Thursday, May 24, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Men show their character in nothing more clearly than by what they think laughable."
- Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Hot Topic
01. MAD Dragon and Delta Sigma Phi to Host Virginia Tech Benefit Concert

Topics of the Day

02. MEM Seminar Series Concludes with Talk on Fuel Cells
03. Dr. Shuntaro Yamazaki to Speak on 3D Models of Intricate Objects
04. 14th Annual AnnX Art Exhibit and Reception
05. Moving Forward - The Drexel Dance Ensemble Spring Dance Concert
06. Get Paid to Count Pedestrians
07. New Health Sciences Vendor Agreements and Luncheon
08. Four Nobel Laureates to Speak at Narducci Memorial Symposium
09. Drexel News Media Watch

 
MAD Dragon and Delta Sigma Phi to Host Virginia Tech Benefit Concert

MAD Dragon Records and the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity will host a benefit concert in support of the Virginia Tech Foundation, the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, on Thursday, May 31, 2007, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Delta Sigma Phi house (214 N. 34th Street).

The entrance costs $5 at the door; all proceeds will go toward the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund.

MAD Dragon recording artists Matt Duke (above left) and Andrew Lipke (above right) will headline the event with Drexel University's own band, Warren, opening the night's show.

For more information, contact Jillian Giblin at 609-0471-0485 or jmg722@drexel.edu and Cynthia Rose at 703-346-4594 or cynthiaannerose@gmail.com. For more information on MAD Dragon Records, visit http://www.maddragonrecords.com.

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

 
MEM Seminar Series Concludes with Talk on Fuel Cells

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics will present a lecture on "Mass Transfer and Electrochemistry in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes" on Friday, May 25, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the MEM Seminar Room (162 Curtis Hall, 32nd and Chestnut Streets).

The speaker will be Dr. Wilson Chiu (above), associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut. Fuel cells are highly efficient energy conversion devices that can provide clean, sustainable electrical power. However, they are in a nascent stage of development. This seminar presents approaches to improve fuel cell performance and durability.

This is the final MEM Seminar in its spring series. All Drexel students, faculty and staff are welcome.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Oh at 215-895-6396.

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

 
Dr. Shuntaro Yamazaki to Speak on 3D Models of Intricate Objects

Dr. Shuntaro Yamazaki (above) of Carnegie Mellon University will speak on "Coplanar Shadowgrams for Acquiring 3D Models of Intricate Objects" today, May 24, 2007, at 2 p.m. in Room 153, University Crossings (32nd Street and JFK Boulevard). The lecture is part of the Computer Science Colloquium Series.

Dr. Yamazaki's talk will present a practical shape-from-silhouettes approach using a novel technique called coplanar shadowgram imaging, which allows the use of dozens or even hundreds of views for visual hull reconstruction.

The coplanarity of the shadowgrams yields novel geometric properties that are not possible in traditional multi-view camera-based imaging systems. These properties allow us to derive a robust and automatic algorithm to recover the visual hull of an object and the 3D positions of light source simultaneously, regardless of the complexity of the object.

For more information, contact Dr. David E. Breen at david@cs.drexel.edu or the Computer Science department at 215-895-2669.

For more information on Dr Chiu, visit http://www.engr.uconn.edu/me/page.php?id=peoplelist&pid=chiuw.

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

 
14th Annual AnnX Art Exhibit and Reception

AnnX Exhibition and the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design present the14th Annual AnnX Art Exhibit and Reception today, May 24, 2007, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Annex Design Arts Gallery (3220 Cherry Street). Awards presentation will be held at 7:30 p.m.

The AnnX Art Exhibit was organized by students and features work by Westphal College students, alumni, faculty and staff in a variety of mediums.

The exhibition runs from May 21 to May 25, 2007. It is free and open to the public

For more information, contact 215-895-1029 or westphal@drexel.edu or visit http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/news_events/.

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

 
Moving Forward - The Drexel Dance Ensemble Spring Dance Concert

The Drexel University Dance Ensemble presents its spring dance concert, Moving Forward, on Thursday, May 31, Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, 2007, at 8 p.m. at the Mandell Theater (33rd and Chestnut Streets).

Moving Forward will present ten dances that explore the themes of society in the future, reflections on the past and the changes the past inspire.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students with a valid ID.

