March 04, 2004

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Basketball teams update
The UBC Thunderbirds stunned a near-capacity crowd on Feb. 27 on Burnaby Mountain, by upsetting the SFU Clan 78-73 in overtime and claim the best-of-three Canada West Pacific Division Final in two straight games. The disappointing loss came after the Clan earned home court advantage, after finishing first in the Pacific division, and playing before one of the largest crowds to watch a game at the Chancellor gym. Meanwhile, the Clan women's basketball team delivered a victory Feb. 28 against the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) number three ranked University of Winnipeg 78-65 in the bronze medal match of the Canada West final four to head into the CIS national championships on the winning track. Championship play goes March 11-14 in Winnipeg.

Clinical psychology celebrates 25 years
The 25th anniversary of SFU's clinical psychology program has a special meaning for Marilyn Bowman. The psychology professor was invited 25 years ago to come from Queens University to create a PhD program in clinical psychology. She recently returned to the helm and will retire next year. “For me, this celebration feels like coming full circle,” says Bowman, noting that the program has graduated 116 PhD students, with many working in clinical practice internationally, including New Zealand and Norway.

Currently, 71 are registered for practice in B.C., including the province's registrar of the college of psychologists, Andrea Kowaz, and most of her senior staff. Two have made academic reputations elsewhere and have returned to the program, including Marlene Moretti and newly appointed Kevin Douglas. Professor Ron Roesch served as director for much of the program's duration. Rene Weideman was recently hired as director of the program's training clinic.

Documentary wins award
The criticallyacclaimed documentary film, The Corporation, which is seeing long lineups at theatres, was produced by SFU contemporary arts alumnus ('96) Bart Simpson and Mark Achbar. The film also just won the Sundance film festival's Audience World Cinema award in the documentary category. The award is given to an international documentary film based on voting by film festival audiences. “I don't think one of our graduates could ever win a more prestigious award than Sundance,” says Rob Groeneboer, senior lecturer in the school for the contemporary arts.

Lottery set for tickets
Simon Fraser University will hold a special convocation at Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral on April 20 to confer honorary degrees on the Dalai Lama, Shirin Ebadi, Vaclav Havel and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A number of seats have been reserved for faculty, staff, students and alumni. These will be assigned by lottery. To access the special convocation lottery go to Students can win tickets to the roundtable dialogue by going to dalailamavancouver.

Nobel winner set to speak
There's still time to book a seat to hear 2003 Nobel physics prize winner Anthony Leggett speak about his research on March 11 at Harbour Centre. One of six speakers for the free SFU public lecture series Nobels and Other Prizes, Leggett will give a modified version of the lecture he delivered at the Nobel prize ceremony in Stockholm. To reserve a seat, call continuing studies at 604-291-5100 or email cs_hc/

Love named chair of non-profit
Ernie Love, dean of SFU business, was recently elected chair of the board of the B.C. Ventures Society. This non-profit organization brings together the private sector, both levels of government and the post-secondary sector to operate the popular TELUS New Ventures B.C. competition. Now in its fourth year, the competition is designed to help early stage entrepreneurs acquire the business skills they need to get their technology business idea to market. The province-wide competition includes a unique mix of business education seminars, networking, mentoring and prize packages. The 2004 competition kicks off March 4 and again offers $120,000 in cash and prizes, including the BMO Bank of Montreal $60,000 first prize package. Last year's winner was SFU executive MBA student Matthew Janes. For more information and to register, visit new ventures.

Russians boost speed
University laboratories in Kursk, a city in the west of Russia, will get a boost in their network speed thanks to interactive arts and technology professor Vadim Kyrylov and his Russian colleague Alisher Gulamov. NATO has awarded Kyrylov and Gulamov a two-year $225,000 networking infrastructure grant for development of a joint inter-university information network with high-speed internet access.

Lack of high-speed internet connections is a bottleneck hampering research and learning in the four small universities located in Kursk, Kyrylov says. “I will be supervising the deployment of an upgraded computer network which will link the universities and connect them to the internet, while professor Gulamov will be directing the work in the place.” Kyrylov does research on complex systems modelling and simulation and teaches courses in computer simulation, computer security and software. He came to British Columbia in 1999 after 21 years as a professor and researcher in the former Soviet Union.

Nicholls new director of budgeting
Seven years as director of strategic planning and analysis at the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa have amply prepared Glynn Nicholls to take on a new SFU administrative position as director of academic planning and budgeting. “The idea is to integrate the academic planning with the financial side of administration so that there is a continuous flow from plans to budgets,” says Nicholls. “Hopefully that will increase the understanding and communication regarding the development of the university.” Nicholls emigrated to Canada two years ago and spent time in Toronto as a management and business consultant before arriving at SFU in February. After enduring two particularly cold Toronto winters, he is happy to be in B.C. “At least you don't have to shovel rain,” he says.

Council considers shift
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is considering a major shift in its purpose and identity. SFU is actively participating in the process, as the organization seeks to transform itself from a granting council to a knowledge council. The SSHRC transformation consultation steering committee at SFU is facilitating the discussion between SSHRC and the university community. The committee is working to tight deadlines and has set its first university-wide open forum/working lunch for March 5, at noon in the Belcarra room at the Diamond University Centre. Attendees can respond to a series of questions posed by SSHRC, focusing on the pros and cons of change, how a new vision fits with SFU's views of strengthening human sciences research and training, as well as participate in a general discussion. For more information on the process check SSHRC. Contact Christa Ovenell at 604-291-6818, or

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