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    FEBRUARY 23, 2006
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Engineering the future

Photo by Preston M. Moretz

For the past 15 years, NASA, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, has awarded up $7,500 a year to Temple in support of student research in the fields of engineering and science.

The award is part of NASA’s mission to attract young, talented students into space-related activities.

This past fall, five Temple senior engineering students were awarded grants of $1,000 each to work in the area of robotics.

The five have been working with electrical and computer engineering professor John Helferty (right) and students from George Washington Carver High School for Engineering and Science on their entry to the FIRST Robotics international competition.

The award recipients are (seated, from left) civil and environmental engineering student Josiah Mount and electrical and computer engineering students Thi Thach, (standing, from left) Justin Pasquale, Jeremi Leasure and Dennis Defino.

- Preston M. Moretz

TECH Center holds grand opening


As masses of students continued to arrive at the TECH Center, administrators crowded into the lobby last Thursday to celebrate the center’s grand opening, after a regular joint meeting of the Board of Trustees’ budget and finance and executive committees.

Vice President of Computer and Information Services Timothy O’Rourke (left) praised representatives of the architecture and computer firms that helped bring the center online, and thanked President David Adamany, the Department of Campus Safety Services, and the staff of Computer Services for their work in making it possible for the University to have a 24-hour computer center.

Afterward, tours of the building — which includes a new Admissions Welcome Center and the Teaching and Learning Center — led to a buffet with a cake shaped like an ASCII keyboard. For more information about the new TECH Center, visit http://techcenter.temple.edu.

Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Photo by Nilgun Anadolu-Okur

Millicent Sparks (at left), a performing artist who portrays Harriet Tubman, and Mariline Wilkins, a great-grandniece of Tubman, took part in Temple’s third annual Underground Railroad and Black History Conference on Feb. 11.

On Monday, Sparks returns for a theatrical performance sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and the African American Heritage Celebration Committee. Come hear her at 4 p.m. at the Underground in the new Student Center.


Dupree takes step toward Naismith Trophy


Senior forward and All-America candidate Candice Dupree (left) has been selected to the 30-member Midseason Naismith Trophy list. 

The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the men’s and women’s players of the year.

Come see Dupree and her fellow Owls — currently tied for 17th in the Associated Press poll — play George Washington this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Liacouras Center.

Tickets, $5–$35, are available at the Liacouras Center box office (cash sales only), online at www.liacourascenter.com or by telephone at 1-888-OWLS-TIX.

For more information about the Naismith Trophy, visit