Congratulations to distinguished CSBN professor emeritus Jane Stewart who will be receiving the 2009 John B. Stirling Montreal Medal from her alma mater, Queen’s University. The award is given each year to an individual to reward their meritorious contributions to the honour of the university.

Stewart received her BA in Psychology and Biology from Queen’s in 1956. She joined Concordia University (then SGWU) in 1963, served as chair of the Department of Psychology from 1969 to 74, and was the founder and director of the CSBN from 1990 to 1997. In 2007, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

She will receive her medal from Queen’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf Nov. 21 at the McCord Museum.

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Adding to Concordia’s nominations for this fall’s literary awards, part-time English faculty Patrick McDonagh [PhD 98] and former student Yves Engler have been nominated for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for non-fiction. McDonagh is picked for Idiocy: A Cultural History and Engler for The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy. Rounding out the nominees for the prize is Eric Siblin [MA Hist 87] for The Cello Suites.

The Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies’ The Will to Intervene report (see Journal Sept. 17, 2009) has been listed by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University as an official resource for their Mass Atrocity Response Operations project.

Recent educational studies master’s graduate Michael Ernest Sweet has been conferred a 2009 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, considered one of Canada’s premier teaching awards.

Sweet, who teaches at Lester B. Pearson High School, founded Learning for a Cause Student Press in 2004 and has published four award-winning anthologies of student writing. He was named a Journal Great Grad in 2008.

Congratulations to ENCS PhD graduate Fitsum Tariku for receiving a 2009 Housing Studies Achievement Award from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for his research on the reduction of energy waste in buildings, pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. One of three winners, Tariku will receive a $10 000 prize as well as a merit certificate. Tariku is currently the director of building science at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Concordia’s emergency procedures video has been awarded the third place prize Public Awareness Award by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). The non-profit educational organization IAEM has 5 000+ members in 58 countries, and is dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters.

The video was created to promote awareness of emergency procedures at Concordia, and is shown during new student and staff orientations, as well as safety seminars around campus. Watch it now.


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