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Concordia UniversityThe Montreal Gazette and the 2016-2017 Atkinson Fellow on Public Policy are partnering in a first-of-its-kind experiment to explore the gap left by shrinking newsrooms and determine whether it could be filled by inviting experts and citizens to work together to tackle  a question of civic importance.

Three Concordia professors, Pierre Gauthier, Amin Hammad, and Mazdak Nik-Bakht were involved with the first-phase of the MTLroadwork experiment.

The Montreal Gazette published two articles about the project that featured the work of the researchers.

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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
  • Le Devoir writes about the exhibition of drawings, 'Des lignes, du temps', at Montreal's Fondation Molinarico-curated by François Morelli, professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Studio Arts and a Concordia alumnus (BFA). It notes that the artists featured in the show are from Concordia and that the exhibition was inspired by the work of the late Guido Molinari, who taught for three decades at Sir George Williams University and Concordia's Faculty of Fine Arts.  
  • Le Journal de Montréal features the ongoing show of François Morelli's work at the 1700 La Poste art centre.
  • Jean-Philippe Warren, professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Denys Delâge, sociologist and historian, talk about their new book, Le piège de la liberté (Boréal) in an interview in yesterday's La Presse +
  • AZoNano and Innovation Toronto join coverage of new nanoelectronics research at Concordia, led by PhD student Andrew McRae (MSc 13) and Alexandre Champagne, associate professor of physics, chair of the Department of Physics and the Concordia University Research Chair in Nanoelectronics and Quantum Materials in the Faculty of Arts and Science. McRae and Champagne examined electron behaviour within nanoelectronics and suggest new engineering possibilities to improve smart devices. Concordia alumni, James M. Porter (MSc 15, BSc 11) and Vahid Tayari (PhD 14) also collaborated on the study, published in the journal, Nature Communications.
  • Rats de Ville announces a show of the artwork of Ingrid Bachmann, associate professor in the Department of Studio Arts, November 4 to December 20 at Art Mûr.

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 experts
  • Guy Lachapelle, professor of political science in the Faculty of Arts and Science and secretary general of the Concordia-based International Political Science Association (IPSA), talks to Radio-Canada's 'Le téléjournal' (video, starting at the 2:13 mark, reprised with accompanying text by Sympatico and linked by enManchette) about NAFTA's impact on the production of complex goods, such as Bombardier aircraft. The text version of the Radio-Canada story is also reprised by
  • Chantal Maillé, professor in the Simone de Beauvoir Institute in the Faculty of Arts and Science, spoke on theRadio-Canada program, 'Les samedis du monde', where she discusses the #MeToo/#MoiAussi movement denouncing sexual assault and harassment. 
  • Chedly Belkhodja, principal of and professor in the School of Community and Public Affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Science, talks about the Québécois identity in a CBC text story (reprised by Yahoo! News) about Quebec's new law prohibiting face coverings and the legislation's perceived assault on religious minorities in the province.
  • Fenwick McKelvey, assistant professor of communication studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science, is quoted in aToronto Star and Toronto Star e-edition report about Facebook Canada's plan to avert fake news during election campaigns.
  • Slator release announces that Saul Carliner, professor in and interim chair of the Department of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Science, will be keynote speaker at this week's Tekom 2017 technical communication conference in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • La Tribune features Concordia cinema instructor and actor Micheline Lanctôt.
  • The Intercept features rapper Yassin "Narcy" Alsalman, who teaches the Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts course, "Hip Hop: Beats, Rhymes and Life". The publication says Alsalman was in Toronto last week for a live taping of his new spoken word poem, “We Are on the Verge.”
  • Nuria Carton de Grammont, part-time faculty in the Department of Art History, is listed among signatories to an open letter to prime minister Justin Trudeau urging him to introduce a code of conduct for Canadian mining companies active in Mexico: Le Devoir.
  • (reprised by NewsCaf) reports that Stingers men's hockey assistant coach Scott Colissimo has assumed the leadership of the Howard S. Billings high school hockey program. 

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
  • The Montreal Gazette (reprised by the Regina Leader-Post and 24 365 News) runs a piece featuring a group of five roommates, including Concordia students Mohamed Ali, a Kenyan studying civil engineering,  and Jessica Currey, a JMSB exchange student from New Zealand.
  • A news report in the National Post about a recent study of pollution published in the medical journal, The Lancet,references the investigative journalism project, 'The Price of Oil', involving journalism students at Concordia and Ryerson. The article notes that the 'Price of Oil' team uncovered and examined numerous chemical spills, notably, in Ontario and Saskatchewan. The investigative reporting project produced a series of eight news and opinion pieces, published in the National Observer.

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
  • Times Higher Education references a study co-authored by Ashkan Ebadi , (PhD Information Systems Engineering '14, MA Computer Science '16) according to which the quality of research drops as researchers age.
  • Rats de Ville announces shows of thew works of three Concordia graduates: Janet Jones (BFA, painting and photography), on now through November 30 at the Patrick Mikhail Gallery; Melanie Authier (BFA 02), tomorrow through December 9 at Galerie UQAM; Hannah Claus (MFA), on now through November 19 at Articule. 
  • Les Versants writes about a show of the work of artist Diane Gougeon at the Vieux Presbytère, in St-Bruno.
  • 4-Traders release announces that trader Dominique Vincent (MBA '95) has been recognized by the firm, Raymond James Financial as a Woman of Distinction for 2017.
  • Artist Chloe Wise (BFA, with distinction, 2013) is interviewed for Vault Art.

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
  • La Presse +, writing about evolving attitudes toward First Nations Peoples, evokes Concordia's formal recognition that the university is situated on unceded aboriginal territory of the Kanien’kehá : ka Mohawk people. 
  • The Suburban publishes an article about the finalists for the Concordia University First Book Prize of the Quebec Writers' Federation. It notes that the short list includes Ariela Freedman, associate professor in the Liberal Arts College in the Faculty of Arts and Science, for her novel, Arabic for Beginners (Linda Leith Publishing, 2017), alumnus Jocelyn Parr (MA '06, history; MA '11, creative writing) for his book, Uncertain Weights and Measures and alumnus J. Jacob Potashnik (BA '80, communication studies) for The Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories. The winner will be announced at a gala in Montreal on November 21. 
  • Le Devoir reports on efforts,outside the government, to safeguard Montreal's architectural heritage and mentions Concordia's purchase and maintenance of the Grey Nuns Motherhouse.
  • Le Devoir writes about the art hive at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which it notes is operated in collaboration with Concordia University. Concordia art therapy alumnus Stephen Legari is quoted.
  • The Waterloo Region Record reports that Concordia's Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) Centre will participate in a BASIC computer and video game exhibit in Kitchener, Ontario, in January.
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