Monday, August 9, 2004

Quote of the Week
"Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing."
- Confucius

Topics of the Week
01. DrexelOne: One Library, One Log-in . . . One Easy Way to Go!
02. Engineering Professors Receive NSF Grants

03. Lambda Zeta Chapter Receives National Pi Kappa Alpha Award

04. Medical Humanities Grand Rounds: "Cutting Cold Flesh: A History of Students Dissecting Bodies"

05. Enrollment Management Receives UCDA Award of Excellence

06. Student Life CEO Workshops for Week of August 9

07. Modern Languages to Screen Egyptian Film
08. Dr. Kenneth Lacovara Reports from China

09. Drexel to Offer Course on Philippine Society
10. Bioscience Faculty Make Presentations at International AIDS Conference

11. Drexel News Media Watch

 
DrexelOne: One Library, One Log-in . . . One Easy Way to Go!


The Drexel Libraries and Office of Information Resources and Technology (IRT) announce the addition of a library channel to DrexelOne.

The library channel allows students, faculty and staff on or off-campus to access the Hagerty and Health Sciences libraries' home pages, catalogs and course reserves, as well as their library records, via the DrexelOne Student Services, Employee Services or Faculty Services tabs. Students, faculty and staff can retrieve the licensed resources they are entitled to without further authentication.

To visit the Drexel libraries via DrexelOne, log on to http://one.drexel.edu.


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

 
Engineering Professors Receive NSF Grants


College of Engineering Dean Selcuk Guceri announced that several CoE faculty members recently received National Science Foundation (NSF) research grants.

Dr. Cameron Abrams (top left), assistant professor of chemical engineering, received a four-year, $420,000 NSF-Information Technology Research grant (ITR) for "Inhomogenous Resolution Simulations of Protein Assembly Dynamics."

Dr. Calin Belta (top center), assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, and colleagues from Penn were awarded a three-year, $300,000 NSF grant for "Scalable Algorithms for Safety Verification and Reachability Analysis of Hybrid Systems." Belta and a colleague from Princeton also received a three-year $275,000 NSF grant for "Rational Design of Synthetic Gene Networks Using Formal Analysis of Hybrid Systems."

Drs. Brad Layton (top right), assistant professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, Adam Fontecchio (middle left), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, Frank Ko (middle center), professor of materials science and engineering, Bahram Nabet (middle right), professor and associate dean for special projects in CoE, Jonathan Spanier (bottom left), assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and colleagues from Penn received $100,000 for their NSF Major Research Instrumentation proposal "Zyvex Nanomanipulator."

Drs. Wei Sun (bottom center), associate professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics, Ali Shokoufandeh, assistant professor of computer science, and a colleague from Rice University received a four-year $1 million NSF-ITR grant for "Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering."

Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos (bottom right), associate professor of materials science and engineering, and a colleague from the University of California-Davis, received a $360,000 NSF- Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation grant for "Manufacturing of Nanocrystalline Bulk Materials by Field Activated and Sintering." Drexel is the project's lead institution.


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

 
Lambda Zeta Chapter Receives National Pi Kappa Alpha Award


Drexel's Lambda Zeta chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity received the organization's Robert Adger Smythe Award at its international convention. The Smythe is the organization's most prestigious award and only the top five-to-seven percent of Pi Kappa Alpha chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada receive this honor. The Lambda Zeta Chapter was one of only 14 chapters to receive the award this year.

During the past year, the Pi Kappa Alpha Smythe-winning chapters cumulatively completed 59,000 community service hours, donated $110,000 to philanthropy, had an average 3.0 GPA and 97-100% current membership involvement with other school-related organizations.


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

 
Medical Humanities Grand Rounds:
"Cutting Cold Flesh: A History of Students Dissecting Bodies"


The Medical Humanities Division of the Drexel University College of Medicine will host the grand rounds program "Cutting Cold Flesh: A History of Students Dissecting Bodies" on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 from noon-1 p.m. on the Queen Lane Medical Campus, Auditorium A (2900 Queen Lane).

