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Drexel Advances by Double Digits in Rankings; Named "School to Watch" The 2009 U.S.News & World Report rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” were released on August 22 and Drexel is now ranked 89th in the category of “Best National Universities.” This is the University’s highest ranking ever and its first appearance in the top 100. Drexel was tied for 108th in last year’s rankings. This year, U.S. News created a new category, the nation’s top “up-and-coming schools.” Selected by administrators at peer schools, these institutions have demonstrated “the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.” Only 20 national universities made this exclusive list, and Drexel ranked sixth. To make the list, the universities had to have “recently made striking improvements or innovations” and be regarded as “schools everyone should be watching.” The article states, “These colleges may not be at the top of the rankings (yet), but they’re tops for innovation.” “This news confirms that we provide a superior educational experience to our students and outstanding scholarship and research opportunities to our faculty,” said President Papadakis. “Our success in doing so has led to unprecedented qualitative and quantitative growth, thanks to the hard work and energetic commitment to service of Drexel’s students, faculty and staff.” Drexel has gone from the third tier of national universities as recently as 2003 to the top 90. The University is now ranked ahead of benchmark institutions Northeastern and Illinois Institute of Technology and among the best 50 private universities in the country. Factors that U.S. News cited as reasons for Drexel’s higher position in the rankings include improved graduation rate, smaller classes and improved test scores for freshmen. “In comparing the national universities that were ranked in both 2008 and 2009, Drexel showed the largest improvement in the rankings with a 19-point gain. Only four universities showed a double-digit positive change in ranking,” said Papadakis. The U.S. News rankings group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Drexel is also identified by U.S. News as offering one of the best cooperative education programs in the country. The article about Drexel’s selection as an “up-and-coming” school is available at www.drexel.edu/univrel/schools_news1.pdf
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Dr. Stacey E. Ake, assistant professor of philosophy, Department of English and Philosophy, CoAS, discussed her current book manuscript on semiotics and the evolution of human selfconsciousness during the 54th annual Star Island Conference of The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, “Emergence: Nature’s Mode of Creativity—The Human Dimension,” held in the Isles of Shoals off Portsmouth, N.H. Jane Bokunewicz, instructor, GCoPS, along with Hospitality Management students Evan Labov, Jillian Mixner, Brian Nardone, Joseph Perino, P.J. Rebovich, Ashley Somerville, Jill Stasak and Will Tremain, published a study, “Operational Trends: Younger Gamblers Seek Community-based, Skillbased Games,” in Gaming Industry Observer. Dr. Lisa Bowleg, associate professor, SPH, coauthored the article, “Evaluating the Validity and Reliability of a Modified Schedule of Sexist Events: Implications for Public Health Research on Women’s HIV Risk Behaviors,” in Women & Health. Dr. Bowleg was an invited peer reviewer of an HIV/AIDS grant for a collaboration between researchers in Sweden and South Africa for the National Research Foundation in Stockholm. She presented “The Science of HIV Prevention: An Overview of What Works (and Doesn’t)” at the ninth annual AIDS Education Prevention and Outreach Summit in Philadelphia, and gave the invited presentation, “Representing Heterosexually Black Men in Philadelphia: The REPRESENT Study,” to the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Community Advisory Board Meeting. Susan Brooks, associate dean for experiential learning, and associate professors Kevin Oates and Emily Zimmerman, Earle Mack School of Law, will present “Lessons from the Front Lines of Experiential Education” at the Legal Education at the Crossroads Conference at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Dr. Ed Bureau, associate professor, SoE, gave a presentation, “Educating the ‘Whole Child’—An Initiative to Make a Difference for Learners,” at the Pennsylvania Student Services Symposium, and “Educating the ‘Whole Child’—Implications for School District Policies, Programs and Practices” at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association’s Symposium on Educational Issues. The “Whole Child” initiative encourages educating students to be engaged, motivated, healthy, safe and knowledgeable. Elizabeth Dale, senior vice president for institutional advancement, was recently asked to present her expertise in issues related to fundraising by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and The United Way. The Coulter Foundation, an organization that
