Top 10 SFU News stories of 2020
SFU embraced remote teaching and working from home. We also welcomed a new chancellor and president, held a ground awakening for a First Peoples’ Gathering House and made significant headway on a proposed gondola to the Burnaby campus. Here’s a look back at 2020’s highlights. learn more →
SFU’s largest gift creates unprecedented scholarship to empower equity-deserving students
SFU alumnus Lance Uggla and his family are committing $34.1 million to establish the Uggla Family Scholarship. It is the largest gift ever received in the university’s history. learn more →
SFU remains #1 comprehensive university in Canada, according to Maclean’s Magazine
Simon Fraser University is once again Canada’s top comprehensive university according to Maclean’s Magazine’s 2021 university rankings. learn more →
Romero brings a depth of perspective to their work as a community-based artist, filmmaker, and poet. read more
January 11, 2021
Remembering Ralph Gregory Stacey, alumnus and former member of SFU's Board of Governors
The family of Greg Stacey is deeply saddened by his quiet and unexpected passing.
December 23, 2020
SFU alumnus inspired by her organization’s 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
Simon Fraser University alumnus Cynthia Jones has seen many challenges to global food security over the past 25 years—from wars to the latest pandemic—working with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19, she says the organization’s recent 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been a highly motivating and inspiring factor for staff heading into a new year.
Burnaby Mountain is 370 metres (1,210 ft) above sea level, making it one of the highest spots outside the North Shore, in the Metro Vancouver area. With increasing altitude, temperatures fall, so it is always a few degrees cooler on the Burnaby campus. read more
January 07, 2021
SFU creates memorial scholarship to honour victims of Flight 752
The Flight 752 Memorial Scholarship aims to support SFU graduate students who advance Persian culture through volunteerism or research.
December 22, 2020
2021 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue to recognize dialogue furthering anti-racism
Nominations are now open for the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. This award, presented every second year by the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, seeks individuals who demonstrate excellence in using dialogue to increase mutual understanding and advance complex public issues.
SFU’s Beedie School of Business has collaborated with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) to produce an affordability guide for businesses and professionals seeking information about relocating to the Vancouver area. read more
December 11, 2020
SFU researchers developing AI system to protect killer whales
Simon Fraser University researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to classify whale calls—data that is helping them develop a warning system to help protect endangered west coast southern resident killer whales from potentially fatal ship strikes.
November 20, 2020
SFU researchers examine which approaches are most effective at reducing COVID-19 spread
Simon Fraser University professors Paul Tupper and Caroline Colijn have found that physical distancing is universally effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19, while social bubbles and masks are more situation-dependent.
Former SFU soccer captain Frode Strand-Nielsen is empowering female student athletes and inspiring global perspectives with a $1-million gift to his alma mater. read more
October 28, 2020
Former SFU player Rysen John signs with New York Giants practice squad
After originally singing a contract with the Giants in the fall, Rysen John is once again back with the club after rehabbing a hamstring injury.
August 12, 2020
SFU retires its varsity athletics team name
Simon Fraser University is retiring its varsity athletics team name, the Clan, effective immediately.
SFU’s CARES program offers a variety of resources and supports for students who need to self-isolate. read more
November 26, 2020
SFU Beedie welcomes virtual international exchange students
COVID-19 pandemic has created both a challenge and an opportunity for the Office of International Programs at Beedie School of Business.
November 24, 2020
Explore your fears in this pandemic literature course next spring
SFU's Department of English is offering a team-taught course that explores how literature responds to and informs our experience of a pandemic.
SFU glassblower Lucas Clarke’s scientific glass creations are orbiting Earth and sitting at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. read more
December 21, 2020
Wishing you a safe and restful holiday break
As 2020 comes to a close, I am filled with gratitude for the Simon Fraser University community. You have shown tremendous dedication and resolve during an unpredictable and challenging year.
December 09, 2020
SFU Education's David Zandvliet appointed UNESCO Chair on Bio-Cultural Diversity and Education
SFU boasts its first UNESCO Chair with the appointment of education professor David Zandvliet to the newly established UNESCO Chair in Bio-Cultural Diversity and Education.