Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/æ pop up in the media more
often than you might think!
Congratulations to Lawrence Kryzanowski (Finance), who, with
a collaborator, has won the first Barclays Global Investors Canada award
in capital market research, worth $10,000. His partner was Jocelyne Ménard,
a senior research analyst in the Toronto-Dominion Banks risk management
group. Their paper is titled Migration Behaviour of Long-term Bond
Ratings of Canadian Corporate Issuers. As the Financial Post
and National Post noted, most previous research has concerned U.S.
Lydia Sharman (Design Arts) was interviewed by Bernard St. Laurent
on CBCs Home Run when she was named an outstanding teacher
by the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Lynda Goldman and Sandra Smythe Thibodeau were teaching
in Concordias TESL Centre when they got together to write Canadian
Concepts, a series of books for Prentice Hall aimed at immigrants.
It was a smash hit, led to an American series of books, and they have
gone on to become consultants in workplace skills. An article about the
successful duo appeared in the Gazette, when their weekly column
on workplace tips was launched in June.
Balbir Sahni (Economics/Centre for International Academic Co-operation)
presented a paper at a conference in India in July, on forging better
relations between India and Pakistan. Dr. Sahni was interviewed by the
Tribune, a major Indian newspaper, about his suggestion of a coalition
of apolitical individuals from Indian, Pakistan and the diaspora. He said
that Canada, with its official multiculturalism, could play a helpful
role. In June, Dr. Sahni, who was born in Pakistan and raised in India,
was presented with a life achievement award by Ontario premier Mike Harris
on behalf of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Xu Zhao, a student in Journalism, contributed to a collection called
Crossing Customs that came out of a course at the Liberal Arts College.
Her account of growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the
1970s was made into a segment of the local CBC radio program Art Talks
on June 9.
Harold Chorney (Political Science) was quoted in an article in
the Financial Times of London about Bernard Landrys sovereignist
ambitions. Its a bit naïve to think English Canada will
go into an equal institutional partnership with Quebec, Chorney
said. A resident of Dollard des Ormeaux, Chorney is running in the municipal
election as part of Mayor Pierre Bourques team, and has been interviewed
widely about his enthusiasm for upgraded transportation between the West
Island and downtown.
Delight in Disorder, a short story by Jeffrey Moore
(Études françaises), was read on August 16 on This Country
in the Summer for the pleasure of listeners across Canada. The story
was commissioned by the CBC and the Canada Council for the Arts. Moore
won the Commonwealth Award for best first book last year for Prisoner
in a Red-Rose Chain.
An article published in the Victoria Times-Colonist to mark Victoria
Day informed readers that the leader of the Canadian Monarchist League,
John Aimers, began the organization in 1971, as a 17-year-old
radical student at Concordia University. (That would be Sir George
Williams University.) The League sends teaching materials to schools,
and has a web site (www.monarchist.ca),
but, the article noted, perhaps tellingly, that its activities
are not funded in any way by government.
William Taylor (Management) was interviewed on Newsworld about
the tug-of-war over subsidies between airplane-makers, Brazils Embraer
and Canadas Bombardier.
Francine Jones (Marketing) was quoted in an article in Marketing
magazine by Journalism Diploma alumna Liz Warwick. It was about
three massive new entertainment complexes that have opened in Montreal
(the Pepsi Forum, Club Med World and the Metaforia Centre). Jones said,
These places need more extreme excitement and escape to counterbalance
all the things that are keeping people at home: the Internet, home entertainment
centres, etc. In the end, its all about numbers.
James Pfaus (CSBN/Psychology), who studies the neurology of sex,
was interviewed by alumna Josey Vogels for Shift magazine
on the advances in technology and our own imaginations [that] have
led us to devise ways to improve on or attempt to simulate [the act of
Lorne Switzer (Finance) was on the CTV national news, talking about
the devastating losses to Nortel subscribers, and the fact that some disappointed
investors are talking lawsuit.