Three recent MA English and/or Creative Writing graduates have been nominated for the League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, honouring the best first book of poetry published in the previous year. What if red ran out by Katia Grubisic, The Invisibility Exhibit by Sachiko Murakami and Late Night With Wild Cowboys by Johanna Skibsrud will be among the six nominees when the prize is awarded during the League's annual conference June 13 in Vancouver.

On April 2, the design team of Industrial Engineering (IIE) students Andrew Di Lullo, Scheale Duvah Pentiah and Amir Aoueiss was awarded first place in the IIE Quebec Simulation Competition. Organized by IIE Quebec in collaboration with Trellisys and Rockwell Automation, the contest challenged teams to design a simulation model of a hospital setting. On the panel of judges were representatives from the University of Montreal Hospital Centre (CHUM) and CIM Consulting.

Biology student Sarah Benning received the Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation award at the Young Researchers' Conference organized by the Institute of Mental Health Research on April 3 in Ottawa. The research for her poster "SIN-1, a Nitric Oxide Donor, Blocks Stimulant-Induced Sensitization: Ramifications for Schizophrenia" was conducted for her independent research project Professor Andreas Arvanitogiannis’ lab at the Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology.

Retired English Professor David Ketterer served as co-editor for John Wyndham's novel, Plan for Chaos by the University of Liverpool Press. The previously unpublished book, a Huxley-influenced thriller about resurgent cloned Nazis, is the prequel to Wyndham's classic 1951 tale The Day of the Triffids.

Former Department of Philosophy Chair John McGraw has announced his multi-volume study in philosophical anthropology and psychology entitled Personality: Intimacy, Isolation and Illness will be published by Rodopi of Amsterdam. The first two volumes have been accepted and are expected to be released by early 2010. The complete study is expected to be no less than five volumes and will likely be published by 2013.

A team of graduate and post-grad students from the Computer Security Laboratory at CIISE was selected as a finalist for the OCTAS 2009 competition on April 8. Organized by the Fédération de l'Informatique du Québec (FIQ) since 1987, the annual OCTAS competition is a unique opportunity to recognize the achievement of excellence in Quebec's information technology industry. Each year, the FIQ rewards individuals, companies, universities or organizations for their creativity, vitality and exceptional contribution to the growth of the industry. The team was Marc-André Laverdière, Nadia Belblidia, Syrine Tlili, Dima Alhadidi, Aiman Hanna, Xiaochun Yang, Mourad Azzam, Zhenrong Yang, Amine Boukhetouta, Rachid Hadjidj, Hakim Idrissi Kaitouni and Hai Zhou Ling.


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