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Ming Yuan Chen and Omar Abuobidalla

The research of Ming Yuan Chen, professor, and Oman Abuobidalla, PhD student in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering, was featured in a Canadian Press article. The duo developed a mathermatical model that could help prevent rail disasters such as the one that occured four years ago in Lac Mégantic.

The story has been picked up by several news media including Montreal (Montreal), (Montreal),, L'actualitéThe Globe and MailNational Post, The Halifax Chronicle HeraldThe Toronto StarCityNews.caThompson Citizen, Lethbridge HeraldThe Chronicle Journal (Thunder Bay), Winnipeg Free Press (behind a paywall), Victoria Times ColonistThe Daily Courier (Kelowna), Medicine Hat News,  Humboldt Journal, Journal MétroMetro, Red Deer News NowGuelph TodayBarrie TodayBay TodaySooToday, CFJC Today, Nanaimo News Now, Daily Commercial NewsLong Beach City College Viking Huffington Post Québec, CJAD.comNational Observer, LifeInQué, Materials Management and Distribution and OIA News.


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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:

Featured researchers
  • Enerzine picks up coverage of new research on bacteria that thrive in colder temperatures and that can be used to convert solid food waste into renewable energy and organic fertilizer. The study, published in Process Safety and Environmental Protection, was led by Mohammad Saifur Rahaman, associate professor in Concordia’s Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering (BCEE), and researchers at Bio-Terre Systems Inc.
  • HR News reprises an earlier article (Business Link) referencing a recent study from the John Molson School of Business in an article about employers taking note of the increased productivity that could come from reduced stress among workers. The study in question, led by Stéphane Brutus, professor of management and RBC Professor of Motivation and Employee Performance, associate professor of management Alexandra Panaccio and JMSB research assistant Roshan Javadian (MSc 14,) examines the benefits of cycling and describes how employees report lower stress levels when they ride a bike to work. The research was published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.

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
  • André Gagné, associate professor of theological studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, is quoted in an article inLa Presse +, where he comments recent acts of racial intolerance and hate in Quebec.
  • CNW/Telbec release lists Stéphane Brutus, management professor in the John Molson School of Business, among the members of the consultative committee that advised Quebec immigration minister Kathleen Weil on the mandate and scope of a public consultation on racism and systemic discrimination. Hearings begin in September. The release is reprised on the Quebec Government portal.
  • Jonathan Lessard, assistant professor of design and computation arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts and a video game designer and historian affiliated with the Milieux Institute, made a round of appearances on local Radio-Canada radio programs yesterday to talk about gaming and about a new Atari gaming console. He appeared on Radio-Canada Edmonton, Sudbury, Moncton, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières, Winnipeg, Rouyn and Ottawa (no links available).
  • Pascale Biron, professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment in the Faculty of Arts and Science, was a guest of Mutsumi Takahachi on the CTV Montreal News at Noon (starting at 28:16 of the video file), yesterday. Biron talked about the spring flooding in Quebec, re-building in flood zones and what the province needs to do to prepare for future flooding incidents.
  • The Canadian Jewish News profiles Norma Baumel Joseph, professor of Religions and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts and Science and associate director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies.
  • Prairie Post (see PDF, attached) writes about a trail walk next month between Swift Current and Battleford, Saskatchewan it says will include the participation of Matthew Anderson, affiliate professor of theological studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science. It mentions that Anderson co-organized a previous walk along Saskatchewan's North West Mounted Police Trail.
  • Le Devoir, writing about an art hive established at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, credits Janis Timm-Bottos, associate professor of art therapy, with initiating the first art hive in Montreal six years ago.

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
  • Humanities student Danielle Keating writes in Study Breaks that roommates don't need to be friends to make co-habitation work.

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
  • Montreal animator and illustrator Samantha Leriche-Gionet (BFA 10, film animation) is interviewed for Forget the Box.
  • Concordia alumna Li Yuan Ma, an RBC employee in Charlottetown, is featured in an article in PEICanada.
  • Broadway World (reprised by announces the appointment of Alison Cuddy (BFA, film studies) as artistic director of the Chicago Humanities Festival. 

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
  • Les affaires, (see PDF, attached), writes about Concordia's drive to provide sustainable, locally-produced food on campus. It explains how and why the university switched to a new food service provider, Aramark, in 2015. Isabelle Mailhot-Leduc, Sustainable Food System Coordinator at Concordia, is quoted throughout as are Marie-Josée Allard, director of Hospitality Concordia, and Aramark’s Vanessa D’Antico. Aramark Chef Daniel Poulin is featured in an accompanying photograph. The article is linked by University Affairs.
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