Mar 20, 2003

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Chong wins Gzowksi award
Fourth-year communication student Tiffany Chong, is one of the first four students to receive a CBC Radio Peter Gzowski internship. Chong has an extensive background in radio communications and social and environmental issues. The internships, established in honour of the late CBC radio personality Peter Gzowski, offer training and broadcast opportunities to eligible final-year students in four participating universities across Canada, including McGill University, Trent University, Memorial University and Simon Fraser University. Gzowski interns will receive a week of training in the basics of radio production in the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. The remainder of the internship is spent in a different location.

Patton, Emberly take up research chairs
A leading U.S. writer on HIV/AIDS and an award winning doctoral graduate of Simon Fraser University are the university's latest Canada Research Chair appointees. Cynthia Patton, who specializes in developing new multi-disciplinary approaches to health-related social science research, will take up her associate professorship in sociology at SFU this May. A pioneer in a new field called the social study of medicine, Patton is coming from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She will hold a Canada Research Chair in community, culture and health.

Eldon Emberly, a 1999 doctoral graduate in physics at SFU, is returning from a postdoctoral fellowship at Rockefeller University in New York. The recipient of two premier national doctoral prizes, Emberly is already internationally known for his pioneering research in understanding molecular electronics at the nanoscale from a theoretical perspective. Nanotechnology involves fabricating devices and systems out of single molecules. Emberly will be an assistant professor in physics and take up his Canada Research Chair in materials and structural biology at SFU in January 2004.

Nunnikhoven co-op student of the year
March 17 to 21 is national co-op education week across Canada, and SFU communication student Jane Nunnikhoven has been named the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education's co-op student of the year. Nunnikhoven beat more than 74,000 eligible students from 85 schools for the honour, which recognizes excellence in job performance and academic achievement, as well as contributions to employers, co-op education, and the community at large. Nunnikhoven, a summit scholar and International Association of Business Communicators student of the year award winner, was nominated for her work at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. During her co-op term last year, she served as director of the organizations's United Way campaign, and doubled donations to $16,000. She later applied her skills and experience as part of a new job development team at SFU co-op.

Surrey advisory council set
Simon Fraser University has established an advisory council for its Surrey campus. The council, which includes business and community leaders from the Fraser Valley, had its inaugural meeting in late February. SFU President Michael Stevenson told the council that the university has an important role to play in the growth and development of higher education in the region. Population pressures will mean a need for an additional 10,000 university and college spaces in the next 10 years, he said, and the new SFU Surrey campus hopes to accommodate over half of that demand. “By expanding the programs we offer at our Surrey campus, and finding new permanent facilities, we can expand educational opportunities in the region,” said Stevenson. “The advisory council will play a crucial part in helping us determine what programs and services will best fit the needs of the Fraser Valley community.”

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