Research volunteer opportunity

Some of you will have already seen this via email, but a few volunteer positions in the Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab, led by Dr. Steve Robinovitch, have opened up, and they’re accepting applications until Sept. 28th. You can direct your applications to Bobbi Symes (bsymes@sfu.ca).

CONTACT NAME: Bobbi Symes, Research Manager, Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab

Fall 2012 – Volunteers in the Injury Prevention and Mobility Lab

The Injury Prevention and Mobility Laboratory (IPML) at Simon Fraser University is an interdisciplinary group of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the biomechanics of human movement, with specific focus on the prevention of injuries and enhancement of mobility. Lead by Dr. Stephen Robinovitch, our research group includes graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in Engineering, Kinesiology, and Health Sciences.

We are currently seeking a team of 5-6 motivated volunteers to assist with video analysis of real life falls. The successful candidates will work with an expert team trained in the analysis process guided by a structured questionnaire.  All volunteers will be provided a manual, and a half-day training session.

Each volunteer should be committed to participating in at least 2 analysis sessions per week (approximately 4 hours total).

Welcome Back Barbecue

Next Thursday, (September 13th) from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, we’d like to invite you to come celebrate being a part of BPK at the Welcome Back Barbecue. It’s in the courtyard downstairs between kin and physics. If you’re at the intersection by the 142 lab on the 8000 level, turn right and head out the double doors at the end of the hallway.

With a minimum donation of $3.00 you can get yourself a tasty lunch (beef or veggie burger, drink, snacks) and support the Terry Fox Foundation at the same time. Since Terry was an undergraduate in Kinesiology before he began his Marathon of Hope, supporting his legacy has always been important to the department.

Please fill out the web form so that enough food is purchased for the event. It’s a short survey, promise, I just filled it out. It asks if you’d like a beef burger or a veggie burger. That’s it.

While you’re there, consider signing up for Team BPK for SFU’s annual Terry Fox Run. BPK has had the biggest team the last couple of years and we’d like it to stay that way.

Kin Games 2013

You may have seen this mentioned in the BPK Facebook group, but in case you didn’t, the Kin Games is a Canada-wide student-run Kinesiology conference that’s going on its 13th year. This year they’re being hosted at the University of Calgary on March 22-24, 2013.

Each year, over 600 students from over 24 Universities across Canada attend for friendly competition in sports and academics, and for the chance to socialize with Kines students from all over the country. Due to the large number of schools interested, and limited accommodations, they can only accept the first 26 schools interested. This year, teams will be composed of 24 students each.

The Kin Games Planning Committe at U of C provides attendees with food, accommodation logistics, and party and sports bookings. The attendees just have to pay for transportation, accommodations, and the registration fee, which is isn’t available yet on the Kin Games website but hopefully will be shortly.

If you would be interested in attending, let us know! The sooner a full roster of people commit, the better SFU’s chances of sending a team.

Science Frosh 2012

Some of you may have been involved with Science Frosh in the past. I’d tell you how much fun it is, but I actually haven’t so that would sort of make me a liar. But I know people who have, and they said it was a lot of fun!

They are still looking for volunteers to help out, either as a frosh leader or in some other capacity, so if that sounds like something you’d be interested in then sign up using ye olde web survey!

Fall meetings

Sup, BPK.

I’d like to direct your attention to that box over at the left there. That one that says meetings on top of it. Yeah, that’s the one. That’s when/where they’ll be for the fall semester. I actually had to look the room number up, but that’s the kin seminar room, if you are familiar with it. Head down the kin hallway on the 9000-level until you hit the intersection by the office, then take a right and walk past co-op. Second (I think?) door on the left.

This is where we figure out all the stuff we would like to do for the semester, so if you came out to anything last year (Roger Takahashi’s talk, Careers in BPK, the Kin Cup, Wings night, etc.) and want to help out, or give suggestions, or just chill, feel free to come out. Everyone’s always welcome.

You should join us at the pub. Yes, YOU.

Hey, guys! Finished your exams? Not finished, but want a break from studying? Don’t even have exams because you’re smarter than I am and took the summer off? If you answered yes to one or more of these, you should probably come to the Highland on Friday, around noon, and join us for a pint.

Lookin’ at you, everyone writing 305!

The Whale screening / fundraiser

Some time ago we were approached by a student of BPK and dance, Jana Jacques, who’s been working with another student, Meredith Page, on a research study investigating the exercise and fitness habits of dancers. They’ve been asked to present at an international conference (held this year in Singapore) and are attempting to raise money to help out with their travel. It’s a pretty impressive educational opportunity for a couple of our fellow undergraduates.

They’ve created a Facebook event for their fundraiser which will include a screening of the Whale, baked goodies, and a raffle/auction. It’s on Sunday, August 5th, at the Anza Club. Doors at 5, screening starts at 6!

Class outlines

This came up in conversation earlier today, and I’m not sure if it’s common knowledge or not. It relates to the previous post about course descriptions and so-on, and attempting to give students as much information as possible regarding choosing courses.

Available online is a database of course outlines. Generally profs will give these to you online and/or go over them during the first lecture, but it’s probably handy to be able to check them out ahead of time to see if a course you’re thinking about taking is actually what you think it’s going to be. You can see the list here.

Course descriptions and prereqs

I linked this on Facebook recently, but I think it’s worth having here so it’s easy to find in case you missed it, or lost it, or aren’t in the Facebook group.

I’m talking, of course, about the list we’ve assembled of student-written course notes and prerequisites. It’s a valuable resource because it lets you more effectively plan your future semesters. You can check it out here.

Let’s say you could take 205 or 207 in the fall, and you aren’t sure which to pick. A quick look at the table shows you that the courses are prereqs for:

207: 381, 446

205: 304, 305, 306, 308, 310, 311, 312, 326, 343, 375, 382, 461.

The choice is pretty obvious. If you don’t take 205, you can’t get started on the core 300-level physiology classes, which are themselves prereqs for a bunch of stuff. Take 205.

See? Easy!

Operation: Delicious Wings – Successful

Well, we went to Wings, and it was pretty tasty. We had room for 20 people, and somehow had exactly 20 show up, so that worked out pretty nicely. As promised, the BPKSA bought everyone who showed up a pound of wings, though we were totally awful at figuring out which order was whose. They all sort of look the same, you know? In any case, it was a good time, and big thanks to Wings for accommodating such a large group on a busy night.

At this week’s meeting, we (and that’s the royal we, since I had to miss it) decided next up will be a Chief hike. We’re tentatively aiming for Sunday July 15th, but we’ll see what kind of timetable works for people and go from there.

Our meeting next week (Monday, July 2nd) will be in AQ 5037, instead of the usual AQ 5038. This will also be the case on July 9th. I guess there’s a midterm or an intersession exam scheduled in there or something like that. Hope to see you there!

Now, enjoy a couple photos from Sunday night. If I had a real camera these would look more impressive, but I don’t, so deal with it. On a related note, if you have a sweet camera you should totally come to all our events!