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Contest open to students
BCNET is soliciting university students across B.C. for the best and most unique online applications for the BCNET 2005-06 Coolest Applications Contest. Full-time and part-time graduate and undergraduates (doing honours thesis work) may apply. Last year's winners took home a total of $9,000 in cash prizes. For more information visit:

Women's economic security discussed
What kinds of policies will ensure that women's economic security needs are met in B.C. and beyond? The economic security project, a research alliance led by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and SFU, will hold a conference Oct. 13-15 at Harbour Centre entitled Imagining Public Policy to Meet Women's Economic Security Needs.

A free public lecture on Oct. 13 by Monique Begin, feminist-activist, general secretary for the 1970 Royal Commission on the Status of Women and federal minister during the creation of the Canada Health Act of 1984, is an SFU 40th anniversary event. Registration is required. Please contact 604-291-5100 to register. For information visit

Gardner wins honourable mention
SFU education professor Ethel Gardner has won first honourable mention in B.C. in the first Council of the Federation literacy award competition. The council comprises all 13 provincial and territorial premiers. The award recognizes valuable contributions in the field of literacy, including family, aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy. Gardner won for her life's work in promoting and advocating for the revitalization of indigenous languages and cultures.

Lawrence awarded prize for article
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Sloan Management Review recently recognized SFU business' Weyerhaeuser professor of change management, Tom Lawrence, and his co-authors with a prestigious Richard Beckhard memorial prize for the most outstanding article on planned change and organizational development published in the journal between fall 2003 through summer 2004.

The article, about organizational forgetting, is based on the premise that an organization's effectiveness is determined not just by its organizational processes and structures but also by what it chooses to remember, to unlearn, or to not learn.

Join the walk for wishes
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada never turns down an eligible child. Since 1984 it has granted more than 11,000 wishes to Canadian children, 3 to 18, coping with high-risk, life threatening illnesses. To ensure the answer continues to be “yes, we can make that happen,” the foundation is launching an annual Walk for Wishes.

The Lower Mainland walk takes place at Swangard stadium in Burnaby, on Oct. 15. It's a day of food, fun and entertainment for the whole family, starting at 11 am with a one-kilometre Kidzone walk or a 3 km fun walk. Rain or shine. Simon Fraser is sponsoring a team of 10 walkers and their families. If you would like to be part of the SFU team call Susan Jamieson-McLarnon at 604-291-5151.

Lertzman paper wins award
A 2003 paper examining the frequency, extent and burning patterns of forest fires in the temperate rainforests of Clayoquot Sound has won SFU associate professor of resource and environmental management Ken Lertzman and two colleagues the William S. Cooper award from the Ecological Society of America. The annual award recognizes an outstanding contribution in geobotany, physiographc ecology, plant succession or the distribution of organisms along environmental gradients. The paper, entitled Holocene Fire History of a Coastal Temperate Rain Forest Based on Soil Charcoal Radiocarbon Dates was published in the journal Ecology.

The paper won for its novel combination of age-class analyses and radiocarbon dating of buried charcoal in soils, leading to a reconstruction of fire history over the past 9,000 years. Lertzman and colleagues were able to discover the different contributions of landform and changing climate on fire regime during different periods. Award judges said the paper sets new standards for paleoecological analyses of fire disturbance and provides important baselines for scientifically sound management of forest ecosystems in coastal temperate rainforests.

New business program popular
At a time when graduate business program enrolments across the country are declining, SFU business' new master in financial risk management has attracted 250 inquiries and applications from around the world.

The one-year, full-time program was launched in September with a cohort of 42 students, almost half of them are from outside of Canada.

The program develops students' quantitative and financial risk management skills and prepares them to identify, implement and monitor systems for managing the risks that confront financial services firms. The program's executive director, Mike Ivanof, says graduating students will have the in-depth skills and knowledge they need to become leaders in this field.

Graduate business programs move
SFU business' graduate programs and staffing offices have moved from SFU Harbour Centre to the renovated Segal graduate school of business at 500 W. Granville St. Watch for official opening ceremonies early in the new year.

Senate approves new institute
During its September meeting, the SFU senate approved establishment of a behavioural and cognitive neuroscience institute, which will foster interdisciplinary research and scholarship concerning the relationship between mind and brain.

They also approved the certified management accountant centre for strategic change and performance management, which will promote research on how organizations plan and execute strategic change and how best to measure performance in organizations undergoing change. In addition, they approved the terms of reference for the Dino De Poli lectureship in Italian studies. Both centres and the lectureship must still be approved by the board of governors. Senate also endorsed the general principles and direction of the university's strategic research plan.

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