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guiding lights:

Faculty mentors help students find their way.

The magazine for alumni and friends of the College of Science and Technology

FALL 2007

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Outlook is a twice-yearly magazine for all Temple alumni who earned their degrees in the sciences, whether from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, or the current College of Science and Technology.

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Office of Development and Alumni Affairs

Barton Hall A411 1900 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122 [email protected] Brooke H. Walker Director of Development and Alumni Affairs (215) 204-4776 [email protected] Michael Usino Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Affairs (215) 204-8281 [email protected] Andrea Hallowell Assistant Director for Communications (215) 204-8187 [email protected] Robin Neal Administrative Specialist (215) 204-2888 [email protected]


Contributing Writers

Kim Fischer Andrea Hallowell Preston Moretz

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CST News

Guiding Lights At CST, the dedication of faculty mentors inspires and guides students in their paths toward success.

Three Eras, One Vital Role Science has always been central to Temple's mission. In this article, three graduates from three different eras acknowledge the university's vital role in their science and technology educations.

Design and Photography:

Margo Scavone, Art Director Joseph Labolito, Photographer Ryan Brandenberg, Photographer Temple University Creative Services

A Bug's Life Millions of Americans face diseases caused by the malfunction or loss of brain and spinal cord cells. Molecular geneticist Karen Palter believes that the key to understanding neurodegenerative diseases in humans might be found in the nervous system of insects.

Contributing Photographers:

Faye Murman Dave Scavone, Scavone Photography

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Dean's Message 2 3 Research Alumni & Friends 18 22 Class Notes End Note 25 28



Dear Alumni and Friends, Welcome to the Fall 2007 edition of Outlook. Because high quality teaching is so critical to the college, I am especially excited about the focus of this issue--great teaching. The articles in these pages showcase the college's great teachers and the roles they have played and continue to play as researchers and mentors. We are also pleased to introduce you to the new faculty members who have joined us this school year, and to recognize those outstanding faculty who were honored with our new awards for excellence in research and teaching. As you know, a major component of our mission is to help revitalize science and technology education and research in the United States, and, through a combination of a world-class faculty and our dedicated alumni, parents, and friends, we will accomplish this goal. I enjoyed meeting many of you at our reunion event in October, and I am encouraged by the enthusiastic response to Outlook thus far. Many exciting initiatives are planned for the upcoming year, including the establishment of a new dual-degree program with international universities, and I look forward to the opportunity, through this and other media, to share our progress with you. I invite you to join our mission of providing excellence in science and technology education and research by supporting our faculty and students, and I thank you for your continued interest in the College of Science and Technology. Sincerely,

Hai-Lung Dai

Dean and Laura H. Carnell Professor

Temple University, a comprehensive public research university that enrolls more than 35,000 students, is the 27th largest university in America and is one of the nation's leading centers of professional education. Temple offers 300 academic programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in 17 schools and colleges. In addition to its main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Temple has seven other campuses throughout the state as well as locations in Rome and Tokyo. The College of Science and Technology at Temple University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics. With over 3,000 students, it is the fourth largest of Temple's 17 schools and colleges. Under the new leadership of Dean Hai-Lung Dai, the college's mission is to seek academic excellence by providing outstanding instruction in the sciences and to foster scientific research of the highest quality.




High School Students Shine in Chemistry Summer Academy

would have caught up on schoolwork. And Sarah Collier would have put in even more hours at the local pizza shop where she works. Instead, these high school seniors enrolled in the college's Molecular Life Science program, an intensive six-week lab and lecture course that culminated in a research poster session on August 15. Upon completion, the students received four transferable college credits in general chemistry-- the same general chemistry that incoming university freshman take--at no cost. Students in Philadelphia and the seven surrounding counties who had S.A.T. scores over 1200 and at least a B average were invited to apply to the program, one of four summer academies offered by Temple, and 24 were chosen on the strength of their transcripts. At the culminating ceremony on August 15, Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico announced that all students who attended the summer academies have been accepted to Temple University and are qualified for the Honors Program. In addition to the classroom instruction and lab work, students were given a tour of the laboratories at GlaxoSmithKline by Dr. Lamont Terrell, who also served as a judge for the culminating poster session. Other field trips included the Mutter Museum at Philadelphia's College of Physicians, the forensics office of the Philadelphia Police Department, and Temple's Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. The course, taught by Dr. John Scovill, stresses the importance of teamwork in the sciences, which will prepare students for the collaborative nature of modern scientific research. "Investigations in the life sciences of medicine, ecology, and agriculture have a strong chemical orientation. Because a single scientist can no longer be a master of each of the disciplines bearing on the investigation, teams are required. Each scientist in the team needs to be aware of the objectives of the project and must insure that his expertise is applied effectively towards this end," said Dr. Scovill. According to Peter Jones, vice provost for Undergraduate Studies, "By targeting professional fields important to the Philadelphia area's economy, the Summer Academies provide an opportunity for some of [the] very best students to embark on a college path--either at Temple or elsewhere--that will eventually take them into these professions, hopefully in our region." photos from left: Dr. Scovill with students Patrick M. Szurkowski and David H. Sharp From left: Shazia Nakhoda, Amy Conwell, and Xinyuan Gu Dr. Scovill and Dr. Lamont Terrell, Investigator in Medicinal Chemistry at GlaxoSmithKline (center) pose with the MLS students


avid Sharp would have gone to summer camp. Andrew Wong

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CST Welcomes Twelve New Faculty Members

In an impressive start to the college's goal of hiring 30 new research-active faculty members over the next five years, twelve new faculty members have joined the college for the 2007-2008 academic year. Mark Alan Feitelson, PhD, professor, Department of Biology, Previous Employment: professor, Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University Research Focus: how hepatitis B and C viruses cause liver cancer Education: PhD, University of California, Los Angeles Andreas Metz, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Physics Previous Employment: postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics II at Bochum University, Germany Research Focus: the physics of the strong interaction, both at low and high energies, the structure of hadrons, most notably the nucleon, given in terms of various quark and gluon distributions, and factorization for hard scattering processes as well as universality of different quark and gluon correlation functions Education: PhD, Mainz University, Germany Deborah H. Santamore, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Physics Previous Employment: Director's Fellow, Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory Research Focus: the interface between condensed matter and atomic physics; specifically, solid-state implementations of a quantum computer based on nanotechnology and exploration of many-body physics in ultra-cold atom systems Education: PhD, California Institute of Technology

Rodrigo B. Andrade, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry Previous Employment: NIH postdoctoral fellow, University of Texas at Austin Research Focus: total synthesis of bioactive natural products and analogs thereof, synthetic methodology, carbohydrate chemistry, and development of carbohydrate-based drugs and vaccines Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Darius Balciunas, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Biology Previous Employment: postdoctoral fellow, University of Minnesota Research Focus: use of transposable elements for vertebrate functional genomics with a focus on heart development in zebrafish Education: PhD, Uppsala University, Sweden Frederic Biemar, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Biology Previous Employment: postdoctoral fellow, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Division of Genetics and Development, University of California, Berkeley Research Focus: gene regulatory networks that control animal development and disease Education: PhD, Université de Liège, Belgium

Hai-Lung Dai, PhD, dean and Laura H. Carnell Professor, Department of Chemistry Previous Employment: Hirschmann­Makineni Professor of Chemistry, chair of the Chemistry Department, and founding director of the Penn Science Teacher Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Research Focus: molecular and surface sciences Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley Alexandra Elizabeth Krull Davatzes, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Geology Previous Employment: postdoctoral fellow, NASA. Research Focus: Martian fluvial and hydrothermal systems Education: PhD, Stanford University Nicholas C. Davatzes, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Geology, Previous Employment: U.S.G.S. Mendenhall Postdoctoral Research Fellow Research Focus: the investigation of how the physical properties of fault zones arise from the processes that deform rock during faulting Education: PhD, Stanford University




