November 4, 2004

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Emergency communications recognized
SFU has been acknowledged for its leading role in emergency communications. SFU communication professor Peter Anderson's telematics research lab was lauded with an award of excellence during the recent emergency preparedness conference held in Vancouver on Oct. 25-27. The award is in recognition of the university's outstanding contributions to the emergency management field.

Anderson receives a plaque, along with a framed print and $500. During the conference Anderson showcased SFU's new emergency communications vehicle, recently completed and now ready for use. The vehicle is designed to deliver emergency communications operations systems anywhere.

Enrollment required for co-op students
Arts and socials sciences students interested in joining the co-op education program to work in the summer 2005 need to enroll in the prerequisite course, bridging online 1 now. Visit for details or contact program assistant Sarah Ladd at

China honours Crawford
A 21-day tour of major historical and cultural sites in China ended with an honorary professorship at Tianjin Normal University for Charles Crawford, professor emeritus of psychology. Crawford enjoyed VIP treatment during a four-day stay as a guest lecturer. “I was very impressed by the sophistication of both students and faculty, ”says Crawford. He was particularly impressed by the technical equipment at the Research Centre for Psychology and Behaviour. That included a 256-channel event-related potential recorder for studying brain activity, which was installed in a large soundproof and electrically shielded laboratory, and equipment for tracking eye movements of participants.

The centre included a large observation complex with a one-way mirror allowing up to 12 students to observe researchers' and counsellors' activities. A number of video cameras also recorded the behaviours of research participants as well as those undergoing counselling. He says some of the equipment was purchased abroad and some was designed and built in China. “I believe that few Canadian psychology departments possess such sophisticated equipment,” says Crawford.

Edgelow new director of ceremonies
The university's new director of ceremonies and events is Holli Edgelow who, for the past three years, has worked alongside director of ceremonies Marilyn Pankratz, first as manager of events and sponsorship and then as associate director, ceremonies and events. She replaces Pankratz who has taken early retirement. Edgelow joined SFU in 1991 as a temporary office clerk and then spent nine years as executive secretary to the VP- research. She takes on the new position just in time to help orchestrate the many events associated with the university's 40th anniversary in 2005.

Fizzell awarded accountants' fellowship
Maureen Fizzell, associate dean with SFU business, was recently awarded a CMA fellowship from the Certified Management Accountants of Canada. The FCMA designation is CMA Canada's highest honour and recognizes strategic leadership, community involvement, professional accomplishments and an overall commitment to enriching the profession of management accounting. In all, eight B.C. CMA's received fellowships. There are currently only 48 FCMA's in B.C.

Driver speaks on grad writing
What are the challenges and rewards of graduate writing? How does it differ from undergraduate writing? In a special session, Jon Driver, dean of graduate studies, will talk about the importance of understanding the demands of graduate writing and how to meet them. Topics for discussion include: how to encourage writing in graduate programs; differences between disciplines; thesis writing and mentoring for professional writing. Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas on writing to this informal venue and to think about new directions that SFU might take to foster leading edge graduate writing. SFU's centre for writing-intensive learning is hosting the session on Nov. 24 at 12:30 p.m. at AQ 5040 on the Burnaby campus. Email to reserve a free seat.

Tech competition open to students
Microsoft's Imagine cup competition, featuring cash prizes totalling $215,000, is open to students around the world and is now open for registration. This year's competition categories include visual gaming, web development, technology business plans, software design, short film, rendering, information technology, office designer and algorithms. For more information, or to register visit

Library seeks renovation input
The Bennett library is planning to renovate space on the sixth floor in the microforms, science abstracts and periodical room areas, as well as the second floor in the area of the former word station. They would like user input for their plans, which include moving science abstracts and indexes to the second floor. Fill out the feedback form at before Nov. 19.

SFU takes safety prize
SFU has once again won first place among educational institutions at the annual North American occupational safety and health week. SFU events to celebrate safety week were organized by the department of human resource's occupational health and safety office and implemented by local safety committees at the three campuses. Events included safety fairs at each campus as well as a mock chemical spill to which the Burnaby fire department responded.

Clan misses playoff
The SFU Clan came close to clinching a play-off spot for the second year in a row, but the final five minutes in a tied game against the University of Manitoba on Oct. 30 painted a different ending for the season. The Clan lost 41-36, following two touchdowns in a two-minute span by Manitoba, dashing hopes of proceeding to the Canada West playoffs. Despite the loss SFU quarterback J.R. Davies had a record-breaking offensive performance. Earlier in the month SFU's three-year winning streak against rival UBC at the annual Shrum bowl ended with the Thunderbirds' 42-24 victory over the Clan on UBC's home turf Oct. 9. The Clan at one point led the game 17-0. SFU still leads the all-time Shrum Bowl statistics with 14 wins, 12 losses and one tie.

Waterhouse up for re-appointment
John Waterhouse's term as VP-academic ends in August 2005. He is being considered for re-appointment and President Michael Stevenson, chair of the VP-academic search committee, invites interested parties to submit a confidential review of John Waterhouse's performance. No anonymous submissions will be considered. Waterhouse will briefly address an open forum Nov. 5 at noon in AQ 3153, with audio hook-ups to Harbour Centre, room 1600 and SFU Surrey, tower 15-300.

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