February 14, 2022 | Digest No. 288


Picture a Scientist: Film Screening and Discussion

On February 15th the Faculty of Science and the Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office are partnering to facilitate a 45-minute facilitated discussion of the documentary Picture a Scientist. This documentary, available for viewing through streaming at the SFU Library or Netflix, tackles the reality and issues of gender equity, inclusivity, and safety in STEM. The discussion will both debrief the documentary and start thinking through our analysis of the root causes and theories of change to make STEM safer, more diverse, and more equitable. Participants will also learn more about the SFU units, services, and supports that are engaged in this work currently. To fully participate you must watch the film Picture a Scientist prior to the discussion.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:00-6:45pm, pst via Zoom

More information and registration can be found here.

Annual General Meeting| BNS Student Society

It's that time of the year again! Please join us at our Annual General Meeting to run for an Executive position or to learn more about the BNSS. To celebrate the end of the 2021-2022 school year, we will be covering attendee's food delivery up to $30! Come brunch with us, we are always looking to meet and engage with BNS students. 

February 17th at 10am on Discord:

Building Capacity Week

For a thriving Faculty of Science student community we need more, bigger, student groups! That is why February 14-18th will be Building Capacity Week with daily virtual sessions from 12:30-1:20pm. These are open to all Science undergraduates. While geared towards current union and club executives they are also relevant for engaged members and students who are thinking about starting a new club or running to be an executive in the future.

For questions contact Thomas Leischner at

SFU Cafe Scientifique

Choosing to move can be as simple as moving more, and moving more often - it doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. In this interactive cafe, Dr. Dawn Mackey from SFU's Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology Department will explain the benefits of regular physical activity for older adults, as well as some risks of not being active enough. We will also explore what older adults want to get out of physical activity, and ways to make physical activity a sustainable habit.

February 17th, 2022 at 5-6:30PM via Zoom

Register here:

The BPK Research Day 2022

The BPK Research Day Organizing Committee is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 12th Annual BPK Research Day! The event will be held Friday April 8rd, 2022 as a hybrid event. Research day is an opportunity to showcase the excellent research in our department. If you have been involved in research within BPK at the graduate or undergraduate level, we invite you to submit an abstract to be considered for a poster, 3-minute thesis, or a student oral presentation. You are welcome to submit  research at various stages of completion, including proposed research, in-progress research, and completed research. Please note that abstract submissions are due on Monday February 28th, 2022 at 11:59pm

Registration & abstract submission:

More information here:

FREE MCAT EVENTS - The Princeton Review

Are you thinking about applying to Medical School? The Princeton Review has got some upcoming virtual events that would be perfect for you!

Virtual Mock MCAT Day
Join The Princeton Review for a free practice MCAT on Saturday, March 5th, 2022, from 9am-4:30 pm. You will be virtually proctored by one of their awesome campus 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 Tuesday, March 1st, 2022, from 6-9 pm 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 events, please visit:


We have exclusive study sheets to help you prepare for the MCAT! If you would like a copy of each one, register for an event before February 18 and receive a 6-digit code!

Call 1-800-273-8439, ext. 5293.

We look forward to seeing you at our events!
The Princeton Review Team

Social Data Analytics 2022 Speaker Series

Join SFU’s Social Data Analytics program for a four-part speaker series on March 1st, 9th, and 16th at SFU Burnaby campus (Halpern 126) and on April 11th at SFU Harbour Centre campus (Room 1400).

Register for the first talk with Patrick Baylis (UBC) on “Assessing the impacts of environment hazards with text analysis” (Tuesday, March 1, 12:30-2:30 PM).

Learn more and register for the other talks in the series here.

2022 Wonder Women Networking Evening

Calling all women in STEM!

Whether you’re studying STEM, curious about it, or just looking to grow your professional network: The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) and Science World are thrilled to invite you to our Wonder Women Networking Event!

Last year, we went virtual (read all about it here) and we’re heading back online for 2022. The event takes place on Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm PST.

This event is designed specifically for university students, early career professionals, and those considering a career change, who are looking to learn more about working and succeeding as a woman in the STEM fields.

