Please enable Java in your browser's "Options" (or "Preferance") menu to view this pageConcordia's Thursday Report____________November 19, 1998

At a Glance

Compiled by Barbara Black

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.

Maïr Verthuy (Études françaises) organized a session titled Un Québec pluriel dans un monde pluriel and gave a paper in July at the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of French, (AATF) which took place in Montreal. Her paper was called Le Montréal romanesque: Un Portrait tissé sur un métier à boîtes multiples. The other two speakers in the session were her colleagues Lucie Lequin(Courtepointe littéraire: la filigrane de la pluralité) and Aimé Avolonto(Multi-registres, norme linguistique et enseignement du français). Verthuy also gave a paper at Dalhousie University in Halifax at the end of September, at the International Colloquium on Contemporary Literature of the French-speaking World. The title of the paper was La peinture au service du polar: Picouly et Benacquista.

Latha Shanker (Finance) will soon publish "A New Approach to the Effect of Taxes on the Leasing Decision" in the journal Financial Practice and Education.

Frank Chalk (History) was a guest at the dedication of a monument in Montreal to theArmenian genocide of 1915.

David Ketterer (English) presented extracts from "'A Part of the. . . Family (?)': John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos as Estranged Autobiography" at the War of the Worlds Centennial 19th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in March in Fort Lauderdale. He was invited to edit a volume of selected essays from the conference for Greenwood Press. His Wyndham essay, which will be the last chapter of a critical biography supported by a SSHRC grant, will be published in 1999 by the University of Liverpool Press.

Denise Roig, part-time instructor in Creative Writing, broadcast a three-part series called Bringing Georgia Home on CBC's Radio One network. It was part of This Morning on October 5, 6 and 7, and addressed issues surrounding Denise's return this summer to the Republic of Georgia with her husband and their adopted daughter, Georgia.

Christopher Hyde (Director of University Advancement/Associate Vice-Rector, Institutional Relations) was recently re-elected to serve for another year as chair/president of the Montreal General Hospital Research Institute, a position he has held since 1993. Among those serving with him on the board of directors is Concordia's chancellor, Eric Molson. The Research Institute has annual revenues of $22 million.

Judith Patterson (Geology) presented an invited paper, "Positive Environmental Impacts of High Speed Rail: Emission Reductions from Aviation" at Eurailspeed '98, the Third World Congress on High Speed Rail, in Berlin in October.

Dean of Arts and Science Martin Singer was a speaker at a recent joint conference of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the Canadian Bureaufor International Education (CBIE). In a networking session devoted to Asia-Pacific, he described developments in the Chinese educational system, and the continuing role of Canadian universities in Asia. At the same conference, Palmer Acheson, Acting Director of Concordia's TESL Centre and Associate Director of the UNIQWA project in South Africa, participated in the workshop on CIDA projects. Frederick Francis, Deputy Director of the Centre for International Academic Co-operation (CIAC), was a co-presenter of a session on communications. Professor Balbir Sahni, Director of the CIAC, was re-elected for another two-year term to the CBIE's board of directors, and will chair the body's external relations committee.

Mary O'Malley, Learning Specialist and Coordinator of Student Learning Services (Counselling and Development), gave a presentation at the annual conference of the CRLA (College Reading and Learning Association), held this year in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her presentation was called "Teaching Students to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension and Writing." About 500 learning specialists from across the U.S. attended, plus eight specialists from Canada.

During the TV Ontario Telefest 98, held in October, Film Production graduate student Martin Doepner won two major prizes, one for feature drama, for Two Shades of Red, for which he received $2,500 in Kodak stock, and another for his documentary La memoire oubliée. Professor André Herman (Cinema) reports that there were 200 films in competition.

Congratulations to artist, Refus global signatory and one-time choreographer Françoise Sullivan, who was granted an honorary doctorate this fall by York University, in Toronto. Sullivan has taught painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts.

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