November 01, 2021 | Digest No. 275


BPK Seminar Series - EIM Seminar

Hello Everyone! The BPK Department will be continuing it's Seminar Series this Tuesday November 2nd at 11:30am.

This seminar will discuss the importance of regular physical activity as well as the use of physical activity as a vital sign of health with three local exercise physiology experts. The discussion will be facilitated by the Exercise Is Medicine On Campus (EIM-OC) team.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 668 7996 3363
Password: 845924

SFU Winterfest

Winter is an unpredictable season on Burnaby Mountain and the SFU Burnaby community needs to be prepared when travelling to and from campus. What better way to get prepared then to attend an event focused on all-things winter safety!

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to learn from various experts on how to stay safe this upcoming season.

Join us at Winterfest 2021 in Convocation Mall on November 3rd from 11am – 2pm and visit with vendors, SFU service departments, and other key members of our Safety and Risk Services team.

Collect ballots to win prizes when you visit the information tables.

Safety is a shared responsibility at SFU, and we all have a role to play.

IMN-PN Trail Walk with Gary George

Sge:no - Hello!

Are you an Indigenous student at SFU or UBC? Bring a friend and come meet other Indigenous grad students as we take a break from the stresses of grad school! Join the Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN) for a trail walk guided by Gary George from the Office of Aboriginal Peoples at SFU. Gary will lead us on a light trail walk through some of the Burnaby mountain trails for 45 mins to an hour, and then we will have snacks and refreshments after the walk. Please come prepared for the elements.

**Undergrad students are welcome to join as well!**

Date: Friday November 5th, 2021
Time: 1pm-3pm
Location: SFU Burnaby Campus - Trail head north of West Mall Center (See map attachment for starting location)

Please register below so we know you're coming and so we can make sure there are enough refreshments:


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!

Get SFU-Ready: New International Student  Q & A

Join the Get SFU Ready session to prepare for your SFU Journey. The session is aimed at new international students. We will cover key topics for your transition to SFU, such as immigration, travel restrictions, work eligibility, and medical insurance. You can also use this opportunity to ask any questions as you prepare to join our SFU community. 

Learn more and register:

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


#ItTakesAllOfUsSFU: Active Bystander Intervention Campaign

We all can take action to prevent sexual violence. By intervening in situations that could lead to sexual violence, active bystanders can both prevent harm and uphold important community values, such as mutual respect and care. The #ItTakesAllOfUsSFU campaign aims to empower SFU and FIC community members to prevent sexual violence and to uphold important values, such as respect, care, and safety.

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

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:


Research Opportunity in Dr. Guttman's lab

Dr. Julian Guttman, a Cellular Microbiologist in the Department of Biological Sciences is looking for an undergraduate student to perform research in his lab.  

The position will start at the beginning of the spring semester (January 2022). The student must be able to devote at least 8 months to the lab in the form of either a 498 or 499 course as well as an ISS (Independent Study Semester).  

If you are interested in this position, please e-mail:  Include your CV and grades with the e-mail.  You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

DUE DATE: November 3, 2021.

Dr. Guttman's profile is available at

Additional information about undergraduate research courses in Biological Sciences (e.g. BISC 498, 499, ISS) and how to apply to take these courses is available at

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:


Adult and Juvenile Intensive Osteology Research Workshops (Summer 2022)

Bio/Archaeological Techniques and Research Center presents Adult and Juvenile Intensive Osteology Research Workshops.

Program details:

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

Instructor, Pathway to STEAM @ Surrey Schools

Pathway to STEAM, funded by NSERC PromoScience, is a program with a problem-based learningapproach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & design, Mathematics) education. It aims to empower traditionally under-represented groups in science and engineering. The job opportunity is from January 4th, 2021 to March 25th, 2021, with possibility for extension from March to August 2021. To apply, submit an application via Coursys (note hiring will occur on a rolling basis and the job application closes Dec. 1st):

Find out more >>


SFU Tandem Language Exchange Program

SFU Tandem is now hiring Program Facilitators for its Spring 2022 Session! Want to be part of a community of diverse cultures and languages? Looking to add more hours to your Co-Curricular Record? Join our team today! To apply visit:

Opportunity ID: 5584

Deadline: November 28, 2021 11:59 PM


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.

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