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Vol. 1, No. 9 Jan. 13, 2000

Around Campus

Art exhibit

Gordon Library is featuring "Synthetic Vision: Goethe as Poet and Scientist," produced by the Goethe Institute of Boston, through Feb. 14.

The exhibit offers a concise introduction to the intellectual scope and scientific pursuits of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany's greatest poet, who is best known in the English-speaking world as the author of "Faust." In the exhibit Faust's quest for knowledge serves as a overarching theme for a cultural historical survey of Goethe's studies of science, from alchemy to color theory. The exhibit shows us what the poet as scientist contributed to his own age and how his ideas resonate today.

Jazz concert

Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Sergio Salvatore will give a solo piano performance Saturday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the WPI Music Program travel fund. Salvatore has made four recordings, performed throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Italy, and currently attends WPI as a computer science major.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $7 for WPI employees with ID, $5 for students with ID, and free for those under 12. For more information, call ext. 5946.

M.W. Repertory Theatre Co.

On Thursday, Jan. 27, Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m., the M.W. Repertory Theatre Co. will present its spring performance of two plays by Holly Hughes at Riley Commons. The performances include a monologue about a female growing up and discovering that she is a lesbian in a conservative family. It is directed by Helene Anderson. In addition, a slapstick comedy mimics old radio dramas about murder mysteries. It is directed by Kim Belli. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for students. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Coffeehouse performances

On Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., folk singers Edie Carey and Katherine Quinn will perform in Riley Commons.

The Nields, with opener Erin McKeown, will perform in Riley Commons Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m.

Admission for both performances is $5 for the general public, $3 for students and $1 for WPI students. For more information, call ext. 5509.

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, Jan. 17
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Tuesday, Jan. 18, by 10 a.m.
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Monday, Jan. 31)

Thursday, Jan. 20, by 10 a.m.
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Jan. 26)

Thursday, Jan. 27, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid on Thursday, Feb. 3)

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 Jan. 10)


Events Manager

Biomedical Engineering

Tenure-track positions

Chemical Engineering

Tenure-track position
Assistant Professor and an open position

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Organic and General Chemistry Instructor
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Multiple fall 2000 faculty positions
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Computer Science

Tenure-track faculty positions

Continuing Education

Technical Trainers, Seminar Leaders
Administrative Secretary III (MetroWest campus)
Part-time Receptionist

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Tenure-track faculty position
Professor of Practice

Fire Protection Engineering

Faculty position


Two Assistant Professors
Management Information Systems faculty positions

Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science

Master Teachers
Visiting Scholars

Mathematical Sciences

Visiting assistant professorships
Tenure-track faculty positions

Mechanical Engineering

Department Head
Two mechanical engineering faculty positions

Physical Education and Athletics

Part-time Assistant Volleyball Coach
Part-time Assistant Baseball Coach
Part-time Assistant Softball Coach


Visiting faculty position

Research Administration

Director of Research Administration

Social Science and Policy Studies

Part-time Instructor


Telecommunications Analyst

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 Human Resources).


Educational journey

Donald F. Nelson, research professor of physics, recently returned from Egypt where he delivered a series of lectures as a visiting professor in the Mathematics Department of Cairo University. His lectures summarized his theoretical approach to interactions in dielectric crystals, which he has worked on for over 30 years. He especially emphasized the advances of the last five years. While in Egypt, he was invited to deliver a lecture at the American University of Cairo. In addition to other famous Egyptian landmarks, he saw the Abu Simbel temple raised to high ground before Lake Nasser was formed behind the High Dam at Aswan.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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


Brown Bag Safety Seminar

Friday, Jan. 21, noon, "Using Chemical Hoods: A Laboratory Safety Test," Goddard Hall 217. For more information, call ext. 5216 or e-mail dmessier@wpi.edu.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Monday, Jan. 17, noon, "Interrelationships of mRNA Turnover and Translation in Yeast," Dorit Zuk, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Goddard Hall 227. Refreshments.

