As the snow goes, so does the [summer] flow (Faculty of Science, Feb. 20, 2019) – Earth scientists in the Allen group at Simon Fraser University analyzed streamflow records for 63 mountain catchments in western North America to investigate how warm winters affect the summer streamflow. Read more…

A new signature of vortex fluctuations in high temperature superconductors (Faculty of Science, Feb. 15, 2019) – Simon Fraser University physicists have identified vortices outside the superconducting phase that advance our understanding of the mechanisms that currently limit superconducting transition temperatures. Read more…

Cancer fighting compounds with two metals have unique properties (Faculty of Science, Feb. 12, 2019) – The ongoing need for novel anticancer drugs inspires the Walsby group at Simon Fraser University to access new candidates by combining two metal-containing compounds to increase overall effectiveness. Read more…

Less-biased sparse approximation via a partial regularizer (Faculty of Science, Feb. 11, 2019) – Mathematicians at Simon Fraser University develop less-biased models to identify better quality sparse solutions for a wide class of linear systems. Read more

Chemistry team "fixes" cancer-suppressing p53 protein (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Jan 31, 2019) – An international team of chemists, led by SFU graduate student Jessica Miller, has made progress in restoring functionality to a critical protein whose breakdown is responsible for more than 50 per cent of cancers. Read more…

New clues to controlling HIV (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Jan 29, 2019) – The immune system is the body’s best defense in fighting diseases like HIV and cancer. Now, an international team of researchers is harnessing the immune system to reveal new clues that may help in efforts to produce an HIV vaccine. Read more…

A new tool to predict wave driven flooding on mid-ocean atoll islands (Faculty of Science, Jan 3, 2019) – Simon Fraser University’s Paul Kench is leading research that will allow communities on fringing reef shorelines to forecast and prepare for the impacts of future sea level rise. Read more…

Harnessing computational power to illuminate genetic causes in families with disease (Faculty of Science, Jan 3, 2019) – Researchers at Simon Fraser University develop software to simulate pedigrees with multiple rare disease-affected individuals. Read more…

Decline of the different  (Faculty of Science, Dec 12, 2018)  Simon Fraser University biologists find that evolutionarily isolated amphibians are less likely to leave the forest. Read more…

Putting the salmon into salmonberry  (Faculty of Science, Dec 11, 2018) It’s not just the pretty colour – Simon Fraser University researchers investigate the effects of salmonberries growing near salmon runs. Read more…

Muscles know best (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Nov 26, 2018) New research into muscle fibre from SFU’s Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology could eventually help cyclists and other athletes maximize their performance, and inform new treatments for stroke victims and others suffering from motor impairment diseases. Read more…

Revealing links between climate, landslides and volcanic eruptions (SFU News, Nov 9, 2018) Research from the lab of SFU professor Glyn Williams-Jones suggests that global warming is increasing the chances of a major landslide and an eruption at Mount Meager volcano, northwest of Whistler, B.C.  
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Is the present really the key to the past? (Faculty of Science, Oct 4, 2018) Earth scientist Brendan Dyck and collaborators are testing the bounds of uniformitarianism as it pertains to the Earth’s cooling over the last 4.5 billion years. Read more…

Genetic mutation provides potential clue to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Oct 3, 2018) In their research into mutations leading to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Simon Fraser University's Associate Professor Ryan Morin and PhD candidate Sarah Arthur have made an intriguing discovery.  Read more…

Covalent inhibitors for sugar processing enzymes (Faculty of Science, Sep 27, 2018)  Published in Nature Communications, researchers from Canada, Scotland and Spain have developed new carbohydrate mimics as tools for monitoring carbohydrate processing enzymes. Read more…

Theoretical prediction of chemical properties via mathematics and discovery of extremal configurations (Faculty of Science, Sep 20, 2018)  The Atom-Bond Connectivity index is a mathematical descriptor that characterizes molecular bonds based on unique aspects of the topological structure. This approach uses a branch of mathematics called graph theory to enable mathematical modelling of molecules. In a recent paper, Dr. Bojan Mohar of Simon Fraser University applied his expertise in graph theory to solve a challenging mathematical problem in this area. Read more…

