Top 10 SFU News stories of 2020
SFU embraced remote teaching and working from home. We also welcomed a new chancellor and president, held a ground awakening for a First Peoples’ Gathering House and made significant headway on a proposed gondola to the Burnaby campus. Here’s a look back at 2020’s highlights. learn more →
SFU’s largest gift creates unprecedented scholarship to empower equity-deserving students
SFU alumnus Lance Uggla and his family are committing $34.1 million to establish the Uggla Family Scholarship. It is the largest gift ever received in the university’s history. learn more →
Okot Bitek is one of four Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellows in the Humanities for 2020-2021. Her residency is being hosted by the Department of English. read more
February 03, 2021
Remembering SFU professor emertius Theodore (Ted) H. Cohn
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Theodore (Ted) H. Cohn, professor emeritus of SFU’s political science department.
January 27, 2021
Remembering SFU Professor Andrew Mack (1939-2021)
Andrew Mack – always Andy to his many friends across the world – passed away in Vancouver on Jan. 20 after a fight with illness.
January 29, 2021
un/settled art installation centres Black womanhood at SFU’s Vancouver Campus
At the busy downtown intersection of West Hastings and Richards, you will find a street-facing art exhibition of exceptional scale featuring a tribute to Breonna Taylor in the windows of Belzberg Library at SFU’s Vancouver campus.
January 25, 2021
5 tips for winter driving
Winter conditions at SFU’s three campuses can cause a stressful commute for those driving. At a higher elevation, Burnaby Mountain is the most likely of all of SFU’s campuses to receive snowfall.
Oceanic shark and ray populations have declined 71 per cent in the last 50 years, according to a new analysis published in the journal Nature. read more
December 17, 2020
SFU Beedie partners with Vancouver Economic Commission to produce affordability guide
SFU’s Beedie School of Business has collaborated with the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) to produce an affordability guide for businesses and professionals seeking information about relocating to the Vancouver area.
December 11, 2020
SFU researchers developing AI system to protect killer whales
Simon Fraser University researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to classify whale calls—data that is helping them develop a warning system to help protect endangered west coast southern resident killer whales from potentially fatal ship strikes.
Former SFU soccer captain Frode Strand-Nielsen is empowering female student athletes and inspiring global perspectives with a $1-million gift to his alma mater. read more
October 28, 2020
Former SFU player Rysen John signs with New York Giants practice squad
After originally singing a contract with the Giants in the fall, Rysen John is once again back with the club after rehabbing a hamstring injury.
August 12, 2020
SFU retires its varsity athletics team name
Simon Fraser University is retiring its varsity athletics team name, the Clan, effective immediately.
More SFU students are set to benefit from learning both of Canada’s official languages thanks to a substantial recent contribution. read more
December 23, 2020
SFU offers caring touch for self-isolating students
SFU’s CARES program offers a variety of resources and supports for students who need to self-isolate.
November 26, 2020
SFU Beedie welcomes virtual international exchange students
COVID-19 pandemic has created both a challenge and an opportunity for the Office of International Programs at Beedie School of Business.
SFU glassblower Lucas Clarke’s scientific glass creations are orbiting Earth and sitting at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. read more
January 14, 2021
Faculty of Health Sciences adjunct professor, John Challis, named to the Order of Canada
Challis has illuminated the role of fetal development in onset of disease, advocated for enhanced collaboration and funding in health sciences research and mentored generations of researchers and contributors.
December 21, 2020
Wishing you a safe and restful holiday break
As 2020 comes to a close, I am filled with gratitude for the Simon Fraser University community. You have shown tremendous dedication and resolve during an unpredictable and challenging year.