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Solid foundations on which to build

\ \ / hat best characterizes the University’s work during the past academic year is the concept

of building on a sound foundation. We have ambitious plans for Concordia University and these depend for their success on the extent to which we prepare the ground and the infra- structure that will permit them to rise to unprecedented heights.

No doubt the construction analogy was stimulated by the official groundbreaking for our new Loyola Science Complex at the end of the 2000-2001 academic year. By the time the Concordia University community and our friends read this, the foundations for the Science Complex will have been completed and the first of our new buildings will indeed have risen above the ground. And this will be followed by the erection of new buildings on the Sir George Williams

Campus for the Faculties of Engineering and Computer Science, Fine Arts and the John

Molson School of Business and the relocation of humanities and social science departments

into renovated space in the Hall and McConnell Buildings. We expect all these buildings to

have solid foundations.

However, I intend the ‘foundation’ analogy ‘to mean much MIOTe. Although the badly needed new facilities being built and planned are indeed important, even more important are the activ- ities that will take place within them. During the next decade a larger and better focused university will have experienced a substantial renewal in terms of a revised curriculum, new professors, enhanced research programs and ever closer ties with the community. The steady growth in student enrolment experienced during the past four years will continue, underlining Concordia’s longstanding commitment to facilitating access to higher education.

We will attract more out-of-province Canadian students and considerably more international students while at the same time continuing to serve our traditional Quebec-based anglophone, allophone and francophone students. Our admission requirements will rise modestly while stu- dent retention and graduation rates will rise sharply. Our new broader curriculum will provide a more comprehensive undergraduate experience. This will prepare students for the more spe- cialized advanced degrees, highly focused graduate certificates and diplomas, and specific non-degree courses designed to upgrade skills and knowledge for the rapidly changing 21st cen- tury world. As always, Concordia will lead in offering education to part-time working and mature students. These developments will bring the University into even closer contact with both public and private sector enterprises.

The foundations on which these developments will rest were strengthened during this past year. Our work with alumni and alumnae, with our friends in the larger community and with all three levels of government has been expanded. Fundraising for our buildings has begun well, hard on the heels of our very successful 1997-1999 Campaign for the New Millennium. We continue to operate within a balanced budget and are in the process of elimi- nating our long-term debt which stood at almost $36 million as recently as 1995. And our ongoing academic planning permits annual adaptation to changing needs while holding firm to what we regard as changeless : the broad principles embodied in the mission that was shaped by our two parent institutions.

Our foundations are solid.

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Real education for the real world

Dr. Philip Abrami, Director, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (right), adjunct professor Bette Chambers, and Robert Slavin from the Success For All Foundation.

Dean Mohsen Anvari (left), Lawrence Bloomberg (centre) and Michel Magnan.

hallenges have been turning into exciting opportunities at Concordia. Rising enrol- ment, increased competition among uni- versities for professors and research funds, continued underfunding of higher education, and an unparalleled techno- logical revolution have provided the impetus for a new cul- ture at Concordia that focuses more on the development of research and the university’s tradition of academic and learning excellence.

Concordia began the fall semester with a fine new crop of tenure-track faculty members, about 65 per cent of whom are recipients of research grants. Indeed, over three years, the university is hiring 150 new full-time professors, to keep up with growing enrolment and the current rate of retirement.

At the same time, Concordia is committed to sustaining the research activities of the many leading professors already here. All four Faculties are in the process of estab- lishing new research chairs, which will ensure that the best of Concordia’s researchers receive recognition and research support.

Concordia also continues to deliver vital retraining and retooling of skills through post-graduate and diploma pro- grams; a number of new graduate certificates were intro- duced over the year.

The intensive academic planning at the university over the past several years reflects Concordia’s belief in providing faculty and a curriculum that are responsive to the demand for university education that is relevant to modern society. Despite having to trim 25 per cent from its operating bud- get due to reductions in government funding over the past five years, Concordia is beginning to distinguish itself as an urban institution of cutting-edge research, which both attracts and produces critical thinkers of the future.

