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.
to Research Professor M.N.S. Swamy (Electrical/Computer Engineering),
who has been elected president of the Circuits and Systems Society of
IEEE. This is a three-year mandate (president-elect for 2003, president
for 2004 and past-president for 2005). M. Omair Ahmad, chair of the ECE
Department, said, This is the first time a Canadian has been elected
to this position, and it is a great honour for this department, faculty
Baljit Singh Chadha, a representative for the community at large
on Concordias board of governors, was recently appointed to the
Security Intelligence Review Committee by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien,
and sworn into the Queens Privy Council of Canada. Mr. Chadha is
president of Balcorp Ltd., a trading house in agrifood products, processed
foods, forestry products and minerals with offices in Montreal, Mumbai
and New Delhi.
The March 21 issue of Science
magazine features a commentary called Gambling on Dopamine,
by Peter Shizgal and Andreas Arvanitogiannis, researchers
in the Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiology (Psychology). The
article is based on a study by Fiorillo, Tobler, and Schultz (Discrete
coding of reward probability and uncertainty by dopamine neurons),
which appears in the same issue.
Arshad Ahmad (Finance/3M teaching awards) moderated a presidents
panel at Brock University on Feb. 21 on Assessing the Challenges of Growing
Enrolments. On May 4-6, 3M Teaching Fellows will hold a think-tank session
in Toronto, which Ahmad will chair (http://www.mcmaster.ca/learning/3M/index.htm).
This will be followed by the Nexus Conference at the University of Toronto,
at which Ahmad will conduct a workshop on large classes, among other things.
He will also give the keynote presentation at a teaching research symposium
at the University of Saskatchewan.
Peter Stoett (Political Science) presented two research papers
recently. The first, on Geopolitics, Renewable Energy vs. Fossil
Fuels, and Post-Sept. 11 Security Concerns, was presented at the
Annual Political Science Students Invited Speakers Conference at
the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. The second, Of Whales and
People: Normative Theory, Symbolism, and the International Whaling Commission,
was presented to the International Studies Association in Portland, Oregon.
During spring break, he participated in a workshop on Responding to American
Unilateralism at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade,
which included sessions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Andrew Homzy (Music) recently returned from Italy, where he conducted
a three-hour performance of Epitaph, a musical epic by the late jazz musician
Charles Mingus. The performers were about 30 of Romes best jazz
musicians, an ensemble roughly twice the size of a conventional jazz band.
They rehearsed in Rome, and then travelled to the town of Prato, near
Florence, to give the concert.
chair of the Department of Religion, presented a paper at a symposium
that took place March 8 at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
The topic of the symposium was The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes
from South India. Dr. Orrs paper was entitled Patronage and
Procession: The Bronzes in Their Medieval Context.
Congratulations to three Concordia students who were recognized by the
Hellenic Scholarships Foundation last month. They were among nine students
so honoured at the McGill Faculty Club. They are Elias Kastrinos,
a masters student in mechanical engineering, Eleni Panagiotarakou,
a doctoral student in social and environmental studies, and Gerasimoula
Cotrocois, a third-year student in early childhood studies. Associate
Professor Efie Gavaki (Sociology and Anthropology) is the president of
Nghi M. Nguyen (Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering)
has accepted an invitation to share his space perspective on the commercial
utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) project, engineerings
most challenging and co-operative venture in science and technology to
date, at the Project Management Institutes Inaugural Global Congress
to be held in The Hague in May. His paper is titled Cases Impairing
Effective Management of ISS Commercial Utilization. He has been
working as project management consultant at the Canadian Space Agency
on projects associated with the ISS since 1997.
Congratulations to Lorna Roth (Communication Studies), who has
been named one of the finalists in the education category of the Montreal
Womens Y Foundation 10th annual Women of Distinction Awards.
Norma Joseph (Religion) presented a paper on Jan. 29 entitled Food,
Gender and Jewish Identity at the Women of Vision Luncheon organized
by the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, South
Florida Region. On Feb. 10, she presented a paper entitled Reading
Responsa with a Feminist Lens as part of the Transformations lecture
series organized by the Adult Learning Collaborative in Boston.