October 25, 2021 | Digest No. 274


Halloween Games Night

The BNSS and BPKSA are hosting a games night to play, Jackbox, and get excited for Halloween! Everyone is encouraged to come in costume and be entered into the costume contest.

Monday, October 25th from 5-7pm on Zoom
Register now:

Halloween Treat Event

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with some delicious treats! Come by the BPK lounge to get your Halloween Treat Bag courtesy of the BPKSA on Wednesday, October 27th from 11:30am - 2pm!

SFU Science Spooktacular 2021 - Virtual Edition

Watch freezing pumpkins, rockets coming from "black holes", make ice cream with liquid nitrogen AND MORE and the link below:

From October 18th-November 8th, enjoy these spooky science demonstrations and make sure to enter your favourite demo in the e-poll:
The poll will close on Monday November 8th.

All those who select the demo with the most number of votes will receive a prize from SFU Science.


Please do not try any of these demos at home.
All demos are done by trained scientists in controlled environments.
Adult supervision is recommended for minors viewing this video.

Happy Halloween from SFU Science!

MedEc Webinar

Phi Delta Epsilon at SFU is excited to announce and welcome registrations for MedEc 2021. Brought to you by the same people that plan the MedConnect Conference, this webinar series is tailored towards high school and university students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. This series comprises FOUR interactive sessions hosted by senior undergraduate and medical school students. It includes topics such as the MCAT, MMI interviews and the CASPer Test, how to get involved in meaningful extracurriculars, and how to maintain a competitive GPA. 

The series will take place from October 23rd to November 13th, 2021, with sessions hosted every Saturday from 10-11 AM. Registration is open on our Eventbrite page, with limited spots in each session. Interested attendees are welcome to purchase tickets for individual sessions for as low as $5, or get a Season Pass for all four workshops at a discounted rate of $15. Season passes are limited!

For more information, please visit, or contact us at We will also be posting regular updates and sneak peaks on social media, so please stay in touch with us on Instagram and Facebook.

WCVM Admissions Panel with British Columbia/Territory Vets & Vet Students

Please join the WCVM Admissions Office with a panel of British Columbia veterinarians and BC/Territory veterinary students for a live Zoom presentation to learn more about:

• what veterinarians do?
• what practice life is like?
• the WCVM student experience
• the WCVM curriculum from a student perspective

Wed, October 27, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT
Registration is available on Eventbrite.

This session is directed at BC & Territory residents interested in veterinary medicine – please ensure you’re familiar with the WCVM residency requirements before registering.

Actuarial Science info session - Thurs Oct 28th

WHAT: Actuarial Science Info Session
WHEN: Thursday, October 28 @ 3:30 pm PST

Did you know:

  • “Actuary” is consistently listed among the top jobs to hold in North America, with great pay and excellent growth prospects?
  • SFU is a recognized Center of Actuarial Excellence, with a thriving actuarial science program that can launch YOU into this exciting career?
  • An actuarial major can be paired with a wide range of other majors/minors, so you can pursue multiple interests AND set yourself apart on the job market?

Join us for a virtual info session on Oct 28th to find out why you should consider adding a major in actuarial science to your academic plan, and what being a student in this program is like. 

Presentation: 3:30-3:55 pm
Q&A with faculty and students: 3:55-4:20 pm (optional)
Please register at

***To enjoy full functionality, please make sure you have the latest version of Zoom installed before attending. To know if you need an update, open the Zoom Desktop Client, click on your Profile Picture in the top right corner, and click on 'Check for updates'.

Association of Canadian Ergonomists (BC-YK Region) presents: Safety – II in Practice (Workshop and Webinar)

Association of Canadian Ergonomists (BC-YK Region) presents:

Safety – II in Practice (Workshop and Webinar). 

Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm PST
Presenter: Ron Gantt
(This webinar will be presented in English)

In the last decade in safety management, a new idea has emerged that has caused a bit of a stir - Safety-II. The idea is relatively simple, defining safety as an ability to make things go well, which has led to many misunderstandings. Is it really all that different from what we are already doing? If it is different, then how do we do it? And does this mean we should stop doing what we are doing? In this presentation we will attempt to answer these questions and more to help clear up some of the confusion. And perhaps along the way we will see how Safety-II can profoundly impact our everyday practice and spark innovative solutions to our toughest problems.