Biology's Elliott Seifert Named Student-Athlete of the Year

Christian E. Schafmeister, PhD, associate professor, Department of Chemistry Previous Employment: assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh Research Focus: the development and study of functional macromolecules constructed from asymmetric molecular building blocks Education: PhD, University of California, San Francisco Jonathan G. Shackman, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry Previous Employment: National Research Council postdoctoral fellow, National Institute of Standards and Technology Research Focus: analytical chemistry, separation sciences, spectroscopy, microcolumn separations and microfluidics, immunoassays, data analysis, and laboratory automation Education: PhD, University of Michigan Alexander P. Yates, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences Research Focus: computational linguistics and artificial intelligence, specifically information extraction from the web, entity resolution, natural language interfaces, parsing, machine learning, and probabilistic methods Education: PhD, University of Washington

working toward a master's degree in biology, was named the top male Student-Athlete of the Year at Temple's annual Breakfast of Champions ceremony in April. Seifert earned an undergraduate degree in biology in May 2006 and has been cited on both the Dean's List and Athletic Director's Honor Rolls during his academic career. As an undergraduate, Seifert spent a week in Ambergris Caye, Belize, to conduct field research for a tropical marine biology class. In addition to his academic achievements, Seifert, a four-year letterwinner who played in the Texas vs. the Nation Senior AllStar game, concluded his career at Temple by making 34 consecu-


ootball player Elliott Seifert, a graduate student

tive starts at offensive tackle. A semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy --which recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership--he was also a member of the 2006 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic AllArea All-Star Team. "The Breakfast of Champions is the perfect way to celebrate as a community what is special about athletics at Temple University," said Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw, who instituted the event in 2003, "We annually recognize the `best of the best' at Temple, and Elliott is a fine example of what is good about intercollegiate athletics."

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Robert Levis Receives ACS Philadelphia Section Award

been named the recipient of the 2007 Philadelphia Section Award from the American Chemical Society, which recognizes an individual, who, by conspicuous scientific achievement through research, has made important contributions to man's knowledge and thereby aided the public appreciation of the profession. Dr. Levis pioneered the area of strong field chemistry, the use of ultrafast and intense lasers to modify, manipulate and detect virtually any molecular system. This work employs lasers having electric field strength of magnitude equal to the forces binding atoms into molecules to reprogram specific characteristics


obert Levis, chair of the Department of Chemistry, has

of molecules. This research has applications in the development of new rocket propellants, point detection of chemical warfare agents, standoff detection of improvised explosive devices, developing novel materials processing methods, such as in nanomaterials and carbon fibers, and in biophotonics, such as prodrug manipulation and photonic enzymes. He has published over 60 refereed articles and presented over 150 invited talks, both nationally and internationally, and holds two U.S. patents. Levis is a fellow of the American Physical Society and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. As a professor at Wayne State University, where he taught for ten years, he received the Wayne State University Teaching Award in 2002 and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 1995. He also received an NSF Young Investigator Award and an NIH Research Career Development Award. Dr. Levis serves as a reviewer for 14 journals, including Science, Nature, and Physical Review Letters, and recently received a $5 million grant from the United States Army.

NASA's Scott Carpenter Visits Temple for Fiftieth Anniversary of Sputnik

"Fifty Years After Sputnik: Science, Technology and Culture in the United States." The event featured special guest Commander Scott Carpenter (USN, ret.), one of the original astronauts selected in 1959 for Project Mercury. Commander Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space. In addition to Carpenter's lecture on the U.S.'s response to Sputnik, Temple's Vladislav Zubok spoke on a Soviet view of space exploration and the Cold War. The event also featured two panel discussions. "Because of Sputnik, there awakened a fear in the United States of falling behind in science and technology development. This led to a very widespread effort to reestablish the nation's performance in science and technology research," said Dean Dai. "Fifty years later, the U.S. is a dominating force in these areas, but there are symptoms indicating that we may once again fall behind. Remembering this event gives us a chance to examine how we should respond."


n October 5, the College of Science and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Sputnik launch with




CST Celebrates Outstanding Faculty and Students


he College of Science and Technology honored its outstanding faculty and students this year at Celebrating

Excellence, an awards ceremony held October 5. The following faculty members were recognized for their teaching and research achievements in their fields:

distinguished teaching in life sciences award

Robert W. Sanders, Associate Professor, Department of Biology­The William Caldwell Memorial Distinguished Teaching Award Gregory S. Smutzer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology



distinguished teaching in math and computing sciences award

David E. Zitarelli, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics Maria E. Lorenz, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics­ The Steven Petchon Distinguished Teaching Award

distinguished teaching in physical sciences award

Zbigniew Dziembowski, Associate Professor, Department of Physics Allan E. Thomas, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry­ The Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award


1.Yanfeng Zhang, left, and Deepa Rapolu, right, recipients of the Daniel Swern Memorial Fellowship, with Mrs. Ann Swern. 2. Brian Cooper, recipient of the Seda Tarzian Endowed Scholarship, with Mrs.Tarzian. 3. From left: Angelina Kim and Carissa Shipman, recipients of the Andrea Broad Scholarship in Biological Sciences, and Thanh-lan Nguyen, recipient of the Mark Berger Prize.

excellence in research award

Franklin A. Davis, Professor, Department of Chemistry­ The Dean's Distinguished Research Award

excellence in mentoring award

Laura Toran, Professor, Department of Geology

college of science and technology teacher of the year award

Susan A.Varnum, Professor, Department of Chemistry­ The Italia-Eire Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award Dr.Varnum is featured in our cover story, "Guiding Lights," beginning on page 8. These faculty awards were made possible, in part, by generous donations from the Italia-Eire Foundation; Steven Petchon, CST '80; Seda Tarzian, CST '48; and an anonymous donor. In addition to the faculty awards, numerous students received scholarships and awards for their outstanding academic achievement.


4. Lisa Yan, recipient of the Edward and Frances Fineman Scholarship in Chemistry, with Dr. Robert Fineman, who established the scholarship in honor of his parents.

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GREAT TEACHERS HAVE been instrumental in some of the most important scientific discoveries of our time. Famed mathematician John Nash, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in game theory, was mentored by Princeton University professor Donald C. Spencer. Charles Darwin was encouraged to study natural selection and evolution by botanist and geologist John Henslow. And Jonas Salk could not have developed the polio vaccine without teacher Thomas Francis, Jr., with whom he worked on an influenza vaccine while still in college. At the College of Science and Technology, the dedication of the faculty serves to inspire and guide students in their paths to success in science and technology, whether they have entered research, medicine, or industry, or continued the tradition by becoming teachers themselves.




ost student-mentor relationships within the college form organically when the teachings of

the professors make a profound impact on their classrooms. Third-year chemistry student Brandon Presley found his mentor through engaging in undergraduate research in her lab. Others, like senior biochemistry major Dave Ciaccia, were able to forge close relationships with professors who were willing to spend time after class discussing the students' progress and goals. A key to these relationships is the commitment of the college's faculty to providing a high quality education in science and technology. In addition, to foster excellence in teaching, the college held its first annual Faculty and Student Awards Celebration in October. For the celebration, several generous donors, including the Italia-Eire Foundation, Seda K. Tarzian, CST '48, Steven B. Petchon, CST '80, and an anonymous donor, established funds to reward those faculty members who show outstanding dedication and commitment in their daily interactions with students. Dean Hai-Lung Dai fervently believes in the importance of student-teacher relationships. "Over the course of my career, several teachers have served as mentors in my scientific education and research," he said. "As an undergraduate at National Taiwan University, I took a course on modern physics taught by Feng-Feng Chang, a visiting professor from Southern Illinois University, which irrevocably changed the way that I learned...allowing me to think in a completely different way about scientific problems. Another professor encouraged me to present my research at conferences, which helped me to be admitted to graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. My own style of teaching, allowing students to formulate their own ideas, was directly influenced by my graduate advisor, C. Bradley Moore." Where Students Are Treated As Colleagues By the end of his junior year at Temple, chemistry student Brandon Presley, who plans to become a forensic scientist, was already a funded researcher. Though many research studies are limited to graduate students, Presley had the benefit of an excellent mentor in Professor Susan Varnum, who taught his general chemistry class as a freshman. "I knew I was interested in research, but I didn't know where to start," said Presley. "Dr.Varnum encouraged me to apply to several programs that fund undergraduates, and I was accepted to two. I would always go to her for help with chemistry, and she really made me aware of the opportunities out there for me as an undergraduate." Dr.Varnum, who was one of only two women in her organic chemistry class at the University of Missouri, was inspired to serve as a mentor by the wonderful science teachers she had throughout her education. "I had very good experiences with all my teachers," she said. "My PhD advisor's expectation was that the students he was working with had the potential to achieve at his level or beyond. It's very empowering to be treated as a colleague, and that was the model for me to treat my students well." This summer, Presley's research in Varnum's lab--analysis of prostaglandins by high pressure liquid chromatography-- was funded by Temple's branch of the Alliance for Minority Participation, a nationwide National Science Foundation Presley with Dr.Varnum

