Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Quote of the Day
"Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Hot Topic
01. Student Life Seeking Orientation Leaders and Dragon Assistants

Topics of the Day
02. Black History Month: Evolution of the Blues
03. Letter from Patagonia
04. Women in Society Dinner Tickets Available
05. Resume Clinic to Be Held at the Center City Campus
06. CEO Workshop: What's the Weather Like?
07. PA Students Score 100% on PANCE Exam
08. Dr. William Regli to Discuss Digital Engineering Archives
09. Italian Professor to Speak on Conformational Transition in Hemoglobin
10. "Read What You Need": A Textbook Reading Workshop
11. Philadelphia Music Legend Kenny Gamble on The Drexel InterView
12. Drexel New Media Watch

 
Student Life Seeking Orientation Leaders and Dragon Assistants


The Division of Student Life seeks enthusiastic applicants for the positions of Orientation Leader and Dragon Assistant. Do not miss out on these fun, skill-building summer and end-of-summer employment opportunities.

For more information and the downloadable application, please visit http://www.drexel.edu/studentlife/studentstaffselection.


Approved under the authority of Anthony T. Caneris, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services

 
Black History Month: Evolution of the Blues


Asbury Protestant Ministry and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will present Evolution of the Blues, a unique, interactive journey through African American history and music with historian and bluesman Joe Becton (above), tonight, February 21, 2006 at 7 p.m. in the Living Arts Lounge (adjacent to Mandell Theater, 33rd and Chestnut Streets).

Dressed in African-style garb, Becton sings and plays traditional musical instruments, including the guitar and harmonica, as he traces the various styles of music developed by Africans in America, and the collision of cultures that created the music we call gospel, jazz and blues.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Pastor Tim Rardin at pastortim@drexel.edu or 215-895-2522 or visit http://www.drexel.edu/depts/asbury.


Approved under the authority of Philip Terranova, Vice President for University Relations

 
Letter from Patagonia


Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, professor of bioscience and biotechnology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has returned to Patagonia to continue excavations in search of one of the most massive dinosaur fossils ever found and possibly a species unknown to science. Below is the first in a series of letters he will send to the Drexel community from Patagonia:

Greetings from Patagonia. Our field crew this year consists of three Drexel graduate students, Lucio Ibiricu, Chris Coughenour, and Jason Schein, and sophomore Alison Moyer from the department of bioscience and biotechnology. Also with us are: Jason Poole from the Academy of Natural Sciences, undergraduate Yanko Kemmerbeck from the University of Patagonia and volunteer Eric Hagenbarth. We have just returned to town for supplies after 13 days in the field.

We are continuing the excavation of a massive plant-eating dinosaur, which we discovered last year. To our relief, the dig site was exactly as we left it last March. We spent our first two days in the field repairing our road to the camp and removing the backfill that we placed in the quarry last year to protect the bones from the harsh Patagonian winter.

Since then, our work has progressed rapidly. The quarry is now about eight feet deep and we discover new bones almost hourly. For reasons that I'll share after publication, many aspects of this specimen are new to science. Our discoveries have energized the students and the entire team is working extremely hard.

We are heading out tomorrow for another 12 days in the field. Next week we will be joined by a film crew shooting footage for an Academy of Natural Sciences exhibit based on our work. I'll report back when I can.

All the best,
Dr. Ken Lacovara

Photo captions:
Team Photo - (Left to right) Jason Schein, Alison Moyer (Bioscience sophomore), Yanko Kemmerbeck, Lucio Ibiricu, Jason Poole, Eric Hagenbarth, Chris Coughenour and Dr. Ken Lacovara.


Approved under the authority of Philip Terranova, Vice President for University Relations

 
Women in Society Dinner Tickets Available


The Campus Activities Board's (CAB) Seventh Annual Women in Society Dinner will be held on Wednesday evening, March 8, 2006 at 6 p.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

The guest speaker for the evening is the Honorable Judge Ida Chen, Court of Common Pleas, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a Drexel University trustee. Awards will be given to one student and one faculty member for their service to women in the past year.

Tickets are available at the CAB office in MacAlister Hall (33rd and Chestnut Streets). Tickets for full-time undergraduates are free and can be obtained at the CAB office during ticket sales hours (Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 6-7 p.m.) Limit two tickets per ID.

Student organizations that would like group seating should email cab@drexel.edu indicating the number of students who plan to attend and the number of tables to be reserved. Each table seats eight.

If you have any questions or concerns, email cab@drexel.edu or call 215-895-2575.


Approved under the authority of Anthony T. Caneris, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services

 
Resume Clinic to Be Held at the Center City Campus


Visit the Steinbright Career Development Center (Bellet Building second floor, 15th and Race Streets) on the Center City Hahnemann Campus on February 22-24, 2006 to get your yearly resume check up by one of the SCDC professionals.

This is an opportunity to ensure that your resume is in order for the Health Sciences Career Fair scheduled for March 6, 2006 in the Geary Lobby of New College Building (245 N. 15th Street).


Approved under the authority of Dr. Stephen W. Director, Provost

 
CEO Workshop: What's the Weather Like?


The Creating Excellent Organizations (CEO) program will hold the workshop "What's the Weather Like? - Using the Seasons of Change for Personal and Organizational Assessment and Development" today, February 21, 2006 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Myers Hall Tutor Lounge (33rd and Race Streets).

Marcy Anthony, coordinator of new student and family programs, uses the seasons as a model for enhancing management skills.

