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Drexel Will Recognize Nation’s Best “Use-inspired” Research Drexel’s research enterprise has grown by leaps and bounds, with annual research expenditures increasing from $15 million in 1996 to more than $100 million in each of the past three years. More important, our commitment to developing solutions that translate from the laboratory to human better-
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ment has helped secure our prominent place in the national research community. Our new Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award is another expression of our leadership in “use-inspired” research. This major annual award will honor a faculty member from any institution nationwide whose research has made a positive impact on the way we live. We named the award for our esteemed founder, Anthony J. Drexel, because its spirit is in keeping with Anthony’s wish for our University: that our activities enhance the world around us, that a Drexel education “should not only be good, but good for something.” The inaugural award will be presented in the field of biomedical engineering or related life sciences, an area where Drexel as a comprehensive
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university shines. Our traditional strength in biomed has been augmented by the Drexel University College of Medicine, and researchers across the University have been energized by the cross-disciplinary relationships forged. The Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award was made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor. This extraordinary generosity is further proof that as long as we continue to move Drexel in the right direction, our friends will continue to support our unique brand of teaching, research and service.
The Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award Will Honor Researchers Who Are Making a Difference The University has made a nationwide call for nominations for the inaugural Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award. Acknowledging that Drexel’s contributions to society are supported by the broader intellectual community of researchers, the Office of the Provost created the Exceptional Achievement Award to recognize individuals whose work transforms both research and the society it serves. The $100,000 annual award will honor a faculty member or researcher working at an institution of higher education or a non-profit research institution in the United States. The 2009 award will go to a scholar, scientist, engineer or clinician whose innovative translational research pushes the frontiers of biomedical engineering or related life sciences. The focus on translational, or “useinspired,” research mirrors Drexel’s commitment to working on real-world challenges. The University is soliciting nominations from presidents and provosts of research universities nationwide, as well as from the
broader academic and research communities. After the nomination deadline of March 15, a committee of experts selected by President Papadakis and Interim Provost Greenberg will choose the recipient. The award will be presented at a gala held in conjunction with the Translational Medicine Alliance Forum hosted by the Kauffman Foundation in Philadelphia in May, and the recipient will also be honored at the Drexel University College of Medicine Commencement ceremony on May 15. He or she will return to Drexel in the fall for activities with students and faculty, including a biomedicine seminar. The Anthony J. Drexel Award has been funded through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Because the award is intended to foster new connections between the University and the wider American research community, Drexel faculty members are not eligible to apply, but may nominate candidates. For more information on the award, visit www.drexel.edu/achievement.
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Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry with Drexel Law Dean Roger Dennis.
Dr. Robert Allen, associate professor at The iSchool, CoIST, presented “Future Opportunities in Scholarly Publication” as part of the SEB Section Symposium: Beyond Paper: Diversity, Importance and Validation of Non-traditional Web-based Scientific Publication at the Entomological Society of America Conference in Reno, Nevada. Dr. Allen also participated in the International Digital Curation Conference on “Radical Sharing: Transforming Science?” in Edinburgh, Scotland and a related workshop on approaches to education about digital curation. Sofia Jeon Athenikos, doctoral student, The iSchool at Drexel, received a student poster award for “The WikiPhil Portal: Extraction, Analysis and Visualization of Philosophical Connections using Wikipedia,” at the Fall 2008 Northeast Database and Information Retrieval Day at the University of Pennsylvania. Athenikos’ paper on the same project, with co-author Dr. Xia Lin, associate professor, was selected for presentation at the 2008 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS 2008) at the University of Chicago. Dr. Patrick C. Auth, associate clinical professor and director of the Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program, presented “ARC-PA: Is a Site Visit in Your Future?” and ”ARC-PA Hot Topics,” at the 2008 Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Education Forum in Savannah, Ga. Dr. Auth also presented “Assessing Experiential Learning in Geriatrics Using Reflection Papers” with Jose Barcega, assistant clinical professor, and Julie Kinzel, Nina Multak, Kathryn Grayce Barnes, and Robert Young, clinical instructors in the Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program; and a Clinical Coordinators Workshop at the same meeting. Dr. Michel Barsoum has been named the A. W. Grosvenor Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This position recognizes his professional accomplishments and personal efforts in development of the materials program at Drexel. This named professorship honors the department founder, A. W. “Doc” Grosvenor, who set the standard for faculty to maintain the highest quality of education and research. Barsoum, currently on sabbatical, and colleagues have published five papers in the Journal of Applied Physics, with another accepted and awaiting publication. Dr. Jonathan Spanier, associate professor of materials science and engineering, and graduate students Oren Leaffer, Shahram Amini, and Ted Scabarozi were among the co-authors. Chris Bates, men’s lacrosse head coach, spoke on “How to Build a 6v6 Half-Field Offense” at the National Coaches Clinic in Baltimore, Md., attended by college and high school coaches from across the country. Jen Blazina, professor of visual arts, conducted a workshop in alternative screen-printing at the Kala Institute in Berkeley, Calif. Blazina had her works, “Recollection” and “Bittersweet,” featured in a show at Bahdee Bahdu. Blazina’s work, “Class of 1940,” will be featured in a show at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. Blazina’s work was also included in “Transformation 6,” a collection of works organized by the Society for Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.
