Research Matters Newsletter

A newsletter published by the Office of the Vice-President, Research highlighting research activities at Simon Fraser University.

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2013

Volume 10 (2), fall 2013

  • Social sciences and humanities research rising: Marianne Ignace and Judith Marcuse have been working for years to foster linkages between academic and non-academic partners in their respective fields. Now, with $2.5 million each from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, they will use their intellectual leadership to take these partnerships to the next level.
  • Revitalizing Aboriginal languages: Marianne Ignace has made it her life’s work to collaborate with West Coast First Nations communities to preserve and teach Aboriginal languages and cultures—and that work has never been more urgent.
  • Harnessing art for social change: Judith Marcuse has spent more than years opening doors as a pioneer in the field of art for social change and a creative force in Vancouver’s dance and cultural communities.
  • Message from the VP Research: SFU research comes of age; According to the latest world university rankings, SFU’s reputation is catching up to the quality and impact of its research efforts.
  • A first for SFU—and NSERC’s CREATE program: SFU’s first Collaborative Research and Training Experience grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council—and the first to be run jointly with an international institution—is being awarded to Computing Science professor and Canada Research Chair, Cenk Sahinalp.
  • GreenTech embraces environmental toxicology: Concern over human-made toxins was on the minds of participants attending the July GreenTech Exchange Forum on environmental toxicology and remediation and its connection to the green economy.
  • Tackling youth violence head on: Prof. Bob McMahon’s Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence will team SFU psychology, criminology and health sciences researchers and grad students with developmental neurosciences and child health investigators at the B.C. Children’s Hospital-based Child and Family Research Institute and others.
  • Research and Innovation News.
  • Library hosts Royal Society: SFU’s Burnaby campus played host this fall to an expert panel created by the Royal Society of Canada to investigate and report on the status and future of the country’s libraries and archives.
  • Ballard field trip highlights SFU-industry collaboration: This past summer, a group of 30 students and professors had the opportunity to visit SFU’s hydrogen fuel cell industry partners Ballard Power Systems and Mercedes-Benz at their Burnaby facilities.

 

Volume 10 (1), Spring 2013

  • Controlling the cellular factory: Biology professor Allison Kermode has learned how to use DNA to control a corn cell’s recycling system.
  • Message from the VP Research: Respectful Aboriginal research, on special provisions for ethical research involving Canada’s Aboriginal peoples included in the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
  • Bipolar disorder in later life: SFU researchers including associate gerontology professor Norman O’Rourke studying mental illness by getting mood data in the moment.
  • A helping hand: Engineering science associate professor Carlo Menon’s research is offering new hope for stroke patients.
  • See what you’ve been missing: Researchers with SFU’s Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics are creating new tools to make sense of huge data sets.
  • Ultra safe biolab open for research: Containment Level 3 lab passes all safety tests giving researchers thoroughly safe environment to study contagious diseases such as AIDS, influenza and hanta virus.
  • Research and Innovation News.
  • Smithsonian adopts SFU tech: World’s largest museum now uses SFU Open Monograph Press.
  • The birth of a new sector, bio-nano: Business professor Elicia Maine taps patents to study biotech and nanotech industries.

 

2012

  • Volume 9 (2), Fall 2012 

    • Understanding modern China: Jeremy Brown studies modern Chinese history with archival material found in unconventional ways
    • Message from the VPR: Emerging as a research leader
    • Blogging in the early 1800s: Michelle Levy on giving Dorothy Wordsworth a digital makeover
    • The Data Effect: SFU professors Jian Pei, Ellen Balka and Martin Ester discuss data and its human connection
    • Robots that catch wandering cancer cells: Ed Park's new bio-bot can detect and manipulate metastatic cells
    • Research and Innovation News
    • Awards
    • Managing conflict of interest: Ellen Loosley discusses how SFU's Office of Research Services manages research integrity
    • Future to the back: SFU Mechatronics professor, Carolyn Sparrey describes how and why she is building a test system for spinal cord injuries

