Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.6

November 18, 2004


Names in the News

An article in The Gazette featured Barbara Woodside (Psychology) as part of a team of scientists who study the impact of risk factors such as smoking on the human brain. Woodside is conducting research on the relationship between maternal behaviour and obesity in lab rats. She has discovered that both undernourished and overweight rats give birth to underweight babies and mothers in both cases have problems nursing.

Michel Magnan (Accountancy) wrote a full-page article in La Presse on Oct. 4 under the title “Les Marchands d'illusions,” explaining how Nortel administrators misled their shareholders. On Nov. 1, Magnan wrote another piece for La Presse about the closing of a pulp and paper plant in Port-Alfred, in which he said Abitibi-Consolidated must adapt to changes in the market, recover their financial position, and improve their stock performance. On Nov. 7, this article was reprinted in the Progrès-Dimanche.

Steven Appelbaum (Management) was quoted in an article in The Gazette called “Build a better boss.” He said great bosses demonstrate high emotional intelligence. They can read what other people are feeling and control their own impulses and emotions, and they know how to motivate people and manage conflict.

Louis Volante (Education) is an expert in assessment and evaluation. He was interviewed recently by CBC Radio in response to an Ipsos Reid poll that said Quebec parents spend significantly less time than other Canadians doing homework with their children. He said Quebecers should not be unduly concerned by such a poll, because many factors come into play. He also pointed out that students in Quebec seem to be performing on par or better than their peers in other provinces, doing well above average in mathematics and slightly above average in science.

Isabelle Dostaler (Management) was interviewed by Radio-Canada International on Oct. 19 about Air Canada's new association with Céline Dion and whether it will be enough to put the company back on track. Harold Simpkins (Marketing) discussed the same subject on CINW-AM (Montreal)/News.

Cherine Zananiri, director of the JMSB Career Centre, was interviewed by The Gazette about ways undergraduate students can rack up more than good grades and improve their odds of landing a job on graduation.

Julie Cadham (IITS) was the subject of June Thompson’s Shaping Up column in The Gazette recently, complete with before and after photos. Julie lost 100 pounds and kept it off following the Weight Watcher Winning Points program at the university. She told Thompson how much better she feels, and how much she enjoys running marathons, a new experience for her. Bravo, Julie!

Stéphanie Charier, a Concordia translation graduate, was featured in the Journal de Montréal on Oct. 2 as the city's Young Entrepreneurs Chamber of Commerce Member of the Week. Charier's company, École Charade, specializes in teaching personalized language courses.

At the age of only 25, Alex Orlando, a political science student at Concordia, is the chef on the new CBC children's culinary series Surprise! It's Edible Incredible! He was interviewed by The Gazette on Oct. 20. The recipes he intends to feature on the show are healthy, low fat and with “good carbs.” In addition to his work and studies, Orlando has his own private catering practice, gives cooking lessons and has recently launched a TV production company.

Jim Pfaus (Psychology) was featured in The Gazette on Oct. 18 talking about his latest research on sexual desire. Using lab female rats, he is testing a drug, initially conceived as a tanning product, which affects the neurochemicals in the brain and stimulates arousal. If the tests prove positive, the drug may become the woman's Viagra.