Ted Stathopoulos (Building/Civil/Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies) was invited to speak at the Third International Symposium on Wind Effects on Buildings and Urban Environment (ISWE3), which took place in Tokyo on March 4 and 5. His lecture was entitled “New Frontiers in Wind Design Standards and Codes of Practice.”

Matthew Hays (Journalism) reports that his book The View From Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers has been short-listed for an award from Lambda, the American gay literature society. Quill & Quire cited it as one of the best books of its kind of 2007, calling it “superb.”

Associate Professor (English) Terence Byrnes’s art book, Closer to Home: The Author and the Author Portrait, has received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Closer to Home uses photographic portraiture to explore, and in some cases, subvert traditional modes of graphic representation of the literary artist. The book will be published in the fall by Véhicule Press. Publishers Nancy Marrelli (University Archives) and Simon Dardick (English) have included it in Véhicule’s 35th anniversary celebrations.

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Congratulations to student Alejandro Franseschini, who has won $2,500 and will see his design on the cover of CANARIE’S 2007-08 annual report. He was this year’s winner of the company’s Cover-to-Cover contest. His award was presented at Concordia by the company’s president & CEO, Andrew Bjerring. CANARIE is a federal agency that promotes and develops networks to support research and education.

Congratulations to Urban Studies student Chloé Riviere, who was on the winning team in a contest organized by Equiterre and The idea was to redesign Environment Canada’s Biosphere — the geodesic dome designed for Expo 67 by Buckminster Fuller — as a museum of the environment in preparation for its 50th anniversary in 2017. The judges were architects, designers and engineers. The competing teams spent their preparation time in a solar house on St. Helen’s Island. Chloé and her seven teammates, who were from McGill, UQAM and Laval, received $800 each.

Bart Simon (Sociology/Anthropology) will be one of the speakers at New Frontiers in Gaming, an evening conference sponsored by Interfaces Montreal at SAT, on St. Lawrence Blvd on April 8. For more information, go to

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The annual John Molson Competition Committee Banquet was held on March 19 at Molson Hall to celebrate the students’ many successes this year. The latest triumph was at Happening Marketing in Quebec City; it was the JMSB’s third consecutive overall gold at that event. In the photo above are Thomas Horvath, the new president of the John Molson Competition Committee, coach and part-time Management lecturer Aaron Dresner, and Oliver Tsinos, last year's JMCC president.


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