Applications to the university have risen by eight per cent overall, and international applications are up 28 per cent. Enrolment at Concordia has grown to its highest level ever—in Engineering and Computer Science alone, there are nearly 1,000 more full-time students than four years ago.

All Faculties have encouraged innovative programs and new teaching models that respond to the needs of infor- mation and digital technologies, while encompassing an understanding of the human and historical dimensions of our fast-changing, heterogeneous world.


Concordia’s Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance will be part of a $9-million research project with the Baltimore-based Success for All Foundation. The project involves developing new technological tools to

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Chemistry Professor Gilles Pesiherbe, co-founder, Centre for Research in

Molecular Modelling, with the Beowolf supercomputer.

enhance a literacy program now used in some 2,000 schools, mostly in high-poverty areas in the United States. Concordia will receive one-third of the U.S. federal govern- ment research grant, about $3 million over five years.

A new state-of-the-art computer facility is saving researchers innumerable hours of trial and error. Launched in January, the Centre for Research in Molecular Modelling provides researchers in computational chem- istry and biochemistry with impressive computing power for modelling chemical reactions at the molecular level. The Centre is funded jointly by Concordia, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Quebec Ministry of Education.

The Department of Theological Studies introduced an inten- sive three-credit course called Religious Pluralism in a Secular Culture, designed to respond to legislation that is revamping the way religion is taught in Quebec’s public schools. The course gives Quebec’s elementary and high school educators a broad-based overview of religions, as the province adopts a more pluralistic and secular approach to religious education. Participants who took the course in the fall explored the meaning of religious identity in the 21st cen- tury, and visited sacred sites of various religions in Montreal.

Concordia has signed a partnership agreement with three Moroccan universities to foster academic cooperation in Women’s Studies, particularly in the areas of women and the law, entrepreneurship, media and cultural studies, and North African literature.

Philip Abrami (Education), Shimon Amir (Psychology), William Bukowski (Psychology), Lisa Serbin (Psychology) and Peter Shizgal (Psychology) were appointed senior research chairs.

JOHN MOLSON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS The Global Aviation MBA program (GAMBA), launched last fall, is enabling 16 professionals from Canada, Ecuador, Estonia, Ghana, India, Italy, Mauritius, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Trinidad to continue to earn while they learn. The program, co-sponsored by the Montreal-based International Aviation Transport Association (IATA), is modelled on Concordia’s eight-year- old International Aviation MBA program. GAMBA is designed to meet the needs of professionals who want a graduate degree in aviation management without leaving their full-time jobs.

The School also launched a new minor and graduate cer- tificate in Electronic Business Systems, MBA and Master’s programs in Investment Management, and a graduate diploma in Investments.

Select business students are getting first-hand experience of the intricacies of portfolio management, thanks to a $1- million donation from a successful alumnus. Students who have committed to the two-year extracurricular Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management program make investment decisions with real money. They meet twice a week each semester, report to a client committee every two months, and consult with mentors in the profession at least once a month. Each student also gets two work terms with major investment firms as part of the program. Any profits made by the investments will be reinvested.

Catherine Mulligan was awarded a $500,000 infrastructure grant to build a biological research facility.

Dean Nabil Esmail, Hany Moustapha of Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Provost Jack Lightstone at the launch

of the CIADI centre.

A prestigious seal of approval was given to Concordia’s Accountancy programs when the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) granted its accred- itation in June. The John Molson School of Business is the first school in Canada and the third outside of the U.S. to receive accreditation of its Accountancy programs from the AACSB, the premier accrediting body in the U.S. In 1997, Concordia became the first university in Montreal to achieve AACSB accreditation of its business degree pro- grams.

The John Molson School of Business appointed two endowed research chairs this year. Professor Michel Magnan is the holder of the Lawrence Bloomberg Chair in Accountancy, established this spring. In April, Lawrence Kryzanowski, Professor of Finance, took up his position as the holder of the new Ned Goodman Chair in Investment Finance.


