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Vol. 2, No. 2 Sept. 14, 2000

Around Campus

WPI Runners Help United Way

Fifteen WPI runners and walkers were among 6,000 participants in the 8th annual Healthsource Corporate 5K Road Race Aug. 10 to benefit the United Ways of New Hampshire's Success By 6 initiative. The WPI runners raised $20,000. The race is the largest road race in New Hampshire.

The top WPI finisher was Justin Lutz, captain of the WPI cross country Team, who finished 14th overall. Sean Kohles took 29th place; Ken Stafford came in 102nd and 2nd in his age group; Bland Addison finished 271st overall and 2nd in his age group; Roger Steele came in 8th in his age group. The WPI men's contingent came in 4th overall of 123 teams, while the women's team was 31st out of 152 teams.

John Walsh, Steve Jasperson, Bill Baller, Allen Hoffman, Maria Addison, Rebekah Patlak-Kohles and Cheryl Taylor also ran, while Deborah Graves, Lisa Lebduska, Lora Brueck and Pam O'Bryant were among the walkers.

Student Observer Program

WPI's Student Observer Program, one of few such services in the world, is a free and confidential service operated by the Center for Educational Development, Technology and Assessment. It helps professors and TAs get feedback on what students are getting out of their class and learn what they can do to improve their students' learning. Student observers do not evaluate teaching, but simply offer feedback. They guarantee to keep the results of the observation completely confidential. To learn more, visit www.wpi.edu/academics/CEDA/, call 831-5707, or e-mail sop@wpi.edu.

Mathfest 2000

Three students represented WPI in the student paper sessions at the annual summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America and Pi Mu Epsilon (the national mathematics honor society) at the University of California in Los Angeles in August.

The sessions provide students from all over the country the opportunity to interact, exchange research ideas and results, get the attention of leading mathematicians and listen to featured plenary lectures. Attending from WPI were Yakov Kronrod '02, Jonathan Moussa '02 and Irma Servatius of the Mass Academy. Kronrod and Moussa were finalists in the Problem Solving Competition in which each contestant was required to solve seven problems in 45 minutes. They received T-shirts and medallions.

Project Advisor Workshop Series

To facilitate project advising, the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division and the Center for Communicating Across the Curriculum will co-sponsor the following series of faculty workshops:

Using Models of Report Writing in Project Advising:

Oct. 3, 4-5 p.m., Higgins House Sun Porch (by J. Trimbur)

Integrating Oral Communication into Project Work:

Nov. 7, 4-5 p.m., Higgins House Library (by L. Lebduska)

Helping Students to Work with Print and Electronic Sources:

Issues of Academic Responsibility: Jan. 23, 4-5 p.m., Higgins House Library (by J. Trimbur)

Helping Students to Write the Methods, Results and Discussion Sections of the Project Report:

Feb. 20, 4-5 p.m., Higgins House Sun Porch (by J. Trimbur)

For more information, contact Lisa Lebduska, lisaleb@wpi.edu.

Human Resources Deadlines

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

Thursday, Sept. 14
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Wednesday, Sept. 20)

Friday, Sept. 15
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Sept. 28)

Friday, Sept. 15
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, Sept. 29)

Thursday, Sept. 28
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Wednesday, Oct. 4)

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 Sept. 8)


Part-time Administrative Secretary III
Laboratory Manager


Accounting Clerk II


Assistant Director Career Development, Career Services


Tenure-track faculty position
Faculty positions


Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Fall 2000 faculty positions
Postdoctoral Fellow
Inorganic and General Chemistry Instructor


PC LAN Server Administrator
Office Operations Computer Support Specialist


Tenure-track faculty position


Assistant Program Manager
Part-time Technical Trainers
Records and Financial Services Manager
Part-time Program Manager
Marketing Manager
Manager of Systems Administration
Administrative Assistant


Administrative Secretary IV


Tenure-track faculty positions
Professor of Practice
Computer Systems Manager


Events Manager
Administrative Secretary IV


Part-time Administrative Secretary II


Graduate Database Coordinator
Part-time Administrative Secretary III
Waltham Campus Coordinator, Graduate Admissions


Project Manager


Distance Learning Program Manager


Adjunct Faculty (part-time position)
Visiting Faculty Member, Entrepreneurship (full-time, temporary, nine-month appointment)
Assistant Director, Graduate Management Programs


Faculty positions


Lab Machinist


Part-time Assistant Football Coach


HVAC Mechanic II


Office and Program Assistant


Administrative Assistant


Adjunct, Assistant or Associate Professor
Part-time Instructor


Director of Diversity and Women's Programs
Assistant Director of Leadership and Community Service Program


Administrative Secretary III

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 Employee Referral Bonus Program applies to all permanent nonfaculty, exempt and nonexempt positions.

