Mar 07, 2002

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High-tech exchange set
More than 3,000 players in B.C.'s high-tech community will gather on March 12 at the Plaza of Nations for the Advanced Systems Institute exchange 2002. Now in its eleventh year, the exchange has grown from a spring presentation day for graduate students to a free event where academic researchers, industry members, support organizations, and investors gather to present their ideas, new technologies, prototypes, products and services.

For SFU graduate and undergraduate students, it's an opportunity to showcase research ideas in a poster presentation, or interactive display, and to get expert feedback. For more information:

Computing centre open house in March
SFU's centre for scientific computing (CSC) will showcase the extent to which scientific computation, applied mathematics and mathematical modeling drive today's technological advancements, at an upcoming open house. The event, March 22 at SFU's Halpern centre, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., is to mark the first anniversary of the CSC's birth to foster interdisciplinary collaboration on research involving computational and applied mathematics. The centre's members also pursue joint research with industry, government and laboratories.

To date, 60 faculty members from 14 departments are involved in CSC research and educational activities. CSC members will present six 15-minute talks on topics ranging from the use of math modeling in understanding weather patterns to the importance of computational techniques in studying computer network traffic. A reception (4:30 p.m.-7 p.m.) will follow the talks. Call Fuyuko Kitazawa, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, for more information: 604-291-3035.

Underhill nominated for Juno award
Nationally acclaimed conductor and composer Owen Underhill is up for a Juno award this year. The SFU professor and former director of the university's school for the contemporary arts is competing against four other composers for best classical composition. Underhill's composition Love Songs from his first solo CD, Celestial Machine, is in the running. Globe and Mail newspaper critic Robert Everett-Green once called Celestial Machine “a beautiful disc, from one of the most thoughtful and effective West Coast composers.” The CD was released by Artifact Music about a year and half ago. This year's Juno awards ceremony, which honours the Canadian music industry's best artists, takes place in St. John's, Newfoundland on April 14.

Nominations sought for associate VP
The search committee for an associate VP-policy, equity and legal, is looking for nominations and applications for the position. The associate VP will serve as the university's senior advisor on policy, equity and legal issues, contributing to the university's strategic decision-making, coordinating the university's employment equity program and being responsible for executive management of the university's legal affairs.

The incumbent provides advice to the university community on issues of policy, legal services, legal education and training, risk prevention and internal dispute resolution. In addition, he/she is responsible for negotiations with the faculty association. More information about the position is available here. Click on news and information.

Nominations and applications should be directed to the chair of the search committee, President Michael Stevenson, by March 12. The search is limited to internal candidates. The appointment will commence Sept. 1.

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