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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.

Congratulations to PhD candidate Dan Stanescu, one of a handful of winners of a Pratt & Whitney Canada Technology Partnership Award. Stanescu, whose supervisor is Mechanical Engineering Professor Wagdi Habashi, has been applying fluid dynamic theory to reduce the noise level of Pratt & Whitney's jet engines. The airplane manufacturer made the announcement as part of its third annual inter-university Technology Forum.

Michel Laroche (Marketing) has been appointed to a three-year term as managing editor of the Journal of Business Research. Laroche was associate editor of the journal for six years, responsible for the marketing area, for which he received an award in 1997 that was later named after him. Jean McGuire (Management) has been associate editor responsible for the strategic management and organizational behaviour area.

Chantal Maillˇ (Simone de Beauvoir) has been appointed by the Quebec government to the Conseil du statut de la femme. Her colleague Kaarina Kailo and co-author Elina Helander launched their book No Beginning, No End: The Sami (Lapps) Speak Up at Concordia on April 21. The book is published by the Canadian Circumpolar Institute.

William Curran, Director of Libraries, was a guest speaker at the 67th conference of the Quebec Library Association/Association des bibliothˇcaires du Quˇbec, held in Montreal April 29, 30 and May 1. He spoke about "Information Literacy and the Academic Library in the 21st Century."

Marie Melenca (Applied Linguistics/TESL Centre) took part in one of TESOL 1999's (Teaching of English as a Second or Other Language) panel sessions in New York City in March. The panel discussed "Integrating Pronunciation within Task-Based Curricula." She also co-presented with a scholar from Stanford University a discussion on "Suprasegmentals: From Classroom Experience to Spontaneous Speech."

Frank Chalk (History) gave a talk May 20 at the Montreal Press Club in which he said that broadcasting is used to incite genocide in such troubled countries as Rwanda, Burundi and Yugoslavia, and can be used to stop it. He is co-author with Kurt Jonassohn of The History and Sociology of Genocide, and has lectured on the topic at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the Hague.

Nghi M. Nguyen (Building, Civil & Environmental) was guest speaker at a conference of the Project Management Institute (PMI) in Montreal on "Effective and Practical Risk Management for Project Managers." This was one of two papers he gave last fall in California to a PMI symposium.

Cameron Tilson (Planning, Rector's Cabinet) has had a book review published in the spring 1999 issue of the journal of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Tilson said that Glen A. Jones's Higher Education in Canada: Different Systems, Different Perspectives gives a good historical overview of a little-explored subject. You can read it at

Enn Raudsepp (Journalism) was interviewed about Concordia's Journalism program for the international magazine Education Travel. Raudsepp is on sabbatical this year, studying the aboriginal press across Canada.

David Gobby (Quality Programs) recently received certification by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as a Certified Quality Manager. The designation is for those who understand quality principles and standards in relation to organization and human resource management. The ASQ also provides certification for the following: Quality Engineer, Quality Auditor, Reliability Engineer, Quality Technician, Mechanical Inspector and Software Quality Engineer.

Judith Patterson (Geology), along with Anthony Perl (University of Calgary), published a paper called "The TGV Effect: A Potential Opportunity for Reconciling Sustainability with Aviation" in World Transport Policy and Practice. Patterson presented an earlier version of this paper at the annual Air Transport Research Group meeting in Dublin, Ireland, last July.

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