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Selected Media Coverage: August 20, 2004

**Lehigh in the News** {online press clippings from other news sources}

New Haven Register (Sunday Circulation: 99,532)
Charged Debate Over Burying Power Lines Leaves Customers Paying the Bill

Donald Bolle, interim chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about the customers of Connecticut Light & Power, who recently footed much of a $6 billion bill for burying high-voltage power lines. “Burying high-voltage electric wires has been common for a number of years overseas, particularly in countries such as Italy and the Netherlands,” said Boelle. “It is typically done in high-density urban areas where acquiring land and homes to clear a path for overhead wires isn’t practical.”
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Chronicle of Higher Education (Circulation: 86,600)
When Professors Go to War

Frank Gunter, associate professor of economics at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about when professors go to war. He was on active duty as a colonel in the Marines for two years – coordinating war exercises and performing administrative work in the United States – before he returned to Lehigh in January. Now he is gone again for the summer on military training drills in South Korea and Japan.
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Principal (Alexandria, VA) (Circulation: 30,000)
Protecting Student Health

Perry Zirkel, professor of educational leadership at Lehigh, wrote an article regarding the fact that approximately half of the states require schools to implement health standards, including physical exams, as a prerequisite to attendance. He states that all 50 states require public school students to be vaccinated against diseases such as diphtheria, measles, and rubella. And, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, most public schools also provide vision and hearing screening as well as dental and dermatological checks.
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
U.S. News Rankings Feature Area Schools

According to the U.S. News and World Report, Lehigh ranked 37th among national universities. The magazine categorizes schools based on their mission — i.e. liberal arts, national university, comprehensive colleges — and in some cases, region, and then ranks them based on factors such as graduation and retention rates and student-to-faculty ratio.
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Allentown District Quizzes Clemente on PSSA Drop

Lehigh University is working with Kutztown University and Intermediate Unit 21 to devise an academic strategy in response to the intense questioning about apparent lapses in academic performance that the Roberto Clemente Charter School came under at Thursday’s Allentown School Board meeting. The Allentown charter school, where the 221 students are almost all Latino, did not meet its reading and math goals for 2004, the school board revealed. It will implement its own evaluation program and begin tracking student achievement. Its curriculum is being brought into compliance with state standards.
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The Express Times (Circulation: 50,522)
Spirituality Must Turn Outward as Well as Inward

Lloyd Steffen, university chaplain and professor of religion studies at Lehigh University, wrote an article on what people mean when they say they are spiritual. “The word ‘spirit’ is put to work for diverse purposes, even in the Bible,” Steffen wrote. “Spirit can refer to prophetic inspiration, to God’s will and expression of power, or to wisdom. Spirit or spirits can be good or bad, clean or unclean.”
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Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal (Circulation: 10,200)
Program Looks to Future of Materials Engineering

Lehigh University held a week-long education camp July 12-16 for high school juniors and seniors in an effort to boost student enrollment in the engineering field. “The number of young people going into engineering as a career or major in college has been dropping in the past 10 years,” says Kurt Pfitzer, spokesman for Lehigh’s College of Engineering. Students are opting to major in engineering fields such as computer and mechanical engineering because they aren’t exposed to materials engineering, which works to advance the use of different types of metals in school, Pfitzer says. Wojciech Misiolek, associate professor materials science and engineering, agrees that lack of knowledge has caused the drop in enrollment numbers. “It’s a trend in all engineering,” he said. “We’re facing the same problems in other disciplines. But materials science is not recognized as much so we need to tell people about us.”
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Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004

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