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March 23, 2004, 4:10 - 5:50 p.m.
Chicago IP Colloquium

Downtown Campus, 565 W. Adams St.
New York University Law School Professor Rebecca Tushnet will discuss "If You Can Lie To Voters, Why Can't You Lie To Consumers? The FDA After Nike," as part of the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium. For more information, visit or contact Patricia O'Neal at 312.906.5128 or

March 23, 2004, 5:30 - 9 p.m.
IEEE Inaugural Meeting Reenactment

McCloska Ballroom, McCormick Tribune Campus Center
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) reenacts the section's inaugural meeting 110 years ago with a social hour and dinner in the Campus Center Ballroom at 5:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony and the reenactment meeting at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and costs $50, which includes dinner. For more information, call 312.253.4333 or visit

March 26, 2004, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Canada-Illinois Energy Connection Seminar

McCloska Auditorium, McCormick Tribune Campus Center
IIT's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering hosts a seminar discussing Illinois' role in importing energy and oil from Canada. The event is sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago. For more information, visit or contact Beth DeGroat at 312.327.3612 or

March 30, 2004, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Eating Disorder Screening Day

McCormick Tribune Campus Center
The Counseling Center sponsors an event to identify and help those with eating disorders or those who wish to help people close to them who may have an eating disorder. Informational handouts will include nutrition, body image, overeating, signs of eating disorders and how to help. For more information, contact Charles Berry at 312.808.7132 or

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is a newsletter published weekly in the spring and fall semesters and biweekly in the summer to inform the IIT community of timely news.

  Phil Rozen
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If you’ve been thinking about learning to use meditation to relieve stress and bring inner peace, you still have two more opportunities to learn Natural Path Meditation, considered a simple and direct way to deal with the stress in our lives. With regular practice, the heart and mind become purified, leading to a state of balance and renewal.

Join Viji Balasubramanian to learn about the philosophy and practice of meditation. This free program, sponsored by the IIT Counseling Center, will teach members of the IIT community this style of meditation. Remaining sessions take place in the McCloska Ballroom at The McCormick Tribune Campus Center from noon - 1 p.m. on March 24 and 31. For more information, contact Charles Berry at the Counseling Center, 312.808.7132 or


March 23

Baseball at Calumet College, 3 p.m.,

March 25

Baseball vs. North Park University, 3 p.m.,

March 27

Baseball vs. Judson College (Doubleheader), 12 p.m., HOME

March 28

Baseball vs. Indiana Univ.-Northwest (Doubleheader), 12 p.m.,

March 30

Baseball vs. Robert Morris College, 3 p.m.,

April 1

Baseball vs. University of St. Francis

April 3

Baseball vs. Trinity International (Doubleheader), 12 p.m.,

April 4

Baseball at Milwaukee Sch. of Engineering (Doubleheader), 12 p.m.,

WEEK OF 03.22.04

33rd Street reopens after months of detours

Main Campus drivers and commuters rejoiced last week, as the barricades came down and 33rd Street reopened to traffic on the west side of campus. The street had been closed at Main Building since October, so workers could replace an aging METRA rail bridge between Federal Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway.

The contractor, Walsh Construction, had originally predicted the work would be completed at the end of last year, but IIT Facilities Project Coordinator Carlos Hernandez said the work suffered several setbacks due to winter weather and delays in getting shipments of materials to complete the project.

The construction, part of METRA's ongoing system-wide bridge improvement and replacement program, also included rail bridge replacements over 31st and 35th Streets.

New 'Park Boulevard' Housing Development Moves Forward
Web site goes live, IIT offers financial incentives

IIT is moving forward with plans to offer full-time employees special financial incentives for the new housing community just south of Main Campus, formerly known as Stateway Gardens. And the project’s developer has officially launched a Web site for the new community called "Park Boulevard."

The area between 35th and 39th Streets will be transformed into a mixed-income residential community with more than 1,200 new housing units. Plans call for a mix of housing types including affordable and market-rate condominiums, town homes, single-family residences and duplexes. Pricing and floor plan information will also be available later this year.

Park Boulevard developers are scheduled to begin advertising this summer and also plan to open an on-site sales center. The Web site is at:

As the developers move forward with construction, IIT will be providing information updates and access to home buying counseling. Through the program, known as Employer Assisted Housing (EAH), IIT is offering a $7,500 forgivable loan to university employees to use toward a down payment for a unit at the new Park Boulevard development. Contact David Baker, vice president for external affairs via e-mail at if you want to be added to a list of employees receiving e-mail updates.

