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International students on the increase at Concordia


ee has traditionally had about one-tenth the number of international students as its neigh- bour, McGill University, but that is changing.

The numbers have more than dou- bled over the past decade, from 887 in 1989-90 to 1,740 in 2000-01. There was actually a dip in the mid- 1990s, but in the past three years especially, more international stu- dents have been coming here.

Some of these are exchange stu-

Vatistas explores Homer's vortex | { the teonard and Bina Ellen Gallery

showcases the best in student art


pa Georgios H. Vatistas is an expert on vortices—think of whirlpools—and one vortex that especially interests him comes out of ancient literature: Charybdis, the ter- rible sea monster that terrified the sailors in Homer's Odyssey, written 800 years before the Christian era.

Not a suitable subject for scientific study? Vatistas says that vortices exist on every scale, from the very small (quantum mechanics) to the ordinary (classical mechanics) and the very large (relativistic mechanics).

A mythological creature does not exactly register in any of those disci- plines. But in his latest paper, Escap- ing Charybdis’ Wrath, the professor of mechanical engineering examines whether there was a strong, sober dose of empirical scientific observa- tion in mythological accounts of tidal whirlpools. Vatistas presented the paper at a recent symposium orga- nized by the Department of Mechani- cal Engineering, and is submitting it to consumer science magazines.

“No one else in my field has

dents. Quebec institutions are espe- cially popular with students from France because of reciprocal tuition arrangements and because it enables French students to learn English in a friendly environment.

While the number of students from the Caribbean and Asia have stayed about the same over the decade, they have more than tripled from Europe and the Middle East, almost tripled from the Americas, and more than doubled from Africa.

Not represented in the figures, however, are the older students from

looked at mythological accounts of vortices, as far as I know. Of course, this is not engineering, but the descriptions of the vortex are right on the money, in terms of the physics involved.”

For example, in The Odyssey, which Vatistas read in the original ancient Greek version, Charybdis has both sucking and belching phases every day. Odysseus, the protagonist, crossed the whirlpool during the sucking phase. As Vatistas points out in his paper, this is an early explana- tion of why ships can be sucked in, then reappear “in a disintegrated form.”

Vatistas also examined a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, A Descent into a Maelstrom, about a fisherman's terrifying experiences inside a Nor- wegian whirlpool.

Vatistas points out that Homer and Poe must have been using empirical evidence, sometimes enhanced by their imaginations, most likely through accounts by sailors of the time. Poe correctly notes, for exam- ple, that “the larger the bodies, the more rapid their descent;” it is now

Asia, particularly India and China, who get landed immigrant status in the course of their time here, often in advanced studies.

Professor Balbir Sahni, director of Concordia’s Centre for International Academic Co-operation, said that the increase international students at Concordia is “indeed a welcome development, made possible by con- certed efforts by all Faculties and the School of Graduate Studies.

“There is no question that this increase calls for [more] academic support,” Dr. Sahni continued.

known that gravity drives a boat down into a whirlpool, so heavier objects are the first to go.

Vatistas concludes his paper by wryly suggesting that the observa- tions and experiences of fishermen and explorers of that time trump sci- entific observation in some ways.

“In spite of approximately 3,000 years of development in science, we find ourselves in the awkward posi- tion of not being able to suggest to Odysseus a substantially better navi- gational plan [around Charybdis].”

Mythology in science

Vatistas says that it is fitting to fer- ret out the science in mythology, since there is a fair amount of mythology in science.

“We take a lot of scientific axioms on faith; for example, ‘energy cannot be created or destroyed, which is a fundamental belief in physics.

“We accept it because it hasn’t been disproven. But it hasn’t been proven either; if that’s not mytholo- gy, what is? Often, we accept a set of

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“Unlike many other players in the market, | always reiterate our notion of internationalization as promoting a two-way flow of students and scholars.

“Concordia’s ultimate objective is to enrich the internationalization of our own community of students and scholars, rather than simply raising revenue from international students recruitment. This message is inher- ently sound and genuine—and invariably well received.”

