The Colgate Scene
September 2000
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Buildings on Broad Street were given a new color scheme this summer as part of the Façade Improvement Project, the first of many improvements planned for downtown.
Schupf Fellowship
Paul Schupf '58 received a standing ovation from the faculty and the Class of 2004 when President Charles Karelis announced the establishment of the Paul J. Schupf Fellowship at Convocation.

     The fellowship, funded by Schupf's $1.5 million gift, will be awarded annually through a competition similar to the Rhodes Scholarship competition and, like the Rhodes, will support two years of study.

     The fellows will be placed at St. Anne's College of Oxford University. The Schupf is believed to be the only fully-funded fellowship for graduates of an American liberal arts college at Oxford.

     "This wonderful gift endorses Colgate's ongoing commitment to academic achievement and it will add to the momentum of our students' recent great successes in national fellowship competitions such as the Rhodes, the Watson and the Fulbright," Karelis told the convocation audience.

     Karelis, Schupf and Dean of the Faculty Jane Pinchin worked together to establish the fellowship and the alliance with St. Anne's and to extend and enrich the studies of Colgate's best and brightest students.

     Schupf is one of the ten most generous donors in Colgate history. He established the W.S. Schupf Endowed Chair in Far Eastern Studies and the Paul J. Schupf Studio Arts Center and serves the university as a trustee emeritus. A noted art collector, Schupf is a successful investment manager in Hamilton.


Venice solution a problem?
According to Albert Ammerman, senior research associate, department of classics, and Charles McClennen, professor of geology, a proposed solution by the Italian government to protect Venice from flooding does not look back far enough into the history of acqua alta (extremely high tide) and will serve to speed the rate by which the city becomes uninhabitable. The authors' opinion appears in a Policy Forum piece in the August 25 issue of the journal Science.

     "To accurately understand the nature and patterns of acqua alta, we looked back centuries, not decades, and took into consideration how global warming affects sea levels," said Ammerman. Following eight years of research and field work, he and McClennen have, for the first time, charted the history of Venice's ancient flood water levels and the rate by which the Venetian sea floor has been sinking.

     "Recent work at six archaeological sites in Venice now makes it possible to estimate the trend in relative sea level (RSL) for the period from A.D. 400 through 1900. This long view indicates that the estimates used in impact studies by the Italian government were too low," stated the authors. "What we have found is the assessment of the feasibility of the gate project called Modulo Sperimentale Elettromec-canico (MOSE) is seriously flawed."

     Ammerman and McClennen caution that the proposed system of linked, inflatable sea gates designed to seal off the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea during extreme high tides will have to be deployed more frequently than projected and will become obsolete much faster than anticipated. The more immediate problem, according to the authors, is the "negative impacts on levels of water pollution and the ecology of the lagoon" that these gates will have on a city that derives a large portion of its income from the tourist industry.

     Ammerman and McClennen's research was featured on the front page of the New York Times "Science Times" section on August 29.


Native American students from Syracuse took part in a program designed to "open their eyes to the possibility of college," according to Director of the Division of Humanities Chris Vecsey, who sponsored the visit. The students visited the Long-year Museum and "Twizzler Art," an exhibition of contemporary Iroquois artists.


Corruption
The Center for Ethics and World Societies will this year explore the topic of "Corruption: Wealth, Power and Democracy," with Michael Johnston, professor of political science, as director. Introduced two years ago, the center facilitates discussion of issues arising from the interactions of different nations, peoples and communities, with an emphasis on the ethical aspects of those issues.

     A series of lectures, symposia, exhibitions and Internet materials will analyze the issue of corruption -- in government, business, the arts, and other areas -- from the vantage points of a variety of disciplines and methodologies. "We will consider the many forms corruption takes, and the ways it reflects the problems and values of diverse societies and institutional systems," said Johnston, who noted that reform, with all its benefits and drawbacks, will be a major focus.

     The fall kickoff event featured a panel of experts including William H. Gray III, former Pennsylvania Congressman and currently president and CEO of The College Fund/UNCF; Mary K. Butler, a trial attorney for the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice; Peter Overby, money, power and influence reporter for National Public Radio; and public opinion pollster John Zogby, who chaired the event. The group focused on the United States in a discussion titled "Who Controls Corruption? The Press, the Law and the Democratic Process" on September 12.


