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3M national teaching fellowship honours SFU lecturer Sheri Fabian

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University lecturer Sheri Fabian offers three gifts to her students and colleagues: opportunity, personal growth and an understanding of both the privilege and obligations that accompany teaching and learning. These exceptional contributions earned her a 2019 3M National Teaching Fellowship and an invitation to join its prestigious cohort devoted to the art of teaching. The fellowship is awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Researcher works to improve risk assessment scales for Canada’s Indigenous people

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Professionals at all levels of the criminal justice system make decisions that impact offenders. Assistant Professor Maaike Helmus develops tools, called offender risk assessment scales, to ensure these decisions meet empirically guided principles. This ensures more accurate, transparent and fair decisions for offenders. She also delivers risk assessment training internationally to ensure proper use of these scales.

Research shows contact with police amplifies deviant behaviour in youth

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Does receiving the label of deviant increase a youth’s antisocial behaviour? Criminologist Stephanie Wiley’s research on middle and high school age adolescents confirms that youth who interact with the criminal justice system are more likely to continue with deviant behaviour.

Criminology professor uses blowfly evidence to exonerate American woman imprisoned for 17 years

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At the SFU Centre for Forensic Research’s annual symposium, criminology professor Gail Anderson will talk about a fascinating court case in which her expertise as a forensic entomologist exonerated an American woman who had spent almost 17 years in jail for a murder she didn’t commit.

Prison tours positively impact undergraduate students

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Danielle Murdoch, lecturer in the School of Criminology, found support for the positive impact of prison tours on her undergraduate students with a study that collected feedback on the value and barriers to this optional field trip.