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program, and by the university's Undergraduate Research Incentive Fund. The project specifically focuses on analyzing the role of prostaglandins, a lipid compound in the human body, in preventing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and other heart problems. Presley is working on the project with another undergraduate, and the two are supervised by graduate student Deepi Vharma. "I try to make sure my students are working on a project they are interested in, that is suited for them, and that they are in a team environment" said Varnum. "Dr.Varnum and the research she's done over the years have inspired me to pursue a career as an analytical chemist," said Presley. "That's what she's dedicated her life to, and I look up to her as an example. I eventually want to reach out and help others in the same way that she encouraged me." Above and Beyond For biochemistry major Dave Ciaccia, the guidance of genetics professor Seema Freer has been instrumental in Ciaccia with Dr. Freer planning his career in public health. "After class, we would


Patience and Commitment: Remembering Dr. Hazel M. Tomlinson


t Temple University, few science professors have been as influential or as beloved to their students as Dr. Hazel Tomlinson, who spent 52 years

at the university--six as a student, 41 as a chemistry professor and five as an assistant dean--before retiring in 1974. Dr. Tomlinson attended Huntington Valley High School, where she decided to become a chemistry teacher during her senior year. In 1928, she received her master's degree from Temple and became an instructor at the university. She spent summers working toward her PhD at Columbia University, which she earned in 1939. Though Dr. Tomlinson had a reputation as a strict and difficult professor, she was also a friend to those she taught. In a letter written upon her retirement, a married couple, both former students, wrote "Not only did we learn chemistry--we also benefited from your love and patience." They reminisced about the delicious angel food cake that Dr. Tomlinson served to visitors at her home and the fresh cut roses she brought in to grace the drab chemistry department office. According to Helen Ebert, CST '46, '49, "It was obvious that her approach to teaching and the way she lived life was very sincere. She had high ideals that were very worthy of emulating."

Hazel Tomlinson




discuss my future--where she'd like to see me, what she thought I'd be good in. She recommended me for the MD/ PhD program--it's very challenging, but the fact that she thinks I can do it is inspiring," he said. Ciaccia, a senior, entered Temple with a fascination for the sciences he had developed in high school. Though he considered both pharmacy and medicine, conversations with Dr. Freer helped him decide on epidemiology, the study of the factors that affect the health and well-being of populations. "For me, the challenging aspect of research is working toward new medical innovations," said Ciaccia. Though Dr. Freer had several mentors during her career, she felt that she lacked someone who helped direct her into a career path. "I had people who mentored me as a student," she said, "but very few who told me about my options." After taking a few years off to stay home with her children, Dr. Freer was approached by Dr. Richard Waring, a faculty member in the Department of Biology, who asked her to come to Temple as an instructor once a week. "Once I got there, I thought `This is for me. I can make this a full-time

career,'" she said. "I love getting to know the students." While taking Freer's classes in biology and genetics during his sophomore year, Ciaccia was impressed by the professor's willingness to go above and beyond the material in the classroom. "She didn't mind spending time after lab sessions or before class," noted Ciaccia. "Not only was she great on a one-to-one basis, but during the preparation phase of the labs, she would give the class advice on building their resumes and on how the projects we were working on would apply to future employment opportunities. She provided an atmosphere in which students were encouraged to do well." Dr. Freer recognizes the importance of choices for students, and tries to show them the various paths they can take, based on their strengths. "I want to be the person to say `Did you know you could?' That's my passion, to give students the opportunities to know what they can do with their science degree. They need voices in their life telling them what they are good at, telling them they have choices."

Upon Dr. Tomlinson's retirement, over 200 former students returned to the university for a picnic in her honor. The attendees included some who traveled from as far as Florida, Ohio, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well as over 75 students who went on to earn their doctorates in philosophy after studying with Dr. Tomlinson. In addition to those who attended the picnic, dozens of students sent letters expressing their love and gratitude for Dr. Tomlinson and her teachings. The following excerpts represent just a few of these messages.

" Time hasn't dulled the feeling of appreciation for your warmth, and concern, and encouragement during those undergraduate years. Your dedication was a source of inspiration then and now."

--harry gottlieb, cst '47, med '51; and betty gottlieb, cst '47

" The most profound mission of a teacher, it seems, is to touch the lives of others and by some mysterious alchemy to make those lives better and happier than they would otherwise have been.You have been eminently successful in doing this."

--fred richter, cst '36

" We know it was a real opportunity to have so much personal contact with professors and certainly you stand out in the midst of all our reminiscing for befriending us, influencing us, and sending us on to our respective careers better people for having known you."

--bernard brown, cst '45; and shirley brown, cst '45, '47 The college is grateful that Dr. Tomlinson's legacy of student service still lives on today through her scholarship fund, which provides up to five scholarships per year to chemistry students. To contribute to the Hazel M. Tomlinson, PhD Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact Brooke Walker at 215-204-4776.

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One Vital ROle




ROM TEMPLE'S INCEPTION, the sciences have been an integral part of the university's mission. Biology and chemistry, as well as botany and mineralogy, were some of the earliest courses. By 1937, 75 graduates of the Chemistry Department had earned PhD degrees and taken positions in universities, medical schools, and industry. Chemistry and Physics were the first two university departments to offer their own PhD programs in 1947 and 1948. In the early 1960s,Temple solidified its commitment to the sciences with two new buildings for the departments.



hough Temple has prepared students to excel in science and technology throughout its history, the science departments have been housed in various


schools and colleges over the years. These changes came about in direct response to the needs of the students with the goal of providing them with the best possible science and technology educations through changing times. The science departments were originally part of the College of Liberal Arts when it was formed in 1903. Then,

for a time, the college was known as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1956, "science" was removed from the name, and, in 1983, the College of Liberal Arts became the College of Arts and Sciences, in order to reflect the large amount of teaching and research conducted in the basic sciences. In 1998, the College of Arts and Sciences was divided to form the College of Science and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts. This reorganization was part of a continuing effort to make Temple's programs and degrees responsive to the rapidly shifting job market. Chris Platsoucas, then acting dean of the college, noted that the integration of science and technology programs into one college would foster a stronger intellectual environment and give added focus to undergraduate research and crossdisciplinary programs. No matter the name of the college, the university continues a long tradition of providing excellent faculty and competitive courses in the sciences. Today, under the new leadership of Dean Hai-Lung Dai, the College of Science and Technology is the fourth largest of Temple's schools and colleges with over 3,000 students. The three alumni profiled hail from three different eras in Temple's history and hold three different careers, but all acknowledge the university's vital role in their success.

"...[Temple] taught you how to be resourceful and `learn to learn.' I was able to develop a strong foundation upon which I could build my future education."

