A member of the Cayuga Nation from Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario, Jonathan Boron grew up with with first-hand knowledge of the struggle Indigenous communities experience in regaining rights to their territories. That’s why he wanted to study environmental law.
Instead, however, the new alumnus is graduating this month with a master of resource management from SFU’s Faculty of Environment and has won a dean’s graduate scholarship worth $84,000 to continue with a PhD over four years.
On June 14th the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be underway in Russia, with 32 International Teams competing in the month-long tournament for the ultimate prize in world football. Tens of millions of fans will be cheering for their teams across the globe with many of them competing in various online fantasy leagues, which often include cash prizes.
That’s why SFU startup FootyStats is providing fans and fantasy soccer players free access to its advanced World Cup analytics, so that they can get an edge in predicting the outcome of games using data and statistics.
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.
A new Simon Fraser University applied sciences program to prepare students for the burgeoning cleantech energy sector has been approved and will be offered at the university’s newest building, currently under construction in Surrey.
The Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) program, the first of its kind in Western Canada, will feature an interdisciplinary learning environment that prepares students to work in high-demand sectors such as renewable energy, sustainable manufacturing, clean power generation, as well as in sustainable food and water solutions.
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.