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January 25, 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.

Ted Stathopoulos (Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering) presented an invited keynote lecture during the third International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering at the University of Birmingham, U.K., last fall. The title was “The numerical wind tunnel for industrial aerodynamics: Real or virtual in the new millennium?”

Micheline Lanctot, who teaches in Film Production, won this year’s Prix Albert-Tessier, the highest distinction in Quebec cinema. She has been a well-known director for many years, and has also been an actress, notably, for English-speaking moviegoers, as Richard Dreyfuss’s long-suffering girlfriend in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

Suresh Goyal (Decision Sciences/MIS) presented a joint paper at the International Conference on Quality, Reliability and Information Technology at the Turn of the Millennium (“Trends and Future Directions”), held in New Delhi in December.

Isabelle Van Grimde (Contemporary Dance) has a busy artistic career. The Van Grimde Corps Secrets dance company toured Europe this fall, presenting two new works to audiences in seven cities in Germany, Poland, Holland and Belgium. Montreal audiences will be able to see these two pieces in March at the Agora de la danse.

Philip C. Abrami (Education) has just published, with Education Technology students Paul Cholmsky and Robert Gordon, an undergraduate statistics book and interactive CD-ROM titled Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences: An Interactive Approach. (Allyn and Bacon). It is one of the first statistics books that includes a CD-ROM featuring activities and problem generators that reinforce key concepts discussed in the book.

Gary Geddes, longtime teacher of creative writing at Concordia, is now Distinguished Professor of Canadian Culture at the Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University. He has just published another collection of his poetry, to rave reviews. Sailing Home: A Journey Through Time, Place and Memory (HarperCollins) has been praised by Quill and Quire, Robert Kroetsch, Lake Sagaris and Peter Oliva, among others. Geddes will read from the book here at Concordia on March 21.

Congratulations to Michel Laroche (Marketing), who has been made a Society for Marketing Advances Distinguished Fellow. He is the first Canadian to achieve this honour, which has been given to only 18 people since 1980.

Harriet de Wit and Paul Vezina, former PhD students of Jane Stewart and Susan Schenk (Psychology/Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology) presented papers at a major conference on cross-sensitization between drugs held in New Orleans by the Society for Neuroscience.

Congratulations to one of our most distinguished alumni, Sir John Daniel, who has been appointed assistant director-general of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in Paris. Sir John, whose doctorate is in science, studied Educational Technology at Concordia in the 1970s, held an administrative job here, and then became a founding administrator of the U.K.’s huge, and hugely successful, Open University. Vice-Chancellor there for 10 years, he was knighted by the queen, but came back to Concordia to finish his MA in Ed Tech during a sabbatical in 1996.

Many publications recently by members of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. They include a book on Max Weber’s theory of concept formation by John Drysdale, a chapter on women living under Muslim laws by Homa Hoodfar, an article in French about Grey Owl and contribution about Sigmund Freud to a volume called The Nose Book from David Howes, a deconstruction of Native American identity by Dominique Legros, an encyclopedia contribution on “intercultural and commercial musics” by Val Morrison, and a look at “zoological sociology and anthropology” by Anthony Synnott.

Robert Tittler (History) has published another book, Townspeople and Nation: English Urban Experiences, 1540-1640 (Stanford University Press), in soft- and hard-cover.

Gustave L’Abbé (Études Françaises, retired) has just published his second book of poetry, Chant des Plénitudes, in which, as he said in a note, he expresses his gratitude, with rhythm and spirituality, for the blessings of love, nature and the arts.