-- paul curcillo, md, cst '84

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developed a technique called single port access surgery. In COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS: 1956­1984 As a Temple student, Paul Curcillo, MD, CST '84, found that the university fostered the independent spirit necessary to excel in the medical field. "Temple had all the resources you could possibly need, but they didn't walk you through everything step by step. Instead, they taught you how to be resourceful and `learn to learn.' I was able to develop a strong foundation upon which I could build my future education." Today, Dr. Curcillo spends his time in the operating room, as vice-chair of Surgery and director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at the Drexel University College of Medicine. A leader in the field of laproscopy, in which surgery is performed through small incisions, Curcillo May 2007, he performed the first procedure of this kind, removing a patient's gall bladder through a single incision in her naval. Curcillo credits his education to the university's "unbelievable" science teachers, including Shepherd Roberts and Daniel Swern. The excellent education that he received at Temple has encouraged Curcillo to remain involved with the college. "When you finish your residency, it's time to decide which school you're going to support. Temple gave me a full scholarship, and the foundation to attend medical school, so there was no question in my mind." Curcillo serves on the college's Board of Visitors and is the president of its alumni association.


The first classes of Temple College take place on October 4, 1887, in a building behind Grace Baptist Church.


The granting of degrees by Temple College is authorized by the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.


The catalog for this school year lists classes in botany, biology, chemistry and mineralogy.


Albert E. McKinley is elected the first Liberal Arts Dean. He was among 18 students who received Temple's first degree, the Bachelor of Oratory, in 1892.


Temple College officially becomes Temple University.


75 graduates from the Chemistry Department go on to earn PhD degrees and into positions in universities, medical schools and industry.


The Chemistry Department begins offering Temple's first PhD program.


The Physics Department begins offering Temple's second PhD program.





Though several members of Curcillo's family have degrees from Temple, the most influential is his aunt, pediatrician Rosemarie Curcillo Reiss, who graduated from Temple's School of Medicine in 1953. Dr. Reiss still practices in Glenside, Pa. "She took care of me, and still takes care of my children," Dr. Curcillo says. "She was a big part of the reason I became a surgeon." Curcillo suggests that current Temple students "get as much as you can out of college when you're there. My time at Temple was the best four years of my education." COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES: 1984­1998 Few think of a PhD in chemistry as the logical route to a career in law, but that's exactly the path that Dean Fanelli,

CST '99, took to become an intellectual property attorney for Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, LLP, in Washington, D.C. "Clients come to me with ideas, such as a new way to treat a particular disorder or a detergent with a better fragrance and more cleaning power, and I help put their invention into legal terms so that they can get a patent," explains Dr. Fanelli, whose practice focuses on issues facing the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. For Dr. Fanelli, a Philadelphia native, studying chemistry was a natural fit. "I always felt that law was my true calling, but I knew that I wanted to explore science further, so I got my PhD in organic chemistry. The knowledge of science that I gained at Temple is critical to my career, because if scientists feel that I don't have the fundamental knowledge of


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences becomes the College of Liberal Arts.


Barton Hall, the Physics and Biology building, is dedicated and named for Samuel G. Barton, a 1903 Temple graduate.


The Geology Department is founded by Dr. Alice M. Weeks.


Beury Hall is completed in March and occupied by the Departments of Chemistry and Geology.


In January, the College of Liberal Arts becomes the College of Arts and Sciences.


On July 1, the College of Arts and Sciences is divided into the College of Science and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts.


The College of Science and Technology is the fourth largest of Temple's 17 schools and colleges, with over 3,000 students in six departments.

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study of science. "There were always people to make sure you succeeded. The faculty members showed a particular interest in each person." Though somewhat non-traditional, the career path from science to law is becoming more popular. "It's a very lucrative profession, but you have to make sure it's something what they are talking about, then I don't come across well." "So many of Temple's faculty members--my mentor Franklin A. Davis, David Dalton, John Williams, Grant Krow--have won prestigious awards and are very famous outside of the Temple community," says Fanelli. "Their teachings engrained an in-depth knowledge of chemistry in me that comes across to the scientists that I work with." Fanelli also found that the small class sizes at Temple created a close-knit atmosphere that was conducive to the you really want to do, because it's a big transition," says Fanelli. "In a lab, you're getting your hands dirty--now [as an attorney], you write more, you read more, and you are working with inventors on an intellectual level." Fanelli's experience as a student at Temple has led him to remain involved with the college. "With a new president and new leadership at the college level, the university has a lot of potential. Temple is moving in the right direction."

"There were always people to make sure you succeeded. The faculty members showed a particular interest in each person." -- dean fanelli, cst '99



"It is very challenging. Many of my classes were taught on a theoretical basis... Though it was a big change for me, knowing the theory behind the calculations is very useful when you have to eventually explain it to students."--jessica thomas, cst '07

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: 1998­PRESENT Jessica Thomas, CST '07, had a lifelong dream to be a high school teacher, but mathematics was not always her career path of choice. "I was just an average math student in high school, and then I had a boyfriend who was great at math," she explains. "I'm very competitive, and I started doubling up on my math classes to catch up with him. By senior year, I realized that I was really good at it." Thomas pursued her newfound aptitude for math and enrolled in Temple's five-year BA/MEd dual-certification program. As a student, she got plenty of hands-on teaching experience, working as a tutor at the college's Math and Science Resource Center and, after completing her BA, as an instructor in the Student Support Services Summer Bridge Program. "I love the interaction with students-- that's why I want to be a high school teacher. Working at the Center gave me insight into the teaching process and enhanced my skills." Thomas will be completing her master's coursework this year. The five-year, dual-degree program is an important component of the college's mission of helping to bolster science and technology education in the United States. Traditionally, education majors receive the majority of their credits in education rather than in the subject they will teach. In Temple's program, future teachers are required to have an extensive foundation in the subject matter before they are certified. Because the science and technology departments are now housed together in one college, the dean is able to create programs that have this strong content focus. Thomas found Temple's math program to be extremely rigorous. "It is very challenging. Many of my classes were taught on a theoretical basis, meaning that we had to do proofs for everything instead of just calculating problems and solving equations. Though it was a big change for me, knowing the theory behind the calculations is very useful when you have to eventually explain it to students." She also found a mentor at Temple in Dr. Gerardo Mendoza. "His classes required me to change everything about myself as a student and the way that I learned, and his impact made me a better mathematician." Thomas, who plans to teach at a public school, recognizes the need for more effective math and science teachers at the secondary level. "In the Bridge program, a summer session for students accepted to Temple on a contingency basis, the students are all bright, but they have not been properly exposed to mathematics. There are fundamental concepts that are missing because they were not enforced enough during high school. It's unfortunate that so many students are lacking the basic skills, but this problem can be fixed with more effective math and science teachers."

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A Bug's Life:

how mutant fruit flies may one day save lives.

In the next 30 years, over 70 million Americans may face an incurable loss of memory, mobility, independence, and well-being. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis are just a few of the diseases that result from neurodegeneration, the malfunction or loss of brain and spinal cord cells. As the population ages, the number of people at risk for neurodegenerative diseases is exponentially increasing. Science must move quickly to address this growing problem. To that end, Temple University's Karen Palter is at the forefront of innovative research to understand neurodegeneration.




y studying the addition of sugars to proteins in the nervous system of insects,

molecular geneticist Karen Palter may be able to better understand neurodegenerative diseases in humans. Her lab is currently involved in two collaborative research projects that could eventually play important roles in understanding neurodegenerative diseases and producing therapeutic drugs for the diseases more efficiently. Both of these studies are being done in collaboration with scientists at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Iowa and New York University Medical School, and have been funded through support from the National Institutes of Health. The researchers have published some of their early findings in prestigious journals, including the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Preliminary results indicate that Palter's work carries with it the potential to develop treatments that may eventually be available for patent and licensing through Temple's Office of Technology Transfer. human genome was sequenced, it provided scientists with the blueprint for the proteins the cells could produce, but provided no information about the chemical modifications added to proteins, such as glycosylation, that are critical for their proper function. Science is now realizing just how important these modifications are, and combining biochemical research with genetics research makes them easier to study." "I'm collaborating with the groups at Johns Hopkins to do the engineering and chemical analysis part of this research, but because I'm a developmental biologist and a geneticist, I'm more interested in what the normal role of glycosylation is in the central nervous system," Dr. Palter said, emphasizing that most of the applicable parts of major medical discoveries can trace their roots to studies in basic science. "[Johns Hopkins' groups'] expertise is in cell culture, chemical analysis and molecular modeling, whereas I'm the molecular geneticist in this collaboration, trying to figure out what is the biological significance of these modifications. This project requires many people studying many aspects of the processes to come together--we couldn't do what we do without each other." Description: In situ hybridization of Drosophila embryos was performed with fluorescently labeled probes for DmST and Elav (a neuronal marker). DmST, red; Elav, green; co-localization, yellow. Drosophila sialyltransferase RNA localizes to a subset of CNS neurons.

