Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.10

February 12, 2004


At a Glance

Jaleel Ahmad (Economics) has been awarded the POSCO Fellowship for 2004 at the East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. His assignment is to direct a study on economic integration among Japan, Korea and China. The East-West Center was set up in 1960 by the United States Congress to foster economic co-operation between Pacific and Asian countries.

Marketing Professor Steven Appelbaum's paper “Retention strategies in aerospace turnover: A case study,” which was originally published in Career Development International, was selected to be included with their best articles and published in Emerald. This is intended to reach a broader, practitioner readership with information that is “theory into practice.” All reviews will appear in the Emerald database as well as in a journal called Human Resource Management International Digest with links to the full-text article.

Rama Bhat (Mechanical/Industrial Eng), gave an invited lecture at MDP-8. This was the International Conference on Mechanical Design and Production organized by Cairo University and co-sponsored by CSME (Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering) on Jan. 4-6. His presentation was on “The Lagrange-Bhat Method to Analyze Vibration of Structures Using Boundary Characteristic Orthogonal Polynomials.” These polynomials were proposed by Professor Bhat in 1985 and have been used by researchers around the world, resulting in more than 150 articles. They have been the basis for two PhD theses.

Professor Bhat also presented a paper with Yao Ying, and M. Pacjirisamy, “Sound Transmission Through Panels Using Element Free Galerkin Technique,” and with Shengmei Wang and J. Dargahi, “Design and Analysis of a Six degree of Freedom Force/Torque Endoscopic Sensor.” He will be awarded a fellowship from the Engineering Institute of Canada at the EIC Annual Awards Banquet, to be held March 6 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Elizabeth J. Saccà, Dean of Graduate Studies and professor of art education, has been elected president of the National Art Education Association Women's Caucus. The association serves both U.S. and Canadian art educators (pre-school through graduate levels and community), addressing such issues as research, teaching, and advocacy. She will serve a two-year term, beginning at the Annual Convention in Denver this spring.

David Howes (Sociology/Anthropology) presented a paper on “The Museum as Sensescape” at a Wennner-Gren conference in Sintra, Portugal, last September, and a guest lecture on “The Sensorium as a Focus for Cultural Studies” at the University of Vienna in October.

Mario Falsetto (Film Studies) has published several articles in international journals. An article titled “’Strange To Be Calling Yourself.’ ‘Maybe It’s Not Me?’: Thoughts on David Lynch and Mulholland Drive,” appeared in a recent issue of Bridge, an art and culture journal published out of Chicago. As well, an article entitled “Ido es tér” (“Space and Time”), extracted from one of Falsetto’s two books on Stanley Kubrick, recently appeared in the Hungarian film journal Metropolis. It formed part of a special issue of the magazine exclusively devoted to the work of the late filmmaker.

A Silent Love, a film by Federico Hidalgo, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, held recently. Hidalgo has three degrees from Concordia, and taught most recently in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2001-02. Shot in Montreal and Mexico, A Silent Love is described as a love-triangle comic drama. It is the Argentine-Canadian writer-director’s first feature film, and was produced by Atopia. He is now at work on another.

Richard Diubaldo (History, retired) is teaching in balmy Mexico. However, he is an expert on explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, and worked on a documentary called Arctic Dreamer that was shown on History Television on Feb. 4.

Associate Professor W.P. Zhu, student Yupeng Yan, Professor and chair M.O. Ahmad and Research Professor and Concordia Tier I Chair in Signal Processing M.N.S. Swamy wrote “A Feedforward Symbol Synchronization Scheme for Digital Receiver.” It won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks and Signal Processing, held in Nanjing, China, in December. They are all in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Barry Lazar (Journalism) has written a book called A Taste of Montreal. It is published by Véhicule, which is run by Nancy Marrelli (Archives) and Simon Dardick (English). The book was launched Jan. 15 with a tasty celebration at Nicholas Hoare bookstore, in Ogilvy. Lazar, with Garry Beitel, is the producer of Y a rien de sacré / Nothing sacred, featuring the political cartoons of Aislin and Serge Chapleau. You can catch it on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. at the NFB Cinema, 1564 St. Denis St.