May 01, 2003

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Engineers take prizes
SFU engineering science students won more than half of the communication awards at the annual ASI Exchange, organized by the Advanced Systems Institute of B.C. The $500 awards were sponsored by Sprint Canada. SFU students exhibited more than 40 displays at the exchange, which showcased the latest academic and industrial innovations in advanced technology and attracted an audience of 3,000. Of the 15 available graduate awards, SFU graduate students won eight, while SFU undergraduates were the only winners in the undergraduate category. The awards recognize the students' outstanding talent for communicating their research.

Andolfatto, Harris study globalization
Economics professors David Andolfatto and Richard Harris will participate in a $3 million study examining globalization and Canadian markets. Funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) initiative on the new economy, the multi-university study will explore how globalization and technology have changed the nature of Canada's economy. Harris will direct the globalization component which involves six researchers at four universities who will examine how economic growth affects alternative exchange regimes, ranging from complete monetary integration such as the European Union to purely floating exchange rates. Assistant economics professor Andolfatto will study the impact of technological change on the money banking and payments system, exploring the implications this might have for the conduct of monetary policy and nominal exchange rates.

Mondor breaks record
One second made all the difference for Canadian running star Emilie Mondor at the Carlsbad 5,000 elite running road race in Carlsbad, California on April 13. Mondor, an SFU biology student who now runs professionally for Adidas, surpassed the Canadian record of 15:20 set by runner Lynn Williams in 1989. At the time it was also a world record. Mondor's time of 15:19 placed her in sixth spot in the competition. Mondor recently signed a deal with Adidas, ending her involvement with the Clan track team.

Tentative agreement reached
The university and the Poly Party reached a negotiated tentative agreement on April 23. On April 16, the university and CUPE 3338 received the recommendations of industrial inquiry commissioner Mark Brown. Brown had been appointed by the minister of labour to inquire into, and make recommendations in the labour dispute between CUPE and the university. The tentative agreement with Poly Party and the recommendations for CUPE 3338 are subject to the ratification of members of each bargaining unit and the approval of the employee relations committee of the board of governors.

New numbers for Surrey
The four-digit dialing convenience enjoyed at SFU's Burnaby and Harbour Centre campuses has now arrived in Surrey. All numbers at the Surrey campus now begin with 268. Only the four-digit extension will be needed when calling from the other SFU campuses. The new Surrey numbers can be found on the web at A supplement to the phone book with the new numbers will be distributed in the near future.

SFU News begins summer publication
SFU News did not publish on April 3 because of a labour dispute. This issue is the first of the regularly scheduled editions for the summer semester.

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