Best of SFU 2008: Science

“International science star” wins gold medal
Why do insects behave and evolve as they do? Award-winning entomologist Bernie Roitberg’s research has generated significant advances in this area.

Teaching excellence reaps 3M fellowship
Senior mathematics lecturer Malgorzata Dubiel makes learning math so much fun that 3M named her to its 2008 3M National Teaching Fellowship, a select group of Canada’s finest university teachers.

New discoveries about superbugs
Molecular biologist Fiona Brinkman made headlines for work with a team of scientists who are making new discoveries about how disease-causing bacteria become superbugs.

New therapies for Alzheimer’s disease 
SFU chemist David Vocadlo led an international team whose enzyme inhibitor seems to prevent the tangling of a brain protein linked with the onset of disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

A new way to diagnose disease
SFU research promised that you’ll soon be able to diagnose illnesses at home as easily as diabetics test their blood sugar levels, using your home computer’s CD/DVD player as a diagnostic device.