  • Volume 9 (1), summer 2012
    • Motor city west: Steve Holdcroft’s work makes SFU the national headquarters for research in low platinum fuel cells
    • Message from the VPR: Adjusting to Canada’s changing research landscape
    • SFU physicist on ATLAS executive: Mike Vetterli appointed deputy chair of the ATLAS’s Pubs Committee at CERN
    • Interdisciplinary math: Peter Borwein and the success of IRMACS
    • Award winners
    • Innovation Office news
    • Research park DNA: Ian McCarthy investigates what makes parks successful
    • Cool automotive research: Majid Bahrami creates sustainable air conditioning for hybrid cars
    • Igniting BC’s creative economy: SFU researchers organize conference to stimulate thinking, policy and action
    • Process feedback helps learners: John Nesbit and Phil Winne trace learning events with nStudy

2011

  • Volume 8(2), Fall 2011

    • Secure electricity for rural India: Erik Kjeang's research collaboration with Indian electric power technology company
    • Message from the VPR: Canada/India brain exchange
    • Fighting infectious disease: Fiona Brinkman is working with Indian partners such as DBT and ICGEB
    • Community outreach: SFU's Diwali and Indian summer festivals and more
    • Lab on a chip: Ash Parameswaran's device for testing antibiotics in rural India
    • Medical tourism: Valorie Crooks studies geography, ethics and safety of medical tourism in India
    • Early detection of oral cancer: Miriam Rosin's Indian connection
    • Dark side of trust: Rekha Krishnan uses Indian business databases
    • Beyond print literacy:Kelleen Toohey and Diane Dagenais work with Tibetan immigrant children in Dharamsala
    • Visiting scholars and outstanding students
    • Artistic collaborations: Patricia Gruben on SFU's field school and other projects with Indian dancers and film makers

  • Volume 8(1), Summer 2011

    • Genomics solves disease mystery: SFU researchers sleuth out the source of a disease outbreak
    • Message from the VPR: SFU research funding, grant success rates 2010-2011
    • Muslim book collection is unique: SFU is an international centre for Middle Eastern history
    • Breeding away rot: Research saves decades from traditional tree breeding
    • Library project explores Indo-Canadian history: Interactive multimedia archive of the Komagata Maru incident
    • Research and Innovation News
    • Climate Solutions
    • Award winners listed

2010

  • Volume 7(3), Autumn 2010

    • Tracking our cultural DNA: Mark Collard
    • Message from the VPR: Indirect costs of research grants
    • SFU Venture Connection: Discovery Foundation, BCIC, mentors in residence, VentureLabs, Layerboom acquired, and more
    • A new treatment for Alzheimers?: David Vocadlo, Ziba Afshar
    • Award winners listed

  • Volume 7(2), Summer 2010

    • Drugs and substance abuse: Benedikt Fischer
    • Message from the VPR: Undergrad student research award pilot
    • Switching from academics: Neil Branda and Switch Materials Inc.
    • French means diversity at SFU: Claire Trepanier, Diane Dagenais
    • Fair use of cultural IP: George Nicholas and IPinCH
    • Australia's Griffith U. Sings MOU: Mario Pinto
    • Librarian hat-trick: Lynn Copeland
    • Award winners listed

  • Volume 7(1), Winter 2010

    • New home for SFU Contemporary Arts: Martin Gotfrit
    • Message from the VPR: Strategic Research Plan
    • Images of Native Women: Dana Claxton
    • Cultivating wonder with Learning in Depth: Kieran Egan
    • West House, solar laneway house: Lyn Bartram and Rob Woodbury.
    • Top ranking author: Jian Pei
    • Open Access Fund: Gwen Bird
    • Data Liberation: Walter Piovesan
    • UILO News: Jean Trask, Mike Volker, iDme, Bozena Kaminska, Doug Blakeway, Bill Barrable, Andy Hoffer, Lungpacer, Ian Hand

2009

  • Volume 6(2), Summer 2009

    • Homelessness is everyone's problem: Julian Somers
    • Message from the VPR: Supporting research in the social sciences and humanities
    • UILO Greentech
    • Public attitudes about genomics: David Laycock
    • Medicinal chemistry research facility opens: Britton, Lewis, Chua, Young, Bennet and Pinto.
    • Suncor's failure to regulate itself: Stephanie Bertels
    • Black history in Canada: Afua Cooper
    • Venture connection: Venture Labs help student entrepreneurs

