Oct 31, 2002

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4 nominated for Governor General's award
At least four people will be holding their breath at SFU when the 2002 Governor General's literary awards are announced on Nov. 12. Colin Browne, who teaches in contemporary arts, has been nominated in the poetry category for Ground Water, an innovative, encyclopedic investigation of the intersections between family history and the history of imperial conquest in the West. English professor Roy Miki has also been nominated in the same category for the avant-garde poetics of his book, Surrender. Lorena Gale, a student in graduate liberal studies, received a drama nomination for Je Me Souviens, an evocative, sensitive memoir of growing up African-Canadian in Quebec. Finally, Florence Bernard's French translation of English professor Sandra Djwa's A Life of F.R. Scott: The Politics of Imagination, was nominated for best English to French translation. Governor General Adrienne Clarkson will present the awards, worth $15,000 each, on Nov. 19 in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. This year, for the first time, runners-up will receive $1,000 in recognition of their selection as finalists.

Four scientists awarded grants
Four SFU scientists are the recipients of grants in the latest New Opportunities Fund competition sponsored by the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Mark Paetzel, Frederic Pio and Michel Leroux have been awarded $529,160 jointly to build a facility that will help them analyse protein structures, functions and movement at the atomic level. The assistant professors of molecular biology and biochemistry (MBB) are pursuing complementary projects related to protein travel within cells, new proteins connected to programmed cell death and protein folding.

The state-of-the-art macromolecular X-ray crystallography lab to be built in MBB will allow them to analyse high-resolution information about the three dimensional structure of proteins and protein complexes. Their research is aimed at advancing the development of a new class of antibiotics or therapies for diseases involving protein misfolding and cancer.

Inigo Novales Flamarique has been awarded a $199,992 grant to finance the acquisition of electrophysiological equipment for his lab.

The machine will be used to measure the electrical properties of neurons using single cell techniques and optical recordings with fluorescent dyes. Through his analysis of fish neurons with this equipment, Flamarique hopes to answer key questions about how lower vertebrates regenerate retinal neurons.
Such answers could lead to breakthrough therapies for human neural diseases.

Havens wins $20,000 in TELUS contest
SFU computing science professor Bill Havens and his SFU spin-off company Constraint•Works Inc. took second place in the TELUS New Ventures BC technology business idea competition. Havens won for a software engine, called ReSolver, that he developed in SFU's intelligent systems laboratory. The software lets users solve complex online scheduling, planning and logistics problems as easily as they might use spreadsheets. It's particularly useful for those who need to create dynamic scheduling for maintenance or delivery routing. Havens wins $20,000 in cash and services.

Communication student honoured
Jane Nunnikhoven, a third-year communication co-op student at SFU, was named student member of the year by the B.C. chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The award includes a $500 scholarship. During her one-year co-op term with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Nunnikhoven was instrumental in leading the 2001 United Way campaign, which saw an increase of more than 100 per cent in employee support and donations.For more information about opportunities for students through IABC, visit iabc.

SFU remembers on Nov. 8
SFU remembers - at a ceremony marking Remembrance Day on Nov. 8, 12:30 pm on Convocation Mall, featuring a SFU piper, the SFU choir, selected readings, and remarks by chancellor Milton Wong.

HIPPY in line for funding
A fledgling program focused on helping pre-schoolers in disadvantaged families of aboriginal descent is one of five recently announced groups in line for funding from the Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader program. The Aboriginal HIPPY program at SFU's Chief Dan George centre for advanced education at Harbour Centre is among the five recipients. The amount of the sponsorship has yet to be announced. The Raise-a-Reader program will raise upwards of $250,000 this year with a commitment to support literacy programs across B.C. SFU's community education program, the Britannia community services centre and HIPPY, the Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, are behind the recent creation of an aboriginal HIPPY program in B.C.

Website focuses on Holocaust orphans
SFU's 7th Floor media has designed and produced an educational website that chronicles the lives of a group of Jewish orphans who came to Canada from Europe to start new lives after the Holocaust. The site was produced for the Vancouver Holocaust Education centre, which developed the content, and is based on an exhibit created by the centre, using artifacts and personal narratives to explore a significant event in Canadian history. Called Open Hearts — Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project, the site will also serve as a historical record. Through the use of multimedia, the website enhances the orphans' personal stories by connecting them to broader themes of war, displacement, the Holocaust, liberation and Canadian immigration policies. The project can be found online at orphans.

Tammuz, Anku to lecture
Two luminaries in film and music are teaching and lecturing at SFU's school for the contemporary arts. Award winning director and filmmaker Jonathan Tammuz is replacing Colin Browne, an associate professor of film at SFU who is on research leave for a year. As a limited term film instructor, Tammuz is teaching Browne's fourth year courses. Originally from Israel and now living in Vancouver, Tammuz has training in psychology and from the National Film and TV School in London, England. His feature film Rupert's Land was nominated for five Genie awards and won six Leo awards.

Willie Anku, an expert on African music and culture, is lecturing at SFU's Burnaby and Harbour Centre campuses until Sunday, Nov. 10. The head of the music department at the school of performing arts at the University of Ghana, Anku is giving lectures on Asanti and Ghanaian music and culture. Check with Gloria Casciano for Anku's remaining lecture schedule, 291-4672,

Six win scholarships
The Advanced Systems Institute recently awarded $50,000 in scholarships to six SFU graduate students. The scholarships are designed to encourage and assist universities in recruiting the best and brightest minds to B.C. universities. The scholarships are awarded based on students' undergraduate and master's grade point average and on their research potential in systems-related areas.

The students completed their undergraduate and master's studies at a variety of Canadian universities, including SFU. Winning students are: Anne Fouran, Brian Fraser, Henry Laman, Scott Logie, Katrina Peddle and Michael Riediger.

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