Media Releases

An archive of SFU-related press releases.

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  • October 04, 2021

    Simon Fraser University is returning to in-person convocation this fall with its first on-campus celebration since fall 2019. Ceremonies will be held at the Burnaby campus October 5-8.

  • August 26, 2021

    Sdahl K’awaas is the recipient of Simon Fraser University’s 2021 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for her bravery in calling out racism in the heritage field and advocating for change.

  • June 23, 2021

    According to a new Simon Fraser University study, nearly 350,000 Canadian women who lost their jobs during the pandemic hadn’t returned to work as of February 2021, resulting in a drop in women’s unemployment not seen in the last two decades.

  • June 22, 2021

    Don’t bee-lieve everything you read; reports of the bumble bee’s death are greatly exaggerated. A new study from Simon Fraser University is adding to a growing body of work that suggests not all bee populations are in decline.

  • June 18, 2021

    Jenn Harper had a vivid dream one night – of Indigenous girls smiling together and wearing lip gloss. Their radiant beauty and happiness left a lasting impression, which inspired her to make that dream a reality. Harper is one of several Indigenous entrepreneurs that has received support through the Raven Indigenous Impact Fund (RIIF). Simon Fraser University became the first university to invest in RIIF in 2020, which helps Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island (what some Indigenous communities call North America) to achieve their dreams.

  • June 15, 2021

    A new project led by researchers at Simon Fraser University will help astronauts overcome the challenges of working in harsh space environments—and potentially aid in their recovery plans. SFU professor Andrew Blaber, director of SFU’s Aerospace Physiology Laboratory, will lead the CARDIOBREATH project team, which includes researchers from the University of North Dakota. The project is funded by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

  • June 10, 2021

    A new national research and training program will help to jumpstart the development of greener and more resilient energy grids—the networks that deliver our power— while increasing skills critical to advancing our sustainable energy future.

  • June 10, 2021

    A new biomass plant located on Burnaby Mountain is now in full operation, providing heat and hot water to most of SFU’s Burnaby campus and approximately half of the UniverCity community. This plant has drastically decreased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making Simon Fraser University (SFU) a leader in the use of green energy with one of the smallest GHG footprints of any university in Canada.

  • June 04, 2021

    In collaboration with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN), researchers from Simon Fraser University, Brandon University and the University of Windsor are conducting an investigation to identify the children buried in unmarked graves at the Brandon Indian Residential School, in Manitoba.


  • June 01, 2021

    Students of Simon Fraser University (SFU) have access to more housing options with the opening of two new residence halls at the Burnaby campus this week. The new halls feature 482 single-occupancy rooms, as well as community and learning spaces, that will give more students an opportunity to grow, develop and enjoy life on campus.

  • April 09, 2021

    Simon Fraser University mathematics professor Caroline Colijn will lead a new, national infectious disease modeling network that will inform decisions related to public health threats and better prepare Canada for future pandemics.

  • April 06, 2021

    Fossil discoveries often help answer long-standing questions about how our modern world came to be. However, sometimes they only deepen the mystery—as a recent discovery of four new species of ancient insects in British Columbia and Washington state is proving.

  • March 31, 2021

    The Skoden Indigenous Film Festival returns for a two-day online event March 26-27, featuring Indigenous filmmakers and creatives from across Canada and British Columbia.

  • February 24, 2021

    SFU-led research team uncovers how fossil dragonfly relatives have been misclassified due to their striking similarity

  • January 27, 2021

    Oceanic shark and ray populations have declined 71 per cent in the last 50 years, according to a new analysis published today in the journal Nature.