Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Quote of the Day
"One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Hot Topic
01. An Evening with Chuck Barris

Topics of the Day
02. Preview Performance of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost
03. Special Dean Seminar: "The Tobacco Wars"
04. Constipation and GI Motility Disorders Medical Seminar
05. Nominations for Graduate Student Day Are Due This Week
06. Clean Air Council Conducts Student Survey on Public Transit
07. iSchool Talk to Discuss "Innovation in Programming and Problem Solving"
08. Dr. Hong Qin to Speak on Manifold Splines for Surfaces of Arbitrary Topology
09. CAB Accepting Applications for Its 2007-2008 Board
10.
CEO Offers Three Workshops Today
11. Drexel News Media Watch

 
An Evening with Chuck Barris

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design presents Drexel alumnus Chuck Barris '53, Hon. '01, today, May 2, 2007, at 7 p.m., at the Bossone Research Enterprise Center (32nd and Market Streets).

Barris will talk about his career in television, The Death Game, his new novel about reality television, and how his Drexel education prepared him to become a multi-millionaire, television legend and CIA agent. A Philadelphia native and television legend, sometimes called the "godfather of reality television," Barris is known for creating numerous hit shows such as The Gong Show, The Dating Game, and The Newlywed Game, which put ordinary people front and center.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/news_events/#e5, or contact the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at 215-895-1029 or westphal@drexel.edu.

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

 
Preview Performance of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost

The Mandell Professionals in Residence Project and the Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company (CCTC) will present a special preview performance of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost today, May 2, 2007 at 7 p.m. at the Mandell Theater (33rd and Chestnut Streets).

Love's Labor Lost is the story of three courtiers who swear off love and all other earthly pleasures, only to be faced by the ultimate temptation upon meeting the princess of France and her lovely ladies in waiting.

The performance is directed by Drexel alumnus and CCTC company member Josh Browns. The cast consists of Drexel students performing alongside the professional actors of the CCTC troupe.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $1 for student admission with a valid student ID.

For more information contact Nick Anselmo, director of The Mandell Professionals in Residence Project at http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/about/resources/mpirp/, 215-895-1920 or nick.anselmo@drexel.edu, or visit http://www.commonwealthclassictheatre.org/.

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

 
Special Dean Seminar: "The Tobacco Wars"

The Department of Research will present Dr. David A. Kessler and "The Tobacco Wars: Medicine and Biomedical Research as Agents for Social Change," today, May 2, 2007, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Geary Auditorium B in the New College Building (245 N. 15th Street). An opportunity to meet Dr. Kessler and socialize with fellow Drexel students and faculty will follow the talk.

Dr. David Kessler has served as dean of University of California at San Francisco since 2003. Prior to that, he was dean at Yale and commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Agency. During his leadership of the FDA, he spearheaded a major investigation into the tobacco industry and instituted a program to regulate the marketing of cigarettes to minors. His work was central and crucial to the legal initiatives that led to annual funding by the tobacco industry of health-related research and public health efforts by individual states, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

This event is open to Drexel faculty and students with a valid ID.

For more information, contact Danyelle Blackwell at 215-762-8949.

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

 
Constipation and GI Motility Disorders Medical Seminar

Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology presents the Constipation and GI Motility Disorders Medical Seminar today, May 2, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Geary Auditorium, Lecture Room B, New College Building (245 N. 15th Street).

This seminar will feature the expertise of the following medical professionals:

This event is open to the general public, but gastroenterologists, general internists, family practitioners, all subspecialties, nephrologists, CRNPs, Pas, fellows, residents and medical students are encouraged to attend.

Registration is required; registration fee is $30 and includes a boxed lunch. To register, contact Drexel University College of Medicine's Office of Continuing Medical Education at 215-762-2580. Registration will also be available, at the door, today.

For more information, contact Walter Albright at 215-762-8695.

This seminar is made possible by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc.

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

 
Nominations for Graduate Student Day Are Due This Week

The Office of Graduate Studies will be taking nominations for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards, the Research/Service Awards and the Faculty Mentor Awards in Room 240, Randell Hall (32nd and Chestnut streets), until the end of the day on May 4, 2007.

Nomination materials must include a recommendation letter written by the nominee's faculty mentor or graduate advisor and the student's CV. For more information, visit http://www.drexel.edu/provost/graduatestudies/.

Drexel's Second Annual Graduate Student Day will be held in the Bossone Auditorium on Thursday, May 17, 2007, beginning at 3 p.m. and closing with a reception in Bossone Lobby.

Dr. Edward Burger of Williams College will be the keynote speaker, presenting on the topic "The Joy of Thinking."

Graduate Student Day celebrates the work of Drexel's graduate students. Both master's and doctoral students who have excelled as teaching assistants, in research and in service to the University will be recognized. Faculty mentors who have enhanced the graduate student experience will also be honored by the Graduate Student Association.

The event is open to the entire Drexel community but most especially to all master's and doctoral students, faculty and advisors.

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

 
Clean Air Council Conducts Student Survey on Public Transit

The Clean Air Council, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization, is conducting a survey to explore ways to improve public transit services from campus to key destinations throughout Philadelphia and the metro area. The Council wants to help make public transit a viable alternative to car travel because driving is a major source of air pollution.

Participate in the Student Transit Survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=177133220915 and be entered for a chance to win gift cards to Starr Restaurants, Borders Bookstore, and more.

The survey is open to Drexel students only. All personal information will be held confidential and private, to be used only for the survey project.

