SFU in the News

December 14, 2015

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 14, 2015.

SFU in the News

Airbnb and short-term rentals in Vancouver on the rise
Global News - December 14, 2015
A study by SFU graduate student Karen Sawatzky found that there is a financial incentive for landlords and property owners to rent to short-term rather than long-term tenants.

Study Claims Plus-Size Models in Advertising May Contribute to Obesity and Make Women More Self-Conscious - December 14, 2015
A study led by SFU business professor Brent McFerran found that exposure to images of female “plus-sized” models can impact the obesity rate amongst women.

Law offers little fallback to B.C.'s migrant farm workers: study
Business In Vancouver - December 11, 2015
A study led by SFU sociology professor Gerardo Otero and Kerry Preibisch found that granting migrant farm workers residency would protect migrants from abuse.

5 ways to give better gifts this holiday season | FOX31 Denver
FOX 31 KDVR - December 14, 2015
A study co-authored by SFU psychology professor Lara Aknin found that giving a gift that reflects your own interests may promote “closeness” in your relationship.

Shauna Sylvester: Will COP21 deliver the new green?
The Georgia Straight - December 11, 2015
Shauna Sylvester, SFU Public Square’s executive director, describes her time at COP21 in Paris.

Five Winners Of Zone Startups India’s Next Big Idea Contest Visit SFU’s VentureLabs
Link Newspaper - December 11, 2015
FIVE India tech startups visited SFU’s VentureLabs at Harbour Centre earlier this week.

SFU Experts in the News

Government lifts down payment minimum requirements
Bloomberg - December 14, 2015
SFU Beedie professor Andrey Pavlov comments on the announcement by the federal government to tighten its mortgage rules in a bid to cool housing markets in Vancouver and Toronto.

Amazon under fire for allowing sale of Nazi paraphernalia - December 14, 2015
SFU marketing professor Lindsay Meredith comments on Amazon's refusal to address the issues relating to selling Nazi paraphernalia on their website.

Liberal government's throne speech promises to legalize, regulate, restrict pot
The Canadian Press - December 12, 2015
Donald MacPherson, the director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition at SFU’s Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions, comments on the Liberal party’s plans to legalize marijuana.

Paris climate talks were about business, not politics
The Globe and Mail - December 12, 2015
SFU fellow Merran Smith comments on the climate talks taking place in Paris.

B.C. environmentalists cheer Paris climate deal
Vancouver Sun - December 13, 2015
SFU energy economist professor Mark Jaccard comments on commitments from both developed and developing nations on climate change.

What Is a Human? Long-Standing Debate Surrounds Our Family Tree
The News Daily - December 13, 2015
SFU human evolution and archeology professor Mark Collard comments on the issues related to grouping fossils into species.

Is Your Fake Christmas Tree Making You Sick?
Yahoo! Health - December 14, 2015
SFU health sciences professor Bruce Lanphear discusses the issues related to the chemicals used to produce fake Christmas trees and their impact on consumer health.

Province's IT projects go over budget or miss key features
Times Colonist - December 13, 2015
SFU communication professor Ellen Balka comments on the issues relating to the Province’s IT projects that go over budget or miss key features.


SFU Clan’s 50 Greatest Moments: Legend of icon and alumnus Terry Fox tops an impressive list
The Province - December 11, 2015
SFU Alumnus Terry Fox tops SFU Clan’s 50 greatest moments.