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February 28, 2002 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.

Ron Mackay (Education), gave an invited joint presentation, “Expanding the Use of Impact Assessment and Other Evaluation Research Evidence,” at the International Conference on Impacts of Agricultural Research and Development, whose theme was Why Has Impact Research Not Made More of a Difference? The conference was called in response to continuing reductions in international and national funding for agricultural research, and was held February 4-7 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Lewis J. Poteet (English, retired) has been named Canadian contributor to a new edition of the Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, to be published by Routledge of London in 2005.

Clarence S. Bayne, Director of the Graduate Diploma in Administration and Graduate Diploma in Sport Administration (DIA/DSA), is one of the subjects of a photography exposition called Noir au Québec: quelques modèles à suivre. This exposition was organized to celebrate Black History Month by Images Interculturelles in collaboration with the Ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l’Immigration, le Centre R.I.R.E. 2000 and l’Institut canadien du Québec. It has been seen in Quebec City, and is travelling to Sherbrooke, Montreal and Hull. Bayne is among the educators in management and administration who appear in the 22nd edition of Who’s Who in Canadian Business 2002 (University of Toronto Press). A brief biography is also included in Who’s Who in Black Canada.

Congratulations to Brian Slack (Geography), who will be awarded the 2002 Ullman Award on March 20 by the Association of American Geographers, at their annual meeting in Los Angeles. The award is for his contributions to the transport service industry. We published a feature article on his perspective of shipping around the world in CTR on February 7.

Stephanie Bolster (English) has a new book of poetry, Pavilion, due out with McClelland and Stewart this spring. Look for a feature article on the book as the cover story in the spring Montreal Review of Books.

Philip Spensely
(Theatre) recently played the role of Father Patrick Ramsay in the feature film Cart Racer. He also does documentary dubbing and narration for the National Film Board of Canada.

Posing for the Public,
by Trevor Gould (Studio Arts), is currently on view in Amos, Quebec. The Musée d’art contemporain, which launched this fascinating show last spring, has been touring it around the province. Gould is originally from South Africa, and he has drawn on the colonial jungle experience, including journals and photos of hunting safaris, to produce this mixed-media body of work, in which the animals seem sometimes to be looking back critically at the people in pith helmets.

Peter Grogono is one of about 25 people who have been invited to a workshop at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico to discuss the future of computer science. It is called Biological Framings of Problems in Computing and takes place April 17–19.

Carole Zucker
(Cinema) has recently published the third in her trilogy of actor-interview books, Conversations with Actors on Film, Television, and Stage Performance (Heinemann Publishers). Interviews with Tommy Lee Jones, Helen Mirren, John Lithgow, Christine Lahti, Peter Ustinov and others are among them. Zucker is currently working on a study of the films of Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan, and will be delivering papers on aspects of his work in conferences in Toronto (Northeast Modern Language Association) and Milwaukee at the American Conference for Irish Studies.

Lynn Beavis (Ellen Gallery) reports that the Canada Council Art Bank has purchased five art works based on the gallery’s recommendations. They are all Montreal artists, and two of them work at Concordia: David Elliott and Brigitte Radeck, from the Painting and Drawing area of Fine Arts. The other three artists are Denis Farley, Pierre Dorion and Alain Paiement.

Charles Gagnon, who has taught at Concordia, was one of seven artists to be given an Governor-General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts at a ceremony in April. The citation calls him one of the rare multidisciplinary artists of his generation, who profoundly influenced Canadian art through his work and teaching. Gagnon was a pioneer of communication studies at Concordia and taught cinema in the 1970s.