For more on recruiting international students, see page 9.

The annual exhibition of work by Fine Arts undergraduate students is on now at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, on the downtown campus. It’s a wonderfully vital, eclectic showcase of the best in student art, and here is just one example.

Above, a detail from Sans Titre, by Véronique la Perriére Marcoux. This mixed-media piece features delicately coloured butterflies affixed to the wall. There are plaster casts of two lower legs—feet and shins— among them, and two magnifying glasses.


Faculty of Arts and Science June 11, 1:30 pm, Louise Arbour; June 12, 10 am, Geoffrey Ballard

John Molson School of Business June 11, 7 pm, Henry Mintzberg

Faculty of Fine Arts June 12, 3 pm, Shirley Thomson, Robert Savoie’

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science June 12, 7 pm,

Lionel P. Hurtubise

For more on Concordia’s six honorary doctorate recipients at spring convocation, please see page 5.

Arshad Ahmad wins prize for online course on life skills


inance professor Arshad Ahmad

has won a national award for his PhD dissertation—and for helping to bring his department into the Infor- mation Age with a popular online course on personal finance.

Ahmad won the George L. Geis Dissertation Award, given by the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, but it’s not his first prize. In 1992, he was named a 3M Fellow, Canada’s most presti- gious designation for university teaching excellence.

Although Ahmad has taught finance at Concordia for almost 20 years, four years ago he decided to retum to school and earn a doctorate in education.

“It dawned on me three or four years ago that I am a finance guy, but my passion is teaching,” Ahmad said. “I love spending time with students, and I did not understand why I

received all these awards. I was embarrassed that I did not know any theories of learning.”

He decided to create an online course that used a variety of learning tools, such as videos, online cases, interactive tests, simulations and communication software, and even experts responding to questions via e-mail to teach students how to man- age their money.

“The course is about them and their own decisions,” Arshad said.

Some students were astounded by the knowledge they acquired. Sec- ond-year MBA student Tatiana Aptekar, a native of Russia, said that she gained “knowledge that even Canadians do not have.”

“Canadians usually overpay their taxes because of their lack of knowl- edge,” she said. “I am grateful for such knowledge we acquired in the course.”

Julio Villazon, a second-year MBA student and native of Colombia, also

Marketing Personality of the Year

Congratulations to Professor Michel Laroche, who was named Marketing Personality of the Year in the category of “marketing consultant and professor” at a gala held recently by l’Association de marketing de Montréal, affiliated with the American Marketing Association. He is the first academic to be so named.

Dr. Laroche was recently named Royal Bank Distinguished Professor of Marketing in Concordia’s John Molson School of Business. A member of the Royal Society of Canada, he is currently a visiting professor at IAE-Aix en Provence, in France. Dr. Laroche will be awarded an honorary degree at the University of Guelph this October.


The Loyola Medal, awarded every two years, is the foremost honour given by Concordia University, other than convocation awards and honorary degrees. The Medal, made for significant contributions to Canadian society, will be presented at a ceremony in the fall. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2001. Nomination forms are available from the Rector’s Cabinet Office: LOY AD-224, 848-4851, or SGW BC-215, 848-4865.




RSVP by May 15 to Lori Feng, 848-3109, or Contributions may be sent to Luisa Buffone, Office of the Dean, LB-1001

learned a lot. “Most of the stuff 1 had no idea about. I just became a Cana- dian citizen, and I had no idea how taxes are collected.”

Ahmad explained that the course responded to a need for greater flexi- bility. “Students wanted a course where accessibility and convenience would be a major factor.”

The ability to log on to the course at will seemed to attract some of the 400 students who enrolled. “That was a bonus,” said second-year Finance student Benito D’Alieso. “You can go at you own pace.”

In addition to the convenience of an online course, students did not lack opportunities for social interac- tion. They met each other through group projects, and saw Ahmad at conferences. “I expected to be alone online, but he sent us messages con- stantly,” said Aptek. Villazon said he did not find any significant differ- ences between Ahmad’s online course and a course held in a classroom.

