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Vol. 2, No. 9, Jan. 11, 2001

Around Campus

WPI Series at the Museum of Science

This month the Museum of Science in Boston, in conjunction with WPI, presents a three-part lecture series featuring WPI faculty and staff members. Called "Engineering the Future," the series offers an inside look at engineering in the 21st century:

Jan. 17: "Discovery! Creativity! Innovation! The Real Lives of Engineers," Richard D. Sisson Jr., professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Material Science and Engineering Program.

Jan. 24: "It Is Rocket Science: Preparing for the Space Age," Fred J. Looft, professor and associate head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and director of the WPI/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Project Center.

Jan. 31: "Up Close and Personal With a Robot Named Gompei," Ken Stafford, manager of academic initiatives and visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science.

The moderator is William W. Durgin, K.G. Merriam professor of mechanical engineering and associate provost for academic affairs. The lectures, which take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cahners Theater, are free and include museum admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 617-589-0419.

Student Activities Office and Development and University Relations will co-sponsor round-trip bus transportation for students, faculty and staff interested in attending the inaugural lecture on Jan. 17. Contact Jenn Parissi at ext. 6049 or e-mail jparissi@wpi.edu to reserve a seat.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Two programs have been scheduled for the celebration of Martin Luther King's holiday. On Monday, Jan. 15, at noon in the Lower Wedge, a remembrance ceremony will be held for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a birthday cake.

"Shattered Dreams," featuring Leon Williams, will be presented Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. in Riley Commons. What would Dr. King say about the progress of his "dream"? Williams, portraying King, provides a possible answer through a dramatic lecture and engaging discussion. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 5796.

M.W. Repertory Presents Scots

M.W. Repertory Theatre Co. will present Scots on the Rocks by Richard Nathan Thursday, Jan. 25, through Saturday, Jan. 27, in Riley Commons. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for students. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Campaign Publications Honored

Publications and video presentations prepared for The Campaign for WPI received a bronze medal in the annual publications contest of District I of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The winning materials included the case statement, a three-part video, a donor report, a calendar and New Visions, the campaign newsletter. The award will be presented at the annual conference in Quebec City, Canada, the end of this month.

Trading Places

Some members of the Development and University Relations Office staff are about to swap offices.

As of Jan. 22, the following members of the Communications Group, now located at 20 Trowbridge Road, will be found on the third floor of Boynton Hall: Linda Bullens, Arlie Corday, Mike Dorsey, Bonnie Gelbwasser, Peggy Isaacson, Joan Killough-Miller, Bonnie McCrea and Mike Sherman. Their phone and fax numbers will stay the same.

The following members of the Development and Foundation and Corporation groups are moving from Boynton to 20 Trowbridge: Terry Schmidt Adams, Debbie Bordage, Sharon Davis, Bob Dietrich, Pam DiScipio, Beth Howland, Landy Johnson, Joan Kirejczk, Connie O'Toole, Dan Petrocelli, Denise Rodino and Liz Siladi. They will retain their phone numbers, but will have a new fax number, to be announced.

Art Exhibit

Gordon Library is featuring "Namesake Designs," a series of quilts, floor cloths, preliminary drawings and computer-generated designs by Carlotta Miller, through March 2.

Miller is an instructor and department head of the Fibers Program at the Worcester Center for Crafts. For more information visit www.wpi.edu/academics/Library/.

Campus Map News

The Communications Group has produced a new two-dimensional or footprint map. On the back are descriptions of WPI's major buildings and driving directions to campus. The new map, along with the three-dimensional campus map, can be found in PDF format at www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/campusmap.html. They may be printed on a standard laser printer. However, for proper legibility, the footprint map should be enlarged by 150 percent and copied onto 11-by-17-inch paper. Administrative Services in Boynton Hall (ext. 5150) will print multiple copies of the maps for a fee.

If you know of changes that need to be made to either of the current campus maps, contact Bonnie McCrea (mccrea@wpi.edu, ext. 5306) by Thursday, Jan. 18. Revised maps will be available by Thursday, Jan. 25.