WPI in the News

President Edward Alton Parrish was interviewed in the September issue of IEEE Spectrum magazine for an article on changing curriculum standards for engineering education. William Durgin, associate provost, was quoted extensively in the story, and John Goulet, coordinator of WPI's Master of Mathematics for Educators program, was mentioned under the subhead, "To Probe Further," on his outcome-based approach to teaching calculus. The story, "Proven Skills: the New Yardstick for Schools," can be read at www.spectrum.ieee.org/publicfeature/sep00/abet.html.

The Sunday Aug. 27 New York Times Magazine ran a story on the latest in campus-housing trends, quoting WPI's Mary Cox, advisor to the Healthy Alternatives House. The story placement was the result of a response to a media query, similar to a July story on online orientation programs that appeared in the Washington Post Magazine. The New York Times reaches 1.7 million readers with its Sunday edition.

The Post story about online orientation continues to find publication outlets, including the July 31 Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa (circulation 54,000); the Aug. 1 Chicago Sun-Times (circulation 496,000); the print and online editions of the Aug. 21 Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman Review (print circulation 121,254); the Aug. 4 Tampa (Fla.) Tribune (circulation 268,876); the Aug. 14 Wilmington (N.C.) Daily Star (circulation 57,000); and the Aug. 15 Bergen (N.J.) Record (circulation 172,000). WPI's Admissions Café garnered accolades in the article.

The September issue of WiredDean Kamen.

The August issue of Law Enforcement Technology magazine mentioned WPI in regard to an interview with alumnus Karen Berka, the daughter of WPI research professor Ladislav Berka. The article is titled "DNA Evidence Handling in the Bag."

The Sept 2 Worcester Telegram & Gazette showed a photo of WPI students reacting to the burning of $27 by physics professor George Phillies; the exercise demonstrated the cost of skipping one class.

The Sunday, Aug. 27 Worcester Telegram & Gazette printed a lengthy story titled, "College Students Going Wireless This Year," quoting WPI student Issei Hamamoto and dubbing him the "poster boy for the digital generation" in the lead paragraph.

WeMedia.com, a comprehensive online resource providing life, style and access options for people with disabilities, ran a news story on its site on WPI's Camp REACH, quoting director Denise Nicoletti and camper Bethany Stolz. The girls involved with this summer's session took one day to examine issues surrounding engineering and accessibility.

The September issue of ASEE Prism, produced by the American Society for Engineering Education, noted that Nikos A. Gatsonis has been named director of WPI's Aerospace Engineering Program.

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette ran a photo of WPI's new mascot costume in its Aug. 29 front section, with the soon-to-be-named goat flanked by Donna Emma Marsella and Laraine Robison of the Alumni Office.

WPI's press release on the conference "Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems 2000," featuring co-organizer and WPI professor Christof Paar, continues to find publication outlets, including Interactive Investor, part of ZdNet.com on the Web. The Aug. 28 Worcester Business Journal ran a CHES story accompanied by a photograph of CHES participants, including Paar, taken by Neil Norum.

Under the headline, "Task Force Is Formed to Review Study of Fire Dept.," the Aug. 28 Worcester Telegram & Gazette City Hall Notebook reported that Robert W. Fitzgerald, professor of fire protection at WPI, will serve on a Fire Study Task Force to make recommendations on the city fire department.

The Berkshire Eagle of Pittsfield, Mass., ran a WPI story in its Aug. 15 edition titled "WPI students launched project center in CA's Silicon Valley." The Eagle has a circulation of 31,000.

WPI alumnus Nancy Pimental was featured in an Aug. 18 story titled "Nancy Pimental is taking over Hollywood" in the Boston Herald.


National Recognition

Leonard D. Albano and Guillermo F. Salazar, associate professors of civil and environmental engineering, have won special recognition from the 2000 Distinguished Leadership Award Program. The award represents national recognition for their educational commitment to the concept of design-build project delivery systems (vs. the traditional design-bid-build approach).

"We team teach a course, CE 535 Integration of Design and Construction, that provides students with a project-based experience in a design-build project," Albano says. "This course was developed as part of the Master Builder Program, which is a graduate program focusing on integrated project delivery." Design-Build magazine will include this year's honorees on its Web site, www.designbuildmag.com.

Recent Promotions and Reclassifications

Academic Affairs:

Jeannine Bengston, Academic Advising, administrative assistant; Dale E. Snyder, Academic Advising, academic resources center director; Ina Lemon, Biomedical Engineering, administrative assistant; Elizabeth Costello, Continuing Education, assistant program manager, MetroWest campus; Sharon Deffely, Continuing Education, director of corporate training; Margery Gustafson, Continuing Education, I.T. program manager, Waltham campus; Kevin Kopec, Continuing Education, I.T. program manager, MetroWest campus; Lauren Pouchak, Continuing Education, assistant program manager, Waltham campus; Jane Quinn, Continuing Education, administrative assistant, Waltham campus; Christina Riberdy, Continuing Education, assistant program manager, MetroWest campus; Robert Tropea, Continuing Education, director of information technology training, Penny J. Rock, Humanities & Arts, administrative assistant; and Marjorie A. Roncone, Projects & Registrar's Office, administrative assistant/projects and summer session coordinator.