Finance Professor Arshad Ahmad

“If we look at the reality of the alternative, classes are getting bigger. Students feel like numbers, and I don’t see a lot of interaction,” said Ahmad. His course has attracted record enrolment, with an attrition rate of only five per cent, eight times less than the average for new courses.

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Ahmad taught the course for two years, and will teach it this summer. Despite the course’s success, he cau- tioned that online courses cannot replace all classroom courses.

“Should every course have an ele- ment of technology? Yes, I think so, but computers should not substitute for teachers,” he said.

He did his doctorate at McGill University, and will present his thesis results at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Learning on May 24. The goal of his study was to validate the inte- grated learning model (ILM), and ‘to explore the contribution of multiple Web tools that facilitate specific learning outcomes.

As well as teaching in the John Molson School of Business, Ahmad is director of the co-op (work-study) program in the Finance Department, and has taken over the administra- tion of the national program that cre- ates 3M Fellows.

Brain expert Cecilia Flores is a Great Montrealer

ecilia Flores has won the Prix

d’Excellence de l’Académie des Grands Montréalais for the best doc- toral thesis of the year in the natural sciences and engineering category.

Dr. Flores earned her doctorate from Concordia last year, and we featured her on the front page of the June 8 issue of CTR.

She came to Concordia from Mex- ico partway through her undergrad- uate degree in 1990 and never looked back, working her way through a BSc, an MSc in experimen- tal psychology, and finally her PhD, which she did in Professor Jane Stewart’s lab in the Centre for Stud- ies in Behavioural Neurobiology.

Studying schizophrenic patients

Her PhD work focused on the role of a type of brain substances called neurotrophic factors in the long-last- ing consequences of repeated expo- sure to drugs of abuse in adult rats.

Flores has been working over this past year at Harvard Medical School in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Coyle, on a postdoctoral fellowship from the Schizophrenia Society of Canada/Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

She is working to identify differ- ences in the expression and function of specific proteins in the brains of schizophrenic patients, and trying to find out, using laboratory rats,


whether exposure early in life or in adulthood to certain drugs can influ- ence the expression and function of those proteins.

The Prix d’Excellence is an initia- tive of the Montreal Board of Trade, and the awards are presented at a gala, to be held this year on June 14.

It is interesting to note that Flores’ husband, Andreas Arvanitogiannis, earned his PhD while doing research with Dr. Peter Shizgal at the Centre for Studies in Behavioural Neurobiol-


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He, too, won a Prix d’Excellence from |’Académie des Grands Mon- tréalais for his thesis, in 1999. Like her, he is doing postdoctoral work at the Harvard Medical School on an MRC fellowship.

However, the couple are returning to Montreal this summer, as Arvani- togiannis has been hired by Concor- dia’s Psychology Department as a CIHR junior chair at the CSBN. Flo- res will continue her postdoctoral work at the Montreal Neurological Institute. —BB

A new voice for the Faculty of Arts and Science

0 Bee a new publication making its debut this week. Panorama is the official newsletter of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

The first edition is eight pages long and includes articles on the populari- ty of Internet courses, the Faculty’s

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student recruitment efforts and undergraduate research awards. There is also a profile of new Exer- cise Science professor Robert Boushel.

Panorama is available on both campuses and will be distributed to

34,000 Arts and Science alumni with the June issue of Concordia Magazine. Panorama was written and edited by Derek Cassoff, the Faculty’s Commu- nications Coordinator, and designed by Christine Daviault, from the Fac- ulty’s Academic Technology unit.

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Sick building syndrome traced to renovations


ext time construction workers Nea tearing down walls in that empty office across the hall, you might want to open a window, or even take a week off. Renovation work may well be the culprit in many cases of sick building syn- drome.