Concordia will be at the forefront of aerospace engineering, thanks to a new training centre that was inaugurated last November. The Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI) enables graduate and undergradu- ate students to collaborate with working engineers on pro- jects in the aerospace industry, as well as providing them with access to cutting-edge interactive computer facilities, hardware and display equipment, and a specialized library. CIADI is supported by an investment from Pratt & Whitney Canada of $1.2 million over the next five years.

The opening of a class 2 biological laboratory reflects a renewed focus on the Environmental Engineering pro- gram. The research lab features specialized equipment for the analysis of soil and water samples and the identifica- tion of pollutants. More than 20 researchers in the lab are collaborating with industry on projects related to solid waste management, soil remediation, industrial waste- water treatment, natural attenuation, the fate of contami- nants in water and environmental impact assessment.

The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science estab- lished new graduate certificate programs in industrial waste management, environmental auditing and environ- mental systems modelling.

Concordia’s eight-year-old Native Access to Engineering Program (NAEP) has launched a three-year project in col- laboration with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and IBM Canada, that will distribute interactive high school material in math and science subjects to aboriginal students across Canada, via the Internet. The goal of the project is to draw more aboriginal students to engineering, and give them some of the qualifications and skills they need to suc- ceed in the field. Curriculum content will familiarize high school teachers and students with various areas of engi- neering, using examples that are related to native culture or that could be used to help sustain native communities.

Professors Ching Y. Suen, a researcher in artificial intelli- gence and pattern recognition, and Suong V. Hoa, a researcher in materials and composites, were appointed as research chairs.


Concordia has become the only institution in Canada to offer an accredited Master’s program in Drama Therapy, recognized by the U.S.-based National Association for Drama Therapy. Concordia’s MA Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option) has already attracted students from every province in Canada, as well as from the United States and several other countries.

In October, Concordia hosted an international conference that brought together more than go practitioners and researchers interested in quantitative research that helps evaluate and validate the benefits of art, music, drama and dance movement therapies.

This spring, the Centre for the Arts in Human Development celebrated five years of success with an after- noon of singing and tap-dancing to musical numbers from past productions, also released on a CD. The Centre serves as a basis for community outreach for intellectually handi- capped people who attend the Centre several days a week throughout the year, and provides a framework for research and training ground for art therapists. The Birks Family Foundation recently gave a substantial donation to maintain the Centre’s Community Outreach program for the next seven years.

The Faculty of Fine Arts celebrated the new Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute in Canadian Art in March, with a lecture by Francois-Marc Gagnon, one of Quebec’s most passionate communicators on the visual arts, and the first holder of the Institute’s Chair in Canadian Art History. The goal of the Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art is to encourage research in the field, and make the gen- eral public more aware of its richness. In the spring, Dr. Gagnon launched a bilingual series of free public lectures at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

A new graduate certificate program in Digital Technologies in Design Art Practice combines the use of digital tech- nologies as an artistic tool, with an advanced investigation of their economic, social and cultural consequences. Students in the program have access to a three-dimension- al scanner and computer-assisted prototyping equipment.

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES Concordia’s growing research profile is apparent in the continued augmentation of funding to our researchers. The School of Graduate Studies works with the four Faculties, the student associations and the service sectors to generate productive academic environments.

Jerry Cardillo (centre) and friends, in a Centre for the Arts in Human Development movement workshop.

Graduate fellowships, scholarships, bursaries and teaching assistantships at the university increased substantially over the year. A $1-million endowment from former Montreal entrepreneurs Harriet and Abe Gold to the Campaign for a New Millennium will fund, in perpetuity, 10 graduate fel- lowships of $5,000 each for Master’s or doctoral students in any Faculty. Overall, Concordia is increasing by one- third the fellowships and scholarships offered to its gradu- ate students.

The Office of Research Services assists in the development of funded research and scholarly activities by making known the availability of all potential funding sources for both grants and contracts, and by providing support in the preparation of proposals. The Industrial Liaison Unit brings together faculty members and industry, business and government for collaborative research by assisting in the negotiation of research contracts, the management of intellectual property, licensing, patent issues, and technol- ogy transfer.


