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vol. 24, no. 4

Osborne named associate VP
After an internal search for a new associate vice-president, policy, equity and legal, the 11-person search committee unanimously recommended offering the position to the acting associate vice-president, Judith Osborne. Osborne, who holds a master of laws degree from UBC, came to SFU in 1981 as an instructor in the school of criminology. She was the school's associate director and an associate professor when she was appointed associate vice-president, academic in 1992, a position she held for nine years. She also served for three years as SFU's first harassment policy coordinator from 1989-1992.

For the past year, Osborne has been acting associate vice-president for policy, equity and legal issues. She contributes to SFU's strategic decisions, coordinates the employment equity program and is responsible for the executive management of all legal affairs. As well, she provides advice on issues of policy, legal services, legal education and training, risk prevention and internal dispute resolution. Osborne is also responsible for negotiations with the SFU Faculty Association.

The pipes, the pipes, are calling
Here's your chance to win a coveted SFU Pipe Band CD: just send us your best story idea and you'll be entered into a monthly draw for a copy of Down Under: Live at the Sydney Opera House. We want to hear about interesting research, intriguing hobbies, outstanding volunteerism - anything, in fact, that deserves some attention from the campus community. We can't guarantee we'll be able to use your suggestion, but we'll investigate any and all that we receive. Contact the editor at and be sure to include a daytime phone number.

New grants established
SFU researchers whose applications for grants through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) don't receive funding may be able to turn to a new funding source.

After last fall's competition, which resulted in a 50 per cent success rate by SFU applicants, another dozen applications were approved but not funded by SSHRC selection committees due to lack of funds.
These SFU researchers can now benefit from a new program being established at SFU to help further their research goals. The new Discovery Parks SSHRC research grants are worth up to $10,000 to be used towards research support. The grants are named after the research facility located below SFU on Burnaby Mountain.

Funding for the program comes from revenues generated through SFU's Discovery Park. The grants are conditional on the recipient indicating an intent to re-apply to SSHRC in either the 2002 or 2003 research grant competition, and agreeing to consult a grants facilitator during the preparation of the re-applications.

Thinking outside the box
Dramaturgs, literary managers, playwrights and members of the theatre community will converge at Simon Fraser University June 13 through June 16 to think outside the box. About 125 participants, most members of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), will challenge assumptions about new play development.

“The conference is dedicated to taking a critical look at the extent to which the theatre community takes a one-size-fits-all approach to play development,” says DD Kugler, an internationally recognized dramaturg. The associate professor in SFU's school for the contemporary arts is finishing a two-year term as the president of the 600-member LMDA. For conference details see:

Anderson granted $20,000
The Vancouver Foundation is providing a $20,000 research grant to criminology professor Gail Anderson. She will use the funds to advance her research into insect development rates under a variety of conditions. The research results will be used to establish physical evidence in criminal cases of poaching and animal neglect.

/b>Blaney honoured
Jack Blaney, SFU president emeritus and senior fellow of the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue, is a 2002 recipient of the Order of British Columbia. The award recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding British Columbians. Blaney became SFU's seventh president in 1997, stepping down in 2001. He pioneered the downtown SFU campus at Harbour Centre and gave special attention to the creation of the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue.

Brinkman joins genome project
SFU assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry Fiona Brinkman has a lead role in a major genomic project recently funded by Genome Canada. Genome Canada awarded the project $13.4 million. Brinkman is the research director of informatics for the project. It will determine which genes are activated by different pathogens and their hosts during different types of infections. She is coordinating all computational analysis of the data generated by the project, which involves researchers from the University of Saskatchewan, the University of British Columbia and the B.C. Cancer Agency. Brinkman says this project is expected to be more relevant and useful to understanding how disease-causing agents infect humans and animals than previous studies. In May, Brinkman was also named one of the world's top 100 young innovators. Her name appeared on a prestigious list published annually by Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's magazine on innovation.

Mitchell off to Ottawa
David Mitchell, VP-external relations, leaves SFU on June 30 to become vice-rector, university relations at the University of Ottawa. An SFU graduate, Mitchell says he will never completely leave SFU and will continue to be involved as an alumnus of the university. Warren Gill, associate vice-president Harbour Centre, is slated to become VP-university advancement for one year, pending approval from the board of governors. During the coming year, the university will review the activities of the external relations department and initiate a search for a permanent appointee.

Monger wins geology medal
The Geological Association of Canada has awarded its highest honour, the Logan Medal, to SFU adjunct earth sciences professor Jim Monger. The award recognizes Monger for his more than 40-year career as a research geoscientist with the Geological Survey of Canada and as a world leader in the application of plate tectonics to the evolution of mountain chains.

Monger has been an adjunct professor in the department of earth science since 1997, where he developed an undergraduate course which he has taught several times. He continues to collaborate on research projects with earth science faculty and researchers, as well as mentor students.

Oil moratorium studied
A three-member panel appointed by the provincial government has concluded that there is no scientific or technological basis for the current provincial and federal moratoria on offshore oil and gas development in B.C. Patricia Gallaugher, a fish physiologist and the director of the centre for coastal studies at SFU, is a panel member. In response to the panel's report, the province has granted the University of Northern British Columbia $2 million to do more research on offshore oil and gas exploration.

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