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Vol. 1, No. 5 Oct. 28, 1999

Around Campus

WPI to break ground on campus center

Groundbreaking for WPI's new campus center will take place Friday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. President Parrish and the Campus Center Committee have extended an invitation to everyone to attend the ceremony on the Higgins House Upper Lawn. The $17 million project was set in motion almost exactly two years ago in October 1997 when the WPI Board of Trustees approved plans for the 71,000-square-foot building that will face the West Street pedestrian plaza and the Quad. To see the new Web site devoted to the campus center, go to http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/CC/.

Mathletes compete at WPI

Eight-eight high schools competed in the 12th Annual WPI Invitational Math Meet Oct. 21. The team from the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science, advised by WPI's Jon Bartelson, placed third overall in the meet, with each team member receiving a $1,000 scholarship to WPI. Mass Academy team members were Peter Cooper, Pat Dingle, Tom Ling and Matthew Webber.

First place went to Lexington High School for the fourth year in a row; second place went to Somerville High School. Top individual winners were: No. 1, Yuen-Jong Liu of Lexington High; No. 2., Ji-Hoon Ryu of Waltham High; and No. 3., Mark Lipson of Lexington High. These individual winners earn $3,000, $2,000 and $1,500 scholarships to WPI respectively. Team and individual scholarships amounting to more than $100,000 are awarded in the meet.

Math meet directors were WPI math professors John Goulet (coordinator of the Master of Math for Educators program) and Peter R. Christopher. Math professor Arthur Heinricher presented a faculty colloquium, "Industrial Projects in Mathematics: Experiences and Opportunities," for the high school advisors. Three WPI alumni, William Montbleau of Keenan Systems Corp., Elizabeth C. Poulin of NEPSCo., and Jeremy Olszewski of Financial Investments Actuarial and Consulting Services, took part in a career panel with attendees.

Nomination sought for All-USA College Academic Team

USA Today is looking for undergraduate college students who excel in scholarship and hold leadership positions on and off campus. Sixty of the best and brightest of these students will be chosen for the 2000 All-USA College Academic First Team that will be featured in a special section of USA Today to be published Feb. 17.

Criteria and an application form can be downloaded from their web site at www.usatoday.com/life/usateam1.htm.

Nominations must be postmarked by Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Food for thought

From Nov. 1 to Nov. 6, the WPI chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha will join the fraternity's 216 other chapters throughout the United States and Canada in the North American Food Drive. Members of the Worcester and WPI communities are invited to bring in nonperishable canned foods to contribute to the Worcester Friendly House and Worcester County Food Bank. Worcester residents will receive empty grocery bags that they will be asked to fill; the bags will be picked up Nov. 6. Boxes will be placed in WPI departments for members of the campus community who wish to contribute. Monetary donations are also accepted. Last year the chapter contributed 33,000 pounds of food; this year's goal is 50,000 pounds.

Flu prevention clinic

The Visiting Nurses Association of Central Massachusetts will hold a flu vaccination clinic in Morgan A from 1-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. The WPI Health Center is coordinating the clinic as a convenience for students, faculty and staff. The cost is $12.

The following link from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is available to answer any questions you may have about the flu or the vaccine: http://www.state.ma.us/dph/flu.htm.

For more information about the flu clinic, call the WPI health center at ext. 5220.

Musical notes

Pops Concert: The WPI Concert Band and Stage Band welcome members of the WPI community and the public to their annual Pops Concert on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The concert will feature dancers from the Performing Arts School of Worcester and music from "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky. The Concert Band, directed by Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, will offer music by John Williams from the new Star Wars movie, a new piece by Alfred Reed entitled "Millennium III," and "Slava" by Leonard Bernstein.

The WPI Trombone Ensemble and Jazz Band, led by WPI Director of Jazz Studies Richard Falco, will present "Jazz in a World Context." The music melds jazz compositional styles with other world cultures, including Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, Celtic, Brazilian, African and North Indian. The jazz portion will feature the WPI African Percussion and Dance Ensemble. Two of the group's directors, master drummer Joseph Owusu-Ansah and dance master Brian Tsagli, will perform. Admission is $7, $3 for students and seniors, and free for those under 12. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Jazz Clinic: Diva, which bills itself as "no-man's band," will conduct a clinic with WPI's Stage Band Friday, Nov. 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Spaulding Recital Hall, in the lower level of Alden Memorial. In the area to perform in the Music Worcester series, the all-woman band will work with the WPI Stage Band at an educational clinic that is free and open to the public. "This particular ensemble is receiving a tremendous amount of international acclaim," said Director of Jazz Studies Richard Falco. "The Stage Band will perform some works for them and then Diva will critique the group." For more information, call ext. 5794.

