Monday, June 30, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Great art picks up where nature ends."

-Marc Chagall

Hot Topic
01. Classes Begin Today for Pennsylvania Governor's School

Topics of the Day
02. Agenda Posted Tomorrow: Drexel Institute on Innovation
03. Exhibition Continues at Pearlstein Gallery: BITMAP
04. Table Talk at the White Dog Café: American Adventurism Abroad
05. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Recipients
06. This Week on The Drexel InterView
07. SPH Consensus Statement Cited in Congressional Record
08. Laboratory Automation Talk
09. Drexel News Media Watch

Classes Begin Today for Pennsylvania Governor's School

Classes will begin for the 50 students attending the 2008 Pennsylvania Governor's School for Information, Society and Technology (PGSIST), today, June 30, 2008 in the Rush Building (30 N. 33rd Street).

The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology, is hosting PGSIST, one of Pennsylvania's eight Governor's Schools of Excellence. These full-scholarship summer enrichment programs are committed to meeting the educational needs of academically talented high school students through five week-long summer residential programs on college campuses.

High school juniors from throughout Pennsylvania are coming to Drexel to learn the latest in Information Science and Technology as well as the social and ethical responsibilities they will face in the Internet Age. The curriculum includes core courses in programming, database, human-computer interface, computer networks and information security. Two-week concentration tracks are offered in digital media, networking, software engineering and social outreach.

For more information, email Thomas J. Smith, at or Miguel Vargas at

Approved under the authority of Dr. Mark Greenberg, Interim Provost

Agenda Posted Tomorrow: Drexel Institute on Innovation

The Office of Information Resources and Technology will sponsor a two-day "Institute on Innovation in Training and Teaching" on Thursday and Friday, September 11 and 12, 2008. 

Registration information and a detailed agenda will be posted at, tomorrow, July 1, 2008. Save the dates and register early as space is limited.

The Institute will provide courses for trainers and educators interested in moving their instruction online. Classes will meet the needs of those just beginning to move to training or teaching online as well as experienced online instructors who seek instruction in advanced media integration. The Institute will offer eight, three-hour courses on topics of interest to the corporate training sector, K-20 educators and lifelong learning professionals. It will highlight a wide variety of tools available for producing creative, quality online materials.

Approved under the authority of John A. Bielec, Vice President for Information Resources and Technology

Exhibition Continues at Pearlstein Gallery: BITMAP

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is presenting its summer exhibition, BITMAP: as good as new, through Wednesday, July 26, 2008 at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Nesbitt Hall (33rd and Market Streets).

Created by such notable media artists as Daniel Iglesia, Marisa Olson and Christine Gedeon, the exhibition celebrates the history of the digital image, the aesthetics of early computing and early video-game consoles.

BITMAP was previously exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 215-895-2548 or email

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

Table Talk at the White Dog Café: American Adventurism Abroad

Dr. Michael Sullivan, professor of history and politics, will discuss his latest book, American Adventurism Abroad: Invasions, Interventions, and Regime Changes since World War II on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at a “Table Talks” event which begins at 6 p.m. at the White Dog Café (3420 Sansom Street).

Dr. Sullivan’s book makes the assertion that whether it’s in the name of containing communism or fighting terrorism, the United States has a long history of rationalizing its interventions in developing countries.

Dr. Sullivan is the author of numerous articles on arms control and nuclear non-proliferation, and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Pew Foundation. He is the author of Measuring Global Values: The Ranking of 162 Countries and Comparing State Polities: A Framework for Analyzing 100 National Governments.

Table Talks at the White Dog Café include a three-course dinner, followed by a speaker and discussion from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $36 per person, including tax and gratuity. The cost for senior citizens (65+) and full-time students is $20 with advance reservations. Full-time students can call from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to make a reservation for the free discussion at 7:30 p.m. (space permitting).

For more information or to make a reservation, call 215-386-9224.

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

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Recipients

The Office for Study Abroad and the Fellowships Office have announced that three Drexel students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. During the fall 2008-09 academic year application period, the Gilman Scholarship Program received 1,659 applications for 700 possible awards. The recipients are as follows:

To learn more about opportunities for study abroad, visit and discover the many programs available to Drexel students. To learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program and other fellowships, visit

For more information, email the Office for Study Abroad at or call 215-895-1704.

Approved under the authority of Dr. Mark Greenberg, Interim Provost

This Week on The Drexel InterView

The Drexel InterView™ is hosted by Dr. Paula Marantz Cohen, distinguished professor of English at Drexel University.

On MiNDTV (formerly WYBE):

Elaine Terranova, award-winning poet, will be the guest on Sunday, July 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. MiNDTV programming can be viewed on channel 35 and cable channels 34 and 57 in the Greater Philadelphia area.

For more information about The Drexel InterView™, visit

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

SPH Consensus Statement Cited in Congressional Record

Dr. Dennis P. Andrulis (above), associate dean and director of the Center for Health Equality at the School of Public Health, was recently cited in the Congressional Record for his work in developing a national consensus statement and associated information clearinghouse on disaster preparedness in minority communities. The consensus statement is the nation’s first detailed blueprint for public health disaster preparedness in minority communities.

