SFU PEOPLE IN THE NEWS - September 20, 2010

September 20, 2010

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Media Matters, a report on SFU in the news, is compiled and distributed each weekday by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations (PAMR).


Neil Boyd, SFU Criminology

In the Globe and Mail, author and SFU criminologist Neil Boyd reviewed the new book On the Farm: Robert William Pickton and the Tragic Story of Vancouver's Missing Women; by Stevie Cameron (Knopf Canada, 726 pages, $35).  “I will likely add it to an upcoming course reading list—not because it is the definitive work on the tragedy of the missing women, but because it begins a very useful conversation with a good deal of compelling evidence.” Full story:

Meanwhile, Burnaby Now told readers that Boyd is in the running for a literary award himself. A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and the Fight for its Future is one of three books shortlisted for the George Ryga Award, which recognizes social awareness in writing and publishing. Boyd co-authored the book with Vancouver Sun journalist Lori Culbert and former Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell. The winner will be announced on Nov. 6.

Boyd was also quoted in a national Canadian Press story on how a lack of provincial court judges in BC has led to the dismissal of charges on everything from traffic violations and drunk driving to cocaine trafficking. “Simon Fraser University criminology professor Neil Boyd sees the irony as the provincial government begins to impose its new drunk driving legislation Monday.” Full story (from the CTV News website):

Stuart Poyntz, SFU Communication

Assistant prof Stuart Poyntz spoke on the use of the internet by youth in the wake of the gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl at a rave in Pitt Meadows.  He did an eight-minute stint on the On the Coast show on CBC Radio, and was also interviewed by the Globe and MailCarol Thorbes of PAMR had suggested to media that Poyntz would make for a good interview. The On the Coast interview:

Lindsay Meredith, SFU Business

Marketing prof Lindsay Meredith was in a Province story on the economic impact of the Vancouver Canucks NHL franchise. “You get city hotel business up, you get better sales in restaurants, pay parking—(and) all of that stuff is spinoffs the city can get their hands on through property tax.”

As well: “You can understand Rogers dropping millions of dollars to get their name plastered on the arena - this will be a big payoff downstream. Sporting events are increasingly being watched on mobile technology, so the more guys that start watching those games on Rogers phones or [wireless] networks, the better off Rogers will be." Full story

Alyssa Wise,  SFU Education

The Vancouver Sun wondered if the time spent by today’s young people at internet keyboards can improve their writing skills. Said assistant prof Wise: "You can think about it as new forms of literacy. It is important to think about the ways computers can help students become more literate. Computers enable us to do much more. . . . Using a computer can help support higher literacy skills." Full story:

Student film-makers

The Link, a newspaper serving the BC Indo-Canadian market, told readers: “Ingenuity, inspiration and curiosity helped a team of six Simon Fraser University science students, led by an Indo-Canadian woman, clinch first prize for the best short film on genomics and health in Gene Screen B.C.’s first-ever film competition.” Full story:


The Williams Lake Tribune turned an SFU news release into a story that began: “The Tula Foundation is partnering with Simon Fraser University to create the Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems and Management.  The network will focus on the sustainability, resilience and well being of the people and ecosystems of British Columbia's Central Coast. The Tula Foundation will provide SFU with up to $8 million in funding over eight years. Full story:


Scott McLean, media, broadcast and sports information director, sent facts and statistics to sports media as:
  • The Clan men’s soccer team remained undefeated after their 3-0 home win over the Trinity Lutheran College Eagles on Terry Fox Field. The win improved Simon Fraser to 5-0 for the season. Meanwhile, SFU’s women’s soccer team shut out the Western Oregon University Wolves 2-0 to improve to 3-1 for the season.
  • The Clan women’s cross-country team won their first meet of the season, beating the field at the 2010 Sundodger Open in Seattle. Women’s team captain Jessica Smith placed first and senior Angela Shaw second. The Clan men finished fourth overall on the 8km course.
  • In Monmouth OR, the Clan football team lost 48-25 to the Western Oregon University Wolves, who put up 684 yards of offence.  The loss put SFU at 0-3 on the season, and 0-2 in GNAC conference play.
  • SFU’s women’s volleyball team fell 3-0 in straight sets to the St. Martin’s University Saints of Lacey WA, and dropped to 0-9 (0-5 GNAC) on the season.

  •, a website of the seafood industry, looked at the extraordinary run of 34 million sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.  “Simon Fraser University Professor Randall Peterman (said): ‘This year, productivity levels returned to about seven adults per spawner. That's a dramatic turnaround, but one point does not make a trend.’” Full story:
  • Meanwhile, the Seattle news website carried a related article by Peter Ladner, former Vancouver councillor and a fellow at SFU Dialogue. “While we may not know what causes particular fisheries to collapse and return, the bigger, darker planetary picture is quite clear: We're down to catching the last 10 percent of wild fish left on our planet. ” Full story:
  • The Globe and Mail featured developer Ryan Beedie, SFU Business grad: “For me much of the motivation to make money is to give it away. Dad has a foundation but I think it should be much larger and we should do way more.” (The foundation supported the new home field of the Clan women’s softball team.)  Full story:
  • Also in the Globe and Mail, a regular feature on investors starred 2009 SFU Criminology grad Arjun Rudra: “Empower yourself by reading as much as you possibly can. You will not only have a firmer grasp of your financial situation but also be able to ask better questions of your financial adviser." Full story
  • Media by the mass covered 30th anniversary Terry Fox run events that drew hundreds of thousands of people, adding to the $500 million raised in his name for cancer research.  Many stories noted that Fox was a kinesiology student at SFU. Among the stories, this one in the Toronto Star:


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