April 01, 2004

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Nomination call for service awards
It's time to consider nominating worthy SFU staff, faculty and students for the 2004 service awards. These include the $500 CD Nelson memorial prize and the $5,000 B.C. Sugar achievement award. For more information on prizes or terms of reference, call 504-291-4356. Nominations must be sent to Charlotte French in student academic resources by April 15.

Film retrospective
The Pacific Cinematheque will host a six-night retrospective of local filmmaker and SFU alumna Ann Marie Fleming's work from April 23-25 and April 29-May 1. Since 1987 Fleming has created more than 20 short, feature documentary and animated films, many of them award winners. Her blend of irony, pathos and humour in exploring themes such as family, interpersonal relationships and male violence have garnered her ample media praise.

Fleming's recently released award-winners, such as The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam and Blue Skies, will be among the special nightly screenings of her work. For more information go to

Gamelan concert set for spring
For the first time, Indonesian and African music will come together on stage in a gamelan concert that is a yearly spring ritual at SFU. Students from the school for the contemporary arts and members of the Vancouver community gamelan society, under the direction of SFU music instructor Sutrisno Hartana, will perform at the SFU theatre on April 6 at 3 p.m. During the second half of the performance, Willie Anku and his ensemble of African drums will join Hartana on stage. A visiting professor at SFU this semester, Anku is an expert on African music and culture and a performer. He is associated with SFU through its school for the contemporary arts' West African music, dance and culture field school.

Encased in an ornate wooden frame, a gamelan is a low-to-the ground ensemble of mostly bronze percussion instruments. Flutes, bowed and plucked strings, singers and a wooden keyed instrument, similar to a xylophone, augment the visually and sonically unified orchestra. Hartana, originally from Indonesia, is one of the country's most accomplished gamelan musicians.

Scientists benefit from WestGrid
Scientists from across Alberta and B.C. can now access a $48 million computing complex that enables them to do advanced research based on sophisticated computations and multi-media collaborations. Three major supercomputing installations at UBC/TRIUMF, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary and a large storage facility at SFU make up the high performance computing complex, known as WestGrid.

The creators of the system, including SFU, put it through its final beta test in March. “We now have in B.C. and Alberta one of the most advanced computing environments for research available anywhere in the world,” says Michael Vetterli, a SFU physicist and one of the five WestGrid project leaders. The grid-enabled infrastructure will support advanced research in many disciplines, typically using large amounts of computational data, such as medical research, subatomic physics and astronomy. WestGrid is partially funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. For more information go to:

Library review begins
The SFU Library's external review will get under way April 6-8, with external examiners appraising all aspects of the library's services, including collections, services, systems, facilities, management, staffing and budgets. The external review team welcomes feedback from the SFU community via open forums or via email to Open forum dates can be found in Dateline in this issue.

Children's track program set
Lower Mainland students from grades 3-8 can learn more about the sport of track and field by participating in a series of mini track and field meets at SFU in April. The series is organized by Clan track and field varsity athletes and coaches, who provide children with special instruction in performing the different disciplines. The event allows those with little or no experience to test the sport in a fun and relaxed environment. The meets are scheduled for April 7 and 21 from 4:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Children can sign up in their age group for one or all of the events, including the 100 metre, 400m and 800m races, the long jump, shot put or 4x100 metre relay race. Registration is $3 in advance, $4 on the day of the events. For more information contact Brit Townsend, track and field coach, at

Lecturers imagine the future
Imagine a future where your fridge, your sofa or even your clothes are aware of their environment and can interact with you. Where robots compete with humans in soccer's World Cup. Where your identity online is as real as your physical identity. Faculty members in the school of interactive arts and technology at SFU Surrey have been imagining this future and will share their vision with the public in a free public lecture series that addresses how technology impacts people's lives.

Lecture topics include:
When the World Talks Back: Exploring the Future of Interactive Products with Jim Budd (April 17 at 10:30 a.m.),

RoboCup: 21st Century Robotics and Artificial Intelligence with Vadim Kyrylov (April 29 at 7 p.m.),

Augmenting Reality: Exploring the Future Museum Now with Ron Wakkary (May 15 at 10:30 a.m.) and

The Age of Virtuality: The Future of Identity, Community and Ownership with Steve DiPaolo (May 27 at 7 p.m.).

All lectures will be held at the Surrey campus. For more information about the individual topics, visit, call 604-291-5096 or email to reserve a seat.

$1 million for business research
Most attempts to initiate strategic change in organizations fail. That's why CMA Canada, the national organization of certified management accountants, is providing $1 million to fund the CMA Canada centre for strategic change and performance measurement. The business research centre, one of six to be established at SFU's new Segal graduate school of business, will pursue research into strategic change and its execution; strategic performance measurement; and leadership and change management.

“The centre's mandate is to generate and disseminate new knowledge about best practices and to offer advanced management training programs around these themes,” says Ernie Love, dean of SFU business.

Student art work displayed
The works of 15 graduating fine arts students are on display on April 15, from 6 p.m. -10 p.m. at Alexander Centre, #330 - 611 Alexander St., in Vancouver. The show continues until May 2, opening from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information call 604-781-9033 or email

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