Merge Elav DmST

combining biochemistry with genetics

Proteins that are secreted or displayed on cell surfaces in all organisms, from fruit flies to humans, must have sugars attached to them in order to function properly. This process, called glycosylation, is necessary for protein stability, the regulation of protein activity, and cell-tocell interactions. A greater understanding of this process may give scientists the knowledge to manipulate the behavior of certain genes, thus opening the door for development of treatments for neurodegenerative disorders. The glycosylation process fascinates Dr. Palter, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, who has been studying its biological roles for the past six years. According to Dr. Palter, glycosylation has traditionally been understudied. "When the

more than a pest

The idea that the study of something as tiny as a fruit fly can lead to greater understanding of something as complex as the human brain may seem absurd. But, as Palter explains, the fruit fly is known in science as a model organism.

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"In evolution, most biological processes are conserved, meaning that they remain constant from the lowest to the highest organisms," she explained. "Fruit flies are easier to manipulate than mammals, since their genomes are less complex and they have a shorter lifespan. But an understanding of the glycosylation process in these flies is applicable to the human brain." "The genes involved in learning and memory for humans were originally found in mutations in the nervous systems of fruit flies," said Palter. "Once you find the right gene in one organism, it is very easy to find the corresponding gene in higher organisms. We are hoping to apply the same principles to the genes that cause neurodegenerative disorders." last two steps in the glycosylation process, you can't use them to generate therapeutic proteins, even though they are easier and less expensive to use than the cell lines of mammals." "When we started, the objective was to look at the genomes of insects, which scientists had just begun to sequence. We wanted to figure out what glycosylation enzymes they had and what enzymes they were missing so that we could either add on or subtract an enzyme to duplicate the human pathway," she said.

copying the human pathway

Dr. Palter was intrigued by a paper that Jurgen Roth and his colleagues published in 1992, which reported that the complex sugars typical of human proteins were detected in insects, but restricted to the cells of the central nervous system. "Unfortunately, researchers did not believe or follow up on Roth's initial study," Dr. Palter said. "However, I became interested in what the role of complex glycosylation might be in the central nervous system. As a geneticist, I thought we could use the sophisticated genetic approaches available in the fruit fly to understand this." The first of Dr. Palter's projects involves growing insect cells outside of the organism and using them to produce human proteins that can be used therapeutically, such as clotting factors. "When I first became involved in this project, the objective was a bioengineering one," said Dr. Palter. "We wanted to produce an insect cell line that basically could produce the exact glycosylation pattern that would occur in humans. But, because insect cells are missing the

creating the mutants

Dr. Palter's first study led to a second research project, which involves studying flies that lack the ability to add the terminal sugar, sialic acid, to specific proteins of the central nervous system. These mutant flies exhibit abnormal mating behavior, have defects in their ability to fly and climb, and, as they age, experience neurodegeneration resulting in seizures and paralysis. In order to create the flies that they study, Dr. Palter's team actually isolates a gene from the fly's genome sequence and creates new populations of flies with that mutation, to see the changes in behavior that result. "One of the things that makes fruit flies so amenable to this project is that we need to study populations," said Dr. Palter. "It is much easier to have a whole population of fruit flies than a whole population of mammals, but with flies, we can still see the behavioral changes in living creatures." Eventually, the team will also test their hypotheses using mice.

"The nerves of the mutant flies we've created are defective in electrical signaling, which impairs their ability to communicate with other nerves and muscle cells.Thus, they may provide a model system to study the class of human diseases whose symptoms include memory loss, ataxia, epilepsy and neurodegeneration."

--dr. palter



future applications

Because of the inherent flexibility of the human nervous system, there is a good chance that Dr. Palter's research will be applicable to new treatments for neurodegenerative disorders. "The most interesting thing about the nervous system of higher organisms is its flexibility. Anytime an organism experiences a change in its environment, the nervous system actually changes to adapt to the new circumstances. For example, if you are learning to play ball, you get better with practice--the more you throw the ball, the more your brain adapts to learn how to do so. We want to find the physical basis for this behavioral change. The idea

that we can be involved in modulating properties of nerves themselves is exciting." Though it may seem like a long way from the nervous systems of flies to those of people, Palter's research will help bring treatments for neurodegeneration within reach. "My father used to say, `You work with tiny flies--how do you see them?' But compared to other research organisms such as bacteria, yeast or round worms, flies are pretty big," said Palter. "Studying basic cellular mechanisms in fruit flies can give us insight into the human brain that can be used to treat neurodegenerative disorders. This is not futuristic--it will be achieved in our lifetimes."

From Lab to License Agreement

engaged in research that has been influential in areas ranging from medicine to industry to criminal justice to the environment. Many of their projects may eventually be marketed through Temple University's Office of Technology Transfer, which handles patents and licensing for new inventions developed through the research of university faculty. Here are just a few examples of the far-reaching effects of their studies:


ollege of Science and Technology faculty are

Keeping Kids on Track

"The question we are trying to answer is `What types of programs work when?' Our hypothesis is that certain programs for juvenile offenders work better in certain environments," said Zoran Obradovic, director of the Center for Information Science and Technology and a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. Dr. Obradovic is currently working on a collaborative project titled "Investigating the Simultaneous Effects of Individual, Program and Neighborhood Attributes on Juvenile Recidivism Using GIS and Spatial Data Mining," funded by the National Institute of Justice. The team, which also includes faculty from the Departments of Criminology, Geology, and Statistics, uses spatial data mining

to analyze data for the numbers of juvenile offenders who go back into programs and those who successfully reenter society.

It's Electric!

Magnetic and electric pulses can be used to reduce the viscosity of crude oil, which would reduce the energy necessary to pump it and improve its flow in oil fields. This method, developed by Rongjia Tao, chair of the Department of Physics, has been licensed by Save the World Air, Inc. This California company, whose core business is the development of products designed to reduce engine emissions, is currently working with Weatherford International Oil Field Services to develop a device for distribution of this technology to oil companies.

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What comes to mind when you think of the Temple faculty who taught, shaped, and mentored you? Do you remember the impact these faculty had on you and your later life? Having led successful careers, raised children, and watched their grandchildren grow up, CST alumni from the classes of 1945 to 1949 returned to Temple's campus in October to reconnect with fellow alumni and pay tribute to one of their beloved chemistry faculty, Dr. Hazel M. Tomlinson, who taught from 1928 to 1974. As described in the feature on page 10, Dr. Tomlinson holds a special place in the hearts of many alumni because of her commitment to teaching and dedication to her students. This spirit is also embodied by today's CST faculty, who strive to guide our students to success. Today, Temple continues to maintain fidelity with Russell Conwell's historical mission to provide determined and qualified students access to high-quality, affordable education. I hope you will join your fellow alumni and friends in supporting the college's effort to provide our faculty and students with the best resources to be successful in their teaching, learning and research scholarship. Each gift is a vote of confidence in the future of our college and students. Thank you in advance for your support!