Ron Grant has over 20 years experience in health and safety management. Working with industries such as construction, utilities and chemical manufacturing.  He has undergraduate degrees in psychology and occupational safety, as well as a graduate degree in safety engineering.  Ron is also currently finishing his PhD in cognitive systems engineering at the Ohio State University.  He has numerous certifications related to safety management, including being a Board Certified Safety Professional.  Ron currently is the Director of Operations at Reflect Consulting Group where he specializes in helping organizations with safety management, leadership, culture, organizational learning and operational resilience.

If you are an ACE Member: please click here to Register for the webinar.
Non-members please contact to register at a fee of $20.00 plus HST.

If you have any questions, please email Sonya Kung (ACE BC/YK Student Rep) at

FREE MCAT EVENT - The Princeton Review

Are you thinking about applying to Medical School? We’ve got some upcoming virtual events that we think would be perfect for you!

Virtual Mock MCAT Day
Join us for a free practice MCAT with The Princeton Review on Saturday, November 6th, 2021 from 9am-4:30pm PST. You will be virtually proctored by one of our awesome reps! After the test, you will get free access to a detailed, interactive score report.

Virtual Medical School Symposium
In addition, The Princeton Review will be hosting a virtual Medical School Symposium on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 from 6:00pm-9:00pm PST.

This exciting event includes:

  • Overview of the application process to medical school
  • Strategy Session for the MCAT
  • Q&A panel of med students and med school graduates

To register for both of these events, please visit:

Find the 6-digit course ID for your campus events and enter it here:

Call 1-800-273-8439 ext: 1207.

We look forward to seeing you there!
The Princeton Review Team

2021 Kin Case Competition

Join us from Nov. 19 to 28 2021
at the 1st national virtual kinesiology event
Kin Case Competition!

The Kinesiology Case Competition is a national competition for students in the third and fourth years of Canadian university kinesiology, human kinetics and physical activity programs.

Up to 24 teams from provinces throughout the country participate in the week-long event. The competition offers participants great opportunities to meet new people and network with practising Kinesiologists, academics, researchers and prominent businesspeople attending the competition either as judges or sponsors. Participants are encouraged to develop cases and then present and defend them. Most importantly, teams should have fun!

Registration period is NOW OPEN

TEAMS: until November 10 2021
SPECTATORS: until November 15 2021

CLICK HERE for details



Introducing the BPK Bingo IG Contest! See how much you relate to your classmates by playing them in a game of virtual bingo!

Winners will be entered in a draw to win a BPK Prize Pack. Head over to BPK Instagram page @sfubpk for detail.

-BPK Mental Wellness & Engagement Committee

Future Sci-Space | Student Opinions Needed!

Opinions needed! We're building a new space where Science students can connect with each other, advisors and other staff members. Drop by 9900 TASC 2 to add your thoughts on what groups, resources & services that you would like to see in Sci-Space.  You can also meet the Sci-Space team and pick up a free Faculty of Science mask!

Remote Learning Classrooms Available on Burnaby Campus

Where can students go to attend an online class in between their in-person classes? The office of the Associate Vice-President, Learning and Teaching, announced this week that remote learning classrooms are now available on SFU’s Burnaby campus.

See the list of spaces here

COVID-19 Information

*The BC Government’s official COVID-19 response app. The latest updates, resources, symptom tracking, and self-assessment.

*The Federal Government of Canada official Covid-19 response page.  The latest updates, prevention & risk, self-assessment tool, information for preparation & more.

Information On SFU'S Response to Covid-19
Your best resource – for students, staff & faculty:  SFU’s COVID-19 FAQ.  If you have a question about SFU’s response that is not covered in the FAQ, please email it to   The team will work to get you an answer. If you have an organization-wide addition to the FAQs, please email your suggestion to Angela at      

Health & Counselling
Comprehensive health services, including COVID-19 & Mental Wellness found here

* Faculty & Staff support

Stay safe and continue to support each other!

Academic announcements

Elective Grade System Information Sessions for Fall 2021

You have until November 2 to understand the Elective Grade System and decide if you will opt-in or not. Register for the session that works best for you! All sessions are an hour long and hosted online via Zoom. Register here:

  • Monday, October 25th |  9:30am-10:30am
  • Wednesday, October 27th |  3:30pm-4:30pm

BPK 343 and BPK 482 Enrolment Information

SFU is required by law to ensure that every student registered in a practicum that involves working with children or vulnerable adults undergoes a CRRA Criminal Record Check. The University must submit consent forms with payment to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. SFU is prohibited by law to permit students to work with children or vulnerable adults without a CRRA Criminal Record Check. List of BPK Courses requiring a CRRA Criminal Record Check is as follows:

  • BPK 343 – Active Health: Assessment & Programming
  • BPK 445 – Advanced Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • BPK 482 - Ergonomics and Rehabilitation

The Criminal Record Check is coded as a prerequisite for the above courses and cannot be waived by law.