The workshop is designed for student organizational leaders and members. For information, visit http://www.drexel.edu/oca/leadership/workshop_schedule.html.


Approved under the authority of Philip Terranova, Vice President for University Relations

 
PA Students Score 100% on PANCE Exam


The College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program Class of 2005 achieved a 100 percent pass rate for first-time takers (62 students) on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).  The announcement was made by CNHP Dean Gloria Donnelly.  The national pass rate on the PANCE was 91 percent.

For more information on the Physician Assistant program, visit http://www.drexel.edu/cnhp/physician_assistant/about.asp.


Approved under the authority of Philip Terranova, Vice President for University Relations

 
Dr. William Regli to Discuss Digital Engineering Archives


Dr. William Regli (above), associate professor in the department of computer science at Drexel University, will speak on "Digital Engineering Archives" today, February 21, 2006 at 12:30 p.m.in room 014, Rush Building (33rd Street, north of Market Street). The presentation will describe research on representation and algorithmic techniques to archive 3D CAD objects and related metadata.

The lecture is part of The iSchool at Drexel's Research & Teaching Talk Series, sponsored by the College of Information Science and Technology.

For more information, visit the College's Web site at http://www.ischool.drexel.edu or contact Dr. Hyoil Han at hhan@ischool.drexel.edu.


Approved under the authority of Dr. Stephen W. Director, Provost

 
Italian Professor to Speak on Conformational Transition in Hemoglobin


Professor Antonio Cupane, of the department of physical and astronomical science at the University of Palermo (Italy) will discuss "Conformational Transition in Sol-Gel Encapsulated Hemoglobin" on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Disque Hall room 109 (32nd Street between Chestnut and Market Streets).

The free lecture is hosted by Drexel University's chemistry department. For information, contact james.herbert@drexel.edu.


Approved under the authority of Dr. Stephen W. Director, Provost

 
"Read What You Need": A Textbook Reading Workshop


The Drexel Center for Learning and Academic Excellence (DCLAE) will hold the workshop "Read What You Need" today, February 21, 2006 from 5-6 p.m. in Main Building room 308 (3141 Chestnut Street).

Kirthi Pilla, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) coordinator at the DCLAE, will help you discover and develop ways to link your textbook to the lecture. Learn how doing so can improve your grade. Participants are encouraged to bring a textbook.

These workshops are free and open to all students. For more information visit http://www.drexel.edu/dclae/academicresources/workshopinfo.asp.


Approved under the authority of Dr. Stephen W. Director, Provost

 
Philadelphia Music Legend Kenny Gamble on The Drexel InterView


Kenny Gamble (above), a two-time Grammy-award winner and community developer, will be the guest of Paula Marantz Cohen on DUTV's The Drexel InterView tonight, February 21, 2006, at 8 p.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22; Saturday, February 25; Sunday, February 26; and Monday, February 27.

Gamble, who along with Leon Huff, created the "Philadelphia Soul Sound" and wrote and produced some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, including "Expressway to Your Heart," "Only the Strong Survive," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and "Love Train."

DUTV can be seen throughout Philadelphia on Comcast Cable and Urban Cableworks on channel 54 and on channel 48 in Center City and South Philadelphia, channel 62 in West Philadelphia and channel 99 in Northeast Philadelphia.

For more information on The Drexel InterView, visit http://www.drexel.edu/univrel/events/drexel_interview.html. Visit The Drexel InterView archives at http://www.drexel.edu/provost/dva/drexel_interview.asp to view free streaming video of previous shows.


Approved under the authority of Philip Terranova, Vice President for University Relations

 
Drexel News Media Watch


Coverage of the participation of Dr. Prawat Nagvajara (above), associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, in cross-country skiing in the Winter Olympics was widespread between February 17 to 20, 2006. Dr. Nagvajara was quoted or noted in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Daily News, Newsday, Seattle Times, Miami Herald and San Francisco Chronicle and on the Web sites of ESPN, MSNBC, ABC News, Forbes, Yahoo! News and Inside Costa Rica, among other publications and news sites. Dr. Nagvajara also appeared on WCAU-TV (NBC-10).
StoryLink - The Philadelphia Inquirer
StoryLink - ESPN.com

Drexel biomedical engineers were noted in a story on GenEngNews.com on February 20, 2006 for applying near-infrared-based brain-imaging work to develop the InfraScanner, a handheld device.
StoryLink - GenEngNews.com

The University was noted in stories published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.), Times Leader (Wilkes Barre, Pa.) and Bradenton Herald (Fla.) and on the Web site of KYW-TV (CBS-3) and PennLive.com on February 18 and 19, 2006 about how 700 college students will receive full scholarships to Pennsylvania graduate schools.
StoryLink - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Dr. Eric Zillmer, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Psychology and director of athletics, was quoted in a Baltimore Sun story that was syndicated on MacNewsWorld.com on February 18, 2006 about the use of iPods by Olympians.
StoryLink - MacNewsWorld.com

Dr. Shelley Hankins, assistant professor of medicine, commented on cardiovascular disease among African Americans on WPVI-TV (ABC-10) on February 18, 2006.

Dr. Ralph A. Walkling, Stratakis Chair in Corporate Governance and Accountability, was quoted in a Philadelphia Business Journal story on February 17, 2006 about corporate governance.
StoryLink - Philadelphia Business Journal


Approved under the authority of Philip Terranova, Vice President for University Relations

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End of DREXEL DAILY DIGEST, Tuesday, 21 February 2006