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vol. 24, no. 5

Just Ask Us
When you can't get to the library, let the library come to you with SFU's new Ask Us Live web-based reference and information service. Librarians from the Burnaby, Harbour Centre and Surrey campuses currently provide real-time online research assistance to students, faculty and staff from Monday to Friday, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m, with increased hours this fall. All you need to connect is a your library barcode, or your SFU computing ID and password. Check out Ask Us Live at or for more information, contact Elaine Fairey, head of reference, at or 604-291-3252.

Two more chairs named
A scientist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an economist from the University of Western Ontario are SFU's latest Canada Research Chair appointees. Carl Lowenberger, an internationally recognized expert on parasites and insect immunity, helped pioneer research in the U.S. on the innate immune response of disease carrying insects. Arthur Robson in Ontario is widely published on the subjects of game theory and the biological basis of economic behaviour. The appointments of Lowenberger and Robson bring to 11 the number Canada Research Chairs at SFU. The federally funded program aims to keep leading edge researchers in Canada and attract more. Universities across Canada nominate appointees to fill the chairs awarded them.

Accounting exemption
SFU business administration graduates with a concentration in accounting will now be exempt from writing part one of the certified management accountants (CMA) national entrance exam. SFU is the only university west of Saskatchewan to achieve CMA accreditation, recognizing that it offers all the courses covering the 18 syllabus topic areas that are tested in the CMA's national entrance exam. Grads have up to three years to qualify for exemption from part one of the exam.

Berggren elected society president
A SFU scholar who is well known for his lively speeches on ancient mathematics is the new president of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosphy of Mathematics (CSHPM). Len Berggren was elected at the society's annual meeting in Toronto in May. The 30-year-old society promotes research on the history of mathematics. Berggren's promotion of the subject led to him becoming a co-recipient of SFU's annual President's award for service in media and public relations in 2001. As the newly elected president of the CSHMP, Berggren wants to foster the society's ties with mathematicians and math educators. Berggren co-authored the first complete and reliable English translation of Ptolemy's Geography, a book about Alexandrian astronomer Claudius Ptolemy's map-making.

Volunteers wanted for CV test
If you'd like to help the Canadian granting agencies lighten the administrative burden of applying for their research grants, volunteer to test the new common curriculum vitae system. A collaborative project among 17 granting organizations, the on-line common system will be a standardized document common to all agencies. It should streamline the complex and time-consuming process of applying for research funding. SFU is one of two western institutions providing workstations for faculty members interested in testing the system for user-friendliness before it is launched.There are 20 workstations available for each of four three-hour training sessions. Feedback will be used to improve future releases. To pre-register as a tester, contact

Kimura given freedom award
The Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship has presented visiting professor Doreen Kimura with the Furedy Academic Freedom award. The society, composed mainly of university faculty from across Canada, promotes academic freedom in teaching, research and scholarship at post-secondary institutions. It also promotes the maintenance of the merit principle in academic decisions at such institutions. The award cites Kimura as “an innovative scientist who has never shied away from controversy” and lauds her tireless promotion of academic freedom and scholarship.

Library team wins award
The SFU Library's 13-member liaison librarian team was recently honoured at the B.C. Library Association conference in Whistler where they received the first award recognizing outstanding service for academic librarians in public service.

Lynn Copeland, SFU librarian, nominated the team and says, “Many libraries have subject specialists or liaison librarians but I think our people really go the second mile.” In the past two years, she say, they have doubled the number of instructional classes they give for students enrolled in courses and, in partnership with faculty, have undertaken a major review of all subscriptions to academic journals. They have also pulled together a new online reference service , launched on June 19, in cooperation with the University of Victoria. The award-winners were: Mark Bodnar, Gordon Coleman, Jacke Corse, Natalie Gick, Carole Goldsmith, Percilla Groves, Mike McIntosh, Marjorie Nelles, Sylvia Roberts, Nina Saklikar, Nina Smart, Cindy Swoveland, Heather-Ann Tingley, Todd Mundle, Gwen Bird, Elaine Fairey and Karen Marotz.

Publisher launches website
A Simon Fraser University connection has helped B.C.'s New Society Publishers create and launch a new interactive website. Developed with expertise from SFU's Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, the new site makes details on the Gabriola Island company's growing book list easily accessible to librarians, booksellers and cataloguers. New Society describes itself as “the activist publisher,” producing books that “contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, … with the least possible impact upon the environment.” Company principals Chris Plant, an SFU alumni and Judith Plant, a former SFU communication student, are grateful for the assistance.

Stephens directs animal care
Dr. Madeleine Stephens is SFU's new director of animal care. A graduate of UBC and Saskatoon's Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Stephens will be responsible for the welfare of all animals used in resarch and teaching at SFU, as well as the operation of the SFU animal care facility (ACF). In addition, she will direct education programs for animal users and will provide advice and administrative support to SFU's animal care committee.

Daniel named Duer winner
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) council of faculty athletics representatives has selected SFU distance runner Carlene Daniel to receive the 2002 A.O. Duer award. The award is named in honour of the NAIA's former executive secretary. It is given annually to a junior student athlete who has excelled academically and athletically. Candidates must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.75. Daniel, a fourth-year psychology major who competes in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter races as well as cross-country, receives a plaque while SFU will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Daniel helped capture a gold medal in the 4X800 metre relay at the recent NAIA national track championships. She also finished sixth in the 1500 meter race.

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