March 9, 2006

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Feenberg to speak about French posters

As part of the SFU library's special collections series Share the Enthusiasm, Andrew Feenberg, Canada Research Chair in the school of communication, will speak about collecting posters, newsletters, leaflets and other materials related to the May 1968 Paris uprising. The posters from this month-long uprising are considered to be among the best graphic works associated with a social movement.

Feenberg will speak on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue, strategy room 320 at 580 W. Hastings St. Admission is free but reservations are required. Call 604-291-4658 or email

Research collaboration encouraged

The president and VP-academic and VP-research are hosting a series of social events to encourage and facilitate research collaboration across disciplines. Following the meetings held on SFU's strategic research plan, these events are an opportunity for faculty members to meet with university administration over a buffet dinner to discuss research interests and areas of potential collaboration. The first dinner was held in February at the Burnaby campus. The next one is March 20 at the Joseph and Rosalie Segal centre, SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. For more information contact the office of the VP-research at 604-291-4152, or email

Nominations sought for awards

The B.C. innovation awards in technology honour B.C. public post-secondary individuals who test, implement and use educational technologies to enhance teaching, learning, or who provide greater service and support to students, faculty, staff and administrators. The deadline for nominations for the 2006 awards is March 31. For more information visit

President's lecture on prejudice

What does it mean to say that someone is prejudiced? Examining how the self - our often unconscious sense of who we are - contributes to prejudice provides novel insights into why discrimination continues even as most people claim not to hold negative attitudes about other groups. It may also point to new solutions to the problems of prejudice. Professor of psychology Stephen Wright, a Canada Research Chair in social psychology, will address this topic during his lecture Prejudice: Finding the Roots of Discrimination in Our Thoughts about Ourselves for the President's lecture series on March 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the Halpern centre at the SFU Burnaby campus. For more information call 604-291-4910.

Symposium slated on social citizenship

A symposium exploring social citizenship and justice in Canada will include panel discussions about psychiatry and the legacy of exclusion and advocacy and the struggle for inclusion. Sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities at SFU, the symposium takes place on March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Halpern centre on the Burnaby campus. Contact or call 604-291-5855.

Senate approves private college

Senate has approved a proposal to enter into an agreement with Australia's IBT Education Ltd. to create a private preparatory college for international students adjacent to the Burnaby campus. The decision is subject to board of governors approval on Mar. 23. "This gives us one more resource to support our international student recruitment efforts," says Nello Angerilli, acting associate VP-students and international. The new facility, Fraser International College, will open in September with approximately 120 students, expanding to 1,000 students within five years and eventually 2,000 students. The college will be a wholly owned subsidiary of IBT and will have its own local management.

Tech savvy for the layman

Interested in discovering more about leading edge technology in the research and higher education community? Attend BCNET's 6th annual advanced networks conference called Converging Minds: Tools for Innovative Solutions, Apr. 25 and 26 at SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre. Not just for techies, this year's conference incorporates a series of speaking tracks and interactive workshops offering something for everyone, from the technologically savvy to the average layman. With more than 50 presentations to choose from, a stellar lineup of technology experts, researchers, educators as well as corporate executives will address some of the top information technology topics on campuses today and will present new and innovative technology ideas for enhancing research and education projects.

Whether you are interested in how the classroom environment is changing as a result of emerging learning technologies, how higher education institutions are protecting critical computing infrastructure or how scientists are using high-performance computing to investigate our world, mark your calendar. For more information visit

Bailey named acting football coach

SFU's recreation and athletics department relieved Clan head football coach Chris Beaton of his duties Feb. 22, following the team's first winless season (0-7-0 and 1 overtime loss) in its 40-year history. Offensive coordinator Terry Bailey, a former Clan running back who played several seasons with the Canadian Football League B.C. Lions, will serve as acting head coach while the department looks for a new coach. Recreation and athletics director Wilf Wedmann says Beaton's replacement was "an extremely difficult decision," citing the 59-year-old coach's long history with the Clan and his dedication to the program.

But he says the football team's lackluster performance over the past five years indicated that it was time for a change. During his 23-year career as head coach, Beaton recorded 85 wins and 131 losses. The Clan missed the playoffs in three of the last four years since joining the Canada West University Athletics Association. Before that the team competed in the U.S.-based National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Scholarship honours Borden

In honour of SFU professor emeritus of biology John Borden and his contributions in the field of forest pest ecology, the Entomological Society of Canada is offering a new post-graduate scholarship of $1,000 to assist students in post-graduate programs who are studying integrated pest management with an entomological emphasis. For information visit


A Media Bytes item which ran in the Feb. 23 issue of SFU News attributed incorrect comments to Stephen McBride, director of the centre for global political economy at SFU. The original item was taken from The Manitoban, in a report on his opening address at the 22nd annual political studies student conference entitled The State of the State. McBride said that early globalization theorists had predicted the demise of the nation state but that these notions had been greeted skeptically by many.

"The skeptics won the argument," he said, but there was now a danger of overlooking the less dramatic ways in which the state has changed. Many formerly national functions and decision-making processes were now internationalized and even privatized and, as the example of the predominantly private arbitration processes written into some international agreements show, states have very little ability to correct bad decisions.

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