Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.9

January 27, 2005


At a Glance


Vincent Martin (Biology), whose work on the anti-malaria vaccine artemisinin you read about in CTR (Dec. 2, 2004), was a founding member of Amyris Biotechnologies through his postdoctorate work at the University of California, Berkeley. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has just given a grant of $42.6 million from to OneWorld Health, described as the first nonprofit pharmaceutical company in the U.S., which will work with Amyris and UC Berkeley on what promises to be a more affordable cure for the disease.

Dennis Murphy (Communications Studies) was a presenter at the NATO School - SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, during a weeklong session (Nov. 22 to 26) on Orientation to NATO Psychological Operations. His presentation was entitled “Psychological Operations in History: Internal versus External PsyOps.”

Lydia Sharman (Design Art) wrote two entries in recent books about a fascinating character in Montreal’s fashion history, Jane Harris Putnam. Born Jane Van Gelder, Harris immigrated from Europe in 1948 and established salons on Sherbrooke St. near the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Sharman knows something about fashion herself, having designed Mary Quant’s first store in London in the 1960s. Her essay appears in Fashion: A Canadian Perspective, ed. Alexandra Palmer (U of T Press) and an entry in Dicomode: dictionnaire de la mode au Québec de 1900 à nos jours, Gérald Baril (Fides).

Karin Doerr (CMLL & Simone de Beauvoir Institute) gave the lecture “Rethinking Women and the Holocaust” at Concordia University in October under the auspices of Montreal's Holocaust Education Series 2004.

Congratulations to BComm student Raluca Petrescu on winning an Export Development Canada Scholarship.

Denise Roig, who teaches magazine writing in the Journalism Department, has recently published her second collection of short fiction, titled Any Day Now (Signature Editions). As a young dance student at Juilliard in New York, Roig's was inspired by the fearsome Martha Graham; Roig's latest collection of short stories is grounded on the same sonata form Graham was experimenting with in modern dance: exposition, development and recapitulation. Roig is now working on a book of nonfiction, Butter Cream: A Year in a Montreal Pastry School.

Raymond Beauchemin, foreign editor of The Gazette and author of Salut! The Quebec Microbrewery Beer Cookbook, will teach a seminar in international journalism for the Journalism Department.

Congratulations to Col. Jacques Lachance, CD, a member of Concordia’s Security Department. He assumed command of the 34th Canadian Brigade Group in a colorful ceremony in Montreal on Dec. 12. There are 2,000 members of this civilian militia, whose roots go back to French Canada’s earliest days.

The Centre Culturel Yvonne L. Bombardier, in Valcourt, Quebec, is showing the art photography of Raymond April (Photography). Winner of the 2003 Prix Paul-Emile Borduas, she works primarily in black and white, blending autobiographical, documentary and fictional elements. Raymonde April, Bifurcations, will be at the gallery, 1002 J-A Bombardier Ave., until Feb. 20.

Oksana Dykyj (Fine Arts) gave two lectures at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Museum in late October in which she discussed the influence of art deco on art direction in film. She was also interviewed on Radio Canada's Porte Ouverte about how art deco in films permeated popular culture in the ’20s and ’30s.

Steven Appelbaum (Management) has been invited to join the Emerald Group Publishing Limited as an International Advisor. Presently, he is on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Management Development, which is part of the Emerald Publishing Group.

Michel LaRoche (Marketing) is listed among the top 25 articles in the Journal of Business Research and in the 50 most-frequently read articles in the Journal of Service Research.

Gary Johns (Management) has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, published by the American Psychology Association. He is also on the editorial boards of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and the International Journal of Selection and Assessment and serves as consulting editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Jim Gavin (Applied Human Sciences) has published an article in the December issue of Physician and Sports Medicine called “Pairing Personality with Activity.”

Sanctity and Male Desire, a book by Donald Boisvert (Religion), has been chosen as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards in the religion/spirituality category. It is published by Pilgrim Press.