After 20 years as an Indigenous graphic designer and consultant, Michelle Nahanee returned to school to pursue a master of arts degree in communication at Simon Fraser University.
Her thesis, “Decolonizing Identity: Indian girl to Squamish Matriarch”, examines the naming conventions she grew up with and how these contributed to her identity as a Squamish person. One example, she says, is the renaming of her community from Mission Indian Reserve #1 to Eslha7án.
The Women’s Health Research Institute has honoured Joy Johnson, SFU vice president, research and international, with its second annual Career Contribution to Women’s Health Research Award. The award is given annually to a British Columbian researcher who has made an outstanding and exemplary contribution to women’s health research during their career.
Those attending the 2018 #BCTECH Summit from May 14-16—the largest technology conference in Western Canada—will come together to hear from those pushing the boundaries of innovation. Thousands will arrive to explore how technology is driving cross-industry growth and change.
Starting 2018 by ‘hitting the ground running’ would be an understatement for Simon Fraser University professor and researcher Wolfgang Stuerzlinger. At the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) VR 2018 (the world’s top scientific conference in Virtual Reality research), he presented two papers, and at the Symposium on Virtual and Augmented Reality for Space Science and Exploration at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech), he was invited to give a talk. Now, back in Canada, the pace of his work isn’t slowing.
For the able bodied, mobility can be taken for granted, as many processes involved are automatic. Yet, the reality for many people is that it is one thing to be able to generate motion, it is quite another to walk, sit, stand up and shift direction with fluidity. While exoskeleton technology for paralyzed and mobility disabled people has been progressing, actual full mobility is where the research has been stalled — until now.
Of the many innovations and research projects that will be sure to amaze at this year’s #BCTECH Summit, one thing is certain: SFU researcher Paula MacDowell’s dedication to empowering youth through education and technology will be sure to inspire attendees and future generations.
As news has shifted online, social media has become the digital messenger, amplifying the reach of breaking news stories. Social media has changed the way people interact with each other in the sharing of information, personal messages, and opinions about current events, personal situations and experiences. Companies that were born in the digital age—like Facebook—first were celebrated as a way for people to more easily and quickly interact across different communities and locations around the world.
An incredible 26 SFU VentureLabs® and Simon Fraser University affiliated companies were recognised on the 2018 Ready to Rocket list, announced in March. This is a list of top private British Columbia companies positioned to capitalize on growth in one of four technology sectors: information and communications technology; cleantech; life sciences; and digital health.
From prototyping to production, Simon Fraser University’s 4D LABS has it all. The $65 million state-of-the-art materials science and engineering research facility will be at this year’s #BCTECH Summit, happening May 14-16, 2018. Located at the SFU Innovates booth—in the Marketplace at the Vancouver Convention Centre—4D LABS will be exhibiting a broad range of innovations from remote-controlled fuel cell cars to Nanotech Security Corporation holograms.