November 07, 2022 | Digest No. 323


Neuroscience Careers Workshop

November 10, 2:30-4pm
SFU Burnaby Campus Halpern Centre 126 or Online

Are you an SFU undergraduate student who wants to learn more about neuroscience research careers? Join us at our Neuroscience Careers Workshop to hear about how to gain neuroscience research experience as an undergrad, how to apply for graduate programs, where to find funding opportunities, and much more!

Register here

Anatomy Tournament

SFU BPK is launching a new event: an Anatomy Tournament!

In groups of 3-5, teams will race to earn points by identifying as many anatomical structures as possible under a time limit using SFU's Anatomage Table (virtual dissection table). SFU is fortunate to have Western Canada's only Anatomage Table, and this event highlights its unique capabilities. Prizes are available for the top 3 teams with the highest scores! The event will also be followed by an afterparty at Biercraft.

This event is free and open to all students (BPK 326 recommended but not required). Sign up is via Google Forms; deadline Nov 15th 11:59PM. Participants will be emailed with additional details. 

Please direct any questions to event organizers, Camille ( and/or James (

Sign up now

New Skills Development + Work Placement Program (ADaPT)

ADaPT is a cost-free skills development and work placement program for final semester students and grads in Canada. Successful applicants will be assigned to join an instructor-led virtual classroom, or to participate in self-directed online learning modules.


  • Receive training to help boost your digital and professional skills  
  • Access career support and learn how to navigatethe job market 
  • Boost your confidence for networking and job interviews
  • Connect with top employers and like-minded peers to potentially land a paid job placement

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must be post-secondary graduats OR in their final semester of study 
  • You do not need to be a student or alumni from Simon Fraser University to apply 

Information Session:

Join us on Wednesday, November 16th, and learn everything you need to know about the ADaPT Program!

Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2022
Time: 12 - 1 PM Pacific Time
Zoom Link: to be set upon registration

RSVP here by Tuesday, November 15th.

MedConnect 2022

MedConnect 2022 is a pre-medical conference for undergraduate and high school students interested in pursuing medicine. Through lectures from physicians of varying specialties, hands-on workshops from health professionals, and a panel of medical students, we hope to inspire and educate the next generation of health professionals into their future endeavors. Attendees will have the option to choose which event programs they are interested in engaging in. This day-long conference is being organized by an experienced team of undergraduate and medical students with direct experience into the medical school application process and the health field. MedConnect 2022 will be held at SFU Burnaby Campus on Saturday, November 19th. Ticket sales are now live on eventbrite! This is a non-profit event, all proceeds will be given to BC Children's Hospital. More information and a link to register is provided at, and all questions can be sent to We hope to see you at this exciting event!


Medical Radiation Technologist Careers Virtual Information Session

Wed, Nov 23, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
With guest moderator Julia Leary, Career Advisor at the University of Guelph

Ready to launch your career in one of the most in demand and fastest-growing healthcare professions in Canada? Being a Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) is a fulfilling profession involving cutting edge technology and patient care. Join us virtually and learn about the MRT profession from professionals working across the country.

Learn More and Register

Amgen Scholars Program Virtual Info Session

The Amgen Scholars Program is a 10-week summer research program that is fully funded by the Amgen Foundation. The program supports students in developing the skills necessary for graduate school and for careers in science through a combination of hands-on research, participation in lab and professional development activities, and relationship building. Join our Amgen Scholars Virtual Info Session! Learn about the program and application process from our panelists and previous Amgen Scholars!

January 9th, 2023, 12-1pm EST

Register here

BPK Coffee and Conversations

The BPK Mental Wellness and Engagement Committee will be hosting Coffee and Conversations every Thursday at 10 am. Come by the BPK Lounge for FREE hot coffee, tea, snacks, and good company to start the day off on a positive note. All SFU BPK faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. While we will be providing disposable hot drink cups, we recommend that you bring your own mug or tumbler. Hope to see you there!

SFU Cafe Scientifique Fall 2022

Welcome to our fall term and a brand new series of SFU Cafe Scientifique. We are hosting this on Zoom this Fall and hope that you will be able to join us.

Click each topic above for Eventbrite registration.


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.

*Note: Enrollment appointments for Spring 2023 classes begin Nov 7, 2022

Fall 2022 Academic Dates and Deadlines

Fall term courses start September 7, 2022; last day of exams is December 19, 2022. To help you plan out your semester, here's the link to the important dates and deadlines for the upcoming term:


Academic announcements

Spring 2023 Courses

BISC 371: Crucial Discoveries in Biology (Special Topics) B-Sci (3 units)

Instructor:  Dr. Eirikur Palsson
Prerequisite:  45 units
Method of Instruction:  Blended (asynchronous and synchronous components are online).
Midterm and Final exams are in-person.

