SFU People in the News - December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Below is your daily copy of Media Matters.
Provided by University Communications, Media Matters is a snapshot of Simon Fraser University in the news as of Monday, December 15, 2014.

Faculties & Departments

Retro resurgence: Boomers, youngsters go for classic products

Victoria Times Colonist - December 15, 2014
Nobody predicts that born-again products are about to topple Apple or Facebook. Their resurgence — or in a few cases, their enduring and defiant popularity — is about finding a niche, about clawing back “a residual but still prominent place in popular culture,” says Rick Gruneau, a professor at SFU’s school of communication.

New algorithm a Christmas gift to 3-D printing—and the environment - December 15, 2014
Just in time for Christmas, Simon Fraser University computing science professor Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world's first algorithm for automatically decomposing a 3D object into what are called pyramidal parts.

North Shore rock slide turns part of Seymour River into lake

Global News - December 13, 2014
“If it got any deeper or woody debris backed up behind that bridge, it might actually float off its foundations.” – John Clague, an SFU Environmental Sciences Professor.

Are referendums an effective strategy?

The Province - December 12, 2014
...or not it would improve voter turnout. Gordon Price, former Vancouver city councillor and director of SFU's city program, said the effectiveness...

How will Metro mayors try to convince you to vote ‘yes’ in the transportation referendum?

News1130 Radio - December 12, 2014
Transportation expert Anthony Perl with Simon Fraser University says their best bet in achieving that is a simple and straightforward campaign.

Fraser Institute Awards 2014 Addington Prize for Measurement to Canadian Duo for Research on Measuring Productivity

Market Wired - December 12, 2014
The winning paper was selected by a panel of academics chaired by Stephen Easton, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University and senior fellow at the Fraser Institute.

Widened police power to search phones leaves many questions: SFU prof

Vernon Morning Star - December 12, 2014
A Supreme Court of Canada decision granting police wider powers to search cellphones after an arrest raises troubling questions for privacy and fails to take into account the power of the devices most people carry in their pockets and purses. That's the response of SFU criminology professor David MacAlister to the high court's 4-3 ruling Thursday.

High-tech floor reduces impact of falls for seniors
Vancouver Sun - December 12, 2014
The floor is being tested in a clinical trial by the Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS) program at SFU in collaboration with Fraser Health.

‘Yes’ side could win the transportation referendum, despite strong initial opposition: expert

News1130 Radio - December 12, 2014
Marketing expert Lindsay Meredith with SFU says the opposition may sound strong right now, but that’s not surprising.

Also in the News

Outstanding SFU Alumni!

The Link - December 13, 2014
SFU and the Alumni Association honoured Kanwal Singh Neel as one of their most accomplished graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards.

New Westminster on hunt for waterfront memorabilia

Royal City Record - December 12, 2014
The New Westminster Museum, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, will open its summer exhibition, Our Working Waterfront, in July 2015.

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