Pakistan’s Chief Justice Visits Earle Mack School of Law Pakistan’s Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, a hero to attorneys around the world, met with students, faculty and guests at a reception at the Earle Mack School of Law on November 20. Chaudhry became a key figure in the crisis that erupted in Pakistan last year, when then-president Pervez Musharraf suspended the constitution and placed him and other Supreme Court justices under house arrest. The crisis erupted as Pakistan’s Supreme Court began reviewing Musharraf’s eligibility to hold office while remaining leader of the Pakistan army. Musharraf had seized power in a 1999 coup and sought to extend his presidency through elections in 2007. Dean Roger Dennis welcomed Chaudhry and a delegation of attorneys who traveled with him from Pakistan to the United States. His visit to Philadelphia was co-sponsored by Drexel Law, Penn Law, the South Asia Center, Penn Law National Lawyers Guild, Penn Law Dean’s Speakers Fund and the Pakistan Justice Coalition.
Drexel and Air Products Renew Their Partnership
Air Products, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Drexel have agreed to continue their joint cooperation agreement for an integrated “3-2” program, enabling two exceptional Chinese students per year to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and a corporate work assignment. “Finding and educating the best and the brightest is truly an amazing component of this program,” said Dr. Selcuk Guceri, dean of the College of Engineering. “We’re honored to be a part of such a pioneering program with SJTU and Air Products. It’s a novel approach to recruiting and building international talent in an increasingly competitive recruiting environment.” The first two students to join the program were Dawei Ren and Qinling Shen. They are currently working at Air Products in six-month process technology assignments as part of the overall curriculum. Sponsorship costs for the program, including transportation, room, board and tuition, are covered by Air Products and Drexel. Students accepted into the program enroll in an agreed-upon course of study. The initial focus of the program is in chemical and mechanical engineering disciplines.
Diana Hare Receives Corporate Counsel Excellence Award Diana Hare (center) with her colleagues at Drexel and DUCoM, left to right: Laure Bachich Ergin, deputy general counsel; JuHwon Lee, associate general counsel; Tim Raynor, assistant general counsel; Tobey Oxholm, executive vice president and chief of staff; and Michael Exler, vice president and general counsel.
Diana Hare, Esq., associate general counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the Drexel University College of Medicine, was the recipient of the 2008 Corporate Counsel Excellence Award, conferred by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (DELVACCA) at an awards presentation on December 17 at the Union League of Philadelphia. The awards honor the work of DELVACCA’s leading in-house practitioners and member companies who make significant contributions to furthering the organization’s objectives and who demonstrate excellence in the principles of in-house practice and standards of the profession. Hare was recognized for her work establishing a partnership between DELVACCA and the Earle Mack School of Law, which is thought to be the nation’s only relationship of its type, and for her work as an active volunteer in numerous activities that facilitate global understanding and peacemaking initiatives with a local impact. Vare has long been a member of Philadelphia’s International Visitor’s Council and has used her Russian-language expertise to host Russian visitors from the State Department, among many others. 2
Left to right: Dr. George Tsetsekos, dean, LeBow College, Virginia Chapel and R. John Chapel, Jr. ’67, retired president and CEO of AVIEL Systems Inc.
