Congratulations to Jane Stewart (CSBN Psychology), who has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

James Pfaus, a researcher in the Centre for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, was quoted in a New York Times article on the positive aspects of rats. Rats know what good sex is and what bad sex is,” Pfaus said. And unlike some humans, “they don’t lie.”

Naomi Grunzeweig, who is doing her PhD under the supervision of Dale M. Stack in the Centre for Research in Human Development, won an award in the CIHR research poster competition that was part of a conference held in June. It was called “Autonomy and mutuality during middle childhood in high-risk families: Links to aggression, social withdrawal, and child outcomes across generations.”

Congratulations to Stylianos Perrakis (Finance), who was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

The annual conference of the Canadian College and University Mail Management Association was held at Concordia from May 9 to 11. Hosted by Des O’Neill, of Facilities Operations, this conference brought together the managers of mail, receiving and printing operations from 21 universities, colleges and institutions across the country. “Of particular interest this year was a clarification of legal aspects surrounding specific segments of the mailing industry, as well as a renewed commitment from Canada Post to recognize universities as a separate sector and dedicate resources where needed,” O’Neill told the Journal.

Congratulations to Adam Radomsky, who won a 2007 Canadian Psychological Association President's New Researcher Award.

Sociologist William Reimer was interviewed by Dave Bronstetter on CBC’s All in a Weekend on Aug. 19. He recounted his experience as a junior faculty member conducting field work in Cap St. Ignace, Que., and how the warm welcome given his family influenced the direction of his career. Now leading the second phase of the New Rural Economy project, he says small towns need not wither and die, and are crucial to the long-term health of Canada.

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Howard Davies, an alumnus and part-time lecturer in design, is one of the winners of the New Silk Road competition for design ideas expressing China’s cultural links with Europe for a park in Xi’an, China, the city of the ancient terra cotta warriors. (See photo at left). Davies is one of the principal architects in the Montreal design firm Atelier Big City. The submission was based on Jewish cultural contributions.

Norman Ravvin (Canadian Jewish Studies) and Sherry Simon (Etudes françaises), with Pierre Anctil, have published New Readings of Yiddish Montreal / Traduire le Montréal Yiddish (University of Ottawa Press), derived from a conference they organized at Concordia.

Marc Gervais (Film Studies, Emeritus) was in demand for interviews when Ingmar Bergman died this summer. He has been analyzing and teaching the Swedish director’s oeuvre for more than 50 years, and was the first film critic to interview Bergman in English.


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