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At a Glance

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.

Nghi M. Nguyen (Civil/Environmental Engineering) was guest lecturer in June at the Project Management and Project Financing Seminar, held in Yichang, Hubei, China, for senior project managers at the China Yangtze Three Gorges Project Development Corporation and Central China Power Group. (Three Gorges is the largest such construction project in the world.) The seminar was delivered by SNC Lavalin, and was part of the Canada-China University-Industry Partnerships Program sponsored by CIDA. Nguyen is currently working as project management consultant on several projects with Lavalin and the Canadian Space Agency.

S.K. Goyal (Decision Sciences/MIS) has been named to the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.

Elizabeth Gatbonton (TESL Centre) was among the speakers at JALT 99, the Japan Association for Language Teaching's 25th Annual International Conference of Language Teaching and Educational Materials Exposition.

John Parisella (Board of Governors/LOY 67) has been appointed president of the BCP Group, responsible for all of the company's communication activities in Canada.

Congratulations to Venkat Ramachandran (Electrical and Computer Engineering), who has been elected a Life Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

Congratulations also to Osama Moselhi and Paul Fazio, both professors of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, who have been named Fellows of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Louise Quesnel (Engineering and Computer Science) participated in the third Canadian Information Technology Law conference, where she spoke about IT contracting with universities.

Mike Gasher and Ross Perigoe (Journalism) were in Beijing recently for the 45th anniversary of the Beijing Broadcast Institute, with which Concordia has an official exchange relationship, and to join 24 scholars from China, South Korea and France in an international symposium. Gasher and Perigoe gave papers on communications research in Canada. "Our hosts at BBI were very pleased that Concordia sent representatives to [these events], and they treated us like royalty," Gasher said.

Stanley G. French (Philosophy) has been appointed Visiting Scholar by the University of British Columbia Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations. He will be at the Centre during February and March 2000.

Lucie Lequin (Études franćaises) recently attended a conference at the Inter-University Centre for Quebec Studies (Centro Interuniversitario di Studi Quebecchesi) in Italy. The Centre brings together Quebec scholars from the Universities of Bari, Bologna, Ferrara, L'Aquila, Torino, Urbino and Venezia. She gave a paper on the work of immigrant writers.

Steven H. Appelbaum (Management) was the featured speaker at a recent luncheon given by the Chamber of Commerce of Ville Saint-Laurent.

James Gavin (Applied Human Sciences) is conducting a program at the West Island YMCA called Change Your Body, Change Your Mind. It uses an approach he developed himself.

Poet Henry Beissel, Professor Emeritus of English, has just returned from two months lecturing in China. Invited by the Association of Canadian Studies, he read from his works, witnessed a performance of his play Inook, and spoke on Canadian literature at three universities. "It was exciting to be present at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the republic," he said. "Everyone told me that China has not been so free in 5,000 years." Beissel, who lives in Alexandria, Ont., is working on a major novel.


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