Summer 2020

  • June 11, 2020

    June 11, 2020

    What is it like to graduate from university during a pandemic? These FCAT students may not have envisioned their convocation taking place on a screen as opposed to a stage, but they are nevertheless ready to take on their next challenges, whether that’s a new job, further education, or developing their artistic practice.

  • June 10, 2020

    June 10, 2020

    As part of a new project announced by the Canada-UK Artificial Intelligence Initiative and the Canadian and UK governments, Simon Fraser University Canada 150 Research Chair Wendy Chun and assistant professor Ahmed Al-Rawi are developing new artificial intelligence technology that can be used to tackle abuse and hate online.

  • June 09, 2020

    June 09, 2020

    The deans’ convocation medals for undergraduate studies and graduate studies recognize graduating students whose grades place them in the top five per cent of their class. This year, both convocation medal winners from the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology are from the School of Communication. Congratulations!

  • June 04, 2020

    June 04, 2020

    Five million confirmed cases. Three hundred thousand deaths. These are the global numbers for COVID-19. The numbers show how many people have passed away during the pandemic, but they don’t tell the stories of the lives that were lived. Coronavirus-enforced isolating has made it impossible to gather for funerals and to mourn together the passing of loved ones.

  • May 29, 2020

    May 29, 2020

    Nearly 300 3D printing enthusiasts have recently joined forces across Greater Vancouver to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, including SFU staff, students and alumni.

  • May 29, 2020

    May 29, 2020

    With the transition to remote teaching, SIAT instructors are being mindful of how they can provide students with opportunities to interact in lectures, stay connected to one another, and facilitate feedback.

  • May 21, 2020

    May 21, 2020

    How would you feel if you came out of quarantine ready to finally enjoy a meal at your favourite restaurant, only to find that it has closed down? With up to 15 per cent of B.C. restaurants in danger of going out of business, according to the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, this could soon be a reality.

  • July 17, 2020

    July 17, 2020

    When Marion Walter celebrated her Staff Achievement Award on March 5, 2020, surrounded by friends and colleagues, she didn’t realize that her world would change dramatically a few days later. That was the last in-person event she attended before isolating at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ever since, she has been carrying on from her home in New Westminster with “three cats, two birds, one gecko and a very annoying adult son,” as her email signature reminds co-workers.

  • July 28, 2020

    July 28, 2020

    As podcasting continues to grow in popularity, it has become an effective medium for researchers to share complex ideas in an accessible way. Publishing professor Hannah McGregor is showing that podcasts can be a form of academic research in their own right.

  • August 27, 2020

    August 27, 2020

    In memory of Dr. Gregory Younging (1961-2019), the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia(ABPBC)), in partnership with our Publishing Program, has established the Greg Younging Undergraduate Award in Publishing Studies, which will help support the training of emerging Indigenous publishers in Canada.

  • September 28, 2020

    September 28, 2020

    Three FCAT faculty members have been awarded grants for their research and innovation in diverse areas of digital media. In the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), Gabriela Aceves Sepúlveda’s project will explore archival media arts projects from a feminist perspective and through the concepts of re-activation, re-mediation and re-enactment. Also in SIAT, Bernhard Riecke is studying the effects of synchronized breathing on interpersonal relationships as experienced in virtual reality. In the School of Communication, Cait McKinney’s project will develop a methodology for studying marginalized internet histories—starting with the connection between HIV and network computing.