Lan Chi Nguyen Thi just complet- ed her Master's thesis in Building Engineering, in which she conducted a study on contaminants released by renovations. She found that high lev- els of chemical emissions and organ- ic contaminants like mold spores, were released by metal welding, the removal of old carpets and ceiling tiles, and other commonplace reno- vation activities.

However, Nguyen Thi says, build- ing owners fail to take the air quality problems stemming from renova- tions seriously enough.

“The impact on indoor air quality is not well controlled. Problems come up because people are not moved out of buildings during reno- vations; they may be moved to another office on the same floor, or at best, to another floor. That’s not enough to prevent a drop in air qual- ity,” she said in an interview.

For most, the issue is comfort level, although some people are more sensitive to emissions.

“Even after a renovation, the level of exposure in a typical office build- ing won't make you drop to the floor and choke, but it can be uncomfort- able and unpleasant over the long term if you work there every day, with symptoms like headaches and respiratory irritation. And there is also a segment of the population who get very sick, because they suf- fer from allergies and chemical sensi- tivities,” Nguyen Thi said.

Renovations are a major contribu- tor to indoor air quality problems, “because we have so many old build- ings now,” said Gemma Kerr, who is co-thesis supervisor along with Building Engineering Professor Fari- borz Haghighat. “We are not actually putting up that many new buildings. Mostly we just renovate old build- ings, so that a new type of activity can take place there, or a new tenant can move in.

“There is almost continuous reno-

Building owners fail to take the air quality problems stemming from renovations seriously enough, says Master’s student Lan Chi Nguyen Thi.

vation work going on, so there are lots of opportunities for problems to arise.”

Renovations can essentially tear away the barriers that had previously sealed in assorted contaminants, unleashing them into the air. Kerr provides some unpleasant examples.

“Fumes from glue may get into the ventilation system when workers are painting or caulking or mold spores can get out into other parts of the building and start new mold colonies when water-damaged drywalls are torn down.”

Nguyen Thi and Kerr say they will pursue this research, assuming a sponsor emerges, as partners in their Ottawa-based consulting company, InAIR Environmental Ltd. They hope that this kind of research will eventu- ally lead to new government regula- tions protecting office workers; current regulations only protect the construction workers doing the reno- vation, and no regulations at all cover the problem of mold.

That’s because we don’t really know how mold affects people, Kerr said. “We do know that a healthy person may be able to withstand cer- tain levels of exposure to mold, while someone who is more vulnerable may get very ill.”

Mold has been much in the news lately, following the death of a patient at the Royal Victoria Hospital

after exposure to mold spores in an operating room.

In a related study, Nguyen Thi and Kerr suggest some protocols for landlords who want to keep their tenants happy and healthy. Ultimate- ly, they would like to produce a sim- ple document with clear guidelines that building owners can follow, to fill the void until new government regulations are put in place.

“Once you know what kinds of contaminants are generated by each activity, then you can come up with guidelines on what kinds of barriers should be used,” Nguyen Thi said. “My goal is not to produce numbers and figures, because building owners don’t care about that. They just want to know: How do I make sure that occupants in the building are not affected by the renovation? How do I keep problems from spreading?”

“We examine the effectiveness of procedures to protect office work- ers,” Kerr added. “It can be very sim- ple, depending on the extent of the renovation being done, and other factors. It may require fans blowing air out the window, or plastic sheet- ing, or simply closing the door. Small steps like that could make a big difference.”

The study was sponsored by the American Society for Heating, Refrig- erating and Air Conditioning Engi- neers.

Free lectures on Canadian painting and art history

, Siete ang Gagnon, who holds Concordia’s Chair in Canadian Art History, has launched a series of free public lectures on Wednesday evenings at

the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The lectures are given in English from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, accessed from the north side of Sherbrooke St. The first lecture, on the significance of trees in the work of the Group of

Seven, was held last night.

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Here is the schedule for the remainder of the series: ® May 16: The Power of the North: Lawren Harris’s Pictures ® May 23: David Milne and Goodridge Roberts:

The Non-Sublime Landscape # May 30: Stanley Cos- grove, Marian D. Scott and the Essence of Landscape June 6: Jean-Paul Lemieux’s Metaphysical Paintings = June 13: Paul-Emile Borduas’s Inscapes

The series will be given in French in the fall.

