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SFU leads the pack in research publication effectiveness
SFU is tops among comprehensive universities when it comes to research publication effectiveness. Research Infosource Inc. Canada came to that conclusion in its most recent study measuring the quality and impact of research at each university relative to its cost.

The Canadian University Publications Report 2006 provides in-depth data on 69 Canadian universities in terms of their published research: output, intensity, impact, cost efficiency and overall effectiveness. University research accounts for 90 per cent of Canada's publications, and research publications are a key indicator of national research competitiveness.

Mario Pinto, SFU VP-research and award-winning chemist, credits “strategic faculty renewal together with retention of key individuals” for the university's dynamic research culture.

“A mature research presence has resulted in increased scholarly activity and research funding, allowing SFU to attract first-rate graduate and undergraduate students. And the recognition of our publication effectiveness suggests our faculty have the intellectual horsepower to deliver a bigger bang for the research buck.”

Research explores Internet's language and cultural preservation value
The provincial government, working with federal partners, will soon bring broadband Internet connections to the 118 First Nations communities in B.C. that still have only dial-up Internet connections.

How will broadband Internet, which can deliver video and audio, affect First Nations' economic development, communities and culture?

Richard Smith, associate professor of communication, will spend a year working with a number of groups, including the First Nations Technology Council, to find out.

The research is funded with a $95,000 grant from the B.C. Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services.

"Some native communities, such as the Ktunaxa nation in southeastern B.C., see rich media, with audio and video, as an opportunity to use information technology to preserve and extend their language and culture," says Smith.

He notes that Don Maki, director, traditional knowledge and language sector for the Ktunaxa nation council, sees broadband Internet as a key component of a FIT (fully integrated technologies) community.

“One aspect of our work will be to determine the feasibility of this FIT model in other First Nations communities in B.C.,” Smith says.

Award-winning basketball team takes on the Far East
SFU's award-winning women's basketball team will fly to China in mid-August to live, study, compete and create strong relationships between teams, universities and countries.

For two weeks, the 20-women will play six of China's top university teams, including host-team Renmin University, ranked number three in the nation; the Chinese naval team, a collection of China's best military athletes; and Beijing University, reputed to be the best university in China.

The SFU team will also conduct coaching and athletics workshops for Chinese youth, study international relations and tour cultural venues.

This is the first exchange of its kind for SFU and will serve as a model for future international athletics exchanges.

SFU is providing half of the total cost of this $40,000 trip, plus all administrative support. The team is fundraising for the remaining $20,000 through philanthropic donations and sponsorship opportunities.

Welcome to camp SFU!
Music, underwater adventure, computers, clan kids, kayaking, sports, mini university — there are more than 50 different options in this year's popular summer camp program for kids and teens at SFU Burnaby and SFU Surrey.

Children, ages eight to 13 years, will learn to play snare drums. Varsity athletes will coach sports of just about every stripe. There'll be camps on the fields, in the gyms and in the pool — kids may also need to cool off after the brain-busting camps, such as Mini U, Fun with Computers and Video Production.

More than 6,500 young students aged five to 18 are expected to participate in one of the 275 camps, which run until the beginning of September.

The cost of the programs ranges from $95 for a one-week track-and-field camp to $170 for DiverCity, a new camp for eight to 13-year olds.

Registration for all camps is ongoing. For more details, call 604-291-4307 or visit - summer camps.

Come enjoy a picnic with the president by the AQ's reflecting pond
President Michael Stevenson invites staff and faculty from all SFU campuses to join him for a free barbecue lunch on Thursday, July 27, noon to 2:00 p.m. by the reflecting pond in the AQ at SFU Burnaby.

Enjoy barbecued hamburgers or hot dogs along with chips, ice cream, pop or water while you meet and greet old and new friends. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, sunhat and sun lotion. There will be great music and great prizes. RSVP by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 to

Classical music comes to Burnaby mountain
SFU will host the opening concert in the Vancouver Recital Society's Summer Combustion festival, Tuesday, July 18 at 8 p.m. on the lawns near the reflecting pond on the Burnaby campus. The public is invited to bring a blanket and a picnic supper and enjoy a free midsummer's eve performance by the acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet, featuring the music of Mozart and Rossini. Program details (including map) are available at

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