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.

Course Outline

BISC 373: Brewing Science (3 units)

Instructor:  Dr. Zamir Punja
Prerequisite: 60 units
Method of Instruction: in-person

This course will provide students with a broad understanding of the science of brewing. As an introduction, the history of brewing and its impact on society and discovery of the brewing process will be discussed. This will be followed by a review of the brewing ingredients, the processes that are involved, and the various inputs required. The process of malting and fermentation will be discussed in detail. The by-products of the brewing process and their uses will be presented. Aspects of plant biology and cultivation, biochemistry, and yeast microbiology as it relates to the brewing process will be presented.

There will be several guest lectures on the selection of high-quality ingredients, packaging, marketing and management of products derived from the brewing process.

Course Outline

Science Peer Tutoring Returns for Fall 2022: Online, and Burnaby & Surrey Campuses

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 AND in-person to help! Check out the Fall 2022 schedule and how you can enroll here:


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:

Day Appointments
Monday 10am – 11:40am
Tuesday 10am – 11:40am
2pm – 3pm
Wednesday 10am – 11:40am
2pm - 3pm
Thursday 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:

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.


Ph.D. Program - Regenerative Sciences Track

Seeking to spur development of innovative medical breakthroughs, Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, in partnership with the Center for Regenerative Biotherapeutics, started one of the nation's first doctoral research training programs in regenerative sciences.

Regenerative medicine is transforming clinical practice with the development of new therapies, treatments and surgeries for patients with chronic conditions, debilitating injuries and degenerative diseases. Advances in developmental and cell biology, immunology, and other fields unlock new opportunities for innovative breakthroughs for the next generation of regenerative diagnostic and therapeutic medical solutions.

The Regenerative Sciences (REGS) Ph.D. track at Mayo Clinic is a transdisciplinary Ph.D. Program designed to prepare the next generation of scientists to accelerate the discovery, translation, and application of cutting-edge regenerative diagnostics and therapeutics. The REGS Ph.D. track builds on the existing Mayo Clinic Regenerative Sciences Training Program (RSTP) to now offer in-depth curriculum and advanced training opportunities.

All Ph.D. Program candidates must fulfill the following requirements for eligibility:

  • A baccalaureate degree, preferably in the biological or physical sciences, must be obtained from an accredited institution
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is necessary
  • Certification of the degree is required

More info

Master’s Program in Smart Medicine and Health Informatics

NTU is the most prestigious university in Taiwan and is among the top 100 universities in the world. Guided by independent thought and a pioneering spirit of enterprise, students at NTU become a part of the nation’s most prosperous center of learning and receive a comprehensive and quality education. As NTU’s newest College, the International College of NTU was founded in 2021 as a milestone in the globalization efforts of NTU and aims to build a higher education platform that combines the strengths and uniqueness of Taiwan with the most vital academic disciplines of NTU.

The International College’s Master’s Program in Smart Medicine and Health Informatics (Smart MHI) is designed to equip students with a combination of expertise in ICT, Healthcare, Biomedical Informatics, and Data Science – skills that are in increasingly high demand in hospitals, medical centers, CROs, government agencies, private sectors, and healthcare industries.

The well-rounded curriculum has been organized in several aspects: Personalized and Smart Medicine, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and Biomedical Signal and Processing. We offer theory- and research-based teaching as well as application-based clinical training. This program aims to cultivate industry leaders and scholars with a holistic vision to innovate the field of intelligent medicine and health informatics.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • English proficiency certificate at CEFR B2 or above

Application Deadline

  • Local students: December 6, 2022
  • International students: February 20, 2023
  • Overseas Chinese students: December 15, 2022

If you have further questions, we invite you to attend our Information Session:

  • Date: Nov. 28, 2022 | 11:00 – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Online & On-campus
  • Sign-up: Google Sheet

Further information is available on our website (, and we welcome you to join us in the next class!

Casper Test Dates - UBC Department of Physical Therapy

Casper test dates for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle are now available. Test dates for UBC’s MPT program are available from August 2022 to early January 2023. All MPT program applicants must complete the Casper test in order to meet minimum admission requirements. We encourage future applicants to thoroughly review our website.

If you have any admissions questions that are not answered by our website, please contact

Register now


Juvenile Osteology Research Intensive Training Workshop (Summer 2023)

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).

Juvenile Osteology Research Laboratory Workshop Dates: July 2 - July 29, 2023
Location: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Transylvania, Romania


Research participant recruitment

Research study invitation: Did COVID-19 impact your mental health and education?

