Updated weekly, SFU's Scholarly Impact of the Week is selected by the Office of the Vice-President, Research and International to celebrate scholarly milestones and research impacts from across the SFU research 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.
RNA research reveals clues to the origins of life
Peter UnrauFaculty of Science
Razvan Cocojaru - PhD CandidateFaculty 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.
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Faculty profile webpage: Peter Unrau
The Unrau Laboratory
SFU Faculty of Science news article
Kendra Strauss: Labour Geography Trilogy
Kendra StraussFaculty 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.
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Faculty profile webpage: Kendra Strauss
Nadine Provençal: Prenatal Stress and Psychiatric Disorders
Nadine ProvençalFaculty 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.
Evidential Preemption: (How to) Groom(ing) an Audience for Misinformation
Endre BegbyFaculty 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.
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Faculty profile webpage: Endre Begby