Please refer to the process for Criminal Records Check on SFU Student Service website here:

By law, SFU cannot accept CRC's done through other agencies including the RCMP. Students with criminal record checks conducted through agencies other than the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General are still expected to fulfill this requirement. Further, the process for a Criminal Record Check must be undertaken by SFU only.

Since the document is valid for 5 years, it would be a good idea to get it done far in advance of your enrollment for any of the listed courses as the processing time can vary.

Academic Resource Links

*  Exchange Students Covid-19
refer here for more information.

* Remote Study & Work

* Comprehensive Student Support (Grades, Withdrawals, Advising, student services, International Students, Available Resources, Financial, Co-op and more)

Academic Advising

***  All in-person advising is cancelled.  Remote advising will continue.  Log into Science's new Advisor Link with your SFU Computing ID and password and book academic advising appointments online. 

**  Please have Academic Transcripts on-hand for appointments.  Follow this link for instructions:

BPK Advising hours are as follows:




10am – 11:40am


10am – 11:40am
2pm – 3pm


10am – 11:40am
2pm - 3pm


10am - 11am
2pm – 3:40pm

Zoom Drop-in advising for quick (< 10 minutes) questions

Day Zoom Drop-in
Monday 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wednesday 3:15pm - 4:15pm

If you are not available for drop-in times, or are unable to make an appointment, you may contact the academic advisor here. When contacting the advisor, please always include your full first and last name, your student number, and attach your advising transcript. Download your advising transcript from your student centre at go.sfu.caFollow this think for instructions:


Spring 2022 Special Topics Courses in Biological Sciences

BISC 371: Crucial Discoveries in Biology (Special Topics) B-Sci

Instructor:  Dr. Eirikur Palsson
Prerequisite:  45 units.

This course is intended for non-BISC students, and a great course for those who need an upper division B-Sci credits.  BISC students are welcome to take the course and count the course towards the general elective.

Biology impacts our lives every day. This course will highlight significant discoveries that have fundamentally changed scientific thinking in various biological fields, and you will learn how the scientific method led to acceptance of these ideas. We will discuss basic cell and developmental processes that are responsible for the diversity of unicellular and multicellular organisms. You will learn how key discoveries in genetic inheritance and molecular biology have paved the way for the technological breakthroughs like gene sequencing and editing that are currently used in all aspects of biological science. Technological advances include the use of modeling and statistics that enable studies of relationships in developmental biology, evolution and ecology. We will discuss the discoveries in evolution and adaption that fundamentally changed our understanding of speciation and the creation of biological diversity, as well as key ideas in ecology that influence our efforts on conservation, global warming and pollution. You will also learn how studies in basic biological science have led to medical breakthroughs such as in neurobiology, microbiology and the use of antibiotics, and cancer research.

BISC 474: Current Issues in Ecotoxicology

Instructor:  Dr. Leah Bendell
Prerequisites:  Completion of at least 75 units including BISC 102, and BISC 204 or GEOG 215 with a minimum grade of C in these courses.

BISC 475:  Biology of SEX

Instructor:  Dr. Tony Williams
Prerequisites:  Completion of at least 75 units including BISC 101 and BISC 102  with a minimum grade of C- in these courses.

Spring 2022 Semester in Navigating Complexity

The Spring 2022 Semester in Dialogue on Navigating Complexity is a full-time, W-designated, 15-credit semester comprised of DIAL 390, DIAL391, DIAL392.  The three courses are conducted as a single full-time commitment and will be in hybrid format (in-person and online) to support accessibility. 

The Semester in Dialogue is perfect for students looking for a different type of academic experience during their studies. Students will sit in dialogue, work together on projects and learn to apply systems thinking. They will explore a variety of complex problems, including the ones they are most passionate about. They will work together on developing pathways for navigating our increasingly complex future. 

Students in the Semester in Dialogue will form deep connections with their peers and practice a wide variety of skills such as dialogue, active listening, self-reflection, public engagement, facilitation, and project management. 

• Small class size (max. 20 students)
• No lectures or exams
• Access to a broad range of experts
• 1:1 mentorship

The lead faculty for the course is Dr. Diane T. Finegood, Professor and Fellow at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Course mentors include writers, poets, and community engagement professionals.

