Outstanding alumni awards ’09

December 3, 2009

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SFU’s alumni association has announced its 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award winners, who will be honoured during an awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver on Jan. 27, 2010. They are:

Lyn Hancock Marianne Sadar


Lyn Hancock, BEd ’77, MA ’81, is an author, photojournalist environmentalist, educator and filmmaker. She has published 20 books and countless articles in newspapers and magazines around the world. Ever true to her calling as an educator, Hancock has taught thousands of children about wildlife habits and habitats. Through her talent, creativity and endless enthusiasm, she has shared her passion for nature with three generations of Canadians.


Marianne Sadar, BSc ’88, is a senior scientist and prostate cancer research leader at the B.C. Cancer Agency. She has dedicated her life to finding a cure for cancer. Her seminal contributions towards understanding prostate cancer progression include being the first in the world to develop a novel therapeutic strategy to combat currently incurable advanced prostate cancer. In recognition of her outstanding work, she received the Terry Fox Young Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute of Canada in 2008.

Carol Huynh Robert Turner


Carol Huynh, BA ’04, is an Olympic gold medallist in women’s wrestling. She won Canada’s first medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Canada’s first Olympic gold for women’s wrestling. Most will remember the highly emotional moment when Carol held up her medal, tears of joy drenching her face, as the Canadian anthem began to play. Her achievement inspired not just those from her hometown of Hazelton, B.C., but also Canadians around the world.


Robert Turner, PhD ’73, is director of neurophysics at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany. He is among a pioneering group of global physicists who created today’s most widely used method of mapping brain function: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). All MRI manufacturers now universally employ his mathematical framework and design principles. As a world-renowned researcher with seven patents and 150 publications, Turner uses sophisticated MRI technology to unveil the structure and function of the human brain.

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