Continuing Education

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1 and 6 p.m., Information Session, "Advance Your Career with IT Training," MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Route 9 West) Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 1 and 6 p.m., Information Session, "Advance Your Career with IT Training," Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Faculty Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 20, 4:05 p.m., Kinnicutt Hall. Refreshments at 3:45 p.m.


Monday, Jan. 17, 4 p.m., "Robert Hutchings Goddard: Father of the Space Age," Barbara Berka, Goddard Memorial Association, Olin Hall 107. Coffe at 3:40 in Olin 118.

Tech Old Timers

Thursday, Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m., "New Mission of Downtown and Brownfield Development," David Forsberg, WBDC President, Alden Memorial.

Venture Forum

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6:30-9 p.m., registration 6 p.m. Venture Forum Workshop: "Business in the New Millennium," Michael Hopkins, executive editor of Inc. magazine. 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

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, Joel J., "Thirty Years On . . . A Christmas Greeting for Us All." In Jimpress 66, Dec. 1999, p. 3.
-- "Groundbreaking for a New Monument in Greenwood Memorial Park." In Jimpress 66 Dec. 1999, p. 4.
-- "Flesh Guitar, by Geoff Nicholson." In Jimpress 66 Dec. 1999, p. 33.
-- and Mary Willix. "Jimi Hendrix's Musical World." In Experience Hendrix, vol. 3, issue 6, Jan/Feb 2000, pp. 32-34.
-- "Jimi Hendrix: Experience the Music, by Belmo and Loveless." In Experience Hendrix, vol. 3, issue 6 (Jan/Feb 2000), p. 78.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Vaz, Richard F., and Natalie A. Mello, "The Global Perspective Program at WPI." Presented at the Second Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education, University of Rhode Island, Oct. 23.
Vaz, Richard F., and Natalie A. Mello, "The Global Perspective Program at WPI." Invited presentation to the National Science Board, Arlington, Va., Oct. 29, 1999.
Mello, Natalie A., "The Global Perspective Program at WPI." Invited panel presentation to the International Careers Consortium Conference, Johnson and Wales Univerisity, Seekonk, Mass., Dec. 9.


Zhu, Joe, invited expert in the area of Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) at National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on Engineering Applications of Data Envelopment Analysis, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., Dec. 10-11. DEA is a performance evaluation method widely used in management and economics.

Mechanical Engineering

Kourtoukova, G. L., C. Demetry, S. Ramanath, R.M. Andrews, D.S. Jacobs, and R.R. Biederman, "Design and tailoring of Ni-Sn-W composites for bonded abrasive applications." In Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 276, no. 1-2 (1999), pp. 58-69.
Zhang, Yuyun, Shaw C. Feng, et al., "Object oriented manufacturing resource modelling for adaptive process p lanning." In International Journal of Production Research, 1999, vol. 37, no. 18, pp.4179-4195.


Pierson, S. W., and O. T. Valls, "Renormalization Group Study of the Intrinsic Finite Size Effect in 2D Superconductors." In Physical Review B 61, 663 (2000).

Plant Services

Messier, David, "Fire Prevention in Academic Research Labs." Presented at the Triumvirate Higher Education Roundtable Meeting, Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 14.

Worth Noting

WPI was one of the first universities in the nation to offer an M.B.A. program with no residency requirement. In fact, the University has been delivering a full M.B.A. via distance learning for two decades. Until now, the delivery mechanism has been video--video-taped lectures mailed to students' homes or businesses, or courses transmitted to remote classrooms (often at corporate sites) using videoconferencing systems. But beginning this month, the program will begin to migrate to the Web with the introduction of a new course, Information and Decision Support Systems, that will be delivered entirely online. Taught by Diane h3, assistant professor of management, it will be one of the cornerstones of Department of Management's program in information technology.

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