Ski Team to Hold Annual Sale

The WPI Alpine Ski Team will hold its annual ski sale Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Morgan Hall Commons. Brand new skis, boots, bindings and poles will be available below retail price. This is a chance to get new equipment at reduced prices and help the team. For more information, call John at 757-6716.

Acclaimed Violinist to Hold Clinic at WPI

Internationally acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter will conduct a Jazz Improvisation Clinic Thursday, Jan. 25, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Spaulding Recital Hall in Alden Memorial. It will feature the WPI Jazz Ensemble Combo, directed by Richard Falco, and the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) All-State All-Star High School Combo. The clinic, sponsored by the WPI JazzGroup, the WPI Music Association, WPI Arts Committee, Music Worcester Inc. and the Mass Jazz Festival, is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 5794 or email rfalco@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:

Monday, Jan. 15
Monthly payroll authorizations

Thursday, Jan. 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Wednesday, Jan. 31)

Thursday, Jan. 18
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Jan. 24)

Thursday, Jan. 25
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Feb. 1)

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

A complete list of currently available positions is posted on the Human Resources website.

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.


Berka Appointed Editor of New Column

Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Ladislav H. Berka has been appointed editor of the new Forensic Chemistry Column to appear regularly in the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers (NEACT) Journal.

Kohles Appointed to Becker College Board

Sean S. Kohles, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering and biology, was recently invited to serve on the advisory board for the Kinesiology Program in the Health and Sciences Division at Becker College. Kinesiology is the study of human (and animal) motion. Specifically, this subspecialty of biomechanics addresses the kinetics (forces and moments) and kinematics (displacements, velocities and accelerations) of joint, limb or full-body motion.

In recent collaborations, Kohles helped Becker design the layout of the Motion Analysis Laboratory in its new academic building on the Worcester campus. He also served on the search committee for the current kinesiology program director. These contributions have provided ongoing access to unique facilities for WPI's undergraduate and graduate students.

New Faces Around Campus

The following individuals have joined WPI: Stephanie Blaisdell is director for diversity and women's programs in the Student Life Office; Karin Dillman is manager, systems administration, in Continuing and Professional Education; Jane Grant is events manager in the Events Office; Vicki Lynn is project manager in the Computing and Communications Center; Pamela Shelley is assistant director of ADLN in the Instructional Media Center; and Lori Willens is cashier/accounting clerk II in the Treasury Office.

WPI in the News

Press releases are posted on the WPI Web site for the convenience of reporters, editors and anyone else interested in news of the university. Current and archived releases can be read at http://www.wpi.edu/News/Releases/.

The Jan. 4 Washington Post ran a story on the Association of American Colleges and Universities Leadership Institution award for visionary campuswide innovations in undergraduate education. It mentioned WPI as one of the 16 outstanding academic institutions to receive the honor. Similar stories have been printed in the Dec. 26 Honolulu (Hawaii) Star-Bulletin and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

WPI's press release on the AAC&U award was picked up by M2 Presswire, which also distributed WPI press releases titled "WPI lecture series 'Engineering The Future' takes place at Boston's Museum of Science," "Ram-Mohan elected to the Fellowship of the Optical Society of America," "WPI leadership to light the way for nation's colleges and universities," "WPI President Edward Alton Parrish receives two IEEE Honors," "Fish farming project wins top honors at WPI," and "Mad cows and Frankenfoods: WPI speaker looks at social issues in science, technology and society," during the month of December.

The Dec. 20 Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer picked up the Dec. 18 Boston Globe Living/Arts story, "Devoted to Dickens," a profile on Joel J. Brattin, professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Arts.

The Dec. 16 Newport (R.I.) Daily News ran news of two WPI students completing space program projects at Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Dec. 19 Malden (Mass.) Evening News ran a story, "Aiming for the Stars: WPI Students Work on NASA Projects," including a large photo of project team members Vishnu Pandey '01, Frances Leung '01 and Jarod Oatley '01.

