This is the last of three
introductions to new tenure-track faculty members.
Virginia Penhune (Psychology) has a PhD from McGill. Her research
focuses on understanding normal learning and retention of timed motor
sequences, which has applications in the rehabilitation of people with
brain damage. She hopes to broaden her research to include developmental
studies of motor learning in children, and to examine the gross anatomical
organization of the human brain using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
Stylianos Perrakis (Finance) is an internationally recognized scholar
who has made significant contributions to the literature of finance, economics
and management science. He joins us from the University of Ottawa, where
he was a full professor.
Andrew Prevost (Finance) was a senior lecturer in the Department of
Finance, Banking and Property, Massey University, New Zealand, and has
had several papers accepted for publication. He won an award for his doctoral
thesis at Wayne State University, as well as recognition of his excellent
Martin Racine (Design
Art) studied industrial design at the Université de Montréal
and in Paris, at the École nationale supérieure de création
industrielle. He worked in a design office for five years, then established
his own freelance practice. Through his Masters degree in communication
sciences, Racine specialized in semiotics and cognitive sciences. Currently,
he is completing a PhD on the career of Julien Hébert (1917-1994),
the father of industrial design in Canada. At Concordia, where he started
as a limited-term appointment last year, he teaches 3D design and ecological
Ian Rakita (Finance) started teaching in the department in 1993 after
extensive industry experience. He got his MBA and his PhD from Concordia
and spent 1997-1998 teaching at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo,
Ont., where he received a commendation for teaching. He is interested
in the microstructure of new and secondary equity offerings, and the resolution
of capital rationing problems under uncertainty. He is the only two-time
winner of the Gold Prize for outstanding paper in an annual contest sponsored
by the Montreal Society of Financial Analysts.
Norrin Ripsman (Political Science) comes to us from Dalhousie University,
where he has been teaching for the past year. He has a PhD in international
relations from the University of Pennsylvania (1997), and his previous
degrees are from the University of Toronto.
Lillian Robinson (Principal, Simone de Beauvoir Institute) is a
feminist scholar who comes to us from the University of East Carolina,
Greenville, N.C., with 30 years of widely varied experience: court translator,
published poet and mystery writer, student at the Sorbonne, teacher at
the University of Hawaii and Radcliffe. She has written five academic
books, and has a PhD from Columbia University.
Eve Sanders (English) has a PhD from the University of California,
Berkeley (1995). She is a Shakespearean scholar who has also worked extensively
on literacy studies and the history of reading. Her first book, Gender
and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern England (Cambridge University
Press, 1998), won an award. She has taught at UCLA and at Washington University,
and is currently working on a comparative study of the Italian and English
stages in which she takes up the vexing question of why England, unlike
the Continent, employed boy actors in place of women to play female characters.
Julian Schofield (Political Science) will have a PhD from Columbia
University, N.Y., where he also earned a Masters in philosophy (international
relations). His doctoral thesis is on weapons and conflict. A 1995 graduate
of Concordias Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration
program, his thesis for that degree was on nuclear proliferation. He has
been lecturing in the department for several years.
Ahmed Seffah (Computer Science) joined the department last January.
He has advanced degrees from the École Centrale de Lyon, where
he was a lecturer and research scientist from 1992 to 1994. He did post-doctoral
studies at the Université de Montréal and UQAM, and joined
CRIM as a researcher for human-computer interaction, information highway
applications, and software development working groups.
Eric Shragge (School of Community and Public Affairs) will be the
director of the SCPAs new Graduate Diploma in Community Economic
Development Program. He spent many years in McGills School of Social
Work, and was most recently director of the SCPAs Graduate Diploma
in Community Economic Development (CED). He has published and edited books
in the field, and has worked with many community groups. He is now on
a committee working to establish an immigrant workers centre.
Purnendu Sinha (Electrical/ Computer Engineering) has a PhD in
computer engineering from Boston University, and previous degrees from
the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Stevens Institute of Technology,
Hoboken, NJ. His research interests include design and analysis of distributed
dependable and real-time algorithms, embedded systems, formal-methods-based
verification and validation (V&V) of fault-tolerant and real-time
protocols, fault-injection based validation, and real-time imaging.
Kate Sterns (English) has a BA (Hons) from Queens University,
an MA from Johns Hopkins University, and an MFA from the University of
Texas, Austin. She began her career in London, where she was a script
reader for the Royal National Theatre and wrote training scripts for BBC
Television. Her first novel, Thinking About Magritte was published
in 1992, and her radio plays The Bagel Philosopher and Once
in a Blue Moon, were produced by the BBC. Her second novel, The
Resurrectionists, will be published next year.
Rustam Vahidov (DS/MIS) completed his PhD at Georgia State University
this summer. His research interests include decision support systems,
multi-agent systems, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and fuzzy logic
and arithmetic and their use for decision support.
Sheila Webber (Management) completed her PhD in industrial/organizational
psychology from George Mason University, in Virginia. Her primary areas
of research are workteams and leadership. She has two forthcoming articles
in learned journals.
Peter van Wyck (Communication Studies) got his PhD from McGill
in 1997; his previous degrees were from Trent University, and he was a
postdoctoral fellow in the humanities at Queens University. He explores
the semiotics of ecological threat and disaster, monuments and cultural
memory, and psychoanalytic theories of culture, nature and subjectivity.