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MITACS aids Quebec science show
One of the national centres of excellence in research based at SFU, the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex systems (MITACS), is helping two Quebec institutions mount a major science show. Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City, Université Laval and MITACS are proposing <span style="font-style: italic;">Science Exhibition</span> 2009 to showcase cutting edge science that is paving the way for future inventions. MITACS is soliciting ideas for what kind of cutting edge science should be showcased. The main criteria for selection will be the novelty of science, relevance of its possible applications, interactive character of the proposal, and the potential to reach out to and excite young people. The contributors of selected proposals may be invited to help develop the exhibit, but they won't be obliged to, A willingness to participate is not a selection criterion. However, the contributors of selected ideas will be recognized. For more information and to send in ideas see: <a href="http://www.mitacs.ca/goto/scientificexhibition2009/">www.mitacs.ca/goto/scientificexhibition2009/</a>.<br><br>

Good year for Bennett library
It has been a very good year for the W.A.C. Bennett library special collections and rare books, with more than $800,000 of gifts-in-kind received during the last fiscal year, which ended March 31. That's an increase of well over $200,000 more than any previous year. New additions over the year included bp Nicol's poetry library, an HIV/AIDS philatelic collection, Doukhobor material that includes books and periodicals, the works of several editorial cartoonists, music, collections of books in Persian and Chinese, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association archives and much more. <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;">Eric Swanick</span>, special collections librarian, hopes to expand the collection's resources with more collections that have a B.C. focus in the areas of literature and publishing, as well as environmental, social, political and multicultural resources. He's also interested in materials for the contemporary literature collection and materials dealing with the history of the book. “I'd like to thank all donors who have so generously contributed these additional academic and research resources,” he says. “They all assist further research and studies.” To donate to special collections, contact Swanick at eswanick@sfu.ca or call 604-291-4626. <br>

New name for occupational health
The department of occupational health and safety has changed its name to environmental health and safety (EHS) but will continue with its mandate to provide safety, environmental and emergency preparedness services to faculty, staff, students and visitors. “The term ‘occupational' created the perception that the mandate was limited to SFU employees,” says <span style="font-weight: bold;">Apollonia Cifarelli,</span> director of EHS. She says the new name also better reflects SFU's commitment to safety and emergency preparedness. Watch for a new EHS web site in the fall. <br><br>

Zander wins international award
Kinesiology PhD graduand <span style="font-weight: bold;">Joanna Zander</span> is the winner of the International Ergonomics Association's K.U. Smith student award for best student contribution to ergonomics/human factors. Zander won for her paper, <span style="font-style: italic;">Development and Evaluation of Ergonomic Design Guidelines for Underwater Displays</span>, which assessed existing diving computer display monitors such as those used in head-mounted or wrist-mounted underwater computers. Zander's research, conducted on contract for the Canadian department of National Defence as part of her job with Shearwater Human Engineering, assessed divers' requirements, compared existing displays, and made recommendations for display features such as font sizes, colours and contrasts. Based on her research, she designed a display and had the prototype made and tested. She's hopeful that it will be manufactured.  <br><br>











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