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  - NEW MONTHLY FEATURE! EE Brain Teasers by Butch Shadwell
- Life Members & LM Chapters - A Valuable Section Resource
- IEEE Alias Virus Alert News
- Convenience For Conference Searchers
- Drexel University Joins IEEE Education Partners Program
- 2001 IEEE Annual Report
- 2002 IEEE Annual Election

NEW MONTHLY FEATURE! EE Brain Teasers by Butch Shadwell
How much do you remember from your basic Electrical Engineering courses?
Test yourself every month with Butch Shadwell's brain teasers (my teachers
never gave such funny word problems!). Watch for the answer in next
month's issue. Butch is a long-time IEEE volunteer, currently serving as
Chair of the Florida West Coast Section.
++++++++Brain Teaser:
Floyd Anemone lived in Denver, Colorado. Growing up in the mile high city
was complicated by the fact that Floyd, from his earliest memories, was
completely enamored of the sea. His mother's job at the Post Office
cafeteria barely kept corn flakes on the table, so the prospects of going
to the seashore were remote. Then one morning, as Floyd was grasping the
last corn flake from the table top, he noticed a strange ad on the cereal
box. There was a contest that would award the lucky winner the birthday
party of their dreams.
To make a long story short, Floyd won the prize and elected to have his
thirtieth birthday off the Florida coast under 33 feet of water. To
decorate the affair the cereal people bought 100 balloons filled with air
at sea level. Each balloon had a volume of one cubic foot, making them an
impressive array of colorful spheres. When the party began at the
sub-surface local it was clear that something had happened to those
impressive balloons. Though still spherical, they had shrunken quite a bit.
The question for the readers this month is, assuming that the temperature
of the air in the balloons was the same as it was at the surface, what is
the volume of each balloon now? And for extra credit, what is the change in
the balloon's diameter in inches? Also ignore any effects of the elasticity
of the rubber envelopes of the balloons.
Does your Section have difficulty in getting volunteers for various Section
& Chapter projects? At times, do you need advice on how to proceed in
regard to a particular project? If yes, you may not be using a valuable
resource. IEEE Life Members!!
To achieve LM status, a member must be 65 or more, and age plus the number
of years of IEEE membership must equal at least 100. As of January 2002,
there are 29,528 members who achieved this status. With such a large number
of LM's, there are sure to be some LM's in your Section who would like to
be involved in IEEE activities.
A LM Chapter is similar to an IEEE Affinity Group but the IEEE Life Members
Committee rather than the Section supports it (rebate for activity is not
supplied through the Section).
Life Members are encouraged to form Life Member Chapters within their own
Sections. All you need is the name of the organizer and a list of LM's
within your Section who indicate they will participate if a LM Chapter is
formed. After you obtain this information, please forward your request to
your Regional LM Chapter Coordinator. The SAMIEEE database can assist you
in identifying LM's who resident in your Section.
Check out the LMC web site ( for additional
information on LM Chapters. You can also send an email to
If you are attending Sections Congress 2002, please visit the LM exhibit
table. LMC members will be available to answer your questions and find out
ways that the IEEE Life Member Committee can enhance its relationship with
LM's and IEEE Sections.
Recently a number of IEEE volunteers on various IEEE aliases received one
or more virus alerts from the IEEE server. These messages indicate the
IEEE's anti-virus protection program is working. They are not a result of
a worm/virus originating from the IEEE.
These recent virus-alert messages are most likely a result of the KLEZ
worm/virus that is commonly found throughout the Internet. The worm/virus
steals the email address book of an infected computer and sends infected
dummy messages to names in the stolen address book. The IEEE email server
detects and deletes the virus, and sends an alert message to both the
recipients and the sender. The recipients see both the original message
without the infected portion (e.g. usually an infected attachment) and the
virus-alert message. The worm/virus is pervasive, and the virus scanning
service provide by IEEE is preventing it from spreading throughout the IEEE
For additional questions, contact Gilberto Santiago, Email & Security
A new Conference Search function has been launched that enables a visitor
to go right to the appropriate "shop" page if he wants to purchase a
publication associated with his conference (if a publication exists). Start
your search at
The easiest way to find a conference is to select a "Year" and a "Sponsor,"
then click on "Submit." Select the conference from the search results, and
then scroll down to the "Proceedings/Publications" cell. If there is a
publication for that conference, you will see a number. Click on it, and
you will be directed to the "shop" page. For further information, contact
Patricia Thompson, IEEE Technical Activities, telephone +1 732 562 3872;
Drexel University, Philadelphia's technological university, has become the
newest IEEE Education Partner. IEEE members can now continue their life
long learning with selected graduate-level, credit courses provided online
by Drexel at a 10% discount. Current online programs offered to IEEE
members through Drexel e-Learning, the university's online subsidiary,
include Masters of Science in Information Science/Systems and Management
and Certificate Programs.
Applications, course prerequisites, and systems requirements are detailed
at the Drexel-supplied website for IEEE members. You must use your IEEE
member number to receive the 10% discount.
Enter through the IEEE Educational Partners,, and choose Drexel from the university
partners. To learn more about the IEEE Education Partners Program contact
Sasha Eydlin, IEEE Educational Activities,
The 2001 IEEE Annual Report is now available. To conserve costs and
achieve a broad, global distribution, the report will be primarily
accessible online from the IEEE home page, Print
copies will be mailed to the IEEE Board of Directors, major boards and
committees, as well as about 4,000 corporate, government and academic
leaders around the world. Delegates to the 2002 Sections Congress will
receive both a print copy and a CD-ROM.
For more information, contact Helen Horwitz, IEEE Corporate Strategy and
Communications, at or +1 732 562 6821.
The 2002 IEEE Annual Election is underway. Members have already begun to
receive their ballots. The balloting period will run from 1 September until
noon on 1 November. Only signed ballots that are received in sealed
envelopes will be valid and counted in the election. For information
contact Angela Wyckoff, IEEE Corporate Activities, telephone +1 732 562
IEEE Operations Center
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