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Issues & Experts >  Issues & Experts Archive > Politics, obesity, Cystic Fibrosis, anti-terrorism – Issues, Experts and Ideas

Politics, obesity, Cystic Fibrosis, anti-terrorism – Issues, Experts and Ideas

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March 28, 2006
New era for relations with US
In his first interview with a Canadian print journalist since taking office five years ago, US president George W. Bush has said he wants to resolve the softwood lumber dispute and that he accepts responsibility for the skepticism Canadians sometimes feel about the US. SFU political scientist Alex Moens has written a biography on Bush and can provide some insight into the leader and how a Bush-Harper relationship might unfold.

Alex Moens, 604.291.4361; alexander_moens@sfu.ca

National focus on obesity
The Canadian Obesity Network is a new national initiative to address obesity. It will pull together researchers, health professionals and others to become the primary network focused on preventing and reducing the consequences of excess body weight. SFU kinesiologist Diane Finegood, who is also the scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, is a network partner. “Some of the most exciting research today brings together researchers working in different disciplines to answer important questions about how our biology and our environment interact to affect our behaviour.”

Diane Finegood, 604.268.6707; diane_finegood@sfu.ca (away until Mar. 30)

Making a splash for Cystic Fibrosis
SFU's varsity swim team hope to break a few world records on April 2 as they help raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The team will join in the CF Foundation’s 32nd annual Swim-a-rama at the SFU pool. At 3 p.m., SFU swimmers will attempt to break three world records (swimming relay style) including the women’s 800-metre freestyle and the men’s and women’s 200-metre individual medley. One of the event’s organizers, Penny Pedersen, wife of former SFU president George Pederson, says there is a great need for more research and education about the disease, which struck their two grand-daughters and claimed the life of one a few years ago.

Liam Donnelly, swim coach, 604.291.3176; liam@sfu.ca
Penny Pedersen, 604.733.2400; pedersen@sfu.ca

Key player in U.S. anti-terrorism project
SFU engineering scientist John Dill is a key player in a major US government research project focused on preventing terrorism by means of a powerful and relatively new scientific field known as visual analytics. He can comment on the field, which helps analysts process enormous quantities of data from unrelated sources and visually represents the information for human evaluation. He can also comment on the US department of homeland security’s new National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC), for which he helped create the research and development agenda.

 John Dill, 604.268.7555; dill@cs.sfu.ca