by Barbara Black
It has become a Concordia tradition. A breakfast reception was held April
4 at the Château Versailles hotel on Sherbrooke St. W. to honour
this years University Research Fellows, Professors Thomas Waugh
and Natalie Phillips.
As Rector Frederick Lowy said at the gathering, research has grown exponentially
in recent years at the university, though it came late. Concordias
two founding institutions, Sir George Williams University and Loyola College,
put their emphasis on teaching and service.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Claude Bédard agreed, and
said that these two appointments bring the number of University Research
Fellows to 10 and its still hard to choose from among the
Tom Waugh is at the peak of a career notable for both originality and
mentorship. He has been a teacher of cinema at Concordia since 1976, and
has become a leading expert in his field, sexual representation in the
cinema, Canadian cinema, queer cinema, and photography. He has published
three books (two of them since 1996) and he has two more in progress.
The Fruit Machine, published in 2000, is a collection of his essays
since 1976, and is a rich resource for anyone exploring the political
and social history of the gay and lesbian liberation movement. Hard
to Imagine, published in 1996, was the first and most comprehensive
history of gay male erotic photography and film.
Waugh is also the founder of Concordias program in interdisciplinary
studies in sexuality, and initiated the lecture series in HIV/AIDS, one
of the most exciting and well-attended events at Concordia. Through his
involvement with the program, he has provided advising and mentoring to
students in Cinema and other departments, as well as providing accurate
and insightful information to the Montreal community as a whole.
The Macleans magazine national survey cited him as one of
the reasons to choose Concordias cinema program over similar programs
Natalie Phillips has had her PhD for only seven years, but her accomplishments
within the Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH) in the Department
of Psychology are impressive, especially since much of her effort in her
first years here has had to be directed towards building a functioning
laboratory for doing evoked-potentials research.
Her approach, which uses neuroimaging and neuropsychological techniques
in the study of cognitive aging, is both timely and methodologically sound,
and is likely to add significantly to the theoretical understanding of
the mechanism involved in language processing, as well as the nature of
age differences in these mechanisms. She is doing research on both normal
aging and on Alzheimers disease.
As University Research Fellows, Phillips and Waugh received a plaque and
a cash award of $5,000. In return, they are asked to give a public lecture,
which each will do sometime soon.