SFU People in the News

April 11, 2012

This report on Simon Fraser University in the news lists the main items of known media coverage from 9 a.m. Pacific Tuesday April 10 to 9 a.m. Pacific Wednesday April 11.
The report is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations.

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  • André Gerolymatos, historian and international security commentator, was on News1130 Radio after a bomb-threat caused a Korea-bound airliner to land at Comox BC, escorted by two American F-15 fighters.
    “SFU's André Gerolymatos says our aging F-18s can't handle our needs and it highlights the problems with Canada's aging fleet.
    “‘When you think about it, it's embarrassing we can't handle our own air space. We are allies with the United States, so out of the goodness of their hearts and of course, for their own protection, they would dispatch their fighters to help in a situation like this.’
    “He says this hits at the crux of the controversy over the future of Canada's air force, including the planned F-35s.
    “‘If we want to control our own air space, we have to have an air force that can do it. It's not something that's unusual, so we should not be surprised if in the future, we might have a situation where there's a plane that might have a dangerous passenger or even a bomb on it.’"
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  • Gordon Price, director of the SFU City Program was on CTV, talking about a proposed 12.5-per-cent increase in transit fares. (TransLink commissioner Martin Crilly is to announce today if the increase is justified.)
    “Gordon Price predicts that Crilly may find some other areas where TransLink can be more cost efficient. However, Price said he will be surprised if the fare hike is not approved. Without increasing prices, TransLink will not be able increase the frequency of bus services, Price said.
    "‘Things like cracking down on fare evasion or cut salaries, that will give you some bucks but it's not the kind of numbers you really need to serve the existing system or to expand it,’ he said.”
    Full story (with video):


  • The Vancouver Courier ran a column on how piper Derek Milloy of the SFU Pipe Band will be honoured during the band’s 30th anniversary concert in Vancouver on April 15.
    Milloy has been recognized by the Canadian MS Society with the Opal Award for Caregiver, in recognition of his care for his wife Darleen, who died last May, 20 years after she was diagnosed with MS.
    “Milloy dedicated every spare minute to caring for his wife as her health declined, while completing his masters degree in education. That dedication was recognized last month by the MS Society of Canada, which awarded Milloy the National Opal Award for Caregiver.
    “The local division of the national MS Society will recognize Milloy for a second time April 15 at a special performance of the SFU pipe band at the Vogue Theatre. The concert will be the first local performance by the band in more than five years. (I'd recommend packing tissues if you attend.)
    “Milloy says he's humbled by the award and adds he never considered the care he gave Darleen as anything above and beyond. ‘I loved her and I just did what was automatic. I know for a fact there are thousands of people out there doing the same thing for a loved one, so I'm very honoured.’"
    Full story:
    SFU news release:


  • Speaking of the SFU Pipe Band: Rob MacNeil, president of the BC Pipers’ Association and a manager of the SFU band, was in the news for the second day on the City of Vancouver’s short-lived ban on buskers playing bagpipes.
    Short-lived? Seems so, as Mayor Gregor Robertson declared on Twitter: “There will be no ban on bagpipes or drums busking in Vancouver. Not on my watch.”  Now the issue goes to the full city council.
    (There was no word on whether the mayor and his chief of engineering, whose department came up with the ban, would accept the SFU band’s offer of free tickets to its concert on Sunday April 15. Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, 2 p.m. Ticket info:


  • Rob Gordon, director of SFU Criminology, was in a Burnaby NOW story on criticism by Burnaby Coun. Nick Volkow on the new, 20-year federal-provincial RCMP contract.
    “SFU criminologist Robert Gordon said he thinks Volkow's comments are indicative of the level of posturing going on at the municipal level as cities decide when and how to ratify the 20-year deal.  . . .
    “Gordon said he's intrigued by Volkow's comments, but in reality, even if Burnaby took the extreme step of giving two years' notice of opting out of the deal, that's not enough time to get a new police force set up.
    "‘It would take three years minimum to set up a separate Burnaby police force,’ said Gordon.”
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  • SFU’s Bernard Crespi was quoted by TheScientist magazine on a U.S. study that found tiny soldier thrips, slender insects only one millimetre long, protect their colony by using  antimicrobial compounds to fight much smaller enemies: microscopic fungi.
    “It’s been somewhat overlooked that one of the consequences of social cooperation is big colonies, which are prime conditions for pathogens,” said Bernard Crespi, a biologist at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, who was not involved in the study. “So one really does expect to find strong anti-pathogen adaptations,” he added, but “it’s an underappreciated phenomenon.”
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  • SFU prof Christian Guilbault did yet another interview—this time on QR77 Radio, Calgary, on the Text4Science study he is conducting with colleagues from the Université de Montreal and the University of Ottawa.
    "We really want to see what people do to language when they send text messages. We're not too sure it's only a negative thing.  So far we're not sure of anything because we're still in the middle of gathering some data. But a preliminary look at the data is pointing towards, maybe, you know, a different opinion.
    "We're finding that there's not nearly as many abbreviations as people would think. For instance, the word 'okay' most of the time, in our sampling anyway, is spelled o-k-a-y as opposed to OK or just the letter K."
    SFU news release (April 8):
  • Meanwhile, in a column in the Selkirk (MB) Journal, editor Amanda Lefley praised the Text4Science project.
    “The project was started to put to bed myths and generalizations regarding how young people are worse writers verses (sic) those from earlier generations—specifically because of text messaging. The fact is texting is not to blame for poor spelling and grammar. . . .
    “If spelling and grammar among younger generations is really as bad as people say it is, maybe it’s time to examine where these skills are being taught instead of using a scapegoat.”
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  • Burnaby NOW told readers: “It's been a long time coming, but later this week, the new UniverCity Childcare Centre will mark its official grand opening.
    “The centre is the newest arm of the SFU Childcare Society, which operates a number of centres on Burnaby Mountain for students, staff, faculty and local residents.
    “The new centre is aiming to be the first childcare facility in Canada certified under the Living Building Challenge, an international green-building rating system.”
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  • The Tri-City News and Coquitlam NOW reported on the two games won on Monday (April 9) by the Clan softball team.
    Tri-City News:Cara Lukawesky of Coquitlam pitched a complete-game shutout to spark the Simon Fraser Clan to a 2-0 triumph and a doubleheader sweep Monday of the St. Martin's Saints in university women's softball action in Lacey, Wash.”
    Full story:
    Coquitlam NOW:

Also in sports

  • The Nanaimo Daily News reported that Vancouver Island University has hired former SFU Clan player Matt Kuzminski, 26, as head coach of the Mariners men's basketball program. Kuzminski is a Nanaimo native who last played for the Clan in 2010.
    Full story:


  • The Fraser Institute announced to media the appointment of SFU grad Nils Veldhuis as the president of the conservative think tank. ‘He holds a master's degree in economics from Simon Fraser University and is the author or co-author of six books on economics and public policy, including Learning from the Past: How Canadian Fiscal Policies of the 1990s Can Be Applied Today.
    Fraser Institute news release:




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