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Composing to a different drummer

French-born Philippe Pasquier has been getting lucrative offers from industry (Google, for instance) ever since he received his PhD in artificial intelligence five years ago. And it's no wonder! He stands out in the high-tech crowd, for he's also a recognized composer, musician, performer, producer, artistic director, and educator.

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Mountain High

The Beedie School of Business is among the top 75 schools internationally in Jiao Tong University's 2011 Academic Ranking of the Top 500 World Universities. It also places 22nd in management in the Top 100 World Rankings of Business Schools published by the University of Texas at Dallas. The accolades join last spring's ranking of Beedie as among the top 30 in management information systems as recognized by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  

Alumni Watching

Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners for 2012 are James Chi Ming Pau (EARTS'84), Downtown Eastside community volunteer (service to the community); Nadine Caron (BSc'93), surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. (professional achievement); Graham Muir (MA'82) retired RCMP assistant commissioner (public service); and Rolf Mathewes (BSc'69), SFU biological sciences professor (academic achievement). <www.sfu.ca/alumni/our_alumni/outstanding>

Book Takes

The subtitle of Bloodline, by Stan Rogal (BA'82), is A haunted crime story, and it is indeed haunted and haunting. It's set in the Lower Mainland, and for much of the book we don't really know what is going on except that young female hitchhikers are being picked up and murdered.