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Scholarly Impact of the Week

Scholarly Impact of the Week aims to acknowledge SFU's scholarly excellence, in all its forms, to generate greater awareness and pride within the university community. 

Examples can include: publishing a paper in a high-impact journal; patenting an invention; debuting a new performance piece; publishing a monograph or book; changing a government policy; or changing the way we think about or understand the world around us. We expect most of these to be "recent" impacts, but will also publish a transformative impact from the past, from time to time.

You can also keep up-to-date on the latest published scholarly impact and other research news by following @SFUResearch on Twitter and Facebook.

Judith Zaichkowsky: The convenience of shopping via voice AI

Judith Zaichkowsky (with Philipp Klaus of the University of Monaco)

Today's consumers value convenience: The less time and effort they spend on a purchase, the better. At the same time, Artificial Intelligence is taking convenience to the next level as customers outsource their decisions to bots and algorithms. Beedie School of Business professor Judith Zaichkowsky and Philipp Klaus from the University of Monaco studied a new model of AI-influenced decision-making and published their findings. The convenience of shopping via voice AI: Introducing AIDM suggests that managers need to change the way they interpret customers' decision-making processes in the new, AI-influenced marketplace.

Read the whole story about how online voice command shopping has reached new levels of popularity here.

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Faculty profile webpage: Judith Zaichkowsky

April 13, 2021

Improving the 3D Virtual Reality Experience

Ted, Bernhard and Wolfgang
Thinh (Ted) Nguyen-Vo, Bernhard Riecke, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Navigating in a 3D virtual environment involves keeping oriented while efficiently traversing large and varied landscapes – all without introducing motion sickness. Researchers Ted Nguyen-Vo, Bernhard Riecke, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, and colleagues at SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology are working to address the unique challenges of traversing large virtual environments to deliver a more authentic and efficient 3D virtual reality experience.  The research was published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Individuals with an SFU login can access the journal article for free through the SFU Database Library by connecting here

Read the whole story about the NaviBoard, a new navigation interface developed by  SFU researchers here.

Learn more:
Faculty profile webpage: Bernhard Riecke
Faculty profile webpage: Wolfgang Stuerzlinger
NaviBoard: Efficiently Navigating Virtual Environments
iSpace Lab (immersive, Spatial, Perception, Action/Art, Cognition, Embodiment Lab)
Virtual and Augmented Reality, Visual Analytics, Interaction, Systems, and Experiments (VVISE – Lab)

April 7, 2021

RNA research reveals clues to the origins of life

Peter Unrau Razvan Cojocaru
Peter Unrau, Razvan Cojocaru
Faculty of Science

How did life begin on Earth and could it exist elsewhere? Simon Fraser University researchers in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Peter Unrau and Razvan Cojocaru have isolated a genetic clue – an enzyme known as an RNA polymerase – that provides new insights about the origins of life. The research was recently published in the journal Science.

Individuals with an SFU login can access the journal article for free through the SFU Database Library by connecting here

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Faculty profile webpage: Peter Unrau
The Unrau Laboratory
SFU Faculty of Science news article
Labroots.com article

March 30, 2021

Kendra Strauss: Labour Geography Trilogy

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Kendra Strauss
Faculty of Environment

"Labour geography III: Precarity, racial capitalisms and infrastructure" is the third and final instalment of  Kendra Strauss' 'Progress Reports' published in Progress in Human Geography--the top-ranked journal for Geography, Planning and Development in the Scimago Journal and Country Rank. The articles explore many of the themes central to Strauss' research interests, including precarity, migration, racialization and social infrastructures.

Individuals with an SFU login can access the journal article for free through the SFU Library Databases by connecting here

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Faculty profile webpage
@ProfStraussLBST on Twitter

March 23, 2021

Nadine Provençal: Prenatal Stress and Psychiatric Disorders

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Nadine Provençal
Faculty of Health Sciences

Recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), Dr. Provençal is the main author of "Glucocorticoid exposure during hippocampal neurogenesis primes future stress response by inducing changes in DNA methylation", which demonstrates how prenatal stress exposure is an important risk factor for developing a wide range of health problems later in life such as increased reactivity to stress, cognitive deficits, psychiatric and behavioural disorders.

Individuals can access the journal article for free by through PubMed Central® (PMC).

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Faculty profile webpage

March 16, 2021

Evidential Preemption: (How to) Groom(ing) an Audience for Misinformation

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Endre Begby
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

What are the implications of undercutting opposing views without offering an additional argument, evidence or proof? Endre Begby dives deeply into this question with "Evidential Preemption", published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. The article introduces the concept of "evidential preemption", and is a continuation of Begby's research focus on issues in social epistemology, on the cognitive underpinnings of language and communication.

Individuals with an SFU login can access Begby's article for free through SFU's Library Databases by connecting here.  

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Faculty profile webpage 
Personal website

March 9, 2021