Nov 13, 2003

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Mediation fails
It's back to the drawing board in the dispute between eight female professors at Canadian universities and Industry Canada. Simon Fraser University political scientist Marjorie Griffin Cohen, one of the eight complainants, says mediation has failed to resolve their dispute, which is before the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The complaint alleges that the Canada Research Chair program's nomination process discriminates against the hiring of candidates in certain groups, including women, the humanities and social sciences. Industry Canada is responsible for the design and implementation of the $900 million chair program. Cohen doesn't know when the complaint will be heard. She adds, “The complainants hope that the complaint process will result in the kinds of changes that will make the hiring process of the chairs transparent and fair in all cases, and will avoid secretive single-candidate searches.”

Maclean's ranks SFU in top 5
Simon Fraser University remains one of the top five comprehensive universities in the country according to the 2003 Maclean's Magazine annual ranking of universities. For the first time SFU slipped out of the top three, placing fourth and trading spots with the University of Victoria. However in the magazine's reputational survey, SFU repeated its third place finish in all four categories, including highest quality, most innovative, leaders of tomorrow and best overall university.

In the rankings, SFU continues its strong showing in research related categories, topping the number of Social Sciences and Humanities Research grants and finishing second in medical science grants (up from third last year) and awards per full-time faculty. SFU placed first in two other categories, operating budget and library acquisitions. Overall SFU placed in the top three in nine of the 22 categories. In previous years SFU has finished first five times, second four times and third twice.

Retirement list on web
With 49 staff and faculty retiring in 2003 alone, it can be difficult to keep track - and there are far too many to include in SFU News. For a list of who has retired to date, visit People on the Move at the SFU human resources website and scroll down to retirements. The list will be updated periodically as more people retire.

SFU, Surrey board sign agreement
Simon Fraser University and the Surrey school board have reached an agreement to increase cooperative efforts, such as teacher education programs and jointly operated summer computer camps. SFU VP-academic John Waterhouse says the agreement is recognition that the university and the school board can both benefit from cooperation in supporting the success of Surrey students and their families. He says that SFU has offered pre-school teacher education programs for the Surrey board for several years, but that ties between the two organizations have grown stronger since SFU opened its Surrey campus.

Athletes make history
SFU Clan athletes made history Nov. 8 when all five fall program teams advanced to national championship play for the first time. The men's football team took the Canada West conference title against the University of Alberta and advances to the Utek Bowl in Halifax Nov. 15. A win would send the team to the Vanier Cup in Toronto and a chance at the national title. The men's and women's soccer teams also won regional championship games and advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) championships. Both men's and women's cross-country teams also advance to the NAIA national championships, with the women winning the regional title and the men finishing second.

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