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Vol. 1, No. 6, Nov. 11, 1999

Around Campus

Time out for turkey

@WPI will not be published Thursday, Nov. 25, when the campus is closed for the Thanksgiving recess. Publication will resume Thursday, Dec. 2. Deadline for that issue is Monday, Nov. 29.

In the spirit of our founders

WPI will observe its 131st birthday today, with historical displays, music and the re-creation of several of the University's most memorable events and characters. Members of the WPI community are encouraged to catch the WPI spirit and join in the fun.

Here are the times and locations:

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Readings on WPI history in selected classes

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Founders Day Pop-Up Video by Sean Dunn '99 aired on Channel 12

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tours of the Nuclear Reactor Facility in Washburn Shops

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Live goat led around by "Gompei Kuwada" on the Quad

11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Birthday cake, Upper Wedge, for the first 400 people

11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Gallery of Artifacts, Great Hall, Higgins House

11:45 a.m.

Simple Harmonic Motion at Reunion Plaza fountain


Vice President for Student Affairs Bernie Brown delivers a Founders Day Address, Washburn Shops

12:45 p.m.

Trombone Ensemble performs at the fountain

1:45 p.m.

African Percussion Ensemble performs at the fountain

2:45 p.m.

Interstate 8 performs at the fountain

3:00 p.m.

Reenactment of the theft of the arm and hammer weathervane, the Washburn Shops

6 - 7 p.m.

Gallery Social at Higgins House with guest speaker Roger Perry '45

7:30 - 9 p.m.

Celebrity Squares at Riley Commons (a Freshman-Sophomore Rivalry event)

The University will honor its major donors and pay special tribute to Patricia A. and Robert H. Beckett '57 at the Presidential Founders Dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.

NSBE Thanksgiving food drive

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is sponsoring its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive through Nov. 18. Volunteers will collect donations in the Upper Wedge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Members of the WPI community are invited to contribute cash, nonperishable canned or packaged goods, turkeys and clothes. The drive will benefit Abby's House, a Worcester shelter for battered women and children.

Holiday schedule

Thanksgiving Holidays

Thursday, Nov. 25, 1999
Friday, Nov. 26, 1999

Presidential Holiday Luncheon

Friday, Dec. 17, 1999
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Harrington Auditorium

Christmas Holidays

Friday, Dec. 24, 1999
Monday, Dec. 27, 1999

President's Paid Personal Days

Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999
Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999

New Year's Holiday

Friday, Dec. 31, 1999
Monday, Jan. 3, 2000

The day before Thanksgiving will be a regular workday, but all employees will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m. For most offices and departments this means the workday will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Division and department heads may arrange flexible work schedules, particularly if their offices need to be open before 8 a.m. or after 2:30 p.m. In such cases, please inform Human Resources in writing no later than Monday, Nov. 22, so this can be communicated to Campus Police, Payroll, Plant Services and the main switchboard.

Food drive successful

Lambda Chi Alpha's recent Food Drive was a huge success. The brothers collected 50,755 pounds of food for the Worcester County Food Bank-eclipsing their goal of 50,000 pounds. The chapter placed 6th in the nation as to the most food raised, and people are still calling in donations. Members of the WPI chapter thank their sponsors, the media and the people of Worcester County who helped make the drive so successful.

Music and art

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

The United Way needs your help!

You may have already received some literature on the United Way. Please read through it and complete the pledge form. President Parrish asks all members of the WPI community to join him in supporting this worthy effort. For more information, contact Tracy Hassett at ext. 5473.

CPR training

On Wednesday, Nov. 17, there will be an opportunity for all WPI faculty and staff to receive training in adult-level CPR. This session will be held in Fuller Labs 311 from 9 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in learning or re-learning this important life skill is invited to reserve a place in the session by calling Dave Messier at ext. 5216 or contacting him at dmessier@wpi.edu.

Native American song

The office of Minority Affairs and Outreach Programs cordially invites you to an evening with "The 101 Singers," a Native American dance and singing troupe, who will perform on Thursday, Nov. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Riley Commons.