Concordia’s colleges and institutes continue to provide a unique interdisciplinary education. The Liberal Arts College’s well-attended lecture series once again brought notable intellectuals to the university throughout the year. The topic of exploration at the Lonergan University College this year was Capitalism and Enlightenment, and culminat- ed in a symposium in April. The Science College welcomed a new principal, Psychology Professor Michael von Grunau.

The School of Community and Public Affairs’ new graduate program in Community Economic Development made its debut in September, bringing together 25 community practi- tioners from across Canada. The program, offered in collab- oration with the Institute in Management and Community Development, addresses the challenge of strengthening local communities in an era of globalization. The program is offered in English and French in alternating years.

The Simone de Beauvoir Institute has introduced innova- tive credit-bearing internships in a range of community agencies and organizations. These internships enable Women’s Studies students to apply theory encountered in the classroom to practice.

The Institute for Co-operative Education celebrated its 2oth anniversary this year. The Institute currently offers work-study programs in 15 departments. Enrolment has soared by more than to per cent over the year.

With the help of nearly $1.2 million in provincial funding, the Centre for International Academic Cooperation initiated a new bursary program in the fall for Concordia students wishing to undertake short-term studies outside Quebec. There has been a 15-per-cent increase in exchange students at Concordia, including a 19-per-cent rise in graduate exchange students. In April, the Centre was presented with the credentials to open a chapter of Phi Beta Delta at Concordia; the U.S.-based organization is an honours soci- ety for international scholars. Concordia’s chapter has been designated Epsilon Zeta.

Lydia Sharman

$500,000 gift from the CIBC, will be



on some of our faculty

Micheline Lanctét, who teaches in Film Production, won this year's Prix Albert-Tessier, the highest dis- tinction in Quebec cinema. A well-known director for many years, she has also acted—including playing Richard Dreyfuss’s long-suffering girlfriend in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.

A. Bakr Ibrahim was awarded the CIBC Distinguished Professorship in Family Business. The research endowment, which was created last year through a

used to fund research in the field and an annual research forum.

Michel Laroche has been made a Society for Marketing Advances Distinguished Fellow, the first Canadian to achieve this honour. Over the year, he was also awarded the Royal Bank Distinguished Professorship in Marketing, established last year by a $550,000 donation from the Royal Bank, and the Prix Jacques-Rousseau.

Computer Science Professor John McKay has been elected to the Academy of Science of the Royal Society of Canada. Ted Stathopoulos was elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering for his contributions to wind engineering and building aerodynamics, and in particular, the influence of his research in the development of wind code and stan- dard provisions in Canada and the United States.

Two theatre professors were winners of the best of anglophone theatre laurels, chosen by local critics: Ana Cappelluto, for sets and lighting of Victoria, which played at Centaur Theatre, and actor Harry Standjofski, for multiple roles in Reading Hebron.

Ollivier Dyens, professeur au departe- ment d’études francaises, a regu le prix littéraire de essai de la Société des écrivains canadiens, section Montréal, pour son essai “Chair et Metal”, publié chez VLB Editeur.

Novelist Robert Majzels, who teaches creative writ- ing in the English Department, won the Governor- General's Literary Award for Translation, for Just Fine, his translation of France Daigle's Pas Pire.

Lydia Sharman, winner of the Faculty of Fine Arts Distinguished Teacher Award, has practiced as a designer in London, New York and Montreal. For over 30 years, Dr. Sharman has been one of very few researchers presenting and publishing nationally and internationally on Canadian design and on design education. In the last three years, she has been a dynamic chair of the Department of Design Art.

M. Omair Ahmad has been elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to the design and implementation of digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms.

Balbir Sahni, director of the Centre for International Academic Cooperation.

