October 20, 2005

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Cranston named chair of BCNET
SFU's chief information officer Jim Cranston is the new chair of the board at BCNET, a not-for-profit society that builds high-performance networks for B.C.'s research and educational institutes. The organization is collectively funded by B.C. universities and the federal and provincial governments.

“As the new chair of the BCNET board, I see an exciting future as BCNET implements our 2010 initiative, which will connect UBC Okanagan, Thompson Rivers University and SFU Surrey to the optical regional advanced network (ORAN),” says Cranston. ORAN is a next generation high-speed dedicated connection that can send massive amounts of data traveling at the speed of light to all major research institutes in B.C. It will also interconnect scientific equipment, instruments, sensors and databases.

Put cell phone on ICE
Put your cell phones on ICE. That's the message from SFU emergency planner Teresa Sharp, who is encouraging the campus community to follow Britain's lead in adopting the ICE (In Case of Emergency) campaign. The idea is simple - just program an emergency contact number into your cell phone or PDA under the heading ICE in your address book. The program, launched last spring, proved invaluable to British rescue workers after the July terrorist bombings in London. Be sure your emergency contact:
• has agreed to be your ICE partner;
• can be easily reached - don't store just a home number for someone who works full time;
• knows who to call on your behalf - for example, your employer, parents, childcare provider, doctor.
• knows your medical conditions and history;
• is your parent or guardian if you are under 18. They may have to make important decisions on your behalf.

McPhee appointed to SFU board
The SFU board of governor's newest member is Jeanette McPhee, who was appointed to a three-year term as an alumni member by the B.C. government. A business administration alumna (1984) and chartered accountant, McPhee is currently the chief financial officer of Cascade Aerospace Inc. in Abbotsford.

New book focuses on governor general
A new book by SFU professor emeritus Edward McWhinney will make good bedtime reading for Canada's new Governor-General, Michaëlle Jean. McWhinney's book, The Governor-General and the Prime Ministers - The Making and Unmaking of Governments, clearly defines the role of the head of state, laying out present powers and responsibilities and advising Canadians of what to expect from the governor-general and prime ministers. He suggests that the inherent powers in the governor-general's position can work in concert with other arms of government to make the constitutional system work effectively in crisis situations. He also goes behind the scenes to portray the colourful personalities of royals, dignitaries and politicians in their private moments as they struggle to adapt constitutional rules to meet changing times.

Munro lecture set for October
Attend the upcoming Munro lecture series, sponsored by the office of the president, to learn more about the relations of visual and verbal representations in the context of social and political issues. W.J.T. Mitchell, a professor of English and art history at the University of Chicago, will give two lectures:

• Oct. 26: Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 2001-2004, at 7 p.m., at SFU Vancouver

• Oct. 27: Addressing Media, or, Why we Shout at the Television Set, 7 p.m. at the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue at 580 W. Hastings St.

Admission is free but space is limited. For reservations, call 604-291-5100 or email

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