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  • April 23, 2014
    Conference challenges policy limits
    The limitations of current policy research and evaluation will be under a microscope beginning Thursday when Simon Fraser University’s Institute for Intersectionality Research and Policy (IIRP) hosts the Intersectionality Research, Policy and Practice: Influences, Interrogations and Innovations conference, from April 24-26.
  • April 22, 2014
    SFU fosters diaspora research
    Simon Fraser University’s new Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement (IDRE) will be launched at its Surrey campus on April 25, from 5–7 p.m. The event will feature a panel discussion on key diaspora-related issues, including financial and social remittances, development issues and peace and security. More than 100 government officials, community representative and academics from diverse communities are expected to attend.
  • April 16, 2014
    Clean energy, chem labs to grow
    Simon Fraser University researcher Erik Kjeang is another step closer to developing a state-of-the-art fuel cell and battery research facility for performing world-class clean energy research at SFU’s Surrey campus.
  • April 16, 2014
    Robotic team heads for world championship
    Members of Simon Fraser University’s VEX Robotics team—one of the top 30 such teams in the world¬—are heading to California later this week to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championship April 23-26. The SFU team is the only Canadian university team to compete.
  • April 15, 2014
    Scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system
    Two Simon Fraser University psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors’ perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders.
  • April 14, 2014
    City Conversations talks innovation with Dr. Arvind Gupta
    Dr. Arvind Gupta, former SFU professor and current CEO and scientific director of Mitacs, will serve as lead presenter at Simon Fraser University Public Square’s next edition of its City Conversations series on April 17.
  • April 11, 2014
    Study says we’re over the hill at 24
    It’s a hard pill to swallow, but if you’re over 24 years of age you’ve already reached your peak in terms of your cognitive motor performance, according to a new Simon Fraser University study.
  • April 11, 2014
    Finance students win gold at RISE competition
    Students from SFU’s Beedie School of Business M.Sc. in Finance program brought home gold for the third year in a row at the Redefining Investment Strategy Education (RISE) competition.
  • April 11, 2014
    Managing burden of chronic disease
    Simon Fraser University researcher Scott Lear says prevention will increasingly play a key role in how we manage the rising burden of chronic diseases. He’ll discuss how we need to approach the issue on a society-wide and individual basis at the last of SFU’s Café Scientifique series on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at CBC’s Vancouver studio.
  • April 10, 2014
    DTES writers on the mountain
    When a busload of Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents file into a room in Simon Fraser University’s library at its Burnaby campus on April 15 and begin reading their writings, one thing will become readily apparent.
  • April 10, 2014
    World ranking tracks birds’ evolutionary distinctness
    A team of international scientists, including a trio from Simon Fraser University, has published the world’s first ranking of evolutionary distinct birds under threat of extinction. These include a cave-dwelling bird that is so oily it can be used as a lamp and a bird that has claws on its wings and a stomach like a cow.
  • April 08, 2014
    Raising a glass as brewing course winds down
    Students who participated in Simon Fraser University’s first Brewing Science credit course will share what they’ve learned during a term wind-up on April 9. A poster exhibit in the SFU Surrey campus mezzanine will feature their class work on the science of brewing beer–from topics such as local craft beer and economic growth to the physiology of hangovers. Students will be on hand from 3-4:30 p.m. to answer questions.
  • April 08, 2014
    Anne Giardini to be installed SFU chancellor in June
    Business leader, lawyer, author, arts patron, SFU alumna assumes role as SFU prepares to enter its 50th year. Simon Fraser University’s Board of Governors has announced that forestry executive, lawyer and writer Anne Giardini, Q.C., will become the university’s 11th chancellor in June, 2014.
  • April 08, 2014
    Examining Singapore’s anti-gay paradox
    On April 11, Audrey Yue of the University of Melbourne will examine the paradox of Singapore with Creative Singapore and the Illiberal Pragmatics of Sexuality, where the transition to a creative economy has meant an emergence of a vibrant gay culture, although homosexuality still remains a criminal offence.
  • April 07, 2014
    SFU, Surrey brewery partner on autism research project
    Surrey’s Central City Brewers and Distillers is partnering with Simon Fraser University on a pilot project on a possible treatment for autism. The brewery hopes to raise $400,000 to help fund clinical trials of the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for children with autism. The study will make use of SFU’s hyperbaric chamber to study the effectiveness of the therapy, which is known to increase blood circulation to the brain, on children with autism.
  • April 04, 2014
    Jesse Thorn to speak at SFU Vancouver
    Jesse Thorn, who became the U.S.’s youngest national public radio host when he founded the Sound of Young America, will speak at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus on April 28 as part of the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series.
  • April 03, 2014
    Conference puts health research under microscope
    As Simon Fraser University’s health science researchers prepare to strut their accomplishments at the faculty’s third biennial SFU Health Research Day on April 10, SFU’s incoming vice-president, research has some advice.
  • April 03, 2014
    Backgrounder: Interview with Joy Johnson
    Johnson, a University of British Columbia nursing professor and science director for the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, notes health research is more important than ever.
  • April 02, 2014
    Dialogue targets transportation, beyond the politics
    A public dialogue on metro Vancouver’s transportation and the launch of a new initiative to engage and educate citizens on the issues will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus on Tuesday, April 8 from 1-2:15 p.m.
  • April 02, 2014
    River ice reveals new twist on Arctic melt
    A new study led by Lance Lesack, a Simon Fraser University geographer and Faculty of Environment professor, has discovered unexpected climate-driven changes in the mighty Mackenzie River’s ice breakup. This discovery may help resolve the complex puzzle underlying why Arctic ice is disappearing more rapidly than expected.