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Selected Media Coverage: May 24, 2005

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

WPVI
WFMZ-TV
Maya Angelou Speaks at Lehigh Graduation

All around Goodman Stadium you could see the faces of students preparing to take the next journey in their life. And they were started on that journey by a woman who’s taken many herself. Maya Angelou is an acclaimed poet, actress, producer, director, educator and civil rights activist. On Monday, she addressed the 1,650 graduates of Lehigh’s Class of 2005.
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Science News (Circulation: 158,894)
Special Treatment
Tiny Technology Tackles Mega Messes

Weixian Zhang, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Lehigh, was quoted in an article about NASA’s Launch Complex 34 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Instead of space vehicles, the site is launching new technologies for cleaning up the environment. Because nanoscale particles have extremely high surface areas relative to their volumes, more of the metal is available to contact and react with contaminants. “When you make small particles, the reaction rate increases substantially,” says Zhang. Experiments in his lab have shown that one kilogram of nanoscale iron particles, which looks like black powder, is as reactive as about 1,000 kg of micrometer-size iron particles, which looks more like black sand. “You can clean up a site much faster and use a smaller amount of material,” says Zhang.
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Nature (Circulation: 65,000)
Is Intelligent Design Coming to your Campus?
Cast Out from Class

Michael Behe, professor of biological science at Lehigh, was mentioned in an article about a professor from George Mason University who has been barred by her department from teaching both evolution and intelligent design. Behe teaches an elective first-year seminar on ‘popular arguments on evolution.’ “The majority of my colleagues disagree with me,” he says. “But my chairman supports my right to have my own views and argue them in a public setting.”
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Business Finance Magazine
Building a Strong Syndicated Credit Facility

George A. Nation, professor of finance and law at Lehigh, was quoted in an article regarding companies that are increasingly turning to the syndicated loan market to fund acquisitions or pay down more expensive debt. Quite often, banks that participate in syndicated deals later sell their interest in those loans to other investors. The total value of syndicated loans traded in the secondary market rose to almost $145 billion in 2003, a 30 percent increase over the previous year, according to Loan Pricing. Secondary market deals generally involve loans in amounts of at least $250 million, Richard Rodgers, managing director of corporate lending with GE Commercial Finance points out. Given the increasing popularity of the secondary market, a treasurer who arranges a syndicated deal can't be sure that he or she will know the institution that will be holding that debt a year or two down the road. Treasurers who prefer a close relationship with their bankers may want to consider that point, says Nation. "Some borrowers prefer relationship banking, where you can sit down and modify the covenants," he notes.
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Welding Journal
Arnold Marder, professor of materials science and engineering at Lehigh, co-authored an article titled, “Microstructural Characterization of a Double-Sided Friction Stir Weld on a Superaustenitic Stainless Steel.”
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Black Issues in Higher Education
Honoring Arthur Ashe

Cleveland McCray, assistant to the athletic director at Lehigh, wrote a letter that mentioned the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar award. “Arthur Ashe was a role model for everyone: Black, White, Hispanic, American Indian or Asian,” McCray wrote. “He was a human being who faced tremendous obstacles yet still found a way to triumph in the face of adversity.”
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Pittsburgh TEQ
Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Conference 2005…The Business of Nanotechnology

Lehigh University was mentioned in an article about the Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Conference that was held in Pittsburgh on April 18-20 as being among the outstanding early-stage research centers in the U.S.
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The Irish Times
Guardian Unlimited
Flushing the Truth Away

Jack Lule, professor of journalism and communication at Lehigh, was quoted in two separate articles regarding Newsweek magazine’s story about the Koran being desecrated by U.S. military bullies at Guantanamo Bay. The tale so outraged Muslims that riots left 15 people dead. "We have a conservative media and also a mainstream media, which is also now fairly conservative because it has been forced to deny being liberal," Lule told the Observer newspaper in February. In the Guardian Unlimited, Lule was quoted as saying,“There is a terrible irony here…It is deeply worrying. They are saying: don't trust the media, trust the government. That is dangerous.”
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Tech Trends
M.J. Bishop, assistant professor of education and human services at Lehigh, co-wrote an article titled, “Providing Novice Instructional Designers Real-World Experiences: The PacifiCorp Design and Development Competition.”
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Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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