Business Affairs:

Debra A. Amend, Administrative Services, duplicating/office services clerk; Michael J. Carney, Human Resources, assistant vice president of human resources; Jynan S. Chang, Business Affairs-Accounting, restricted fund accounting manager; Shannon Metheny, Business Affairs-Accounting, accounting clerk II; Audrey Reardon, Business Affairs-Treasury, cashier/accounting clerk I; and Diane H. Wells, Administrative Services, mail/ID clerk.

Development and University Relations:

Jean M. Almstrom, manager of donor relations; Pamela DiScipio, administrative assistant; Linda C. Looft, director of government relations and special events; Joan M. Stevenson, biographical records/gifts coordinator.

Information Technology:

Marie E. Dubé, College Computer Center, CCC/IT division office manager; Allan E. Johannesen, College Computer Center, director of internetworking and telecommunications; Kathleen Schaffert, Library, circulation associate; Benjamin R. Thompson, College Computer Center, director of computing services; Deborah A. Wright, Library, cataloging and acquisitions associate.

Student Affairs:

Evelyn Doyle, CDC, receptionist and clerk; Janet B. Richardson, Student Life Office, associate vice president for student affairs.

The following individuals have joined WPI:

May Hires:

Charles Burrows, power plant operator, Class 2, Plant Services; Cara Gliniecki, accounting clerk III, Accounting Office; Center Janice Harrold, administrative secretary III, Provost's Office, and Thomas Herbert, information systems specialist, College Computer.

June Hires:

Landy Johnson, grant writer, University Relations, and Jacqueline Malone, administrative secretary III, Communications Group.

July Hires:

James Barys, master teacher of mathematics, Mass Academy of Math and Science; Elaine Gagliarducci, assistant director of admissions, Admissions; Robyn Leveillee, administrative secretary IV, Computer Science; James McLaughlin, director of WPI campus center, Student Life; John Nicholas, custodian, Plant Services; Edyta Soltan, custodian, Plant Services; Paul Surrette, assistant athletic trainer, Physical Education; Henry Ritter, assistant director of multicultural recruitment, Admissions, and Gretar Tryggvason, professor and department head, Mechanical Engineering.

August Hires:

Patricia Allen, gift recording coordinator, University Relations; Anne Marie Comerford, mail clerk, Administrative Services; Sandra Ferver, service desk administrator/administrative secretary IV, Plant Services; Cherise Galasso, head coach, women's basketball/assistant athletics director, Physical Education and Athletics; Lisa Isleb, instructional designer and manager of faculty support services, IMC; Anne Marie Juckins, assistant director, Financial Aid; Wojciech Korzeniowski, computer operations manager, Mechanical Engineering; R. Creighton Peet, program coordinator, IGSD; Christoper Pinard, UNIX system administrator, College Computer Center; Dale Rennell, laboratory instructor, Biology and Biotechnology; Kirsten Romanelli, associate director of annual giving, University Relations; Liza Smith, administrative secretary IV, Student Activities; Kristin Tichenor, director, Admissions; Gregory Valenti, operations manager, IMC; William Weir, robotics laboratory manager, Mechanical Engineering and Timothy Wilde, Web programmer, Library Services

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., "IT Career 2000 Information Session," MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte 9 West) Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717.
Thursday, Sept. 21, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., "IT Career 2000 Information Session," Waltham Campus, located in the Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex. For more information, call 800-974-9717.


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Waltham Campus, Management program only. For more information, call ext. 5218 or register on-line at www.wpi.edu/Admin/GAO


Sunday, Sept. 17, 1:30 p.m., General P.X. Kelley, former commandant, U.S. Marine Corps, moderator; tickets free, seating limited. Sponsored by Korean War Memorial Committee of Central Massachusetts and WPI, the forum takes place in Alden Memorial (reception and refreshments to follow). For more information, call 800-343-0939, ext. 234


Sunday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., John McDermott in concert; public tribute by international dignitaries. Tickets $40. Sponsored by Korean War Memorial Committee of Central Massachusetts and WPI, the tribute takes place in Mechanics Hall. For more information call 800-343-0939, ext. 234


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.), "Starting A Business," Surya Panditis, CEO and founder of Avici, a growing, successful telecommunications router company based in Billerica, Kinnicutt Hall. $5, members; $10, nonmembers; free with WPI ID. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations


Kohles, Sean S., Vernino, A.R., Clagett, J.A., Yang, J. C. , Severson, S., and Holt, R.A., "A Morphometric Evaluation of Allograft Matrix Combinations in the Treatment of Osseous Defects in a Baboon Model," in Calcified Tissue International, 67 (2): 156-162, 2000.


