Best of SFU 2008: Applied Sciences

Grad student wins $150,000 Trudeau prize

Grad student Nic Rivers, in the School of Resource and Environmental Management, won a $150,000 Trudeau scholarship, Canada’s richest social sciences and humanities doctoral prize, for his work in assessing the effectiveness of alternative strategies to counter climate change.

Jaccard named Academic of the Year
SFU resource economist Mark Jaccard’s work in persuading governments to enact effective climate-change policies earned him the 2008 Academic of the Year award from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of B.C.

Diabetes contributions reap Banting award
Kinesiology professor Diane Finegood, founding director of the CIHR National Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, received the Canadian Diabetes Association’s Frederick G. Banting award for her research into obesity and diabetes.

Project internationally recognized
Communication professor Ellen Balka’s mammoth four-year project, ACTION for Health, which investigated the challenges of computerizing the health-services industry, won an outstanding achievement award in 2008.

Gold medallist creates tiny technologies
Engineering science student Ian Foulds’ high grades earned him SFU’s highest graduate award—the 2008 Governor General’s Gold Medal. He is among Canada’s most promising young developers of miniaturized machines known as MEMS, or microelectromechanical systems.