Human Resources Department to Limit Office Hours

Please be aware that due to reduced staff, the Main Campus human resources office will now be open for 'walk-in hours' only between 11 a.m. -3 p.m. each day. The change is effective today, March 22, 2004.

Availability of HR staff outside these hours will be by appointment only. Please contact 312.567.3318 if you have any questions.

Kent Shines in Regional Moot Court

Law students Christopher Kaiser and Chris Haggerty represented Chicago-Kent in the Midwest Regional competition of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the Brand Names Educational Foundation.

The Midwest region is considered a particularly strong region for the competition, due to the high number of participating schools that have Intellectual Property programs and concentrations. 18 teams from 15 schools in the Midwest participated in this very prestigious event.

Teams were judged on two rounds of argument. Chicago-Kent won the regional Best Brief and placed second overall in the competition. The national Best Brief award is named for Dolores K. Hanna, a Chicago-Kent alumna.

Old World Meets New at IEEE Program Tomorrow
Reenactment planned in Campus Center Celebration

The late 19th century meets the newest of the 21st century tomorrow, when the Chicago section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) reenacts the section’s inaugural meeting 110 years ago.

The program at The McCormick Tribune Campus Center's McCloska Auditorium begins with a social hour and dinner in the Campus Center Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. At 7:15 p.m., IIT will receive recognition for its contributions to the fields of electrical and computer engineering. The reenactment meeting will begin at 8 p.m., and will feature a simulation of the 1894 lecture hall. The event is open to the public and costs $50, which includes dinner. For more information or to register, contact the IEEE Chicago section business office at 312.253.4333.

IEEE’s Chicago section was founded with a special meeting of “western engineers” held simultaneously with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers meeting in New York on March 21, 1894. 45 members and guests held a teleconference meeting in Professor Wilbur Stine’s lecture room in IIT predecessor Armour Institute in which they heard a reading of a Cornell University professor’s paper on gases in incandescent lamps. The Chicago section was the first section of AIEE formed outside of New York.

IRS Commissioner to Speak at Downtown Campus
Part of 23rd annual Chicago-Kent Tax Institute

Mark W. Everson, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), will deliver the luncheon address on the opening day of Chicago-Kent's 23rd annual Federal Tax Institute. The commissioner will speak on April 29, 2004. His remarks are scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. at the IIT Downtown Campus, 565 W. Adams St.

Everson is the 46th commissioner of the IRS since the agency was created in 1862. As IRS commissioner, he presides over the nation's tax administration agency which has approximately 100,000 employees and a budget of $10 million. Appointed by President George W. Bush to a five-year term, Everson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 1, 2003.

A native of New York, Everson earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and a graduate degree in accounting from the New York University Business School. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. in New York.

Chicago-Kent's Federal Tax Institute is a two-day national conference designed for tax professionals - accountants, attorneys, corporate tax directors and staff.

MMAE Assistant Professor Herek Clack has been named to a National Research Council (NRC) committee charged with reviewing the effects of changes to newly proposed air pollution regulations for electric power plants. This committee, mandated by Congress, will evaluate potential air quality, public health and other impacts from the new regulations. His appointment is for two years.

ECE Assistant Professor Ali Emadi has been appointed guest editor of two IEEE special publications, one on hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles, the other on automotive power and electronics and motor drives.

MMAE Presents Two Sensor Seminars This Week

The Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department presents two seminars this week discussing sensor design and sensor systems.

On Wednesday, March 24, 2004, Dr. Xiaoping Qian of the GE Global Research Center will discuss "Geometric Reasoning for Sensor Configuration Design" from 3:30-4:30 p.m., in Crawford Auditorium, Engineering 1. The talk will discuss sensor configuration design of 3D scanning technology applications, including a new method for reducing signal dynamic range using geometric reasoning to obtain near-optimal solutions.

Dr. Kyungyeol Song of MIT's Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems will discuss "Distributed Sensor Systems for Large-Scale Cileontrol Applications" from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2004, in Crawford Auditorium, Engineering 1. Song will discuss applications of distributed sensor systems for large-scale control applications, including underwater vehicles and global centralized controllers. He will also discuss GPS and wireless communication technology applications of this system.