Michel Laroche

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oncordia researchers were awarded $16.5 million in research grants this year, and more than $6 million from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Coun- cil (NSERC). The general growth of research across the university, and a spe- cific, dramatic rise in research in the humanities and social sciences point to a definite research revolution underway at Concordia.

Researchers did particularly well in the annual bid for grants from NSERC. Overall, the total number of new NSERC awards at Concordia increased, with a total value of more than $6.2 million—an increase of about 39 per cent over last year. (NSERC grants extend over four years.) The Faculty of Arts and Science experienced a 35 per cent rise in the number of NSERC grants this year, thanks in part to a new core of research-oriented faculty applying for the first time. There was an 87 per cent increase in the value of the awards to Arts and Science, from $1.35 million to $2.5 million. The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science received NSERC awards totalling $3.5 million, a 19 per cent increase over last year.


Identifying genes and how they work

The work of Concordia researchers in the emerging sci- ence of genomics and proteomics will soon be boosted by the acquisition of instrumentation for mass spectrometry. Chemistry Professor Ann English and nine colleagues received an NSERC installation grant of more than $500,000 towards its purchase. Mass spectrometry is a powerful technique used to identify unknown molecules and help characterize their structural and chemical proper- ties. The ability to rapidly identify and characterize proteins is critical to the ongoing study of genomics and pro- teomics. Facilities will be shared by the Centre for Research in Molecular Modelling and Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics.

Sunscreen that’s a physical shield

Professor English is also a member of a research team that received a three-year NSERC grant of over $350,000 to develop a “physical sunscreen” that would incorporate a barrier between the active ingredient and the skin. The pro- ject focuses on titanium dioxide, which is inexpensive and scatters both UVA and UVB light—however, its drawback is that it also absorbs sunlight and becomes reactive. The scientists’ goal is to encapsulate titanium dioxide so that it still does not have direct contact with skin.

Satellite solutions

Reza Soleymani is working to make wireless technology more affordable and accessible. An associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is leading a

Reza Soleymani, associate profes- sor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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university, government and industry research project aimed at developing advanced coding techniques for trans- mitting multimedia information via satellite. The project is designed to find solutions to several problems, including the need to reduce the power required for satellite commu- nications, and the growing demand for bandwidth, a limited resource. Researchers hope to develop new, more efficient transmission schemes that require less power for satellite communications and, at the same time, accommo- date more users.

The project is part of a new space communications research endeavour launched in April by the Canadian Space Agency and the Canadian Institute for Telecommu- nications Research. Professor Soleymani’s group has been awarded $600,000 over three years. Most of the grant money will be put towards salaries for graduate students.

Instrumental research

For Galia Dafni, math is literally music to her ears. Dafni is a new tenure-track member of the Department of Math- ematics and Statistics, thanks to an NSERC University Faculty Award. Her research is in the broad area of mathe- matical analysis—in particular, she studies the Fourier analysis, which is inspired by the study of harmonics in music. This approach was first applied to mathematics and physics 200 years ago, and has many applications today in number theory and partial differential equations, as well as in engineering and physics problems, such as signal pro- cessing and control theory. Dafni focuses on pure theory and tries to prove theorems in a specialized field called Hardy Spaces.

Acts of a previous time

Edward Little, a professor in the Theatre Department who also heads the Drama for Human Development program, is part of a revival of community-oriented, grassroots the- atre. Community theatre is enabling artists to regain contact with their communities—people in the community perform their own art rather than just consume it. Profes- sor Little is currently working with young people in Montreal’s Asian community to create a series of theatre presentations based on interviews with their elders. He has been awarded an FCAR grant to explore relationships between aesthetic accomplishment and social efficacy in theatre and development practices in Canada.

Beyond the bottom line

In the new era of globalization, business ethics is more important than ever, according to Professor Fred Bird, a veteran ethicist based in the Religion Department. Profes- sor Bird is at the head of a multidisciplinary, multicultural network of more than two dozen scholars who are examin- ing the behaviour of companies of all sizes around the world, particularly those operating in developing countries or in poor regions of developed countries. The study, called Managing International Businesses in Developing Areas,

Galia Dafni, NSERC University Faculty Award recipient.

is funded by a SSHRC strategic grant, and includes schol- ars from the United States, South Africa, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Uganda, Germany and the U.K.

