Oct 03, 2002

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Dean elected president of society
Charmaine Dean, a professor of statistics and actuarial science at SFU, is the 2002 president of the Western North-American region of the International Biometric Society (IBS). Dean was elected to head the 700-member regional organization by mail ballot. With a total of 8,000 members worldwide, IBS brings together statisticians and quantitative scientists from a variety of backgrounds to discuss the advancement of biological science using quantitative theories and mathematical techniques. Talks at this year's annual meeting of the regional organization focussed on genetics and the design of clinical trials. Grace Chiu, who has just completed her doctoral studies at SFU and is beginning post-doctoral work, received the IBS's western North American region student paper award. Chiu's paper put forth a method of analyzing statistical data that makes it easier for researchers to assess the abruptness of changes in data. The method can be particularly useful in evaluating whether the onset of a decline in salmon abundance is abrupt or gradual.

Borweins win awards
The Borwein brothers, both professors of mathematics at SFU, are at it again - winning awards and netting major grants. This time, Jonathan Borwein, a founder and a member of the board of directors of MathResources, has helped secure a $2 million dollar grant from the federal government's Atlantic Innovation Fund. MathResources, an award-winning creator of innovative math teaching products based in Halifax, will use the funding to develop e-learning content to help teachers and students more easily learn advanced math. Peter Borwein is a co-recipient of a 2002 Lester R. Ford award for a paper he wrote with Loki Jörgenson, the other award recipient. The paper, Visible Structures in Number Theory, is an introduction to how computational tools and the images they generate may affect mathematics and provide visual proof of number theory. The Mathematical Association of America, the world's largest organization devoted to collegiate mathematics education, presents the Lester R. Ford award to authors of articles of expository excellence published in the American Mathematical Monthly.

Enrollment targets
In the June 13 edition of SFU News, the senate briefs reported that admissions to the faculty of education were doubling in 2002/03. This information was based on incomplete data submitted to senate, which showed the actual number of admissions to education in 2001-02 as being roughly one-half of the new admission targets. This is not the case. When the total enrollment for education is properly specified for 2001-02, it is close to the admission target set for 2002-03.

Annual report honoured
SFU's first online annual report stepped beyond the competition to claim not one but two prestigious awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Last spring, the web version of Stepping Beyond: Simon Fraser University 2001 claimed a Blue Wave Award of Merit from IABC's BC chapter. On Sept. 23, Julie Ovenell-Carter, project coordinator and SFU's assistant director of media and public relations, accepted a Silver Leaf Award of Excellence at IABC's national conference in Winnipeg. The report, which was competing against entries from across Canada and the Caribbean, can be viewed at

B.C. recognizes former presidents
Two former SFU presidents, Jack Blaney and George Pedersen, were appointed to the Order of British Columbia on Sept. 19, 2002. Established in 1989, the Order of B.C. recognizes men and women “who have served with the greatest distinction and excelled in any field of endeavor benefitting the people of the province or elsewhere.” Lieutenant-Governor (and SFU honorary degree recipient) Iona Campagnolo presented Blaney and Pedersen with their dogwood-shaped medals in a ceremony held at Government House in Victoria.

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