Chapel Family Endows Dean’s Chair in Leadership at LeBow College of Business with $2.5 Million Gift by Niki Gianakaris ith a $2.5 million gift to his alma mater, R. John Chapel Jr. ’67, former president and CEO of AVIEL Systems, Inc., and his wife, Virginia, endowed the first dean’s chair in leadership at LeBow College of Business. Drexel is the second private university in the nation to have an endowed dean’s chair. “I am very impressed with the leadership demonstrated by Dean George Tsetsekos of the LeBow College,” said Chapel. “Endowing the dean’s chair will provide him with a discretionary fund that can be used to advance the college and prepare graduates to enter the business world with a solid education well grounded in leadership and ethics.” Resources from the dean’s chair will support the current dean and will help attract subsequent leaders of LeBow College. Funds will be used to enhance various programs selected by Chapel and Tsetsekos. Tsetsekos will be named as the first holder of the R. John Chapel, Jr., Dean’s Chair in Leadership at Drexel. “John is an exceptional business school alumnus,” said Tsetsekos. “On behalf of LeBow students, I thank him and Virginia for their support of our mission. The dean’s chair will further enhance our reputation as an institution of progressive knowledge and research in the contemporary business environment.” Chapel originally enrolled at Drexel in 1961 to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Financial difficulties forced him to postpone his studies and seek full-time employment for a couple of years. He began working as a design draftsman, but soon realized he wanted to return to college and earn a degree in business. He returned to Drexel, joined the football team, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1967 after carrying 23 credits during his last term. “I realized that what I learned in my marketing and finance classes would be of great use to me when I got out of school,” said Chapel, who specializes in helping emerging companies plan and execute successful growth strategies resulting in significant market expansion. Over the years he has been able to build on his education with practical experience and has leveraged both to
become a successful businessman. Chapel incorporated the Virginia-based AVIEL Systems, Inc. in January 2006 to bring the company’s two subsidiaries, OPTIMUS and Performance Management Consulting, Inc. (PMC) together under a single banner. In 2008, the company had about 400 employees and nearly $80 million in revenue. AVIEL is an acronym Chapel and his wife came up with using the names of their three grandchildren: Avery (AV), Ian (I), and Ella (EL). The company serves federal government agencies in areas critical to national security, transportation, and defense. Areas of expertise include management and IT consulting, technology infrastructure outsourcing and integration, financial management, enterprise integration and information assurance. Chapel previously served as COO of Computer & Hi-Tech Management, a professional services company specializing in providing IT services and solutions to the Department of Defense and the public sector, where he led the company’s successful transformation and acquisition. He played a similar role as president and COO of ANDRULIS Corporation, tripling the IT services firm’s revenues in three years, with considerable growth resulting in a successful acquisition. He also served as vice president and CFO of the MSEC group of ManTech International, which provided personnel and IT services in both the public and private sectors. Chapel has also held executive management roles in other private and public firms. He currently serves on the boards of several businesses and community organizations. Chapel has sold AVIEL, but plans to remain active in business and has established a company, White Hall Capital LLC, a private equity company that will continue investing in government services companies. He and his wife currently live in Ashburn, Virginia. They have two sons: Jay, who lives in Switzerland with his wife and three children; and Christopher, who is recently engaged and lives in Washington, D.C. Chapel enjoys golf, as well as cooking and wine, and has an interest in cars. 3
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Dr. Lisa Bowleg, a professor at the School of Public Health, was honored on World AIDS Day with a Red Ribbon Award from the community advisory board of the Penn Center for AIDS Research for her research on HIV/AIDS. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of HIV/AIDS in the categories of policymaker, researcher, community member and youth. Dr. Robert J. Chapman, clinical assistant professor of behavioral health counseling, is providing training on Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based “best practice” used in providing treatment to individuals with substance-abuse disorders for Gaudenzia Inc., an alcohol and drug treatment program. Dr. Dianne Dulicai, adjunct faculty in the Department of Creative Arts Therapy, received the American Dance Therapy Association’s most prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the ADTA’s 43rd Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Alison A. Evans, professor, School of Public Health, was appointed to a committee at the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies to review morbidity and mortality due to chronic viral hepatitis in the United States and to recommend future research and policy. Dr. Ellen Feld, clinical associate professor in the Physician Assistant Program, and Dr. Sherry W. Goodill, chairperson, Department of Creative Arts Therapy, published “Keeping a Promise When a Life Is Near Its End,” in The New York Times. Dr. Arthur L. Frank, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health, spoke at the Inhaled Particles X meeting in Sheffield, England about his asbestos research in Qingdao, People’s Republic of China. Dr. Frank also spoke to Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos Group in England. In Mumbai, India, he addressed physicians at the Factory Advise Service and Labour Institute and lectured at a meeting of the Employee’s State Insurance Corporation. Both sessions in India were devoted to occupational health issues. Dr. Stephen F. Gambescia, associate professor of health services administration and assistant dean for academic and student affairs, was elected to the Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Dr. Gambescia was also a panel presenter on “Marketing Health Education to Employers” at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. Mike Glaser, professor of product design, presented a lecture, “Induced Creativity, Intuition and Wisdom in the Production of Co-created Solutions” at the Usability Professionals Association Europe 2008 Conference in Turin, Italy. Glaser also led a workshop at the conference. Dr. Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, associate professor and associate dean for undergraduate programs, MSN programs and continuing nursing education, presented a poster, “Students with Mental Health Issues: Legal Implications for Nursing Faculty and Academic