TRUSTEES' CIRCLE (gifts of $100,000 or more) Italia-Eire Foundation Sbarro Health Research Organization PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL (gifts of $25,000­49,999) American Chemical Society Steven B. Petchon, CST '80 FELLOWS (gifts of $10,000­24,999) Angelo Armenti, Jr., PhD, CST '65 Philip Bagley Seda K. Tarzian, CST '48 BENEFACTORS (gifts of $5,000­9,999) Accenture Foundation, Inc. American Heart Association National Center GlaxoSmithKline Lorraine Heller Kligman, PhD, CST '66 A. Marjatta Lyyra, PhD, and Benedict R. Stavis, PhD Wyeth FRIENDS (gifts of $2,500--4,999) Aetna, Inc. Paul G. Curcillo, MD, CST '84 Lehman Brothers, Inc. Rosemary A. Poole Wissam V. Raji, PhD, CST '06 Martin J. Spitz, MD, CST '64 MEMBERS (gifts of $1,000­2,499) Hai-Lung Dai, PhD Franklin A. Davis, PhD ExxonMobil Foundation Ting Herh, PhD Cynthia A. Kuper, PhD, CST '95 Stanley A. Lefkowitz, PhD, CST '65 Lockheed Martin Corporation LAURA H. CARNELL ASSOCIATES (gifts of $500­999) Robert Arking, PhD, CST '67 Michael R. Berman, MD, CST '66 John and Gladys Campolongo, CST '92 Mindie S. Factor, CST '70 Hai-Shan Chien Jang, PhD, CST '90 Johnson & Johnson, Inc. James E. McDonough, PhD, CST '82 Merck and Company, Inc. Deloris E. Rissling, PhD, CST '60 Arthur Rosenthal, MD, CST '64 and Bari Rosenthal Aileen B. Rothbard, ScD, CST '64 The Honorable Dolores K. Sloviter Sanford Sorkin Brooke H. and John R. F. Walker Sherwin E. Zitomer, CST '75 DIAMOND ASSOCIATES (gifts of $250­499) Becton Dickinson Foundation Orin N. Chein, PhD, and Carrie J. Chein Citigroup Global Impact Funding Trust, Inc. Arthur Donovan Dawson, PhD, CST '69 Helen M. Ebert, CST '46 Dorothy Swern Federman Frank L. Friedman, PhD George F. Palladino, PhD John F. Raziano, DMD, CST '84 Wendy Urban, CST '82 Barton Wasserman, PhD Walter L. Weidenbacher SECOND CENTURy ASSOCIATES (gifts of $100­249) Michael G. Aronsohn, VMD, CST '66 Marcus Bagby Domenico J. Barsotti, CST '73 Joseph L. Bingham, CST '77 Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Brobbey Carl J. Burke, PhD, CST '90 John C. Bry, Jr., CST '49 Patrick H. Bygott, CST '78 Jerrold L. Caplin, CST '51 Clive L. Carney, CST '78 Dong Chen, CST '92 Xiaoyi Chen, CST '97 ChevronTexaco Corporation CIGNA Corporation Joan Cleary, CST '84, and Thomas P. Cleary, PhD, CST '84 Stephen R. Cook, PhD, CST '96 Raymond C. Davies, CST '94 Donald B. DeFranco, PhD, CST '76 John E. DeSantis, CST '78 Dow Corning Corporation Michael F. Ennis, MD, CST '69 Jamshid Eshraghi, PhD, CST '85 Samuel F. Etris, CST '47 Habtom S. Ghebremichael, CST '06 Siddhartha Ghosh, PhD, CST '86 Donovan Graybill Craig Haberman Donald W. Hart Janos Havas Frank E. Hetzel, CST '70 Robert L. Heyl, CST '98 John C. Hoffman, CST '80 Richard W. Hogg, CST '63 Andrew O. Jones, PhD, CST '89 Andrew S. Kostival, Jr., CST '74 C. Dwight Lahr, PhD, CST '66 David Lefkovitz, PhD Mbukatindu Mayaku Ragini R. Mehta, MD, CST '90 Edward A. Michener, PhD, CST '76 Michael J. Monastero, CST '93 Alan R. Myers, CST '00 Emil J. Nekoranik Joseph W. Nemec, PhD, CST '43 Edward Nichlas, CST '82 Chuck Pang, MD, CST '53 Penns Valley Area Medical Center, P.C. Francis R. Pfieffer, PhD, CST '65 Ramesh Raghavachari, PhD, CST '88 Harriet T. Reiner, CST '48 Raynard O. Riley, CST '95 Frederick Rothwarf, PhD, CST '51 Stephen C. Specter, PhD, CST '75 and Randie y. Specter Michael J. Sperduto, CST '88 Liliana Valeus Claudette Walker Justin W. Weaver, CST '00

Honor Roll of Donors

The College of Science and Technology would like to extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to all of the alumni, friends, parents, corporations, and foundations who made a generous donation between January 1, 2007 and June 30, 2007. We are pleased to present the following list, alphabetically within gift level, of the remarkable individuals and organizations who share our vision of excellence and opportunity in science and technology education and research

Brooke H. Walker Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

Interested in Building Your Own Legacy at Temple?

If you would like information on establishing an endowment fund in your name or in honor of someone else, to support faculty research, graduate fellowships, student scholarships, or other initiatives, please contact Brooke Walker by phone at 215-204-4776 or via e-mail at [email protected]




Jonathan A. Weinstock, PhD, CST '83 Stephen Weiss, CST '86 Pam J. and Poland T. Wells Gail Wetmore Timothy Whelan Jesse Williams, Jr., CST '67 Bonnie Winegrad, CST '65 and Leonard E. Winegrad, DO, CST '63 Gisela S. Withers, CST '65 Melvyn A. Wolf, MD, CST '63 Steven C. Wood, CST '77 William E. young, DO, CST '67 CONTRIBUTORS (gifts of $1­99) Sina Adibi, CST '84 Robert M. Aiken, PhD, and Christine Aiken Leslie L. Albor, CST '83 Dominique Alexander Quadir Ali, CST '06 Josephine Alvarez Keith D. Amado, CST '07 Timothy Andrews Leonard S. Anthony, CST '51 Marllely Assaf Jerome J. Azarewicz, CST '94 Marquette Babb Jerome W. Baker, CST '97 Laura Balawejder Josette Ballard Monique Jean Baptiste Vasili G. Barbounis, CST '99 Anthony Barnes, CST '00 Jeffrey M. Belancio, CST '06 Ashley A. Bellevue, CST '06 Johannah M. Bennett Jeanne L. Bernosky David M. Berger, CST '06 Lacia Bido Arnitha Renee Birch Frances Birch Joseph C. Bonafiglia, CST '79 Marion L. Brigg Ruth Briggs Theresa Bright Alison Brown Arlene Brown Nya A. Brown, CST '07 Ronald M. Brown, Jr., CST '01 David and Mary Brzuchalski Helen R. Buczek, CST '50 Cathy Wicks Burnett, CST '79 Donald H. and Kathleen A. Burits Sharon Cabral Roland D. Caesar, CST '72 Karen Cain Serena Campell Anthony J. Cannon, CST '98, and Jennifer L. Cannon Philip S. Caplan, DDS, CST '54 Barbara Carnavil John R. Castiglioni, MD, CST '64 Chuck Cater Mridhul V. Chacko Conjetta M. Chapple-Todd Katherina Chomenko, CST '87 Louise Caruso Ciabarra, CST '65 Walt Clinger Daniel J. Collins, Jr., CST '74 Raymond and Pamela Consorti Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Crandley Thomas Edward Creamer, MD, CST '57 Natalie N. Cunningham, CST '00 Hollis Curden Louise Curry Michelle L. Curry Andrew J. Cuthbert Jeeva M. Daniel Rita L. Darpino, CST '80 Thomas and Eleanor Deck Brian A. Deebel, CST '94