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HIGHLIGHTING GRANTS FROM AROUND THE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Joel Allred, research professor in the Department of Physics, CoAS, received a three-year, $440,000 grant from NASA for his project “Magnetogram Synthesis—A Vital Data Analysis Component of a Space Weather Prediction Infrastructure.” Dr. Kevin Olson, research professor in physics, is co-PI on this project. Drs. Young Cho (PI) and Alexander Fridman (coPI), both of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, CoE, were awarded a grant by the Department of Energy for their project “Application of Spark Pulses for Scale Prevention and Continuous Filtration Methods.” This three-year project will receive a total funding of $1,004,174. Dr. Charles Haas, Betz Professor of Environmental Engineering and head of the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering, CoE, received a $400,000 award from the Philadelphia Water Department to develop methods to conduct microbial source tracking in the waters comprising the watershed for the Philadelphia Water Department. Drs. Grace Hsuan, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering; Richard Cairncross, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering; and Christopher Li, Department of
Drexel Votes 2008 Gears Up for Election In the weeks leading up to April’s Pennsylvania primary, Drexel Votes 2008 registered nearly 2,000 new voters on campus. The initiative’s goal for the fall is to increase registration numbers for the November election through a multipronged approach that includes a special voter registration effort for all students, with a focus on incoming freshmen and transfer students. Volunteers are needed to help with student registration.. Plans are under way for a voter registration rally at the Drexel Armory on September 29. Drexel Votes would like faculty to take a few minutes of class time prior to the Pennsylvania voter registration deadline of October 6 to discuss the importance of voting. In addition, Drexel Votes is seeking people who would like to 2
Materials Science and Engineering, CoE, have been awarded a $340,000 National Science Foundation grant for “Depletion Mechanisms of Antioxidants in Polyethylene Clay Nanocomposites.” The iSchool at Drexel, CoIST, received a software gift valued at $155,400 from Satori Group, Inc., a provider of enterprise-class business performance management solutions. The software will be used in classes and several research projects in the Data Mining and Bioinformatics Lab. Dr. MinJun Kim, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, CoE, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant for “Biologically Inspired Robotic Microswimmers.” The budget for this three-year project is $500,000. Dr. Kevin Olson, research professor, Department of Physics, CoAS, received a $45,000 grant from the Naval Research Laboratory for his project, “Parallel Adaptive Meshing for Magnetohydrodynamics Simulation Models.” Dr. Caroline Schauer, professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, CoE, has been awarded an NSF-GOALI grant for $293,786 in a partnership with Avon Cosmetics for “Mechanically Robust Structural Color System Based on Biomimetic Principles.’
help plan and execute voter-education activities on campus this fall. Drexel Votes 2008 is a coalition of student groups, schools and colleges and other centers at Drexel, under the leadership of Dr. Mark Greenberg, interim provost, and Jane Bryan, director of libraries. The Center for Civic Engagement, a participant in Drexel Votes, and Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy have developed a plan to recruit 100 students to serve as poll watchers in Philadelphia’s 24th Ward, where Drexel is located, on Election Day. The Committee of Seventy will conduct special training sessions for Drexel volunteers beginning in early October. For additional information, email Dorothy Schwartz at Hagerty Library at email@example.com. More information is available about the 2008 campaign issues and the voting process on the Drexel Votes 2008 Web site at drexel.edu/vote2008.
Students Collaborate to Create New “Mind-Control” Game
A collaboration of digital media, computer science and biomedical engineering students has produced a first-of-its-kind video game called “Lazybrains.” But lazy brains won’t take players very far in this game. In fact, the game takes the concept of “mind control” to a whole new level. “Lazybrains” uses a computer interface with a device normally used for medical applications called fNIR. It’s strapped to the player’s forehead to monitor brain activity, specifically the amount of oxygen in the pre-frontal cortex. Utilizing the fNIR device, the player’s brain activity becomes a game “controller.” In addition to standard controls on a traditional keyboard
and mouse interface, the player’s biofeedback output manipulates factors in the game’s environment. In the game, players assume the role of Morby, a boy who has been transported to a dangerous fantasy world as punishment for lying on the couch all day watching TV. To escape, Morby has to battle various imaginary creatures and solve puzzles. The player’s concentration level can manipulate the height of platforms, slow down the motion of obstacles, or even change the color of virtual puzzle pieces to complete objectives. So, when a player seems to “lift” a manhole cover without touching a keyboard or mouse, the computer is not really reading the player’s mind; it is responding to the intensity of concentration, as measured by the fNIR device. Students in the RePlay Lab, a joint program of the Digital Media Program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering that prepares students to become game developers, learned about the brain-monitoring technology because of ongoing research in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, where a brain computer interface similar to the one in “Lazybrains” is also in its early stage of development.
