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May 24, 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.

Karin Doerr (Modern Languages/Simone de Beauvoir) and Sima Aprihamian (Sociology/Anthropology) will conduct a session at the Annual Conference of Canadian Universities at Université Laval on May 27 on the motivations of women academics who choose to study violence. They will give a new team-coordinated seminar at Concordia’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute in September on Women and Genocide.

R.B. (Barry) Wainwright (Fine Arts, retired) presented his new work in intaglio, relief and monotype prints at the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver, B.C., from April 25 to May 20. Titled Purpose and Possibility II: New Possibilities in Printmaking, it shows the results of his work in developing new non-toxic processes, and the subject matter, devoted to the intertwining of our conscious, subconscious and dream-state existences, includes mythology, the demimonde, surrealism, conventional and contrived signs, symbols and icons.

Hervé Fischer (Daniel Langlois Chair in Digital Arts/Sound) addressed two luncheons given recently in Montreal and Quebec City by the Fondation de l’entrepreneurship, part of Quebec’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

John Donahue (CMLL), a teacher of Spanish and Irish at Concordia since 1975, delivered a paper titled “Wister’s The Virginian: A Maze of Contradictions” at the Western Literature Association meeting in Norman, Oklahoma, last October. He also published an article in Cois Tine titled “Baill an Choirp – Body Parts,” exploring the etymological origins of words in Irish Gaelic and English for parts of the body. He belongs to the Montreal Irish Language Study Circle, and teaches Monday evenings at Loyola High School. He has also taught at several intensive Irish-language weekends this season, in Ottawa, Shawbridge and Kingston.

Aubrey Fine, a 1977 alumnus in Psychology, has been selected one of five recipients of the Wang Family Excellence Awards, each worth $20,000US. Dr. Fine is faculty coordinator of California State Polytechnic University in Ponomo, CA, and longtime professor in the College of Education and Integrative Studies (CIES). A native Montrealer, Fine went on from Concordia to do a Master’s in therapeutic recreation at the University of South Alabama and a doctorate in School Psychology at the University of Cincinnati (1982).

Josephine Mills (PhD Communication Studies 99) has been named curator/director of the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery.

Anthony Wilson-Smith, 44, the new editor-in-chief of Maclean’s magazine, is a Concordia graduate. He began his career at The Gazette, and has been with Maclean’s for 18 years, staffing the magazine’s first Moscow bureau in the late 1980s and serving most recently as Maclean’s Ottawa editor.

Suresh Goyal (Decision Sciences/MIS) has been asked to join the editorial board of Computers and Industrial Engineering. An electronic version of the journal is available on the Decision Sciences Web page, at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/dsw.

Ted Stathopoulos (Centre for Building Studies) gave an invited lecture to the faculty and research staff of Aristotle University, in Thessaloniki, Greece. His talk described the experimental and analytical research in the area of wind effects on buildings carried out in the Building Aerodynamics Laboratory of Concordia. In February, he was interviewed on CFCF-12’s Pulse News about the effect of snow loads on roofs.

Oksana Dykyj (Head, Visual Media Resources, IITS) spoke at the Art Libraries Society of North America Conference in April at a session that addressed management, access and preservation issues associated with film and video collections. Her paper was titled “Academic Media Collections: Images of the Future.”

Jeffrey Moore, who has been teaching translation in Études françaises and also at the Université de Montréal, has signed a potentially lucrative two-book contract with London literary publishers Weidenfeld and Nicolson that will enable him to concentrate on his writing. Moore won the Commonwealth Best First Book Award last year, which carried with it a $10,000 prize, for Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain.

Congratulations to Hormoz Poorooshasb (Building/Civil/Environmental Engineering), who has been named president of the International Association of Lowland Technology and lauded for his contributions to geotechnical engineering.

Congratulations to Norman Ravvin, chair of the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies and a teacher in Concordia’s Religion Department, whose book Hidden Canada: An Intimate Travelogue has just been published by Red Deer Press.