January 30, 2023 | Digest No. 332


Women in Life Sciences - Panel Discussion

Join the Burnaby Board of Trade and Life Sciences BC for an engaging panel discussion with top women professionals sharing their experiences, stories, and thoughts on leadership in the life science sector.

Enjoy Lunch and connect with fellow professionals during our networking reception, before the facilitated discussion with our panelists representing a diversity of backgrounds and experiences.

All genders are welcome and encouraged to attend.


  • Wendy Hurlburt, President & CEO, Life Sciences BC


  • Jennifer Arntorp, Sr. Director Operations and Site Leader, Corcym
  • Dr. Angela Brooks-Wilson, Dean, Faculty of Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Beatriz Rodriguez, Director of Manufacturing ISO, STEMCELL Technologies
  • Erica Zarkovich, Senior Vice President, Government Markets, LifeLabs

Event Details:

Date: February 2nd, 2023
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM PT
Location: Element Metrotown Hotel
5988 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby

BBOT & LSBC members - $69
Non-members - $99

Note: LSBC members must enter the code LSBC at registration to receive the discounted rate.

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BPK Skating Social

  • When: Friday February 10, 2023 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Where: Kensington Complex - 6159 Curtis Street, Burnaby BC, V5B 4X7
  • Admission: Where you pay for admission tell them you are there for the SFU Kinesiology skate. You MUST show your SFU student/staff ID in order for your admission/skate rental to be covered.

Helmets are required for children 12 and under. Children 7 years of age or younger MUST be accompanied on the ice by a person 16 years of age or older on skates. 

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Get Connect-Ed en Français - Jan. 31

Get Connect Ed – en français is the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of SFU’s options and possibilities in French. Whether they are interested in learning or improving their French or considering a teaching career in French, your students will have the opportunity to meet all the people that can support them along the way.

We'll be there to answer their questions: student advisors and staff from the Faculty of Education (Undergraduate and Professional Development Program), Department of French, the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs, and the representative of the Explore and Odyssey programs.

Free snacks and refreshments will be served.

Open to all undergraduate students. Registration is not required.

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Biology Career Night

This career event is an opportunity for SFU Biological Sciences students and any others interested in biology careers to engage with SFU Alumni/professionals in-person through "speed mentoring" to learn more about the diverse career possibilities, adventurous career journeys and tips for success!

Date: Thurs Feb 16, 2023
Time: 5:30 - 7:30:pm
Location: Sci-Space AQ 3146

Speakers/Mentors Include:  

  • Bendix Hollman, Ministry of Forests --  Tree Seed Centre
  • Gaby Jensen, STEMCELL Technologies  
  • Wei Chun Kua, Solid State Community Industries
  • Pau-Lin Ngen, Yourgene Health Canada
  • Pavel Ogay, Virogin Biotech

PRESENTED BY:  SFU Career & Volunteer Services, Department of Biological Sciences, Co-operative Education and Biology Student Union

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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Day Webinar Series

OHCOW is pleased to announce our free annual international event continues into its 24th year to increase awareness and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. Due to overwhelming response, this year’s event will be held virtually only and has been extended from a one-day event to a weekly webinar series for the entire month of February.

Registration for this free event is required in order to participate.

More info

Upcoming Workshops and Events from Career Service

Resume/LinkedIn Workshop - Feb 7/23
Interview/Networking - Feb 13/23
Mini Big Fair - Feb 15/16/23

More info


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion International Mobility Award (EDI IMA)

Applications for the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion International Mobility Award (EDI IMA) are now open! This award is offered by SFU as part of the Global Skills Opportunity program and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. 

Awards will be given to multiple undergraduate students, valued at $1000 for virtual programs and from $1000 - $10,000 for in-person international learning opportunities, depending on program duration. A key feature of the award is that you can apply before or after being approved for one of the eligible international learning opportunities.

This award is open to students who meet the eligibility requirements below. Please see the EDI IMA website for full eligibility details. If you are eligible and interested in applying for the EDI IMA, the deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at 11:59 PM (PT) for programs up to Summer 2024. 

Award Values:
Virtual programs (1+ weeks): $1,000.00 
Short term in-person programs* (1-4 weeks): $1,000.00- $3,000.00 
Medium term in-person programs (5-16 weeks): up to $7,000.00 
Long term in-person programs (17+ weeks): up to $10,000.00

*For short-term international learning opportunities, you must still be enrolled in a full-time course load to be eligible.


BPK MWEC Student Survey

Have you heard about the ongoing initiatives organized by BPK Mental Wellness Engagement Committee? We would like to hear your feedback on how we can further support you and your mental wellness. Participate in our 3-minute questionnaire and have a chance to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards!

The winners will be selected at random and notified by email. To participate, please complete the form below. The questionnaire will close on January 31.

Thanks you for your participation!

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Science Peer Tutoring Returns for Spring 2023: 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 Spring 2023 schedule.


Spring 2022 Academic Dates and Deadlines

Spring term courses start January 4, 2023; last day of exams is April 24, 2023. To help you plan out your semester, here's the link to the important dates and deadlines for Spring 2023:


Academic announcements

Academic Advising

BPK students who are officially approved into a BPK major or minor program can book advising appointments and access Zoom drop-in link using the Advisor Link system.

** 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 email the advisor through the Advising Contact Form.

BPK Undergraduate Advising


An All Expenses Paid Summer School in Vision Science at York University

Join this one-week all expenses paid vision science program for undergraduate students which will take place July 10 – 14, 2023. This program is an excellent to do a deep dive into vision related research and to learn from world leaders in the field. Applicaiton deadline is February 10, 2023. More info here.