On Dec. 19, Worcester's channel 3 news covered Worcester Community Project Center presentations.

The Dec. 17 Worcester Telegram & Gazette printed a story by business editor Andi Esposito on music and engineering, quoting Douglas G. Weeks, administrator of applied music, and Thomas H. Keil, physics department head. The Dec. 24 T&G ran a front-page story, "WPI flame study could save energy," quoting associate professor James C. Hermanson and picturing him with graduate student James E. Usowicz.

The Web site DoubleTwist.com, a provider of tools to simplify and accelerate genomic research, posted a press release with remarks by Thomas A. Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics, on genetically engineered products and international regulations.

The Dec. 11 Forbes magazine ran a story, "Cell Makers," on stem cell therapy, quoting alumnus Morey Kraus, head of T.Breeders, a Worcester-based biotech company, and mentioning his Ph.D. work in chemical engineering and biotechnology at WPI.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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


ADMISSIONS Friday, Jan. 12, Undergraduate Admissions Open House. CATHOLIC CAMPUS MINISTRY Sunday, Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m., Mass, Alden Memorial. COMPUTER SCIENCE Friday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m., "Incremental Interoperability and an Industrial Revolution: Why Data Interoperability Fails, and How We Can Do Better," Arnold Rosenthal, The Mitre Corp., Fuller Labs 320. FACULTY MEETING Thursday, Jan. 25, 3:15 p.m., Olin Hall 107. TECH OLD TIMERS Thursday, Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m., "Service for 300: Behind the Scenes of Chartwells," Joe Kraskouskas, director of WPI Dining Services, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45). WORKSHOP Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., "The Art of Spiritual Dreaming," Olin 107. For more information, call Douglas White at ext. 5832. VENTURE FORUM MONTHLY MEETING Tuesday, Jan. 16, "Funding Your Business," Cost: $5 members, $10 nonmembers, faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID, Salisbury Labs, Kinnicutt Hall, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration, 6 p.m.), 831-5075.

Publications & Presentations


Brattin, Joel J., "Tony Blair's Defection," in Plum Lines, vol. 21, no. 4 (Winter 2000), p. 12.
_____, "Dave Barry's Excellence," in Plum Lines, vol. 21, no. 4 (Winter 2000), p. 12.
Menides, Laura J. "Elizabeth Bishop at the Library of Congress: Recording Robert Frost," Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, D.C., Dec. 28.
_____, "If Mozart" and "Pieta," two poems in Sahara: A Journal of New England Poetry, Fall/Winter 2000, pp. 49, 50.


Zhu, Joe, "Further Discussion on DEA and Linear Production Function," in the European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 127, No. 3 (2000), 611-618.
_____, session chairperson, "Applications of Management Science Techniques," presented at the 31st annual meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Nov. 18-21, Orlando, Fla.
_____, "Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking," presented at the 31st annual meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute, Nov. 18-21, Orlando, Fla.

Worth Noting

Trivia question: Which state is home to the third largest population of WPI alumni? To find the answer, you'll need to turn your sights westward, for the answer is California (Massachusetts and Connecticut are one and two). More than 1,200 men and women with WPI degrees live and work in the state so well known for its high technology and entertainment industries.

This month, the University begins a concerted effort to build a bridge across the span of the United States to this concentration of alumni. The week of Jan. 28, President Parrish will bring the University and its story to alumni and friends at four events across the state, starting in San Francisco on Monday and ending in the San Diego area on Thursday. On Tuesday, he will take part in a special event to recognize the alumni, students, faculty members and corporate sponsors who have been involved in the successful launch of the new Silicon Valley Project Center.

WPI has also launched a new publication, WPI West, written especially for alumni and friends on the West Coast. The first issue features profiles of three alumni pursuing diverse careers in California. The publication is on the Web at www.wpi.edu/+WPIWest. You can read more about the upcoming California events by going to the new alumni home page, www.wpi.edu/+Alumni and clicking on the featured story.

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