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Administrators,” at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Yury Gogotsi, trustee chair professor of materials science and engineering, and Dr. Patrice Simon of Universite Paul Sabatier, published a review, “Materials for Electrochemical Supercapacitors,” in Nature Materials. Dr. Gogotsi also published a paper, “Nitrogen Modified Carbide-derived Carbons as Adsorbents of Hydrogen Sulfide,” in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. Dr. Jeffrey Greenhaus, professor of management and William A. Mackie Chaired Professor, was highlighted in the Journal of Management. He was named number 56 among the 150 most cited authors in the field of management between 1981 and 2004. Dr. Greenhouse was noted for being cited at least 1,184 times. Dr. Philip Handel, professor and program director for Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Culinary Science and Food Science, was consulting author on the recently published book, The Science of Good Food: The Ultimate Reference on How Cooking Works, by David Joachim and Andrew Schloss, published by Robert Rose, Inc. Flossie Ierardi, clinical assistant professor of creative arts in therapy, was invited to facilitate a music experiential for the opening ceremony of the Passages Conference for Music Therapy Graduate Students and New Professionals at Immaculata University. She was assisted by music therapy students from the Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy Program: Rachael Bond, Rachel Haimovich, Nicole Jenkins, Carolyn Kantor, Clarissa Lacson, and Ryann Lynch. Dr. Miriam N. Kotzin, director of the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing and associate professor of English, had a collection of her poetry, Reclaiming the Dead, published by New American Press. Dr. Hyokjin Kwak, associate professor of marketing, was invited to serve on the editorial review board of the International Journal of Advertising, ranked one of the top three advertising journals and one of the top 20 marketing journals. Dr. Joseph Lema, assistant professor of hospitality management, presented a paper, “Towards Sustainable Development for Montserrat,” at the University of the West Indies Montserrat Second Country Conference. The paper, “Sustainable Tourism Development in Montserrat,“ was co-authored with Dr. Phil Handel, associate professor and program director in hospitality management. Dr. Bijou Lester, professor of economics, published “Prefrontal Cortex Dysfunction and Attitudes toward Money: A Study in Neuroeconomics,” in the Journal of Socio-Economics and “Reflections on Rational Choice: The Existence of Systemic Irrationality,” in the Journal of Socio-Economics. Dr. Lester also presented her paper “An Exploratory Analysis of Composite Choices,” at the IAREP/SABE World Conference in Rome, Italy and received the 2008 Appreciation Award for her leadership serving as SABE president for 2006-08 from the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral
Capt. Chris Ferguson ’84 shows his Blue and Gold spirit onboard the space shuttle “Endeavour.”
Alumnus Christopher Ferguson Named 2009 Engineer of the Year apt. Christopher Ferguson, recently returned commander of the space shuttle Endeavour, will be the College of Engineering’s 2009 Engineer of the Year. Ferguson will be honored at a banquet at the end of Engineers Week, a series of events held annually in February that promotes engineering as a discipline. Ferguson ’84, a Drexel mechanical engineering graduate, successfully docked the space shuttle with the International Space Station on November 16. He has logged a total of 27 days in space on his three missions. Ferguson has kept strong ties to Drexel, serving as a mentor to aspiring astronauts and hosting groups of students at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The College of Engineering will honor Ferguson at a ceremony on February 20.
Q&A with Captain Chris Ferguson ‘84 When you were at Drexel were you already thinking about becoming an astronaut? Yes, but it was something that seemed so far from reality that I didn’t seriously think it was possible. While I was a student, I watched the STS-1 shuttle launch from the lobby of what was then the Creese Student Center. It was an engineer’s dream… everyone who thought seriously about engineering was enthralled by the possibility of working on such a project. Were there any “defining moments” for you at Drexel? The second trimester of my freshman year was particularly trying. Unlike many of my peers to whom college and the process of ‘learning’ seemed to come naturally, I struggled at first. I watched a few friends flounder in the engineering curriculum and decide to switch majors. After a few dismal exams (I think it was engineering statics) I was in a do-or-die situation. Perseverance paid off, and I eventually ‘got it.’ My success, though, didn’t come without a few trials and some soul-searching. Eventually I realized that success is much sweeter when you work your butt off to achieve it. What’s it like to walk in space? ‘Spacewalker’ is a term used to describe someone who performs what NASA calls an EVA or Extravehicular Activity. Floating in the internal expanse of the International Space Station is both a joy and a
frustration. Once beyond the thrill, commuting from one place to another requires a conscious effort to stay in control, always looking for the next opportunity to anchor oneself to a surface. It’s entirely possible to get ‘stuck’ in the middle of nowhere and embarrassing to ask a passing crewmember for a push to the nearest wall. Explain the work you did on the recent mission to develop the capacity to turn urine into water. I recently learned that the water samples we returned from our mission have been tested, and the analysis has come up nothing less than outstanding. The water is at least as pure as the bottled water we drink here. We’ll never leave the confines of low Earth orbit to build an outpost on the Moon or go on to Mars if we have to drag our water with us… it’s simply too heavy. This system is a prerequisite for the next steps. Did you think that the Phillies would win the Series, or that you’d walk in space? In the same year? Philadelphia is my hometown, so I’m a big Phillies fan. Chase Utley’s jersey was safely stowed aboard Endeavour during our recent mission. I made that arrangement with the Phillies organization long before anyone knew they would become World Series champs. But, I would have been just as happy to have it aboard even if they came in last!
