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SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - September 13, 2010

September 13, 2010

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SFU PIPE BAND

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band pipe sergeant Jack Lee clinched the first place solo prize in the Clasp for Piobaireachd contest at the Northern Meeting piping competition in Inverness Scotland last weekend. Surrey North Delta Leader

UNIVERSITY HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Burnaby School District’s newest school was featured in the Burnaby NewsLeader. Principal Lori Driussi described how the building, on the SFU Burnaby campus, was built to meet LEED gold standards. Global TV also interviewed principal Lori Driussi. Burnaby NewsLeader; Global TV

FACULTY/STAFF/STUDENTS

Rob Gordon

The Province columnist Ethan Baron examines the issue of RCMP officers who continue to be paid while on suspension for alleged misconduct. According to this column, B.C. has 16 Mounties on paid suspension at the moment – costing taxpayers between $81,000 to $108,000 monthly in salaries. The Province

Howard Trottier

SFU is hosting a special astronomy-themed night on Burnaby Mountain on Sept. 18 to drum up support for a new observatory centre. Burnaby NOW

Diane Finegood

People who add reading nutritional information on food labels to their exercise program are more successful at losing weight than those who just exercise, according to a recently published study. Vancouver Sun

Tim Rahilly

In a study to be published in the Review of Economics and Statistics later this year, Philip Babcock and his co-author, Mindy Marks, found that since 1961, the amount of time an average undergraduate student spends studying has declined by 42 per cent, from 24 hours a week to 14. That drop is found within every demographic subgroup, within every faculty and at every type of college in the United States. Macleans

Carl Lowenberger

Cockroaches may be nasty bugs, but they could help fight even nastier ones. New research finds that the rudimentary brains of cockroaches and locusts teem with antimicrobial compounds that slay harmful E. coli and MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph bacterium. The work could lead to new compounds for fighting infectious diseases in humans. Wired

Kristen Gorman

SFU scientist Kristen Fay Gorman and local dancer Martha Carter organized a free public forum to raise awareness about scoliosis -- a medical condition that causes the spine to grow crooked and twisted. CKWX 1130

Warren Gill

Vancouver Sun columnist Malcolm Parry mentioned Warren Gill’s passing in his column last Friday. Vancouver Sun

Betsy Warland

A book about writing tips by Betsy Warland offers guiding concepts, workbook-like examples and writing exercises. Interspersed throughout are personal anecdotes and short interviews that lighten the intensity. Vancouver Sun

Alexander Moens

Is there an appetite for Sarah Palin’s politics in Canada? Alexander Moens doesn’t think so. Vancouver Sun

ATHLETICS

Football: Dave Johnson

SFU’s football team dropped its record to 0-2 with a 31-18 loss to Southern Oregon last Saturday. Clan running back Ronald Young scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give SFU its first points as an NCAA school. Vancouver Sun

SFU Women’s Soccer: Shelley Howieson

A goal in the opening minute of play was enough to bring the women's soccer Challenge Cup back to the University of B.C. as the T-Birds defeated SFU 1-0. Burnaby NOW

Men’s Golf: Michael Belle

SFU freshman Michael Belle qualified last week for the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Barton Creek Holiday Classic. He won his third 17-to-19 boys division title on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour this season, edging Tae-In Lee of Maple Ridge by a single stroke. Burnaby NOW

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