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 Venkat Ramachandran (Electrical and Computer Engineering) on
being selected for the 2003 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award of
IEEE Canada. He will be presented with the award at the annual conference
of the IEEE, to be held in Montreal from May 4 to 7. This brings to four
the teaching awards Dr. Ramachandran has won. In 1997, he was given the
Concordia Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award, in 2001, the Faculty
of Engineering and Computer Science Teaching Excellence Award, and last
year, the Concordia Council for Student Life Teaching Excellence Award.
Stephanie Bolster (English)
was the Reynolds Atelier writer in residence at McGill this term. In addition
to her public reading in conjunction with this position, she recently
read from her poetry at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) and at
Montreals Blue-Metropolis-Bleu literary festival, as well as in
Kingston, Ottawa, and Stratford, Ont. Her work will appear in forthcoming
issues of Arc and International Poetry Review.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Lorna Roth, chair of the
Department of Communication Studies, who was recently presented with the
YMCA Women of Distinction Award in the category of education. The award
recognized her contributions throughout her career to promoting of opportunities
and choices for women, and encouraging them to play greater roles in social,
political and professional life.
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 Concordias 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 Canadian government officials, including the Minister of
Daniel Dagenais (Sociology and Anthropology) has published, with
Jean-Francois Côté, an article, Dialectical Sociology
in Quebec: About and Around Michel Freitags Dialectique et Société
in The American Sociologist.
(Sociology and Anthropology) published Anarchism and the French-Canadian
Intellectual Tradition in the Journal of Indo-Canadian Studies.
He also published La sociologie au Québec: préoccupations
et orientations in the Bulletin dinformation de lACSALF
and Lavenir nest plus ce quil était
in Relations, ADQ: Une révolution du sur-bon sens in
Argument, and Autour dun livre also in Argument. Finally,
he co-edited a book with Gilles Routhier, Les visages de la foi.
Figures marquantes du catholicisme québécois (Montréal,
Majid Fotuhi, a 1983 Concordia Science College graduate who went
on to become an outstanding medical researcher at Johns Hopkins Hospital
and Harvard University, has written a book about protecting your brain
against memory loss and Alzheimers disease. The Memory Cure
(McGraw-Hill) is part of Fotuhis campaign to induce baby boomers
to make lifestyle changes before its too late.
Congratulations to Arthur Kroker (Political Science), who will
be presented with an honorary doctorate by the University of Victoria
this spring. Kroker is well known for his philosophical books on the future.
Clarence Bayne, Director of the DIA/DSA Programs and the Entrepreneurship
Institute for the Development of Minority Communities, has been appointed
by Mayor Gérald Tremblay to the Montreal Intercultural Commission,
whose 20 members will provide advice to the municipality on the integration
of cultural communities. Dr. Bayne was one of four scholars from Canada
invited by the Institute of African-American Research to their annual
conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 1
to 3. He presented a paper, A Socio-Economic Profile of the Black
Community of Quebec: A Response to Social and Economic Change in Quebec.
The conference theme was Engaging North America: Illuminating Black Canada.
A retrospective of work as
an animator by Cilia Sawadogo (Cinema) is part of Vues DAfrique,
the African film festival in progress in Montreal. As well, some of her
films, along with other African art, are being presented at the Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts.
Howard B. Ripstein, an alumnus SGW 60), teacher and longtime friend
of Concordia, has contacted CTR to say that he is sponsoring a
Jewish cairn to be erected in the Air Park of the Royal Canadian Air Force
Memorial Museum, in Trenton, Ont. He is a retired RCAF flight lieutenant.
The official unveiling will be held this summer.
Calvin Kalman (Physics)
has been named senior executive editor of Academic Exchange Quarterly,
which has more than 23, 000 readers. The electronic version has the largest
circulation of any refereed academic journal.