  • Volume 6(1), Winter 2009

    • Genomic Research Leads to Human Health Solutions
    • Message from the VPR: Supporint The Research Enterprise
    • UILO Spin-offs
    • SFU's Venture Adventure
    • Major Award for Down Syndrome Research
    • Who's and What's, New

2008

  • Volume 5(2), Spring 2008

    • SFU Searches for Climate Change Solutions
    • Message from the VPR: SFU Builds Asia-Pacific Alliances
    • SFU-Based MITACS Delivers Nationwide Student Internship Program
    • Support from Western Economic Diversification
    • TIME Marches On
    • Two Research Projects Awarded CTEF Funding

  • Volume 5(1), Winter 2008

    • SFU's Ties with India Strengthened
    • SFU's Young Innovator
    • UILO Spin-Offs and Licences: News and Updates
    • SFU Shows Leadership in Research
    • Getting Down to Work in the New ASSC Building

2007

  • Volume 4(3), Autumn 2007

    • Two SFU Faculty Artists Secure Major Research/Creation Grants
    • Report on SFU's Research Success in 2006/07
    • SFU: Now a Major Research Centre
    • Now, That's a Switch!
    • Academic Mentors, Faculty Research Liaison Officers and Grants Facilitators 2007-08
    • Community Trust Endowment Fund
    • Everything You Should Know About SFU's New Conflict of Interest Policy

  • Volume 4(2), Spring 2007

    • Partnerships Across Canada
    • Message from VP Research: Graduate Students are the Engine of Research
    • Getting Out the SSHRC Message
    • Numbers Keep Adding Up for PIMS
    • Rubbing Shoulders with SFU Research Talent
    • SFU Surrey Opens New Computing Science Facilities
    • Let's Make a Deal...With Bug
    • SFU Scientists Work on International Teams
    • Honours and Awards
    • Congratulations to Jean Trask!

  • Volume 4(1), Winter 2007

    • Our New Magnetic Attraction
    • Message from VP Research: Working With Our Communities
    • Spin-Off Companies: News and Updates
    • New Interdisciplinary Centre at SFU Surrey
    • Being #34 on This List is an Honour

2006

  • Volume 3(3), Autumn 2006

    • Fresh Ideas for Urban Sustainability
    • Message from VP Research: The Pipeline to Research Output
    • Academic Mentors, Faculty Research Liaison Officers, Grants Facilitators listing 2006-07
    • Community Trust Endowment Fund
    • Identifying Consequences of Social Policy Changes
    • Design Means Proposals for Change
    • Who's New

  • Volume 3(2), Spring 2006

    • RCMP Backs SFU Chairs in Criminology
    • Message from the VP Research: Comparatie Performance Indicators
    • The Expanding Universe of TIME
    • Collaborative Business Planning
    • Microbes and Microchips at the 2006 Research Luncheon
    • Rooted in Physics
    • New Appointment, Don Osman
    • Policy Updates

  • Volume 3(1), Winter 2006

    • A Beacon for the World
    • SFU Innovators Soar to Success
    • Message from VP Research: SFU Community Trust Endowment Fund
    • SFU at 40; UILO at 20
    • SFU Scientists and a Spin-Off Company Win Major Awards
    • Recent Arrivals

2005

  • Volume 14(3), Autumn 2005

    • SFU Library Develops New Tools for Research
    • Ensuring a Solid Foundation for Our Research Activities
    • Will Your Research Project Have Special Requirements?
    • Funding Links: Fall Deadlines

  • Volume 14(2), Spring 2005

    • Focus on Ginseng at SFU's Research Luncheon
    • The Role of a Project Manager
    • Returns on Investments in Research
    • MITACS: Looking Forward
    • Funding Links: Summer Grants Competition Deadline

  • Volume 14(1), Winter 2005

    • Expanded Role for SFU's Major Projects Office
    • Defining a Strategic Research Plan
    • Grants and Contracts: What's the Difference?
    • Building Collaborative Research Networks
    • Funding Links: Spring Grants Competition Deadlines
    • Special Insert: Update on Research Grants Facilitators New Appointments

 

2004

  • Volume 13(3), Autumn 2004

    • SFU's New Vice-President, Research
    • Use of Secondary Data: Ethics Considerations
    • Planning Field Work? Check your Insurance!
    • New Technology and Science Complex (TASC 1) Under Construction
    • Funding Links