Early tropical glacial records provide insights into inter-American mammal migration   (Faculty of Science, Sep 14, 2018)  Learn how the Bolivian sedimentary record reveals one of Earth’s longest and most complete glacial histories from the late Cenozoic Era, coinciding with the migration of mammals between North and South America.  Read more…

Tackling the curse: Novel methods for high-dimensional approximation (Faculty of Science, Sep 14, 2018)  Ben Adcock of Simon Fraser University reveals a new and improved approach to addressing the 'curse of dimensionality' using compressed sensing techniques.  Read more…

Not so fast: From shrews to elephants, animal reflexes surprisingly slow  (SFU News, Aug 29, 2018)  While speediness is a priority for any animal trying to escape a predator or avoid a fall, a new study by Simon Fraser University researchers suggests that even the fastest reflexes among all animals are remarkably slow.  Read more…

A new tool for making drugs  (Faculty of Science, Aug 23, 2018)  Adding a fluorine atom to a drug molecule can have dramatic effects on drug activity and improve its pharmaceutical properties. Simon Fraser University chemists and their collaborators discovered an easy and reliable way to accomplish this previously tricky step.  Read more…

Young salmon may leap to 'oust the louse'  (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Aug 9, 2018)  “Everyone who has gone fishing has wondered why fish jump,” says John Reynolds, SFU professor of marine ecology. “Now, thanks to research by SFU undergraduate student Emma Atkinson, we have experimental proof that at least one of the reasons may be to remove external parasites.” Read more…

New method for detecting doping in cyclists proposed  (Diane Mar-Nicolle, July 9, 2018)  Athletes hoping to stay a step ahead of anti-doping science may have a new reason to be concerned. Simon Fraser University researcher David Clarke and his colleagues have devised a theoretical framework that could be used to detect cheaters. Read more…

A new kind of DNA structure from a disease-linked gene  (Faculty of Science, June 22, 2018)  Research is full of surprises, this time it’s a new form of DNA discovered by the Sen group at Simon Fraser University. Read more…

Revealing the dynamics of nanoparticle formation  (Faculty of Science, June 20, 2018)  The Gates group at Simon Fraser University presents new insights into the fascinating dynamics of how nanoparticles grow during a solution-phase process. Read more…

Enabling clean energy solutions through materials science  (Faculty of Science, June 8, 2018)  Simon Fraser University researchers have improved the efficiency of nickel based materials used in electrochemical reactions that are critical to the generation of some alternative sources of fuels. Read more…

Shining a light on the existence pattern for Costas arrays  (Faculty of Science, May 26, 2018)  Drs. Jedwab and Yen have made a major discovery in the construction of Costas arrays, from the perspective of their newly proposed Costas cubes. Read more…

Prime growing areas for B.C. oysters contain alarmingly high concentrations of plastic microbeads (SFU News, May 23, 2018)  According to new research from Simon Fraser University's Ecotoxicology Research Group, BC’s premier shellfish farming region is heavily contaminated with microplastics. Read more…

A few lost souls may help salmon populations thrive  (Faculty of Science, May 22, 2018)  Jonathan Moore and collaborators investigate how the level of stray fish can impact salmon populations. Read more…

Tuning low energy absorption via excited state interactions (Faculty of Science, May 16, 2018)  Simon Fraser University researchers have developed materials that absorb near infrared radiation and discovered the mechanism involved.  Read more…

A key enzyme’s dance in silico provides clues to its normal regulation and its dysfunction in human disorders (Faculty of Science, May 5, 2018)  The regulation of enzyme activity is diverse; that of CCT is exquisite. Research on this enzyme by the Cornell lab at Simon Fraser University is making strides toward solving the puzzle of how single amino acid changes in the structure lead to several human disorders in the development of bone, eyesight and lipid deposition defects.   Read more…

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