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September 8, 2006

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Simon Fraser University staff and faculty frequently contribute their expertise and opinions to the media. In this new MediaBytes column we give you a taste of the widespread media attention that they garner each week.

August 14-18, 2006

The performances of the Robert Malcolm and SFU pipe bands in the world piping championships in Scotland were well covered by BBC Scotland, Glasgow Sunday Mail, Glasgow Herald, and on radio CKNW back in B.C. The Scotsman newspaper did a big advance story on the SFU contingent.

A Vancouver Sun news feature on SFU business assistant professor Boyd Cohen's new technology entrepreneurship program at SFU Surrey ran in the Montreal Gazette, by way of CanWest News Service.

Province columnist Brian Lewis visited SFU Surrey and wrote: "More than any other university in Canada, the SFU Surrey campus is focused on preparing its students for tomorrow's high-technology world by using the latest in today's high-technology tools."

The Vancouver Courier published an article that recalls where UniverCity stands there was a colony of SFU students squatting in the woods in hand-built A-frames, a large hollow cedar stump, tarpaulins draped from trees, tents and 4x4 vehicles hidden deep in the forest. It is believed that the last person left in 1994.

Media coverage about the decision of 22 Canadian universities, including SFU, to decline the invitation of Maclean's to assist in this year's university rankings exercise was noted across Canada and locally in 24Hours, the Vancouver Sun, CBC Radio, the Georgia Straight and Channel M.

CBC Radio news carried a story on a report co-authored by SFU criminologist Ray Corrado, saying the federal government should give Vancouver's safe injection site for intravenous drug addicts an extension to its three-year mandate. And by way of The Associated Press, the story also ran in the Seattle Times.

August 21-25, 2006

The Vancouver Sun did a front page article about David Vocadlo, SFU chemist/Canada Research Chair in chemical glycobiology, on his discovery of what might be a way to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Vocadlo says, "It has some potential that we're excited about. Being a scientist, I'm reserved about making claims, but it is exciting."

SFU business professor Gary Mauser was quoted in a Canadian Press story on the Harper government's action in setting a deadline for forest companies to buy into the softwood lumber deal with the U.S.

The Georgia Straight featured SFU education professor Michael Warsh discussing racism in Canada (or at least its history of multicultural assimilation).

Public Affairs & Media Relations' Terry Lavender and his video game about homelessness were featured in the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune.

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