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vol. 24, no. 2

Artist-in-residence program set
A new artists-in-residence program, funded jointly by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Research Council, will provide fellowships for artists to undertake research in any of the NRC research institutes across Canada. The new fellowships, worth $75,000 a year for two years, will encourage collaboration and knowledge transfer between artists and scientific or engineering researchers. The research need not necessarily result in the completion of a work of art. The fellowships help bring together new ideas and methods and promote the discovery of innovative research applications and tools. Two fellowhips will be awarded in the fall of 2002. For information and application forms, visit their website or call 1-800-263-5588.


Stenger to speak in June
The lab bench is his pulpit. The success of science, not religion, is his message. Victor Stenger, a physicist, philosopher, popular writer and skeptic will deliver his message at a free public lecture at a meeting of the B.C. Skeptics society in June. A professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii, Stenger is currently a visiting fellow in philosophy at the University of Colorado. As a physicist, Stenger's studies of matter contributed to the current standard model of elementary particles and forces, and fundamental laws in nature.

As an author and lecturer, Stenger is internationally known for his research questioning the validity of religious beliefs, alternative therapies and mysticism.

Stenger's upcoming lecture, Has Science Found God? The Latest Results in the Search for Purpose in the Universe, is based on his book of the same name, to be published by Prometheus Books in October 2002.

His lecture takes place on June 4 at 7:30 p.m., at the multi-purpose complex 7618, at the Burnaby campus.


Students win international grant
Two SFU students are among the 20 winners of the Canadian Bureau for International Education's international learning grants. Samantha Lauson, a third year biological sciences student, and Christy Sawatzky, a fourth year education student, received $2,500 each to help finance their studies abroad. Lauson is enrolled at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia until December; Sawatzky begins a term at the University of West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad this fall.

The awards recognize outstanding volunteerism, leadership, and academic achievement, and aims “to allow students to benefit from the many short and long-term advantages that international learning brings,” says CBIE board member and McGill University principal and vice-chancellor Bernard Shapiro.


Recipes wanted
Send us your best: Be it spicy mac cheese, bongo-bongo soup, a subtle sablé or a spectacular Sacher torte. This is a case of wanting many cooks in the kitchen to help put together the first Simon Fraser University cookbook. The Best of SFU: Recipes for Life, (with proceeds to the United Way) will feature foods from a lifetime, but as the organizing committee notes, the title leaves room for future editions with other sub-plots.

To submit a recipe, go to the web site and fill in the template. There is no limit on the number of recipes an individual may submit. Deadline for submission is June 7. Cookbooks ($10 for advance orders; $12 after publication) will be available at the SFU bookstore in the early fall.

For more information contact aberle@sfu.ca (Kathryn Aberle) (Burnaby) or fiona@sfu.ca (Fiona Burrows) (Harbour Centre) Anyone wishing to help with this SFU United Way project contact jamieson@sfu.ca (Susan Jamieson-McLarnon).















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