The MMAE department will also present a lecture by MIT Professor Rohan Abeyaratne on "The Mobility of Phase Boundaries" on Wednesday, March 31, 2004. For more information on the seminars, visit or contact Kim Barrett at 312.567.3176 or

Humanities Writing Contest Seeks Entries
Deadline for submissions is April 12

The Lewis Department of the Humanities is accepting entries for its 17th Annual Writing Contest for undergraduates. Accepting submissions until April 12, the writing categories include fiction, nonfiction, poetry and first-year student essay. Contest rules and the entry form can be found at

"This is a wonderful opportunity for students to express their creative talents," said Dr. Greg Pulliam, Associate Chair of Humanities. "The Writing Contest is an outlet at IIT for exercising your imagination in print."

Cash prizes are awarded in each category.

1st prize
2nd prize
3rd prize
Freshman Essay

Submissions and entry forms should be delivered to Etta Carter, Room 218, Siegel Hall. For more information regarding the contest, please contact Mike Tillmans at 312.567.3151 or

See who's in the news

The March 22 Chicago Tribune mentioned IIT's McCormick Tribune Campus Center in a story about Zaha Hadid becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for architecture. Hadid was a finalist in the Campus Center competition.

The March 22 Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Chicago-Kent Professor Lori Andrews in a story about her research uncovering thousands of families who donated bodies, only to discover that the remains were never properly disposed.

The March 20 edition of Investor's Business Daily profiled Stuart Graduate School of Business alumnus John Calamos, who heads a successful mutual funds investment firm in the western suburbs.

The March 19 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin published an article about the election of Chicago-Kent student Lindsay K. Hansen as one of three student delegates to the ABA's House of Delegates.

A story in the March 19 Chicago Reader focused on Glenn Murcutt, the College of Architecture's Morgenstern Visiting Professor, including quotes from Dean Donna Robertson.

Chicago-Kent Dean Hal Krent was interviewed on WDCB-FM March 18 about the impact of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

The March 18 Miami Herald featured a story on IIT's job placement rate for engineering graduates and the new undergraduate techno-business program including quotes from Vice Provost Dennis Roberson and student Gina Vermiglio.

Chicago-Kent Professor Richard Kling was quoted in the March 18 Chicago Tribune RedEye regarding Florida dropping criminal child porn charges against singer R. Kelly.

The March 18 Lynn (Mass.) Daily Item featured a story on a new Boston exhibit by artist Norman Laliberte, who attended IIT.

A story posted on Yahoo News March 18 mentioned that IIT Board of Trustee member Ron Bliwas has been appointed to the board of Taylor Capital Group.

The March 18 Chicago Sun-Times mentioned Chicago-Kent's animal law courses in a story about pet prenuptial agreements.

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, a Chicago-Kent alumna, was the focus of a story in the March 18 Northwest Indiana Times regarding her democratic primary victory.

Financial Markets Professor Michael Ong was mentioned in a March 16 Yahoo News story about his participation in a conference on operational risk management.

The latest issue of Chicago Magazine includes a profile of architect and IIT alumnus John Vinci, including quotes about his experiences as a student at the College of Architecture.

Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Mohammed Shahidehpour was mentioned in a March 16 Chicago Sun-Times story quoting his wife Jamie about raising kids in Naperville.

Chicago-Kent Professor Bob Laurent was interviewed on CLTV News March 16 about the impact of the U.S. budget deficit.

The March 12 San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Tribune mentioned Chicago-Kent alumnus Jon-Erik Storm, who has joined Employers Advocate Group as an associate attorney.

The Chicago-Kent student team headed for the National Trial Competition in Austin, Texas in late March was included in a photo story in the March 10 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.


Where will the next IT breakthrough come? Computer Science Professor Xian-He Sun believes it will be in the "disappearance" of the computer and presented his views on that topic and other questions of pervasive and grid computing in a lecture sponsored by the IIT Chapter of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and the MCFC Academic Computing Committee on March 4, 2004, in The McCormick Tribune Campus Center’s McCloska Auditorium.

Sun discussed the present and future of pervasive and grid computing and presented the "three waves" of the computing revolution and the evolution of computing, emphasizing the twin maxims of "big gets even bigger" and "small gets smaller and more connected.”

He explained the concepts, roles, applications and challenges of context awareness in embedded systems and the different kinds of pervasive computing mobility. In presenting his views, he discussed the Scarlet System, Open Grid Services Architecture, Open Grid Services Infrastructure and resource management and lifestyle.

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Updated on March 22, 2004