Virtual bulls and bears

Finance Professor Greg Lypny has programmed his own online stock market, called Borsa. The program, which simulates real-life investment scenarios,-has already proven itself an innovative teaching tool that helps students better understand the principles of economic theory. Pro- fessor Lypny is also using Borsa as a research tool, to conduct formal experiments on the determination of secu- rity prices in general equilibrium—why bond and stock prices are what they are, and how they move relative to one another.

Love and longing in two languages

Anne Dandurand, one of Quebec’s most loved and respected French-language authors, is the first francophone writer-in-residence at Concordia since Michel Tremblay in the 1970s. She is now working on an English novel, which promises some of her familiar themes, love and sexuality.

A look back at inventive films

A retrospective of eight years of experimental films by Richard Kerr, who teaches in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, was shown at the Cinémathéque Québécoise in December. Kerr’s work is in the genre of tradition-breaking filmmakers Michael Snow, Bruce Elder and Joyce Wieland.

Ease of use is essential

Ahmed Seffah, an assistant professor of Computer Sci- ence, is spearheading an effort at Concordia to tackle the issue of software usability and learnability. One of his main objectives is to set up a human-centred software-engineer- ing lab where researchers can observe the types of difficulties people experience using software, and how soft- ware developers and engineers work using current software engineering tools and methods. Professor Seffah and his colleagues have received $200,000 so far from Concordia and NSERC for these research investigations.

Portrait of a young artist

As children, artists such as Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and Klee produced artwork that varied from the hackneyed to the remarkable. In two ongoing research projects, Art Edu- cation Professor David Pariser is looking at both sides of the issue of giftedness and artistic greatness: How is art judged, and how do children develop in art? The first study uses actual juvenile work by great artists, and looks at the question of identifying children destined for noteworthy adult artistic performances in two cultures, North Ameri- can and Chinese. The second study, supported by a three-year SSHRC grant, asks how people from three cul- tures (Brazil, Canada and Taiwan) rank the relative merits


of child, adolescent and adult artwork. Last fall, Professor Pariser was named a Fellow of the American Psychology Association in the division of psychology and the arts.

Seeing things

Invisible to the naked eye, the silicon inventions of Chun- yan Wang are actually closely connected to capturing the capacities of the organ of vision. An assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Wang designs opti- cal sensors, which act as an important interface between humans and computers—used, for example, in cameras or in devices for industrial monitoring. Since joining Concordia in 1997, her research has focused on two main areas: analog-digital mixed VLSI (very large-scale inte- grated) circuits and large-scale CMOS optical sensor integration. Light intensity can be easily converted into cur- rent, but current needs to be converted into voltage to be used in an optical sensor. Conventional converters can be very sensitive and catch small variations of light input, however, Wang’s integrated signal-processing circuits, in addition to being highly sensitive, are also able to detect “top” or large variations.

Investigating the draw of gambling

Using sophisticated brain-imaging equipment and a gam- bling game he developed with a colleague, Peter Shizgal, director of the Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobi- ology, is shedding valuable insight on impulse-control disorders. In a novel application of the psychology of judg- ment and decision to mapping brain function, Dr. Shizgal and his co-researchers have found that discrete parts of the brain respond in an ordered fashion to the anticipation of winning money.

In their experiment, 12 volunteers were given $50 and told that they might lose some or all of it, keep it, or increase it. The subjects’ brain activity was monitored through high- field functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), as they played, during anticipation and when they realized, or processed, the outcome of the gamble. The results showed that multiple areas of the brain are engaged during assess- ment of potential gains and losses. In fact, an incentive unique to humans—money—produced patterns of brain activity that closely resemble patterns seen previously in response to other types of rewards, such as addictive drugs.

Anne Dandurand, writer-in-residence.