Interested students should email with their application form, resume, unofficial transcripts, and reference letters (optional). Cutoff is Monday, November 1st, 2021. 

More info on the course here.

Student Learning Commons - Workshops

The Student Learning Commons offers a suite of workshops under the following categories; Learning, Writing, and English as an Additional Language (EAL). Workshops range from 60 to 90 minutes and provide valuable information in engaging formats. Each semester we present a slightly different collection of workshops. You can also search by date in our workshops calendar.

Most Student Learning Commons workshops, including workshop recordings viewed online, are eligible for inclusion on your Co-Curricular Record. To receive Co-Curricular credits, fill out the CCR Reflection Form.

Note: Students cannot receive Co-Curricular (CCR) credits for a workshop if the workshop is already being used to receive academic credit in a course.

National Taiwan University, International College 2022 Admission Information

Dear students,

On behalf of National Taiwan University (NTU), we are pleased to invite you to join our all English-taught “Master Program of Smart Medicine and Health Informatics (Smart MHI)”. This program is a cross-disciplinary program that integrates two strongest advantages of Taiwan and will help you possess professional knowledge and skills in the field. There are three focuses in the program:

  • Personalized and Smart Medicine
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Biomedical Signals and Processing

Furthermore, scholarships are available for prospective students to apply, and hands-on training and field experience are part of the curriculum. International students are also free to take Chinese language courses offered by NTU for one year!

For further details:

► Smart MHI Website:

► Sign up for your Master Degree

For International Students
Application Portal: OIA system
Application Period: First round: October 14 to December 2, 2021
Second round: January 13 to February 24, 2022

► Join our Information Session:


Upcoming course for kins

A great course for kins interested in active rehab, entitled "Advanced Exercise Prescription for Kinesiologists" will be offered on Nov. 13/14 at Lifemark Chinatown Clinic downtown. The instructor is Tim Hunt, a registered physical therapist with over 35 years of experience. The course costs $350 for students for the 2 days. The course outlines a priorized system of exercises to restore the body to its full potential; this system has demonstrated its effectiveness repeatedly with clients suffering from chronic pain. The Saturday session covers the neck and upper extremities, and the Sunday session deals with the low back and lower extremities. 

Email Tim at or call him at 604-787-7422 for info and a registration form. 

Canadian Stratospheric Balloon Experiments - Call for Applications

SEDS-Canada (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) is a non-profit that aims to create research and professional development opportunities in the space sector for Canadian post-secondary students. Our projects have a strong history of training highly qualified personnel for the Canadian space industry. CAN-SBX is a competition for students to design, test, and launch a scientific payload to the stratosphere on a high-altitude balloon. This project is conducted in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and National Research Council. More information about the project can be found here. Any questions can be directed the project teams at or

Global Connections Program

Be part of the Global Community at SFU! Join the Global Connections Program to take advantage of 1-on-1 and group mentorship opportunities. You will also meet other SFU students through various virtual events and socials during the term. Visit the program website to learn more and register:

Research participant recruitment

The effect of intravenous cannulation on orthostatic tolerance

Are people more likely to faint if they have a needle in their vein? 

Dr. Victoria Claydon's Cardiovascular Physiology Lab is conducting a research study to find the answer, and whether discomfort associated with the needle is the key. Men and women aged 19-50 years are invited to take part in a study examining the effect of intravenous cannulation on blood pressure control and fainting.

Your participation in this study will involve three tests (3 hours each), on three separate days, of your blood pressure control and susceptibility to fainting. On each day we will use a different anaesthetic cream to make your skin numb before inserting an intravenous (in the vein) cannula (a small plastic tube).

Your participation may help improve understanding of why people faint, improve retention for blood donation, and facilitate blood sampling in needle fainters. As a thank you for your participation, you will receive $75 in compensation.

Contact: Brooke Hockin

The effect of passive cycling on cardiac function and spasticity

Will a machine pedaling your legs help your heart?

We are conducting a research study to find the answer. We are looking for men and women aged 19-50 years with and without Spinal Cord Injury to take part in a study examining the effects of passive and active cycling on the heart.

You can help improve the treatment of spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other neurologic illness.

Your participation in this study will involve tests of your heart function, and will take about 1.5 hours. This will be done while you sit in a wheelchair and have your feet pedaled by a bicycle-like machine.

Contact: Matthew Dorton

Employment Opportunities

Respite Caregiver - Beatrix

Do you have some experience and/or training to work with developmental disabilities, and have a few hours of availability each week to work in the City of Vancouver? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

The Developmental Disabilities Association is seeking Respite Caregivers to work with a child or adult with intellectual disabilities once or twice per week (mostly after school or on weekends, for 3-5 hour sessions).

