Media Releases 2022

  • December 07, 2022
    Research from SFU scientists informs climate change mitigation report
    SFU professors Kirsten Zickfeld and Karen Kohfeld are part of an expert panel contributing to a new report released today investigating the potential contribution of nature-based climate solutions (NBCS) to meeting Canada’s climate change mitigation commitments.
  • December 01, 2022
    Researchers test promising tech treatment for youth depression
    New research shows promising results using neurotechnological approaches to treat depression in youth. The research, led by Simon Fraser University (SFU) professor Faranak Farzan, is published in the Journal of Affective Disorders Reports.
  • November 22, 2022
    Supporting an aging population experiencing homelessness: SFU research
    Improving supports for older adults who experience homelessness in three major Canadian cities is the focus of an ongoing study being led by Simon Fraser University adjunct professor Sarah Canham.
  • November 14, 2022
    New tool developed to monitor health of marine ecosystems and extinction risk of species
    Scientists from Simon Fraser University are part of an international team of researchers that has developed a new science-based indicator to assess the state of health of the oceans—and the possible risk of extinction of their species. Recent biodiversity studies show an unprecedented loss of species, ecosystems and genetic diversity on land, but the extent to which these patterns are widespread in the oceans is not yet known. In a new study published recently in the journal Science, researchers from Spain-based AZTI Technology Centre, in collaboration with SFU and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), have developed a global indicator that measures the state of marine biodiversity based on changes in extinction risk recorded over seven decades in oceanic predatory fishes (52 populations of 18 different species of tuna, billfish and sharks).
  • November 07, 2022
    Americans more likely to share COVID-19 misinformation online: SFU study
    People living in the United States are more than three times more likely to share misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 than people in four other English-speaking countries, including Canada, a Simon Fraser University study has found.
  • October 26, 2022
    Women healthcare workers faced heightened moral distress during pandemic: study
    New research highlights the challenges women healthcare providers (HCPs) experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic which contributed to heightened moral distress, providing insights into ongoing professional burnout.
  • October 21, 2022
    Genomic data can improve pandemic modelling, SFU researchers say
  • October 11, 2022
    SFU Research: Healthy Aging Requires An Understanding Of Personality Types
    New research shows that older adults may be better supported as they age when their personalities are considered—for example, are they more like orchids or dandelions? Researchers from Simon Fraser University’s Circle Innovation examined the potential effects of lifestyle activities on the cognitive health of more than 3,500 adults aged 60+, and found that personality–using psychology’s orchid-dandelion metaphor—can be a factor in how well supportive programs work.
  • October 06, 2022
    Mental health support, not increased policing, needed during pandemic, study finds
    A new study finds that while most crime types declined across Canada and internationally as a result of the COVID-19 social restrictions, mental health-related incidents remained relatively stable, counter to claims that mental health related incidents increased across the nation as a result of the pandemic related restrictions.
  • October 04, 2022
    Celebrating milestones & accomplishments at SFU’s fall convocation
    As the leaves start to change, students who’ve completed degrees at Simon Fraser University are ready to graduate and begin a new stage in their career journeys. More than 1,800 students will celebrate during Fall 2022 convocation ceremonies on Oct. 6 and 7th at SFU’s Burnaby campus.
  • September 28, 2022
    Simon Fraser University-led biobank aims to save west coast kelp forests
    Scientists at Simon Fraser University are racing against the clock to save British Columbia’s disappearing kelp forests for future generations. Led by biologist Sherryl Bisgrove, and supported by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the team has developed a cryogenic freezing technique to store germplasm, or “seed”, of at-risk bull kelp in a biobank. This allows the team, which also includes postdoctoral fellow Liam Coleman and lab manager Silven Read, to preserve the local biodiversity of the species in case some populations become extinct off coastal waters. The collection of “seed” could be used to aid restoration efforts and advance research projects such as identifying kelp populations that may be better suited to survive in the warmer waters expected with climate change.
  • September 21, 2022
    Hybrid work, more holistic approach, better for mental health, studies find
    Hybrid work is better for worker mental health compared to fully remote or in-person formats, according to a new study by Simon Fraser University and Toronto Metropolitan University researchers.
  • September 08, 2022
    New family housing opens on SFU’s Burnaby campus
    Simon Fraser University is adding purpose-built, sustainably designed family housing to the Burnaby campus this fall, giving students with families a broader range of affordable accommodation options.
  • September 06, 2022
    Simon Fraser University announces new varsity team name
    Simon Fraser University introduces the SFU Red Leafs as the new name selected for its varsity athletics teams, after an extensive consultation process that began in 2020. Grounded in the university’s strong and rich athletic history, athletes and coaches have competed under SFU’s iconic leaf for generations and it is recognized as a symbol of unity across its campuses. The Red Leafs reflects the university’s identity as Canada’s only NCAA team and unifies their diverse community under that banner. 

  • August 29, 2022
    Significant dining expansion unveiled at SFU Burnaby
    Students hungry for more dining options are in for a tasty surprise this fall with the opening of a new state-of-the-art Dining Commons at the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Burnaby campus. The new building, which sits at the Burnaby student residence entry, will provide a wide variety of fresh and high-quality food choices with over 40 per cent of ingredients sourced locally in B.C. Global cuisine and plant-forward options will be served at more than 10 new culinary stations, which include a teppanyaki grill, sushi, wok cooking, made-to-order salads and, for those with a sweet tooth, access to soft serve ice cream on demand.
  • August 17, 2022
    Working too hard? New SFU research highlights importance of taking breaks
    Work breaks should be seen as recovery opportunities that foster employee well-being and do not detract from performance, according to a Simon Fraser University researcher.
  • August 16, 2022
    Chemical discovered by SFU researchers could help honeybees fight off mite infestation
    A new chemical compound discovered by Simon Fraser University researchers could help honeybees around the world fight off deadly mite infestations. Led by chemistry professor Erika Plettner, SFU researchers and members of the beekeeping industry are currently trialing the potential treatment at apiaries in British Columbia and Alberta.
  • July 19, 2022
    SFU announces move to become a Living Wage Employer - a first for a Canadian public university
    Simon Fraser University will begin taking steps to become a Living Wage Employer, furthering its commitment to improve equity and inclusion for working members of the SFU community.     The move to seek certification, through Living Wage for Families BC, was recently approved by SFU’s Board of Governors and will follow a phased approach as contracts are renewed over the next three years.  
  • July 11, 2022
    Fighting online child exploitation —researchers identify effective ‘attack’ strategies
    Researchers are advancing efforts to derail online child exploitation by determining which proactive attack strategies are the most effective.
  • June 24, 2022
    Climate change negatively impacting bumble bees: Study
    Temperature changes have negatively impacted most species of bumble bees over the past 120 years, according to new research published this week in Biology Letters. The researchers note that changes in temperature had more of a negative impact than other factors - such as precipitation or floral resources.