September 23, 2004

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Bakshi new entrepreneur-in-residence
Surrey businessman Rob Bakshi, the former chairman, president and CEO of Silent Witness Inc., is the new entrepreneur-in-residence at SFU Surrey. In 1986, Bakshi co-founded Silent Witness, a leading designer and manufacturer of video monitoring technology. Bakshi sold the company in 2003 to Honeywell International and now heads a real estate company that is developing properties in Calgary. He also provides consulting services in the area of business development. As entrepreneur-in-residence, Bakshi will be on campus one day a week, advising faculty, students and staff about the commercial viability of research projects. Bakshi is an SFU alumnus and was honoured in 2002 with an SFU outstanding alumni award for professional achievement.

Dekleva named to fundraising post
Wanda Dekleva is the new director of annual giving at SFU. A SFU alumna, Dekleva started her career in fundraising with the Simon Fraser society for community living, then moved to the Heart and Stroke foundation as development officer. Most recently, she was the associate director of marketing for the B.C. Childrens' Hospital foundation where she raised more than $2 million annually.

Library offers email reminder
For those who are chronically late returning books to the library and others who just want a reminder, the library is offering a new email notification system. Under the new system the library will notify borrowers by email three days before an item is due. To sign up for the new service go to: About Services. For more information contact Gisele Pomerleau at 604-291-4081 or email

REM celebrates 25th anniversary
SFU's school of resource and environmental management (REM) held an open house at the Diamond University Centre on Sept. 17 to celebrate its 25 years of existence. Frank Gobas, professor and director of REM, says that one of the school's current objectives is nurturing relations between faculty, students and alumni. “Resource management is a multi-disciplinary field, requiring input and expertise from diverse areas to resolve problems,” says Gobas. “Alumni can help students and faculty stay abreast of complex and rapidly changing issues in resource management and we can feed alumni the latest research on resolving resource management issues.” The school also offers courses to undergrad students in environmental programs through the faculties of science and arts.

New justice website set to launch
An outreach program aimed at generating public education and discussion about human rights issues will soon be accessible to anyone via the internet. The creators of Seeking Justice: Human Rights in our Communities are launching this fall. Simon Fraser University's community outreach education program in continuing studies, Naramata Centre, B.C. Federation of Labour, Amnesty International and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives created the original series and website. The website will invite visitors to share their views and participate in online discussion rooms about five human rights topics: women and children, workers, immigration, aboriginals and food security.

The site enables visitors to access excerpts from the justice series' symposia discussions, interviews with speakers and participants, and printable versions of study guides. There are also links to human rights organizations. The website's administrator, Debbie Bell, the director of SFU continuing studies' community outreach program, and community leaders of discussion groups, will post questions, issues and ideas for public comment. Bell hopes the site benefits, in particular, people who could not participate in the justice series' symposia or dialogue sessions.

Knowler studies shrimp farms in India
Simon Fraser University researcher Duncan Knowler is leading a $103,000 research project that is assessing the economic and environmental sustainability of shrimp farming in the Indian coastal states of the Bay of Bengal. The proliferation of shrimp farming and an increasing population are threatening mangroves - marine tidal forests, which are critical habitats for wild shrimp and numerous species of fish. Knowler and Joyashree Roy, a researcher at India's Jadavpur University, hope to develop new approaches to ensure the sustainable use of mangroves and wild shrimp stocks while retaining some shrimp farming.

The duo is also identifying the different groups affected by shrimp farming and mangrove loss. The clearing of mangrove forests extensively damages surrounding wetlands and nearby wild shrimp fisheries. Shrimp grow-out ponds are built in the cleared areas, which also serve as collection points for wild shrimp juveniles to stock the ponds. Knowler is a natural resources and environmental economist in SFU's school of resource and environmental management.

Call for achievement nominations
Recognize your colleagues' achievements with a 2004 staff achievement nomination. SFU is looking for a few good staff members who have demonstrated outstanding achievement within, or external to the university. The award is open to all staff, other than faculty, who made significant contributions in one of the following areas: athletic or artistic achievement, humanitarianism, lifetime achievement, personal achievement, or work performance. Nominations may be made by SFU staff, students, faculty, alumni and members of the general community. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 29. For more information call 604-291-3580.

Excellent teacher sought
Have a favourite teacher on campus? If so, it's time to recognize his or her abilities with a nomination for a SFU excellence in teaching award. Eligible candidates include full and part-time faculty, lecturers and laboratory instructors. Winners are selected based on their ability to stimulate creative and critical thinking; their demonstrated care for student learning; ability to present complex information clearly; enthusiasm and innovation in teaching; a sustained record of excellent teaching, and a diversity of course level. Students, alumni and faculty may make a nomination by writing to the university committee for the excellence in teaching awards. Deadline is Oct. 15. For information, visit Excellence in Teaching Award.

Teach English in Japan, China
Employers from Japan and China, together with co-op students who have recently returned from work terms in Asia, will be on campus Sept. 29 to speak about English as a second language teaching opportunities for co-op students. The presentation is at 12:30 p.m. in AQ 3153.

Williams wins tourism award
Peter Williams, director of the centre for tourism policy and research, was honoured recently with a lifetime achievement award from Travel and Tourism Research Association International (TTRA) for his enduring influence and impact on tourism. The award cited his significant research into new and emerging tourism areas such as aboriginal, nature-based, adventure, spa, northern winter and wine tourism, as well as his many years of teaching, mentoring and consulting. The TTRA is an international association of travel research and marketing professionals.

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