One year after establishing the world record for the longest recitation of Robbie Burns’ poetry, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Scottish Studies will attempt to break its own mark of four hours, nine minutes and 24 seconds this Friday, at SFU’s Vancouver campus.
The work-performance award is perhaps the most competitive among SFU’s annual staff achievement awards, with 27 nominations in this category for 2012. The winner this year is Ellen Vaillancourt, coordinator of the Centre for Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures.
For 15 years, Simon Fraser University’s Philosophers’ Café has demonstrated how new approaches to conversation and scholarship can invigorate inquiry into today’s most pressing questions. The two-day World Universities Forum, which winds up today, is recognizing that approach with its 2012 award for Best Practices in Higher Education.
On Jan. 31, local high school students will come to the Burnaby campus to participate in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) open competition.
Rob Gordon, an SFU criminology professor and longtime director of the School of Criminology, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Gordon is known nationally and internationally for his work on laws affecting adult guardianship, substitute and supported decision-making, incapacity planning and the abuse and victimization of older Canadians.
Can syntax help crack a criminal case? Assistant linguistics professor Lorna Fadden says yes.
Simon Fraser University researcher Jay Olson says travellers who adjust their exposure to light prior to travel may bypass jet lag. Calculating just how to do that is the premise of his new, free website, www.jetlagrooster.com.