Responding to the IQP

Professor of writing John Trimbur, author of Call to Write, will present a one-hour workshop on responding to student writing in the IQP today in Morgan A from 4 to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Department and the Center for Communications Across the Curriculum, this faculty advisor workshop will discuss some of the difficulties students encounter writing project reports and how faculty advisors can respond in helpful and effective ways. Contact Lisa Lebduska at lisaleb@wpi.edu if you plan to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Writing Center schedule

The Writing Center helps WPI students with writing assignments and oral presentations. Trained peer tutors work with writers by discussing ideas and responding to drafts. The center, on the upper level of the Project Center, is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are encouraged to make appointments on the center's Web site, www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/HUA/WC/. Appointments should be made as early in the draft writing process as possible.

Dinner theater

The Business Women's Exchange will host a special evening at the Masque production of The Physicist by Fredrich Durrent on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Morgan A.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m., and a presentation on the history and background of the play by two members of Masque. After dinner everyone will adjourn to Alden Memorial to view the play.

The menu will feature chicken and broccoli with bow-tie pasta in a light basil cream sauce, salad, rolls, apple or pumpkin pie, and coffee or tea. The cost is $9. Send payment (checks payable to WPI) to Murial Farr in the Admissions Office. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 12.

All-woman big band

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 ensemble is receiving a tremendous amount of international acclaim," says 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.

Jazz ensemble to open for Maynard Ferguson

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 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.

WPI/BU 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" on 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.

Annual holiday concert

WPI's annual Holiday Concert, featuring Alden Voices (the WPI women's chorale) and the WPI Orchestra, will take place Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Alden Memorial. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature classical and traditional music of the season. Margaret Konkol is the director of Alden Voices; Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, directs the orchestra. For more information, call ext. 5696.

TIAA/CREF individual counseling

Charlie Doherty, individual counseling representative from TIAA/CREF, will be on campus Nov. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 14, from 8:30 to 1 p.m. in Morgan B.

For more information or to make an appointment, call Melanie Desiata at ext. 5470, or e-mail mridler@wpi.edu.

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:

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

(current as of Nov. 8)

Biology & Biotechnology

Research Assistant

Biomedical Engineering

Tenure-Track Positions
Part-Time Administrative 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 Position
Professor of Practice

Financial Aid

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Fire Protection Engineering

Faculty Position

Graduate Admissions

Assistant Coordinator

Instructional Media Center

AV Manager


Two Assistant Professors
Management Information Systems Faculty Positions

Mathematical Sciences

Assistant Professor Position
Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

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
Part-Time Men's Varsity Tennis Coach


Visiting Faculty Position

Social Science And Policy Studies

Part-Time Instructor

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 non-faculty, 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).


Kohles earns recognition

Sean S. Kohles, assistant professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering, has received a Special Speaker Award from MTS Systems Corp. "for continued contribution in the field of biomechanical testing." In addition, he has been reappointed as adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Ljungquist is Fletcher Professor

Kent P. Ljungquist has been appointed Paris Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Arts. The two-year appointment recognizes outstanding accomplishments and includes a stipend to be used for continued professional development, according to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John F. Carney III.

Global programs lauded

On Friday, Nov. 2, Rick Vaz, associate dean of interdisciplinary and global studies, and Natalie Mello, director of global operations, testified before the National Science Board Task Force on International Issues in Science and Engineering. Following their description of WPI's ambitious global program, one of the task force members commented, "This is one of the most exciting programs for science and engineering students I have ever heard described."

Joyce in classic comedy

Robbin Joyce from the Business Office will be appearing in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace at the Medway Library. Joyce will play the part of Elaine Harper. Show dates and times are Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information call (508) 478-5525.

Cabinet Meeting Summaries

Summaries of Cabinet Meetings are available online to members of the WPI Community on the Cabinet website.


