SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - October 4, 2010

October 4, 2010

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Media Matters, a report on SFU in the news, is compiled and distributed daily by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR). This issue covers the period from Friday Oct. 1 through this morning.


With help from hatcheries in Alaska and Japan, the Pacific ocean is becoming "overcrowded with salmon.” That from a Globe and Mail interview with Randall Peterman of SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. 
But the Canada-U.S. research team on which Peterman worked “sees trouble on the horizon.” Including hatchery fish dominating the ocean, competition for food, and interbreeding of hatchery and wild salmon.
Full story:
Stories also ran on A-Channel TV in Victoria, and on the seafood industry website FIS.comCFAX Radio in Victoria also lined up Peterman for an interview today. (Article in Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamic Management and Ecosystem Science: not yet online.)

The Burnaby-based Down Syndrome Research Foundation is shutting down its state-of-the-art brain scanner for six months (for the second straight year) due to lack of government funding, Burnaby Now reported.  "The foundation got the scanner five years ago, and it's co-owned by the foundation and Simon Fraser University." SFU's Urs Ribary, LEEF BC Leadership Chair for cognitive neuroscience in childhood health and development, was quoted. Full story:

GlobalTV interviewed SFU biologist Carl Lowenberger for a 10-minute segment on dengue fever, linking his research with the recently reported dengue outbreak at the Commonwealth Games site in India. Lowenberger described during the News Hour Final his research on mosquitoes and dengue fever in Colombia. (Video not available.)


The Vancouver Sun looked at how "a handful of bloggers are shaking up city politics with their hard-hitting views." It quoted public policy prof Kennedy Stewart, who said there's more vitriol in blogs here than elsewhere. "What is really worrying, however, is how the mainstream media picks up and reports on usually unsubstantiated blog stories." Full story:

The Vancouver Sun also told readers how the B.C. Liberals "plan to sell the tax (HST) with a 'lunchroom' PR campaign rather than a slick TV advertising blitz." Marketing prof Lindsay Meredith was in the story: "Taxpayers love to hear how you are going to cut back the overall cost of the burden of government. So I certainly would be focusing very hard on the amount of actual dollar savings." Full story:

National media covered heavily the cancellation by Defence Minister Peter MacKay of a speech at National Defence headquarters by the outspoken executive director of the Canadian Islamic Congress, Imam Zijad Delic. Several media outlets such as National Post noted: "Imam Delic, 41, came to Canada from Bosnia and obtained his PhD from Simon Fraser University." (As in EdD, 2006.)  Full story:


The WA Business News of Perth, Australia, reported that Australian company Navitas has extended its partnership with SFU for a further 10 years. “Navitas and the university's intermediary Fraser International College have been working together since 2006 to educate more than 1,200 international students in Burnaby, British Columbia.” Jon Driver, V-P Academic, was quoted. SFU also issued a news release.   Full story:

The South Asian Link covered the visit to SFU’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue of Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He gave a public lecture. Mario Pinto, SFU’s vice-president of research, told the Link: “Dr. Kalam exemplifies the possible trek from ordinary boy to a leading scientist and to president of a country. This trajectory has led to his very simple but effective message for youth: ‘Knowledge makes you great.’”  Full story:


Criminologist Neil Boyd wrote a guest column for The Vancouver Sun, challenging the theory of the outgoing director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, that making illegal drugs more freely available will lead to more 'public health damage.'
Wrote Boyd, in part: "While adult cannabis use in the Netherlands is not penalized (in marked contrast to Britain, Canada and the United States), the Dutch rates of consumption are much lower than ours. Put differently, there is greater availability for potential users, without fear of harassment, and yet both Dutch youth and Dutch adults are much less likely to consume than the citizens of Britain, Canada and the United States."
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The Clan men’s soccer team pushed their season-long undefeated streak to eight games as they defeated the Western Washington University Vikings 1-0 at home. The Clan now is 8-0-0 (3-0-0 GNAC). SFU plays Seattle Pacific University in Seattle on Wednesday. Full story:

The Clan football team (now 0-5) lost 28-21 to the Red Storm from Dixie State College of St. George UT Saturday in the Homecoming 2010 game on the Burnaby campus. KSL Radio in Salt Lake city did an advance story on the game, and the tilt was broadcast on Dixie State's station, KXDS-FM. Full story with video:
The Clan now go to UBC for Shrum Bowl XXXIII against the Thunderbirds Friday night (7 pm).

In Seattle, the Clan women’s soccer team recorded a 0-0 double-overtime tie with the Seattle Pacific University Falcons. The Clan’s Amelia Ng earned her fifth shutout as the Clan’s record moved to 4-3-1 (3-2-1 GNAC). Full story:

Western Washington University (now 9-2) beat the Clan volleyball team (now 1-11) by 3-1 in the West Gym on the Burnaby campus. Full story . And in the Bellingham Herald

The Toronto Star featured Clan wrester Arjan Bhullar, who is on the Canadian team at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. "Wrestling is in your DNA when you’re a Bhullar. He has 10 cousins and they all wrestled, too, including one who will compete for England at the Games." Full story:

The Calgary Sun featured ex-Clan footballer Anthony DesLauriers, now playing for the U of Calgary Dinos. This as the Dinos prepared to face the UBC Thunderbirds, now coached by Shawn Olson, ex-Clan assistant coach. (The Dinos went on to win 33-16.) Full story:


The Georgia Straight's "Geek Speak" feature starred Amanda Lastoria, SFU PhD student in publishing. While talking about what makes a good e-book ("taking advantage of things like hyperlinks and interaction") she said: "Personally, I prefer print. That’s not a very popular answer, but I do, because I’m a big reader of art books and more illustrated materials that I don’t think are quite there in e-books yet."Full story:


Now we know that:
Peter Chow-White of SFU Communication also did interviews last week with CBC-TV News on the Facebook movie The Social Network. (The movie's tagline: "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.") And he did a phone interview with CBC National about youth and social media.


The Vancouver Sun promoted an article planned for Tuesday’s newspaper: “Now that the Ontario Supreme Court has struck down three laws related to prostitution, Prof. John Lowman of Simon Fraser University asks: Where do we go from here?”

Coquitlam Now told readers that the Tri-Cities Baha'i community will hold an event Thursday Oct. 7 in support of seven members of their faith imprisoned in Iran. "SFU professor and former Anmore mayor Hal Weinberg will address the crowd as a guest speaker, along with Baha'i member Harold Rosen." Full story (with a photo of Weinberg):


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