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Concordia faculty, staff and alumni/ae pop up in the media more often than you might think!

Luggie, a poem by Stephanie Bolster (English) from her collection Two Bowls of Milk, was featured in the Globe and Mail's “How Poems Work” column on March 17 and given an insightful analysis. She was also quoted in a recent issue of Quill and Quire on the state of Canadian literary magazines.

Personal Visions: Conversations with Contemporary Film Directors, a book by Mario Falsetto (Cinema) was favourably reviewed by the Globe and Mail on March 24.

Chair et Métal, the creation of Olivier Dyens (Etudes francaises) was named best literary Web site by La Presse recently. The newspaper's verdict: “Trés << intello avant-garde >>, mais aussi trés beau.” Check it out at Dyens also works with the publishing house VLB.

Frank Chalk (History) was given a 15-minute profile by alumna Shel- ley Pomerance on CBC Radio's All in a Weekend about his research, teaching and publications on genocide. He even got to pick the music played with his interview.

The National Post's recent series on the “best schools” featured tiny Langley Fine Arts School, in Langley, 8.C., and mentioned one of the teachers, Peter Sarganis, as a Concordia Fine Arts graduate. “The most attractive thing about Langley Fine Arts is that the students seem not only purposeful, but happy,” wrote Francine Dubé.

The March issue of Journal Le Monde des Affaires mentioned a study on air quality done in 1999 by Louis Lazure of IRSST and Ted Stathopoulos and Patrick Sailhoff of Building Studies. Les Affaires recently pointed out the uniqueness of Concordia’s Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Fine Arts graduate student Diane Borsato got lots of attention when she set out to make the world’s longest paper-clip chain. It took about 60 people 24 hours to make a chain almost 33 km long, to beat the previous record set in 1999 in Singapore. Borsato made it as part of her thesis exhibition, titled How to Make a Sculpture in an Emergency, and it was on display at the Skol Gallery during April.

Christine Jourdan (Sociology/Anthropology) was a guest on Marie- France Bazzo's Indicatif Présent (Radio-Canada). She deconstructed the recipes of Quebec authors to see what their culinary tastes said about them.

Dean of Arts and Science Martin Singer was Nancy Wood's guest on Radio Noon (CBC), talking about strained U.S.-China relations.

Jordan Le Bel (Marketing) was on TVA's Salut Bonjour, telling host Guy Mongrain about chocolate: how it accounts for $86 million in sales a year, and depends for its obsessive appeal on its seratonin content.

Loren Lerner (Art History) was on CKMI-TV's First Quebec News, commenting on the search by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among others, for the true provenance of works that may have been stolen from Jewish collectors during the Second World War.

Harold Chorney (Political Science) had a letter published in the Globe and Mail. He took federal immigration minister Elinor Caplan to task for saying that protecting private mail correspondence would be impossible.

Eric Shragge (School of Community and Public Affairs) was quoted in The Gazette before the Summit of the Americas: “| think people feel that there is something profoundly wrong with their world. Everything is a commodity.” However, also in The Gazette, business students approached free trade with moderate optimism. Shiraz Syed thought the leaders had their constituents’ interests at heart: “| think we forget to give them the benefit of the doubt that they will act responsibly.”

Air Canada’s negative publicity in the wake of its merger with Canadi- an airlines evoked comment. Mick Carney (Marketing) told The Gazette's Sheila McGovern that competitors like West Jet have bene- fited. For his part, Suresh Goyal (MIS) wrote a letter to the editor defending Air Canada management, and got an e-mail of thanks from Robert Milton himself.

Michel Laroche (Marketing) was the subject of Peter Diekmeyer’'s column on marketing in The Gazette, and was highly praised for his accomplishments, including a $550,000 distinguished professorship from the Royal Bank. Diekmeyer pointed out that academics have a lot to offer practitioners in the field.