Requirements are: valid First Aid with CPR, clear criminal record, 2 work references, some training or experience in a field related to developmental disabilities. Wages are $16/hour or $18/hr for individuals with higher support needs.

Full details here

Canada Soccer - Performance Analysis

Jasmine Mander, Performance Analyst of Canada's Women's National Team is seeking to create an analysis network of 1-3 individuals to work either remotely or travel with the team in camp to support in the analysis space. Compensation will depend on level of experience and expected responsibilities of the analyst. Experience with Hudl Sportscode is beneficial, but not required. Candidates will gain experience using various scouting, telestration and coding softwares. Passion projects and areas of interest for the team's development may be investigated between camps by the analysis team.  Please contact for more information.

Opportunity for RA/graduate student

Message from Dr. Chris Napier, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC:

I am working with a local footwear company (new to the market) that is developing a female-specific running shoe. They have engaged my team to complete a series of research projects to help inform development of the shoe. We have two projects that we are hoping to start as soon as possible and I am recruiting two students/research assistants to help out with these projects. Each would take a lead role with one of the projects and assist on the other one. Both projects would be supervised by me, with input from Dr Max Donelan (SFU) and Dr Allison Ezzat (Latrobe University). I’ve outlined each project briefly below:

1) Qualitative Study on Female-specific Footwear Design

  • Focus group design, involving recreational/elite female runners across the lifespan
  • Primary question: what do women value in a shoe; including structure, performance, materials, colour, etc.
  • Co-led by Dr. Allison Ezzat (Latrobe University), an experienced researcher in qualitative designs

2) White Paper on Performance Running Shoe Design

  • A thorough literature review on the current process of developing performance running shoes
  • To include aspects such as optimal midsole thickness, carbon plate stiffness, overall shoe mass, etc.
  • To consider the effects and opportunities of the above in the development of a female-specific performance running shoe

Ideally, the research assistant could commit 0.4-0.5 FTE (though 1.0 FTE is also an option) for now with the potential to transition to a graduate degree program (Masters or PhD) in January 2022. There is an option to start this position remotely, with an in-person move to Vancouver by January 2022. Both the research assistant and graduate degree would be fully funded commensurate with experience and university compensation levels. Graduate student enrolment at either SFU or UBC is possible.

Dr. Chris Napier  PT, PhD (He, Him, His)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Physical Therapy
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
212 - 2177 Wesbrook Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z3 Canada
Phone 604 682 7788 | Cell 604 721 1310 | Fax 604 677 5424 | @runnerphysio

Full Time Kinesiologist - Pro Administration

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Manager of Corporate Occupational Health & Safety, the Kinesiologist is responsible for the development and maintenance of MSIP Programs for all organizations within the Forster’s Group. The kinesiologist will also be responsible for supporting the Pro Administration Services Claims team in the management of Recover At Work Programs for workers suffering an MSI.


  • Member of BACK with good standing
  • Completion of a bachelors in Kinesiology or equivalent
  • A minimum of 1-2 years recent related experience.
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in the utilization of Microsoft Word and Excel.

CLICK HERE for full detail and email Mariam Aziz directly with resume and cover letter.


Fraser Health Crisis Line Volunteer Opportunity

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Why not start now!

The Fraser Health Crisis Line is recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people in the region who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. If you are interested in learning more about this challenging and rewarding opportunity,the first step is to review the information on our website and then attend a Zoom Information Session. Please go to and click on Get Involved -> I Want to Volunteer -> Crisis Line. Here you will find the dates and Zoom links for the up-coming sessions.

Many volunteers report that their Crisis Line experience was significant in helping them reach their educational and/or career goals, including acceptance into Graduate Programs, Policing, Medical School, E-Comm 911, Social Work, Mental Health and related fields. Volunteers also tell us that they find the Crisis Line to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, as they are truly making a difference.


6 overlooked risks of falls for seniors and how to prevent them

Life - - October 16, 2021

Dawn Mackey, an SFU professor of biomedical physiology and kinesiology, is quoted.

DISCLAIMER: The Department of BPK is forwarding these opportunities as we receive them, however we strongly encourage you to research and obtain information regarding the reputation of organizations, the terms and conditions of employment or service, as well as to understand your rights and responsibilities. The Department does not endorse any specific individuals, organizations, products, programs or services. If you have questions on the above please contact If you see any suspicious postings or hiring practices, please notify us immediately.