Biology and Biotechnology

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. "The Identification of New Genes Involved in Embryonic Cell Interaction in C elegans," Caroline Goutte, Amherst College, Salisbury Labs 105.

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m., "Evolution of the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Biosphere of the Early Earth," Hiroshi Ohmoto, director Penn State Astrobiology Research Center, Perreault Hall, Fuller Labs.

Thursday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m., "Diagramming for Learning Science: Implications for Model-based Reasoning," Janice D. Gobert, Harvard University, Fuller Labs 311. Refreshments at 10:45.

Brown Bag Safety Seminar

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.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m., "From Capillary Electrophoresis to Electrophoretic Microchips: Evolution of a New Platform for Rapid Diagnostics," James P. Landers, University of Virginia, Goddard Hall 227.

Thursday, Nov. 18, noon, "Using Brownian Dynamics to Predict Protein-Protein and Protein-DNA Interactions," Kathryn A. Thomasson, University of North Dakota, Goddard Hall 217.

Continuing Education

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.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nov. 15, 4:30 p.m.,"A High-Speed FPGA Implementation of the Serpent Block Cipher," Adam Elbirt, WPI, Atwater Kent 218.

Dec. 6, 4:30 p.m., "Using Cryptography to Combat Wireless Fraud -- A Case Study," Richard Stanley, GTE Labs, Atwater Kent 218.

Faculty Meeting

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

Mathematical Sciences

Friday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m., "A Multiscale Approach to Cluster Growth Problems," Markos Katsoulakis, University of Massachusetts, Stratton Hall 202.

Minority Affairs and Outreach Programs

Thursday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., "Unseen Neighbors: Indians of Worcester and Native Americans of New England," Thomas Doughton, Independent Scholar who has taught history and Native American Studies at UMass Amherst and Dartmouth College, Salisbury Labs 115.


Monday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m., "The Invisible Physicist," Lindsay M. Steele, Senior AMLCD Engineer, Planar, Olin Hall 107. Coffee at 3:40 in Olin 118.

Venture Forum

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 6:30-9 p.m. registration 6 p.m. 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. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Paar, Christof, "Implementation Options for Finite Field Arithmetic for Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems." Invited presentation at the Third Workshop on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC '99), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 1-3.

Fire Protection Engineering

Lucht, David, "Summary: Second Conference on Firesafety Design in the 21st Century." Presented at the Third International Conference on Fire Research and Engineering, Chicago, Oct. 4-7.

Pehrson, R. (WPI's first PhD in FPE) and Barnett, J., "Prediction of Fire Growth on Furniture Using Computational Fluid Dynamics." Presented at the Third International Conference on Fire Research and Engineering, Chicago, Oct. 4-7.

Wright, M., Barnett, J. and Dembsey, N., "Flame Spread on Cored Composite Panels for Use in High Speed Craft." Presented at the Third International Conference on Fire Research and Engineering, Chicago, Oct. 4-7.

Wieczorek, C. and Dembsey, N. " Choosing Appropriate Safety Factors for Use with Engineering Correlations for Predicting First and Superficial Second Degree Skin Burns from Thermal Radiation." Presented at the Third International Conference on Fire Research and Engineering, Chicago, Oct. 4-7.

Alston, J., Ayers, S. Fay, T., Lautenberger, C., Prueher, C., Watson, J., Barnett, J. "Flame Spread Prediction Using CFAST." Poster at the Third International Conference on Fire Research and Engineering, Chicago, Oct. 4-7.

Humanities and Arts

Glebbeek, Caesar and Joel J. Brattin, "Jimi Plays Singer Bowl 1968." In UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999) pp. 26-35.

Brattin, Joel J., "Searching for Jimi Hendrix." In UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999), p. 5.

---,"Live at Woodstock." CD review in UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999), pp. 6-7.

---,"Live at Woodstock." Home video review in UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999), p. 7.

---,"Legends Domain 'Jimihendrix.com', by Denny Hammerton." In UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999), p. 4.

---,"iSong: Interactive Sheet Music." In UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999), p. 8.

