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An IIT research chemist had
an avocation that made him famous: long-distance swimming. He
set a world record in 1965 for a double-crossing of the
English Channel in just under 30 hours. He was also the first
person to swim across Lake Michigan. Can you name him and his
faithful swimming companion?
Answer at bottom of page
HUMANITIES WRITING CENTER
OPEN THROUGH MID-MAY
The Humanities Writing Center, located in Siegel
Hall, Rooms 232 and 233, will remain open through Wednesday,
May 14, 2003. Staff members are available to all undergraduate
and graduate students and an appointment is not necessary.
Writing Center hours are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Please check the weekly schedules posted on the doors outside
the Siegel Hall offices.
Attention Ph.D. candidates and faculty!
Register today for
Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony
Please register today, if
you plan to participate in the annual spring Ph.D. Hooding
Ceremony. The ceremony will take place May 17, 2003, 3 p.m. -
4 p.m. in Perlstein Hall Auditorium. Participants should
arrive between 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. to pick up regalia for the
event in the Perlstein Lobby. Refreshments will follow the
ceremony. RSVP today to Melissa Weirich at the Graduate
College at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Bookstore to Find Temporary Home in
Due to the
renovation of the Commons Building, the Barnes and Noble
Bookstore will be relocating to the basement of Machinery
Hall, 100 W. 33rd Street, effective Wednesday, April 23. The
store will be closed from April 23 - April 27 and will reopen
in their new location Monday, April 28. The bookstore’s phone
number will be 312.567.3120. Machinery Hall will serve as an
interim location for the bookstore, which will eventually
relocate to the McCormick Tribune Campus Center.
reminder: The bookstore has received 43% of summer book
orders and 32% of fall book orders. Their goal is 50% by May 9
for the fall semester. The Readers Advantage program will be
available through the end of May.
TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY THIS
Again this year, the IIT Women's Center is
sponsoring Take Our Children to Work Day. It will take place
on Thursday, April 24, 2003, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The event is
open to all children of IIT employees, ages 7-14 years. Please
register for the event online here.
SCARLET HAWK BASEBALL GAMES:
Monday, April 21
Tuesday, April 22
Thursday, April 24
Friday, April 25
Saturday, April 26
forget to use the university online calendar to post your
upcoming events. It's quick and easy. Using the calendar will
increase awareness and attendance at your event. It will also
help you avoid scheduling conflicts with other events. Just
log onto http://webservices.iit.
Electronic Suggestion Box
online suggestion box is up and running and available at http://
suggestionbox.iit.edu. The suggestion box is for
anyone who is connected with the university and has ideas on
how to improve the quality of the IIT community.
WEEK OF 04.21.03
Make Way For the IBM Cluster
New hardware arrives
on Main Campus
The dust is
still settling at the Stuart Building, with the arrival of a new IBM
14-node cluster computer. The big piece of hardware came to IIT last
week as part of a new research project called “DOT,” which stands
for Distributed Optical Testbed. “DOT” links computing powers at
Argonne National Laboratory, UC, NU, UIUC, UIC, as well as at IIT,
via the state of Illinois’ 10 gigabit-per-second optical network,
I-WIRE. “DOT” is one of the first distributed computing
environments, which provide super-fast computing and communication
power. A national version will be called TeraGrid.
Led by Computer Science Professor Xian-He Sun, IIT researchers
are working within the DOT research partnership to create innovative
techniques required by high-performance, next-generation
applications. These applications are being designed to take
advantage of new types of information technology infrastructure,
including Grid computing; advanced middleware, such as Globus; and
leading-edge optical networks.
Elected President of CESI
IIT’s Judy Lederman, director of teacher
education, Math and Science Education Department, was recently
elected president of CESI, the Council of Elementary Science
CESI is a professional organization for teachers pre-kindergarten
through eighth grade who have the responsibility to teach science to
children; elementary and middle-school science educators; and
preservice teachers. CESI is a division affiliate of the National
Science Teachers Association.
IIT’s Mohammad Shahidehpour, Albert Wang
and Haigang Feng have been named recipients of the IIT/Sigma Xi
awards. The awards—announced last week by Allan Myerson, provost and
senior vice president—recognize exemplary accomplishments in
research, scholarship and creative activity by faculty members and
graduate students at IIT.
