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April 26, 2001 At a Glance






This column welcomes the submissions of all Concordia faculty and staff to promote and encourage individual and group activities in teaching and research, and to encourage work-related achievements.


Ulrike de Brentani (Marketing) has just returned from Glasgow, where she was the invited keynote speaker at an Innovation Research Workshop at Strathclyde University. She also gave a seminar to Master’s and PhD students on new service development.

Geologist Judith Patterson was invited to join the international Technical Working Group on Airport Air Quality, and participated in a meeting of the group on January 22 in Zurich, Switzerland. The group has since become Working Group 12 of AERONET, a consortium of researchers in the European Community addressing environmental issues with respect to aviation.

At the 17th Annual Review of Progress in Applied Computational Electromagnetics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, Stanley Kubina and Christopher Trueman (Mechanical Engineering) presented a paper on the modelling of the Hybrid HF Antenna on the Canadian CH-149/Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopter. This joint paper with David Gaudine, system analyst of the EMC Lab, shows the operators what they might expect in performance from this long-range, 2-30 MHz communications system. The paper was presented in a session co-chaired by Kubina and Dr. Bruce Archambault of IBM. At the awards banquet of the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES) that sponsors the symposium, Dr. Kubina was presented with the 2001 Founders Award for his long-standing contributions to ACES.

Congratulations to M.N.S. Swamy, Director of the Center for Signal Processing and Communications, who was elected vice-president (publications) of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for two years. In this position he is responsible for six technical journals and two technical magazines published by the Society. In addition, he will continue to be editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems: Fundamentals and Applications.

Ghislaine Daoust, traductrice agréée principale au Service de traduction de l’Université, a publié dans L’antenne le compte rendu d’un atelier sur le réseautage donné dans le cadre du congrès annuel de l’Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ). Son article s’intitule Le réseautage en entreprise, une question de collaboration et de partage des connaissances. L’antenne est le bulletin d’information de l’Ordre.

Lewis Poteet (English, retired) reports: “I have published, with my son Aaron C. Poteet as co-author, the long-awaited Cop Talk (iUniverse.com, also available at Amazon and B&N.com), a dictionary of police slang. It is the most thickly textured of my books, with stories from Aaron about street life in Montreal in his formation as a criminologist and also from his student/work days at Northeastern, together with an essay by me on British, Canadian and regional U.S. police cultures.”

Calvin Kalman (Physics) gave a speech to the Yale University Spring Teaching Forum on “The Classroom of the Future: Human Interaction in an Age of Technology.” He also addressed a standing-room-only audience at the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Physicists, at the University of Western Ontario, on “How Does the Inside of a Proton Explain the Creation of the Universe?”

Neil Gerlach (Sociology/Anthropology) wrote “Defining the Canadian DNA Bank: A Sociological Perspective” in the book Citizenship and Participation in the Information Age (Pendakur and Harris, eds). With Sheryl Hamilton, of McGill, he wrote “Virtually Civil: Studio XX, Feminist Voices and Digital Technology in Canadian Civil Society” in Civic Discourse in Canada (Ferguson and Shade, eds).

Christine Jourdan (Sociology/Anthropology) contributed “Contact” to Key Terms in Language and Culture (Duranti, ed.).

William Reimer (Sociology/Anthropology) gave a presentation at the Queen’s University of Belfast in February, another to the rural health Summit at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, two on voluntary organizations in the new rural economy in Ferintosh and Hussar, AB, a talk on revitalizing rural health in Toronto, and another on employment growth in two specific regions to the Rural Secretariat of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in Ottawa.

Frank Chalk (History) has made many presentations and lectures, including a paper on genocide at the 28th World Congress of the International Political Science Association in Quebec City last August, and a session on the Holocaust at a conference at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in London, in September. He presented “Genocide in German South West Africa and the Origins of the Holocaust” to the U.S. African Studies Association, and “Art and the Memory of Genocide” to a gathering at the National Gallery of Canada.