Newsmakers of the week
A history course taught by Steven High, professor in the Department of History in the Faculty of Arts and Science, used the archives from Montreal's Negro Community Centre to help his students unearth Montreal's Black history.
High, multiple students from the course and Concordia achivist Alexandra Mills were interviewed by a variety of local media.
Newsmakers by category
The scholarly work of Concordia faculty and researchers informs and improves society on many issues that affect our daily lives. Read the most recent media coverage here:
- Numerous media join coverage of a new study co-authored by Peter Stoett, professor of political science in the Faculty of Arts and Science and director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, that examines biodiversity in the Antarctic. Stoett and an interdisciplinary group of 22 other researchers illustrate how Antarctic biodiversity is under mounting pressure from tourism, climate change and transnational pollution. The study was published recently in PLOS Biology: Phys.Org, Business Standard, Laboratory Equipment, New Kerala, The Siasat Daily, La Razón (in Spanish).
- Two Concordia researchers are referenced in the April/May edition of Québec Science: on page 19, a brief description of a research project involving Concordia's Grant Brown, professor of biology in the Faculty of Arts and Science, who has developed a chemical barrier to migration of the sea lamprey — a harmful predator that continues to cause significant ecological damage in the Great Lakes. The study was conducted in collaboration with Istvan Imre of Algoma University and Nicholas Johnson of the United States Geological Survey and was published in Fisheries Management and Ecology; on page 52, Marc Lafrance is quoted in an article about the human skin as a source of psychological distress and about how skin affects our self-image and the image we project to others. The piece references research Lafrance is conducting on how adult acne impacts personal and professional relationships.
Concordia faculty and researchers are regularly asked to offer expert, informed opinions on many of today's most pressing problems. Read some of the latest news items featuring Concordia experts:
Featured expert commentators
- Jordan Le Bel, associate professor of marketing and director of the John Molson Executive MBA Program, appeared on the TVA program 'Salut Bonjour' this morning (no link available) to talk about a study, published yesterday by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, according to which about one-third of Quebecers aged 15 to 17 consume soft drinks and other sweetened beverages on a daily basis. Le Bel discussed the marketing strategies of makers of sweetened drinks.
- Yahoo! News picks up an earlier CBC.ca story quoting James McIntosh, professor of economics in the Faculty of Arts and Science, about what McIntosh expects will be fierce competition among marijuana producers when recreational marijuana is legalized.
- Kyle Matthews, executive director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), was interviewed by Mutsumi Takahashi on CTV Montreal's noon news to discuss the recent conference at The Hague on atrocities and how countries can work to prevent them.
Current students at Concordia do outstanding academic work and get involved in community projects that improve our quality of life. See what they've been up to:
- Journal Métro publishes a piece describing the solar house design prepared by a team of Concordia and McGill students — 'Team Mtl' — entered in the international Solar Decathlon, an ecological home design competition to be held next year in Dezhou, China. Concordia design student Sandra Alexandre-Aimé is quoted in the article, which notes that Concordia students designed the forty solar panels for the house's roof. 'Team Mtl' is comprised of more than 50 students from Concordia's Faculties of Fine Arts, Engineering and Computer Science, and the John Molson School of Business and McGill's School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Desautels Faculty of Management.
- The Université de Montréal student paper, Quartier Libre, references a recent news conference with the Concordia Student Union, which is critical of the Quebec government for rejecting applications by numerous international students for their certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), despite having passed the province's french proficiency course.
- Stingers women's rugby player Émilie Bélanger is featured in a piece in Le Soleil about women's football. Bélanger is playing this year in the Women's Football Alliance (WFA) and the Western Women's Canadian Football League (WWCFL).
Our alumni are featured in the media locally and around the world. Vist the Alumni News section to access an archive of stories or read the latest list of stories:
- Documentary filmmaker Aude Leroux-Lévesque, a graduate of Concordia's communication studies program, is featured in L'Aquilon.
- The Halifax Chronicle Herald writes that Canadian author Catherine Cooper (MA, English literature and creative writing) has been shortlisted for the first novel literary award for her book, White Elephant (Broadview Press, 2016).).
Concordia University is often mentioned in various types of news stories. Vist the university affairs section to access our archives or read the latest list of articles below:
Featured university affairs
- Concordia president and vice-chancellor Alan Shepard reflects on volunteerism, in an opinion piece in the Montreal Gazette and Gazette e-edition: Shepard writes about how to engage and inspire people to do volunteer work and how to match potential volunteers with worthy causes. He mentions specifically the case of a Syrian refugee, Lana, who is now studying art therapy at Concordia. Shepard explains that Lana was brought to Concordia, in large part, thanks to the efforts of the Faculty of Fine Arts, which established a Syrian Refugee Fund last year. The opinion piece is reprised by Canada.com.
- Public picks up news of Wednesday's announcement of a $1-million gift to Concordia from Montreal businesswoman Christine Lengvari (BSc 72), president and CEO of insurance firm, Lengvari Financial Inc. The Christine Lengvari Endowment Fund will support scholarships for female students in the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program at the John Molson School of Business and will promote research at Concordia’s PERFORM Centre. Please note: Christine Lengvari is to appear on TVA's 'Salut Bonjour' program, next Monday morning, at around 8:20.
- For the second year running, Concordia is listed among Montreal's 35 top employers in a competition managed by Mediacorp Canada Inc. The 2017 results are published in a Montreal Gazette insert, where Concordia is featured on page 14, and on the 2017 Top Employer web page. President Alan Shepard is quoted, as is Mia Consalvo, professor in the Department of Communication Studies and co-director of Milieux’s Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) research cluster. Consalvo is pictured. The Top Employers listing is also announced in aCNW/Telbec release, reprised by Canadian Insider and JBourbonnais.org.
- University spokesperson Chris Mota is heard in an extended Radio-Canada report (first at the 47-second mark, then again at 3:54 and at 4:48) about significant increases in international student enrollment that appear to be associated with recent political developments outside Canada, notably, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency. Mota talks also about anecdotal evidence of greater researcher and teacher interest in Concordia. The Radio Canada report appears in text version, here.
- India Education Diary picks up a news release that notes Concordia among the universities that have extended their global business school accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.