Concert: A musical performance will be presented by the WPI Glee Club and musicians from Wellesley College Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Jazz: The WPI Jazz Ensemble is looking forward to the chance to work with one of the great jazz musicians, Maynard Ferguson. The nine-person WPI group will serve as the opening act for Ferguson on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Point Breeze restaurant in Webster, Mass.

"It's by special invitation," said WPI Director of Jazz Studies Richard Falco. "In late afternoon, the group will enjoy a brief clinic and then will perform a set of music prior to the arrival of Ferguson's group on stage. A trumpet player, Ferguson is an absolute jazz legend. We are very excited and proud to be asked to be a part of that program." Tickets, available at door, are $25 per person. For more information, call ext. 5794.

Concert: The WPI Concert Choir, directed by Michael Driscoll, and the Boston University Choral Society, directed by Matteo Ettore, will present a choral concert featuring folk music from around the world as well as Mozart's "Te Deum" Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Tickets are $4 for the general public and $2 for students and seniors. For more information, call ext. 5816 or e-mail chamber@wpi.edu.

Reserve your tickets

WPI Masque and the Department of Humanities and Arts will present Fiedrich Durrenmatt's The Physicists Thursday, Nov. 18, through Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 with WPI ID.

Members of the WPI community are advised to purchase tickets in advance of what promises to be a sold-out show. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Human Resources deadlines

Staff time sheets are now due by noon on the Friday before the pay date. Noted below are the scheduled Human Resources and Payroll Office deadlines:

Thursday, Nov. 4, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Nov. 17)

Thursday, Nov. 11, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Nov. 17)

Monday, Nov. 15, by 10 a.m.
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Monday, Nov. 15, by 10 a.m.
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Tuesday, Nov. 30)

Thursday, Nov. 18, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Wednesday, Nov. 24)

Wednesday, Nov. 24, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Dec. 1)

Thursday, Dec. 2
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid on Thursday, Dec. 9)

All forms submitted to Human Resources and Payroll must be complete and have all of the appropriate approvals in order to be processed. Forms submitted after these dates will be processed in the following payroll.

Employment Opportunities

(employment opportunities are current as of Oct. 22)

Biology & Biotechnology

Research Assistant

Biomedical Engineering

Part-time Adminsitrative Secretary III

Chemical Engineering

Tenure-track Position
Assistant Professor Position and an Open Position

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Organic and General Chemistry Instructor
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Multiple Fall 2000 Faculty Positions
Post-Doctoral Fellow

College Computer Center

Operations Supervisor
Administrative Secretary III

Computer Science

Tenure-track Faculty Positions

Continuing Education

Technical Trainers, Seminar Leaders
Seminar Manager
Part-time Receptionist

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Tenure-track Faculty
Professor of Practice

Financial Aid

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Fire Protection Engineering

Faculty Position

Graduate Admissions

Assistant Coordinator

Instructional Media Center

AB Manager


Two Assistant Professors
Management Information Systems Faculty Positions

Mathematical Sciences

Visiting Position In Statistics

Mechanical Engineering

Two Mechanical Engineering Faculty Positions

Physical Education and Athletics

Part-time Assistant Volleyball Coach
Part-time Assistant Women's Field Hockey Coach
Part-time Bowling Manager
Part-time Assistant Baseball Coach
Part-time Assistant Men's Crew Coach
Part-time Assistant Women's Crew Coach


Visiting Faculty Position

Social Science and Policy Studies

Part-time Instructor

University Relations

Administrative Secretary IV

For more information about these positions, visit the Human Resource Web site at http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/HR/Jobs/.

