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
Congratulations to Henry
Hong (Mechanical Engineering), who has been awarded the 2001 Ralph
R. Teeter Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers.
It will be presented this month at an SAE conference in Detroit. He has
been the SAE Faculty Advisor at Concordia since 1996, working with teams
of students who take part in international competitions to develop more
effective alternate-fuel systems for cars and trucks.
Vince Graziano, Reference and Subject Librarian for English in
the Webster Library, has published a chapter on searching databases in
the humanities in a new edition of the book Manual of Online Search Strategies.
Congratulations to Omair Ahmad (Electrical and Computer Engineering),
who has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers (IEEE) in recognition of his contributions to electrical and
Catherine Mavrikakis (Études françaises) is among
the five finalists for the Prix Anne-Hébert 2001, awarded by Radio-Canada
and the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.
Kathleen OBrien (Design Art) was recently awarded a $4,000
research grant from the Irish American Cultural Institutes Research
Fund and an endowment given by the Lawrence OShaughnessy Family
of St. Paul. The award presentation took place at the Irish embassy in
Washington, D.C., on January 25. Since 1996, OBrien has been compiling
photo documentation of Irish Famine commemorations in Canada and Ireland
over many years. This award will allow her to include sites in the U.S.
OBrien has been active in the development of Canadian Irish Studies
at Concordia, including teaching a course called Transitions in Irish
Art and Culture.
Congratulations to our student chapter of CSIE, the Canadian Society of
Industrial Engineers, who were presented with the Robert F. Moore Award
for best serving their members throughout the year in social and academic
matters. The award was presented at the CSIE annual conference in Toronto
in January, and 38 Concordia students attended.
Congratulations to Arshad Ahmad (Finance), who has undertaken a
major volunteer task for the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher
Education (STLHE). He will be the coordinator of the 3M Teaching Fellowship
Program, taking over from a professor at McMaster University who has done
this work for 15 years. Ahmad is himself a 3M Teaching Fellow, and has
just completed his PhD in education at McGill University.
Congratulations to Theatre student Joe Cobden, who made history
by being the first anglophone to win a trophy from La Soirée des
Masques, Quebecs annual theatre awards ceremony. The Nova Scotia
native, who has done some fine comic acting in student productions, won
in the revelation category for his role in the Irish black
comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane, produced last year at the Centaur.
Karin Doerr (Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics/Simone
de Beauvoir Institute) was invited by the Holocaust Education and Memorial
Centre of Toronto to present a lecture for the 20th Annual Holocaust Education
Week last October. Her talk was called Arbeit macht frei: Language
Suresh Goyal (Decision Sciences/MIS) was recently identified by
the editor of the Journal of the Operational Research Society to have
published the highest number of contributions in the journal over a recent
period: 43 contributions over 19 years. Goyal has also been invited to
attend a three-day conference held by the Technological Institute and
Superior Studies of Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, next September.
Patricia Morley, Professor Emerita of English and Canadian Studies
and Lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, gave
a talk on her recent book The Mountain is Moving: Japanese Womens
Lives (UBCP) to the Friends of the Library at Trinity College, University
of Toronto, on February 7.
Lorna Roth (Communication Studies) presented a paper called (re)Colouring
the Public Broadcasting System in Canada: A Case Study of the Aboriginal
Peoples Television Network, at the Rethinking Public Media
in a Transnational Era conference, which took place at the Centre for
Media, Culture and History at New York University in mid-January.
Hugh McQueen (Mechanical Engineering) has returned from the Metallurgical
Society (AIME) annual meeting in New Orleans, where he presented one invited
lecture and three research papers. Since he retired in 1998 after 30 years
at Concordia, he has presented eight keynote lectures and 34 research
papers at 17 international conferences. Moreover, during this period,
he prepared 19 manuscripts for journals. He says that the big factor in
increasing productivity was complete cessation of committee work
and reduction in teaching, although he has enjoyed giving a course