SFU at its best: Best of 2011

SFU makes Time’s top-10 medical breakthrough list
Their medical discovery involving a link between bacteria and colon cancer landed three SFU scientists on Time magazine’s top-10 list of medical breakthroughs in 2011.



SFU ‘four-peats’ atop Maclean’s university rankings
For the fourth straight year, SFU was rated Canada’s best comprehensive university in the annual Maclean’s survey. The magazine uses 14 indicators to rank 49 universities within six general themes: students and classes, faculty, finances, libraries, student support and reputation.


SFU again tops ‘top employer’ lists
Mediacorp Canada, the country’s leading employment periodicals publisher, named SFU one of Canada’s 2011 Top 100 Employers for the third year running and one of the nation’s Top 25 family-friendly employers for the second time in three years. Mediacorp also named the SFU one of B.C.’s Top Employers for 2011, the fourth consecutive year it has made the list.

What makes SFU great? A long list of things, including its generous employee tuition subsidy; new urban living at UniverCity; a substantial retirement plan; top-up payments for—and health benefits during—maternity, parental and compassionate leave; flexible work arrangements; child and elder care assistance; telecommuting; phased-in retirement; generous vacation and personal time-off policies; and on-site daycare.


Carole Taylor SFU’s 10th Chancellor
SFU installed Canadian broadcaster, politician and business leader, Carole Taylor, as its 10th chancellor on Friday, June 17 at the university's afternoon spring convocation ceremony when incumbent Brandt Louie stepped down.


Math pioneer wins YMCA Women of Distinction award
Malgorzata Dubiel, a senior lecturer of mathematics and Canadian math education pioneer, received a 2011 YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Dubiel, recognized in the education, training and development category, was cited for her 40 years of experience working to improve math education in Canada.


SFU student biz whiz now B.C.’s best
SFU’s 2010 student entrepreneur of the year is now B.C.’s top biz whiz kid. The charitable group Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) and CIBC named fourth-year economics student Jordan Gutierrez, owner/operator of librerialeo.com.mx, as B.C.’s 2011 student entrepreneur of the year.


SFU chemist one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40
In April, the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business named SFU chemist David Vocadlo one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” for 2010. The Globe noted that Vocadlo, 37, didn't start out wanting to be a chemist—he was aiming to be an architect.

story: http://at.sfu.ca/CeFsaZ
Top 40 under 40 background: http://at.sfu.ca/aoTLvM

‘Smart’ tires on $2.6-million research list
Mechatronics director Farid Golnaraghi became one of nine SFU scientists who will receive almost 40 per cent of the $6.9 million in research funding earmarked for leading B.C. researchers through the province’s $50-million Natural Resources and Applied Sciences (NRAS) endowment. Including his $300,00 grant, SFU researchers will receive a total of $2,625,102 for a broad spectrum of projects.


TLC documentary wins Leo
SFU’s Teaching and Learning Centre won a Leo Award for best one-hour documentary program for its one-hour documentary From C to C: Chinese Canadian stories of migration, produced and directed by Jordan Paterson. The annual Leo Awards are BC’s premier film and television competition.


Research chairs draw $2.4 million
A trio of SFU researchers was awarded more than $2 million through the federal government’s Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program to carry out research related to health, mathematics learning, and global communication.


SFU Pipe Band takes second at Worlds
The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band took second place Aug. 13 at the World Pipe Band championships Glasgow, Scotland. The band has now placed second nine times since it began competing at the Worlds in 1983—the most for any band. SFU has won six world championships, in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009, and is one of only three non-U.K. bands to come first at the Worlds.


SFU No. 1 Tweeter
The website studentaffairs.ca, says SFU is the No. 1 social-media influencer amongst Canadian post-secondary schools. Results were based on its research of Klout scores of the schools’ Twitter accounts. Klout is a service that measures overall online influence using a scale of 1-100 on a daily basis. SFU’s Klout score is 55.83, followed by the University of Calgary (50.53), Western (49.93), McGill (49.12), and the University of Alberta (48.58). When compared to Klout scores of U.S. universities, SFU ranked seventh overall in North America with Stanford University in top spot.


YouTube educational channel a Top 20 favourite
During the month of February, the SFU News YouTube channel was among the top 20 most-viewed of 390 educational channels, joining a list including Stanford, Cambridge, Harvard universities. You can see the list at: http://www.youtube.com/education_channels?level=higher_education