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Vol. 2, No. 7, Dec. 7, 2000

Around Campus

Holiday Lunch Reminder

All faculty, administrators and staff are invited to the President's Holiday Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, please return the registration form to the President's Office by Dec. 13.

Reception for Douglas Woods

The Social Science and Policy Studies Department will host a reception today from 4 to 6 p.m. in Higgins House Great Hall to honor professor and former department head Douglas Woods, who is becoming a professor emeritus.

Poetry Reading

The Humanities and Arts Department will sponsor a series of readings and lectures, "On Stanley Kunitz, U.S. Poet Laureate," by Carle A. Johnson, Jr. poet, lecturer, and former president of the Worcester County Poetry Association and organizer of the Stanley Kunitz Poetry Festival, Monday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Salisbury Labs 123. For more information, call Laura J. Menides at ext. 5513.

Writing Tutors Sought

The Center for Communications Across the Curriculum is seeking students interested in becoming paid peer writing tutors in the Writing Workshop. Tutors must have h3 writing and interpersonal skills and must take "Peer Tutor Training in Writing," offered by workshop director Lisa Lebduska during A and D terms. Please send names of candidates to Lebduska at lisaleb@wpi.edu.

Attention Shoppers!

Lunchtime transportation is available to area shopping centers this month. A van will travel to the Greendale Mall Wednesday, Dec. 13, and Tuesday, Dec. 19, and will head to the Worcester Common Outlets Monday, Dec. 11, Friday, Dec. 15, and Thursday, Dec. 21. The van will depart from the front of Alden Memorial at 11:55 a.m. and return at approximately 1 p.m. Seating is limited. For reservations, call ext. 5470.

Review the Fundamentals

The Continuing and Professional Education Office will offer a review course for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Classes will be held on the WPI campus from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays for 11 weeks beginning Jan. 15. The fee is $250 for WPI undergraduates and $395 for others. For more information, call ext. 5517 or register on line at http://ce.wpi.edu.

When the Weather Outside is Frightful

In the event of inclement weather, if there is no announced closing, the following pay procedures will be followed:

WPI has established a special number - 831-5744 - to inform employees about snow-related closings or delayed openings. Announcements will be recorded as early as possible prior to the scheduled opening of the university.

Announcements will also be carried on the CityLine School Closings Network (792-5482, access code 4226) and on the following television and radio stations: WBZ-TV (channel 4), WHDH-TV (channel 7), WCVB-TV (channel 5), WTAG-580 AM, WORC-1310 AM, WBZ-1030 AM, WRKO-680 AM, WSRS-96.1 FM and WXLO-104.5 FM.

Winter Parking Ban

The city of Worcester winter parking ban is now in effect with some differences this year. Public streets fall under two categories:

Permanent (Dec. 1 to April 30)
No parking on one or both sides of the street from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. and anytime a snow emergency is declared. A permanent ban will remain in effect on emergency arteries, WRTA bus routes and streets designated as critical to the flow of traffic.

Declared Parking allowed on both sides of the street until a winter parking ban is put into effect, which will likely happen whenever inclement weather is forecast. Residents are responsible for knowing when the ban is in effect.

For more information, visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Police/, contact the DPW at (508) 929-1300 or www.ci.worcester.ma.us/dpw, or tune into cable channel 12 and local radio stations.

Advising Update

Last spring break, 21 faculty members attended the first Excellence in Advising (EAP) Workshop, designed to improve academic advising by bringing greater recognition to especially dedicated faculty advisors. The workshop drew on the wisdom these advisors to help define the future of academic advising at WPI. The workshop goals included:

The following faculty members were selected to participate in the workshop: Bland Addison (HU), Leonard Albano (CE), Jonathan Barnett (FPE), David Brown (CS), William Clark (CM), Robert D'Andrea (CE), David DiBiasio (CM), Alexander Emanuel (EE), Mustapha Fofana (ME), Daniel Gibson (BB), Michael Gennert (CS), Arthur Heinricher (MA), Stevan Kun (BE), Judith Miller (BB), Stephen Pierson (PH), Kent Rissmiller (SS), Philip Robakiewicz (BB), Jill Rulfs (BB), Elizabeth Ryder (BB). Guilliermo Salazar (CE) and Richard Vaz (EE). Each received $200 for professional development and National Academic Advising Association one-year membership.

Participants were eligible to apply for EAP grants for projects to improve academic advising. Grants of $1,000 were awarded to Jill Rulfs for "Promoting Student/Faculty Interactions" and Jonathan Barnett for "Desktop Video Conferencing for Academic Advising."