The program is free and open to students, faculty and staff. Dr. Steve Peitzman, adjunct professor of medicine-nephrology in the Drexel University College of Medicine, is the guest speaker.

For more information, contact Roseann Bilardo, humanities program coordinator, at rb44@drexel.edu or 215- 991-8464.


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

 
Enrollment Management Receives UCDA Award of Excellence


The Enrollment Management Creative Group received the University & College Designers Association's (UCDA) Award of Excellence in the recruitment/other category for their "Computer Studies at Drexel" brochure. The brochure was developed as a team effort with Dr. Randy Kaplan, auxiliary associate professor and director of student outreach in the College of Information Science and Technology.

The brochure was selected out of 1,300 entries. It will be displayed at the UCDA's 34th Annual Conference, to be held in Vail, Colo., October 2-5, 2004.


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

 
Student Life CEO Workshops for Week of August 9


The University's Creating Excellent Organizations (CEO) program has scheduled two workshops for the week of August 9, 2004. The free programs are open to students and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. The schedule is:

Tuesday, August 10
"The Story of Jubei Yagyu"
Presented by Philip Poczik, coordinator of multicultural programs
Myers Hall Tutor Lounge (33rd and Race Streets)
Attendees will hear the story of the most lethal samurai ever to live and explore the connection between leadership and story telling.

Wednesday, August 11
"Military Leadership, Civilian Application"
Presented by Cadet Jason Rafoth, Drexel ROTC
Special guest Major Eric Rafoth (RET), U.S. Army
2019/2020 MacAlister Hall (33rd and Chestnut Streets)
Participants will learn how the techniques used to lead the most powerful army in the world can be applied in their organizations everyday.

For more information on the CEO Workshops, visit http://www.drexel.edu/studentlife/CEO.


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

 
Modern Languages to Screen Egyptian Film


Modern Languages will present the Egyptian movie The Beginning and the End or Bidaya wa nihaya (1960), by director Salah Abu Saif and author Nagib Mahfouz and featuring the young Omar Sharif, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2004, in Nesbitt Hall room 111 (33rd and Market Streets). Mahfouz received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1988.

For information, contact Simone Schlichting-Artur at 215-895-2443 or Schlichs@drexel.edu.


Approved under the authority of Dr. Ali Houshmand, Interim Provost

 
Dr. Kenneth Lacovara Reports from China


Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, associate professor of geology and paleontology in the department of bioscience and biotechnology, has joined a team of geologists on an expedition to China's Gobi Desert in the Gansu Province in search of the fossils of feathered dinosaurs, primitive examples of modern birds, primitive flowering plants (Angiosperms) and ancestral forms of the duck-bill dinosaurs. Funded by the Discovery Channel, the Discovery Quest Expedition is headed by Hai-Lou You of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences in Beijing.

Dr. Lacovara, who began his expedition on July 25, will be in the Gobi Desert for three weeks. The following is his second report from China:

I'm writing from Jiayaguan City in the western Gobi Desert. Three days ago, we took a 12-hour-trip in a train to the city from Lanzhou in the south. I was ill when I boarded, which didn't help. The Gobi is beautiful, however, and was well-worth the trip. I also feel very healthy now, so life is good.

After several days of prospecting here, we have discovered a dozen or so new dinosaur sites. The material is very well-preserved and will make good specimens. I have been spending most of my time working out paleogeography of these deposits, which are roughly 100 million years old. Based on the sediments I have seen thus far, the Gobi region, during that time, was crossed by a number of rapidly flowing streams. I have also found evidence of huge ancient lakes in this area.

Our Chinese collaborators have been wonderful and the locals here have been really great, although we do draw a lot of stares. Camels, the two-humpers, are quite common here and Jiaguyaun, which is a mining town, has a giant statue in the center of the city honoring geologists. Tomorrow we head further west and north to the Changma region.