Award recipients are:
|Mohammad Shahidehpour, senior faculty
||Shahidehpour, professor of electrical and
computer engineering and director of the Electric Power and
Electronics Center, received numerous letters of support
citing his extraordinary leadership in research initiatives,
publication of four books and more than 200 technical
articles, recent election as an IEEE Fellow, as well as the
exceptional guidance and care that he provides to his graduate
|Albert Wang, junior faculty division
professor of electrical and computer engineering, was selected
for his excellent work in electrostatic discharge protection
research, the publication of a textbook on integrated
circuits, and his active participation at numerous conferences
and professional society meetings.|
|Haigang Feng, graduate student division
Feng, graduate student in
electrical and computer engineering, was noted for his
significant contributions to the establishment of the
Integrated Electronics Laboratory and his leadership role as a
Recipients will be presented
plaques during a reception in their honor on Friday, April 25, from
4-6 p.m. in the Faculty Club Lounge at the HUB. Please confirm your
attendance with Noreen Kozak, mailto:email@example.com
STUDENT MOCK TRIAL
TEAM BACK FROM NASHVILLE
IIT's Mock Trial team competed at the American
Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament in Nashville two
Despite facing tough opponents from 40
universities and colleges around the country, IIT’s fledgling
team placed seventh in its first-ever national competition.
The team also received an Honorable Mention for the Spirit of
AMTA award for being the most professional and for best
IIT also received several individual
recognitions. Natalie Rezek won an individual award for best
attorney and received nominations for her witness role.
Lara Dunbar, Nhat Nguyen and Van Olmstead also
received best attorney nominations, while Lynn Kohlhaas and
Robyn Chaurasyia received best witness
“Immigration 101” this
week can clear up VISA and SEVIS issues
IIT’s International Center is sponsoring a special workshop
for staff tomorrow, providing basic information on immigration, visa
and immigration status, issues of employment, less than full-time
enrollment and extending the program of study.
Instruction on proper completion of I-9 forms for international
student employees will also be given. This workshop will also
provide an update on the new immigration regulations and the Student
and Exchange Visitor Information System, or SEVIS.
If you work with international students, you are encouraged to
attend this program, April 22, 2003, 10 a.m. - noon in the Trustee
Dining Room at the HUB. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to
Lori Friedman at firstname.lastname@example.org or at
312.567.3683 by today.
Photo by Oona
AIRBORNE IIT |
new soccer coach, Lee Hitchen, speaks at last week's soccer
kick-off rally at McCormick Student Village, as students throw
souvenir minature soccer balls to the
Student Posters Judged
Winners walk away with
The votes are in and the winners named in the annual
student poster contest at the Department of Mechanical, Materials
and Aerospace Engineering. Students were eligible to win $100-$200
in prize money.
Maen Alkhader (in photo) won in the master’s category for his
poster “Fibers in Shear Flow.” Each entry reflected research or a
unique project done by undergraduate seniors, master's and Ph.D.
students in any area of study within MMAE. MMAE faculty did the
judging, rating the posters on their technical level, presentation
of the material, innovation of the concepts and overall impact.
The department also announced recipients of this year’s
Outstanding Achievement Awards for graduating seniors, based on high
scholastic achievement as determined by grade point average. These
outstanding seniors each received $100: Virginia Brock, Jon Dees,
Jason Kozmic, Ryan Lim, Andrew Mills, and Abigail Parsons.
IIT Students Elect New
SLC officers in place
New members of the Student Leadership Committee (SLC) have been
selected. SLC is the student government at IIT, where students can
make extraordinary differences in issues concerning the university
and its policy.
|Vice Chair - Internal
|Vice Chair - External
SLC membership is open to all interested undergraduate and
graduate students, and meetings are held biweekly on Tuesday nights
at 9:15 p.m. in the E-1 Auditorium. Please take an opportunity to
congratulate these student leaders.
Biology Colloquium, April 21,
Guest Speaker: Stuart Taylor of the Mayo Clinic,
Topic: "Lateral Force Transmission in Muscle
Cells: From Motor Protein to Extracellular Matrix."
p.m., Life Sciences Building, Room 111
Intellectual Property Colloquium,
April 22, 2003:
Guest Speaker: Justin Hughes, Benjamin
Cardozo School of Law
Topic: "The Spirited Debate about
4:10 - 5:50 p.m., Loyola
University Law School. For more information, contact Graeme
Dinwoodie at email@example.com
Midwest Mechanics Seminar, April 23, 2003:
Guest Speaker: Keith Moffatt, DAMTP, Cambridge,
Topic: "Gabriel Stokes (1819-1903) and the Dynamics of
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., E-1 Building, Crawford
Colloquium, April 24, 2003:
Guest Speaker: George
Crabtree, Argonne National Laboratory
Templates for Nonstructural Fabrication."