Appointments, promotions
In the Division of University Relations, RuthAnn Loveless MA'72 was promoted to associate vice president for alumni affairs and Robin Shelly Summers '90 was promoted to director of alumni affairs. Joining the alumni affairs staff are Patrick Buckley '98 and Suzanne Christensen '00. Director of Communications and Scene editor James Leach has been named assistant to the president and secretary to the Board of Trustees. Helen Kebabian was promoted to director of corporate, foundation and government relations. In the Annual Fund office, Eric Summers '91 and Jason Topi joined as associate directors and Angela Chongris '98 was promoted to associate director.

     Mark Spiro comes to Colgate as vice president for administrative services.

     On the Dean of the College's staff, Patrick Mullane is the new director of career services and Marisela Rosas is director of student activities.

     Promotions in the Division of Business and Finance include David Hale '84 to assistant treasurer, Hugh Bradford to director of budget and decision support and Tom Wise to associate director of financial aid; Associate Controller Carolee White took on the additional title of director of internal audit.

     In the academic arena, Ellen Kraly, professor of geography, will serve as director of the Division of Social Sciences beginning in January. John Naughton, professor of romance languages and literatures, will join the Dean's Advisory Council as director of the Division of University Studies.


University grants
Colgate received $700,000 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to fund programs for health science students -- including cutting-edge research with scientists at the National Institutes of Health and faculty-mentored summer programs for underprepared students, as well as workshops for teachers from area schools. The university will also receive $60,000 over three years from The Merck Company Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the grant will fund student summer research stipends and lab supplies.

     Colgate has received six grants from the National Science Foundation in recent months. Through a grant of $74,918, computer science professor Chris Nevison will develop materials and exercises for teaching the principles of concurrent program design and implementation using Java. Roderick Moten, also in computer science, received an $18,000 NSF grant for research in domain-specific languages and program interoperability (the ability of one program to use the services of another program automatically). In physics, Enrique Galvez, Charles Holbrow and Mary Elizabeth Parks will administer a $74,862 grant to develop instructional materials demonstrating predictions of quantum mechanics. Galvez also received $75,000 from the NSF to study Rydberg Atoms in combined static and microwave fields. Through an NSF grant of $36,554, mathematics professor Scott Ahlgren will further his research in number theory. Finally, geology professors Amy Leventer and Charles McClennen received $74,810 to further their work with the glacial history and paleoenvironments of the East Antarctic Margin, in collaboration with scientists from Stanford, Middlebury and the University of Minnesota.

     Two Research Corporation's Cottrell College Science Awards also went to Galvez and Parks, for Galvez's study of optical beams and Parks's research into semiconductor nanocrystals.

     McClennen and Albert Ammerman were awarded a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to support an exhibition and conference on the origins of Venice, Italy, to be held at Colgate in October 2001.

     The John M. Olin Foundation awarded $25,000 in funding for a political science lecture series on "The Nature of Rights at the Founding," directed by Barry Shain, Robert Kraynak and Stanley Brubaker.

     The Japan Foundation provided software and other teaching materials for Japanese language courses, in response to a proposal from Yukari Hirata.


A silver medal
Diego Duran '03 was presented a Congressional Silver Medal Award in early August.

     Duran, who is a member of the Madrid Study Group this fall, was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute intern this summer and the award for his outstanding achievement was presented by Congressman Albert Wynn (D-MD).

     "It's a matter of setting a goal to achieve a dream and realizing it," said Duran. "I am a public servant at heart and this award reinforces my strength and commitment to being a catalyst for change."

     Duran was recognized for his efforts to improve the quality of life for Latinos. His internship in the office of Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA) included researching issues of importance to the constituents.


Kosovar refugees exhibition
Throughout the summer, "Following the Kosovar Refugees," an exhibition of photographs that documented events from May through December of 1999 in Kosovo and its surrounding region, has been on display in Case Library.

     Sponsored by Colgate's Center for Ethics and World Societies and the peace studies program, the exhibition was documented in a 38-page catalog that is available free from the peace studies office.


Correction
A July Scene mention of the new sundial outside the Chapel contained an astonishing number of errors. An incorrect sundial (the gnomon, which casts the shadow, was facing south instead of north) was installed in 1998 atop the small monument marking the spot where Samuel Payne felled the first tree to clear his farm that would eventually become Colgate. Bethanie Sawyer '02 noticed the mistake and her father Frederick, president and editor of the North American Sundial Society, donated a handsome, and correct, sundial.

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