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The limited theatrical release of Brett Gaylor’s RiP: A Remix Manifesto (Journal, Oct. 23, 2008) earned a flurry of media attention from the Globe and Mail, CBC Radio and the Mirror. Gaylor (BFA 01) made the documentary to support media-savvy and media-bombarded individuals’ efforts to move from passive consumers to active participants in the re-creation of culture. In the March 5 issue of the Mirror, Gaylor praised the student remix work he integrated into his film. The Girl Talk concert video remix (below), produced under the direction of Matt Soar for his COMS 274 class, also found itself on the Gawker media blog.

Prabir Bhattacharya of CIISE and his research team found their acclaimed research on a computer image processing system that detects and classifies human facial expressions (Journal, Sept. 25, 2008) mentioned on the American Society of Mechanical Engineering web site in their Feb. 2009 online magazine.

“This is only the latest in a long line of attention”, wrote Bhattacharya. “Actually, this work has been widely covered in the press in many countries including Canada, India (e.g. in the Economic Times, Indian Express and the Hindu) and U.K. Also, it was reported by the Indian Embassy in Washington DC in their January 2009 magazine.”

Lynn Beavis, coordinator of Concordia University's Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery since 2005, has been appointed as the new director of B.C.’s Richmond Art Gallery. Beavis assumed her new role on March 9. Meanwhile, jake moore has taken over as interim director of the FOFA Gallery.

Dean of Students Elizabeth Morey has just taken a position as a university representative on the Board of Directors of Dawson College. The three-year appointment was made by the Minister of Education.

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Mathematics and Statistics Professor Ron Stern has taken a departure from his impressive academic publishing career (with more than 70 research articles and two graduate level texts to his credit) to publish Goldman’s Theorem, a novel about a superstar professor whose solution to a famous mathematical conundrum has his whole university talking.

The novel will be launched at the downtown Chapters on March 26 at 6 p.m. The book is available in the Concordia bookstore.

Richard Foltz (Religion) has been invited to join the scientific council of l'Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Iraniennes. The council includes representatives from institutions around Europe who are expected to offer their expertise as needed. The institute publishes Analytica Iranica, an Iranian studies journal.


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