Oct 30, 2003

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Six grad students win scholarships
Six graduate SFU students will share in $60,000 worth of scholarships from the Advanced Systems Institute of B.C.'s graduate recruitment assistance program. The scholarships are provided to encourage and assist in recruiting the best and brightest minds to B.C. universities. This year's recipients are Andre Dufour, Geoff Mullins and Jeffrey Robinson in the school of engineering science; Alison Meynert of the school of computing science; Andrew Hendriks in the school of interactive arts and technology; and Christine Lavigueuer in the department of chemistry. They each receive a $10,000 scholarship.

Borwein elected to Bulgarian academy
The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences recently elected Jonathan Borwein, a mathematics professor at SFU, a foreign member of the academy. The election recognizes Borwein's extraordinary achievements and contributions to mathematics and his significant contribution to the development of Bulgarian science as a result of his ongoing collaboration with Bulgarian mathematicians.

Ignace honored by YWCA
Marianne Ignace, co-founder of the SFU-Secwepemc Cultural Education Society in Kamloops, an SFU/First Nations partnership, recently received a YWCA woman of distinction award in Kamloops. The campus, on the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation, brings post-secondary educational opportunities closer to home for First Nations people of the southern Interior. Ignace teaches in SFU's sociology and anthropology department and in the First Nations studies program. The YWCA award honours the talents, achievements and creativity of women who make a difference in their communities.

Co-op international placements on rise
Despite severe accute respiratory syndrome, international terrorism and other unstable international conditions, the co-op education program's international placements for this fall semester are slightly higher than last fall. “Last year at this time we had 50 international placements and this year there are 52,” says Caroline Rose, international coordinator for the co-op program. Of those 52 placements, five students are in China, 26 are in Japan, and the remainder are in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, U.S., Australia and other parts of western Europe such as France, Germany and Switzerland. While China placements dropped, Japan took up the slack, she says, adding an additional 10 student placements this fall. She is hoping that SARS does not return and that China will again be a popular destination, since this country poses the most potential for growth.

Caption corrected
A photo of forest ecologist Ken Lertzman which ran in the Oct. 16 issue of SFU News was accompanied by the wrong cutline information. He is holding a section from a mountain hemlock cut during the logging that preceded the creation of Cypress Provincial park, showing 924 years of growth at the height at which the stump was cut. The tree was likely more than 1,000 years old when cut, an age record for the species.

Student still missing
Ronale Sanjay Naidu, a student and member of the SFU soccer team is still missing. The police investigation into his disappearance on Oct. 13 is ongoing. Anyone with information related to Naidu's disappearance is urged to contact the Vancouver police.

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