In Memoriam: Dr. Mary K. Howett Dr. Mary K. Howett, professor and head of the Department of Bioscience, died on August 20 at the age of 60 from complications of leukemia. Dr. Howett was a molecular virologist who specialized in the study of sexually transmitted diseases. She received numerous research grants from federal and private funding agencies and was the holder of many patents with her longtime collaborator, Dr. John W. Kreider. Her unprecedented work led to the discovery of a method for propagating human papilloma viruses, which contributed to the development of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, recently released by Merck Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Howett received her bachelor of science from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia), from which she received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002. She received her doctoral degree in molecular biology in 1976 from The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology of the University of Pennsylvania and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Leukemia Society of America. Prior to her appointment at Drexel, she served for 30 years in various positions at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey. Over a long and distinguished career, Dr. Howett was the Ph.D. advisor of 11 doctoral students and numerous postdoctoral fellows who have moved on to successful careers in education, science and industry. She published more than 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and was the founder, president and chief executive officer of Renaissance Scientific. Dr. Howett is survived by her husband of 33 years, John C. Howett, Jr.; a son Timothy, a student in Drexel’s Earle Mack School of Law; daughter Julia, a communications major in the College of Arts and Sciences; and two brothers. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary K. Howett Scholarship Fund at Drexel University, Office of Institutional Advancement, 3141 Chestnut Street, Suite 310, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
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supports translational research in biomedical engineering, invited Dale to present a fundraising case study and related lecture. She also gave a talk, “Fundraising in Tough Times,” at the invitation of the United Way Loaned Executives Program. Sanghamitra Deb, graduate student in physics, CoAS, will speak at the conference “Ozlenz 2008: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Dark Ages with Gravitational Lensing” to be held in Sydney, Australia. Deb will present “Reconstruction of Cluster Masses Using Particle-Based Lensing.” Dr. Bakhtier Farouk, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, CoE, was honored with the Ira Cohen Fluid Dynamics Award at the Greater Philadelphia Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Honors and Awards Banquet. Dr. David E. Fenske, dean, The iSchool at Drexel (CoIST), delivered the keynote address, “iSchools: The Past into the Future,” at the meeting “New Approaches and Models of Education Provision and Delivery for the Information Disciplines” during the “Education for Information Forum, I-Forum 3,” held at the University of South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Fenske also attended the Computing Research Association (CRA)/IT Deans Conference in Snowbird, Utah. Dr. Arthur L. Frank, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, SPH, was appointed to the City of Philadelphia’s Air Pollution Control Board by Mayor Michael Nutter. The Air Pollution Control Board was created nearly 40 years ago by the city to establish air quality objectives and enforce municipal regulations to reduce pollution. Dr. Susan Gasson, associate professor, The iSchool at Drexel (CoIST), had her paper, “IT-based Knowledge Management to Support Organizational Learning: Visa Application Screening at the INS,” recognized with the 2008 Information Technology and People Outstanding Paper Award from the Emerald Literati Network. The paper was published in Information Technology & People. Dr. Vladimir Genis, associate professor and program director of GCoPS’s Applied Engineering Technology program, presented a paper, “A University Course on the Physical Principles of Ultrasound Nondestructive Evaluation,” at the International Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation Conference in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Marla J. Gold, dean, SPH, was elected to serve as the chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health’s Diversity Committee and a de facto member of the organization’s board of directors. Geetika Gupta, information systems student, The iSchool at Drexel (CoIST), received a BadenWürttemberg Scholarship to assist her during (continued on p. 6)
Drexel Focuses on Sustainability Drexel Green he Drexel Green initiative was created in 2008 by students, faculty and staff dedicated to transforming Drexel into a sustainability leader. The initiative covers all aspects of operations, buildings, academic initiatives and student life and is responsible for the strategic plan to further sustainable practices and policies. Drexel Green is led by Carl “Tobey” Oxholm III, executive vice president and chief of staff.