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All systems go

Concordia Educational Technology graduates played a key role in the deployment of Canadarm 2 at the International Space Station (ISS) in April. Working as instructional sys- tem designers at the Canadian Space Agency in St. Hubert, Concordia graduates were part of the team that designed and developed the course material that astronauts and mis- sion controllers used during the space mission. They are now training the team that will oversee the installation of the Mobile Based System, the second of three components delivered by Canada to the ISS in February 2002.

Academic collaboration with China

A delegation of Concordia administrators visited China as part of Team Canada in February, and signed a number of agreements with Chinese academic institutions. Rector Frederick Lowy, Vice-Rector Marcel Danis, and Arts and Science dean Martin Singer joined the Prime Minister, nine premiers, other university officials, and industry rep- resentatives on the trip. Canadian universities and colleges have played a leading role in the development of Canada’s relations with China over the past 30 years. Here’s a sam- pling of our initiatives with China:

Concordia will be undertaking collaborative research with the Pulp and Paper Industrial Research Institute in China, on environmental pollution issues, such as pulp and paper treatment, biodegradation of waste from the industry, new bleaching technology, paper, chemistry and coating engi- neering.

The Faculty of Fine Arts is collaborating with the Academy of Chinese Traditional Opera (ACTO) on the development of academic co-operation with industry, and faculty and student exchanges. A partnership with the Beijing Film Academy will focus on film research and studies and acad- emic exchanges.

An agreement with Hunan University will focus on collab- orative research in engineering and computer science, industrial interactions and sponsored research in the field of building engineering. A number of other agreements will focus on the cooperative development and delivery of Web-based courses.

Mohsen Anvari, dean of the John Molson School of Busi- ness, was also in Beijing to make a presentation at an industry session involving Quebec and Chinese business leaders. He went on to Hong Kong to discuss the new MBA/CFA program with alumni, and met with high school counsellors there.

David Pariser, professor of Art education and Art Therapy.

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Most energy-efficient

Concordia has been rated the most energy-efficient university in Quebec. The evaluation by the province's Ministry of Education is based on energy consumption and cost figures. Concordia also had the best energy performance in 1996-97 and 1997- 98. “Over the years, we significantly reduced our energy consumption despite severe budget con- straints and a significantly reduced personnel—no major capital investment in energy conservation pro- jects was needed,” noted Yves Gilbert, Director of the Utilities and Energy Conservation Department.

Distinguished service award

Susan Magor, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Concordia, was the recipient of a Distin- guished Service for Safety Award, given by the U.S.-based Campus Safety Division of the National Safety Council. Magor has worked in the field for more than 20 years, and established the university’s Health and Safety office in 1980.

Education professionals at Concordia

Concordia and UQAM played host this year to employ- ees of Canadian universities and colleges who work in fundraising, alumni affairs, recruitment, market- ing and public relations. The co-chairs of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) conference were Sandra-Lynn Spina, director of Marketing Communications at Concordia, and Gil Desautels, director of the Fondation UQAM. Many Con- cordians were involved in the organization and running of the event. The CCAE has nearly 1,000 members representing more than 170 educational institutions.

Three retire from Facilities Management There was lots of good cheer and memories, when

Concordia friends gave Léonard Campeau, André Joli- coeur and Normand Dubeau from Facilities Management a rousing retirement party. Léo started working for Sir George Williams University in the Nor- ris Building on Drummond St. in 1970; when he retired, he was a Stationary Engineer in Utilities and Energy Conservation. André retired with the same designation; he had started at Loyola College back in 1967. Normand was the plumber on the Loyola Cam- pus, and had worked in Facilities Operations for nine years. Best wishes and a happy, healthy retirement to all three.

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Chunyan Wang, assistant professor in Electrical and = Computer Engineering.