Future EAP agenda items include action items from the March workshop. Those items, intended to raise awareness of advising issues, include:

For more information, contact Ann Garvin, director of academic advising, at ext. 5381 or acgarvin@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, Dec. 7
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Tuesday, Dec. 12)

Friday, Dec. 8
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Monday, Dec. 11
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Dec. 21)
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid on Friday, Dec. 22)
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Friday, Dec. 22)

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 Dec. 1)

Center for Educational Development, Technology and Assessment (CEDTA)

Part-time Administrative Secretary III

Chemical Engineering

Administrative Secretary III

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Positions

Computing and Communications Center

Information Systems Specialist/Analyst Programmer
UNIX Systems Administrator
Help Desk Support Specialist
Help Desk Support Coordinator

Computer Science

Tenure-track faculty positions

Continuing Studies

Part-time Technical Trainers
Records and Financial Services Manager
Manager of Systems Administration

Development and University Relations

Administrative Secretary IV (2)
Biographical Records Assistant

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Tenure-track faculty positions
Computer Systems Manager

Fire Protection Engineering

Part-time Administrative Secretary II

Graduate Admissions

Part-time Administrative Secretary III
Corporate Graduate Recruiter
Assistant Director

Information Technology

Project Manager

Management

Adjunct Faculty (part-time position)
Visiting Faculty Member, Entrepreneurship (full-time, temporary, nine-month appointment)
Part-time Faculty Member - Project Management

Mathematical Sciences

Harold J. Gay Professorship

Mechanical Engineering

Faculty position

Metal Processing Institute

Lab Technician

Payroll

Payroll Manager

Physics

Administrative Secretary III
Laboratory Coordinator/Machinist

Plant Services

HVAC Mechanic II

Provost Office

Administrative Assistant

Residential Services

Assistant Director of Residential Services

Social Science and Policy Studies

Tenure Track Faculty - Economics/System Dynamics
Tenure Track Faculty - Psychology/System Dynamics

Student Life

Assistant Director of Student Activities
Assistant Director of Leadership and Community Service Program

Undergraduate Admissions

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

People

Parrish Receives IEEE Honors

President Edward Alton Parrish recently received two awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): the Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities and the Millennium Medal for outstanding contributions and achievements.

Words of Thanks

Helen Vassallo would like to thank the sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma who raked her leaves on Nov. 1.

New Faces Around Campus

The following individuals have joined WPI: James Johnston, lab machinist, Mechanical Engineering; Lisa Montgomery, assistant director of graduate management programs, Management; Jennifer Parissi, assistant director of external affairs, University Relations; and Beverly Ray, administrative assistant, Continuing and Professional Education, MetroWest Campus.

Community Members In the Spotlight

Paula Moravek, laboratory manager in biology and biotechnology laboratory, will perform the role of "the Mother" in Menotti's opera Amahl and the Night Visitors in a Christmas program with Windows on the Heart, a liturgical music, dance and drama company based in Central Mass. The performance, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. The venue is the Willows in Westbrook, located at the intersection of Route 30 and Lyman Street. Seating is limited. For more information, call ext. 5580 or e-mail pmoravek@wpi.edu.

Margaret Tartaglia Konkol, director of Alden Voices and well known to Central Mass audiences for her extensive and varied performance experience, was the costume designer for the Nov. 16-19 production of Damn Yankees at St. John's High School.

WPI in the News

 

WPI's press release, "Blind Pedestrians Find New Independence Thanks to Crosswalk Invention," attracted media to Worcester City Hall on Nov. 14. The Associated Press, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, New England Cable News, WTAG radio station and Worcester television Channel 3 covered the demonstration of the results of a student project. Leonard Polizzoto, project advisor and director of the WPI Center for the Globalization of Technology, was interviewed by Boston's WBZ radio and for "Here and Now," an NPR program produced by Boston's WBUR (hear the story at www.here-now.org/archive/2000/11/hn_archive_1121.shtml).

The ProfNet news distribution service carried the item, resulting in media interest from EnabledOnline.com and Scripps-Howard News Service. Boston.com, MassLive.com and the Standard Times of New Bedford, Mass., among others, ran the AP story. The project was the cover story in the Nov. 8 Worcester Magazine. AP subsequently picked up an outstanding photo of the demonstration, taken by the T&G, and distributed it on the national wires.

Coverage of student projects in Costa Rica has appeared in the Guildford, Conn., Shoreline Times; the Newport (R.I) Daily News; the Enfield (Conn.) Press; the Rockingham News of Exeter, N.H.; the Wakefield (Mass.) Daily Item; and many other papers.