The purpose of this project is to further understand how undergraduate students have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related institutional policies. We are specifically looking at impacts in the categories of mental health, wellbeing, learning, and academics. This research could be beneficial for informing post-secondary institutions and contributing to their decision making in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises. Overall, this would support students’ needs, and wellbeing. 

The survey is available online and has been designed to take a maximum of 20 minutes of your time. Responding to the survey is voluntary, and your consent will be obtained prior to beginning the survey. Additionally, survey responses will be anonymous. For you to participate, the following is required: be a current undergraduate student at SFU, have attended SFU between March 2020 and now, are able to read and write in English as the survey is presented in English, and have access to technology and the internet. 

Upon completion of the survey, students can separately enter their SFU email and be entered into a draw to win one of multiple $25 SFU bookstore gift cards. 

Take the survey

The survey will be open until November 20th.

Supine-to-stand versus Supine-to-Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP), Cardiovascular/Musculoskeletal Baroreflex Responses (#30001262)

We are looking for healthy, able-bodied participants aged 19-35 years to come to the Aerospace Physiology Laboratory (APL) to undergo supine-to-stand and supine-to-lower body negative pressure (LBNP) testing protocols. 

Your participation in this study will involve…

  • 1 lab visit (no longer than 1 hour) at SFU’s APL where you will be lying on your back and standing on a force platform.
  • 1 lab visit (no longer than 1 hour) at SFU’s APL where you will be lying on your back inside a LBNP chamber from below the hips.

Both visits will be measuring heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle activity.

Your contribution helps us improve our understanding if LBNP accurately mimics heart and muscle responses that are seen with quiet standing after laying down.

For more information, please contact APL via email or telephone:
Telephone: 778-255-3904

A survey of female athlete reproductive health and perceived implications on performance

We are currently working on a project regarding female athlete reproductive health and performance and are recruiting athletes to complete a survey. We will be asking questions regarding menstrual cycle status, birth control use, and pregnancy planning, and how these affect your training and performance.

If you’re interested in participating, see the flyer for additional information and to scan the QR code to take you to the survey, or click this link to take you to the survey:

Take the Survey 

Participants Needed for Research on Visually Guided Walking

Click the poster for detail. Gemma (MSc student in BPK) is recruiting participants for her thesis experiment. If you are interested, please contact her.

In addition to the poster, note the following when deciding if you are interested:

You should NOT participate in this study if one or more of the following applies:

  • Your age is greater than 40 or less than 19 (or less than 18 for an SFU student)
  • You have any known visual disorder other than one that can be corrected with lenses
  • You have a musculoskeletal (e.g., arthritis) or neurological (e.g., stroke, Parkinson’s disease) disorder that affects your movement or balance
  • You are allergic to rubbing alcohol or adhesive
  • You have participated in a research experiment using prism glasses before
  • You are not vaccinated against COVID19

Your decision on whether to participate will not influence your grades in any coursework or benefit you in terms of status or success in any class.

Contact information: Gemma Malagon

Employment Opportunities

Spring 2023 BPK TA ships

BPK's TAships for Spring 2023 is open. Applications are due on Monday, Nov 7th.

*These opportunities are for Graduate students and senior BPK majors.

More info

Respite Caregivers (in City of Vancouver)

Would you love to work with children or adults with disabilities, and have one or two available afternoon(s) or day(s) per week? If so, we've got a great opportunity for you!

The Developmental Disabilities Association is seeking contracted Caregivers to work 1:1 with a child or adult in our Respite Programs. Our caregivers provide a break for families by taking their family member for a fun, supervised and safe community outing once or twice a week. Respite takes place mostly on weekends, or on a weekday after school, depending on the family's needs. Wages are $18 or $20/hr, depending on level of support needs. 

Requirements: valid First Aid with CPR, clear criminal record, references, some training or work/volunteer experience in a field related to developmental disabilities.



Street Saviours Outreach

Looking to gain some valuable and unique volunteering experience? Look no further, Street Saviours: Outreach Society is here. Street Saviours is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver. Our primary objective is to find and treat emergency overdose responses to those in crisis on the streets of Downtown Eastside. Along the way, we also deliver basic human needs (food, water), harm reduction and minimization support including Naloxone kit distribution, referral to services, as well as the promotion of mental, physical, and sexual wellbeing. Although we have many paramedics and first responders in our team, first aid experience or certifications are NOT required to volunteer!

Our office is located right off Powell Street, Vancouver (623 Powell Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1H2). Our patrols take place from 8:30 pm to midnight and we typically patrol every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

If you are interested, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or

check out our facebook page @StreetSavioursOutreachSociety or visit our website (button below) for more information.

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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.


$2 million gift helps seed new ideas at SFU Science

SFU News - Nov 3, 2022

Will Cupples, BPK professor emeritus is interviewed.

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