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Materials Science and Engineering The A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute is conducting research on high-efficiency energy storage devices known as supercapacitors. Many researchers believe that these energy storage devices will offer the best alternative to gas-fueled automobiles. Doctoral student John Chmiola (left), a National Science Foundation fellow and former IGERT fellow, and materials science and engineering professor Dr. Yury Gogotsi are conducting the groundbreaking research.
Arlene Anderson, director of business operations, Information Resources and Technology Patricia Austin, associate vice president, Institutional Advancement Peter Bartscherer, associate dean, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Diane Benckert, office manager, School of Public Health Joseph Campbell, assistant vice president, Procurement
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The Smart House, a student-led multidisciplinary project to construct an urban home, serves as a “living laboratory” to develop cutting-edge technologies through use of novel materials and alternative energy, including sustainable and environmentally friendly products that can enhance a livable yet highly energy-efficient household. Jameson Detweiler (left), doctoral student in architectural and environmental engineering, leads the project.
Barbara Clark, project architect, Planning Design and Construction Gabrielle Cohen, senior internal auditor, Internal Audit Frances Conlan, senior report analyst, Human Resources Information Systems Thao Danz, director of administrative services, College of Information Science and Technology Elizabeth Delany, assistant director, Printing and Mailing Services Frank Ferrone, professor, Department of Physics
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Dr. Kenneth Lacovara (left), associate professor of bioscience and biotechnology, and his students are collaborating with Dr. William Gallagher (New Jersey State Museum) on a study of the Cretaceous fauna of southern New Jersey. A better understanding of the global response to the extreme conditions during the Cretaceous Period enhances the ability to anticipate the physical and biotic response to current oceanic and atmospheric trends.
Erica Hubbard, co-op coordinator, Steinbright Career Development Center Marsha Hurst, assistant director of publications, University Relations Tawanda Jones, assistant director of the dean’s office, LeBow College of Business Kyle Kephart, director, Student Life and Administrative Services Peter Keyes, deputy associate treasurer, Office of Finance, Treasurer and CFO Mary Madeira, graphic designer, University Relations Kathleen Martz, project manager, College of Nursing and Health Professions Alison McHale, administrative assistant, Student Life Diana Mihaylova, administrative assistant, Business Operations Albert Mosley, assistant director of civic engagement, Pennoni Honors College Megan Newsome, legal executive secretary, Drexel University College of Medicine
School of Engineering, Science and Health Systems Drexel researchers will play a major role in ensuring America has drinking water safe from pathogens and other waterborne contaminants. Many communities across the nation are approaching a crisis in water supply. In east-central Florida alone, water demand is expected to rise by as much as 84 percent by 2025. Drexel was one of four universities to receive $3.6 million in research grants from the EPA to address the nation’s pressing need for clean water supplies. Dr. Raj Mutharasan, Frank A. Fletcher Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering, has received $599,999 to develop a field-portable sensor device that can quickly detect algal toxins and potential toxin-producers in source, finished and system waters.
Tobey Oxholm, senior executive vice president and chief of staff Anita Reece, associate director, Institutional Research
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Stephanie Ross, clinical assistant professor, College of Nursing and Health Professions Kathleen Rowley, project manager, College of Nursing and Health Professions Jim Stallard, supervisor, Drexel Copy Center Robert Staniszewski, manager, Printing and Mailing Services Robert Stokes, assistant professor of sociology, College of Arts and Sciences Philip Terranova, vice president, University Relations Claire Tillman, associate dean, Drexel University College of Medicine Jim Tosh, supervisor, Copy Center, Center City Campus, Printing and Mailing Services Maureen Wade, senior systems administrator, Information Resources and Technology David Wilson, assistant vice president, Government and Community Relations
During his recent campus visit to discuss sustainability issues, Dr. Mark Alan Hughes (center), director of sustainability for the City of Philadelphia and co-chair DECI, met with (left to right) Drexel Green leader Tobey Oxholm; Dr. Charles Haas, L. Drew Betz Chair Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering; Jennifer Britton, program manager for civil, architectural and environmental engineering; and James Tucker, senior vice president for student life and administrative services. Drexel Engineering Cities Initiative (DECI) focuses on the engineering of cities, policy development and the creation of environmentally sustainable urban habitats. DECI departs from traditional approaches to managing regional and urban growth to research and develop new and innovative methods to design and manage safety, sustainability and quality of life for urban dwellers. DECI faculty conducting research are a multidisciplinary cross-section of the Drexel community, representing all colleges and schools.