For more information about the consensus statement, visit

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

Laboratory Automation Talk

Tom Osborne from Mettler-Toledo will give a talk on laboratory automation at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, in Disque Hall, room 109 (32nd and Chestnut Streets).

The presentation will focus on chemistry applications of the MiniBlock, MiniBlock XT, and MiniMapper systems, including some results from the Bradley lab on the optimization of the Ugi reaction. A laboratory demonstration will follow in Disque Hall, room 511.

RSVP to attend.

MiniBlock® is a flexible, easy to use tool designed for parallel synthesis. MiniBlock® is the only compact parallel synthesizer that allows synthesis via Solid Phase or Solution Phase to be carried out on the same platform. Originally designed by medicinal and combinatorial chemists at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, the MiniBlock® has been further developed to address a wide range of chemistry methodologies.

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

Drexel News Media Watch

President Papadakis and his daughter, Maria, are featured in an Evening Bulletin photograph published June 17, 2008. Dr. Papadakis and his wife, Eliana, celebrated their daughter’s graduation from Drexel on Father’s Day.

The Sacramento Observer (Calif.) published a story June 5, 2008, about Drexel’s Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento. President Papadakis is quoted in the story.

President Papadakis is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story published June 26, 2008, about whether Greater Philadelphia university presidents should address public issues or maintain academic neutrality.
Storylink - The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Wired story published June 25, 2008, notes that Drexel alumni Bernard Silver ’47 and Joseph Woodland ’47 are co-inventors of bar code technology.
Storylink - Wired

A story published in The Washington Post on June 26, 2008, features Charis Jones, who graduated with honorable distinction from Pennoni Honors College. Jones co-found the Drexel Traditions Program.
Storylink - The Washington Post

The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) published a story June 26, 2008, about Bonnie Neff, an English teacher in Sacramento and 2008 Harold W. Pote Behind Every Graduate Award recipient. The story notes Frederick Lucina IV, a graduate of the College of Nursing and Health Professions with a degree in nursing.
Storylink - Sacramento Bee

A New York Daily News story published June 22, 2008, notes that Dr. Jie Cai, assistant professor of finance, is a co-author of a study on the changing price of stocks when they are added to a major stock market index.
Storylink - New York Daily News

A Wall Street Journal story published June 23, 2008, notes that Drexel and other colleges are offering tuition discounts, prepaid plans with extra incentives and scholarships for families that set aside money for higher education in the Internal Revenue Code’s 529 plans.
Storylink - Wall Street Journal

The Philadelphia Inquirer, on June 23, 2008, notes the appointment of Dr. Mark Greenberg as interim provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs.
Storylink - The Philadelphia Inquirer

An interview with Dr. Jean-Claude Bradley, associate professor of chemistry, is posted on the Web site of Dr. Bradley is interviewed on a range of topics, including his use of open-notebook science and “Second Life.”
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Dr. William Rosenberg, professor of political science, commented on KYW-AM (1060) on June 24, 2008, about Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s proposed offer of $300 million for a better automobile battery.
Storylink - KYW-AM (1060)

Dr. Kenneth Hartman, academic director of Drexel University Online, is quoted in a Metro story published June 24, 2008, about the enrollment increase in online degree programs.
Storylink - Metro

The School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equality is noted on on June 23, 2008, as a partner of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health in launching the National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Diverse Communities.
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Dr. Robert T. Sataloff, chairman of the Ear, Nose and Throat Department in the Drexel University College of Medicine, is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story published June 23, 2008, about voice-related problems teachers develop. The story was syndicated June 25, 2008, in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Ga.), Belleville News Democrat (Ill.), Bloomington Pantagraph (Ill.), Biloxi Sun Herald (Miss.), San Luis Obispo Tribune (Calif.) and other newspapers.
Storylink - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Storylink - The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Drexel is noted in a story published June 21, 2008, on,,,, and the Web site of KRNV-TV (NBC-Las Vegas) for finishing 12th in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 21st annual National Concrete Canoe Competition. The design team received the Tony P. Chrest Innovation Award “in recognition of [the] team’s superior and creative use of technology and materials.”
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Drexel was noted as the sponsor of WPVI-TV’s (ABC-6) “Best of the Class 2008” on June 21, 2008. Dr. David Ruth, dean of students, was featured during the broadcast.

Drexel was noted in WPVI-TV’s (ABC-6) coverage June 21, 2008, of the POPPED! Music Festival, held on campus.

A story on KVIE-TV’s (Sacramento, Calif.) broadcasting The Drexel InterView was syndicated June 20, 2008, in the California newspapers El Dorado Hills Telegraph, Colfax Record, Rocklin Placer Herald, Folsom Telegraph, Lincoln News Messenger, Granite Bay Press Tribune and the Roseville Press Tribune.

Kevin Dietrich is noted in the Philadelphia Business Journal on June 20, 2008. A design for Philadelphia printer Berry & Homer’s corporate branding was produced by the undergraduate student, majoring in graphic design.
Storylink - Philadelphia Business Journal

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

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