Jeri Brown (Music) has released another compact disc of jazz vocals, Image in the Mirror: The Triptych (Justin Time). It features the compo- sitions of the late Canadian jazz pianist Milton Sealey, former director of The Platters. The CD was favourably reviewed in the Toronto Star. The Halifax Daily News also noted that she has started the Jeri Brown Youth Choir of Nova Scotia. They made their debut at a fundraiser at the Neptune Theatre on April 21.

Fr. Marc Gervais: Done to a turn

Us safe to say that Marc Gervais

has been to the Cannes Film Fes- tival more often than any other priest.

That fact was not lost on the 145 friends and colleagues who gath- ered on May 3 at the annual Loyola Dinner to roast the popular profes- sor for his 50 years in the priest- hood. Nor were his “sharp elbows” on the hockey rink, his prowess on the tennis court and his world-class schmoozing skills.

A distinguished schol- ar, film consultant, com- munications critic and author of books about Paolo Pasolini (1972) and Ingmar Bergman (1999), he considered his work in film, media, and culture as a ministry. He brought to it not only a Christ- ian witness, but depth, breadth and professionalism.

Gervais was born in Sherbrooke, the second child of Sylvia Mullins and Superior Court Justice Césaire Gervais, and raised in a thoroughly bilingual household that was filled with warmth and culture.

Indeed, his lifelong passion for film may have stemmed from the intervention of his beloved grand- mother, Lily Mullins, who, in spite of the laws preventing children under 14 from entering cinemas, frequently stole off with her young companion to spend many happy hours together at the movies.

He graduated from Loyola Col- lege in the dynamic class of 1950, then started the 13-year program to become a Jesuit. The historic compatibility of the Society of

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Jesus with high culture led him to France, where he studied film aes- thetics at the Sorbonne and obtained a doctorate in 1979.

A founding member of Lonergan University College, Dr. Gervais’s wit, good humour and intellectual commitment have made him one of the most respected and popular teachers on the west-end campus.

He has touched many lives in his 30 years as a professor of Commu- nications Studies. While he played an active role in the creation of Concordia University, he played a strong role in preserving and defending Loyola’s humanist tradi- tion. Among the many Gervais alumni who have gone to success in the entertainment industry are Denys Arcand and Hana Gartner.

Columnist and film reviewer Bill Brownstein attended the dinner, and wrote an entertaining account of it in last Sunday’s Gazette.

Among the speakers who fondly twitted Gervais in speeches and a short tribute were director John Kent Harrison (Beautiful Dreamers), producer Kevin Tierney, former colleague Donat Taddeo and Loy- ola High School principal Father Eric MacLean. —BB

BOARD OF GOVERNORS Call for nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors invites nominations for representatives of the external community to serve as members of the Board. Every nomination must include a detailed cur- riculum vitae and a succinct statement explaining, from the perspec- tive of the nominator, how the candidate could contribute to the University.

The Nominating Committee is charged with recommending members from the external community to the Board of Governors. The composi- tion of the Board provides for 23 of the Board's 40 members to be rep- resentative of society outside the University. Appointments are for renewable three-year terms. There is no honorarium for service as a Board member.

It is the aim of the Nominating Committee to maintain full membership of a responsible and effective Board of Governors that is responsive to the changing needs of students, the University, and the immediate community. Our Governors must be (1) genuinely interested in educa- tion and the well-being of students; and (2) energetic and actively com- mitted to Concordia University. Every Governor is expected to serve on at least one of the standing committees of the Board and may, from time to time, be involved in special projects.

In evaluating nominations, the Nominating Committee will take into account the candidate's connection with Concordia, the candidate’s activities in the local community, and the complementarity of the can- didate’s attributes to those of other Board members.

All nominations will be acknowledged, and retained for consideration by the Nominating Committee in this and subsequent years. To be considered for vacancies in the coming academic year, your nomina- tion must be received no later than May 24, 2001. Please forward nominations, in confidence, to Danielle Tessier, Secretary of the Board of Governors and Senate, Room S-BC-320, Concordia University.