For more information, call 215-895-ARTS (2787) or visit http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/news_events/.

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

 
Get Paid to Count Pedestrians

The Center City District is seeking to hire ten people to aid in the annual pedestrian count survey throughout Center City from Monday, June 18 through Friday June 22, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Training will be conducted on Friday, June 15, 2007, at 3 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the survey will be extended into the following week. Counters will be paid $10/hour.

Persons available, interested, reliable and age 18 years or older, may submit a resume to John Rials, assistant manager of research analysis, Center City District via email at JRials@CenterCityPhila.org.

For more information, contact John Rials at 215-440-5522 or JRials@CenterCityPhila.org.

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

 
New Health Sciences Vendor Agreements and Luncheon

Drexel University Procurement will host a vendor fair luncheon with representatives from VWR/McConnell Supply Groups on Wednesday, May 30, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at New College Building, All-Purpose Room 3506-10, on the Center City Hahnemann Campus (245 N. 15th Street).

The fair is part of the University Procurement announcement of The VWR/McConnell Supply Group Initiative, which offers specially priced selected VWR products to Drexel through the minority-owned McConnell Group.

Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with questions about products and new promotions being offered by vendors supplying the health sciences campuses.

This event is free and open to Drexel faculty and staff on the Center City Hahnemann and Queen Lane Medical Campuses.

Reservations are required for the luncheon. To make a reservation, email procurement@drexel.edu with name, department and contact information.

For more information, contact University Procurement at procurement@drexel.edu.

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

 
Four Nobel Laureates to Speak at Narducci Memorial Symposium

The Department of Physics and the College of Arts and Sciences will present the Lorenzo M. Narducci Memorial Symposium "Advances in Coherence, Quantum Optics, and Atom Optics" today May 24 and tommorrow May 25, 2007, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the William F. Mitchell Auditorium, Bossone Research Enterprise Center (on Market Street, between 31st and 32nd Streets).

Dr. Lorenzo M. Narducci (above) was an internationally acclaimed scientist in the areas of quantum optics, laser physics, and nonlinear dynamical systems and long-time member of the Physics Department. This Memorial Symposium will provide opportunity for colleagues and friends to honor and celebrate Dr. Narducci's life and work. Speakers will include four Nobel Laureates:

This event is open to the public. Registration is required and the registration fee is waived for Drexel students, faculty and staff. To register, visit http://www.physics.drexel.edu/narducci/Registration.html.

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

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

 
Drexel News Media Watch

President Papadakis and his wife, Eliana, and daughter, Maria, were featured in a story published in The Bulletin on May 23, 2007. President Papadakis was featured for receiving the Wilma Theater's first Galileo Award for "innovation in building community." The story noted MAD Dragon Records and students in Drexel's fashion program.
http://www.theeveningbulletin.com/

Dr. Katherine Sherif, associate professor of medicine in the Drexel University College of Medicine and director of the Drexel Center for Women's Health, was featured in a story broadcast on the Discovery Channel's Mystery Diagnosis on May 21, 2007, about a patient she diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a letter to the editor by Dr. Scott Warnock, assistant professor of English, in its May 18, 2007, issue about the Virginia Tech massacre.

Dr. Paul G. Curcillo II, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery in the Drexel University College of Medicine and director of robotic and minimally invasive surgery, commented on his Single Port Access surgery, a first-of-its-kind procedure by removing a patient's gallbladder through a single incision in the navel, on WPVI-TV (ABC-6) on May 22, 2007, and KYW-AM (1060) on May 19.

A story in which Dr. Barbara Steinberg, clinical professor of surgery in the Drexel University College of Medicine, commented on how dentists look for oral problems linked to eating disorders continues to be syndicated. The story was broadcast on Northwest Cable News (Seattle) on May 22, 2007.

Adam Kerkeas, an undergraduate majoring in international area studies, commented on WCAU-TV (NBC-10) on Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's fundraiser at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on May 22, 2007.
http://www.nbc10.com/politics/13368792/detail.html

Drexel and the Handschumacher Dining Center were featured in a story in Food Management's April 2007 issue about a chef for Sodexho USA, which manages Drexel dining services.
http://www.food-management.com/article/16875/122

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

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