Santa Clara University

New dean appointed for Arts and Sciences 

Atom Yee, acting dean, to head largest academic unit 

President Paul Locatelli, S.J., has announced the appointment of W. Atom Yee as dean of the College of Arts and sciences.

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Atom Yee 
For the past 18 months, Yee, a professor of chemistry, has been acting dean.

 "The College has gained national reputation for its academic excellence in teaching, scholarship, and artistic expression," said Yee.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit on campus, encompassing approximately 60 percent of all undergraduate students, and about half of the University faculty.

Yee was the top choice after a nationwide search, said Phil Kesten, physics, who headed the search committee.

Yee, who holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University, and a doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, both in chemistry, came to Santa Clara University in 1983.

In announcing the selection, Locatelli said, "Atom Yee's leadership, scholarship, and vision will take the College of Arts and Sciences to a new level of intellectual excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service to the community. His experience in higher education, along with his commitment to Jesuit education at Santa Clara, will help to achieve our ideal of student-centered learning that educates future leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion, and of faculty becoming teaching scholars."

Mark the date: budget forum is Feb. 25

The 2004-05 Operating Budget will be presented and discussed at a faculty-staff forum at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The forum was rescheduled from Feb. 12, to allow for discussion of the budget as approved by the Board of Trustees on Feb. 20.

The Feb. 25 forum will be in the de Saisset Museum.

Vice President Robert Warren and members of the University Budget Council will be available to answer questions.

"MyDoom" worm virus strikes, IT offers help

Another worm virus hit the campus in late January, sending bogus e-mail messages throughout Groupwise from seemingly valid SCU email addresses.

Information Technology is providing assistance to all campus computer users in combatting the virus, which can delete data on hard drives and jam up mailboxes.

IMPORTANT: Do not open any messages with only the word "Hi" in the subject line. Check carefully the subject line of any messages. Don't open any attachments from campus email addresses unless you are expecting them.

The latest computer virus, MyDoom, which started Jan 26, caused a huge volume of infected email and messages indicating failure to deliver mail.

W32/MyDoom-A is a worm which can spread via email and via peer-to-peer applications. The worm harvests email addresses from the hard drive and uses randomly chosen addresses for both the "To" and "From" addresses in the emails it sends.

The emails include one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Subject lines: error, hello, hi, mail delivery system, mail transaction failed, server report, status test, [random collection of characters]
  • Message texts: test, Mail transaction failed, Partial message is available, The message contains Unicode characters and has been sent as a binary attachment, Mail transaction failed, Partial message is available
  • Attachments: filenames, body, data, doc, document file, message, readme, test, [random collection of characters]   

For additional information, please visit:
http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/w32mydooma.html

Economics professor says SCU survey matches U.S. trends

Stocks in Silicon Valley-based companies will outperform the Dow index and Silicon Valley real estate in 2004, according to the latest Silicon Valley Business Index released by the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

Economics professor Mario Belott said this matches national expectations.

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