We are celebrating and raising the profile of scholarly milestones and research impacts from across the SFU research community.
Examples of Scholarly Impacts can include:
- Publishing a paper in a high-impact journal;
- Patenting an invention;
- Debuting a new performance piece;
- Publishing a monograph or book;
- Changing a government policy; and/or
- Changing the way we think about or understand the world around us.
We expect most of the publications that are featured to be recent impacts—however, we will also publish a transformative impact from the past, from time-to-time.
As part of SFU's Scholarly Impact of the Week, selected researchers will work with a member of the VP Research and International Office's communications and marketing team for support. We will also work with researchers to discuss how we can mobilize knowledge on their work by submitting to The Conversation Canada—one of the world's most trusted independent sources of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered directly to the public.
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Could climate change create conflict?
Mark CollardFaculty of Environment
Did a changing climate lead to increased conflict among the city-states of the famous Classic Maya civilization? According to some researchers, a decline in rainfall exacerbated conflict for the Classic Maya. However, other researchers have found that increasing summer temperatures influenced Classic Maya conflict levels. A recent study from a team led by SFU Professor of Archaeology and Canada Research Chair in Human Evolutionary Studies Mark Collard provides a new perspective on this debate.
Artists and Elders a gift of inspiration
Ryan TacataFaculty of Communication, Art and Technology
At the start of the pandemic lockdown, Simon Fraser University (SFU) professor Ryan Tacata and fellow artists Erika Chong Shuch and Rowena Ritchie noticed the particular hardships experienced by older adults. Their response was to launch the Artists and Elders project to help relieve isolation and provide support by bringing seniors and artists together to create art. Since then, more than 80 artist-elder pairs around the world have joined the project.
Cloud computing a game-changer for the IT industry
Jiangchuan LiuFaculty of Applied Sciences
The information technology industry and companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft have rapidly embraced a paradigm shift to cloud computing. Cloud environments provide the immense processing power needed to handle the vast amounts of transactions performed. However, maintaining the virtualized environment with its exponentially increasing demands means the pursuit of high-performance, low-cost technologies is ongoing.
SFU Computing Science Professor Jiangchuan Liu is at the forefront of new cloud service technologies. He and his doctoral students Chi Xu, Xiaoqiang Ma, and Haiyang Wang took a novel approach to enhancing the efficiency of the cloud. Their research collaboration also included SFU Computing Science Professor Ryan Shea. Their paper, Enhancing Performance and Energy Efficiency for Hybrid Workloads in Virtualized Cloud Environment, presents Hylics, a solution that enables quick and energy-saving execution of intense computational workloads.
Mike HaydenFaculty of Science
SFU Distinguished Professor Mike Hayden is a prominent investigator in the field of antimatter physics. For the past decade and a half, he has been a senior researcher with the ALPHA Project, a collaboration of physicists from eight countries dedicated to studying the properties of antihydrogen, the antimatter counterpart of the ordinary hydrogen atom.
Their latest innovation, Laser cooling of antihydrogen atoms, was featured on the cover of Nature magazine and flagged as a top 10 finalist for Breakthrough of the Year by the editors of Physics World. It involves slowing trapped antimatter atoms to unprecedentedly low velocities by bathing them in a beam of ultraviolet light. This in turn makes it possible to perform much more precise measurements of their properties.
Tall tales and half-truths: dealing with workplace bullshit
Ian McCarthyBeedie School of Business
David R. HannahBeedie School of Business
Leyland PittBeedie School of Business
Some organizational cultures are frustratingly flowing with dubious claims, trendy jargon and misrepresentation. These are all examples of what Ian McCarthy refers to as “workplace bullshit.”
McCarthy is the W.J. VanDusen Professor of Innovation and Operations Management at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. His research and teaching focus on operations management, change and innovation management, and social media.
In 2020, along with SFU researchers David Hannah, Leyland Pitt and Jane McCarthy from Langara College, he published Confronting indifference toward truth: Dealing with workplace bullshit. Their article discusses the C.R.A.P framework of how to effectively Comprehend, Recognize, Act against and Prevent the impact of bullshit in the workplace.
Facts and falsehoods in the time of COVID-19
Juan Pablo AlperinFaculty of Communication, Art and Technology
Alice FleerackersFaculty of Communication, Art and Technology
Throughout the pandemic, quick access to scientific findings has been essential to keeping the public informed. The use of preprints—scientific manuscripts posted on open access sources like bioRxiv and medRxiv prior to peer review—was quickly adopted by media outlets. SFU researchers Juan Pablo Alperin and Alice Fleerackers caution that while access to research is imperative, publishing unverified science comes with risks. Their article, Communicating Scientific Uncertainty in an Age of COVID-19: An Investigation into the Use of Preprints by Digital Media Outlets was one of the top-cited academic papers from SFU in 2021.
Is there a sustainable solution for “fast fashion” waste?
Naomi KrogmanFaculty of Environment
Thanks to “fast fashion”—the availability of trendy, low-quality clothing designed to be worn and discarded—North Americans send a staggering 10 million tonnes of textiles to landfill each year.
Naomi Krogman is the Dean of SFU’s Faculty of Environment and professor of resource and environmental management. One of her research focuses is sustainable consumption. She recently collaborated with researchers Lauren Degenstein and Rachel McQueen from the University of Alberta to study how the City of Edmonton deals with unwanted clothing.
Their paper ‘What goes where’? Characterizing Edmonton’s municipal clothing waste stream and consumer clothing disposal suggests innovative ways for municipalities to redirect textiles from landfill and give them a second life.
Art, activism and imagining a better world
Stephen CollisFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Stephen Collis is a professor of poetry and literature at SFU, and one of Canada’s most celebrated poets. His accolades include the 2011 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, the 2015 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy and the 2019 Latner Writers’ Trust of Canada Poetry Prize. His most recent work, A History of the Theories of Rain, was nominated for the Governor General Literary Award as one of Canada’s top five English language books of poetry in 2021.
Top 21 of 2021: SFU scholars making an impact
Throughout this eventful year, SFU scholars have made breakthrough scientific and technological discoveries that have transformed their disciplines, benefitted our communities, and broadened our understanding of the world and our place within it. This week we highlight the top 21 publications of 2021—in both the traditional and Altmetric top-cited rating systems.
Healthy aging in women living with HIV
Angela KaidaFaculty of Health Sciences
Angela Kaida is the Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives in HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences. A global epidemiologist who is also an experienced health practitioner, Kaida leads community-based collaborations locally and globally to study sexual and reproductive health in the context of HIV.
Her recent study, the British Columbia CARMA-CHIWOS Collaboration (BCC3), uses an interdisciplinary and community-based approach to understand healthy aging in women living with HIV.