And that’s where the “Women Women” come in! They are a diverse group of mentors thriving in STEM careers, who have signed up to share their stories and expertise with the next generation of STEM leaders: you!

We’ll be using a virtual meeting platform and smaller “rooms” for a few rounds of networking between attendees and Wonder Women. Each room will be hosted by two Wonder Women in the same field, and attendees will be assigned to rooms based on the fields they are interested in.

For more info and registration, please visit:

Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $5 for SCWIST Members.

2022 Pharmacy Summer Institute

Monday, July 11 - Wednesday, July 13, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Held on the historic University at Buffalo South Campus

Now in its seventh year, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacy Summer Institute is an enrichment program for motivated high school and college students that expands knowledge of the many exciting career pathways in the professions of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. 

Our unique program incorporates active participation in a wide range of learning experiences including:

  • Admissions Planning and Academic Advising: Get tips and guidance on how to prepare for your education and career in pharmacy practice and/or research.
  • Career Discovery: Learn about the diverse job opportunities for pharmacists.
  • Research Opportunities: Visit our research labs and meet with faculty in clinical and basic sciences.
  • Building Tours: Explore our internationally recognized community of healing, learning and discovery.
  • Meet Us: Network with real-world practitioners, researchers and current UB PharmD students.
  • Activities and Live Demos: Observe pharmacy skills and techniques, such as patient counseling and compounding.

Applications for our 2022 Pharmacy Summer Institute open March 1 and close May 1

More informaiton here.


Simon Fraser University Science Undergraduate Research Journal – Call for Submissions

The SFU Science Undergraduate Research Journal goal is to promote undergraduate student research with a chance to have it published. We are currently accepting manuscript submissions and the deadline for submissions is on February 28th, 2022, at 11:59pm. More information here:

The Bertha Rosenstadt National Undergraduate Research Conference in Kinesiology and Physical Education

At this annual conference, undergraduate students have the opportunity to present literature reviews, critiques, term papers and findings from research projects. This is a multidisciplinary conference that includes topics from exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine, coach education, motor learning and control, exercise and sport psychology, philosophy, history and sociology of sport. Students submit an abstract and are given 10 minutes to present their papers to peers and faculty. Awards of recognition will be given to the best presentation in each area.

The 2022 conference will take place on April 1, 2022.


Presenters and participants can submit their abstracts and register for the conference by completing the online registration form. Deadline: March 11, 2022 at

Study Hall @ Home

Study Hall @ Home is a supportive virtual space hosted by Peer Educators who are available to provide students with study tips, academic support, and resources. Students can drop in for as long as they like, or stay the whole time. The Study Hall is open on Wednesday morning from 9-11am and Friday evenings from 6-8pm. Students can register here:

Science Peer Tutoring Returns for Spring 2022

Have questions about your general 1st/2nd year science courses? Need help on your assignments and upcoming midterms? The Science Peer Tutors are back virtually to help! Check out the Spring 2022 schedule, starting on Tuesday, January 18, and how you can enroll 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.

The Active Health & Rehabilitation concentration

Are you a KIN Major student who wants to be in Active Health and Rehab Concentration?

Email the BPK Advisor to have the Active Health and Rehab Concentration added to your academic plan.

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:


Apply for the Semester in Dialogue - Trust, Money and Power: Funding Change

Courses: DIAL 390W and DIAL 391W (10 credits total)
Prerequisite: 45 units (can be waived in certain circumstances)
Location: HC 3050
Time: Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM

The Semester in Dialogue is a unique program at SFU, perfect for students looking for a completely different type of experience during their studies. Students in the Semester in Dialogue will form deep connections with their peers and instructors and practice a wide variety of skills such as:

  • dialogue
  • active listening
  • writing for publishing
  • grantmaking
  • public engagement
  • facilitation
  • project management 

Students of the Semester in Dialogue will also have the advantage of: 

  • 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 Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director of SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Dr. Jacqueline Koerner, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue Fellow and co-Chair of Ecotrust Canada, and Kris Archie, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue Fellow and CEO of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.  

Early bird application deadline is February 18, 2022. Email  or click here to apply!

