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Vol. 2, No. 11 Feb. 8, 2001

Around Campus

Calling All Student Entrepreneurs

WPI's Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Department of Management will host the Fourth Annual New England Collegiate Entrepreneurs Awards this spring. This competition, part of the North American Collegiate Entrepreneur Competition, is open to all New England undergraduates who own and run a business.

To apply, students must complete an application and submit brochures or other promotional materials, two letters of recommendation and a faculty nomination. The deadline is March 3. For more information or to receive an application, call ext. 5075 or e-mail ventureforum@wpi.edu.

Annual Theme and Cathedral Concerts

The WPI Concert Band, directed by Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, will hold its annual theme concert Sunday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m., in Alden Memorial. The theme is Classical Thunder and the performance will feature music from popular classical pieces. The concert will have an unusual twist in that the audience will be given a program lacking titles. There will be a contest to see who can correctly name the evening's selections given a list of clues. Tickets are $3 for adults and free for students and seniors. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Weeks will also conduct the Brass Ensemble and the Orchestra during WPI's 21st annual concert in St. Paul's Cathedral Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. The cathedral is located at 10 Chatham St. in Worcester. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 5946.

The Love of Don Perlimplín

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.

Exhibit Features Poet Laureate

Gordon Library will showcase a selection of poetry and books dedicated to the memory of Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks through Feb. 28. Brooks (1917-2000) was the first African American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. She was recognized for her skill in capturing everyday life in black urban America.

During the course of her career, Brooks received more than 50 honorary doctorates, numerous literary awards, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1968, Brooks was named in Poet Laureate of Illinois and served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. She resided in Chicago until her death Dec. 3.

Black History Month Celebrations

WPI's observance of Black History Month continues with the following programs:

Friday, Feb. 16: African Café: Join the International Student Council for a taste of East Africa. Sample Chai and Maandazi (Kenyan fried dough), listen to African music, play Mankala, and hear about Kenya from WPI students. 7 p.m., International House.

Sunday, Feb. 18: Black Student Union "Night of Performances." Join members of the WPI community for dinner and entertainment. 4 p.m., Riley Commons.

Sunday, Feb. 25: "History of Jazz in Central Massachusetts." Panel discussion featuring local jazz artists. 3 p.m., Alden Memorial, Spaulding Recital Hall.

Sunday, Feb. 25: SocComm Movie: Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington. 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., Fuller Laboratories, Perreault Hall; $2.

Exhibit On Black Artists in America

Also in celebration of Black History Month, International House is hosting an exhibit of 17 prints that offer insight into the African-American experience. The prints chronicle the works of leading black artists from the mid-19th century to the present. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday during February from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the International House, 28 Trowbridge Road. For more information, call ext. 6030.

Coffeehouse Performances

On Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., Back in Black, a tribute band to the group ACDC, will perform in Riley Commons. Admission is $5 for the general public and $2 for students. Rose Pelanzanie, acoustic folk singer, will perform in Riley Commons Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for the general public and free for WPI students. For more information, call ext. 5509.

Earthquake Relief

The Indian Students Organization is accepting contributions for the relief of earthquake victims in western India. Funds will be forwarded to India via the American Red Cross. Donations of cash, checks (made payable to the American Red Cross), food and clothing may be made at drop boxes in the Upper Wedge, Fuller Labs 2nd floor (opposite CCC), and International House at 28 Trowbridge Road. To make immediate donations by credit card, visit www.redcross.org. Questions and comments may be sent to iso@wpi.edu.

Make Them Fame-ous

Nominations for the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepted until Feb. 16. According to Raymond Gilbert, director of physical education and athletics, all members of the WPI community may nominate suitable candidates. WPI coaches, staff and alumni are eligible. WPI athletes become eligible for admission to the Hall of Fame five years after graduation. Nomination forms are available in Physical Education and Athletics in Alumni Gymnasium. The next class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming this fall.

