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Vol. 2, No. 10 Jan. 25, 2001 

Around Campus

Quality Day Care is Nearby

WPI employees may take advantage of a high-quality childcare center located within walking distance of campus. First Friends, an early care and educational center for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, is located at the First Baptist Church, adjacent to Higgins House. A ministry of the First Baptist Church, the center seeks to enhance the well-being of children by providing a safe, caring and nurturing environment.

Children of full-time WPI faculty and staff members may be eligible for priority enrollment status. Suzanne L. Weekes, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, is WPI's representative on the First Friends board of directors.

For more information, contact director Susan Smith-Kempsie at 508-791-4884 or friends@fbc-worc.org. You may learn more about the center at www.fbc-worc.org.

Masque Stages Love of Don Perlimplín

WPI Masque and the Humanities and Arts Department will present The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in his Garden in Alden Memorial Thursday, Feb. 8, Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Get Ready To Give

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7, and Thursday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Founders basement.

February is Black History Month

The following events and activities will be held at WPI in observance of Black History Month. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, call ext 5796.

Saturday, Feb. 3:

Duke Ellington Sacred Concert featuring the WPI Stage Band, the Master Singers of Worcester and several guest artists, 8 p.m., Alden Memorial (snow date Feb. 4). Tickets available at Tatnuck Bookseller; $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students.

Wednesday, Feb. 7:

Black History Month Poetry Night; bring your favorite poem, reading, speech or other writings by African American authors, 7 p.m., Riley Commons. Refreshments.

Engineering Week Programs

WPI's Office of Diversity and Women's Programs will sponsor two programs for young people during National Engineering Week. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the office will present a free introduction to engineering for African American, Latino/a and American Indian high-school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. On Thursday, Feb. 22, it will offer a similar program for high-school freshmen, sophomore and junior girls and their parents or guardians. Both programs run from 1 to 4 p.m. in Riley Commons. Pre-registration is required (by Feb. 7 for the Feb. 21 program and Feb. 8 for the Feb. 22 program). For information or to register, call ext. 5114 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Diversity/.

Faculty Advisor Workshop

John Trimbur, professor of writing and author of Call to Write, will present "Helping Students to Write the Methods, Results and Discussions Sections of the Project Report" Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Higgins House Sun Porch. Sponsored by IGSD and CCAC, this faculty advisor workshop will discuss some of the difficulties students encounter writing various sections of the project report and how faculty can respond effectively to those difficulties.

Looking for Photo Hounds

Are you an accomplished photographer? Photo assignments for the WPI Communications Group pay $50 per job; we provide the film and photo development. Photographers are needed to shoot school events and other photo opportunities on an as-needed basis.

If you would like to be considered for occasional photo assignments, please contact Arlie Corday or Mike Dorsey at ext. 5305.

We're Still Here

The vagaries of winter weather caused the cancellation of the planned office swap of the Communications Group and the Development Office. Consequently, for the time being, those offices remain in their original locations, 20 Trowbridge Road and the third floor of Boynton Hall, respectively. When the move has been rescheduled, you'll read all about it here.

Library To Offer Short Courses

The Library Instruction and Information Literacy Division (formerly the Library Instruction Division) is offering the following free short courses to faculty, staff and students. All will be held in the Gordon Library Instruction Lab, located on the first floor of the library, unless otherwise noted. To register online, go to www.wpi.edu/Academics/Library and click on the title of the course you'd like to attend. For more information, e-mail ccox@wpi.edu.

Warm Up at the Worcester Art Museum

The Worcester Art Museum will offer a "Winter Warmer" Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. The program will include a special curator's tour of "Chuck Close" in the contemporary gallery and refreshments and international coffees in the museum's café. The museum is offering a new membership category aimed at those in their 20s and 30s, providing a place to socialize, enjoy parties and make new friends. For $60 for an individual or $80 for a couple, the membership includes free admission to the New Members Event and an invitation to all events and exhibitions. Contact the museum at 799-4406, ext. 3125, by Feb. 8 to RSVP for the Winter Warmer.

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, Feb. 1
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Feb. 7)

Thursday, Feb. 8
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Feb. 15)

Thursday, Feb. 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, Feb. 15
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Wednesday, Feb. 28)

Thursday, Feb. 15
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Feb. 21)

Thursday, Feb. 22
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, March 1)

All forms submitted to Human Resources and Payroll must be complete and have all of the appropriate approvals 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.