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

 
Drexel to Offer Course on Philippine Society


The University will offer a new course, Philippine Society (SOC 380-702) in the fall term. This is a rare opportunity as few Philippine courses are offered on the East Coast.

This course will develop an appreciation of the culture and value system of Philippine society while reinforcing the importance of cultural diversity among different peoples, nations and cultures.

On co-op this fall? You may still take this class by visiting the Student Resource Center (SRC) in the Main Building (32nd and Chestnut Streets) to pick up an Enrichment Program Application, or visit http://www.drexel.edu/src/enrich.asp for information on taking a class during co-op.

For more information about this course, contact Professor Ernesto Arcilla at esa24@drexel.edu or visit http://www.FISDU.org.


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

 
Bioscience Faculty Make Presentations
at International AIDS Conference


Drs. Mary K. Howett, department head of bioscience and biotechnology, and Sandra Urdaneta, research associate, presented novel research on preventing the spread of several sexually transmitted viruses at the 15th Annual International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Their presentations demonstrated developments in reducing the spread of HIV via new microbicides.

Dr. Howett exhibited her work on a possible microbicide that inactivates HIV-1, human papillomavirus, and herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) in the poster "Alkyl Sulfate Microbicidal Activity in a Commonly Used Vaginal Preparation."

Dr. Urdaneta presented new developments on treating breast milk with SDS to prevent transmission of HIV-1 from mother to child in "Microbicidal Compounds for Treatment of HIV-1 infected Breast Milk to Prevent Postnatal Transmission of HIV-1."

The poster "A Human Xenograft Model to Study the Interaction of Sexually Transmitted Viruses" by Drexel research associate Li Fang, demonstrated a unique manner for studying sexually transmitted diseases.


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

 
Drexel News Media Watch


Dr. Robert Keidel (above left), visiting associate professor of management, published an opinion piece in the August 2, 2004 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer about the effective management of a baseball team. The article was also published in the Times Leader (PA).
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/sports/9298463.htm

Dr. Frank Ko, professor of materials engineering, was quoted in an article published in the August 2, 2004 edition of the Baltimore Sun about the molecular secrets of a spider's web and silk and the conditions under which the web is developed.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/health/bal-te.ms.spidey0802,1,1910968.story?coll=bal-home-headlines

Dr. Roy Smith, associate professor of human oncology, was featured in the online edition of Forbes magazine on August 3, 2004 about his research findings that chemotherapy offers no long-term colon cancer benefits.
http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2004/08/03/hscout520465.html

New student orientation was featured in a segment broadcast on WPHL's (WB-17) evening newscast on August 5, 2004.

Drexel was noted in the August 4, 2004 edition of the Philadelphia Daily News in an article about the newspaper's new cook-off competition in which a student from the University's culinary arts program will participate.
http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/living/9315085.htm

The Associated Press article that quoted Dr. Stanley Segall (above center), professor of bioscience and biotechnology, on the food for Olympians was published in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Ind.) on August 4, 2004 and the Billings Gazette (Mon.)
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/stories/20040804/localnews/978770.html

Dr. Joseph Martin (above right), professor of civil engineering, was featured in the August 5, 2004 edition of the Philadelphia Metro in an article about the damages from flooding to roadways in Philadelphia and the suburbs.
http://parex.metro.st/ftp/20040805_1000006.pdf

The University's nursing program was noted in an article posted to the Public Opinion Web site on August 4, 2004 about its partnership with Penn State Mont Alto Summit Health.
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/stories/20040804/localnews/978770.html

The Drexel University College of Medicine was featured in an editorial published in the August 5, 2004 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer about the agreement between the Commonwealth and Tenet on the closure of MCP Hospital.
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/9321953.htm

The Drexel University College of Medicine was featured on KYW1060 in a segment about its offering a mini-medical school beginning next month to educate the public at large about medicine.


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

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End of DREXEL WEEKLY DIGEST, Monday, 9 August 2004