media release

Advisory: Surrey students to explore science through paper lens

May 31, 2019

Barbara Frisken, Department of Physics, 604.365.6045,
Braden McMillan, University Communications and Marketing, 778.782.3210,

On Tuesday, June 4th, more than 100 Surrey elementary school students will have an opportunity to examine science from a unique perspective during this year’s Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Congress at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus. Visiting students will attend a session hosted by Stanford Professor Manu Prakash who will demonstrate how to assemble and use a Foldscope – an ultra-affordable, paper microscope that has optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes. Students will also tour SFU’s Trottier Observatory and engage in other scientific workshops while at the Burnaby campus.

A MacArthur Fellow and the inventor of the Foldscope, Professor Prakash will also be giving the CAP Herzberg Memorial Public Lecture, Frugal Science in the Age of Curiosity, on Monday, June 3rd. Professor Prakash will speak to how physics principles have been used to invent affordable technologies for global education, health and science explorations. Also speaking at the CAP Congress is Canadian Nobel Laureate Professor Donna Strickland who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2018 for her work and research with laser technology. Both speaking engagements are open to the media. 

Student Foldscope Workshops
When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
Where: Shrum Science Centre, Trottier Studio, C9051, SFU Burnaby Campus
Details: Media are welcome to attend and film the student workshop. 

Opening Lecture with Donna Strickland
When: Monday, June 3, 2019 at 8:45 a.m.
Where: Shrum Science Centre, Room P9001, SFU Burnaby Campus
Details: Media are welcome to attend and film the first five minutes of the lecture.

Herzberg Memorial Public Lecture
When: Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Shrum Science Centre, Room C9001, SFU Burnaby Campus 
Details: Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the free lecture. 

Professor Prakash is available for interviews by request.

About the Canadian Association of Physicists Congress:

The CAP Congress is the national meeting for Canadian researchers in physics with approximately 500 physicists in attendance each year. The 2019 congress will be hosted by Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby campus from June 3 to 7. The five-day congress provides opportunities for the public, teachers and students to engage with Physics. For more details click here. 

About Simon Fraser University:

As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded more than 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 155,000 alumni in 143 countries around the world. 

Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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