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Thinking of the World: Report to the Community 06/07
NSERC
Yonghong Bing

Yonghong Bing

This award reflects SFU's commitments to accessibility and interdisciplinarity: it honours a female international student whose PhD thesis in chemistry was awarded the top prize in engineering.

Yonghong Bing won the prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada doctoral prize for groundbreaking chemistry research that will improve the capabilities of sophisticated electromechanical devices. She is the sixth SFU winner or runner-up in as many years. SFU produces just two per cent of all Canadian PhDs in NSERC-supported fields, but has won 16 per cent of the prizes in the past six years, successfully competing against larger institutions such as the University of Toronto and McGill University.

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Science stars
Gwenn Flowers

Gwenn Flowers

Several SFU scientists received significant career honours in 2006. Among them, Michael Plischke, dean of science, became a fellow in the distinguished American Physical Society; John Clague, Canada Research Chair in natural hazards research, won the E.R.W. Neale Medal from the Geological Association of Canada for his “sustained and outstanding efforts to share earth science with Canadians”; Gwenn Flowers, Canada Research Chair in glaciology, was named Outstanding Young Scientist by the European Geophysical Union; and Erle Nelson, an archaeologist who discovered a new method of radiocarbon dating, was elected to the Royal Society of Canada‚Äôs academies of arts, humanities and sciences.

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Kistler prize
Doreen Kimura

Doreen Kimura

SFU psychologist Doreen Kimura, a world expert on sex differences in the brain, won the 2006 Kistler Prize from the Foundation for the Future. The $100,000 prize recognized her significant contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the human genome and society. The prize is unique among major scholarly awards because it acknowledges courageous dedication to scientific research in the face of criticism and opposition.

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Best in business
Terry Beech, Anastasia Radetski and Andrew Kumar

Terry Beech (left), Anastasia Radetski (centre) and Andrew Kumar (right)

SFU Business student Andrew Kumar and recent grads Terry Beech and Anastasia Radetski claimed all three top prizes in the 2006 New Business Venture competition held in Hong Kong. Their business plan called for businesses to advertise on new cell phone software and combine it with services such as mobile couponing. For example, says Radetski, “If you wanted to know the nearest Chinese restaurant, you could click on our icon on your cell phone and see all of them in a 10-mile radius. It's like Google on your phone.”

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Learning Commons
Student Learning Commons

A one-stop shop for long-term academic success: that's the idea behind the new Student Learning Commons at SFU's Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver campuses. The new academic support centres, which centralize and expand on existing services, offer free writing, learning and library research assistance to undergraduate and graduate students. Services include workshops, tutorials, peer counseling, one-on-one consultations and drop-ins, as well as online resources.

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