The world’s burgeoning brown rat population may soon wane now that SFU scientists have identified and synthetically replicated the male brown rat’s sex pheromone. They find it is a powerful attractant for luring female brown rats into traps. The discovery forms part of a promising three-pronged rat-control tactic they are developing that exploits the rats’ own communication system.
Purchasing organic food is not only healthier, more nutritious and more sustainable, it’s also good for the environment.Yet a team of SFU students says that may not be enough to reduce our carbon footprint. The students say an often-overlooked environmental consideration is how many miles the food travelled to reach the consumer.
A student-led Enactus SFU initiative is turning a profit –– over to underemployed Downtown Eastside residents. The group has partnered with Vancouver’s Mission Possible to help the Downtown Eastside non-profit make one of its volunteer work-experience projects more profitable.
Responding to the growing global demand for big data experts, the co-op program for SFU’s Professional Master’s Program in Big Data is creating the next wave of data specialists and difference-makers. We asked some of SFU’s Big Data Master’s Program co-op students why they chose a career path in big data.
SFU molecular biologist Tim Beischlag has discovered a cellular mechanism that transforms many kinds of primary cancer cells, including those of breast and prostate cancer, into more aggressive cancer cells that can enter the bloodstream and spread to other organs. Beischlag suggests the discovery may lead to new drugs that are not just anti-metastatic but that may even shrink primary tumours.
A world where landfill-bound materials are repurposed and nothing is wasted is the aspiration of former SFU student Kevin Kimoto and fellow co-founders of Uproot, a social change start-up. Uproot is a social venture that makes the circular economy more approachable.
Three Simon Fraser University graduate students have devised an interactive game called AS IF, to help non-patients empathize with chronic pain patients. The trio, who all hail from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), will compete in an international gaming contest this spring in San Jose, California.
A Simon Fraser University student venture that is helping to revolutionize the clean technology sector has taken first place in the fifth annual Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition. Prizes of $3,500 and $2,000 cash, courtesy of Coast Capital Savings and SFU Innovates, were awarded to Ionomr and second-place Ophthalight Digital Solutions Inc.
Thirteen high school students took their first steps into entrepreneurship thanks to a group of student mentors at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus. With the help of SFU student mentors and a $100 start-up loan, the high school students created small businesses selling a variety of wares.