Concordia is involved in an international $2.5 million project on Religion and Diversity. Department of Religion Professor Donald Boisvert is among 36 team members from 24 universities in Canada, Australia, France, U.K. and U.S. that will receive the funds from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) as part of the Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI) program.

The project will present diversity as a potential resource instead of a complication. The team will also propose strategies for equality to advance knowledge and enhance public policy decision-making.

Congratulations to Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Tien Bui and graduate student Dongwook Cho for being named as recipients of the 2010 Signal Processing: Image Communication Best Paper Award from the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP). The winning paper “Multivariate statistical modeling for image denoising using wavelet transforms” was published in volume 20 of the peer-reviewed journal Signal Processing: Image Communication. The award consists of a certificate and a cash prize.

Great news from the Faculty of Fine Arts.

(Left to right) lanza, Fitzmaurice, Austin). Magnifying glass

(Left to right) lanza, Fitzmaurice, Austin).

Kudos to undergraduate electroacoustics undergraduate Tyler Fitzmaurice for winning the inaugural alcides Award in Electroacoustics, named after electroacoustic artist and McGill professor alcides lanza, at a Hyatt Regency Hotel gala March 25. The new award was established by Director of the Concordia University Electronic Music Studio Kevin Austin to honour the career of lanza, whom Austin has worked with as a professor, collaborator and friend for 39 years. The prize this year was $500.

Mel Hoppenheim was the 2010 recipient of the Academy Achievement Award at the Genie Awards on April 12. Hoppenheim, who founded the film equipment rental company Panavision in 1965 and has continued as a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader. He became the benefactor of Concordia’s Cinema Department in 1997 with a generous donation used to establish the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (MHSoC).

MHSoC Advisory Board Member René Malo was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the 2010 Jutra Award ceremony March 28 for his pioneering work as a producer and distributor of films.

A retrospective exhibition of the paintings of Donald F. Andrus (Art History, retired) is being held by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, N.B. The exhibition, titled These Stones, This Sea, Dreaming, will be on view from April 18 to June 13.


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