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New administrative appointments
A number of administrative appointments took effect on Sept. 1: James Delgrande is director of the school of computing science for a one-year term; Greg Dow has been re-appointed chair of the department of economics for a two-year term; Rick Routledge is the chair of statistics and actuarial science for a three-year term; Andrew Wister holds the inaugural chair of the new department of gerontology for a three-year term; Andrew Bennet has been named chair of the chemistry department for five years.

Two grads win scholarship
Two recent SFU graduates are among 25 Canadian students to receive a $10,000 J. Armand Bombardier Internationalist fellowship to pursue further study around the world. David Press, a 2004 bachelor of science graduate in engineering physics and Alice Storey, a 2004 master of arts graduate in archaeology were among 700 Canadian graduate students to apply for the fellowships.

Press, who won the Governor General's silver medal for top SFU undergraduate, will use his award to study for a PhD in applied physics at Stanford University in the U.S., where he will focus on quantum optics and applications in quantum communication and computation. Storey will travel to the University of Auckland in New Zealand to pursue a PhD in anthropology with a specialization in molecular archaeology. The fellowship program enables Canadians to study, research and work abroad.


Authors receive education award
SFU gerontologist Sandra Cusack and private mental fitness trainer Wendy Thompson, co-authors of Mental Fitness for Life: 7 Steps to Healthy Aging, are the 2004 recipients of the Delta Kappa Gamma educators award. “We had no idea it was such a big deal,” says Cusack. “Receiving the Delta Kappa Gamma award was, in fact, one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.” The award-winning books go through a rigorous selection process which identifies educational research and writing by women “which may influence the direction of thought and action necessary to meet the needs of today's complex society.” Delta Kappa Gamma, dedicated to the personal and professional development of women educators, has 150,000 members in 14 countries.


Tickets on sale for Frosh Fest
Buy a ticket now to attend Frosh Fest 04, the first back-to-school event for old and new students, on Sept. 17 from 2 p.m.- 9 p.m. at the Maggie Benston field, west of the Maggie Benston building. Organizers promise a beer garden, bands, food, contests and prizes. Tickets are $15 in advance from the SFU Highland pub, the Simon Fraser student society general office in room 2250 of the Maggie Benston and Quad Books in the Maggie Benston centre, or $20 at the door. For more information visit www.sfuct.com.


Management study garners award
A new study from SFU business reveals that high-commitment work practices - such as formal training programs, employee suggestion programs, flexible job design, and self-directed work groups - need to be increased during downsizing in order to maintain productivity gains.

SFU business professors Chris Zatzick and Rick Iverson recently studied 3,669 Canadian workplaces and discovered that downsizing flatlines any competitive advantages gained from existing high commitment work practices. Only those organizations that actually increased these practices during downsizing experienced any productivity gains. The duo's study won the Best Convention Paper award in the human resources division at the 64th annual meeting of the Academy of Management in August.


Senate calls for nominations
The senate committee on university honours has made a call for honorary degree nominations. Honorary degrees are awarded each year at the June and October convocation ceremonies and are intended to encourage a standard of excellence and innovation that is an inspiration. For more information about the criteria for nominations and details of the nomination process visit the honorary degree website at www.reg.sfu/honorarydegree/criteria.html The deadline for nominations for the 2005 recipients is Oct. 15.


International fund deadline Sept.20
The next deadline to apply for the student international mobility fund is Sept. 20. The fund will assist with travel costs, participation costs and living costs for students engaged in international seminars, symposia and conferences. The first two recipients spent their summer overseas on unpaid co-op placements. Laurie Marks, a social geography student, is working for the United Nations South East Asia HIV and development program in Thailand. Robin Prest, an engineering sciences student, is working in the Philippines on a computer literacy youth training project with the organization Engineers without Borders. Funding is available for two students, three times a year.


Two Scottish lectures slated for Sept. 16
Two lectures delivered by professor emeritus of Scottish history, T.C. Smout, a well-known Scottish historiographer, will constitute the annual St. Andrew's and Caledonian society lecture series on Sept. 16. Making Scotland a Little Bit Like Canada: Forestry in Britain in the Twentieth Century, will discuss the impact of the introduction of Pacific Northwest conifers into Great Britain's and Scotland's landscape in the 19th century. The lecture takes place at 1 p.m. at Burnaby campus in the history department (AQ 6229). At 7:30 p.m., Smout will present Four Centuries of Anglo-Scottish Union at the Harbour Centre campus. The lecture will trace the strains and successes of the 1707 union of Scotland and England, and the redefinition of the union as a result of the new Scottish Parliament. Smout teaches at Scotland's St. Andrew's University.


Pipe band takes second place
A first place victory for the SFU pipe band's drumming corps at the annual world pipe band championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Aug. 13-14 seemed like a good omen. The victory came the day before the band took aim at what it hoped would be yet another world championship. But when the dust settled it was Northern Ireland's Field Marshall Montgomery band that would edge out SFU for the title in the elite Grade one category. The SFU band settled for second spot, having given what manager Rob MacNeill considered a “knockout performance.” SFU's Grade 2 band, made up of many former members of its junior Robert Malcolm band, also finished second to a Northern Ireland competitor, Ballinderry Bridge.


Russell wins research prize
Math professor Bob Russell recently won the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics research prize. The $1,000 award recognizes innovative and exceptional research contributions in an emerging area of applied or industrial mathematics. Russell's primary area of research is in scientific computing, which has profoundly affected all areas of science and engineering. He has developed numerical techniques and software which can be adapted to the sophisticated mathematical models used in solving mathematical problems involving physical processes. For example, his adaptive numerical methods have been used to help study the flow of ground pollutants, to understand spontaneous combustion causing household fires, to study the onset of Alzheimer's disease and to assist in weather prediction.





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