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October 24, 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

Flux, the latest animated short by Christopher Hinton (Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, and the NFB) won the award for Best Narrative Short Film under 40 Minutes at the recent Ottawa International Animation Festival. He also picked up an award in a new category, Best Animation for the Internet, for a work called Twang. In June, Hinton was in Annecy, France, where he won two awards. Flux has also been accepted to a film festival in Hiroshima, Japan.

Concordia was well represented at the recent conference on university libraries, La Bibliotheque dans l’université: Une relation en mutation, held Oct. 24-25 at the Université de Montréal by CREPUQ. The opening panel was moderated by William Curran, Director of Libraries at Concordia; Claude Bédard, outgoing Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, gave a presentation on electronic theses; Provost Jack Lightstone animated a workshop; and Danielle Morin, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, JMSB, is on the organizing committee.

Maben W. Poirier (Political Science) has published A Classified and Partially Annotated Bibliography of All Forms of Publications, Sound Recordings, Internet Documents, Etc., by and about the Anglo-Hungarian Philosopher of Science Michael Polanyi. The work contains all known primary, secondary and tertiary writings by and about Polanyi (1891-1976), a biographical sketch, a chronology, and an index to Parts II and III of the bibliography. The bibliography was published by Canadian Scholars’ Press in July, and is available through the University of Toronto Press.

Christine Jones
, a graduate of Concordia’s Theatre Department, is set designer at the Guthrie Theatre, in Minneapolis, for Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues, and has also been designing on and off-Broadway.

Museopathy, an exhibition curated by Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick, a.k.a. DisplayCult, has won two awards. The Ontario Association of Art Galleries named it the Best Exhibition of 2002, and the Ontario Museum Association gave it an Award of Merit. Museopathy featured 14 site-specific installations and performances related to specialist museums of marine culture, military history, national heritage, prisons, geology, health care and ice hockey.

Nadia Bhuiyan (Mechanical/Industrial Engineering) was awarded a grant by the Quebec Ministry of Science and Technology of $11,250 for a conference on the future of engineering education, to be held at Concordia in February. Dr. Bhuiyan’s co-chair will be Professor Paula Wood-Adams.

H.J. McQueen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is still an active researcher in metallurgy. He was honored by the Canadian Institute for mining here in August, and gave two seminars at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metals in Columbus, Ohio, this month, where he also gave a seminar at Ohio State University on the hot working of stainless steel.

Donovan King (BFA, Drama in Education, 1999) is making a name for himself out west. An MFA student in theatre studies and directing at the University of Calgary, he also runs an experimental theatre, Optative Theatrical Laboratories, which has been nominated for the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Playwrighting, the most lucrative theatre prize in Canada. The nominated work is called Car Stories: What Have You Heard? King says in an e-mail that it is a “meta-play” that “explores the corporatizing of the Fringe.” It is available through the Quebec Drama Federation, 875-8698.

Calvin Kalman (Physics) was the chair of the fifth international conference in Hyperons Charm and Beauty Hadrons, held in Vancouver in June. He presented a paper, “The bound state corrections to the semileptonic decays of the heavy baryons.” He also gave the keynote address, “Using Writing to Promote Human Interaction in an Age of Technology” to the Physics and Engineering Physics Division of the annual meeting of the American Society for Electrical Engineers in Montreal in June. Dr. Kalman was also appointed to the science education editorial position at the journal Academic Exchange Quarterly.

Howard Alper, who obtained his first degree, a BSc, from Sir George Williams University in 1963, is now president of the Royal Society of Canada. His two-year term began in November 2001. He earned his PhD in chemistry from McGill in 1967, and went on to build an illustrious teaching and research career at the University of Ottawa. He has won numerous awards, including being named a Guggenheim Fellow, a Killam Fellow, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. The author or co-author of over 415 publications, he has edited two books and holds 32 patents.

Ted Stathopoulos (Building/Civil/Environmental Engineering) is chairman of the wind effects committee of ASME (American Society of Civil Engineers).