More info on the course and how to apply at our website:

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.

UM Skaggs School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy Program

At the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy, we offer a four-year PharmD program for which we pride ourselves on providing a student-centered environment with small classes to ensure students are part of our pharmacy academic community here in Missoula. This is evident by the very low attrition rate and high rate of on-time graduation. Our dedicated, experienced and highly-qualified faculty, staff and administrators are devoted to training and inspiring the next generation of skilled, empathetic and culturally sensitive pharmacy leaders. Our students have high match rate for pharmacy residencies and fellowships as well as successful job placement in Montana and around the country.

The School is known to provide a high rate of student scholarships and, as of the last year, also offers an out-of-state tuition academic merit award for students with high GPAs for prerequisite classes, an award that can be as high as $15,000 per year. The attached pdf contains important highlights of our PharmD program.

The PCAT is NO longer required but only recommended since it can provide beneficial data during the application process. This can be especially true for applicants with a lower GPA for whom PCAT scores may help applicants secure an interview and admission to the program. The current requirements for PharmD admission interview are:

a.    Complete or be in the process of completing a total of at least 64 semester credit hours which must include all courses from the program's established prerequisite course list or equivalents (see appendix for the specific list of the UM courses and their U equivalents).
b.   Complete each prerequisite course with a course grade no lower than a C-;
c.    Have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA; as determined by UM policy;
d.   Complete 20 observation hours, preferably in a pharmacy; and
e.   Complete the Pharm.D. Program application through PharmCAS, per instructions on the UM Skaggs School of Pharmacy website. The final PharmCAS deadline is May 2, 2022.


Juvenile Osteology Research Intensive Training Workshop (Summer 2022)

The Juvenile Osteology Laboratory Research Training Workshop will provide participants with an intensive review of juvenile osteology and an overview of the ways in which this kind of unique information is interpreted.  During the Workshop, participants will have the chance to study the growth and development of the human skeleton across various juvenile age cohorts, weaning and dietary stress, as well as reconstruction and interpretation of infant mortality.

Undergraduate and graduate academic credits can be acquired separately from University of South Florida (although it is not mandatory to register for credits to participate in our programs).

Program details:

Contact: Dr. Andre Gonciar at

Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund

The Lyle Makosky Values and Ethics in Sport Fund, established in 2014 by Lyle Makosky, provides annual financial awards to support personal experience-based, exploratory, foundational, applied and evaluative research to increase the understanding of challenges related to values in, and of, sport in Canada, with the goal of advancing solutions that strengthen the conduct of sport.

The application deadline for this award is April 30, 2022 (for the 2022-2023 academic year)

Find out more

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

SFU Applied Sciences Outreach Hiring - Pathways to STEAM program

SFU Applied Sciences Outreach (with Science AL!VE) strives to engage youth in hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, Mathematics) programs to build measurable skills and improve self-confidence. Aligned with the SFU Faculty of Applied Sciences’ mandate, we aim to dispel stereotypes in the field of science and engineering and work towards achieving diversity and inclusion. We work to empower those traditionally under-represented groups in STEAM by developing barrier-free programs for girls, at-risk youth, and Indigenous communities.

The job posting is for 6 instructor positions with our Pathways to STEAM program that partners with the Surrey School District (SD36) and engages at-risk youth in STEAM programming (science, technology, engineering, arts and design, mathematics). The position is from March 28th, 2022 to July 15th, 2022 (note hiring will occur on a rolling basis and the job application closes February 14th).

Details and application info here:


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.

Join the TEDxSFU Team

TEDxSFU is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join the 2022 Organizing Committee. If you would like to gain experience and develop new skills while building your personal and professional networks, there may be a position for you. Apply by Sunday, February 20.

Details here.


Q&A: How SFU is taking Brain Research in Promising New Directions

SFU Dashboard - Feb 1, 2022

Randy McIntosh, an SFU Professor of biomedical physiology and kinesiology, is featured.

(FR) Pan American bronze for two Chelsea field hockey players

Le Droit - January 31, 2022

Christopher Tardif, a field hockey player and SFU student of biomedical physiology and kinesiology, is featured.

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.