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Innovations in Research

April 10, 2019, 2019

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SFU Innovations in research

Confronting the Disinformation Age: Innovations in Research

This event is part of SFU Vancouver’s 30th Anniversary and SFU Public Square’s 2019 Community Summit

Research doesn’t just live in libraries and academic papers; it has a profound impact on our day to day lives. Innovations in Research is a dynamic evening that showcases the SFU researchers and innovators who are designing solutions to confront the disinformation age.

Hosted by Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research and International at SFU, this event features rapid-fire presentations, in-depth discussions, and interactive demonstrations by faculty, staff, students and alumni from across SFU’s faculties, departments, programs and campuses. Enjoy light refreshments as you move throughout the space, interacting with researchers and watching presentations from SFU’s remarkable research community.

This event is presented by SFU Public Square, SFU Vancouver, SFU Innovates, and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.


Juan Pablo Alperin

Assistant Professor, Publishing Program

Is making knowledge public a part of a professor’s job?

Clint Burnham

Professor, Department of English

We don’t know what we want when we are on the internet (and that’s ok)

Henry Daniel

Professor, School for the Contemporary Arts

From the Other Side

Heather Deforrest & Ali Moore

Research Commons, Research Commons Librarian/ Community Scholars Librarian

Confronting Disinformation with Public Access to Research

Jenika Ebing

Undergraduate Student, School of Communication

Confronting misinformation in chronic health support groups on social media – and a proposed, local solution.

Magali Forte & Gwénaëlle André

PhD Candidates, Languages, Cultures and Literacies Program

Digital story creation with Scribjab: human and material encounters

Sun-Ha Hong

Professor, School of Communication

Fake news for fake pills: Disinformation beyond politics, and its historical roots

Kayli Jamieson

Undergraduate Student, School of Communication

Algorithms in the Age of the Digital Public Sphere: Filter-Bubbles and Disinformation

Akira Kojima, Rielle Harding, Nick Shum, Ann Ness

Undergraduate Students, Semester in Dialogue

Dr. Google

Esteban Morales

Master Student, Faculty of Education

Data literacy in a peace education course, an opportunity to address disinformation in Colombia

Mark Pickup

Professor, Department of Political Science

Political Opinion Leaders and Normative Change: A Trump Effect across the Canada/US Border?

Kamyar Razani

Master Student, School of Communication

Journalism for climate solutions: Rethinking standard approaches to climate change reporting.

Daniel Savas

Professor, School of Public Policy & SFU Centre for Dialogue

Disinformation, Trust & Commitment to Democracy: The Case for Building Social Connections

Maite Taboada

Professor, Department of Linguistics

Using computational linguistics to detect fake news

Eileen Van der Flier-Keller

Professor, Faculty of Science

Beyond the ivory tower: Empowering our students to communicate their science to public audience

Donna Yung

Senior Research Assistant, Children’s Health Policy Centre

Confronting disinformation to improve children’s mental health

Naomi Zakimi

Graduate Student, Department of Criminology

Right-wing extremism online: Are we part of the problem?


Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson leads Simon Fraser University’s strategic research initiatives and facilitates international opportunities that foster research collaborations and student exchange. Her work focuses on facilitating research excellence and helping the university respond to new opportunities. She works with members of SFU’s eight faculties to ensure they have the support and resources required to conduct excellent cutting-edge research in all its forms. Building on her long-standing leadership and research experience, she works with faculty, students and staff to secure research partnerships within the community and industry.

A key element of her role focuses on knowledge mobilization by facilitating opportunities to transfer the results of SFU research to society. This collaborative role allows for an interplay between research and innovation to enhance social, economic, and environmental well-being.

Joy is a leader for the SFU Innovates initiative – a university-wide strategy and action plan to inspire, develop, and support impact-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of SFU’s commitment to innovation, she is responsible for developing initiatives that support students and faculty members to harness new ideas and innovations for the benefit of society.

Information about her past scholarly and leadership experiences can be obtained by accessing her CV.

Registration Disclaimer

As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.


If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at psqevent@sfu.caor 778-782-5959. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance.

Venue Information

The Segal Graduate School of Business is located at 500 Granville St, and is a brief walk from both the Granville and Waterfront skytrain stations, along with numerous bus stops. Limited bike racks are available out front, with others closeby.


Nearby paid parking is available at 443 Seymour St. Parking is also available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.

Wheelchair Seating

The venue and all floors within the building are wheelchair accessible.

Washroom Accessibility

There are wheelchair accessible washrooms available on the first floor. Unfortunately, this venue does not have gender-neutral washrooms at this time. However, there are gender-neutral washrooms located on the first floor of SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings St), a 4 minute walk away.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

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April 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Segal Building
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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SFU Public Square