Thursday, March 8, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
- Helen Keller

Topics of the Day
01. Philadelphia Bar Association Recognizes College of Law

Hot Topic
02. Jazz Extravaganza 8 at Mandell Theater Tonight
03. Hip Hop and Funk Tonight at World Cafe Live
04. Dr. Allen Shapiro Speaks About Strategies Against Global Terrorism
05. "Women's Health Research at a Crossroads"
06. CAB Friday Night Flick: Children of Men
07. FUSE to Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness with "Red Hot" Party
08. CAB Trip to Medieval Times Restaurant
09. Dr. Vivek Pai to Speak on a "Self-Healing World Wide Web"
10. Great Works Symposia: European Citizens; Chinese Economic Engine
11. Alpha Epsilon Pi Sponsors Night of Music for Holocaust Museum
12. Drexel Nanomedicine Paper Ranked No. 17
13. A Night of "Cretan Diet: Its Culture and Benefits"
14. Drexel News Media Watch

 
Philadelphia Bar Association Recognizes College of Law

The Philadelphia Bar Association (PBA) has approved a resolution that applauds President Constantine Papadakis, the University and its new College of Law for contributing to the richness and excellence of Philadelphia’s legal community.

The PBA approved the resolution at its February meeting. The resolution follows:

"Whereas Drexel University is the first private, nationally-ranked university to open a law school in more than twenty years; and,

Whereas the Drexel University College of Law has, by word and deed, committed itself to providing an excellent legal education, to teaching the lawyering skills that are essential to success, and to imparting the traditions and values of our profession to all its students; and,

Whereas Drexel Law is the first law school to have enrolled all of its students in the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and has affiliated itself with all of the region’s minority, ethnic and specialty bar associations so that its students may obtain mentors and experience the professional life of the lawyer; and,

Whereas Drexel Law has joined with the other law schools in the Philadelphia area in having a very strong commitment to pro bono and public service;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Philadelphia Bar Association applauds Drexel University, its President Constantine Papadakis, and its new College of Law for contributing to the richness and excellence of the Philadelphia legal community, and welcomes its faculty and students into the traditions and life of the Philadelphia Lawyer."

For more information, visit http://www.drexel.edu/law/

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

 
Jazz Extravaganza 8 at Mandell Theater Tonight

The Department of Performing Arts will present "Scatting the Blues Away" today, March 8, 2007, at 8 p.m. at Mandell Theater (33rd and Chestnut Streets).

The free event features the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble and the Drexel University Jazz Orchestra. The Ensemble, from the women's college in Atlanta, is directed by Professor Joseph Jennings and will feature the music of Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, Jon Hendricks and Herbie Hancock.

The Drexel University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. George Starks, will perform the music of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver and Milt Jackson.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 215-895-ARTS (2787).

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

 
Hip Hop and Funk Tonight at World Cafe Live

BEL Productions, a new Drexel student-run event planning and promotions company, will hold a musical show upstairs at World Cafe Live with artists Inflowential and New Kings of Rhythm today, March 8, 2007, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $5. The show is open to all ages. For more information, visit http://www.worldcafelive.com/

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

 
Dr. Allen Shapiro Speaks on Strategies Against Global Terrorism

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Seminar Series will present "Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy Against Global Terrorism" today, March 8, 2007, at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Club, sixth floor, MacAlister Hall (33rd and Chestnut Streets).

Dr. Ian Shapiro, Yale's Sterling Professor of Political Science, will discuss his arguments on national security doctrine as presented in his book Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy Against Global Terror (Princeton University Press, 2007). A question-and-answer session will follow Dr. Shapiro's talk.

This event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Christina O'Neill at 215-895-5976.

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

 
"Women's Health Research at a Crossroads"

Drexel University College of Medicineís (DUCOM) Institute for Women's Health and Leadership, in collaboration with the School of Public Health, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Women's Law Project, will host a panel titled "Women's Health Research at a Crossroads" today, March 8, 2007, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., at the Union League of Philadelphia (140 S. Broad Street).

The panel will address actions taken to gain knowledge of gender differences in health, the policy obstacles in testing and marketing drugs specific to women and the lack of venture capital for womenís health research.

The panelists are: For more information call 215-255-7373 or email iwhl@drexelmed.edu.

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

 
CAB Friday Night Flick: Children of Men

The Campus Activities Board will host a screening of the film Children of Men on Friday, March 9, 2007, at 7 and 10 p.m. in Stein Auditorium, Nesbitt Hall (33rd and Market Streets).

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

 
FUSE to Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness with "Red Hot" Party

 The Foundation of Undergraduates for Sexual Equality (FUSE) will hold the 2nd Annual AIDS Fund Philadelphia Benefit: "Red Hot" on Friday, March 16, 2007, from  9 p.m. to midnight at the Great Court in Drexel’s Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

The party is aimed at building awareness of HIV/AIDS among people under the age of 25. Guests are asked to dress in red while they party the night away with bands The High Court Puppet Strings and The Estate.

There will be free food, gift bags courtesy of Target and other giveaways. Tickets are $5 with valid college ID and $10 without.

For more information, contact Marissa Taffer, FUSE public relations director, at marissa.taffer@gmail.com

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

 
CAB Trip to Medieval Times Restaurant

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is planning a trip to Medieval Times, a Medieval-themed restaurant in Lyndhurst, N.J.

Tickets are $20 each with a limit of two tickets per student with a valid ID. Tickets can be picked up Monday through Friday, noon to 1 p.m., and Monday through Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m. The CAB office is in MacAlister Hall (33rd and Chestnut Streets).

