February 23, 2006

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Fattah named VP of criminology society
The board of directors of the International Society of Criminology recently elected Ezzat Fattah, its vice-president. Fattah is founder of SFU's school of criminology and professor emeritus. The society is officially recognized internationally as a non-governmental organization (NGO) and enjoys a consultant status with the United Nations, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. It is devoted to promoting the discipline of criminology and to disseminating criminological scientific knowledge through world congresses, international courses and the publication of the International Annals of Criminology.

Two students honoured for service
Students Erin MacLeod and Jen Neufeldt have been inducted into the student leadership society for outstanding community service, particularly their development of an entertaining new SFU Burnaby tour program for students during fall orientation. Taking their cue from the popular reality show The Amazing Race, MacLeod, a fifth-year history and psychology major, and Neufeld, a third-year communications student, created an interactive two-day event entitled The Amazing Tour.

The pair devoted months of volunteer hours to devise the tour and plan a route encompassing a variety of elaborate roadblocks and challenges. They handled all the logistics for the first tour, including equipment purchases, volunteer recruitment and training. They were also responsible for the overall management of the event, from the supervision of volunteers to overseeing the setup and take-down of the various stations. A brainchild of the student development and programming centre, the student leadership society recognizes students each month who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, programming or other significant contributions to the SFU community.

UniverCity open house slated for March
SFU Community Trust invites you to an open house at Halpern centre on March 9 from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Learn about upcoming development projects at UniverCity, including plans for the University Slopes and West Highlands neighbourhoods, Town Centre parkade, and the development of Lots 7 and 8 (next to Novo Two) by Polygon Homes.

Open forum on academic structure
The new faculty structure task force will host an open forum on Feb. 27, to discuss the advantages and challenges of the university's academic structure. Does the current structure best reflect the qualities and strengths that SFU needs to effectively and visibly advance its strategic goals? Join the discussion in room 126, Halpern centre from 2 p.m. -4 p.m.

Facilitator joins talks
The provincial government has appointed a neutral facilitator to help resolve the outstanding issues in the contract negotiations between the university and the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU).
“The university and the TSSU have been negotiating a new collective agreement for some time,” says Bruce Anderson, executive director of human resources and safety in the department of human resources.

“The bargaining issues have an added complexity as the English-as-a-second-language instructors and interpreters in continuing studies certified and joined the TSSU bargaining unit. A full set of terms and conditions of employment must be negotiated for this group. The parties have exchanged a significant number of bargaining proposals and significant headway has been made, although there are a number of outstanding items that require resolution.” The facilitator, Judy Korbin, joined negotiations during the week of Feb. 20.

Forum to discuss international students
A plan for Simon Fraser University to enter into an affiliation with an Australian company to recruit and educate international students was recently withdrawn from senate to accommodate further consultation. The university community is invited to participate in further discussions, not only about the proposed agreement but also on the broader topic of strategies to recruit and retain international students. An open forum Feb. 23, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. in AQ 3149 will also be videotaped and available online at

Lectures focus on Vancouver's future
The population of Greater Vancouver is expected to double to almost four million people by 2050. How will the region accommodate that growth? How will housing, land use, jobs and transport be designed, delivered and distributed? These are some of the issues that will be addressed during a series of three free lectures hosted at SFU Surrey by the SFU city program and SFU Surrey in partnership with UBC's design centre for sustainability and the Fraser Basin council.

The lectures - on Feb. 23, Mar. 2 and Mar. 6 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. - are part of the Sustainability by Design (SxD) project, which aims to demonstrate what Greater Vancouver could look like in 2050 if innovative urban design principles were applied across the region. To reserve seating (pre-registration is required), e-mail or call 604-488-5352. For more information and a map go to

Business students analyse gun registry
University business students from across Canada gathered at SFU's Segal graduate school of business on Feb.18 to present their case for improving Canada's beleaguered national gun registry. The discussion was part of CaseIT 2006, the only undergraduate business case competition in western Canada focused exclusively on management information systems (MIS). The competition is an annual event offered by the SFU business faculty and organized by undergraduate students in the MIS association at SFU. Event sponsors included WorkSafe B.C., the CIO Association of B.C., Accenture and Pacific Blue Cross.

Student teams developed presentations and presented their thoughts to a judging panel of 10 industry professionals. Three teams from University of Calgary, Queen's University and Royal Roads University participated in the final lightning round featuring a session of questions from judges.
The winning team, from the University of Calgary, suggested a privatization solution.

Choreographer presents free lecture
SFU's school for the contemporary arts is presenting a free public lecture by internationally acclaimed Montreal choreographer and artistic director Hélene Blackburn on Feb. 23 at the Dance Centre in Vancouver. Blackburn is the school's third annual Iris Garland fund visiting artist. She began her career in 1983 as dancer and choreographer after ballet classes, followed by training at the Linda Rabin studios and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Between 1983 and 1989, while dancing with the late Jean-Pierre Perreault's celebrated company, she choreographed her first works amid Quebec's vibrant new dance scene. In 1989 she founded her own company, Cas public. Blackburn's repertoire has firmly established her company's international reputation. An outspoken cultural advocate, Blackburn is a frequent guest artist and instructor with major dance companies and teaching centres throughout Canada and Europe. She received the Canada Council's Jacqueline Lemieux Prize in 1990 and the North American Choreography Award in 1999. Her lecture is on the 4th floor of the Dance Centre, at 677 Davie St., from 7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. For more information call 604-291-3363 or email

Funding for fellowships announced
The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) announced funding for three post-doctoral fellowships for recent PhD graduates in health sciences who enroll in SFU's biotech MBA program at the Segal graduate school of business.One of only four Canadian universities to be awarded these prestigious fellowships, the SFU biotech MBA, offered as both a full-time or part-time program, delves into the complexities of the ethical, regulatory and business development issues in the biotechnology industry.The fellowships are intended to encourage these scientists to learn more about how to commercialize health research. The CIHR program's longterm goal is to develop a group of scientifically knowledgeable entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

“SFU's biotechnology MBA has been a resounding success for our students, many of whom have gone on to leadership positions in the biotechnology community,” says Ernie Love, dean of SFU business. “This CIHR funding award is recognition of the quality and applicability of our programs.” Three separate CIHR fellowships are available, covering full tuition plus an annual salary of $20,000 a year for full-time students or $10,000 a year for part-time students. For more information about the CIHR fellowships, contact Gordon Rein: or visit

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