March 07, 2022 | Digest No. 291


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 March 8th, 2022 @ 11:59PM for the Poster and 3-Minute Thesis competitions. Note: Oral Presentation submission is closed.

Registration & abstract submission:

More information here:

World Literature in the High School Classroom: WL/PDP Information Session

SFU’s World Languages and Literatures department and the Professional Development Program are co-hosting a virtual event for students. The event will include a presentation by WL alumni and how  they used their studies to teach in high school as well as an information session about the Professional Development program at SFU. 

To register visit:

The Real Physio School Experience

OzTREKK is hosting a physiotherapy panel on March 9 that you won’t want to miss. 

Are you curious about what physio school in Australia is really like? You're about to find out with an exclusive alumni panel event, featuring Canadian physiotherapists who studied in Australia and are now practicing professionals. Plus, Australian university representatives and the OzTREKK Admissions Team will be available to chat throughout the evening. Have all your questions answered in one spot!

Can’t make this event? Register anyways and we’ll send you the recording!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Alumni Panel Begins: 2:15 p.m. PST / 3:15 p.m. MST / 5:15 p.m. EST (+ chat with Aus universities from 5-9 p.m. EST)

Register here!

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Hope to see you there!

SFU+UVic: Jobs and Volunteer Expo 2022

SFU + UVic: Jobs & Volunteer Expo is almost here! Meet over 80 exhibitors this spring to learn about opportunities to broaden your horizons! Register using our Eventbrite today:

Not sure what to look for? Filter employers based on your skills—including teamwork, data analysis, intercultural competencies, and many more.

Prepping for the expo? We have you covered! Mark your calendars.

  • Feb 28–Mar 4: Student workshops and sessions to help you navigate the fair
  • Mar 9–Mar 10: West Coast Virtual Fair

Find out more information, including a list of attending exhibitors, check out

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.

CIHR Institute of Aging Research Community Engagement Session

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging is currently working on a renewed Strategic Plan and are looking forward to releasing it in mid-2022. We have been listening carefully to priorities for research on aging over the past year and would now like to hear specifically from the research community on research to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults. 

Join us for an overview of key research priorities for the coming years and engage in a discussion on your thoughts and needs for the future of research on aging in Canada. 

Please register by selecting one of four date options: CIHR Institute of Aging Research Community Engagement Session.

Note that the session on March 17, 2022 is a bilingual session with simultaneous interpretation provided.

UBC Gender Equity & STEM Conference 2022

The UBC Gender Equity & STEM Conference 2022 is scheduled to take place virtually on Saturday March 19th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The main goal of this conference is to advance dialogue around gender inclusion and equality in STEM fields, specifically with regards to women and other gender-oppressed communities, and equip attendees with the inspiration and motivation to tackle the STEM gender gap in their own spheres. Topics will include the stigma and bias women and gender-oppressed communities face when pursuing careers and education in STEM, how these communities have made a positive impact on the world through STEM, how the gender gap in STEM can best be addressed through policy and innovation, and the societal, health and economic impacts of addressing this gap.  

Featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Anita Palepu, Professor and Eric W. Hamber Chair, Head of the Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia and Head of the Department of Medicine, Providence Health Care
  • Dr. Toni Schmader, Director of Engendering Success in STEM and the Social Identity Laboratory at the University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Tillie-Louise Hackett, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Asthma and COPD Lung Pathobiology & Therapeutics, and Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Research in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Tamara Etmanski, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Civil Engineering

The conference will encourage collaboration across disciplines and experience levels. It is open to everyone! We look forward to having STEM students, faculty, staff, and professionals of all gender identities. Attendees are invited to learn, share, and collaborate during workshops and engage with speakers during the panel and networking sessions. 

Register here
Registered attendees will be entered to win 1 of 10 gift cards to either the UBC Bookstore or Starbucks!

Zoom link

Additional conference details

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.


Science Peer Mentors

Get paired with new students, both first year and transfer, to ease their social, personal, and academic transition to the Faculty of Science. As a mentor you will check-in with one-on-one with mentees frequently throughout their first term to provide guidance and insights, answer questions, and connect them to resources, events, and involvement opportunities. Through helping your mentees you will grow as a leader, communicator, and active member of the Science student community. Please complete the application by March 31st. The full role description can be found on If you are interested in the Biology or BPK departmental mentorship programs please contact the Biology Academic Advisor or the BPK Student Association respectively.

