Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 29, No.4

October 21, 2004

Jason Lewis, Reza Soleymani, Michael

Subhash Rakheja, Shiping Ma, Richard DeMont
Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Good vibrations for truck drivers

Bumpy rides and backaches are facts of life for most truck and tractor drivers. Now a team of Concordia professors hopes to make their lives run a lot smoother by reducing the estimated one million work-related injuries reported each year in Canada.

With two federal grant applications now pending, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor Subhash Rakheja and Exercise Science Professors Richard DeMont and Shiping Ma hope to
continue pioneering research begun at Concordia in 1988 on the physical effects of whole-body vibration.


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Catherine Mulligan in her lab.
Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Carbon dioxide converted from the air

One of the Petro-Canada awards handed out this year to innovative Concordia researchers goes to someone who received the same honour two years ago.

Environmental engineer Catherine Mulligan, the winner of the 2004-05 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards Program, will use the $10,000 prize to investigate a novel way of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) in the environment. More