Pahlavan Named to Technical Advisory Board

The National Scientific Corp. has appointed Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering, to the Technical Advisory Board of its Silicon Valley Research and Development Center in San José, Calif. The board will consist of internationally recognized scientists who have been instrumental in the advancement of commercially important technologies. Its goal is to support the National Scientific team in building a world-class business and technical strategy.

Paper Based on MQP Wins Top Honors

"Implicit Interest Indicators," a paper by David C. Brown, professor of computer science, Mark Claypool, assistant professor of computer science, and two recent computer science graduates, Phong Le '00 and Makoto Waseda '00, recently won the award for the best paper presented at IUI 2001: International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces in Santa Fe, N.M. The paper reported work done last year by Le and Waseda for their MQP, "Curious Browsers" (www.cs.wpi.edu/~claypool/mqp/iii/). IUI 2001 is the annual meeting of the intelligent interfaces community and serves as the principal international forum for reporting outstanding research and development on intelligent user interfaces.

WPI in the News


"The 4th day of Christmas: 3,000 philosophers thinking," a story that ran in the Dec. 29 New York Times (with more than a million readers), quoted Roger S. Gottlieb, professor of philosophy. The story covered the 97th annual meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, in New York City and also ran in the Dec. 29 Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times (circulation 42,485).

WPI was part of "A matter of course: Central Massachusetts educational institutions," a round-up of information about local colleges and universities in the Jan. 1-13 issue of Worcester Business Journal. In the same issue, in the Photofinish column, WPI's IBM Appreciation Day received coverage with a picture of President Edward Alton Parrish and Homer Walker, head of the Mathematical Sciences Department, with IBM officials.

The Jan. 1 issue of Boston-based Mass High Tech magazine ran a story on WPI's selection by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as a Leadership Institution for visionary campuswide innovations in undergraduate education. Stories about this honor, which WPI shares with 16 other institutions, have also appeared in The Washington Post, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The Dec. 21 Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel (print circulation: 348,000), the Dec. 22 San Mateo (Calif.) County Times (45,000), the Dec. 24 Manassas (Va.) Daily Journal (52,000) and the Dec. 24 Lancaster (Pa.) Sunday News (106,000) all picked up The Boston Globe story, "Devoted to Dickens," a profile of English professor Joel Brattin. So did The Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer, as reported earlier.

WPI alumnus Dean Kamen's mysterious new invention, code named Ginger or IT, has been in the news recently. His WPI connection has been noted in stories in The Los Angeles Times (Jan. 22), The Philadelphia Inquirer (Jan. 21) the Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service (Jan. 20), The Boston Globe (Jan. 16), The Day of New London, Conn., and the UK's Independent (Jan. 13).

The Milford (Mass.) Daily News Sunday recently ran a story on Napster, the Internet music swapping service, noting WPI's policy on using the program.

The Asbury (N.J.) Park Press (circulation 160,324) ran an item on WPI junior Katherine Wheeler's Costa Rican project. The Malden (Mass.) Observer ran a Goddard Space Flight Center project story (with a photo of Vishnu Pandey of Malden and his fellow team members) titled "Aiming for the stars: Local student works at NASA."

A round-up story in the Jan. 15 T&G mentioned Martin Luther King Day commemorations at WPI. In the Dec. 10 Datebook arts section of the T&G, a lengthy story appeared on "Breathe," an exhibit at WPI's Gordon Library. On Dec. 21, another T&G story, "The beat goes on: Indian drummers back at WPI," offered an outstanding feature accompanied by two photographs.

The December issue of Advanced Materials & Processes magazine ran a story, "CHTE in action: Progress update on CHTE research," mentioning the Center for Heat Treating Excellence at WPI as standing out from most other research centers at universities due to its "virtual" aspect in which projects take place wherever expertise lies around the country.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Sunday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m., Mass, Alden Memorial.
Sunday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m., Mass, Alden Memorial.


Wednesday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m., "Survey of Stalking at WPI," Ladislav H. Berka, WPI chemistry and biochemistry professor, Salisbury Labs, Kinnicutt Lecture Hall.


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.


Thursday, Jan. 25, 3:15 p.m., Olin Hall 107.


Thursday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m., "The Travels of Mr. Morgan," Peter Morgan '55 (SIM), Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45).

