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Selected Media Coverage: January 11, 2005

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

All American Patriots (Sweden)
Location, Depth Lethal Mix in Asian Earthquake

Anne Meltzer, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about the recent tsunami. The earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra occurred in a location that geologists know is susceptible to powerful earthquakes. The quake occurred along a “subduction zone” in which the Indian tectonic plate is being subducted, or pulled beneath, the Burma tectonic platelet, said Lehigh seismologist Meltzer, who has supervised two major international seismology research projects in the Himalayas. “Earthquakes like this one happen only once every 50 to 100 years, and they happen in very specific locations,” Meltzer said. Her work is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
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Science News (Circulation: 158,894)
Twinkle Toes: How Geckos’ Sticky Feet Stay Clean

Manoj K. Chaudhury, professor of chemical engineering at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about how dirt weakens adhesive bonds. So strong is the stickiness of some geckos' feet that the lizards can hang from a ceiling by a single toe. Despite that clinginess, the forest of adhesive fibers on the underside of each toe stays nearly dirt free without grooming or washing. Now researchers say they've figured out the secret. Chaudhury, for instance, urges a reexamination of the proposed mechanism of self-cleaning using more-sophisticated models of the forces and geometries involved. Gecko feet have already inspired new adhesives. If they can self-clean, such adhesives might even prove useful in rock climbing or for making geckolike Mars rovers, he said.
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The News Journal (Sunday Circulation: 144,000)
Tsunami Triggers Imperative to Help

Jack Lule, professor of journalism and communication and chairman of the journalism department at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about how the tsunami devastation has affected people. Americans have not always been so tuned into global tragedy. In 1991, the death of more than 130,000 people in Bangladesh from a cyclone and tidal surge went relatively unnoticed. Yet the tsunami devastation across 12 nations has had an almost “mythic resonance,” said Lule. “I see the coverage as yet another example of the power of myth in the news…This event reminds people of stories that have been told in all civilizations, such as Noah's flood. This flood came at a time when a divided world could feel less divided by a singleness of purpose that comes in response to tragedy.”
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Civil Engineering (Circulation: 120,000)
Nanoparticles May Treat Groundwater

Weixian Zhang, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Lehigh, has developed a new method of cleansing groundwater that could drastically reduce costs by using nanoparticles. The iron-based nanoparticles, which have a high rate of reactivity and a large relative surface area, can race through the groundwater, stripping it of harmful chlorine and transforming solvents into harmless chlorides and hydrocarbons, he says. Putting such particles to work would allow the water to be treated in the ground rather than being pumped out, treated, and disposed of, and could reduce the cost of a $20 million cleanup project to just $5 million, Zhang says. The technology has already been tested and verified, and two environmental remediation companies have received licenses to use it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has also given Zhang a $300,000 grant to investigate the possibility of using nanoparticles to treat hazardous waste.
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Richmond Times-Dispatch (Circulation: 192,500)
Lehigh student Elizabeth Edmunds was mentioned in an article about taking classes over the holidays. For about two weeks during winter break, Virginia Commonwealth University turns down the thermostats, turns off the lights and mostly closes. It's a sprint - this school year it started Dec. 27 and ended Saturday - that crams a semester's worth of work into what for most other students is winter vacation. More than 800 students registered for this year's session, including Edmunds.
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Central Penn Business Journal
Zone Near College Waits for Approval

Lehigh University was mentioned in another article about the Keystone Innovation Zone. A chart in the article showed Bethlehem as being the area of interest, life sciences, microelectronics, information technology, and nanotechnology as being the target industries included, and Lehigh University and Northampton Community College as being the colleges/universities involved.
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The Express Times
New Kids on the Blog

Jack Lule was also quoted in an article about young people keeping online journals, called Web logs, to document their social lives. Lule, who started one of the country’s first courses taught online in 1997, predicts that bloggers, like little fish in big ponds, will be gobbled up by the mainstream media or seduced by the promise of steady work. “Unfortunately, they will be co-opted into journalism,” he said during a December phone interview. Some newspapers have set up blogs in a way that lets a reporter covering politics, for example, post tidbits otherwise not right for a full-blown story. “People still trust that (personal) voice. They know that person's coming from a certain perspective and they want to hear what they have to say.” With blogs, students can find the information and open a discussion with their classmates right away. “I think that's just a happy marriage of people's desire and technology,” Lule said.
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**Alumni in the News

Philadelphia Inquirer (Circulation: 368,883)
Schools Superintendent to Get Award Named for King

Upper Merion Area Schools Superintendent Terry L. Mancini, who received his doctorate in education from Lehigh and also received the university’s Matthew W. Gaffney Academic Excellence Award, will receive the township's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award on Thursday for promoting education about the fallen civil-rights leader.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2005

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