As there can be no assurance that a nominee will be offered a seat on the Board, please be discreet.

Pierre Ostiguy wins Kellogg Fellowship


p=. Science Professor Pierre Ostiguy has just won a highly prestigious fellowship—in fact, he’s the first Quebecer and only the sec- ond Canadian to do so.

Ostiguy, an expert in Latin Ameri- can politics, has been awarded a fel- lowship at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, at Notre Dame University, near Chicago.

A PhD from the University of Cali- fornia, Berkeley, Ostiguy is a Mon- trealer born and bred, and has been teaching at Concordia for two and a half years. He did his undergraduate degree at McGill and his MA at the University of Toronto, where he won the Governor-General’s Gold Medal for being the outstanding graduate student of his year in the social sci- ences.

Spending a term at the Kellogg Institute would give him the oppor- tunity to garner feedback on his research from leading scholars in his field, while turning his 1998 Berke- ley dissertation into a book. As he says in his successful proposal, “My first year and a half as a faculty mem- ber has proven very intensive on the teaching front. I have prepared five new courses over [that] period.” (The course load for new professors has since been modified.)

Ostiguy’s field of interest is the intense politics of Argentina. The country’s political landscape is still dominated by the spirit of Juan Domingo Peron, president from 1946 to 1955 and in 1973-74. It is Ostiguy’s contention that for Argen- tine voters, class culture and identity, often expressed as Peronism and anti-Peronism, create a second politi- cal axis that rivals and intersects the traditional one of left and right.

Ostiguy calls the poles of this axis “high” and “low,” or even “cooked” and “raw.” High means refined, edu- cated, concerned with formal rules; low means popular and pragmatic.

One of the paradoxes of Argentine politics is that Carlos Menem, a Pero-

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nist who was elected president in 1989, reversed the traditional Pero- nist policy (protectionist, pro-labour, interventionist) to neo-liberal (pro- free-market and _ privatization, favouring a reduced role for the state in the economy) without losing any of his popular appeal among the working class.

Ostiguy’s fascination with South America started early, through involvement in Amnesty Internation- al. In 1982, when he was only 18, he travelled to Ecuador with Canada World Youth, and stayed on after- wards to backpack through Peru and Bolivia. At 20, he became interested in the popular church movement and the civil wars of Central Ameri- ca, living with a Honduran peasant family, working in the fields and assisting Salvadoran refugees.

After his BA at McGill, he went to Argentina and Nicaragua for a year as a research assistant. When he did his Master's at the University of Toronto, he got a SSHRC grant to return to Argentina.

Correction In the photo of benefactors Harriet and Abe Gold on page 4 of our last issue, we wrongly identified the young man with them as their gran- son, alumnus Steven Goldberg. In fact, it is Christian DesRoches, a PhD can- didate in History, who received the first Harriet and Abe Gold Entrance Bursary last fall and also attended the reception held at the Rector’s home in April for the Golds. We apologize for the error.

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“I was fascinated by the high qual- ity of Argentine academic culture, which is very cosmopolitan and clos- er to that of Europe,” he said. In fact, Ostiguy wrote two academic books in Spanish that were published in Argentina. Altogether, he has lived in the country for seven years, doing extensive research for his doctoral dissertation, to the extent of riding through the poor districts of Greater Buenos Aires in the “Menemobil” during Menem’s re-election cam- paign of 1995.

“As Canada slowly discovers that it lies on this side of the Atlantic, with projects of pan-American integra- tion,” Ostiguy remarked, the timing of my fellowship is quite relevant.”

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HH” Mintzberg is known for his pioneer- ing work in the field of strategic manage- ment in organizations. Born in Montreal, he earned his BA from Sir George Williams Uni- versity in 1962, BEng from McGill University, and his Master’s and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Mintzberg is a distinguished contempo- rary management author, and his expertise is recognized around the world. Over more than 30 years, he has written extensively on man- agement, the structuring of organizations and the strategy process. He has also served as a consultant and lecturer to businesses and gov- ernments around the world.