Drexel Wins Third Straight CAA Blood Challenge
Drexel has won the CAA Blood Challenge for the third consecutive year with another outstanding effort. Drexel had 826 actual donors, resulting in 822 productive units of blood collected. The University of Delaware, which won the first four CAA Blood Challenges, from 2002 through 2005, finished second with 604 donors. “Drexel Athletics considers the CAA Blood Challenge to be an important priority for several reasons: it gives our student-athletes an opportunity to lead and serve their campus and community, for Drexel faculty, staff, administration and students to collectively generate institutional pride, and for us to partner with the American Red Cross, one of the most important charitable organizations in this country,” said Dr. Eric Zillmer, director of athletics. “Winning the CAA Blood Drive for the third year in a row demonstrates our campus’ commitment to civic engagement.”
Gabriela Marginean Leads the Nation in Basketball Scoring Drexel junior Gabriela Marginean had the distinction of leading all scorers in NCAA Div. I women’s basketball as of mid-December. The forward is averaging 27.1 points per game. She has already reached the 30-point mark in four games this season, including back-to-back 30-point games at the start of the season. Marginean, who was the CAA’s preseason Player of the Year selection, has already been named conference co-Player of the Week twice this season. In addition to her scoring prowess,
Marginean is also leading the team in rebounds, steals, field-goal and free-throw percentages. Romanian-born Marginean has made cameos on the national stage in each of her three seasons at Drexel. As a freshman she was recognized for her play on ESPN after scoring 47 points and grabbing 22 rebounds during Drexel’s NCAA Div. I record five-overtime victory over Northeastern. Last season, as a sophomore, she led the NCAA in free-throw percentage, shooting 91.5 percent from the charity stripe. She also became the first player in Drexel history to reach 1,000 points, doing so in just 58 career games.
School of Education Merges with Goodwin College The Goodwin College of Professional Studies and the School of Education have completed a merger, recently announced by Dr. William Lynch, dean of the Goodwin College of General Studies. This is the first step in restructuring Goodwin College. The name of the college will officially remain the Richard C. Goodwin College of Professional Studies but will be shortened to Goodwin College in its marketing efforts. The College will now include two distinct schools. The School of Education will continue with its current mission and offerings. The newly created School of Applied Management and Technology will encompass the academic programs formerly housed at Goodwin College. The following new programs will be offered beginning in fall 2009: B.S. and M.S. in Property Management; M.S. in Project Management; M.S. in Construction Management; M.S. in Professional Studies; and M.S. in Hospitality Management with concentrations and credit certificates in Gaming and Casino Management and Global Tourism.
David L. Cohen Named 2008 Business Leader of the Year
David L. Cohen, Esq., this year’s recipient of LeBow College’s Business Leader of the Year award, was honored at a luncheon on December 4 at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. $400,000 was raised at the luncheon. Proceeds from the event will establish a scholarship fund and support academic programs to advance Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. Left to right: Dr. George Tsetsekos, dean, LeBow College; William J. Avery (1997 honoree); David Cohen; Hugh C. Long (2007 honoree); and President Papadakis.
