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Newsmaker of the week


Damon Matthews

What do hurricanes and fossil fuels have in common? Climate change.

Damon Matthews, professor and Concordia Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment of the Faculty of Arts and Science, was interviewed on the two topics this week.

His commentary appeared on CTV National, in Le Devoir and Journal de Montréal.

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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:

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  • Journal Métro writes about the book, Les correspondances littéraires de Louise d’Épinay (Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal), by Mélinda Caron, French studies professor in the Département d'études françaises. Caron is quoted and pictured.
  • The Boston College student paper, The Heights, reports that Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Concordia Johnson Chair in Quebec/Canadian Irish Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, gave a talk at Boston College last Friday about his new book, Flowing Tides: History & Memory in an Irish Soundscape (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • Acadie Nouvelle reports the unveiling of public art to commemorate the 19th century leper colony on Sheldrake Island, at the mouth of New Brunswick's Miramichi River. The initiative is part of the Lost Stories project, headed by Ronald Rudin, history professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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:

  • Postmedia quotes Moshe Lander, economics lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Science, in an article about efforts to secure a deal for the construction of a new NHL arena in Calgary: The ProvinceCalgary HeraldCalgary Sun.
  • The Conversation (reprised by the Los Angeles Times and Seattle Pi) publishes three articles relating to the RAISE Act — an immigration bill introduced in the U.S. Senate in February — including one by Mireille Paquet, assistant professor of political science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, who writes about Canada's own permanent immigration program.
  • Damon Matthews, professor and Concordia Research Chair in Climate Science and Sustainability in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment in the Faculty of Arts and Science, was a guest this weekend on Global TV's 'Focus Montreal' (no link available), where he talked about hurricanes and climate change. 
  • Press Release Point publishes a news brief about a three-week summer workshop in Hawaii entitled “He Au Hou: Telling Mo‘olelo through Video Games”. It explains that the workshop was a collaborative effort driven in part by Concordia's Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) and its Milieux Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF).

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:  

Featured students
  • RDS and TVA Sports, with video and text, and Le Journal de Montréal (behind a paywall) report that the Stingers football team beat the McGill Redmen 68-16 at Concordia Stadium last Friday.

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: 

Featured alumni
  • ReNew Canada picks up a release announcing the appointment of Eric Peissel to the position of National Business Line Executive - Transportation, at the engineering consulting firm, WSP.
  • Do@time (in Italian) profiles artist Anna Boghiguian (BFA, visual arts and music).
  • Dance performer and choreographer Dana Michel is profiled in Progetto Italia News (in Italian), which states that Michel is a Concordia graduate.

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
  • CBC picks up news of steps taken by UQAM and McGill, concerned about the fentanyl overdose crisis, to train campus security and other university personnel in the administration of the opioid antidote, naloxone. The report says Concordia is closely monitoring the situation and that the university is working on a response to the crisis.MSN actualités reprises an earlier piece on the same story.
  • Agence QMI writes that Concordia is one of six Montreal-area learning institutions encouraging students and staff to ride their bike to school this week. The initiative is part of the annual 'J'embarque' sustainable transport campaign across Quebec. The story is picked up by Le Journal de Montréal and TVAnouvelles.
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