Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the media more
often than you might think!
Rector Frederick Lowy was interviewed by Doug Sweet for a thought-provoking
article in the Saturday Gazette (Dec. 1) about the prospect of
human cloning. Dr. Lowy, a former dean of medicine at the University of
Toronto, said that in a sense, we are less prepared to discuss the ethical
issues surrounding scientific breakthroughs than in the past, when religion
was a source of moral guidance. Our philosophical orientation is
pragmatic and utilitarian. To a much greater extent than ever before,
we are not guided by strict right and wrong, he said, and urged
the media to help educate the public on science issues.
James Pfaus, a researcher in the Centre for Studies in Behavioural
Neurobiology (Psychology), was the subject of a lively article in The
Gazette and the National Post on Dec. 4 about his work on PT-141,
a synthetic copy of a neuropeptide that stimulates sexual-response centers
in the brain. Pfaus is testing the drug on rats in the form of a nasal
spray, and there is reason to hope that it will be an effective instrument
to induce sexual arousal in humans.
Daniel Salée (School of Community and Public Affairs) was
asked to comment on CTVs Newsnet Morning on Premier Bernard
Landrys remarks to the Parti Québécois meeting that
seemed to link the terrorism of Sept. 11 and sovereignty aspirations.
Salée summarized his views later: I can understand why his
political opponents are trying to make him look like an insensitive fool
he does have a certain history in this regard but this time,
I think its much ado about nothing.
Enn Raudsepp, chair of Journalism, was asked by Global TV to comment
on the fact that Radio-Canada suspended journalist Normand Lester for
writing a strongly worded book about English Canada. He said that it was
ridiculous. Canada needs more people expressing themselves, not
fewer, if we are to have a serious national debate about issues as fundamental
as the role of Quebec in Confederation. Jay Bryan, Gazette
business columnist, also interviewed Raudsepp, and reported that he laments
that codes of ethics, which he sees as a potentially power tool for improving
journalist standards, have become largely public-relations exercises.
Ramdas Chandra (Marketing) was interviewed by alumna Liz Warwick
for an article in Marketing magazine about the Société
des alcoolss new and highly successful Web site. He
had some good ideas for developing the sites profitability.
Effie Gavaki (Sociology) was quoted in an article in The Gazette
recently aimed at showing young people how prejudice may develop at a
Bryan Barbieri (Marketing) was quoted in Peter Diekmeyers
marketing column in The Gazette about the importance of marketing
plans, even for small companies.
Pearl Crichton, who teaches the sociology of aging, was quoted
in a Gazette article about the perils of retirement for couples
who arent prepared for round-the-clock togetherness.
Jeri Brown (Music) was interviewed by Gazette reporter
and jazz-lover Irwin Block recently. Calling her a stylish and sophisticated
vocalist with a four-octave range, Block said her approach to her
craft has subtly changed as a result of the terrorist attack on the U.S.
Ian Irvine, chair of Economics and a self-described avid
non-smoker, wrote an essay for The Gazette recently in which
he criticized the Advisory Council on Tobacco Control for recommending
to the Health Minister that light and mild descriptions
on cigarette packages be banned. His point is that the consumer needs
more information, not less, and that so-called light cigarettes
do not necessarily deliver lower toxicity to smokers.
A profile of Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray in the Globe and Mail
on Nov. 3 mentioned the fact that he got his taste for politics as a president
of the Concordia University Students Association (CUSA), now the Concordia
Students Union (CSU).
Pierre Coutu, an aviation management professional who teaches
in the Aviation MBA program, was interviewed nationally on Radio-Canada
about the new anti-terrorist legislation, which does not make major changes
to the way security is exercised at airports. As he explained, this is
because the airlines are already under great financial pressure, and the
government is still considering the question and introducing a new budget
Nina Howe (Education) was interviewed on Global TV about strategies
for toilet-training young children.
Suresh Goyal (Decision Sciences/MIS) had a letter published in
Macleans in which he commended the magazine for its helpful
rankings of Canadian universities.
Gilles Bourgeois, director of Human Resources and Employee Relations,
was asked by Global television to describe the new pay equity legislation.
He remarked that while its purpose was to remove gender bias from
job evaluation systems to achieve equal pay for work of equal value within
the same employer, it is far from being a complete solution, since it
does not begin to address the issue of opportunity for women in all occupational
fields and levels of responsibility.