WPI's Human Resources Office encourages current employees to refer qualified individuals to apply for jobs at WPI. For each person you refer who is hired and who successfully completes six months of active service, you will receive a $500 bonus. The new Employee Referral Bonus Program applies to all permanent nonfaculty, exempt and nonexempt positions posted on or after Sept. 1, 1999.

To take part in the program, the referring employee must submit the candidate's resume or WPI employment application to the Human Resources Office along with a referral form (available in the Human Resources Office). For more information, e-mail Tracy Hassett at thassett@wpi.edu or call the Human Resources Office at ext. 5470.


WPI's Gissel is Monopoly national champion

WPI junior Matt Gissel, won top honors in the National Monopoly Championship Oct. 19 in Las Vegas. He took home a trophy, the new millennium game and an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Monopoly Game Championship in Toronto next fall. Representing the United States, he will compete for the prize of $15,140 (the amount of money in a Monopoly game).

For the national championship, Gissel competed against 50 contestants (average age: 30) from 49 states.

A biochemistry major, he uses a "mix of strategies" and always recommends using the official rules during a game of Monopoly, according to the monoply.com Web site. The St. Albans, Vt., resident entered the national championship after winning the state competition.



Friday, Nov. 19, noon, "Out of Harm's Way--Safe Handling of Corrosive Chemicals," Goddard Hall 217. For more information, call ext. 5216 or e-mail dmessier@wpi.edu.


Wednesday, Nov. 3, 11 a.m., Molecular Interactions Controlling Plant-Pathogen Outcomes," Kristin Wobbe, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Goddard Hall 227.

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m., "Aerosal SANS: A New Technique for Probing the Structure of Nanodroplets," Barbara E. Wyslouzil, associate professor of chemical engineering, Goddard Hall 227.


Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1 and 6 p.m., Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Route 9 West) Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Thursday, Nov. 18, 1 and 6 p.m., Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 800-974-9717.


Thursday, Nov. 18, 4:05 p.m., Kinnicutt Hall. Refreshments at 3:45 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 800-974-9717.


Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m., "Mazur's Lemma for Quasiconvexity," Jan Kristensen, University of Oxford, Stratton Hall, 202. Refreshments at 10:30 a.m., Stratton Hall 107.


Monday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m., "Self-Organization in Nonlinear Wave Turbulance," Richard Jordan, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, Olin Hall 107, (coffee at 3:40 in Olin 118).


Thursday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m., "Military in the New Century," WPI ROTC staff, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45).


Tuesday, Oct. 19, Venture Forum Workshop: "Building a Team: Recruiting Talent in Competitive Times," Tom Vogel, former CEO and director of Mosaic Technologies. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members and free with a WPI ID. Kinnicutt Hall, Salisbury Labs, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.). For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations


Menides, Laura J., "In Worcester, Massachusetts: Essays on Elizabeth Bishop," edited by Laura Jehn Menides and Angela Dorenkamp. WPI Studies, Vol. 18. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1999.

Shannon, Thomas A., editor. "Genetic Engineering: A Documentary History," Greenwood Press, 1999.


Saeed, Khalid, "Infrastructure Policy and Economic Development," presented at the Pakistan Millennium Conference, Boston University, Oct. 9. A working paper on the subject is available on request.

Recent Grants

The following is a list of new grants received by WPI in September. The Office of Research Administration provides information about these awards.

Mallick, R.B., "Development of a Rational and Practical Mix Design System for Full Depth Reclamation," $109,981 from the University of New Hampshire, and "Evaluation of Use of Manufactured Waste Asphalt Shingles in Hot Mix Asphalt," $40,749 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, S., "Assessing Diversity in SMET Educational Projects," $9,880 from the National Science Foundation.

Wills, C.E., "Impact of Electronic Commerce on the Internet Infrastructure," $33,453 from Arrowpoint Communications Inc.

Worth Noting

With 120 corporate members, WPI's Metal Processing Institute is the largest industry/university alliance in North America. A renowned center for research and development in several critical aspects of near-net-shape manufacturing, MPI, under the direction of Diran Apelian, Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering, hosts industry-supported laboratories for research in aluminum casting, powder metallurgy, semisolid metals processing and metal heat treating. The labs conduct basic and applied work on pre-competitive projects relevant to the field. The MPI's newest component, the Center for Heat Treating Excellence, was inaugurated on September.

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