February 19, 2004

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Nominations open for science awards
It's time to nominate a favourite scientific achiever for the 2004 Innovation and Science Council awards. These recognize outstanding achievements from B.C scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, industrial innovators and science communicators. Nominees should be those whose work is clearly distinguished by its high calibre and broad importance. For details on categories, nomination forms and submission guidelines, visit Deadline for nominations is April 30.

McClaren honoured for excellence
There's more than a little irony in the fact that Mother Nature recently prevented SFU education professor emeritus Milt McClaren from personally accepting an award recognizing his significant contributions to post-secondary environmental education in North America. With last fall's forest fires raging dangerously close to McClaren's Kelowna, B.C. home, he was unable to leave his watch to attend the awards ceremony at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Environmental Education and Communications held on Prince Edward Island. The award honours “a career's worth of service dedicated to excellence,” but that career appears far from over. McClaren remains active in environmental education, teaching and supervising graduate students at SFU, and also in the new masters of arts in environmental education and communications program at Royal Roads University.

Bee industry recognizes Winston
Mark Winston's world-renowned bee research, as well as his considerable contributions to the world of beekeeping, were recognized recently with the Canadian Honey Council's Fred Rathje memorial award. The annual award recognizes a significant positive contribution of innovative, creative and effective effort for the betterment of Canada's bee industry during the past year.

Winston, a professor of biology at SFU and a fellow of the Morris Wosk centre for dialogue, did much of the work to establish the Canadian Bee Research fund and spent several years promoting the fund and encouraging donations. In addition to his research and teaching, he has supported the Canadian beekeeping industry through his academic and popular publications, his public speaking and his work with the Canadian Honey Council and the Canadian government.

Workshop set on organizational change
Change is necessary for organizations to prosper and grow, but the process can be stressful, costly and ineffective. A workshop on March 4 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Diamond University Centre for SFU staff will focus on how to cope with imposed change and why change is important. It will also identify individual strengths and stresses in dealing with change and lay out guidelines for dealing with the stages of change. The workshop will be led by instructor Gary Robinson of the management consulting firm E.M. Sciences Ltd., which specializes in assisting organizations with planning and development and team building. The one-day workshop is a combination of lecture, self-evaluation, case study and group discussion. To register visit, or call 604.291.4766.

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