Apply here

McMaster University Rehabilitation Sciences is accepting GRADUATE applications! 

Are you interested in rehabilitation science? Apply for our September 2023 admission intake!

September 2023 Admission Intake Application Deadlines: 
- MSc Course Based application deadline: July 10, 2023 
- MSc Thesis application deadline: February 20, 2023 
- PhD Thesis and PhD Dual application deadline: February 20, 2023 

More info

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



Research participant recruitment

Wearable Sensor Reliability Study - Participant Recruitment

We are looking for healthy participants aged 19 and older who are free of lower-extremity musculoskeletal injuries in the past 3 months to participate in a research study.

The goal of this study is to investigate the reliability of newly developed wearable sensors. In this study, you will be asked to complete several walking, running, and jumping trials to help us test some new wearable devices. Participation will require you to attend a baseline (testing-1), 1-week (testing-2) and 3-month session (tesing-3). The final decision about participation is yours and you can withdraw at any time.

Each session will take no longer than 2 hours.

If you are interested in participating, you can contact us at: for more details.

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

Employment Opportunities

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.



Neuromotion Physiotherapy Volunteer

Neuromotion Physiotherapy (Surrey location) is recruiting volunteers to help out in their physiotherapy clinic.  

We are a neurological disorder specific clinic who strives to re-train functional movement through the clinical application of neuroscientific principles. Based on client-centered goals, we provide expert hands-on treatments, education, and exercises to enable the client to achieve their goals and maximize their physical potential.   

What makes us unique is the community atmosphere, wherein staff, clients, and volunteers all work together to help the clients achieve their therapeutic goals. We provide many volunteer opportunities to eager individuals, many of whom are students looking to gain practical experience in the field of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. We are almost always looking for volunteers to help out in the clinic or in the community (carrying out a safe home exercise program or simply providing companionship). 

At Neuromotion we involve volunteers to help the clinic run as smoothly as possible. Our volunteers assist with set-up, tidiness, and are often a useful second pair of hands in treatment. They are always under supervision by a Neuromotion staff member. 

We are specifically looking for volunteers to work on Tuesdays (morning and afternoon) Wednesdays (morning and afternoon) and Friday mornings 

Location: 10626 City Parkway, Surrey BC
Date: Starting ASAP

If you have any questions feel free to email

Apply now

Let’s Do Breakfast Program Volunteer

As a Let’s Do Breakfast Volunteer, you will help the program leads distribute healthy food items to students between Kindergarten-Grade 7. This program offers you a direct opportunity to work with children at a Surrey elementary school.

Start Date: 02/1/2023 End Date: 06/23/2023
Time: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Location: In-person at Strawberry Hill Elementary 7633 124 St, Surrey, BC V3W 8N2

More info

Volunteer Opportunity at Jump Gymnastics

Jump Gymnastics has supported over 22,000 families to raise self-confident kids who thrive in all sports.

Do any of the following sound like you?

  • You’re a change agent, you are interested in development and improvement, especially when it comes to growth personally, professionally, and physically.
  • You’re understanding─you will be working with young children with a wide variety of learning styles and abilities
  • You love being active and having fun! You will be constantly moving and engaging with the children
  • You shine with enthusiasm─you love coming to work, and it shows!
  • You’re an energetic leader—you are confident communicating with both children and their parents.

If any of the above sound familiar, completing a University Practicum with Jump Gymnastics might be right for you!
Interested? Fill out our application form today!

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Call for Volunteers at REACH

The Heart Healthy workshop has topic tables for volunteers to educate and enlighten their community. Become a Health Promoter with educating on heart topic tables such as: Checking clients in and introducing REACH, Cardiovascular health screening questions, Blood pressure and heart rate check, Weight or waist circumference check, Nutrition information & Active living information. 

Workshop detail:

  • Last Wednesday of each month (February 22, March 29, April 26)
  • 4PM to 7PM
  • REACH Community Health Centre, 1145 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X3

Deadline to apply: Feburary 3, 2023

more info

Volunteer Seniors Advocate - Chimo

Volunteering with Chimo offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to support those in need and to make a positive difference in your community. Volunteering is a powerful avenue for ongoing personal growth! It is also a great way to gain valuable life skills and professional skills, such as self-awareness, active listening skills, crisis prevention, personal advocacy and knowledge of government and community resources.

We are proud to offer in-depth training delivered by highly-skilled, Masters-level training facilitators. Volunteers are the backbone of our services, and we are committed to ensure that you receive the training, support and encouragement that you deserve.

Volunteer Seniors Advocate - Overview

The Volunteer Seniors Advocate will  

  • assist residents aged 55 and over in the Richmond and South Delta area with housing, food, benefits, and community resources through a senior-centered case management approach.
  • empower clients to develop the confidence and skills to effectively speak and act for themselves, gather information, gain knowledge, learn to identify, and address issues, and prevent crises.

More info

SFU Sports Medicine Clinic Assistant Program

The SFU Sports Medicine department is seeking students who are interested in volunteering in the Sports Medicine Clinic during the Spring semester. Students must completed BPK 241 and have their first aid CPR/AED up to date.

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official University document that tracks students’ co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record here.

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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.


Scientists developing early Alzheimer's disease detection sensor

Medical Xpress - Jan 18, 2023

Miriam Rosin, BPK professor emeritus is mentioned.

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