On Nov. 17, BusinessWire carried a profile of WPI, which it distributed to international business/technology editors and education writers. It has appeared online on Yahoo! Finance and Interactive Investor.

The Nov. 14 M2 Presswire carried WPI's release, "Worcester Polytechnic Institute advances to second of doctoral universities sending students abroad." The Nov. 14 T&G also carried an item on this news.

The Nov. 9 U.S. Newswire ran a story, "Leading Educators Urge President Clinton to Initiate Scholarship-for-Debt Program with Vietnam," including President Parrish among those supporting such a move.

The Nov. 8 North Attleboro Free Press ran WPI's release about James H. McLaughlin, new campus center director, as a feature story. A story and photo also ran in the Nov. 5 Sunday Sun Chronicle of Attleboro, Mass.

The Nov. 6 Worcester Business Journal ran a story on Kristin Tichenor, Henry Ritter and Elaine Gagliarducci, new to the WPI Admissions Office. The appointments ran in the Nov. 12 T&G Business People column.

The Nov. 6 Mass High Tech ran the story, "IBM helps WPI do some super computing." An accompanying photo featured President Parrish, Homer Walker, head of the Mathematical Sciences Department, and IBM executives.

The Nov. 2 Chronicle of Philanthropy ran an item on WPI's Sloan Foundation grant for new professional master's programs.

Monopoly champ Matt Gissel '01 and WPI continue to make news: the Oct. 25 Burlington (Vt.) Free Press; the Oct. 19 Houston Chronicle (circulation: 549,000; reprint of Boston Globe story); the Oct. 24 Beloit (Wis.) Daily News; the Oct. 24 Jefferson City (Mo.) Post Tribune; the Oct. 25 Jefferson City (Mo.) Daily Capital News; the Oct. 24 Tri City Herald of Pacso, Wash.; the Oct. 25 Herald-Citizen of Cookeville, Tenn.; the Gazette of Medina, Ohio; the Star-Democrat of Easton, Md.; the Oct. 24 Billings (Mont.) Gazette; the Oct. 24 San Francisco Examiner (circulation: 128,736); the Oct. 24 Salem (Ohio) News; the Oct. 24 Lake Charles, La., American Press; the Oct. 24 Muskegon (Mich.) Chronicle; the Oct. 24 Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press (circ. 153,061); the Oshkosh (Wis.) Northwestern and through Yahoo! News. Matt was profiled in the Nov. 22 Worcester Magazine.

Here are some articles carried in recent editions of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette:

Nov. 9: WPI Professor of Statistics Balgobin Nandram told the T&G that the presidential election could go on much longer. He was quoted on recounts and accuracy.

Nov. 10: A top of the page, large feature with photo titled "System analyzes Web sites' usefulness" on Eleanor Loiacono, assistant professor of management information systems, and her WebQual system.

Nov. 12: "WPI drive raises food for needy," on the food drive by Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity; the Sports section reported on "Five inducted into WPI's Hall of Fame."

Nov. 13: Story on WPI's Assistive Technology Resource Center, quoting its director, Allen Hoffman, professor of mechanical engineering, and Holly Ault, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Nov. 14: top-of-the-page, large feature with photograph titled, "Dickens detective: WPI professor tracks down novel's changes." It featured Joel J. Brattin of the Humanities and Arts Department.

Nov. 22: "WPI's Wening inspires; saga of courage in Paralympics," about Jason Wening, a WPI alumnus and a swimming champion despite physical handicaps.

A T&G story titled, "Professor's virtual orchestra receiving some very real feedback from musicians," was distributed to nationwide outlets through AP on Oct. 15. It has been seen in the Oct. 22 Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times and on Gazettenet.com, the online edition of the Daily Hampshire Gazette of Northampton, Mass.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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

Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

Catholic Campus Ministry

Friday, Dec. 8, noon and 5 p.m., Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass, Newell Hall.
Sunday, Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m., Mass, Alden Memorial.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m., Christmas Mass, Alden Memorial.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wednesday, Dec. 20, noon, "Jellyfish Green Florescent Protein: Light in a Can," Marc Zimmer '89, Connecticut College, Goddard Hall 227. Refreshments.

Computer Science

Friday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m., "Projects in the Agent Technology Group," Mark R. Adler, Nokia Research Center, Fuller Labs 320.
Friday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m., "Naïve Bayes Classification of Web Pages," John N. Guidi, chief scientist, Terra Lycos, S.A., Fuller Labs 320.

Faculty Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 14, 3:15 p.m., Olin Hall 107.

