Associate Professor in the Institute for Information Systems Engineering Amin Hammad has been named the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. Hammad will be conducting research on the collaborative emergency management of international bridges between Canada and the U.S.

Through the examination of a wide range of subjects, the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program seeks to enhance mutual understanding between Canada and the U.S. through its bilateral academic exchanges for outstanding students, scholars and professionals. Operating in over 150 countries worldwide, the Fulbright program has long been regarded as the world’s premiere academic exchange.

Concordia also welcomes two American Fulbright students, Jennifer Montgomery and Thomas A. Nail, who will be studying here during the 2009-10 academic year.

Congratulations to Music Professor Christopher Jackson and History Professor Ronald Rudin for their recent election into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) – the country's oldest and most prestigious scholarly society – for their career contributions to their respective fields.

Jackson, a former Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, is the co-founder and artistic director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), an accomplished performer and renowned educator. He is currently leading the fundraising drive for the Grey Nuns project.

Rudin is one of the leading historians of French Canada and a pioneer of historical documentary filmmaking. He is the author of six major monographs and numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. As well, Rudin held a reading for his recently released book, Remembering and Forgetting in Acadie: A Historian's Journey through Public Memory on Sept. 14.

Election to RSC is the highest honour that can be attained by scholars, artists and scientists in Canada. The Society has 1 967 active Fellows; 12 of whom are from Concordia (complete list available at
In addition to his research and teaching, Rudin is also the Academic Convenor for the 2010 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which will bring close to 9 000 academics to Concordia from May 28 until June 4.

Congratulations to Assistant Psychology Professor Andrew Ryder for his reception in June of the 2009 Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) President's New Researcher Award at the CPA's 70th convention. The award recognizes the exceptional quality of the contribution of new researchers to psychological knowledge in Canada.

Centre for Research in Human Development Professors Lisa Serbin and Diane Poulin-Dubois were also keynote speakers at the June event.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor M.N.S. Swamy (left) has recently been awarded the title Honorary Professor by the National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Taiwan. The award was given at a special ceremony held at Hsinchu, Taiwan by President of the National Chiao Tung University Peter Wu (right). NCTU is one of the most highly-regarded institutions in Taiwan.


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