3:35 p.m., Life
Sciences Building, Room 111
of Humanities Colloquium, April 25, 2003:
Michael Davis, professor,
presents his paper: "What Can We Learn by Looking for the First Code
of Professional Ethics?"
For an advanced copy go to: www.iit.edu/~schmaus/colloquium/index.html
2 p.m., Siegel Hall, Room 218
See who's in the news
The April 16 Chicago Tribune reported on
IIT's new men's and women's NAIA soccer program and
the hiring of Head Coach Lee Hitchen.
A recent story in The Economic Times in India
reported on IIT's Cricket Club and President Rajesh
David and the huge turnout at a club-sponsored
viewing of the international tournament at the HUB.
Finance Professor Howard Simons is quoted
in an April 16 story in the Gwinnett Georgia Daily
Press regarding baby boomers getting out of the stock
market and into bonds.
On April 15, WBBM-AM "Newsradio 780" and WSCR-AM 670
"The Score" reported on IIT's hiring of Lee
Hitchen as the new head coach of men's and women's
The April 14 edition of the Columbia College
Chronicle mentions IIT's involvement with the
Near South Side planning board.
A story in the April-May issue of Chemistry
magazine featured IIT's math and science
Education program, including quotes and photos of
Chairman Norman Lederman along with Assistant
Professor Scott Ashmann and Senior Instructor Judy
Computer Science Professor Shlomo Argamon
was mentioned in an April 12 story in the Jerusalem
Post regarding his research on an algorithm that can help
identify the gender and age of an author.
An April 12 story in the weekly Chicago newspaper
Streetwise focused on redevelopment plans for
Stateway Gardens and included a quote from President
Lew Collens about the university's financial
incentives for faculty and staff.
On April 11, WMAQ-TV, NBC 5, featured a story on
research at IIT's National Center for Food Safety and
Technology and interviewed Research Assistant Professor
Tatiana Koutchma, regarding improved preservation of
the military's MREs (meals-ready-to-eat.)
STANFORD CHEMIST BARRY
TROST TO DELIVER KILPATRICK LECTURE
Barry M. Trost, professor of chemistry at
Stanford University, will present the annual Kilpatrick
Lecture on Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at 2 p.m. in Wishnick Hall
Auditorium. Trost’s lecture, “Catalysis: A Key to Synthetic
Efficiency,” will focus on the use of catalysis in the
synthesis of a variety of biologically important molecules.
The lecture, which honors former chemistry professors
Martin and Mary Kilpatrick, is sponsored by IIT’s Department
of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences.
STUDENT POSTERS FIND A
featured in HUB display
The next time you stroll through the HUB, don’t
forget to look along the east wall, facing the student lounge
area. You’ll notice a collection of posters featuring a
variety of IIT students striking poses that may surprise
The HUB is the second location for the set of color
posters. The first were unveiled in Perlstein Hall earlier
this year, and continue to draw rave reviews from students,
faculty and staff.
Tech Execs to Speak
Final Thought Leader lecture
Sandy LaMantia and
Christine Schyvinck, executives from Shure Incorporated, the
world's leading manufacturer of microphones, will present the
final lecture of this year's Thought Leader Seminar series.
Shure is a major employer of grads in electrical and computer
engineering. The lecture, which will focus on the
transition from engineer to executive, will be from 4-5 p.m.
on Tuesday, April 22, in Wishnick Hall Auditorium.
IDOT Sets Hearing on Dan Ryan
The Illinois Department of
Transportation has scheduled a public hearing on April 22 to
discuss proposed reconstruction of the Dan Ryan Expressway
from 31st Street to the I-57 interchange. The hearing will be
3 - 8 p.m., in Room 1W10, International Hall, Kennedy-King
Community College, 6838 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago.
Ted Erikson was a research chemist at IIT
Research Institute for 21 years and a teacher of chemistry,
physics and math in Hammond, Indiana, for 15 years. His
English Channel record stood for 10 years before his son, Jon,
broke it. In 1961, Erikson became the first person to swim
across Lake Michigan. His long-time swimming companion was his
dog, Umbra, a black labrador and greyhound mix. Umbra’s
swimming performance of 2.4 miles in 65 minutes earned her a
place in the Guinness Book of World Records.