  • Volume 13(2), Spring 2004

    • Vice-President, Research Retrospective
    • Material Transfer Agreements: A Primer
    • Conscience & Science Forum at SFU
    • Meet SFU's New Awards Facilitator
    • Funding Links

  • Volume 13(1), Winter 2004

    • SFU Receives $4.96 Million for Indirect Costs of Research
    • Patrons of Scholarship in Education
    • Message from the Vice-President, Research
    • Academic Entrepreneurs in Art
    • Funding Links

 

2003

  • Volume 12(3), Autumn 2003

    • The Sometimes Bumpy Road to Research Funding
    • SFU Sponsors Research Park Conference
    • UILO: The Year In Review

  • Volume 12(2), Spring 2003

    • SFU President's Research Luncheon a Success
    • SFU Sponsors BioPartnering Conference
    • Prototype Development/Proof of Principle Funds Available for 2003
    • SFU Research Database Updated
    • Who's New?

  • Volume 12(1), Winter 2003

    • SFU and BC Cancer Agency Collaborate on Research
    • Surrey Campus Research Activity
    • Westlink Intern in the UILO

 

2002

  • Volume 11(3), Autumn 2002

    • SFU at Surrey
    • NSERC eBusiness Update
    • Message from the Vice President, Research
    • Study Shows SFU is a Leader in Commercialization Productivity
    • Director of Research Ethics
    • Funding Links

  • Volume 11(2), Spring 2002

    • SFU at Surrey
    • NSERC eBusiness Update
    • Message from the Vice President, Research
    • Study Shows SFU is a Leader in Commercialization Productivity
    • Director of Research Ethics
    • Funding Links

  • Volume 11(1), Winter 2002

    • "SFU Research: "Working to Improve the Lives of British Columbians" the theme of President's Research Luncheon
    • Message from the Vice President, Research
    • FAQ's: Frequently Asked Questions
    • Funding Links
    • SFU establishes Research Council

 

2001

  • Volume 10(3), Autumn 2001

    • Expanded Services Help SFU Researchers Obtain Funding
    • Message from the Vice President, Research
    • Funding links
    • Meet our new Technology Manager
    • Highlighting Research at SFU
    • The ORS Research contracts team
    • Entrepreneurship training for researchers

  • Volume 10(2), Spring 2001

    • UILO Information Sessions: Identifying sources of applied research funding
    • Funding Links
    • Risk Management for SFU researchers
    • Unable to attend an ORS sponsored event? Visit the New ORS Presentation Archive
    • Message from the Vice President, Research "Challenges and Priorities"
    • Funding helps SFU develop CFI applications

  • Volume 10(1), Winter 2001

    • "SFU Research: "Working to Improve the Lives of British Columbians" the theme of President's Research Luncheon
    • Message from the Vice President, Research
    • FAQ's: Frequently Asked Questions
    • Funding Links
    • SFU establishes Research Council

 

2000

  • Volume 9(3), Autumn 2000

    • Office of Research Services: meeting the needs of SFU researchers
    • Canada Research Chairs Program
    • University/Industry Liaison Office: A year in review
    • UILO funding announced
    • President's Research Grants funding for new faculty members
    • Meet our new Contracts Officer

  • Volume 9(2), Spring 2000

    • Facilitating successful research grant applications
    • SFU Research Matters to President-Designate
    • Exploring the world of technology transfer at SFU
    • New ORS database/web specialist
    • UILO at TIME Centre
    • Funding links

  • Volume 9(1), Winter 2000

    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research: a new source of research funding
    • Research data centres: CFI proposal underway
    • Q&A with new Research Contracts Officer
    • New UILO Technology Manager

 

1999

  • Volume 8(2), Autumn 1999

    • From applied research funding to new venture creation: the UILO can helps
    • Services to promote successful research grant applications
    • Research ethics policy revision task force invites input from SFU community
    • New form aids signature process

  • Volume 8(1), Spring 1999

    • CFI provides infrastructure grants to SFU
    • Looking for funding sources? ORS can help
    • Funding Links: Keeping informed of grant application deadlines
    • Indemnities under exclusive license agreements
    • Technology transfer online