Quentin Dehaan, MD Janell Diaz, CST '06 Robert E. Domanski, MD, CST '65 Michelle C. Domingo Jean M. Dorrian, CST '00 Mary Lucile Dorsainvil yogesh P. Doshi Roxanne Dotter Zbigniew Dziembowski Ekpo Ekpo Sheila Elbishlawi Megan R. Elliott Felipe Encarnacion Nkemdilim Ezeife, CST '07 Vasiliy Fedorov Paul T. Ferrigno, CST '75 Ruth A. Ferry, CST '90 Herbert M. Fichman, DO, CST '58 Kevin Fida Alfred L. Findeisen, PhD, CST '78 Lina M. Fischer, CST '03 Marilyn Fishon Abbe E. Forman, PhD, CST '02 James Forrester, CST '06 Ruth W. Foster, PhD, CST '88 Michael Freiheiter, CST '94 Terri French yolanda Frierson Peter S. Frischmann, CST '78 Mr. and Mrs. John Fullam Catherine M. Gallagher, CST '45 Susan Gallagher Andrew M. Gartner, CST '02 Todd and Sandra Gehman Sean W. Gennett, CST '95 Sherry J. Gillespie, PhD, CST '75 Aleck Goldberg, CST '48 Goldblum, Sablowsky, & Zemel Neal and Sandra Gomes Charles Gourdine Janet and Anthony Graff Barbara Graham Michelle Grasela Carlton Green Eugene L. Green, PhD, CST '65 Errole Greene Iraida Gutierrez Alex Haber Darrel Hachey Stavros Hadjitheocharou Ibtissam Hanna Sally P. Hartman, CST '73 Donald M. Hilsee, CST '80 Linda Hwee Ho, CST '77 Robert Hoger John M. Holmes, CST '07 Carolan Hone, CST '63 IBM International Foundation Nancy Irvin Bernard M. Irving, CST '71 Rosemary Jacob Vilayil and Rachel Skaria John Richard Craig Johnson, CST '76 Brian L. Jones Binae Karpo Sheldon L. Katz, PhD, CST '69 Mark A. Kauffman, Jr., CST '07 Timothy Kemp Paul J. Kennedy, PhD, CST '78 Robert Stephen Kerner, CST '59 Loretta K. and Kevin D. Ketchen Anjam Khan Gertrud Khouri Thomas J. Kielbasa, Jr., and Ann E. Kielbasa Edward S. Kim, CST '01 Nam H. Kim Hillary King Dorothy Klotz Joel E. Kohler, CST '69

John Kolecki, CST '01 Edith Kohn Raymond Kozeniauskas, CST '78 Gerald Krantweiss, CST '63 Geraldine M. Kraynak, CST '88 Jeannine Ksiaskiewicz Mark Charles Lanan, CST '82 Tiffany Lawson Wayne W. Le, CST '96 Frank and Patrice Lechner Alan T. Lee, CST '04 Jung-Hyun Lee Bruce L. Lenich, CST '57 Baoguo Li, CST '03, and Xia Zhao Handoyo Lie Zhihe Lin, CST '86 Janine Marie Lindenmuth and Joseph F. Mussoline Stephen P. Livolsi, CST '07 Robert and Tina Lobue Jianying Lu, CST '93 Maureen Lucci Arthur S. Mackin, CST '69 David Malchman, CST '89 Joseph M. and Linda M. Manci Elizabeth Marconi, CST '00 Kalkidan T.G. Mariam Francis G. Martin, PhD, CST '76, and Marianne Martin Susan Grose Mattei, CST '77 Thomas J. Mcdevitt, CST '06 Rose Mcnelis McGinnis, CST '82, and William J. McGinnis Michelle Hedwig Mcgowan David McGrath Colleen McKeown Dorothea B. and Robert P. McLaughlin Sabina Meystelman Alan L. Mezey, MD, CST '65 Gregory J. Miller, CST '96 John M. Miller, Jr., CST '73 Arnav R. Mistry Diane J. Mock Valerie M. Monastra, CST '98 Erich P. Montgomery, CST '87 Juana and Benjamin Morales Linda A. Moran Robin Morris Avinash Mude Sumaira Munshi Kinnari R. Narielwala, CST '99 Elizabeth and Leo Nendza Waddah T. Neshewait, CST '03 Tammy Ng Chinh D. Nguyen, CST '06 Toan T. Nguyen, CST '95 Allen W. Nicholson, PhD Angela Njo, CST '84 Ayaz Noor, CST '05 Helen Norris John-Patrick I. Nunez, CST '05 Agnes Nwuju William T. O'Brien, CST '91 Stephen M. O'Donnell, CST `03 Raymond Palumbo Frank J. Parkhill, CST '68 Ayul Patel Bharatkumar A. and Nalnikjumari B. Patel Chintan Patel, CST '07 Harsh B. Patel Ramila and Dinesh Patel Ruchir Patel, CST '07 Satish and Manisha Patel Vimalkumar V. Patel, CST '06 Samuel D. Pearlman, CST '43 Khoa D. Pham, CST '07 Thao T. Pham, CST '06 Catherine Pierre-Rosia, CST '90 Cary Pohl Mary Ellen Polaski Morton B. Prince, PhD, CST '47

Prudential Foundation Jessica H. Pung, CST '05 Rajani Rao Mr. and Mrs. Hafeez V. Rehman Zachary W. Reichenbach, CST '07 Raymond Reid Cheryl and Richard C. Reis Alison Richardson Florence E. Riesner, CST '65 Ann Ritterbeck Angel Rodriquez Josif Rrapi Raymond L. Ruberg, DO, CST '69 Mr. yogesh Rushi James F. Russell, CST '65 Arlene R. and Steven L. Sablowsky John B. Salmon, CST '99 yvette Sanchez-Barreto Kim Sander Roy A. Sands, PMP, CST '74 James C. Satterthwaite, CST '89 Nicholas Scarboro, CST '01 William K. Schryba, CST '82 Steven H. Schiller Rosemary Schryver Maria Scrimalli Reshma Shahade Gary T. Sheehan, CST '83 Chengxuan Shi, CST '06 Fred and Cecile Shocket Douglas Simon, CST '72 Sandeep S. Sisodia, CST '04 Nora J. Smeader, CST '45 Thomas M. Smith Edward J. Smola, Jr., CST '74 Mindi B. Snoparsky, CST '79 and James M. Lammendola Grace Soltysinki Michael Sommer Barry D. Stein, CST '78 Herman M. Stein, CST '68 Lisa Stevens Lisa Stevenson Jon Philip and Kelly Lee Storch Asher E. Stutman, CST '65 Jamey A. Stynchula, CST '94 Roy L. Sutliff, CST '90 Amanda C. Taylor, CST '06 Margaret and John Tegyi Pradeep K. Thanigaimani Tom Thomson, CST '05 Madhurima Tikkisetty Vera Tkachenko Carol Tocci Ibrahim Toure, CST '05 Diana L. Tozour, CST '88 Vu N. Tran, CST '06 yanping Tu, CST '93 Tamika S. Tucker, CST '05 Michael H. Tunick, PhD, CST '85 Maria A. Turdo Ralph Tykodi, PhD Etieno U. Umobong David B. Urban, CST '98 Elina Varghese, CST '07 Dr. and Mrs. Simeon M. Vishik Gregory Voutsinas Gregory G. Wacker James D. Walker, CST '66 Joni Waller Tulani Washington-Plaskett John J. and Judith A. Weichel Steven M. Wlodarczyk, CST '01 Carla J. Woyden, CST '86 R. Kristal Wright, CST '84 Ning Xin yan, PhD, CST '95 Mario A. Zacharatos, CST '03 Terrye Green Zaremba, CST '64 Alexander Zemtsov-Artsi, CST '91

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Board of Trustees Approves CST's Board of Visitors


he College of Science and Technology's Board of Visitors was formed as the Leadership Planning Committee in 2006 to help the college create and define its mission, vision, and long-term strategic plan and offer guidance to its deans and

administrators. The members, listed below, include world-renowned experts in a wide range of science and technology fields.

Magid Abou-Gharbia, PhD Vice President, Wyeth Joseph C. Allegra, MD, CST '70 Co-founder, Network for Medical Communication and Research John R. Ambroseo, PhD Director, President and CEO, Coherent, Inc. Robert Arking, PhD, CST '67 Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wayne State University Barry Charles Arkles, PhD, CST '70, CST '76 President and Founder, Gelest, Inc. Milton Chang, PhD Founder and Managing Director of Incubic Paul G. Curcillo II, MD, CST '84 Vice Chair of Surgery and the Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine Robert Michael Fineman, MD, PhD, CST '66 Dean, Health and Human Services Division, North Seattle Community College, Seattle

Ting Herh, PhD Chair of Davicom Semiconductor Inc. Madeleine Joullie, PhD Class of 1970 Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania Cynthia A. Kuper, PhD, CST '95, CST '99 Chief technology officer at Micromem Technologies Inc. Ying K. Lee Chief scientist in automotive products, DuPont Singapore Stanley A. Lef kowitz, PhD, CST '65 (Chair) Executive Vice President, The Falconwood Corporation Rao Makineni Former Co-Founder and President of Bachem-Gentec, Inc. Natarajan Ranganathan, PhD, CST '76 Senior Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer, Kibow Biotech, Inc.

