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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 22, 2010

October 22, 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. Thursday Oct. 21 through 8:30 a.m. today, Friday, Oct. 22.

GUN REGISTRY

SFU economics professor (emeritus) Herb Grubel had a letter to the editor published in The Windsor Star. He wrote that Canadians and politicians need “solid, empiral evidence” to better understand Canada’s controversial gun registry and decide whether it’s effective. Grubel wants to know what is the cost per life saved as a result of the registry.

“Knowing this cost does not imply a callous disregard for lives. To the contrary, it allows one to judge whether this cost is higher or lower than that of other ways in which lives could be saved through government spending programs,” Grubel wrote.

“The economic issue is clear. Resources used for one deserving cause are not available for other deserving causes. A calculation of the economic benefit should be used in the evaluation of all proposed government programs.”

The Windsor Star: http://at.sfu.ca/YaBwwR

ARTS

Poppytalk, the top-rated Canadian blog for art and design, featured the work of SFU First Nations Studies assistant professor Annie G. Ross. The blog post focused on a project Ross is working on called Forest I, which involves a cedar bark, plastic strapping and wool-wrapped-twined and plaited 1956 Nash Metropolitan automobile. The bark is salvaged from urban forests clear cut for condo developments.

“Continuing the hand work of her Mayan lineage, Ross explains that ‘Forest I’ speaks of colonization, urban sprawl, the concept of trash (bark, considered trash to construction crews); remediating an urban landscape that came from the forest, and what can happen through the act of salvage,” described Poppytalk. “Thinking back to the basketry covered glass bottles, the project considers and speaks to the several waves of colonialism upon aboriginal peoples. Spirits are shown by flowers and animals woven in wool.”

Poppytalk: http://poppytalk.blogspot.com/search?q=annie+ross

HISTORIC GRAFFITI

Two Parks Canada archeologists are confident a faint inscription left on the shore of a British Columbia lake belongs to explorer Simon Fraser. The signature – “Simon F. 1806” – is etched in red ochre on the rocky shore of Stuart Lake in the Central B.C. Interior. The archeologists believe Fraser made the inscription 204 years ago. “(Fraser) made the inscription on the rock in 1806 with his own hand, perhaps to say only that ‘Simon Fraser was here,’” scientist Peter Francis told Postmedia News.

Postmedia News: http://at.sfu.ca/GKuNtc

EDUCATION

SFU researchers are developing a curriculum and plan to train teachers for an environmental school in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows through a $1-million grant from the Community-University Research Alliance. The proposed school is partnering with other community organizations, including Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations, Maple Ridge city hall, Maple Ridge Arts Gallery, and Maple Ridge Museum. “The project itself is unique,” Clayton Maitland, vice-principal of the non-traditional school, said in the Maple Ridge Times. “It’s trying to look at teaching and learning totally differently. We take people out into places here to learn, and to make the environment co-creator of knowledge … makes it a little bit different.”

Maple Ridge Times: http://at.sfu.ca/aSzBZz

THINK YOU’RE READY

Marketing magazine featured the recruitment video produced for SFU by Vancouver’s Karo Group. Called “Think. You’re ready,” it uses SFU’s positioning line “Thinking of the World” and is targeted at prospective students. It reinforces the message with visuals of street signs, maps, traffic lights and arrows that point to what the future could look like if you follow a particular academic path, as well as including non-academic aspects of university life.

"There are 100 different institutions out there all trying to compete for their attention and we thought we needed to get away from the glossy corporate-looking (image)," said Rummana Khan Hemani, SFU’s director of student success. "We need something that a 17-year old is going to want to pick up, but still has the kind of information that a parent might want."

Marketing Magazine: http://at.sfu.ca/eMhBxo

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