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Selected Media Coverage: April 1, 2005

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

Newsday (Circulation: 379,351)
Baltimore Sun (Circulation: 270,113)
In Bush’s Second Term, First Lady Gets Bolder

Laura K. Olson, professor of political science at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about first lady scholars saying that Laura Bush is morphing into a more substantial player on the Washington and world stages. If President Bush has anything to do with it, his wife will remain a secondary public presence, believes Olson, who teaches a class on first ladies. “I suspect that any power that the first lady has is at the discretion of her husband,” she said.
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Exceptional Children (Circulation: 65,000)
Adherence to Mathematics
Professional Standards and Instructional Design Criteria for Problem-Solving in Mathematics

Asha Jitendra, professor of education and human services at Lehigh, along with Lehigh graduate students Edward Sczesniak and Natalie Sokol, co-authored an article regarding a study that investigated the extent to which teaching the recommended methods for problem-solving presented in third-grade mathematics textbooks adhered to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and instructional design criteria. Results indicated that there were more variations than similarities within and across textbooks in meeting the Standards.
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Campus Technology
Lehigh was mentioned in the February 2005 issue of Campus Technology under Campus Briefs. “Technology developed by Lehigh University was recently included in a high-profile patent pool administered around MPEG-4 standards. Being part of the patent pool means royalties for the university and paves the way for licensing agreements with major corporations-potentially Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Sony, and others,” the brief stated.
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National Catholic Register
Intelligent Design Puts Darwinian Evolution on Trial

Michael Behe, professor of biological sciences at Lehigh, was mentioned in another article about intelligent design (ID). He stated in the February 7 New York Times: “Intelligent design proponents do question whether random mutation and natural selection completely explain the deep structure of life.” He cites cells, of which all organisms are composed. Scientists have only recently discovered that cells are fantastically complex, each one being akin to a power plant in its structure and purpose. IDers say it’s ridiculous to assume such structures came about accidentally and incrementally, especially as all of their parts must be present for them to work. Therefore, the structures must have had a designer.
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Lehigh Valley Magazine
Historic Celebration and Preservation

Roger Simon, professor of history at Lehigh, was mentioned in an article about an exhibit commemorating the 350th anniversary of Jewish Life in America. The exhibit will open on April 11 and Simon is responsible for writing the captions and historical commentary alongside the items.
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Lehigh Valley Magazine
8th Annual Movers & Shapers
The Sweet Sounds of Success

Paul Chou, associate professor of music at Lehigh, was mentioned in an article that honors the people of the Lehigh Valley whose good deeds often go unheralded. “The office of Lehigh Philharmonic Orchestra Director Chou is brimming with instruments – and he can’t wait to get rid of them,” the article said. “The instruments, collected from Lehigh Valley residents and others, are being donated to a school in Brazil where budding musicians lack the necessary tools of their trade. Chou, whose orchestra includes over 100 members, led them last year to Florianapolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, for an international performance hosted by the Chicago Symphony. They played at a school for underprivileged children, and Chou’s orchestra made friends with the budding virtuosos. ‘I was so inspired, and it was clear that their real problem was they didn’t have enough instruments,’ Chou says. ‘A trumpet had to be shared among five or six kids.’
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
New Energy Drink Puts Fizz in Kabbalah

Chava Weissler, professor of religion studies at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about Kabbalah Energy Drink. Next week, the hip, the curious and the thirsty in the Lehigh Valley will be among the first consumers east of the Mississippi to find 16-ounce cans of Kabbalah Energy Drink at select convenience stores and supermarkets. It helps that the East Coast distributor, XL Beverage, is based in Bethlehem. What is Kabbalah Energy Drink? A $2 can of sweetened, carbonated, caffeinated, vitamin-charged water to which some Canadian mountain spring water blessed by a rabbi is added. Weissler, who teaches an undergraduate course about Kabbalah, says, “I would not think there would be any actual spiritual benefit to drink this. The true teachings of Kabbalah have nothing to do with energy drinks.”
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The Express Times
Sametz “Has Had Singing” at Lehigh for 25 Years

For Steven Sametz, director of choral activities at Lehigh University and the Ronald J. Ulhrich Professor of music, Saturday's event at Zoellner Arts Center is an homage to the history of singing at the university and a celebration of his own anniversary -- 25 years of singing, composing, arranging, conducting and breaking new ground at Lehigh University. The opening song, a short, contemplative piece that reflects upon the joys that singing can bring to people, is called “I Have Had Singing.” “You know, there will be about 300 people on stage for that song. It should be jammed, but the more the merrier, always,” says Sametz. And all these people -- alumni, current choral members, and choral union members -- won't have much time to rehearse. “Some of the alumni are coming from as far away as California. That's how much this program means to them,” he says.
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The Express Times
Leaders Hold Up Schiavo Case as Example for Others

Lloyd H. Steffen, professor and chaplain at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about the Terri Schiavo case. Steffen said the case highlights the “floating definition of death” and difficulty in deciphering the ramifications of a “persistent vegetative state.” Steffen said he was pleased to see opinion polls show the public overwhelmingly opposed legislators interceding in judicial matters. Instead of politicizing the issue, family members should consider what the patient would have wanted, he said. “It really is enormously important to have some indication of the patient's wishes. That's what we were lacking in the Terri Schiavo case,” Steffen said.
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Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal
PA Tapped Into Beer Revenue at Higher Rate in ‘04

Edith Ritter, executive director of the Manufacturers Resource Center at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about beer-related businesses contributing $6.85 billion to the Pennsylvania economy last year. Ritter says the contribution is an “amazing amount” and questions what it includes. Rankings she receives from the Pennsylvania State University’s Pennsylvania Technical Assistant Program show a decline in the number of beverages and tobacco manufacturing establishments in the state from 475 in 2001 to 316 in 2003, as well as a decline in the number of food services and drinking places – 23,240 to 22,744 – (not all of which would serve beer) over the same time period. And beer would be only a small part of those numbers, she says.
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Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal
Bush is Class Act in Pushing New Fed Law

Edith Ritter was also quoted in an article about regulations that would combine small claims and limit lawyer fees. President Bush signed the Class Action Fairness Act in early March. Class action combines thousands of small claims against a common defendant into one lawsuit. Ritter says that class-action suits have “wrecked a lot of excellent companies and industries.” The asbestos industry is a prime example, she says. Ritter believes the new law will allow legitimate class-action suits to proceed but curtail those that are frivolous.
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Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal
Middle School Students Help Lehigh Engineers Get Degrees

Lehigh University juniors currently enrolled in ME240 are beginning their final project with a group of middle school students from Broughal Middle School. This unique collaborative project, which began five years ago, has become an annual tradition at Lehigh University and is an event that those involved in it will never forget. ME240 is the course number for the manufacturing class in the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Department at Lehigh, which is a required course for all mechanical engineering students at Lehigh.
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**News of Interest

Star-Ledger (Newark) (Sunday Circulation: 608,257)
Quality Lehigh Valley Lifestyle

Lehigh University was mentioned in an article about being a nationally recognized university nearby the new Curly Horse community in Upper Saucon Township, PA.
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Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal
Honors

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania said its Ben Franklin Business Incubator was cited multiple times as an exemplary national model in the newly-released publication “Business Incubation,” a National Business Incubation Association guidebook. The company said the BFTP/NEP Business Incubator has graduated 33 successful companies, grossing over $348 million in annual revenue and creating more than 2,640 jobs. The incubator is located on the Mountaintop Campus of Lehigh University.
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Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005

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