PRISM Magazine Online - March 2000

by Jennifer Johnson
ASEE Today Section Editor/Writer

International News

Ethics in Russia

    Engineering ethics has recently been added to the curriculum at some Russian universities. Tatyana Romanovskaya, adjunct professor of logic at George Mason University and a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has written a report on engineering ethics in Russia and the challenges this presents. Please see:  for the full text.

European Project Semester, Denmark

Call for Papers

    Technology Education Conference, Germany
    The World Council of Associations for Technology Education and the Institute of Technology Education (of the Technical University Braunschweig) invite submissions to the International Conference of Scholars for Technology Education, being held in Braunschweig, Germany, from September 24-27, 2000. Topics of interest to the conference include technology education for developing countries, assessment practices for technological literacy, and standards for technology education. All proposals for papers and posters must be submitted via e-mail by March 31 to .

    For more information, please see: .


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Bridge To Asia

Bridge to Asia, a nonprofit San Francisco organization, has requested donations for new and used textbooks, reference books, journals, and professional magazines that are still useful to students. These materials are used to help those who are working to improve the lives of their fellow citizens; the organization serves countries where engineering textbooks and reference books are very scarce.

If you are on the West Coast, send your donations to Bridge to Asia, Foreign Trade Services, Pier 23, San Francisco, CA 94111. From the Midwest or East Coast, send them to Bridge to Asia, Follett Higher Education Group, 2211 West Street, River Grove, IL 60171-1800. All donations and shipping costs are tax deductible. For more information, please see: .

About People

TImothy A. Barbari is the new chair of the chemical engineering department at the University of Maryland, College Park.

 George Campbell Jr.

George Campbell Jr., president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), has been selected as president of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, effective July 1, 2000. He is the first African American to hold that position in the college's 141 year history.

 Cheryl L. Shavers

Cheryl L. Shavers has been sworn in as Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology. Shavers will oversee the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, which includes the Office of Technology Policy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Technical Information Service, and the Office of Space Commercialization.


Samuel G. White has been named the first dean of the School of Engineering at Jackson State University, which will offer degrees in computer, civil, and telecommunications engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level.