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Economics. Dr. Lester published co-authored papers, “Reflections on Rational Choice: The Existence of Systemic Irrationality” and “Prefrontal Cortex Dysfunction and Attitudes Toward Money: A Study in Neuroeconomics,” in the Journal of Socio-Economics; published “On the Accuracy of Statistical Procedures in Microsoft Excel 2007” in Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. He also published “Microsoft Excel’s ‘Not the Wichmann-Hill’ Random Number Generators” in the same publication, and “Regression Analysis of Proportions in Finance with Self Selection” in the Journal of Empirical Finance. Dr. McCullough, Dr. Kerry Anne McGeary and Dr. Teresa Harrison, assistant professors of economics, published “Do Economics Journal Archives Promote Replicable Research?” in the Canadian Journal of Economics. Nina Multak, clinical instructor, Hahnemann Physician Assistant’s Program, facilitated a “Simulation Special Interest Group” at the 2008 PAEA Annual Education Forum in Savannah, Ga. Dr. Delia Neuman, associate professor and director of the School Library Media Program, The iSchool at Drexel, presented “I-LEARN: A Model for Creating Knowledge” at ASIS&T 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Neuman presented “The Future of Libraries” and “Learning in an Information Rich Environment” at the annual conference of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Dr. Ana Núñez presented “Sexual Health, Safety and Planning for Sexual Safety: The Intersection of HIV/ AIDS and Intimate Partner Violence“ to the Title Xfunded Family Planning Clinics in Southeastern Pennsylvania at their Medical Directors Fall Forum. Dr. Núñez addressed early identification of relationship violence and sexually transmitted infections in highrisk patients of reproductive age. Bruce Pollock, professor of visual arts, is featured in “Abstract Invitational,” an exhibit of small-scale works by emerging, mid-career and established artists the Philadelphia area, at The Gallery at Delaware County Community College. Olive Prince, professor of dance, premiered his new work at “In Performance: 48 Hours” at SHMD Studio and “Paraphrase/Nexus” in the Crane Arts Building. Stuart Rome, professor of photography, gave a talk, “Between Frames: Koichiro Kurita and Stuart Rome,” at Project Basho Gallery,, discussing how these photographers’ perceptions of the environment have evolved from their interactions with nature. Irv Schlanger, auxiliary instructor of computing and security technology, was elected president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association for 2009. Ryan Schwabe, music industry recording studio manager, also known as ONEdependent, has released an album with artist Taki76, “ONEdependent and Taki76 present: Radio Recession.” Priyanka Shah, Stefanie Hallman and Ji Young Lo, all BS/MS students in BIOMED, won first place at the Student Concept Competition of the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology for
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“Innovations for the Aging Baby Boomer Market,” for their project, “A Chronobiological Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease Management.” Dr. Il-Yeol Song, professor, The iSchool at Drexel, presented a paper, “A Multi-level Methodology for Developing UML Sequence Diagrams,” at the 27th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling (ER2008) in Barcelona, Spain. The paper was coauthored by Ritu Khare, doctoral student, Margaret Hilsbos, master’s student, and Dr. Yuan An, assistant professor, The iSchool at Drexel. Dr. Song presented a paper, “A Comprehensive Aspect-Oriented Use Case Method for Modeling Complex Business Requirements,” at the 4th International Workshop on Foundation and Practices, co-authored by Caimei Lu, iSchool doctoral student; Dr. Song served as the general chair for the ACM Eleventh International Workshop on Data Warehousing and OLAP held at Napa Valley, Calif.; accepted an invitation to serve on the program committee of the 13th International Workshop on Exploring Modeling Methods for Systems Analysis and Design (EMMSAD 2009) in Amsterdam; and, with doctoral student Ritu Khare, assistant professor Yuan An and graduate students Suan Lee, Sang-Pil Kim, Jinho Kim and Yang-Sae Moon, presented “SAMSTAR: An Automatic Tool for Generating Star Schemas from an EntityRelationship Diagram.” Dr. Song delivered an invited talk, “Corporate Consultation and Innovation,” at the Fourth Conference on Consulting Korea 2008, organized by the Korea Ministry of Small and Medium Businesses, Seoul, Korea. Dr. Song also accepted an invitation to serve on the program committee of the 13th International Workshop on Exploring Modeling Methods for Systems Analysis and Design (EMMSAD 2009) in Amsterdam. Dr. Patricia Dunphy Suplee, assistant professor ; Dr. Vicki D. Lachman, clinical associate professor; Barbara Siebert and Dr. Katherine Kaby Anselmi, clinical assistant professors in the School of Nursing, published “Managing Nursing Student Incivility in the Classroom, Clinical Setting, and On-Line,” in the Journal of Nursing Law. Jervis Thompson, professor of digital media, was selected to attend Adobe’s first Director and Shockwave Education Assembly in Puerto Rico. Thompson created an Adobe Director tutorial, which will debut at the assembly. Following the event, the tutorial will be available to the public on Adobe’s site. Blaise Tobia, professor of digital media, was featured in a solo show, “Blaise Tobia: Open Studio,” at Silicon Gallery. Darren Walters, instructor of music industry, was interviewed about his record label Jade Tree, the record business and his personal life in the book Punk Rock Labels and the Struggle for Autonomy by Alan O’Connor. Walters also contributed information and memorabilia from his archives to the book Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music by Nathan Nedorostek and Anthony Pappalardo. His record label, Jade Tree, was included in the book, Post: A Look at the Influence of PostHardcore-1985-2007 by Eric Grubbs.
