Anne Wade, Manager and Information Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, received an Excellence in Librarianship award from the American Psychological Association at their annual conference in June. The award recognizes significant contributions within psychology and social sciences librarianship. Wade is a sessional lecturer in the Department of Education and is involved in research on the effectiveness of social interventions through the Campbell Collaboration.

Suong Van Hoa, Director of the Concordia Centre for Composites in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering will receive the Pratt & Whitney Canada Research Fellow award at the Annual General Meeting of the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada on Sept. 17. Hoa has been working with several institutional and industry partners on developing composites for the aerospace industry.

Although the triennial show at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art closed its doors on Sept. 7, not all of the pieces that were on exhibit are being packed up to return to the artists. A full dozen Concordia alumni produced 37 of the works that the museum purchased during the exhibit. The exhibit was the most ambitious in MACM history and the purchase represents a significant acquisition of the work of Québec artists. Multiple works were purchased from Patrick Coutu, Adad Hannah, Emmanuel Licha and David Ross. Single pieces were acquired from Anthony Burnham, Michel de Broin, Manon De Pauw, Stéphane Gilot, Tricia Middleton, Jonathan Plante, Chih-Chien Wang and Etienne Zack.

Local media have been raving about two movies by former students. The Kidnapper comedy collective’s Who is K.K. Downey? is playing at the AMC Forum 22 after winning praise at its Fantasia Festival premiere earlier this summer. The irreverent comedy pokes fun at the lifestyles of its slacker producers while commenting on the cult of celebrity. Meanwhile, Eric R. Scott’s Leaving the Fold examines the lives of a half-dozen Hasidic Jews grappling with the meaning of faith and the place of spirituality in society. The documentary speaks with a number of young Jews who leave their ultra-orthodox communities (and sometimes their whole families) behind. Scott, who took classes here, often features Concordia in his work. One of his subjects is featured studying at Loyola after Leaving the Fold. After premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival, the film completes a week-long run at the Cinéma du Parc tonight.

The BMO Financial Group announced the winners of their sixth annual BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition last month and Keren Epstein won the Quebec regional prize. Epstein, who graduated this year in photography, was selected by professors as one of three outstanding students in her graduating class. This year, over 160 submissions were evaluated with 13 regional winners and one grand prize winner selected from the works. BMO 1st Art! winners’ works will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto from Oct. 7 to 26.

For a third time, Director of Media Relations Chris Mota has been named a Faculty Star by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Faculty Stars are conference speakers who earn average combined scores of 4.5 and above (on a five-point scale) on their session evaluations at CASE district conferences. Participants rate speakers on criteria including knowledge of subject matter, suitability of content, presentation skills, and quality of handouts.

Rob Carver’s undergraduate research on a fish habitat restoration project in the Nicolet River earned him the opportunity to travel to B.C. to participate in Rising Stars of Research, the national undergraduate science research poster competition last August. He is one of 63 students across Canada (from 421 applications) to be sponsored. His research is being conducted under Pascale Biron.


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