Student Union Building Open at Reduced Capacity

The SUB has re-opened after being closed due to COVID-19! The new operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm. Reduced capacity means that spaces and seating within the SUB have been set for physical distancing to help maintain student and staff safety around COVID-19. Click here to check out their new guidelines!

EIM Canada Survey: Lifestyle Behaviours in Canadian Post-Secondary Students

You are invited to participate in a study examining the lifestyle behaviours of Canadian post-secondary students. Data collected from this study will be used to examine lifestyle behaviors, and determine how resources can be improved to better meet the needs of post-secondary students across Canada. The survey is led by Jonathan Fowles and Nicholas Bray at Acadia University. This study is geared towards better understanding undergrad and graduate student's lifestyle habits, based on the 24-hour movement guidelines. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be: 1) 18 years of age or older; 2) able to read and write in English; 3) be enrolled in a post-secondary program at a Canadian University. 

More information and participation 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

Elective Grade System Information Session

Interested in finding out how the Elective Grade System (P/CR/NC) impacts your elective courses?

Join SFU Academic Advisors for an online information session. This will be an opportunity for you to learn how best to use this policy so you can make an informed decision on your academic choices.

In this session, we will go over:

  • Opting for a P/CR/NC grade
  • Deadlines - Impacts on program requirements and electives
  • Long-term considerations

Register for the session that works best for you! All sessions are an hour long and hosted online via Zoom.

  • Tuesday, March 8th at 9:30-10:30AM
  • Wednesday, March 9th at 3:30-4:30PM

Register Here

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 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:


Uggla Family Scholarship

The Uggla Family Scholars program provides financial and other support to exceptional students who may not otherwise be able to afford an education to study at SFU. The program welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, are Black or a person of colour, are living with a disability or are a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. The Uggla Family Scholarship is open to all Canadian/Domestic students who show leadership potential. Ten students will be admitted to SFU through the Uggla Family Scholarship each year, in perpetuity. New cohorts begin their journey in the program every fall term.

The application deadline for Fall 2022 is March 24th, 2022. Find out more>

Summer 2022 Tandem - Registration Open

Want to improve your Arabic? Your English? Your French? Your Cantonese? Or any other language? “Tandem” is a method of language learning that pairs up two people who want to learn each others’ languages. Learn French while teaching Spanish, or improve your English while helping someone improve their Mandarin. SFU Tandem will pair you with someone on campus while facilitating casual language learning and conversation sessions!

To register visit:

Application deadline is April 10, 2022. 

If you have any questions about the program, please contact

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.


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 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

Program Assistant for "My Lions Gate BREAK"

My Lions Gate BREAK is an adult day program for individuals experiencing changes associated with mild to moderate dementia. Our goal is to support and enhance the quality of life for each program participant, while providing a period of respite to their family caregiver. The objective is to provide low-cost creative care, in a welcoming, safe and predictable environment, that provides participants with a sense of belonging, and recognition as respected and valued members of the community. This engaging, client-centred program includes opportunities for social connection, fitness, leisure, and lifelong learning. The program will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The program will be delivered year-round, with 2-week program breaks in spring, summer, and winter.

  • Work Location: Lions Gate Community Recreation Centre – 1733 Lions Gate Lane, North Vancouver
  • Type of Position: Permanent, Part-Time
  • Wage Rate: $20 - $22 per hour gross
  • Days/Hours of Work: 10 hours per week (5 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Extended Health Benefits: Not applicable
  • Vacation: 4% vacation pay in lieu of vacation time

Start Date: April 18,2022
Application Deadline: 4:00pm on March 11, 2022

Details here

Postdoctoral Fellow in Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism

The School of Kinesiology in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism. The successful Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) candidate will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team under the supervision of Dr. David Wright. The Wright Lab examines the effects of exercise, nutrition and pharmaceutical approaches on adipose tissue and liver metabolism, the underlying mechanisms therein and how alterations in these tissues impact whole body glucose and lipid homeostasis. Dr. Wright’s research group has lab space at both the Point Grey campus and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute ( The successful candidate will be expected to work on a CIHR funded project examining the role of GDF15 in fuel utilization and will be given the opportunity to develop their own, independent research questions.

More information and application 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.


Popular BPK lecturer receives SFU Excellence in Teaching Award

SFU News - March 4, 2022

Nadine Wicks, an SFU Professor 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.