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Jane Bryan ’67, Drexel’s director of libraries, died on December 15 due to complications of amyloidosis. Bryan became director of libraries in 2005. Her previous position was at Princeton University where she was associate university librarian for public services and collection development. Prior to joining Princeton, she was head of the reference department of the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library, where she worked for more than 30 years. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in library science from Drexel in 1967. Bryan was born in Upper Darby, Pa. and grew up in Birmingham, Mich. In addition to her husband of 44 years, Bryan is survived by her two children, Thomas and Sophie, a sister, a niece, a nephew and several cousins. Plans for a memorial service had not been finalized when the Drexelink went to print.
Dr. Herman Gollwitzer Dr. Herman Gollwitzer, associate professor emeritus of the Department of Mathematics, died on December 3 due to complications from a bone marrow transplant. Dr. Gollwitzer joined the faculty in 1969 and became a major contributor to the development of the department. He had a distinguished career as a researcher, teacher and departmental leader. He will be remembered as a dedicated and challenging teacher, and as an energetic mathematician. He was one of the first professors at Drexel to develop software for his classes after personal computers had become standard for students. In 1988, he received the Distinguished Software Award for the application “Phase Portraits” from EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL. During his last year at Drexel, Dr. Gollwitzer was one of the organizers of the national Workshop on the Teaching of Linear Algebra. He retired from Drexel in September 2006. Dr. Gollwitzer is survived by his wife, Judy Gollwitzer, their daughter Meghan and their grandchildren.
rexel University College of Medicine broke ground on December 18 at the Queen Lane Medical Campus on a new building that will house a state-of-the-art medical simulation center. The simulation center will be among the most innovative simulation facilities in the nation. It will include the latest high-fidelity human patient simulators and screen-based simulation programs, as well as newly designed standardized patient encounter rooms. High-fidelity patient simulators are computerdriven robotic mannequins that exhibit life-like vital signs, including heartbeat, blood pressure, and body and eye movement. They can be programmed to display a variety of normal and abnormal conditions, and to respond realistically to student interventions, such as intubation, drug injection or cardiac defibrillation. They can even be programmed to speak or cry out in pain. The simulation center is only part of the $9.3 million project planned at Queen Lane. The new building will also house Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership and the Office of Executive Leadership in Academics, which includes the nationally respected Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.
Drexel Helping “Lost Boys” Re-unite with Their Families The Drexel University Writing Program is sponsoring a read-a-thon to raise funds to reunite “Lost Boys” with their Sudanese families still living abroad. Lost Boys living in the Philadelphia area will compete for this honor by writing a 250 to 500 word essay on the importance of a reunion with their families to achieve their future goals. The Lost Boys are deeply committed to furthering their education. One or more will be chosen to re-unite with their families, depending on how much money is raised. After escaping attacks on their villages in Southern Sudan, the Lost Boys walked 1,200 miles on a desert trek to safety, living in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia for the following ten years. In 2000, political asylum in the United States was granted to 3,000 Lost Boys. Approximately 200 of those are currently living in the Philadelphia area. Last year, the Drexel Writing Program raised funds to unite Lost Boy Michael Kuch with his mother in Australia. If you would like to participate as a reader, teacher or donor, visit www.drexel.edu/writing program/events/reunionproject.html or email Harriet Millan, director of the Drexel Writing Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-895-6485.
