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.
Geologist Judith Patterson (Geography) and Dr. Tony Turrittin (Sociology, York University) made a presentation in September to the panel appointed by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) regarding the draft guidelines for the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Red Hill Creek Expressway in Hamilton, Ontario. Funding was received for this from the Participant Funding Program of the CEAA.
Lydia Sharman (Design Art) and two students recently participated in two conferences. In Sydney, Australia, Sharman gave a plenary session at the Design in Education conference, and was a Quebec delegate at the congress of the International Council for the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID). A Design Art student, Kajin Goh, participated indirectly in both events through a presentation in which 50 students from 11 universities around the world undertook collaborative design projects on the Web. (For more information, see http://www.omnium.unsw.edu.au. Kajin's group was KRAZ.) At the University Art Association of Canada (UAAC) conference in Toronto, Lydia Sharman presented part of a pilot project for the Web she has written and directed, titled Canadian Industrial Designers: The First Fifty Years, complete with video clips, animation and an interview. The designer for the project, initially supported by a Teaching Development Grant, was her student assistant, Patricia Macedo.
Jack McGraw (Philosophy, retired) reports that his manuscript Loneliness: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology has been translated into Polish and will be published by the Mental Health Society of Poland (Warsaw). This is the first volume of a five-volume series. The next two volumes are Loneliness: Its Nature and Types, and the second is Isolation, Intimacy and Personality Disorders: An Interdisciplinary Study.
Clarence S. Bayne, Director of the Diploma in Institutional Administration/Diploma in Sport Administration programs, recently attended a conference of the International Caribbean Carnival Association in Boston, where he presented a paper, "Carnival Performance and Consumption." The focus of the conference was on the theory of art consumption and its application to Caribbean-style carnival festivals: "Are Caribbean-Style Carnivals Exportable?"
Stephen Snow (Creative Arts Therapies) recently made a presentation at the annual conference of the National Association for Drama Therapy, in Tarrytown, New York, titled "Playing in the Fields of Dionysius: Archetypal Foundations of Drama Therapy," and included storytelling, analysis and discussion with the audience.
Hussein Warsame (Accountancy), who presented a tax paper at the Asia-Pacific Conference in International Accounting Issues, held in Melbourne, Australia, in late November, received the 1999 Vernon K. Zimmerman Best Paper Award from the Center for International Education and Research in Accounting. Warsame and his co-author, Dan Thornton (Queen's University), received a commemorative plaque and shared a cheque for US $500. Delegates from 33 countries and more than 200 universities attended the conference, and 140 papers were presented. Their prize-winning paper, "Interaction Of Tax Planning and Financial Reporting: Reaction of Canadian Corporations to the Taxation of Preferred Dividends," is scheduled for publication in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Taxation.
A book by Ross Higgins (Sociology and Anthropology), De la clandestinité à l'affirmation: Pour une histoire de la communauté gaie montréalaise, was published by Diffusion Prologue (1999).
A book by Jo-Anne Wemmers (Sociology/Anthropology), co-edited with Jan van Dijk and Ron van Kaam, Caring for Crime Victims: Selected Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Victimology, was published by Criminal Justice Press, Monsey, New York (1999). An article by Wemmers, "Victim Notification and Public Support for the Criminal Justice System," appeared in the International Review of Victimology.
Barbara Balfour, who taught at Concordia for 10 years in Interdisciplinary Studies and Printmaking, has moved to a tenure-track post at York University, where she is head of the print media program.