Aileen B. Rothbard, ScD, CST '64, EDU '69 Research Professor for the School of Social Policy and Practice and for the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Department of Psychiatry in the Medical School, University of Pennsylvania Amber R. Salzman, PhD, CST '82 Senior Vice President of Worldwide Development Operations, GlaxoSmithKline Seda K. Tarzian, CST '48 Former Medical Research Associate at Merck and Company, Inc. James W. Yoh, PhD Former President, CEO and Founder of Galaxy Technology, LLC Ahmed Zewail, PhD Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology Director of the Laboratory for Molecular Sciences and the Physical Biology Center, Ultrafast Science and Technology




Class Notes


Philip H. Demp, DPM, PhD, CST '62 recently presented at the 39th Symposium on the Interface: Computing Science and Statistics. Demp is also an elected fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications. His research project entitled, "Development of a Geometric Forefoot Model: A Tool of Clinical Decision Making" has been awarded a two-year research grant by the National Institutes of Health. Martin Grabois, MD, CST '62, MED '66, professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and executive vice president of Memorial Hermann/ TIRR, was re-elected treasurer of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. He also presented a paper at the Sixth Mediterranean Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Samuel Strauss, DO, CST '67, is a flight surgeon for NASA astronauts training at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. He works in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory where astronauts train to do spacewalks from the space shuttle and the International Space Station. He also has written an article that is pending publication in the Journal of Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine. Stephanie A. Olexa, PhD, CST '74, is the new manager for the Bucks County Conservation District. The Conservation District, a state agency chartered by the county, reviews all construction plans with an eye toward controlling soil erosion and sedimentation and protecting water quality. Olexa received her doctorate in biochemistry from Temple. IIaben Patel, CST '97, is a software services specialist at IBM in Westford, Mass. He was previously employed as a senior systems analyst at Bowstreet, which is also a part of IBM. Kristin Bowman-James, PhD CST '68, '74 was recently promoted to university distinguished professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of Kansas. Alex Salomon, MD, CST '85, is a pediatrician in group practice with two offices in Montgomery County. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.


Rita Freedman, CST '72, SBM '82, is employed with SCP Partners, a venture capital firm in Wayne, Pa. She was previously an equity analyst at PNC Bank, primarily covering companies in the healthcare industry. She is also a chartered financial analyst.


Michelle Steen, CST '95, a researcher at IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in yorktown Heights, N.y., and husband, Jeffrey Steen, SBM '91, are proud to announce the birth of their baby, Bethany Michelle. Michelle received the college's Gallery of Success Award in 2006-2007.


Vladimir Zivkovic, CST '00, has earned a master of science degree from the University of Memphis and will be working on his doctorate in geology/space studies at the University of North Dakota. He was married last June to Monique Frazier of St. Louis and has relocated to Grand Forks, N.D. Do you have news or achievements that you want to share, or would you like to let your classmates know what you've been up to since graduation? Please e-mail your class notes to Andrea Hallowell, assistant director for communications, at [email protected]


Russell J. Buono, PhD, CST '84, '87, '90, is chief of research and development at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Coatesville, Pa. He also holds appointments as associate professor of neurology at Jefferson Medical College and adjunct associate professor of neurology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Gallery of Success Honors Exceptional Alumni

The college would like to congratulate the 2007-2008 Gallery of Success awardees, chosen for their outstanding accomplishments in the science and technology fields.

as a lab instructor during the summer of his sophomore year. A highlight of Dr. Brennan's career was when he and a fellow biomedical engineer were assigned to work with Dutch physicians and engineers to record the electrocardiogram of a large whale in the wild. The group spent time in Alaska and Newfoundland on this project, and developed equipment later adapted by graduate students to study entrapped whales. Brennen has authored or co-authored fifteen patents and various biomedical journal articles, symposia presentations, and book chapters. In addition to his scientific career, he is also interested in journalism. As a student, he worked on the Temple News and held an editorial position with the Temple poetry magazine; as a scientist, he served as a writer and editor for the Medtronic Forum Highlights, an Kenneth R. Brennen, PhD, CST '62, '65 Dr. Brennen, who received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Temple, spent 28 years in research and development for Medtronic, Inc., the world's largest biomedical engineering company and retired as senior scientist. He received his PhD in physical chemistry at Southampton University, England. During a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at Columbia University, he worked in the areas of biomedical and environmental science. Brennen has had a love of science since childhood. He was encouraged to attend Temple by his high school guidance counselor, a fellow Temple graduate, and won a full scholarship. He decided to major in physics when Dr. Mary Harbold of the Physics Department offered him a position in-house publication of the Medtronic Forum. He and his wife Mary have spent the last six years pursuing their interests in RV travel, volunteerism, and nature photography. They have traveled through most of the lower 48 states and in Atlantic Canada. Present plans are to settle down near their five grandchildren in Minnesota.




Abraham Clearfield, PhD, CST '48, '51 Dr. Clearfield received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Temple, then earned his PhD from Rutgers University in 1954, studying inorganic chemistry and crystallography. In 1956, he joined the Titanium Alloy Manufacturing Division of the National Lead Company (now NL Industries) in Niagara Falls, New York, and obtained a number of patents for processes he developed that improved the efficiency of manufacturing. In 1963, Clearfield joined the faculty of Ohio University, and rose to the rank of full professor in 1968. During his stay at Ohio University, Clearfield synthesized and determined the structures of a number of zirconium phosphates that became the focus of worldwide research efforts that continue to this day. One of these forms of zirconium phosphate is used as a sorbent in portable artificial kidney machines, and another is used to immobilize certain proteins and DNA for study of their chemical behavior. In 1976, he joined the faculty at Texas A&M University and served as chair of the Inorganic Division, associate dean of the College of Science and director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program. Clearfield has received several awards for excellence in teaching and research. In 2007, he was promoted to distinguished professor, the university's highest academic rank.

Clearfield and his wife, Ruth, have been strong supporters of the education of Temple students throughout the years. In 2005, they established the Abraham and Ruth Clearfield Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for full-time undergraduate students in chemistry or another physical science with financial need and excellent academic performance. Clearfield has published 530 papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited three books, and holds about 15 patents. In addition to his scientific achievements, he has pursued a strong interest in Jewish history, teaching courses and writing a monthly newspaper column on this subject. Dr. and Mrs. Clearfield enjoy traveling throughout the world, especially Europe. They reside in College Station, Texas.

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n October 4 and 5, the College of Science and Technology held a reunion for the classes

of 1945­1949, with some graduates returning to Temple's campus for the first time in decades. The classmates shared tea in Mitten Hall and took a campus tour, attended the college's Faculty and Student Awards Dinner, and saw a Philadelphia Orchestra performance at the Kimmel Center. The reunion was co-chaired by Helen Ebert, CST '46, '49 and Seda Kuyumjian Tarzian, CST '48. 1. Faculty and student awards in Mitten Hall 2. Norman Alpert, CST '42, '47, who received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Temple 3. Sylvia Joffe Magerman, CST '49 (Biology) 4. The group tours campus with a student Owl Ambassador 5. Mayer S. Reich, CST '48 (Science) and Seda Kuyumjian Tarzian, CST '48 (Biology) 6. Dr. Abraham Clearfield, CST '48, '51 (Chemistry) and wife Ruth Clearfield 7. Helen Ebert, CST '46, '49 (Chemistry) 8. Dr. Betty A. Gottlieb, CST '47, and Mrs. Adeline Alpert


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SAVE THE DATE--April 25-26, 2008! Reunion: Classes of 1953­1957, 1963­1967, and 1978­1982.


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