Publications & Presentations


Sotak, Christopher, Fuhai Li, Kai-Feng Liu, Matthew D. Silva, Tsuyoshi Omae, Joseph D. Fenstermacher and Marc Fisher, "Transient and Permanent Resolution of Ischemic Lesions on Diffusion-Weighted Imaging After Brief Periods of Focal Ischemia in Rats: Correlation With Histopathology," in Stroke 31, 946-954 (2000).
_____, S. Han, S. J. Gemmell, K. G. Helmer, P. Grigg, J. W. Wellen and A. H. Hoffman, "Changes in ADC Caused by Tensile Loading of Rabbit Achilles Tendon: Evidence for Water Transport," J. Magn. Reson. 144, 217-227 (2000).
_____, Fuhai Li, Matthew D. Silva, Kai-Feng Liu, Karl G. Helmer, Tsuyoshi Omae, Joseph D. Fenstermacher, and Fisher, Marc, "Secondary Decline in Apparent Diffusion Coefficient and Neurological after a Short Period of Focal Brain Ischemia in Rats," Ann. Neurol. 48, 236-244 (2000).
_____, Richard A. D. Carano, Fuhai Li, Katsumi Irie, Karl G. Helmer, Matthew D. Silva and Marc Fisher, "Multispectral Analysis of the Temporal Evolution of Cerebral Ischemia in the Rat Brain," J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 12, 842-858 (2000).
_____, Turgut Tatlisumak, Richard A. D. Carano, Kentaro Takano, Michael R. Meiler, Fuhai Li, Dietrich Arndts, Uwe Pschorn and Marc Fisher, "Broad-Spectrum Cation Channel Inhibition by LOE 908 MS Reduces Infarct Volume in Vivo and Postmortem in Focal Cerebral Ischemia in the Rat," J. Neurol. Sci. 178, 107-113 (2000).
_____, Mark F. Lythgoe, David L. Thomas, Fernando Calamante, Gaby S. Pell, Martin D. King, Albert L. Busza, Stephen R. Williams, Roger J. Ordidge and David G. Gadian, "Acute Changes in MRI Diffusion, Perfusion, T1, and T2 in a Rat Model of Oligemia Produced by Partial Occlusion of the Middle Cerebral Artery," Magn. Reson. Med. 44, 706-712 (2000).
_____, Tsuyoshi Omae, Orna Mayzel-Oreg, Fuhai Li, Christopher H. Sotak and Marc Fisher, "Inapparent Hemodynamic Insufficiency Exacerbates Ischemic Damage in a Rat Microembolic Stroke Model," Stroke 32, 2494-2499 (2000).
_____, Orna Mayzel-Oreg, Tsuyoshi Omae, Mark Kazemi, Fuhai Li, Marc Fisher and Yoram Cohen, "Microsphere-Induced Embolic Stroke Shows Slow ADC Lesion Volume Development," abstract and oral presentation at the ninth annual meeting of the Israel Society for the Neurosciences, Eliat, Israel, Dec. 2000; also published in Neuroscience Letters, S35, Suppl. 55, 2000.
_____, Xiangjun Meng, Fuhai Li, Matthew D. Silva, and Marc Fisher "Growth Pattern of Ischemic Lesions with Different Initial Volumes in a Permanent Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion Model," abstract and poster presented at the 26th American Heart Association International Stroke Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 2001; also published in Stroke 32, 356 (2001).
_____, Fuhai Li, Matthew D. Silva, Xiangjun Meng and Marc Fisher, "Prediction of Secondary Ischemic Lesions with Diffusion-Weighted Imaging After Transient Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in Rats," abstract and poster presented at the 26th American Heart Association International Stroke Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 2001; also published in Stroke 32, 352 (2001).
_____, Tsuyoshi Omae, Matthew D. Silva, Orna Mayzel-Oreg, Mark Kazemi, Fuhai Li and Marc Fisher, "Temporal Evolution of Diffusion/Perfusion Mismatch in a Rat Stroke Model," abstract submitted to the 26th American Heart Association International Stroke Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Feb. 2001; also published in Stroke 32, 351 (2001).
_____, "Characterization of Cerebral Ischemia by Multispectral Analysis," invited lecturer at the NIH Diffusion Tensor MRI (DT-MRI) Conference: From Bench to Bedside, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 7.


Shannon, Thomas A., "The Kindness of Strangers: Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation," in the Society of Christian Ethics, Jan. 5, Chicago, Ill.

Recent Grants

The following is a list of research grants received by WPI. Principal investigators are listed first. The Office of Research Administration provides information about these awards.



Shonat, R.D., from the University of Massachusetts/Worcester, "Diabetes-Endocrinology Research Center," $30,000.


Mallick, R.B., from the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, "Evaluation of Permeability of Superpave Mixes," $49,723.
Ray, M.H., from the Department of Transportation, "Center of Excellence in DYNA3D Analysis," $50,000.


Wyslouzil, B.E., from the National Science Foundation, "CRAEMS: Fundamental Studies of Nanoparticle Formation in Air Pollution," $988,915.


