SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 26, 2010

October 26, 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. Monday Oct. 25 through 8:30, Tuesday, Oct. 26.


SFU public policy professor Jonathan Kesselman’s conclusion that expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is the right thing to do is gaining traction. According to The Globe and MailKesselman’s new research paper compared “all the key pension reform proposals on the table, (and) concludes that a bigger CPP, with a mandatory increase in premiums as well as benefits, is the hands-down best choice.” The federal government and many provinces are considering the proposal, and now Kesselman is getting support from colleagues. Professor Jack Mintz, director of the School of Policy Studies at the University of Calgary, is warming up to the idea. “If there was some enhancement of CPP, I think I could buy that,” he said.

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Science website published our news release about SFU molecular biologists who discovered a gene whose job is to ensure that chromosomes are correctly distributed during the formation of eggs and sperm in mammals, including humans. This discovery could help treat and prevent gene-based diseases, such as Down’s, Turner and Klinefelter’s syndromes, many forms of cancer, and infertility. “My hope is that this work will help us better understand how genetic material is distributed through each generation of mammals, including humans,” said SFU geneticist David Baillie. “We’ll be able to do this by examining how mutations in xnd-1 interact with mutations in other genes known to act during meiosis to form eggs and sperm.”

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Don’t expect any changes to how B.C. is policed, according to the Victoria Times Colonist. In an interview with new solicitor general Rich Coleman, the former Mountie said he would keep the status quo of using a mixture of RCMP and municipal police departments in the province. "I think the biggest thing is that I want to make sure the integration issues go forward aggressively," he told the paper. Some people, such as former solicitor general Kash Heed, advocate creating a regional police force, claiming the current situation isn’t effective. Coleman said it’s up to B.C.’s communities to tell him if they want changes made. “I think these guys have to decide that they're going to integrate across the regions," Coleman said. "I always said that when I was the minister before. We had a number of integrated teams we started. I don't know if the initiative is as strong as it used to be, but it has to be strong again." Rob Gordon, SFU director of criminology, agrees with Heed that reform is needed but doesn’t think anything will happen. "I think it's a very clear signal from the premier – and that signal is that there's going to be no police reform in this province for some time,” he said.

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The National Post wrote an article about an SFU grad that decided to pursue his MBA in China instead of getting it in Canada. Jeffrey Pi got his economics degree here and also attended the Vancouver Film School. He participated in an SFU exchange program and spent a semester learning Mandarin in China, but that was the extent of his exposure to Asia at that point, the story said. "The MBA for me was about moving away from the freelance/ creative life and into a more corporate environment," Pi said. "I also knew I wanted to come to China and see and hopefully be part of all the explosive growth that was happening." Asia’s leading business schools are hoping to attract more students like Pi, who has an MBA from Shanghai-based China Europe International Business School.

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Heribert Adam, SFU sociology professor emeritus, and his wife, Kogila Moodley, are recipients of the 20th annual Thakore Visiting Scholar Award, said the Mill Woods Mosaic. The pair met and fell in love in South Africa in the 1960s. It was a time when there were separate universities for different ethnic groups, and racial segregation also extended to relationships under the country’s apartheid system. Adam and Moodley could have been imprisoned for their relationship. The couple have gained international recognized in the past 35 years for their research, books and lectures on peacemaking, human rights and non-violent change in divided societies, especially South Africa.
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