Mathematical Sciences

Tuesday, Jan. 9, seminar, "Computer Modeling and Microwave Power Industry," hosted by the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics and the Industrial Microwave Modeling Group. Information: ext. 5495.

Mechanical Engineering

Thursday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m., "Atmospheric Optical Turbulence," George Y. Jumper, senior aerospace engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Higgins Labs 116 (refreshments at 10:45 a.m.).

Physics

Monday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m., "X-Ray Crystallography of Hemoglobins From Three Organisms Reveal Diverse Mechanisms for Regulation of Oxygen Delivery," William Royer, UMass Medical Center, Worcester, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin Hall 118).

Tech Old Timers

Thursday, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m., Holiday Musical Presentation, WPI students, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45).

Publications & Presentations

Chemical Engineering

Camesano, T.A., and K.J. Wilkinson, "Biopolymer Conformation Studies Using Atomic Force Microscopy," AIChE Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, Nov. 10-17.
Camesano, T.A., invited lecture, "An Investigation of Bacterial Interaction Forces and Biopolymer Conformation," Smith College, Picker Engineering Program, Northampton, Mass., Nov. 30.
_____, invited lecture, "An Investigation of Natural Organic Matter Using Atomic Force Microscopy," U.S. Geological Survey, Marlborough, Mass., Dec. 13.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Weininger, Stephen J., "'What's in a Name?' From Designation to Denunciation - The Nonclassical Cation Controversy," Bulletin for the History of Chemistry, 2000, 25 (2), 123-131.
_____, "Butlerov's Vision: the Timeless, the Transient, and the Representation of Molecular Structure," in Of Minds and Molecules: New Philosophical Perspectives on Chemistry, ed. by Nalini Bhushan and Stuart Rosenfeld, Oxford University Press, 2000.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Salazar, G., "The Impact of Collaborative Commerce on the Design and Construction Industry," speaker and panel member, professional seminar by Gadsby & Hannah, LLP, at Technology Center, Ecotarium, Worcester, Sept. 13.
_____,"Evolution of Computer Information Technology and its Impact on Civil Engineering Education," ASCE Eighth International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Stanford University, Aug. 15.
_____,"Diseño y Construcción Integrada (Design-Build)," professional seminar presented to Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles del Guayas, Guayaquil, Ecuador, July 3-7.
_____, "Evolution of Computer Information Technology and its Impact on Civil Engineering Education," proceedings of ASCE Eighth International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, vol. 1, pp. 665-672, Stanford University, August.
_____, academic judge, student competition, "Computing in Action," sponsored by Autodesk Inc., ASCE Eighth International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Stanford University, Aug. 15.
_____, session moderator, "Information Connectivity in Organizations," ASCE Eighth International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Stanford Univ., Aug. 14.

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, Joel J., "'My Son Jimi,' by James A. Hendrix," in UniVibes 37 (December 2000), pp. 3-5.
_____, "Live Voodoo, by More Experience," in UniVibes 37 (December 2000), p. 5.
_____, "'Jimi Hendrix: The Bluesman', by Dave Rubin," in UniVibes 37 (December 2000), p. 6.
_____, "'The Jimi Hendrix Experience' [4-CD box set]," in UniVibes 37 (Dec. 2000), pp. 7-9.
_____, "'Blue Haze: Songs of Jimi Hendrix'," in UniVibes 37 (December 2000), p. 10.
_____, "Teddy Bears, Miracle Oil, and Bad Kitchen Odours: Jimi Takes the Stand in Toronto, 1969," in UniVibes 37 (December 2000), pp. 40-47.
Ephraim, Michelle, "Weasels and Wisemen: Ethics and Ethnicity in the Work of David Mamet," by Leslie Kane (review), Theatre Journal, October 2000, 433-4.
_____,"The Jewish Daughter in Eliot and Shakespeare," presented at Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, New Orleans, Nov. 18.
McCarthy, Barbara L., "The Role of the River in Our Mutual Friend," paper presented to the Dickens Fellowship, Worcester branch, Oct. 17.
Menides, Laura J., "Elizabeth Bishop's Comedy, Wit, and Existential Happiness," The Worcester Review, vol. 21, 2000, pp. 147-154.
_____ "Twenty Years and Still Meeting: How to Start a Women's Group and Keep it Going Successfully," discussion leader (with Arlene Vadum and Susan Vogel) at "Women 2000: A Celebration of the First National Woman's Rights Convention," Worcester, Oct. 22.
Shannon, Thomas A., "Religion and Genetic Engineering," presented at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma Wash., Nov. 9.

