SFU People in the News

March 21, 2012

This report on Simon Fraser University in the news lists the main items of known media coverage from 9 a.m. Pacific Tuesday March 20 to 9 a.m. Pacific Wednesday March 21.
The report is compiled and distributed by SFU Public Affairs & Media Relations.

Policing | Seniors | Fuel cells | Alzheimer's | Global reading | Arts | Athletics


  • Rob Gordon, director of SFU Criminology, gave CBC News some predictions on the new, 20-year federal-provincial contract for RCMP services that BC will unveil today (March 21).
    “The deal is likely not to contain too many surprises, said Simon Fraser University criminologist Rob Gordon.
    “‘I am expecting to see a two-year—for lack of a better word, escape hatch—so that either side, if they wish to cancel the contract, they can do so,’ Gordon said.
    “Gordon said there will also likely be a five-year contract review. He also said there won't be much about police accountability, but believes discussions about that will happen once the contract is signed.”


  • The Vancouver Sun posted video of a “bouncy floor” developed to alleviate injuries to seniors, and demonstrated by Fabio Feldman, adjunct prof in SFU Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology and manager of seniors’ fall and injury prevention at Fraser Health.
    The video goes with a Postmedia News story run earlier by the Sun—and today (March 21) by the Montreal Gazette—that quoted Feldman and Gloria Gutman, director emerita of the SFU Gerontology Research Centre. They spoke about technology to reduce falls by seniors and limit injuries.
    The story said: “From offices with flex-floors to injectable heart monitors and mobile medication alerts, experts predict our job sites could one day come to offer a standard of safety approaching that of a care facility.”
    Vancouver Sun video (preceded by a commercial):
    Montreal Gazette story:


  • Two automobile-related websites and the Daily Commercial News carried stories following a federal government news release that announced, among other things, $5 million in funding for SFU-led R&D on a new generation of fuel cells.
    Ottawa announced: “For this project, 17 scientists and engineers from nine universities across Canada will work on reducing the production costs of this new technology. Dr. Steven Holdcroft is partnering with Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, Ballard Power Systems Inc., BIC Inc., General Motors of Canada Limited, Hydrogenics and Hyteon Inc.”
    Holdcroft is working on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) that now need high amounts of platinum. His project will work on reducing the cost of PEMFCs through the exploration of alternative metals and advanced layer structures.
    Sympatico Autos:
    Federal news release on Daily Commercial News:
    Federal backgrounder (PDF):


  • China’s state news agency, Xinhua, circulated a story on a new study from SFU that finds slowing or preventing Alzheimer's disease may be as simple as maintaining a particular protein's sugar levels.
    “The study, co-authored by chemistry professor David Vocadlo and published in the recent issue of Nature Chemical Biology, suggests that the enzyme O-GlcNAcase is a potential therapeutic target that could hinder progression of Alzheimer's disease.”
    Full story (in the Shanghai Daily):
    SFU news release (Feb. 26):


  • Speaking of China: Quill and Quire book magazine reported: “A global reading in honour of imprisoned Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is scheduled to take place today at over 160 global institutions”—including SFU.
    “Participating Canadian organizations include Amnesty International, China Rights Network, PEN Canada, Simon Fraser University, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, and the Festival international de la Poésie de Trois-Rivières.”
    It gave no details of the SFU event, though.
    Full story:


  • The Tri-City News told readers that a Coquitlam composer—SFU student Evan Watkins—will be featured in the upcoming Sonic Boom Festival in Vancouver.
    “Evan Watkins' piece, Tracing Shadows , will be performed on Saturday, March 24 at the Western Front (303 E. 8th Ave., Vancouver) at 7:30 p.m. . . .
    “Watkins has attended SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts since 2008. Prior to becoming a composer, Watkins' passion for music was expressed through clarinet performance, in both jazz and chamber music settings.
    “Fellow Tri-City resident and musician Gene Emerson is in Sonic Boom's master class led by SFU's Owen Underhill.”
    Full story:


  • Three members of the Clan men’s golf team finished in the top 10, leading SFU to a third-place finish at the Cavalier Classic hosted by Concordia University of Portland OR. The SFU women’s team finished in fourth place in the tournament at the Camas (WA) Meadows Golf Club.
    The University of Victoria won the men’s competition and Concordia the women’s contest.
    On the men’s side for SFU, Michael Belle posted rounds of 75-74-75 for a tournament total of 224 (+8) and a tie for seventh place. Tied for ninth was John Mlikotic, 74-79-73—226. Calum Miller finished in a tie for 10th at 77-75-76—228.
    Top Clan woman was Nicole Jordan at 89-83-79—251 (+35).
    Clan news release (Ben Hodge of SFU Athletics):


  • Burnaby Now and the New Westminster Record recapped the play of the SFU men’s hockey club at the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League championships last weekend. SFU, the defending champion, lost to the University of Victoria 4-3 in the final game in Kamloops.
    “SFU also lost 4-3 in a shootout to UVic earlier in the playoff round despite a two-goal outing by Tyler Mah of Burnaby.
    "In the two games against Victoria I don't think that we battled as hard as they did," said SFU head coach Mark Coletta. "It's been a recurring theme with our team after the UBC series. We took things too lightly."
    Full story:
    Victoria News:
    Peninsula News Review (Sidney BC):
  • Former Clan football star Doug Brown is expected to announce today (March 21) his retirement from football after 11 years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, reported the Winnipeg Free Press.
    ‘He was named a CFL all-star seven times (2001-02, 2006-10), a divisional all-star eight times (2001-02; 2006-11) and was nominated as the CFL's most outstanding Canadian three times, winning the award in 2001. . . . Brown played in 188 regular season games, nine playoff games, and three Grey Cups (2001, 2007, 2011) over his 11 seasons. Despite his Hall of Fame resumé, Brown never won a CFL championship.”
    Full story:
    TSN added: “Brown was originally drafted out of Simon Fraser University by the Calgary Stampeders in 1997. He instead decided to pursue a career in the NFL and signed with the Buffalo Bills. Brown would go on to play for the Washington Redskins in 1998 before returning to the CFL in 2001.”
    Full story:




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