Recent JMSB PhD graduate Eric Patton, now at St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, and Gary Johns, Concordia University Research Chair in Management, have won an award for the best article published in the journal Human Relations in 2007. Entitled “Women’s Absenteeism in the Popular Press: Evidence for a Gender-Specific Absence Culture,” the article is based on a content analysis of over 100 years of New York Times articles featuring absence from work. Human Relations is published by Sage and sponsored by the Tavistock Institute of London.

Richard Lachapelle (Art Education) was appointed editor of the Canadian Review of Arts Education: Research and Issues at the national conference of the Canadian Society for Education. Through Art, held in Toronto. Sessions were presented by Linda Szabad-Smyth, part-time instructors Carol Beer and Janette Haggar, and chair Cathy Mullen, who will co-organize the next conference at Concordia in November.

Science College student Leah Nemiroff and geologist Judith Patterson published the results of Leah's project, “Design, Testing and Implementation of a Large-Scale Urban Dog Waste Composting Program,” in Compost Science and Utilization. Nemiroff is now doing her MSc in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University. Patterson was interviewed on CBC’s The Current on Jan. 24 on the potential for high-speed rail in the Quebec-Windsor corridor. She attended the 87th Annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington in January, and presented a paper, with colleagues, “Analysis of the ICAO Departure Profile Using Real-Time Cockpit Flight Data Recorder Information.”

Alumnus Stephen Belfer (BA 92) was featured in January on a new CBC program on entrepreneurs called Fortune Hunters. Belfer and partner Monte Perlman run the Montreal edition of Crisca, better known here as Biba. Their women’s clothes are designed in Germany, made in Eastern Europe and shipped to Montreal in record time. The program was about their plans to open a big outlet in Toronto.

Christine Beckett (Music) chaired local arrangements for the eighth annual conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and will attend the upcoming Neurosciences and Music International Conference, also in Montreal.

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Philip Abrami

Philip Abrami, director of the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, was quoted in an article in The Gazette about a study the Centre conducted. The researchers looked at the results of an ambitious project to supply every student from Grades 3 to 11 in the Eastern Townships School Board with laptops. Specifically, the researchers measured achievement in reading, language and math at the end of Grade 2 and a year later. They concluded that while the improvement wasn’t dramatic, the introduction of individual computers “did no harm” in its first year. The study results appeared in the Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology.

Jason Lewis (Design and Computation Arts) participated in the Quebec Showcase in Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium, a design and fashion initiative by Concordia’s Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technology in partnership with the Université du Québec à Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University.


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