Steven Appelbaum is profiled in the current issue of Les Affaires. The article explores his opinions on the importance of leadership in the business community. He defines leadership as a combination of direction, mentoring and inspiration and is quick to dismiss those who would mistake simple management for the far more crucial quality of leadership.

Concordians' research was awarded top honours at the IEEE International Conference on Neural Networks and Signal Processing held this summer in China. A paper co-authored by F. Wan, W.-P. Zhu and M.N.S. Swamy took the Best Paper Award. Meanwhile the Best Student Paper title was given to a piece co-authored by C. Shahnaz, W.-P. Zhu and M.O. Ahmad. For more about the twice-honoured Zhu, see this story.

Adrian Iovita
has been awarded the 2008 Ribenboim Prize in Number Theory by the Canadian Number Theory Association (CNTA). The prize is given every two-to-four years for distinguished research in number theory by a mathematician who has connections to Canadian mathematics. Previous winners of the prize are Andrew Granville (1999), Henri Darmon (2002), Michael Bennett (2004), and Vinayak Vatsal (2006). Iovita holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Research and Number Theory.

The two judges brought in to evaluate the student-produced election ads that aired on CTV's Canada AM (see Journal, Oct. 9, 2008) did not see eye-to-eye. But the judge from the Ontario College of Art and Design preferred the Concordia Green Party ad "by a long shot", according to Marketing professor Harold Simpkins, who assembled the winning team. The independent consultant went with the NDP spot.

JMSB doctoral student Eric Stenstrom recently published the results of research on gendered internet search behaviours. The study co-written with his brother Philippe, who is earning a Psychology PhD at the Université of Montréal, and his supervisor, Gad Saad, was published in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. The brothers set up two differently constructed web sites to determine whether gender played a role in how men and women searched for information and completed tasks.

On Oct. 17, part-time faculty member Ross Higgins launched his book Peter Flinsch: The Body in Question. The volume presents the life and work of the painter.

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Luc Bourdon, who taught video here, has received a lot of attention for his latest film, The Memories of Angels. The film is a visual remix, taking NFB footage of Montreal from the '50s and '60s to create a visual mosaic. The film was awarded the Cinémathèque québécoise Grand Prize Focus award at the 37th Festival du nouveau cinéma. Meanwhile Adrian Wills (BFA 00) received the Radio Canada People’s Choice Award for his documentary on the collaboration between the Beatles and Cirque du Soleil.

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