SFU People in the News

April 03, 2012

This report on Simon Fraser University in the news lists the main items of known media coverage from 9 a.m. Pacific Monday April 2 to 9 a.m. Pacific Tuesday April 3.
The report is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations.

Politics | Students | Assault | HIV/AIDS | Education | The pill | Sports


  • Public policy profs Royce Koop and Doug McArthur were in stories about an Angus Reid poll that put the BC Liberals and the BC Conservatives tied at 23 per cent in popular support, with the NDP well ahead at 43 per cent.
    • Koop was in the Globe and Mail: “Royce Koop, an assistant professor with Simon Fraser University's school of public policy, agreed that the Liberals may now have a tough time positioning themselves as the only choice for British Columbians concerned about an NDP victory.
      "‘The Conservatives can make the argument that it's the Liberals, not the Conservatives, who are splitting the anti-NDP vote,’ Prof. Koop said. ‘Christy Clark's big thing has been heading off the Conservatives, and it's just been a big failure.’"
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    • McArthur was in 24Hours: “‘This is dangerous territory for the Liberals. They're at a tipping point. If they fall behind in a few polls running in the next few months, voters looking to find an alternative to the NDP will tend to concentrate behind the party that seems to have more promise in doing better. And the way things are going, that could be the Conservative party."
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  • The Canada AM show on CTV today featured adjustable high-heeled shoes designed by two SFU students.
    Nasim Jahangiri and Pantea Shahsavani created the adjustable high-heeled shoe as part of their final project at Simon Fraser University's School of Interactive Arts and Technology. . . .
    “How podiatrists or shoe-lovers will rate the duo's invention remains to be seen. But the SFU program has given these two students a business idea that could prove profitable. For Jahangiri, the SFU program will be her third degree, after studying architecture in Iran and web design after arriving in Canada.
    “Shahsavani will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts this summer with plans to go into marketing.
    “The team hopes to take out a patent on their adjustable high-heel prototype in the near future.”
    Full story (with video):
    SFU news release (Feb. 29):
  • ‘Multicultural OMNI Television interviewed criminologist Brenda Morrison and graduate students Tania Arvanitidis and Michelle Funk in a story on how the SFU Hummingbirds team will run to raise money for the B.C. Victims of Homicide Initiative in Vancouver on June 24.
    Morrison and students from her SFU Centre for Restorative Justice will be among several teams raising money in the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge. The SFU team will run in honour of Maple Batalia, an SFU student who was fatally shot as she left SFU’s Surrey campus last September. Maple’s elder sister Roseleen Batalia, another SFU student, was also in the Omni story.
    Omni video (in Punjabi, but Morrison and others are in English) is ‘Run for Bereavement’ on a list of stories at:
    SFU release (March 29):


  • The Province spoke with Rob Gordon, director of SFU Criminology, for a story about three teenage girls being charged after a late-night beating in Abbotsford that landed a 30-year-old man in hospital.
    “Simon Fraser University criminologist Robert Gordon said the Abbotsford incident is not part of any perceived spike in female violence.
    “‘This is likely an unusual set of circumstances that will not be repeated,’ said Gordon. ‘There’s no indication that we’re standing on the threshold of a sky that’s falling in regards to violence among young women.’
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  • Saskatoon’s CKOM Radio carried a story on SFU prof Jamie Scott’s hopes of tackling the incidence of HIV in Saskatchewan that is developing into AIDS faster than usual.
    “The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Saskatchewan may be worsening, with some data showing HIV moving into (AIDS) in shorter amounts of time,” said CKOM.
    And the station quoted Scott as saying: "‘We don't know if it's because people are spreading the virus very early in their infections, where their immune system hasn't yet attacked the virus, and therefore hasn't pushed other variants. No one has ever mapped the virus in Saskatchewan before.”
    The story added: “Scott recently wrapped up a short tour of the province, and hopes to return for a two-year study to track both the  . . . spread of HIV/AIDS, and what social issues are at play.”
    Full story:
  • Meanwhile, 24Hours carried a brief item on a new grant supporting Scott’s research on an HIV vaccine.
    “A Simon Fraser University professor is among four researchers awarded with a $2.7 million grant to help strengthen an HIV vaccine they're working on. Professor Jamie Scott said the funding would help further develop research based around the 'MPER,' a part of the HIV virus that rarely mutates, allowing antibodies to potentially recognize the virus.”
    SFU news release (Carol Thorbes of PAMR):


  • SFU students from Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam will be eligible for scholarships from the Coquitlam Foundation, thanks to a gift of more than $355,000 from the estate of former Coquitlam resident James Stewart, Coquitlam Now reported.
    “Named in his honour, the James Gordon Stewart Fund is designed to support a handful of charitable causes, namely research and support for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and kidney disease. The donation will also help provide scholarships for students from Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam who are attending Simon Fraser University.”
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  • The Calgary Herald picked up a Vancouver Sun blog from last week that quoted political economist Marjorie Griffin Cohen on a U.S. study that found about one-third of women’s wage gains through the 1990s were due to the availability of oral contraceptives.
    “According to a new University of Michigan study, a woman's access to oral contraceptives at an early age added up to an eight-per-cent wage gain over women who didn't take the pill. . . .
    “Marjorie Griffin Cohen, a Simon Fraser University professor of political science and gender, sexuality and women’s studies, told me there’s ‘no doubt’ the pill played a major role in the wage advancements of women in the labour market.”
    Full story:


  • Coquitlam Now reported that the Velox Valkyries of Victoria handed the SFU women’s rugby club a 38-0 defeat last weekend.
    “‘There's a reason they're number 1 in the league,’ said SFU wing and fullback Adrianna Spyker. ‘We have a lot of newer players so they learned how far we have to go to get to their level. . . . We played a good game, but Velox deserved their win.’"
    Then the SFU men’s rugby club hosted the Vancouver Kats, losing 29-17.
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