment, said: “Today we are painting the walls and the door frames, and we are installing some bulletin boards, some shelving and some storage units. . . .They just needed some help in making the space appropriate for their use.”
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/eeaDVL

Ontario-based InternationalNetworkNews.com picked up an SFU news release on how SFU students hope to make SFU the top fundraiser in a national campaign to stem HIV/AIDS in Africa. This in the second annual Stephen Lewis Foundation’s (SLF) A Dare to Remember national fundraiser. The money goes to helping Sub-Saharan African communities hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.
SFU news release: http://at.sfu.ca/dHsbJZ

WIRELESS

The Vancouver Sun reported that Rogers and Telus are getting a new wireless competitor here: Mobilicity. Richard Smith, SFU Communication prof, said Mobilicity will have an uphill battle. "The big three mobile operators have a combination of buying up the annoying ones that get too big and building competitor brands if they need to. The result has been that the competitive landscape hasn't changed that much."
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/oxiOzO

RAIL CONFERENCE

The Portland (OR) Tribune covered the 16th annual Rail-Volution conference. Congressman Earl Blumenauer praised the Portland area’s mix of road, rail and bike systems as a model for the nation.  “But Gordon Price, former Vancouver, British Columbia, city councilor and director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program, said the jury was still out on the success of the regional efforts, noting that the TriMet’s MAX light-rail system had not yet sparked redevelopment projects in much of Gresham, Hillsboro and Beaverton.
“‘The extensions into the suburbs are the real test,’said Price, who also noted that residential development in Clark County, Wash., had relieved pressure for new homes in Portland in the past.”
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/kgnOzH

PROSTITUTION

A Tom Sandborn column in the Vancouver Courier began:The morally incoherent, unconstitutional laws that govern the sex trade in Canada are up for court review these days, and it is about time.” And, it added:
“SFU criminologist John Lowman's pioneering research has conclusively shown that the result of the (Criminal) Code changes was to create a killing floor where violent men have been free to assault and murder the women driven into street level sex trade work by poverty, addiction, and the Hydra-headed monster of men's misogyny. Since that ill advised law was passed, Lowman notes, more sex trade workers have been killed on the job than police officers.”
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/MyWtoW

ATHLETICS

Freshman Carlo Basso registered his first career hat trick as the Clan men’s soccer team remained undefeated, downing the University of Mary Marauders (of Bismarck ND) 3-0. The win on the Burnaby campus improved  Simon Fraser to 13-0-0 (5-0-0 GNAC) on the season.
SFU news release: http://at.sfu.ca/DhHJva

SFU sports psychologist David Cox was in a Vancouver Sun story, saying advances in sports medicine are protecting young athletes more than in the past. "A lot of the young kids that I work with in tennis, they won't go through the same stuff that I went through because the shoes are better, the equipment's better, they're trained better. . . . I go to Tennis Canada camps and there's a physician there, a physiotherapist, and they do functional assessments and they pick up on things long before they [face serious injuries]."
Full story: http://at.sfu.ca/pChxhf

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