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HIGHLIGHTING GRANTS FROM AROUND THE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Robert Gilmore, professor of physics, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the project “Strange Attractors: Description and Visualization” for $70,000. Dr. Banu Onaral, H. H. Sun Professor and Director, BIOMED (PI), and Co-PI Dr. Elisabeth Papazoglou, assistant professor, BIOMED; Dr. Kambiz Pourrezaei, professor, BIOMED; Dr. Paul Oh, associate professor of materials engineering; Dr. Meltem Izzetoglu, research assistant professor, BIOMED; Dr. Alexander Fridman, John A. Nyheim Chair Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering and Mechanics, and Dr. Richard Hamilton, associate professor, DUCoM, were awarded a Department of Defense Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center grant for $2.75 million for their project “Response Technologies for Complex Medical Emergencies.” Dr. Gordon Richards, assistant professor of physics, received a grant from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for $82,245 for the project “Is the Structure of the Dusty Torus Related to the Physics of the Accretion Disk?” The School of Public Health was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Pfizer Inc. to lead a public health grand rounds lecture series that focuses on leadership in core areas of public health. Drexel’s
School of Public Health was one of only 12 schools nationwide to receive the grant. Dr. Renee Turchi, assistant teaching professor of community health and prevention, will serve as the principal investigator on the grant. The School of Public Health was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from Autism Speaks to lead a national conference on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) research in fall 2009. The conference will examine ethical and risk communications issues of ASD research, as well as help address health disparities in the communication of autism research findings. Dr. Michael Yudell, assistant professor of community health and prevention, and Dr. Craig Newschaffer, the chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, will co-organize the conference. Dr. Patricia Dunphy Suplee, assistant professor and assistant dean of special projects in nursing, was awarded a grant for her work, “Sustaining Diverse Nursing Student Cohorts in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs” from the Health Resources and Services Administration for $58,000. Dr. Enrico Vesperini, research professor of physics, received a grant for $67,144 from the Space Telescope Science Institute for the project, “Dynamical Evolution of Young Clusters in Merging Galaxies.”
Dr. Yen Wei, Herman B. Wagner Professor of Chemistry and director of the Drexel Center for Advanced Polymers and Materials Chemistry, has been invited to serve as panelist on the Proposal Review Committees for the NASA Postdoctoral Program at the Institute for Science and Education of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and for the University of California Discovery Grants of the UC Industry-University Cooperative Research Program (IUCRP). Dr.Wei presented three papers at the 236th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia: “Monomer Templated Mesoporous Materials for Dental Applications,” co-authored with Indraneil Mukherjee, Dr. Andreas Mylonakis, Dr. Shuxi Li and Dr. Solomon Samuel, professors of chemistry; “Protection of Horseradish Peroxidase in Harsh Aqueous and Organic Environments using a Novel Double Encapsulation Approach,” co-authored with Dr. Mylonakis, Indraneil Mukherjee, Sudipto Das and Dr. Li, professors of chemistry; and “Additive Enhanced Controlled and Living Free Radical Polymerization of Methacrylates by Stabilized Nitroxide Unimolecular Initiators,” co-authored with Dr. Gregory Pomrink of Dentsply International Inc. and Drs. Shuxi Li and Alpa Patel, professors of chemistry. Adam Yore, doctoral student in finance, won the 2008 Excellence in Ethics Dissertation Proposal Competition hosted by the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
President Papadakis greets Paul Hirshorn, chairman, Department of Architecture, at the holiday party.
“SEASON’S GREENINGS” HOLIDAY PARTY President Papadakis and his wife, Eliana, wished faculty and staff “season’s greenings” with this year’s environmentally friendly holiday party featuring everything from energy-efficient lighting to zero plastic to locally grown foods. Even the invitations were eco-friendly, with the president’s office opting for email over paper. The president’s annual party reflected the new green spirit at Drexel and the University’s Drexel Green initiative for a more sustainable environment.
Dean Gloria Donnelly, College of Nursing and Health Professions, with her husband, Joseph.
Left to right: Dr. Eric Zillmer, Carl R. Pacifico Professor of Neuropsychology, director of athletics and master of ceremonies at the President’s Annual Holiday Party, with President and Mrs. Papadakis.
Storyteller “EcoMan” keeps children spellbound in the Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery during the party.
President Papadakis celebrating with Delphia Johnson.
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“Defenders of Democracy” Exhibition Opens at Hagerty Library A special exhibition, “Defenders of Democracy: The American Response to Greece’s Role in World War II,” opens on Monday, January 5 at the Hagerty Library, located at 33rd and Market Streets. “Defenders of Democracy” vividly tells the story of the American response to the tiny nation of Greece’s heroic role during World War II. The exhibition features a collection of photographs, memorabilia, ephemera, newspapers, magazines and other items, primarily from the collection of Gregory C. Pappas, including the largest known private collection of authentic Greek War Relief Association propaganda posters, which were printed in the 1940s to rally support from the public. Gregory C. Pappas is the founder of Cosmos Communications Group Inc., the company that publishes Greek America magazine and handles a number of public affairs advisory-related services for clients in Greece and the United States. The exhibition will be hosted by Greek Studies and sponsored by the Greek America Foundation and Greek America magazine. Major funding for the exhibition was received from the John G. Rangos Charitable Foundation and Calamos Investments. The exhibition is curated by Pappas and Konstantinos Malindretos of Athens, Greece. For more information, email Dr. Maria Hnaraki at email@example.com or call 215-895-6143.
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