Dr. Mintzberg has received honorary doctor- ates from the University of Venice, the Univer- sity of Lund, Lancaster University, Simon Fraser University, Université de Geneva, Uni- versité de Lausanne, Université de Liege, and Université de Montréal.

Since 1968, he has been a professor in the Management Faculty at McGill, where he holds the Cleghorn Chair in Management Studies. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipi- ent of the 1996 Léon-Gérin Prix du Québec. In addition to outdoor sports, Dr. Mintzberg enjoys short story writing.


Bm in Montreal, baritone Robert Savoie has sung around the world in 92 roles over the course of his 31-year career as an opera singer. His professional debut was in 1953 as Scarpia in Puccini’s La Tosca, at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan. From 1954 to 1958, Savoie performed more than 50 opera and operetta roles on Radio-Canada’s Il’Heure du Concert. He then returned to the Italian scene, singing under the name Roberto Savoia until 1960.

In more than 3,000 performances, he has sang at venues including the Covent Garden Royal Opera House in London and Carnegie Hall, and on stages throughout France, Scot- land, the United States, South Africa and South America.

In 1965, he won an International Emmy for his starring role in Radio-Canada’s Le Barbier de Séville. In 1971, he performed the title role in Falstaff, for the inauguration of the John F. Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C.

After retiring from the stage in 1981, he developed his interest in arts administration, co-founding l’Opéra de Montréal, l’Orchestre Métropolitain and le Mouvement d'action pour Tart lyrique du Québec. He was Artistic Direc-


native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Dr. Geof- Ai Ballard is a scientist who has spent close to 30 years working on alternative energy sources and technologies. He started his career as a research scientist in the United States, becoming research director of the U.S. Depart- ment of Energy’s Office of Energy Conserva- tion in 1974.

In 1979, he founded Ballard Power Systems, now a world leader in the development of affordable, zero-emission fuel cell systems for power plants, portable electrical generators, marine engines, and buses. Dr. Ballard’s contri- bution to the fuel cell was in compressing its size, increasing its power density and lowering its cost, by about a thousandfold, to the point where the fuel cell began to look like a compet- itive energy source.

His innovations in fuel cell technology have steered the auto industry, currently the world’s single biggest polluter, on a course towards manufacturing environmentally clean vehicles.

Dr. Ballard has received numerous honorary doctorates and environmental awards. In 1995, he received the Canadian Commemorative Medal. Since retiring, he has remained an active public speaker on education and tech- nology, and a passionate lover of the arts.

tor at the City of Lachine for 20 years, where he coordinated numerous concert series and a yearly summer musical festival. He now teach- es voice at McGill University. In 1991, Robert Savoie was named Chevalier de la Pléiade by l'Ordre de la francophonie et du dialogue des cultures de l’Assemblée internationale des par- lementaires de langue francaise.


Montrealer who attended Loyola College,

Lionel Hurtubise is chairman and former CEO of Ericsson Canada Inc. He has been called a champion of the information age, a tribute to nearly half a century’s work in mobile radiophone, cellular and wireless tech- nologies.

Under Mr. Hurtubise’s leadership, Ericsson Canada has helped place Montreal as a primary location for information technology research and development, and manufacturing. He has also been key to building strategic relation- ships between Canadian universities and the telecommunications industry.

He began his career with the Canadian Mar- coni Company in 1953 and was instrumental in the formation of major international manu- facturers of telecommunications equipment.

Mr. Hurtubise is past chairman of the Com- puter Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM), the Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education (CANARIE), Société Innovatech Grand Montréal, Micronet and the Institut national des télécommunica- tions. He chairs the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Advanced Technology Association (CATA). Since 1997, Mr. Hurtubise has been the Honorary Swedish Consul for Montreal.


hirley Thomson is the director of the Cana-

da Council for the Arts, and the former director of the National Gallery of Canada