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Phil Baker '65 was part of an Entrepreneurial Roundtable on business risk and failure, sponsored by the San Diego Transcript. He said that fear of risk and failure kept him at the same company for 20 years before he started Think Outside, maker of award-winning portable keyboards, on his first day of unemployment . . .

The Segway Human Transporter invented by Dean Kamen '73 is showing up on the streets--and on TV and in the funny papers. The Blondie comic strip depicted a bewildered Dagwood Bumstead riding one, after his classic early-morning rush out the front door resulted in collision with his Segway-riding mail carrier. In a recent episode of NBC's Frasier, Frasier's brother Niles bought a Segway to avoid the need to walk. Kamen, who received the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT prize in April, had his earlier invention, the IBOT Mobility system, featured on Dateline NBC in August . . .

Paul Levesque '75 penned a "First Person" column for MD&DI (Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry) in April. A 25-year veteran in the private-sector marketing and development industry, he is also CEO of the First Park economic development project in Waterville, Maine. An interview on his role in the project appeared in the Sunday Morning Sentinel . . .

Nature magazine featured the work of Computer Science Professor Matt Ward '77 in a July 4 story on data visualization techniques. Two of Ward's colorful graphs, showing data on banking risk and automobile efficiency, were used to illustrate the parallel coordinates method of data visualization . . .

Lisa Wadge '80 was profiled by the Hartford Courant. The story on her environmental detection work made comparisons to the movies Erin Brockovich and A Civil Action. Wadge's new Web site, www.mysitefinder.com, makes environmental data from the Connecticut DEP and federal files available to home owners, home buyers, and anyone concerned about contamination. Her mission is to educate and empower the consumer by providing streamlined access to public records, which are sometimes lost, misfiled or difficult to locate.

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