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  • November 2002: Mountain High

    Molecular biology professor Fiona Brinkman is one of 100 people under 35 whose work "will change the world" according to Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's magazine on innovation. Brinkman researches bacterial pathogens and is honoured for creating a free online program called PhyloBlast that allows researchers to compare relationships between the genetic codes of bacteria and the cells they infect. Brinkman also has a lead role in a major genomic project recently funded by Genome Canada.
  • April 2007: Mountain High

    SFU Pipe Band member Steven McWhirter wins the adult grade of the World Solo Drumming Championship in Belfast, Ireland. It's the highest level of international competition, and McWhirter is the first corps drummer of a grade one band to take the prize in 30 years.
  • Mountain High

    SFU pipe band piper Kevin McLean plays his pipes on the former battlefields of France. McLean is the sole piper invited to play during a week-long tour dubbed Vimy: Leadership Under Fire.
  • April 2010: Mountain High

    Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business leaders are being paired in a unique SFU program that puts senior executive officers at meetings on Aboriginal reserves and First Nations chiefs into executive suites. The Leadership Exchange Program, created by SFU’s Learning Strategies Group, allows the leaders to experience each other’s work and cultural environments.
  • November 2003: Mountain High

    Tiffany Chong is winner of CBC’s Peter Gzowski internship. She spends four months in Toronto with three other interns taking a radio skills course usually only offered to experienc
  • April 2004: Mountain High

    The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska, may seem like a long, long time ago. But its effects are still being felt. A paper co-authored by biology research associate Daniel Esler and published in Science shows that the spill contaminated habitats and food chains for more than a decade.
  • Mountain High: November 2014

    The SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit has a new director, Howard R. Jang. Jang has served 14 years as executive director of Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company.
  • April 2005: Mountain High

    Interactive designer Gary Stasiuk of the learning and instructional development centre scores more than 3 million hits in nine months on his web site. Liquid Journey, which uses Flash technology to create an interactive art gallery by manipulating and animating objects, has received several awards, including the prestigious international Favourite Website Awards' site of the day. In April Stasiuk will speak at the Flash in the Can Conference in Toronto, the second largest Flash conference in the world.
  • The piper, recycling soap, the influencers, the Canadian longtitudinal study, and the bedbugs.
  • November 2008: Mountain High

    Plant molecular biologist Dua’a Riyal (above) is in a race against the harmful effects of global warming. Her goal is to be part of the first laboratory in the world to successfully use TILLING (targeting induced local lesions in genomes) technology to breed a forest tree. Her work combines horticultural methods and genomic technologies including DNA trait selection. If successful it will help replenish the world’s rapidly depleting forests and restore balance to delicate ecosystems.
  • May 2002: Mountain High

    A 500-year-old debate on the origins of syphilis could be ended through DNA analysis. Archaeologist Dongya Yang, SFU's first expert in ancient DNA, is improving techniques for extracting and removing bacterial DNA dating back thousands of years.
  • November 2011: Mountain High

    Pipe Seargent Jack Lee wins a Silver Star, Arthur Robson, Canada Research Chair in Economic Theory and Evolution, receives a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Kate Tairyan is extending health education to people in developing countries by creating a free online university to train health care workers, and more!
  • November 2009: Mountain High

    The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band wins its sixth world championship in Glasgow, Scotland. This is the second year in a row that SFU has come first, prompting Edinburgh’s premier newspaper, The Scotsman, to lament the state of Scots piping that results in a Canadian band winning and Irish bands coming second and third.
  • Mountain High: November 2012

    The HIV researchers, the archives, the softball stars, the community builders, the front man, and the Pipe Band at Lincoln Center.
  • Mountain High

    Mirza Faisal Beg from the School of Engineering Sciences receives a meritorious achievement award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C.
  • November 2006: Mountain High

    The junior Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band takes first in its class at the world pipe band championships in Glasgow, while the famed SFU Pipe Band places second. The senior band is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
  • Mountain High

    Celebrations are in the works for Dr. Thelma Finlayson, SFU professor emerita, an entomologist, and founding member of SFU’s Centre for Pest Management and its graduate program. Upon her retirement, Dr. Finlayson continued to counsel students for 40 years.
  • November 2007: Mountain High

    Criminals often think that all the evidence goes away when something is burned. But Stacey McCann, a criminology grad student, says that even after cars and the bodies in them are torched, bugs leave a lot of information. Using pig carcasses, McCann and her supervisor, criminologist and forensic entomologist Gail Anderson, are examining the remains to help pinpoint time of death.
  • April 2008: Mountain High

    SFU is the first Canadian university to sign an agreement to help India produce research pioneers and professionals in public health. The Public Health Foundation of India, funded with $50 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is partnering with universities worldwide to train future faculty for seven public health institutes. SFU faculty will develop collaborative research programs, and master’s of public health degree students will get practical training.
  • April 2011: Mountain High

    SFU is tops again in the comprehensive category of Maclean's 2010 university rankings. The university has held the position eight times in the 20 years since the rankings began, more than any other institution.
  • November 2004: Mountain High

    We’re the first Canadian university invited to participate in Cornell University’s writing for the disciplines consortium. A maximum of 10 universities and colleges annually are invited to collectively study discipline-based approaches to teaching writing and to using writing to enhance learning. SFU’s invitation comes because of the Centre for Writing-Intensive Learning, which is positioned to help implement the university’s new writing requirements.
  • April 2009: Mountain High

    Biologist Bernard Roitberg (above) receives a gold medal from the Entomological Society of Canada. In his 30-year career, Roitberg has made extensive advances in the study of the behaviour and evolutionary ecology of insects and their enemies.
  • November 2010: Mountain High

    Ji-Dong Yim and Chris Shaw of the School of Interactive Arts and Technology are the proud parents of a robotic cell phone family that can walk, dance, and express human-like emotions. Their first robotic cell phone, Cally, is physically active; then there is Callo, who can register text-messaged emoticons as human-like facial expressions.
  • April 2006: Mountain High

    A unique web site, A Journey to a New Land, about the settling of the New World, has drawn more than two million hits and won four major awards. Now a partner site, A Journey into Time Immemorial, will feature a First Nations' perspective. The site is a partnership between SFU, the Xa:ytem Interpretive Centre, and the Squamish Nation.
  • April 2012: Mountain High

    SFU's 2012 Open House is Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burnaby campus. Check out more than 100 interactive displays, performances, and other activities that will be inspiring and entertaining for all ages.
  • November 2005: Mountain High

    Interactive designer Gary Stasiuk of the learning and instructional development centre scores more than 3 million hits in nine months on his web site. Liquid Journey, which uses Flash technology to create an interactive art gallery by manipulating and animating objects, has received several awards, including the prestigious international Favourite Website Awards' site of the day. In April Stasiuk will speak at the Flash in the Can Conference in Toronto, the second largest Flash conference in the world.
  • May 2003: Mountain High

    It could be in wrestling again, but this time it's a tiny (5-foot-2, 112-pounds) woman everyone is watching. Hazelton's Carol Huynh is the number 1-ranked female in the 48-kilogram category in both the NAIA and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The Canadian Olympic trials are in December and Huynh's coaches say she has a realistic chance at making the team and getting a medal.