Management

Wilkens, Kathryn, "Evidence on Risk/Return Patterns in Cash and Futures Markets for Systematic Alternative Investment Strategies," Journal of Alternative Investments, Fall 2000, pp. 45-67.
_____, and Joe Zhu, "Portfolio Evaluation and Benchmark Selection: A Mathematical Programming Approach," Financial Management Association, International (FMA) annual meeting, Seattle, Wash., Oct. 26.
_____, and Linda Wilkens, "Genetic Programming and Profitable Trading Rules," Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets, Amherst, Mass., Aug. 24.
_____, "A Radically Simple Model of Investment in Individuals," URPE, Bantam, Conn., Aug. 19.
_____, Aaron Enright, Mary Anne Robbert, Randall Stafford and Linda Wilkens, "Staying in Sync with Industry Needs," Journal of Computing Small Colleges
proceedings of the fifth annual CCSC Northeastern Conference, April 28-29, pp. 32-35.
Zhu, Joe, co-cluster chairperson, "Data Envelopment Analysis Cluster," presented at INFORMS National Meeting, Nov. 5-8, San Antonio, Texas.
_____, presented "Modeling Undesirable Measures in Efficiency Evaluation," INFORMS National Meeting, Nov. 5-8, San Antonio, Texas (invited).
_____, panelist, "DEA Applications in E-commerce," INFORMS National Meeting, Nov. 5-8, San Antonio.

Mechanical Engineering

Hoffman, Allen H., "Soft Tissue Mechanics," Biomedical Engineering Department Seminar, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J., Nov. 7.
_____, and Holly K. Ault, "The Assistive Technology Resource Center at WPI," Easter Seals Spotlight Series, Worcester, Nov. 16.

Physics

Burnham, Nancy A., "Small is Beautiful, Small is Different, Small is Elegant," presented at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, Nov. 27-31.
_____ and S. P. Baker, "Measuring Mechanical Properties in the Nanometer Regime," presented at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, Boston, Nov. 27.
Phillies, George D. J., Elementary Lectures in Statistical Mechanics, Springer-Verlag: New York (2000) [textbook].
_____, This Shining Sea, Third Millennium Publishing, Tempe, Ariz. (2000) [novel].
_____, Stand Up for Liberty!, Third Millennium Publishing, Tempe, Ariz. (2000) [political manual].
_____, Nine Gees, Third Millennium Publishing, Tempe, Ariz. (2000) [short story collection].
_____ and K. Streletzky, "Confirmation of the Reality of the Viscoelastic Solutionlike-Meltlike Transition via Optical Probe Diffusion," in Macromolecules, 32, 145-152 (1999).
_____, "Coupling Model Analysis of Probe Diffusion in High-Molecular Weight Hydroxypropylcellulose," Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 103, 1811-1820 (1999).
_____, "Polymer Solution Viscoelasticity from Two-Parameter Temporal Scaling," Journal of Chemical Physics, 110, 5989-5992 (1999).
_____, N. Sushkin, S. Z. Ren and D. Clomenil, "Microscopic Parameters of SDS Micelles from Optical Probe Studies and Quasi-Elastic Light Scattering," Langmuir 15, 3492-3498 (1999).
_____, "Temporal Scaling Analysis: Viscoelastic Properties of Star Polymers," Journal of Chemical Physics, 111, 8144-8150 (1999).
_____ and K. Streletzky, "Optical Probe Study of Solution-Like and Melt-Like Solutions of High Molecular Weight Hydroxypropylcellulose," chapter in Scattering from Polymers, B. S. Hsiao, Ed., American Chemical Society Symposium Series, 739, 297-316 (2000).

Worth Noting

Fred J. Looft, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is director of WPI's project center at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., Quite by accident recently, while advising seven Major Qualifying Project teams at Goddard, Looft received a clear indication of the quality of the WPI-NASA connection.

"I met Dr. Doug Leviton [of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at Goddard] as I was leaving one day," Looft says. "Doug was carrying a framed declaration honoring him with the NASA patent of the year award. This is quite an honor since NASA is awarded thousands of patents every year for cutting-edge technology. What was particularly intriguing about this patent was that the technology was originally prototyped by three WPI physics students during the first year of the Goddard projects program. Doug was quick to recognize the contributions of these students."

Looft likes to tell his Goddard teams that they can never know where their work may lead. "All of you are working on similar high-tech' projects," he told this year's teams on their first day at NASA. "I wonder what will become of your work in a few years? Will it be in orbit? Will it be contributing to the support of future missions?"

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