Want to Know More? Visit the Drexel Green Web site at www.drexel.edu/sustainability
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Dining Halls Campus Dining has contracted with a cooking waste-oil vendor that recycles 100 percent of collected oils from all dining locations, converting them into bio-fuel.
The Community Alumni Network of Drexel University (CAN DU) is an outreach program of the Drexel Alumni Association that supports alumni, students, faculty and staff in making a difference in our community. CAN DU organized three major programs in support of Earth Week: an Earth Day clean-up project in Fairmount Park; a talk on corporate sustainability with Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab; and the Earth Day Educational Fair on the Quad. CAN DU volunteers removed almost 20 tons of debris and trash and planted 89 trees and shrubs at the Earth Day clean-up site at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue.
Drexel Sierra Club The Drexel Sierra Club works to unite environmentally conscious individuals interested in creating a greener Drexel and strengthening ties within the larger “green” community. For more information about the Sierra Club, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Philly Academy Hybrid X Team The West Philly Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering Hybrid X Team is participating in an international competition to design “a revolutionary global vehicle.” The team is receiving support from Drexel students who have been teaching EVX Team members computer-aided design and assisting them in their research for the challenge.
Dragon Wagon A team of mechanical engineering students has built the “Dragon Wagon,” a low-cost, zero-emissions alternative to the automobile, specifically for use in urban e nv i ro n m e n t s . The first prototype vehicle utilizes the power of its two human passengers combined with a highefficiency electric motor.
Drexel Energy Club The Drexel Energy Club seeks to foster understanding of the technological, economic, environmental and sociopolitical issues surrounding energy generation and use. Contact DrexelEnergyClub@gmail.com for more information.
Trash Compactors The Department of University Facilities has installed 10 BigBelly® solar trash compactors on campus, patented compacting trash receptacles that are completely self-powered. Instead of requiring a grid connection, BigBelly compactors use solar power for 100 percent of their energy needs and are the world’s only compactors that provide on-site compaction of solid waste and separation of recyclable materials. Bike Share Drexel Bike Share is now available to students, faculty and staff, offering rental bikes free of charge for a few hours or a whole weekend. The Bike Share program is administered through the Parking Services Office, located in the General Services Building and Parking Garage at 34th and Market Streets, where bikes are checked out and returned. Drexel Park The former Consolidated Laundry industrial site, located at 32nd Street and Powelton Avenue, has been redeveloped into open green space to serve as a recreational area for Drexel students and the Powelton community. Construction on the 2.5-acre, $500,000 project will be completed this month. Drexel Park will include more than 45 trees, walking paths, lighting and benches. Future plans for additional open green space include the closure of Race Street between 33rd and 34th Streets to create a greenway through the residential area on the north end of campus. Recreation Center at the DAC The Recreation Center will be located along Market Street between 33rd and 34th Streets. The integral glass and metal panel façade, together with light scopes on the roof, will allow significant daylight into the space, enough to eliminate the use of electric lights during the day in more than 80 per cent of interior occupied space. A rainwater reuse system is being designed to manage storm water and reduce the amount of potable water used for flushing toilets. The construction waste management process will be designed to reduce the amount of waste being disposed. The center is expected to be completed in fall 2009. 34th Street Residence Hall The 34th Street Residence Hall at the north end of the University City Main Campus between Kelly Hall and Ross Commons will be completed in September 2009. Low-flow toilets and shower heads have been specified to reduce the use of water. The extensive use of glass will provide occupants with ample daylight and a connection between indoor spaces and the outdoors. The design of stairways will encourage interactivity between floors and travel by stairs. A “green roof ” featuring vegetation and soil will help insulate the building, manage storm water and reduce the heat island effect on the roof.
