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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
Janet Jaffke

Next Issue:04.28.03

To submit an announcement for publication, CLICK HERE.

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Call 312.567.3104

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


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 or 312.567.3647.

Bookstore to Find Temporary Home in Machinery Hall

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.

Faculty 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.

Easy Registration

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.


Monday, April 21
Judson College
2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22
St. Xavier University
3 p.m.

Thursday, April 24
University of St. Francis
3 p.m.

Friday, April 25
Calumet College
3 p.m.

Saturday, April 26
Cardinal Stritch


Don't 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

The online suggestion box is up and running and available at http://
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.

Lederman 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 International.

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/Sigmi Xi Awards Recognize
'Exemplary' Faculty and Graduate Student Achievements

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 division
  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 students.
Albert Wang, junior faculty division
  Wang, assistant 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 lab manager.

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,

Places 7th Overall

IIT's Mock Trial team competed at the American Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament in Nashville two weekends ago.

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 sportsmanship.

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 nominations.

Work with International Students?
“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 or at 312.567.3683 by today.

Photo by Oona Burke.
IIT's 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 crowd.

MMAE 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. Congratulations!

IIT Students Elect New Leaders
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.

Chair Mackie Derrick
Vice Chair - Internal Dylan Easley
Vice Chair - External Scott Waicekauskas
Treasurer Brandy Caffee
Secretary Chinmay Maru

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.

IIT Events

Biology Colloquium, April 21, 2003:
Guest Speaker: Stuart Taylor of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
Topic: "Lateral Force Transmission in Muscle Cells: From Motor Protein to Extracellular Matrix."
3:35 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 Geographical Indications.”
4:10 - 5:50 p.m., Loyola University Law School. For more information, contact Graeme Dinwoodie at

MMAE Department’s Midwest Mechanics Seminar, April 23, 2003:
Guest Speaker: Keith Moffatt, DAMTP, Cambridge, UK.
Topic: "Gabriel Stokes (1819-1903) and the Dynamics of Viscous Fluids".
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., E-1 Building, Crawford Auditorium

BCPS Thursday Colloquium, April 24, 2003:
Guest Speaker: George Crabtree, Argonne National Laboratory
Topic: "Self-Assembled Templates for Nonstructural Fabrication."
3:35 p.m., Life Sciences Building,
Room 111

Lewis Department 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:
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 soccer.

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 Lederman.

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.)


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.

Eight 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 you.

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 Tomorrow
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 Improvements

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.

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