November 08, 2021 | Digest No. 276


BNSS Info Social

The BNSS Info Social is back! Get to know your profs in BPK and PSYC, learn more about research opportunities on campus, and just have a casual chat with your fellow peers in Neuroscience.

When: November 9th 5:30-7pm
Where: Zoom

SFU Proposed Medical School - Student Webinar 

On Nov. 9, join Catherine Dauvergne, SFU’s vice-president, academic and provost, for an interactive Zoom information session. The webinar is aimed at students who are interested in learning more about the early planning for the proposed medical school.

More info and registration here.

UBC MPT Indigenous Info Session

November 16, 2021 – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM (PST)

This virtual info session is for Indigenous applicants (members of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis peoples in Canada). This event will provide a brief overview of the physical therapy profession, help you navigate the application process, and also introduce you to current Indigenous students, faculty and alumni.

We encourage participants to read our Indigenous Applicants page before joining the info session.

Find out more and register.

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:

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:


Spring 2022 Courses

WL 101W – Writing in World Literature: The Short Story
Take WL 101W this Spring and discover what short stories are all about! Gain an understanding in literary technique and the short story as an art form in its own right. 

WL 103W - Early World Literatures: Fasting and Feasting in the Pre-Modern World 
Make fulfilling your W requirements fun next semester! Become a literature foodie and study various literary texts from different cultural backgrounds which deal with diverse culinary traditions and our fascinatingly complex relationship with food. 

WL 204 – Rights and Activism in World Literature
The present world is filled with tensions concerning activism and rights. Take WL 204 and discover how literature from various cultural backgrounds respond to political oppression, censorship, displacement, terrorism or warfare.

WL 304 – Exile and Emigration: Crossing Borders in the 21st CenturyWhat does it mean to cross a border? Sometimes, they are clearly marked and militarized, while other times, they are invisible. Take WL 304 next semester and learn about the multifaceted representations of the immigrant experience, and, in particular, the act of crossing borders. 

WL 308: The Rhythm of the Road: Travel as Cultural Ecology 
Take WL 309 next semester and learn what rhythm, the environment, and culture all have in common! 

Physics 347: Introduction to Biological Physics

This course bridges the fields of biological sciences (with a focus on the molecular and cellular levels) with physics. It aims to give students a conceptual and quantitative sense of the important energy, length, force and timescales in microscale biological systems. Have you ever wondered about how cargo is transported in our cells? Did you know that the protein motors doing this transport are ridiculously strong and very efficient compared with anything we have humans have been able to devise?  Have you ever wondered how 2 metres of DNA is able to pack into each one of our cell nuclei?  Or how neurons control the flow of ions to generate signals?  Or maybe you enjoy(ed) Physics but have never thought about how it could be applied to understanding biology, or that we can actually learn a lot of new physics by studying biological systems. If these ideas pique your interest, please consider enrolling in Phys 347 this fall!

Some added points to consider:

  • The course will be taught in person, with three lectures/week + tutorial. 
  • The course has minimal prerequisites (completion of 45 units including first-year Physics, Math and Chemistry; BISC 101 is recommended but not required) so that students from all science disciplines are welcome.  It does involve mathematical and physical calculations, so you will need these prerequisites, but will not rely on anything beyond these.
  • The course is particularly enjoyable when students are from a variety of backgrounds, so we gain multiple perspectives on the course material.

This course is offered biennially, with the next anticipated offering in Spring 2024. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like more information, please reach out to the course instructor:

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.

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



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