Kudos for Green Initiatives Drexel received a “green rating” of 98 on a scale of 60 to 99 in The Princeton Review’s 2009 Guide to The Best 368 Colleges. Drexel students won a $75,000 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) award for a novel reactor design to facilitate efficient production of biodiesel from high free-fatty-acid oils. The P3 award is presented in a national competition sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency that encourages college students to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems through technological innovation. Drexel won two awards of excellence in the Environmental Protection Agency’s “RecycleMania” program: first place in Pennsylvania for “Gorilla Prize” (Targeted Materials–Corrugated Cardboard and Targeted Materials–Bottles and Cans) and ninth place in the nation in the category “Waste Minimization.” 5
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her study abroad at the University of Mannheim in Germany this fall. Dr. Shawkat Hammoudeh, professor of economics and international business, LCoB, was invited to join the editorial board of The International Journal of Economic and Social Research, which is supported by Abant Izzet Baysal University in Bolu, Turkey. He also had the co-authored paper, “Component Structure for Non-Stationary Time Series: Application to Benchmark Oil Prices,” accepted for publication in The International Review of Financial Analysis. Dr. Hyoil Han, assistant professor, The iSchool at Drexel (CoIST), organized and chaired the panel, “What Has the Semantic Web Achieved in Seven Years, and How Does This Compare to the WWW?,” in “The Semantic Web Meets the Deep Web” workshop in conjunction with the IEEE Joint Conference on E-Commerce Technology and Enterprise Computing, E-Commerce and EServices 2008. Dr. Han also presented “Semantic Annotation and Information Extraction: Where is the Semantics in Documents?” Dr. Dmitry Kaliuzhnyi-Verbovetskyi, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, CoAS, organized a special session, “Multidimensional System Theory, Multivariable Operator Theory and Applications,” and gave an invited talk, “Singularities of Rational Functions: The Noncommutative and Commutative Settings,” at the special session “Interpolation and Related Topics” at the 18th International Symposium on Mathematical Theory of Networks and Systems at Virginia Tech. Dr. Michael Khoo, assistant professor, The iSchool at Drexel (CoIST), gave a presentation, “Evaluating Digital Libraries,” at the 2008 Conference of the Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access program of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. Dr. Khoo also co-authored a paper, “Evaluating Digital Libraries with Web Metrics,” which appeared in the Bulletin of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries. The paper is an online version of a poster presented at the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. Dr. Khoo presented a paper, “Analyzing Digital Libraries with Web Metrics,” at JCDL 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Dr. Peter A. Lewin, Richard B. Beard Distinguished University Professor of Biomedical and Electrical and Computer Engineering, BIOMED and CoE, and director of the Biomedical Ultrasound Research and Education Center, has been reappointed as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
DrexelAlert Emergency Notification System
Domenic Ceccanecchio, senior associate vice president for Public Safety, has announced implementation of a new emergency notification system called DrexelAlert that will enable fast and efficient dissemination of critical information to members of the Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine communities during an emergency. DrexelAlert provides the capability to send alerts in minutes through text and voice message and email to a variety of devices including mobile phones, Drexel landline phones and wireless PDAs. It provides students, faculty and staff with an additional layer of security and protection for emergency response, in conjunction with well-established emergency communication methods such as Drexel-wide broadcast emails, online updates via the Drexel Web site homepage and the coordinated use of public news media outlets. In the event of an emergency affecting the Drexel community, including the University City
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Main Campus, the Center City Hahnemann Campus and the Queen Lane Medical Campus, students, faculty and staff will receive an emergency communication from the Department of Public Safety on their mobile phones (registered through DrexelOne) via text message and/or voice message, in addition to an email notification sent to their Drexel email account. Depending on the nature of the emergency, the system has the capacity to notify the entire Drexel community or target the affected portion of the community. The DrexelAlert system will be used solely for emergency situations that threaten the safety of the Drexel community. Registration of mobile phone numbers with DrexelAlert will begin this month. All students, faculty and staff will be prompted through DrexelOne to provide their mobile phone number, if they have a mobile phone. The Department of Public Safety emphasizes that the effectiveness of DrexelAlert will depend on students, faculty and staff providing accurate and up-todate personal contact information.
recently released CD, “Livin’ It,” was produced by T-Bone Wolk, one of the most recognized producers and session players in contemporary music. Like Karl’s parents, Mutlu’s had concerns about their son pursuing a career in the highlycompetitive music business. “We reminded him that first-generation immigrants are disadvantaged in cultural pursuits such as music and the arts because their parents can’t provide the networks and connections,” said Banu. “He countered that cultural integration can only happen if the first generation engages in cultural activities, whatever the cost. He told us he was ready for the sacrifice. We couldn’t argue further after that.” Mutlu gives a lot of credit for his success to his participation in the Drexel a capella group “8 to the Bar.” And the similarities don’t end there. Both young men are well grounded, close to their families and seem to be on track to realize even bigger dreams. Stay tuned!