Paar, C., and Orlando, G., "Squaring Architecture for GF(2m) and its Applications in Cryptographic Systems," in Electronic Letters, June, vol. 36, no. 13, pp. 1116-1117.
Paar, C., Woodbury, A., and Bailey, D., "Elliptic Curve Cryptography on Smart Cards Without Coprocessors," presented at the Fourth Smart Card Research and Advanced Applications (CARDIS 2000) Conference, Sept. 20-22, Bristol, UK.
Orlando, G. and Paar, C., "A High-Performance Reconfigurable Elliptic Curve Processor for GF(2^m)," presented at the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems, CHES 2000, Aug. 17-18, WPI, Worcester.


Hansen, Peter H., "Confetti of Empire: the Conquest of Everest in Nepal, India, Britain and New Zealand," Comparative Studies in Society and History, 42 (April 2000): 307-332.
---. "Albert Smith, l'Alpine Club, et l'invention de l'alpinisme au milieu de l'ère victorienne," STAPS: Revue internationale des sciences du sport et de l'éducation physique vol. 21, n. 51 (Hiver 2000): 7-28.
---. "Mallory et la Masculinité," Deux Siècles D'alpinismes Europeens: Colloque International, Université Paris X - Nanterre, June 5.
---. "Inventing Virtual Sherpas," Seminar on Race in Europe, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, April 4.
---. discussion leader for the "Ends of Civilization" book series sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities at the Westminster Public Library, Aug. 22, and Sturbridge Public Library, Aug. 23.
Mott, Wesley T. "Emerson and the Problem of Self-Reliance." Presented at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, Vineyard Haven, Mass., June 11.
_____. "The Ralph Waldo Emerson Society." In DLB Yearbook 1999. Edited by Denis Thomas. Detroit: Gale, 2000.


Zeng, Amy, "Efficiency of Using Fill-Rate Criterion to Determine Safety Stock: a Theoretical Perspective and a Case Study," Production and Inventory Management Journal, vol. 41, no. 2, 41-44.


Chen, Ming Hui, and Ibrahim, J.G., "Bayesian Prediction Inference for Time Series Count Data," in Biometrics, 56, 678-685 (2000).
---. Ibrahim, J.G., and Ryan, L.-M., "Bayesian Variable Selection for Time Series Count Data," in Statistica Sinica, 10, 971-987 (2000).
---.Ghosh, M., Ghosh, A., and Agresti, A., "Bayesian Estimation for Item Response Models," in Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 88, 99-115 (2000).
---. "Bayesian Computation After MCMC Sampling," presented in an invited session on "Confer$\hat{\rm e}$ncia em Estatística Computacional," at the 14th Brazilian Symposium of Probability and Statistics (SINAPE), Caxambu, Brazil, July 24-28.
---. Short Course on "Monte Carlo Methods in Bayesian Computation," three two-hour sessions presented in a SBSS Topic Contributed Departamento de Estatistica, Instituto de Matematica e Estatistica, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 1-3.
---. "Bayesian Predictive Inference for Time Series Count Data," session on "Diverse Applications of Predictive Inference" at 2000 JSM, Indianapolis, Ind. Aug. 13-17.

Worth Noting

Professor of Physics Emeritus Van Bluemel brought to our attention an item in the August Physics Today about a former WPI professor who worked with Albert Einstein in the 1930s and who died in December 1999. Richard Alexander Beth was the first physicist to establish experimentally the angular momentum of light. Beth was a 1927 electrical engineering graduate of WPI who also earned his master's degree here before continuing his education at the University of Frankfurt as an American Exchange Fellow. He returned to the United States in 1932 as an assistant professor at WPI and in 1935 published his best-known work on the angular momentum of circularly polarized light, which he achieved as a research associate at Princeton University with the help and encouragement of Albert Einstein.

He stayed at WPI until 1939, then returned to Princeton to participate in war research on projectile penetration. Although not involved with the Manhattan Project, he worked with General Leslie Groves on the Alsos mission to learn the extent of Nazi atomic research. He was head of the physics department at Case Western Reserve University from 1946 to 1954, then left to work on high-energy particle accelerators at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He retired in 1971.

For many years Bluemel used a 1930s Physical Review article describing Beth's research to introduce the relevant physics to his students. Bluemel noted that Beth was the only person from WPI to co-author a paper with Einstein. Since Einstein was strictly a theorist, and the paper was an experimental one, Bluemel says he presumes that Beth did most of the work.

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