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KUDOS - November 2005

November 01, 2005
The NJIT Chapter of the Hispanic Organization of Students in Technology/Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (HOST/SHPE) was the big winner at the 2005 SHPE Eastern Technical Career Conference held in October. NJIT was awarded the Orlando Montan Chapter Leadership Award and students Danny Lozano and Hermes Alverez won the Most Promising Engineer award and the Technical Poster Competition, respectively. Raymond A. Calluori, PhD, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, served as a member of the Juvenile Delinquency Advisory Board for McGraw-Hill's recently released reader, Annual Editions: Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 06/07. Articles on school shootings and Ecstasy use by youth, suggested by Dr. Calluori, were included in the collection. >>
Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental activist group, will discuss the challenges of sustainable urban development on Nov. 9, 3-4:30 p.m., NJIT Campus Center ballroom. The lecture, which is the fifth in NJIT's Technology and Society Forum Series, is open to the public and parking is available. >>
William C. Van Buskirk, PhD, a distinguished professor at NJIT who helped pioneer the burgeoning field of biomedical reengineering, has been elected Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Van Buskirk was elected Fellow last week during the society's awards ceremony held in Baltimore, Md. >>
The future of fiber science is the core topic of the Fiber Society's 2005 Fall Annual Meeting and Technical Conference on Oct. 17-19, Campus Center Ballrooms A and B at NJIT. For more information, contact Program Chair Michael Jaffe, PhD, jaffe@adm.njit.edu. >>
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Kenneth Deffeyes, PhD, an esteemed geologist and professor emeritus at Princeton University, will give a lecture titled “The Impending Oil Shortage: A Crisis in Public Policy" on Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., in the NJIT Campus Center atrium. The lecture is free, open to the public and parking is available. Deffeyes's talk is the first in this year's Technology and Society Forum series. >>
Leon M. Lederman, Nobel Laureate, director emeritus of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and founder and resident scholar at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, will discuss the crisis in U.S. science education and science literacy at a Technology and Society forum on April 20, 2005, 3-4:30 p.m. in the Jim Wise Theatre, Kupfrian Hall. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be webcast live that day by logging on to http://speakerforum.njit.edu/.  Contact: Jay Kappraff, 973-596-3490 or email: kappraff@adm.njit.edu. >>
Betty Shanahan, executive director and chief executive officer of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), will be the special guest speaker at the NJIT SWE Networking Night and Awards Reception on April 25, 2005, 6–8 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP or for more information, e-mail Chisom Maduike at cnm2@njit.edu or Talina Knox at knoxt@njit.edu or call 973-642-4671. >>

KUDOS - April 2005

April 01, 2005
NJIT Professor Designated As Fulbright Scholar Christopher Funkhouser, PhD, assistant professor, department of humanities, has been designated as a Fulbright Scholar for teaching and research in Malaysia in 2006. Dr. Funkhouser, a specialist in digital poetry and literature, will be working at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, next spring. His project, dealing with multimedia database communication, involves half-time lecturing and half-time research at the University. His proposal was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and was endorsed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.  Professors Recognized for Article in IEEE Publication Nancy W. Coppola, associate professor of humanities, has won the Rudolph J. Joenk Jr. Award for best article published in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication for 2004. The article, "Swift Trust in Virtual Teams," was written with  Roxanne Hiltz, PhD, distinguished professor of information systems, and Naomi Rotter, PhD, professor of management. The Joenk Award winner is invited to present a paper at the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference in Limerick, Ireland, in July 2005.  NCE Staff Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet Brenda Walker and Geny Moreno, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, were recognized for their service and dedication to Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at the school's annual Awards Banquet on April 8, 2005 at the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel. Ms. Walker received the NCE Outstanding Staff Award and Ms. Moreno was presented with the NCE Excellence in Advising Award. SPE Student Chapter Receives Outstanding Student Organization Award The Society of Plastics Engineers student chapter was presented with the Outstanding Student Organization Award at the NCE Awards Banquet on April 8, 2005 at the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel.  Six Highlanders Named Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars Six NJIT student-athletes were named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars in the most recent issue of Black Issues In Higher Education magazine. Each awardee must have had a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20, been an active member of an intercollegiate athletics team in 2004-05, and have demonstrated a record of service to his/her university or community. They are: Jennifer Dorn, cross-country; Elizabeth Mayo, cross-country; Mario Douglas, soccer;  Sita Kulkarni, volleyball; Deepti Sanjai, fencing;  and Donelle Small, swimming. NCE 70th Reunion Website Wins Admissions Advertising Award The Newark College of Engineers 70th Reunion Website received an honorable mention in the twentieth annual Admissions Advertising Awards sponsored by Admissions Marketing Report.  >>
The NJIT chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) will offer Macromedia Flash Workshops on March 22 and 29, 2005, 6-8 p.m., Cullimore 411. The workshops will be taught by Heather Daniels (MSPTC '04). Two sessions will be offered: Beginner Session on March 22; Advanced Skills on March 29. Fee: $30 for non-STC members; $20 for STC members. Space is limited. To register, please e-mail George Francy at gpf2@njit.edu. >>
The NJIT student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) will host the society's Regional Student Leadership Conference on March 19, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. in the Campus Center. Some 250 Hispanic students from 45 colleges will attend the conference, which offers student leaders from SHPE chapters in the northeast a chance to meet and share knowledge. Maria Hernandez, director of Business Resiliency and Security Solutions at IBM Corp., will speak during the conference luncheon. Liz Garcia (at left), public affairs manager for Infineum who is also a member of the NJIT Board of Trustees, will speak during the gala banquet. >>
The Society for Women Engineers at NJIT will be conducting a cell phone drive during the months of February and March. Cell phones can be dropped off at designated boxes located around campus, including the Campus Center, Campbell Hall, and the residential halls. Funds raised from the drive will go to the American Red Cross to aid victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. >>

KUDOS - February 2005

February 01, 2005
Tremaine Designated Professor Emeritus; Receives CHI Lifetime Service Award Marilyn Tremaine, PhD, professor of information systems, was designated Professor Emeritus effective February 1, 2005, in recognition of her service to the university and her continuing involvement with its students. In addition, Tremaine received the 2005 Lifetime Service  Award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI). The CHI Lifetime Service Award is given to individuals who have contributed to the growth of SIGCHI in a variety of capacities and carries an honorarium of $1,000. Student Section of Society of Women Engineers Receives Award at National Conference The NJIT student section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was honored with the Student Net Increase Award for Medium Sections at this year's national SWE conference. The NJIT SWE achieved an 86% increase in student members over the past year.  Also, NJIT SWE student section president Chisom Madiuke served as a member of the Region E team during the conference "SME Bowl" competition. The Subject Matter Expert (SME) Bowl, sponsored by ExxonMobil, is a competition that challenges SWE students in their knowledge of science, math, physics, engineering, and technology as well as SWE history, policies, and procedures. The region won first prize, netting a $1,500 team award for region programming. Bloom Appointed to Mathematics Task Force Joel S. Bloom, interim provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at NJIT, was appointed to the Governor's Mathematics Task Force. >>