Their big dreams for successful careers in the music business are coming true. They studied for traditional undergraduate degrees “to fall back on” to ease their parents’ concerns about pursuing a career in the music business. They are the same age, both first-generation Americans and the sons of two important members of the Drexel community—Anoo Sukhia, executive director of Printing and Mailing Services and Dr. Banu Onaral, H. H. Sun Professor and director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems. Mutlu Onaral and Karl Sukhia found out about their parallel careers when they were recently contacted by Drexelink to be interviewed for this story. Karl’s group, Bamboo Shoots, plays South Asian/Indian-influenced rock music. The group reached the “big time” of the music world from a unique angle. They were signed to Epic/Sony Records in May 2007 and performed on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” as a result of winning the grand prize in the mtvU-sponsored “Best Music on Campus” national contest. Their new CD “Armour” is due in stores on October 14. Singer/songwriter Mutlu has a bachelor’s degree from LeBow College of Business. His Left to right: Karl and Anoo Sukhia, Banu and Mutlu Onaral. 6
Sacramento-area Students Head for Drexel This Fall
The University’s plans for the Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, Calif., have drawn much attention from the Sacramento media, community and business leaders. But there is more to the story than Drexel’s success in attracting prospective students to the new Center. This year 11 students from the
Left to right: Maia Livengood, Heather Loftis, Elizabeth Ellis, Richelle McGhee and Tamika Gravesande at the send-off to Philadelphia.
Sacramento area have chosen to attend Drexel in Philadelphia. Last year, no students from the Sacramento area matriculated at Drexel. Eight undergraduates, one graduate student and two transfer students and their families recently attended a “send-off ” event in Sacramento hosted by Drexel’s Office of Alumni Relations. Also invited were 2008 Behind Every Graduate award recipient Bonnie Neff, an English teacher at Hiram W. Johnson High School in Sacramento, and alumni who live in greater Sacramento. Dragon mascot Mario the Magnificent was there to welcome attendees. Drexel will offer nine master’s programs at its Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, with five programs beginning in January and another four beginning in September 2009. The University has established the $10 million Sacramento Leaders Fellowship Fund to assist students at the Center.
Drexel Upgrades DragonFly to Aruba-based Network
Incoming Med Students Don White Coats at DUCoM
Dr. Kenneth Blackney, associate vice president of Core Technology, announced that the University has selected and commenced the deployment of Aruba’s adaptive 802.11n wireless LAN and secure mobility solution on campus. After a comprehensive technical evaluation with three potential vendors, including realworld testing in the Caneris and Race Street Residence Halls, Aruba was awarded the project. “Our side-by-side comparison of different wireless LAN solutions highlighted the value of Aruba’s ARM technology to guarantee predictable service levels in spite of changes in external interference, “ said Blackney. “ARM simplifies network set-up, provides predictable network access and performance in densely packed lecture halls, ensures ongoing interference-free coverage and will provide more consistent performance levels to our faculty and students.” In addition to the increased speed of the new network, individuals will have the option of registering as many wireless devices as needed. Drexel installed its first campus-wide wireless network in 2000 and replaced it in 2004 when 802.11g became available. The Arubabased network, scheduled to be fully deployed this fall, will be one of the largest 802.11n deployed on a college campus to date. The New DragonFly, as Drexel’s wireless network is known, will serve more than 40,000 wireless devices at launch, according to Blackney.
The 255 students in the Drexel University College of Medicine’s incoming class of 2011 received their white coats or “cloaks of compassion” and recited the Hippocratic Oath, signifying their passage into the medical community, on August 11 in a ceremony attend by families and friends. The first White Coat ceremony took place in 1993 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. The concept, designed to produce a new generation of physicians with a renewed focus on compassion, has spread to 90 percent of medical schools nationwide.
