September 22, 2005

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Contributions recognized
Peter Valbonesi, a systems consultant in the faculty of education and Alana Nordstrand, secretary to the dean, are this year's winners of the faculty's prestigious Jack Paterson award. The award recognizes an education faculty or staff member who has made an outstanding contribution of a voluntary nature to the university. Valbonesi, who manages the centre for education technology, volunteers at every convocation and with the United Way, Share and food bank events. Norstrand has helped the dean's office grow remarkably in productivity and service to the faculty and goes well beyond the call of duty.

Women's health network set to launch
SFU's new Institute for Critical Studies in Gender and Health (ICSGH) is hosting the launch of the B.C. Women's Health Research Network on Sept. 29 at SFU Burnaby, room 2522 west mall centre, from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. SFU is one of five organizations involved in the new network, which is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. It will bring together innovative groups of gender and women's health researchers from academia, health services, policy and community settings in order to generate and apply new knowledge in women's health. Olena Hankivsky, SFU associate professor, political science and ICSGH acting director, is one of five provincial co-leaders of the network.

Hellenic studies expands
A new tenture-track faculty position in the department of history means growth for the Hellenic studies program. “We're expanding Hellenic studies because it's one of the most successful inter-disciplinary programs at SFU,” says John Pierce, dean of the faculty of arts and social sciences. “It has brought considerable assets and academic strength to our institution.” The program has attracted interest from private donors and foundations interested in promoting Greek language and culture, leading to major research projects and new online courses.

Nominate an excellent teacher
It's time again to recognize SFU's exceptional faculty with a nomination for an Excellence-in-Teaching award. All continuing full- and part-time faculty members (including lecturers and laboratory instructors) are eligible for the award and SFU students, alumni and faculty are all eligible to make a nomination by Oct. 15 to the university committee for excellence in teaching awards, office of the VP-academic. For more information, visit,target=newwindow (Excellence in Teaching Award)

SFU helps Katrina students
SFU has offered to help university students whose studies have been interrupted by hurricane Katrina. SFU has made offers to three international exchange students who were to attend universities in New Orleans this fall. Randall Martin, director of international cooperation and mobility, says he expects more expressions of interest for SFU's spring semester.

McNutt wins prestigious award
SFU political science doctoral student Kathleen McNutt is the first SFU student to win the American Political Science Association's prestigious 2005 best graduate student paper award in the information technology and politics section. The association says her paper, The Canadian Virtual State: E-Government Policy and Progress, was a thorough, balanced and well-referenced analysis of Canadian e-government. The paper showed why Canada's e-government is considered best in the world, outlined key weaknesses and illustrated how political research and analysis more generally tends to ignore the impact of technological change. McNutt's doctoral supervisor is Michael Howlett, an internationally renowned expert in theories of public policy development.

President's award nominations open
SFU media and public relations is seeking nominations for the annual President's award for service to the university through media and public relations. The award recognizes an SFU faculty or staff member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the university by sharing his or her expertise with the larger community through the media. SFU staff, students, faculty, alumni and members of the general community may nominate candidates. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 28. For nomination guidelines please visit,target=newwindow (

Who is next great PM?
Students with federal political aspirations might consider a spot on The Next Great Prime Minister,

Art auction slated for Oct. 27
A Bright Pride: A First Nations Art Auction, featuring Northwest coast art, is being presented by the Bill Reid foundation and SFU Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Pan Pacific hotel. The event will benefit Bill Reid foundation projects and the newly established Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Art Studies at SFU, and is one of the events celebrating SFU's 40th anniversary. The auction will feature works created by outstanding First Nations artists, including Bill Reid, Jim Hart, Reg Davidson, David Boxley, Corey Moraes, and Christian White. Works will include masks, jewellery, wood carvings, woven materials and other cultural pieces. The event will provide an opportunity to view and bid on works by both internationally established and emerging artists. The auctioneer will be Barry Scott of Maynards. An online catalogue will be available at the end of September. Tickets are $150 each or $120 each for a group of 10, and will include a First Nations inspired buffet and reception and live and silent auctions. For more information check,target=newwindow (

Thanking someone special
Here's your chance to say thanks to someone special.Each year the Simon Fraser University gerontology centre seeks nominations for its senior leadership award, recognizing the contribution B.C. seniors make to the field of education and aging. The process is simple - submit a letter nominating a person, aged 65 and above, who has contributed time and experience to a post-secondary institution in B.C. and/or has provided exemplary voluntary service to his or her peers. The deadline is Sept. 30. Send nominations to Sandra Cusack, Gerontology, Simon Fraser University Vancouver, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver B.C. V6B 5K3. For more information phone 604-291-5177.

Simon Fraser launches urban studies graduate program
What makes a good city? The students in Simon Fraser University's new graduate program in urban studies will be looking for, and finding, answers. It has been over two decades since a Canadian university launched a graduate degree in urban studies. “SFU has opened a new chapter in Canada's urban education,” says Anthony Perl, a political scientist who recently joined SFU as director of the program. “Urban studies is interdisciplinary, drawing on geography, politics, sociology, and economics. We look at the 'why' of urban structure and function. Our graduates will blaze the trail in making cities sustainable, and Canada will be better off from their efforts. Their research projects will take full advantage of the program's downtown location at the heart of Canada's most dynamic city." The 30 students come from a mix of undergraduate arts and social sciences disciplines, a few have professional designations in architecture and planning, and some are science graduates. About half are mid-career learners employed by local governments, developers and consulting firms.

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