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Selected Media Coverage: March 11, 2005

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

WBTV-3 News at 11 PM
WBTV-3 News at 5:30 PM
Fox News Rising

Students from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania are spending their spring break helping children who are less fortunate. They'll also help out at the Uptown Mens' Shelter and Urban Ministry Center.
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Investor’s Business Daily (Circulation: 248,215)
LEX 18
Young Scientists from United States Nominated for Worldwide “Mondialogo Engineering Award”

Lehigh University was mentioned as being a finalist for the “Mondialogo Engineering Award,” the first worldwide intercultural contest seeking ideas for sustainable technical improvements in developing countries for its partnership with Bengal Engineering College, India, on "Providing arsenic-free water in remote villages in West Bengal, India.” 40 project ideas from international universities, selected from 111 submitted proposals (39 of which included U.S. participation), have now been short-listed for one of up to 20 awards, which together carry 300,000 euros in prize money. The winners will be announced during an international ceremony at the end of May in Berlin, Germany.
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Associated Press State & Local Wire
Sentinel (Carlisle, PA)
Iraqi Ambassador is Upbeat

Iraq’s U.N. ambassador told a Lehigh University assembly that he believed chances were good that Iraq’s newly elected Shiite leaders will respect the rights of women and Sunnis. Samir Sumaidaie, who spoke at Lehigh on February 10 as part of the U.N. Ambassadorial Speaker Series, also said the United States’ role in Iraq should be judged by what transpires in upcoming decades. “I think it was Winston Churchill who once said that Americans always end up doing the right thing after exhausting all the alternatives,” said Sumaidaie, who left Iraq in 1973. “Iraqis know deep down that the Americans saved them.”
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Science Magazine (Circulation: 149,000)
Science, a weekly magazine published in Washington, D.C., and considered the premiere publication worldwide (along with Nature magazine) for scientists and engineers, quoted Nelson Tansu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of Lehigh's Center for Optical Technologies, in its March 9 issue. Tansu was the only person quoted in a short article about physicist Charles Townes, a Nobel laureate who co-invented the laser and recently won the Templeton Prize. The prize recognizes contributions advancing knowledge in matters relating to science and religion. Tansu said Townes's “great contribution in science and his long-running interest to better understand the universe are clearly reflections of his great commitment to mankind and his faith.”
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The Chronicle of Higher Education (Circulation: 87,246)
The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Lehigh Administrator to be President of Ohio University

Mark Erickson, an administrator at Lehigh since 1983, accepted an offer to be the 13th president of Springfield's Wittenberg University. He will start July 1. Mark Erickson said one of his major goals at Lehigh was to integrate the university into its surrounding south Bethlehem community to battle the perception that it operated independently on top of South Mountain without investing in its host municipality. ''I think I made an enormous amount of progress on that,'' he said, pointing to efforts by Lehigh to plan its future with city officials.
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New Scientist (UK)
NASA Sends Columbia Wreckage for External Study

It’s back-to-school time for NASA. The agency sent debris from the February 2003 Columbia shuttle disaster to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Students there will become the first people outside NASA to analyze the wreckage. The shuttle broke up during re-entry after hot gases flowed into a hole in the wing. The hole was caused by a chunk of foam falling onto it during lift-off. The debris most relevant to that analysis was studied in detail by NASA, but most of the remaining thousands of fragments of the shuttle have been examined only cursorily. Now Lehigh students have been sent 50 pieces of glass, ceramic, polymers, composites and various metals, which they will examine with an array of microscopes. “We are looking for telltale signs of brittle failure, ductile failure and so on,” says Arnold Marder, professor of materials science and engineering at Lehigh. NASA hopes the findings, which will be delivered next month, will help in the choice of materials for future shuttle missions.
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Courier-Journal (Sunday Circulation: 285,286)
“Design” Idea Clashes with Darwin’s Theory

Michael Behe, professor of biological sciences at Lehigh, was mentioned in an article about Darwin’s theory of evolution – that life forms evolved gradually from common ancestors over millions of years. Behe argues that some organs have “irreducible complexity” – they only work if all the parts are in place. Behe argues that that the eye, for example, could not have evolved through step-by-step mutations because an animal with only part of a working eye wouldn’t have any advantage in the battle for survival. The only explanation, he says, is that someone designed it whole.
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Baltimore Sun (Circulation: 270,113)
Teach the Controversy

Michael Behe was also mentioned in an op-ed regarding the Darwinian theory. Some scientists doubt the Darwinian idea that living things merely “appear” designed. Instead, they think that living systems display telltale signs of actual or “intelligent” design. “Prominent scientists, such as Lehigh University biochemist Michael J. Behe and former San Francisco State University biophysicist Dean Kenyon, have cited intriguing evidence in support of this theory, such as the presence of digital information, complex circuits and miniature motors in living cells,” the article said.
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Jewish Exponent
China Samples Liberalization, and In Comes Isaac Bashevis Singer

Lehigh was mentioned in an article about Xu Xin, who spent several days in February as the scholar-in-residence at the Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Judaic Studies at Lehigh. While he was at Lehigh, Xu Xin delivered a lecture to a packed room about the subject that has now become his specialty, the Chinese Jewish community of Kaifeng, which dates back to the 11th-century. Kaifeng Jewry more or less ceased to exist as a cohesive community around the turn of the 20th century. Assimilation and intermarriage, he said, finally proved the communities’ undoing. “They established a meaningful Jewish life,” said the professor. “If they hadn’t followed their traditions [for so long], we wouldn’t know anything about them.”
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OR/MS Today
David Wu, professor and chair of the industrial and systems engineering department at Lehigh University, has been named head of the university’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. In six years as ISE department chair, Wu established new interdisciplinary academic programs and research centers, while gaining international renown for his research in optimization, logistics and supply chain modeling. Graduate enrollment in the department tripled during that time. As engineering dean, Wu will preside over a college with 110 faculty members, 1,350 undergraduate majors and 670 graduate students.
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Wayland Town Crier
Sudbury Town Crier
Weston Town Crier
Early College Decision on Rise

Lehigh University was one of the colleges mentioned in an article about early admissions. At Sudbury, Wayland and Weston, between 40 and 60 percent of the senior class sent in applications under early decision, early action or on a rolling admissions basis. Early admission gives a student an admission decision months before the regular decision letters are mailed in early April. “Just a sampling of the schools to which Wayland and Weston students received early acceptances include Columbia, Yale, Bentley, Colby, Elton, Lehigh and Bard,” the article said.
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Hear Ian Holmes Live on Saturday

A concert to benefit the scholarship fund of Lehigh University’s S.T.A.R. Academy program will be held on Saturday evening at Calvary Temple in South Whitehall Township. S.T.A.R. is “an early intervention program designed to enrich and enhance the academic performance of economically and academically disadvantaged and/or at-risk middle/high school-aged children.” Dr. Henry Odi is the executive director of S.T.A.R. Program.
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**News of interest

Reading Eagle (Circulation: 64,600)

Lehigh was mentioned in an article about the recent name change of Allentown Business School to Lehigh Valley College. Unveiled in January, the name change to Lehigh Valley College was the unanimous choice of a focus group consisting of students and faculty, said Virginia Carpenter, college president. That choice has led to some minor confusion for at least one college with a similar name, Penn State’s Lehigh Valley campus. Don’t expect any of the colleges to give up their Lehigh identities. Lehigh University has existed since 1865, and Penn State’s Lehigh Valley campus opened in 1912.
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Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005

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