New medical students receiving their first white coats. Doing the honors (left to right) Mary Cote, M.D., an alumna (Woman’s Medical College ‘59) and Dr. Donna Murasko, dean of CoAS.
WHO’S DOING WHAT
Drs. Donald McEachron, research professor and associate director, BIOMED; Rami Seliktar, professor and vice director, BIOMED; Elisabeth Papazoglou, assistant professor, BIOMED; Fred Allen, assistant professor, BIOMED; and Sheila Vaidya, associate professor, SoE, were awarded a $499,895 NSF grant for their project, “Engineering Education in Context: An Evidence-Based Intervention System.” The project’s goal is to develop and implement a sustainable, scalable and transferable system to measure and analyze selected characteristics of students, instructors, courses and curricula to increase success in attaining student learning outcomes and engineering program objectives. Daniel Mollicone, doctoral student, BIOMED, was awarded the prize for “Most Promise in Enhancing Drexel’s Reputation in the Future in the Physical and Life Sciences” during a ceremony recognizing this year’s outstanding Ph.D. graduates. The award includes a cash prize of $1,000 and was presented at the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. Dr. Craig Newschaffer, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, SPH, gave an invited presentation at the National Council of State Legislatures’ Legislative Summit in New Orleans. The presentation opened the session, “America’s Autism Challenge.” Dr. Jung-ran Park, assistant professor, The iSchool at Drexel (CoIST), published “Solidarity and Rapport in Social Interaction through Computer Mediated Communication Channels,” in the 2008 Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication, published by Idea Group Reference/IGIGlobal. Dr. Park and Caimei Lu, doctoral student, delivered a paper, “Cataloging Professionals in the Digital Era: An Examination of Job Descriptions,” at the ALA ALCTS CCS Cataloging and Classification Research Discussion Group Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Dr. Park and Lu also delivered a paper, “Roles and Competencies of Metadata Librarians: An Analysis of Job Descriptions from 2003 through 2006,” at the same conference. Dr. Roberto Ramos, assistant professor, Department of Physics, CoAS, will present “Energies and Entanglement in Multiply-coupled Phase Qubits” at the 25th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. Gordon Richards, assistant professor, Department of Physics, CoAS, was invited to speak at the workshop, “Classification and Discovery in Large Astronomical Surveys,” to be held at Ringberg Castle in Germany. Dr. Richards will present “Detection of QSOs and the Problems of Defining the QSO Luminosity Function.”
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Welcome Back Week
This year Welcome Back Week will be from September 22-28. Some highlighted events include:
• Activities Unlimited Wednesday, September 24, from noon to 2 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to meet representatives from more than 100 organizations and learn about all the Drexel activities available to them. There will also be music and complimentary treats. • Kick-off Block Party September 27, from 1 to 6 p.m. The Inter-fraternity Council, U.S.G.A. and Campus Activities Board will sponsor a Kick-off Block Party on Powelton Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets, offering food and games with live music in a carnival atmosphere. • Search for the Perfect Pizza September 26, from noon to 2 p.m. Students are invited to sample the pizza from University City restaurants and vendors and vote for the “Perfect Pizza.” All votes automatically enter students in a raffle to win prizes. • Drexel Night at Citizen’s Bank Park September 26, 7:05 p.m. Students will sing the National Anthem, dance during the 7th Inning Stretch and throw out the first pitch. Up to 1,500 tickets have been reserved for Drexel students to see the Phillies play the Washington Nationals. • College Day on the Parkway September 27, all-day event Each year, College Day on the Parkway brings more than 2,500 college students together for a day of exhibitions, special programs and tours at some of the city’s most exciting cultural centers.
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Save the Date: President’s Award Ceremony President Papadakis will announce the recipients of the President’s Awards at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Quad. The President’s Awards acknowledge innovation and excellence that help achieve the mission, strategic plan and goals of the University and the Drexel University College of Medicine. This award is the highest honor bestowed on University staff members. The program has been revamped to include the first-time participation of the Drexel University College of Medicine, formal nomination criteria and the creation of a cross-divisional selection committee. All faculty and staff from Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine are invited to attend the awards ceremony and reception. Email invitations will be sent to faculty and staff at the beginning of the fall term.
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