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The editors of Transformations have compiled the following Web links and added content to augment the articles and features in the Spring 2003 issue and enable you to further explore the topics touched on in the magazine. These links and additional features are also presented with individual articles on this Web site. We welcome your thoughts on this material; please use our feedback form or post a message in the Transformations forum in the Alumni Café.

Starting Point (Page 1)

For more information on the proposed wind farm project on Nantucket Sound, visit the Cape Cod Times information page. The chief opposition to the wind farm is by a group called Save Our Sound. In the winter 2002 issue of Transformations we published an article about current WPI research into new, "greener" modes of producing power, including fuel cells and wind energy. Read "Thinking Small" online.

Campus Buzz (Pages 4, 6-7)

Nicholas Baker '03 was recently named WPI's first-ever Marshall Scholar. He will use his award to pursue a master's degree in video game design in England. Read his personal statement of intent submitted with his nomination. Read the press release on his award

Professor John Orr was motivated by the Worcester Cold Storage fire tragedy to develop a first-responder locator system. Read the full manuscript of Orr's proposal that recently garnered WPI $1 million for research and development.

View the 2002 season record for WPI Varsity Men's Soccer, and read about Coach Malcolm MacPherson's 100th win with the team, online.

Learn more about the Segway Human Transporter at the company's official Web site.

Find out the details of WPI's 135th Commencement, which will feature America's first Latina astronaut, Ellen Ochoa, as keynote speaker. Read her official NASA bio.

Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Judy Miller, directs WPI's Center for Educational Development, Technology and Assessment. To find out about her work, visit her professional Web site and read the news release on her award.

Get an overview of the Global Perpective Program. Also, this press release gives more details about the Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence.

A Few Words (Page 7)

Tom Shannon, WPI professor of humanities and arts, regularly writes about ethical issues as they relate to medical advances. Read "Ethical Issues in Stem Cell Therapy, From the Micro to the Macro", an article included in the recently-published book, The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate, edited by Suzanne Holland. View the video, "Playing God", from Shannon's presentation at the Issues for the Millennium: Cloning and Genetic Technologies, June 1999, Boston University.

Explorations (Page 8)

Find out about other projects WPI students have completed at the Limerick, Ireland, Project Center. AMT Ireland is the company developing the electronic nose in conjunction with the University of Limerick.

Inside WPI (Page 9)

While completing her master's degree through WPI's Advanced Distance Learning Network, Elisa Baker '02 is studying the collapse of World Trade Center Building 5 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Investigations (10-11)

For more information about Dalin Tang's computer modeling of plaque buildup in arteries, visit his Web site.

More about Elise Weaver's work applying a systems dynamics model to the study of setting public policy thresholds can be found on her Web site. For an in-depth analysis, read her paper "Threshold Setting and the Cycling of a Decision Threshold" (444K PDF).

The Bold Trajectory of Robert Lindberg (Page 12)

Before being named to help direct the new National Institute of Aerospace in Virginia, Robert Lindberg '74 had a long career at Orbital Sciences Corporation, a pioneer in the satellite industry and now a major missile defense contractor.

The Science of Fiction (Page 16)

Gary Goshgarian '64 is known to many science fiction readers as novelist Gary Braver. To students at Northeastern Universityhe is sometimes known as the "professor of horror" for his English courses in detective fiction and modern best sellers. Books under both his names - Goshgarian and Braver - can be purchased online at Amazon.com.

On the Front Lines of Telemedicine (Page 20)

WPI's Center for Untethered Healthcare, part of the university's Bioengineering Institute, was recently awarded an $800,000 grant for the research study entitled "Real-time Troop Physiological Status Monitoring System Using a Common Wireless Network." The money appropriated by Congress, and administered through the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, was secured by a multidisciplinary team of three WPI researchers: William R. Michalson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Yitzhak Mendelson, associate professor of biomedical engineering; and Peder C. Pedersen, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Pratt & Whitney (Page 26)

Pratt & Whitney, a leader in the jet engine industry, is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. The WPI Learning Factory is located at Pratt & Whitney's plant in East Hartford, Conn.

Covering a Century of Powered Flight

The stories about Robert Lindberg '74 and WPI's cooperative learning program with Pratt & Whitney are part of our year's worth of coverage in Transformations tied to the celebration of the centennial of powered flight. The series will culminate with a special section in our Fall 2003 issue, to be published in November. Please also let us know if you'd be interested in participating in aviation and space related events on campus between now and December. To do so, please fill out our online survey. To learn more about the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright brothers, visit the Web site of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. Information about the first 100 years of powered flight can be found on a special Web site developed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

A Soul-Searching Superhero (Page 30)

Nina Simon '02, poet and electrical engineering major, maintains a personal Web site. This press release contains information about the Power of One program begun last year at WPI.

Alumni Connections (Page 32)

A major goal of the WPI Alumni Association's marketing committee has been realized: The Bridge, an electronic newsletter to keep alumni informed about the latest news and events via email, was launched in February. Subscribe online. WPI's Bioengineering Institute's director Tim Gerrity was the featured guest at Alumni Association receptions in California in January. Gerrity visited alumna Patty Gray '98 (M.S.), '00 (MBA) at GeneMachines where she oversees worldwide sales for this maker of automated equipment and instrumentation for work in genomics. Students currently studying at WPI's Silicon Valley Project Center attended the January reception in San José.

Time Machine (Page 48)

Jon Titus '67 tells the story of the Mark-8 Minicomputer in great detail on his Web site. His early "home computer" won him a Stibitz Award in 2002 for being a computer pioneer, as well as a place of honor in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

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