For more information, contact Cara Lampton at clampton@cleanair.org. or visit the Clean Air Web site at http://www.cleanair.org/.

Approved under the authority of James R. Tucker, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services

 
iSchool Talk to Discuss "Innovation in Programming and Problem Solving"

Dr. Stephen Cooper, associate professor of Computer Science at Saint Joseph's University and the director of the Center for Visualization, will speak on "Alice: Innovation in Programming and Problem Solving" on Thursday, May 3, 2007, at 12:45 p.m. in Room 014, Rush Building (33rd Street, north of Market Street).

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, contact Dr. Il-Yeol Song at song@drexel.edu or visit http://www.ischool.drexel.edu.

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

 
Dr. Hong Qin to Speak on Manifold Splines for Surfaces of Arbitrary Topology

Dr. Hong Qin of State University of New York at Stony Brook will speak on "Manifold Splines: From Points to Surfaces of Arbitrary Topology" on Thursday, May 3, 2007, at 2 p.m. in Room 153, the University Crossings Building (32nd Street and JFK Boulevard) as part of the Computer Science Colloquium Series.

This talk will present a general theoretical and computational framework in which spline surfaces defined over planar domains can be systematically extended to manifold domains of arbitrary topology with or without boundaries.

For more information, contact Dr. David Breen at 215-895-1626 or email david@cs.drexel.edu.

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

 
CAB Accepting Applications for Its 2007-2008 Board

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is accepting applications for its 2007-2008 board to help plan campus events.

Applications are available at the CAB office or can be accessed online at http://www.drexel.edu/cab. Applications are due on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, at 5 p.m. in the CAB office in MacAlister Hall, around the corner from the bookstore.

For more information, see http://www.drexel.edu/cab or email cab@drexel.edu.

Approved under the authority of James R. Tucker, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services

 
CEO Offers Three Workshops Today

Creating Excellent Organizations (CEO) will offer three workshops today, May 2, 2007.

1) "Bistro Student Leadership Lunch Speaker and discussion with Coach Bruiser Flint" will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Academic Bistro, 6th floor of the Academic Building (33rd and Arch Streets). Coach Bruiser Flint, who led Drexel's basketball team through an exciting season, will discuss leadership, success, and achieving your potential. Free lunch. RSVP to leadershipassistant@drexel.edu.

2) "Looking at the Biblical Moses: Strategies for Leadership" will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Myers Hall Tutor Lounge (33rd and Race Streets). Drexel faculty member Emilie Passow will look to the Hebrew Scriptures to illustrate the do's and do not's of leadership.

3) "Motivation: Conquering Apathy and Inspiring Action" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Myers Hall Tutor Lounge (33rd and Race Streets). Jessica Grace, assistant director of commuter and off-campus student programs and services, will discuss techniques for inspiring enthusiasm.

For more information regarding CEO workshops, see http://www.drexel.edu/oca/leadership/.

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

 
Drexel News Media Watch

A story in which Drexel was noted for receiving a $7.5 million research grant from the Army Research Office with Penn, Penn State and Virginia Tech scientists to develop electromechanical devices and high-performance membranes using ionic liquids continues to be syndicated. It was published on Azom.com and FuelCellsWorks.com on May 1, 2007. Dr. Yossef Elabd, professor of chemical and biological engineering, was noted in the story.
http://www.azom.com/details.asp?newsID=8387

Dr. Frank Linnehan, associate dean for undergraduate programs and associate professor of management in LeBow College of Business, is quoted in a story on DiverseEducation.com on May 1, 2007, about whether high school guidance counselors can prevent students from dropping out.
http://www.diverseeducation.com/artman/publish/article_7288.shtml

Dr. Charles Haas, L.D. Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering and head of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, was noted as a co-author of a RedOrbit.com story on May 1, 2007, about the future of the nation’s water resources.
http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/920232/the_waters_network_transforming_our_scientific_understanding_of_the_nations/index.html?source=r_science

Drexel was noted in a Philadelphia Daily News story on May 1, 2007, for hosting Black Lily events this coming weekend that will feature movies and music created by women.
http://www.philly.com/dailynews/features/20070501_Black_Lily_blossoms.html

Kevin E. Gard, assistant professor and associate director of physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences in the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, commented on the physical therapy of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine in an Associated Press story published on April 30, 2007, in Newsday, Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.) and Daily Journal (Vineland, N.J.) and on PhillyBurbs.com and the Web site of a.m. New York.
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newjersey/ny-bc-nj--corzinecrash-futu0430apr30,0,4016240.story?coll=ny-region-apnewjersey

Drexel was noted on WPVI-TV (ABC-6) on April 30 and May 1, 2007, as the venue for Friday’s Democratic mayoral primary election debate.

A story featuring Dr. Raj Mutharsan, Frank A. Fletcher Professor of Chemical Engineering, and a sensor he developed that can be used to test E.coli and prostate cancer was syndicated on Scenta.co.uk on May 1, 2007, and the Web site of Medical Technology Business Europe on April 30.
http://www.scenta.co.uk/Health/1698321/swift-sampling.htm

Lynn Levin, executive producer of The Drexel InterView and adjunct assistant professor of English, was featured on the Princeton Public Library's National Poetry Month 2007 podcast blog.
http://pplpoetpodcast.wordpress.com/

Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley, associate professor of chemistry, and his work on Nature Island in the online virtual world Second Life were featured recently in Nascent. Nature Island is where Dr. Bradley’s students take quizzes and where research is posted.
http://blogs.nature.com/wp/nascent/2007/04/second_nature_and_the_american.html

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

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