For the third consecutive year, students at the Goodman Institute of Investment Management (GIIM) have doubled the worldwide Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I pass rate. GIIM students achieved a success rate of 92% compared to the worldwide rate of 46%. The successful completion of the esteemed Level I exam is a necessary step to achieving CFA designation and becoming a certified financial analyst.

Assistant Director of the Institutional Planning Office Cameron Tilson has been elected President of the Canadian Institutional Research and Planning Association (CIRPA). With over 250 members representing colleges, universities, government ministries and other groups from across Canada, CIRPA is the only Canadian organization supporting post-secondary education professionals involved in planning and institutional analysis.

Tilson has been a CIRPA member since 1995 and a member of its Board of Directors since 1996 in various capacities, including two terms as vice-president. His term as president will begin in October and last two years.

JMSB Professor Clarence S. Bayne has released his first book of poetry, Windows to the Soul, published by the Black Writers’ Guild (Quebec). Bayne as been writing poetry for 50 years, but it has only been within the last decade that he has made his work public.

PhD Design Science student Wei Liu won the Best Paper Award at the 16th International Society for Productivity Enhancement (ISPE) International Conference on Concurrent Engineering. “Conceptual modeling of design chain management towards product lifecycle management” aims to develop a comprehensive model for the design chain management by applying the environment-based design theory. Wei Liu is a student of CIISE Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Design Science Yong Zeng.

Congratulations to current master’s student Drew Pinsonneault for receiving an honourable mention at the Rising Stars of Research National Undergraduate Science and Engineering Research Poster Competition in the Physical and Earth Sciences division for his undergrad research last year. The event was held Aug. 19 to 22 at the University of British Columbia. Pinsonneault is a student of Geography, Planning and Environment Assistant Professor Damon Matthews.

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Congratulations to Psychology Professor Jim Pfaus (left) for recently receiving the Frank A. Beach Award in comparative psychology from Division 6 of the American Psychological Association. A collaborative paper with colleagues from three other universities, Pfaus’ analysis of ultrasonic vocalizations across play, mating and aggression was recognized as the year’s best paper published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology.

This is Pfaus’ second award in Frank Beach’s name; he received his first in 1995 from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

In June, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Walaa Hamouda and his former master’s student Hassan Abou Saleh won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Communications, this year held in Dresden, Germany. “Cross-Layer Design for MIMO Spatial Multiplexing in Correlated Ricean Fading” was chosen from 1 046 papers.


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