---,"Pickin' on Hendrix," by David West, et. al. In UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999), p. 5.

---,"The Axe-Titans of Classic Rock." In UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999), p. 4.

---,"Experience Hendrix: Transcribed Scores." In UniVibes 33/34 (Dec. 1999), p. 3.

Fontanella, Lee. "Jaume Blassi: Historical Reintegration Through Photography." In 21ST: The Journal of Contemporary Photography, vol. II, pp. 47-49.

Fontanella, Lee. "Lies that Reveal," In 21ST: The Journal of Contemporary Photography, vol. II, pp. 123-125.

McCarthy, Barbara L., "A Psychological Profile of the Members of the Pickwick Club." Presented to the Dickens Fellowship, Worcester, Oct. 20.

Mechanical Engineering

Hoffman, A.H., H.K. Ault, M.H. Becker, A.E. Hoover, M.E. Johnson and M.C. Malchiodi (1999), "Frontal Impact Forces Associated with Powered Wheelchairs." In proceedings of the RESNA '99 Conference, pp. 239-241.

Zand, T., A.H. Hoffman, B.J. Savilonis, J.M. Underwood, J.J. Nunnari, G. Majno and I . Joris (1999), "Lipid Deposition in Rat Aortas with Intraluminal Hemispherical Plug Stenosis." In American Journal of Pathology, vol. 155, pp. 85-92.

Social Science and Policy Studies

Khalid Saeed served as a resource person at a series of experts meetings organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and the Asia Pacific Center for Technology Transfer (APCTT) in Bangkok, Oct. 18-20. The meetings deliberated on the state of measurement of technology indicators in ESCAP countries and their use for formulating technology policy. The meeting endorsed the use of system dynamics in the work of APCTT and its member countries.

Worth Noting

Today is Founders Day at WPI. It was on this day 131 years ago that a host of dignitaries, including representatives from nearly every college and seminary in New England, gathered to inaugurate this institution's first president, Charles O. Thompson, dedicate its first building, Boynton Hall, and formally launch a new experiment in higher education. They braved a light rain that turned the freshly landscaped campus into a sea of sticky mud and sat patiently in the unfurnished chapel in Boynton through a series of addresses that lasted from 10:30 a.m. until the sun set in the gray November sky.

In addition to the Massachusetts governor and local representatives, the speakers included three of the seven men who had helped reconcile the sometimes contradictory dreams and ideas of WPI's founders, John Boynton and Ichabod Washburn, to produce a working college. They were Stephen Salisbury II, the first chairman of the Board of Trustees, who represented the second generation of a family that did much to shape the culture and industry of the city; the Reverend Seth Sweetser, a prominent Worcester Congregational minister, who brought focus to the hazy image that John Boynton had for the institution; and George Frisbie Hoar, destined to spend 27 years in the U.S. Senate, whose Worcester law offices were the site of the early meetings of the Institute's trustees.

The most eloquent and memorable address delivered that day was by Professor John S. Woodman, head of the Chandler Scientific School at Dartmouth. Woodman had a host of sound advice for the Institute's faculty and administration. He also had a vision of the young institution that reached far beyond its humble beginnings and seemed to foresee the remarkable accomplishments that WPI would record in the years ahead.

"You are too modest in your hopes of this new institution," he said. "It will, indeed, fit young men better for the practical work of the various industrial pursuits of the region, and more than that. Aim at nothing short of the highest and noblest results, and why may you not hope for reasonable success in that, as well as in any less elevated purpose? Certainly. Let this be the model institution of the region. Let its plan, methods, aims and spirit pervade and elevate the whole educational system around you. Let its culture, directly and indirectly, in due time, ennoble every person in the region. This can be done. It should be done, and by a single half century of faithful work, advance this growing population conspicuously beyond their age."

On this Founders Day, as WPI looks to the new millennium with the dream of becoming a model institution, not just in this region, but throughout the nation, Dr. Woodman's words may once again be worth pondering.

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