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

 
Dr. Vivek Pai to Speak on a "Self-Healing World Wide Web"

Dr. Vivek Pai of Princeton University will speak on "Towards a Self-Healing Web: Three Years of Wide-Area Services" today, March 8, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the Hill Conference Room, LeBow Engineering Center (31st and Market Streets).

The talk will give an overview of the CoDeeN project, a long-running experiment into the design and deployment of publicly available wide-area distributed systems. The CoDeeN project started three years ago with a basic content distribution network and has expanded to include a reliable DNS service, a wide-area monitoring infrastructure and a large-file distribution service. All of these systems run on the PlanetLab global testbed, deployed at over 700 machines worldwide, spread across more than 350 sites in 35 countries.

The event is part of the Computer Science Colloquium Series. For more information, visit http://www.cs.drexel.edu/index.php?option=com_page&Itemid=93.

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

 
Great Works Symposia: European Citizens; Chinese Economic Engine

The Great Works Symposium will present two lectures today, March 8, 2007, in Room 108, Disque Hall (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

Dr. Willem Mass from York University will speak on "Creating European Citizens" from 2 to 3:20 p.m. The traditional insider-outsider distinction is being blurred in the European Union by removing the ability of European states to discriminate between their citizens and those of other EU member states.

John Spotila will speak on "China: How Do We Keep Its Economic Engine from Heating the Globe?" from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. Spotila served for eight years under President Clinton as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and general counsel to the Small Business Administration. He is the current CEO of R3I Solutions and Global Eight Enterprises, a firm that helps American and Chinese companies involved in the New China.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Scott Knowles at sgk23@drexel.edu.

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

 
Alpha Epsilon Pi Sponsors Night of Music for Holocaust Museum

The Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity will sponsor a night of music on The 2nd Floor of Ross Commons (34th and Powelton Streets) to benefit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum today, March 8, 2007, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Performances will include John Faye of the Philadelphia rock group Ike, Sean Lee and Drexel student (and AEPi brother) Jayson Verdibello. Following these performances, an open-microphone segment will be held in which audience members can get their shot at the spotlight.

Admission is free, donations are welcomed and snacks will be served.

For more information, contact Roman Zubarev at RZubarev@draepi.org, call the Ross Hotline at 215-895-1000 or visit http://www.drexel.edu/rosscommons.

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

 
Drexel Nanomedicine Paper Ranked No. 17

A paper by John Chmiola, a doctoral candidate in materials engineering on a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, and colleagues Cristelle Portet, a post-doctoral researcher in materials engineering, and Gleb Yushin, research assistant professor in materials engineering, ranked 17th on a list of the top 100 nanomedicine publications for 2006.

The paper, "Anomalous Increase in Carbon Capacitance at Pore Sizes Less Than 1 Nanometer," is focused on energy devices in the transport of ions in narrow pores. The work was conducted in the Universityís new Materials Characterization Facility.

A list of the top 100 publications, based on the number of hits each paper received on a Web site, can be viewed at http://www.nano-biology.net. The Drexel students' paper may be viewed at http://www.nano-biology.net/showabstract.php?pmid=16917025&source=newsletter.

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

 
A Night of "Cretan Diet: Its Culture and Benefits"

Renowned author and food critic Nikos Psilakis will present on the benefits of the Cretan diet during a dinner featuring cuisine from the Greek island on Sunday, March 18, 2007, at 7 p.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

Following scientific research and statistical analyses, the Cretan diet has been proven to promote health and longevity.

Chefs from Crete will prepare the meal. Psilakis has developed and presented 80 cultural documentaries on television. He has participated in many scientific conferences around the globe and spoken on various ethnological, folklore and cultural subjects, as well as about Cretan and Mediterranean diets.

In cooperation with his wife, Maria, he has co-authored Cretan Traditional Cooking (1995); The Olive Culture, Olive Oil (1999); The Greeks' Bread and Sweets (2002); and Herbs in Cooking (2003). These books have been translated from their original Greek into English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese and other languages.

The event is co-sponsored by the culinary arts program in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, the Greek studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the PanCretan Association of America.

The dinner costs $50 per person and $25 for Drexel students. To RSVP (acceptances only) or for more information, call 215-895-1530 or maria.martinez@drexel.edu.

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

 
Drexel News Media Watch

An Associated Press story about the menís basketball team and its prospects for securing an NCAA berth was published on the Web sites of Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, Sporting News and Boston Herald on March 7, 2007. Coverage about the team was broadcast by ESPN, ESPN2, Comcast Sports Network and several local and national news outlets on March 6 and 7.
StoryLink - Sports Illustrated

Drexel was noted with the University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on March 7, 2007, for helping pioneer a formal medical malpractice mediation process.
StoryLink - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Joseph Kopena, an undergraduate majoring in computer science, was quoted in a CyclingNews.com story on March 6, 2007, about a bicycle race this weekend in Philadelphia. Drexel is noted as a sponsor of the event, anticipated to be the largest collegiate race in history.
StoryLink - CyclingNews.com

Drexel music professors' benefit recital on Tuesday night was featured on WPHL-TVís (17) newscast on March 6, 2007. The professors performed to raise scholarship money for private music lessons for their students.

A syndicated story featuring Dr. Raj Mutharasan, professor of chemical engineering, and a sensor he developed that can detect trace amounts of E. coli bacteria was broadcast on KTXS-TV (ABC-Abilene, Texas) on March 6, 2007.

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

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