VOLUME 11, NO. 1 MAY 1997
WPI continues to gain recognition far and wide as a result of the activities of its students and faculty. In addition to the student project stories that frequently appear in hometown newspapers across the U.S., there are the articles that attract national and international media attention.
In the most far-reaching WPI news coverage in recent memory three students appeared on network television in early March as a result of a serious security flaw they discovered in the Microsoft Explorer browser. (See related stories.) According to News Service Director Neil Norum the discovery of the Microsoft "bug" by juniors Paul Greene, Brian Morin and Geoffrey Elliott resulted in coverage worldwide via Internet reporting, Associated Press and CNN, the Canadian Broadcasting Company and NBC. A follow-up story in The Wall Street Journal several days later recognized the three WPI students for alerting Microsoft to a serious security flaw.
In February, mechanical engineering Associate Professor Christopher Brown was interviewed on Worcester's WTAG radio station about his course Technology of Alpine Skiing. The interview was picked up by network CBS radio and aired throughout the U.S.
Another story picked up by the national media was about electrical and computer engineering Professor Richard Campbell's research for the U.S. Army on the sounds mosquitoes make. Because different species carry different diseases, knowing what kind of mosquitoes are in a given area can help health officials better control and prevent the spread of disease. (A story in the Spring 1995 issue of the WPI Journal describes Campbell's research in detail.)
Columbia payload specialist and chemical engineering Professor Albert Sacco's trips to Turkey and Thailand resulted in extensive coverage for WPI, NASA and his research. In Ankara, Milliyet reported on Sacco's space mission, his microgravity experiments, and his visit with the Turkish President. The Bangkok Post and several other Thai publications reported on his trip to Thailand as a guest of that country's National Science and Technology Development Agency.
In a November story in the Salt Lake City Deseret News, President Edward Parrish talked about the WPI Plan. Parrish said that the key is to focus on what students learn rather than on what they are taught. "Clearly there is a better way to do technical education, education in general, but it requires a different kind of mind-set."
The cover story in the September issue of The Engineering News-Record cited WPI as one of two engineering universities to undergo accreditation under ABET's new criteria. The story, titled "Shaking Up Education," also mentioned the WPI Plan.
A supplement to The New York Times in February covered WPI's pioneering use of the Internet, noting that this university was one of 26 colleges nationwide to accept applications entirely online and that more than 50 percent of this year's applications had been submitted via WPI's home page.
Humanities and Arts Department Head Lee Fontanella was cited in numerous Spanish press reports about his work as curator of the Charles Clifford photo exhibition in Madrid last November; and Associate Professor of English Joel Brattin's work on Charles Dickens was part of a feature carried in the Memphis Commercial Appeal on Christmas Day.
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