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a tradition of academic and learning excel-

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Research grants continue to rise as Concordia intensifies the development of research at the university. Yet, community

Undergraduate Graduate TOTAL

Enrolment by Mature students

academic prerequisites)

involvement remains a university hallmark. ae . Part-time Many of our faculty members are engaged in TOTAL

a wide range of social, cultural and economic

endeavours that help people in Montreal,


across Canada and abroad adapt to our Faculty rapidly evolving world. Permanent: Part-time:

Concordia hosts numerous international

Continuing Education:

conferences, academic symposia and

professional seminars annually, bringing distinguished researchers and experts from around the globe to the university. Concordia also offers a wide range of community, cul- tural and recreational services, including free public lectures and panel discussions

Permanent employees:

Casual employees:

Contract - Research:

Contract - Teaching Assistants: Contract - Other:


on important events and social concerns

of the day.

The university has two campuses: Sir George Williams, located downtown, and Loyola, about 7? km in the picturesque west-end

of Montreal. Concordia is engaged in a five-year, $350-million building project to construct new downtown Faculty buildings, a science complex at Loyola, and carry out

a major modernization of existing facilities.

Not Reported 103 (0.4%)

Enrolment by International students

1,346 394 1,740 (6.58%)

(Aged 21 and over, without conventional

708 923 1,631 (6.12%)

746 670 136

Administrative and support personnel

1,186 945 479 379 237


* February 2001 (Please note that the number of employees fluctuates every pay run; these reflect the

Internal (643 recipients) External (101 recipients)

The long-term project will finally provide

students, faculty and staff with world-class

academic facilities.

peak earlier in the academic year).

AWARDS AND RESEARCH Undergraduate awards given out in 2000-2001

$747,113 $173,073

Graduate awards given out in 2000-2001

Internal (258 awards) $818,210 External (144 awards) $2,334,254 Research grants, contracts and

infrastructure (2000-2001)*

Canadian Foundations/Associations 177,385 Canadian Private 945,312 Concordia Internal 1,523,420 Federal Government 8,753,295 Non Canadian Sources 570,853 Other Canadian Sources 203,490 Overhead Cost Recovery ** 4,584,300 Québec government 2,388,276 TOTAL 16,146,334


O O - O 1

Awarded By Faculty

Arts & Science 8,404,143 Engineering & Computer Science 4,590,762 Fine Arts 598,401 John Molson School of Business 873,726 Other 95,000 Overhead Cost Recovery **4,584,300 TOTAL 16,146,334

* Does not include CFI funding. ** Quebec funding formula.


Centres & Research Groups:

Centre for Broadcasting Studies (CCBS)

Centre for Building Studies (CBS)

Centre for Composites (CONCOM)

Centre for Industrial Control (CIC)

Centre for Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence (CENPARMI)

Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH), Department of Psychology

Centre for Signal Processing and Communication (CENSIPCOM)

Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology (CSBN), Department of Psychology

Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance(CSLP)

Concordia Computer Aided Vehicle Engineering (CONCAVE)

Electromagnetic Compatibility Laboratory (EMC Lab)

Interuniversity Centres: Centre for Algebra, Number Theory and —— Computation (CICMA) Inter-University Research Centre in High Performance Computer Architecture & VLSI (GRIAO) (Groupe Inter-universitaire en Architecture des Ordinateurs et VLSI) Concordia - UQAM Interuniversity Chair in Ethnic Studies

Other Affiliations:

Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM)

Institut interuniversitaire de recherches sur les populations (IREP)

Centre d’expertise et de services en applications multimédia (CESAM)

Participation in the Networks of Centres

of Excellence:

Canadian Institute of Telecommunications Research (CITR)

Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS)

Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS)

Mechanical Wood-Pulps Network

Microelectronic Devices, Circuits and Systems (MICRONET)

Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS)

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)

TeleLearning Research Network (TL-RN)

* Please note that there are other research centres affiliated with specific Faculties or units.



Real education for the real world

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The choice of the future Thanks to thousands of generous donors, many of them alumni and alumnae, Concordia

has embarked on a major

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capital investment program to Director, DIA/DSA Program Director, Budget Planning & Psychotherapist and Control President, Tall-J am

s : Concordia has