Best of SFU 2008: Arts and Social Sciences

Reforming Canadians’ savings strategies
Public policy professor Jon Kesselman is the brains behind Canada’s new Tax Free Savings Account, hailed 2008 as Canada's most significant advancement in the tax treatment of savings since RRSPs in the 1950s.

Film students claim top prizes  
Short films produced by SFU Contemporary Arts students claimed three of the six top prizes at the 39th Canadian Student Film Festival, part of the Montreal World Film Festival (Aug. 23-Sept. 1, 2008).

Who owns the past?
Archaeology professor George Nicholas set up an international research team—with $2.5 million in funding—to determine who has cultural ownership of the past.

Emeritus poet wins big
Robin Blaser, professor emeritus of English, was the 2008 Canadian recipient of the world’s richest poetry prize for a single volume of poetry: the $100,000 Griffin Poetry Prize. He won for The Holy Forest.