Rundensteiner, E.A., from the National Science Foundation, "Data Warehouse Maintenance Over Dynamic Distributed Information Sources," $80,000.
Ward, M.O., and Rundensteiner, E.A., from the National Science Foundation, "Hierarchical Visualization Techniques for Data Mining," $12,000.


Bromberg, M.C., from Radix Wireless Inc., "Synchronization and Gain Control for Wireless OFEM Communication Using Smart Antennas," $19,578.
Pahlavan, K., from the National Science Foundation, "Indoor Geolocation Science for 4G Wireless Information," $269,999.


Barnett, J.R., from the Department of Defense/Navy, "R & D of an Improved Full Scale Flame Test Apparatus for Clothing," $147,245.


Nandram, B., from the Department of Health and Human Services, "Optimizing Aggregation Parameters for Geographic Analysis," $29,985.


Hou, Z., from Factory Mutual Research Corp., "A Feasibility Study on Using Advance Technology to Improve Performance of Roof Systems in Severely Windy Environment," $25,500.
Sullivan, J.M., from the University of Massachusetts/Worcester, "Functional MRI of Sexual Motivation in Nonhuman Primates," $29,538.


Ram-Mohan, L.R., from the National Science Foundation, "Investigation of Physical Mechanisms in Multi-band Tunneling in Layered Semiconductor Structures," $117,977.



Mallick, R.B., from the Maine Department of Transportation, "Evaluation of Properties of Subsurface Soils and Reclaimed Base Material," $26,000.


Hermanson, J.C., from the National Science Foundation, "NSF Career: Disruption and Vaporization of Superheated Droplets in Compressible Flow," $50,000.
Johari, H., from the Department of Defense/Army, "Aerodynamics of Parachute Opening," $17,605.
Olinger, D.J., and Demetriou, M.A., from the Department of Defense/Navy, "Low-Dimensional Modeling of Flow Induced Cable Vibratin," $76,851.


Heineman, G.T., from Columbia University, "Coping with Complexity: A Standards Based Kinesthetic Approach to Monitoring Non-standard Component-based Systems," $60,000.

Lipton, R.P., from the Department of Defense/Air Force, "Characterization and Design of Electromagnetic, Chemical and Thermal Transport Processes for Multi-phase Systems," $17,886.

Alexandrou, A., and Apelian A., from the Department of Energy, "Microstructural Development and Characterization," $102,745.
Alexandrou, A., and Apelian, A., from the Department of Energy, "Semisolid Metal Processing Consortium," $250,000.
Gastonis, N.A., from the Department of Defense/Air Force, "Mathematical and Computational Issues in Advanced Gas and Plasma Microthrusters," $50,053.


Dittami, J.P., from BASF Bioresearch Corp., "Synthesis of New Heterocyclic Pharmacophore Scaffolds and Their Evaluation for Applicability to Drug Research," $50,000.
McGimpsey, W.G., from Bayer Corp., "Development of Optical Probes for Blood Analytes," $7,000.

Makhlouf, M.M., and Apelian, D., from Advanced Technology Institute, "Development of an Electronic Data Base for Rapid Selection of Aluminum Die Casting Alloys," $238,190.
Rong, Y., from Seagate Technology, "System Analysis, Design and Development for Sealink Project," $18,195.

Zozulya, A., from the University of Colorado at Boulder, "Atom Beam Splitters," $70,000.

Worth Noting

WPI and the Museum of Science in Boston kicked off a new partnership last week. The WPI Lecture Series "Engineering the Future" debuted at the museum Jan. 17 with a talk by Richard Sisson, head of the University's Materials Science and Engineering Program. Titled "Discovery! Creativity! Innovation! The Real Lives of Engineers," the talk delighted an audience that included WPI faculty, staff, alumni and trustees, along with museumgoers and high-school students.

The series continued Jan. 24 this week with "It IS Rocket Science: Preparing for the Space Age," a talk by Fred Looft, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of WPI's project center at the Goddard Space Flight Center. The series concludes Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. with "Up Close and Personal with a Robot Named Gompei," a lecture by Kenneth Stafford, manager of academic initiatives, that will include a demonstration of the Mass. Academy's FIRST robot.

Admission is free; parking is $5. WPI will offer bus transportation; to reserve a space, please contact Jenn Parissi at ext. 6049 before Jan. 29. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the main lobby of the museum. Those who arrive an hour early may enjoy the exhibits of the museum's Blue Wing. For more information or to hear past lectures, visit www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/MOSLecture/.

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