Spirit of Thoreau Series Continues

Wesley T. Mott, professor of English and series editor, has announced the fourth and fifth books in The Spirit of Thoreau series have been published by Houghton Mifflin in cooperation with the Thoreau Society. The new titles are Thoreau On Land: Nature's Canvas (edited by bio-psychologist J. O. Valentine, with a preface by the eminent nature writer Bill McKibben); and Thoreau On Water: Reflecting Heaven (edited by Robert Lawrence France, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, with a preface by author David James Duncan).

The series, exploring issues with which Thoreau is readily associated as well as some that even longtime admirers will find surprising, is published in an affordable paperback format to appeal to a wide readership. More titles are in preparation.

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. 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.


New Faces Around Campus

The following individuals have joined WPI: John Carty, records and financial services manager, Continuing and Professional Education (Waltham Campus); Naomi Letendre, assistant director, Student Activities; Edward Connor, assistant director, Graduate Admissions; Patricia LeBreton, administrative secretary IV, Computer Science; Katarzyna (Kasia) Kurkiewicz, administrative secretary IV, University Relations; Lynda Schuyler, administrative secretary IV, Admissions Office; and Carla Risi, database coordinator, Graduate Admissions.

WPI in the News

The Feb. 1 Boston Globe (circulation: 473,000) ran a top of the section Living/Arts profile of Dean Kamen, including more speculation on his new invention dubbed Ginger or IT. The story, the second major piece on Kamen to appear lately in the Globe, mentioned that he attended and received an honorary degree from WPI. Other more recent media mentions of WPI in Kamen-inspired stories have appeared in the Jan. 11 broadcast of Fox 25 News at 10 (WFXT, Boston), the Jan. 21 Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., and the Jan. 23 edition of National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation (listen to the show at www.npr.org).

The newest papers reprinting The Boston Globe Living/Arts story, "Devoted to Dickens," a profile on Joel J. Brattin, professor of English, are the Dec. 24 Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News Miner (23,375) and the Dec. 24 Mobile (Alabama) Register (128,918). As reported earlier, the story has also run in the Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel, the San Mateo (Calif.) County Times, the Manassas (Va.) Daily Journal, the Lancaster (Pa.) Sunday News and the Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer.

The Chronicle of Higher Education now produces a Guide to Academic Webcasts and Discussions. So far, two of WPI's Museum of Science lectures have been included in those listings; upcoming Webcasts can be found at chronicle.com/events/.

The Jan. 15 Industry Standard ran a story, "What Would Lawrence Welk Do?", quoting Frederick Bianchi, WPI music professor, on his Realtime Music System, also known as the Virtual Orchestra.

The Dec. 31 Sunday Telegram quoted President Edward Alton Parrish in a round-up story on the Clinton administration. The Dec. 19 T&G Regional Digest column noted Parrish's Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities and his Millennium Medal for outstanding contributions and achievements from the IEEE. The Jan. 24 T&G ran an Entertainment section feature titled "Falco puts his spin on Duke Ellington's sacred music," quoting Richard G. Falco, director of Jazz Studies. A feature in the Jan. 31 Worcester Magazine highlighted Falco and WPI's Best of the Sacred Concerts.

The appointment of Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science and director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, to the Technical Advisory Board of the National Scientific Corp. was picked up Jan. 8 on the Web site www.zdii.com under the New York City-based Interactive Investor. The story also appeared Jan. 9 on www.individualinvestor.com, part of Individual Investor.

Roger S. Gottlieb, professor of philosophy, was published in the letters column of the Jan. 1 issue of the bi-weekly Boston publication, American Prospect.

The Jan 30 Clinton Item printed a top-of-the-front-page story on the Worcester Business Journal's Business Leader of the Year Award, held at WPI. It was noted that the honoree, Gordon Lankton, president of Nypro, sponsors Clinton High School's FIRST robot team; WPI alumnus Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST, attended the event, as did the WPI/Mass Academy robot Gompei.

The Jan. 1 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine included a story on performance-based fire-safety practices, referring to WPI's Center for Firesafety Studies and its recently released report. David A. Lucht, the center's director, was quoted in the story.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Thursday, Feb. 15, Academic Advising Day, no undergraduate classes.


Masses at 11:30 a.m. in Alden Memorial Sunday, Feb. 11, Sunday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 25. Ash Wednesday Masses Feb. 25 at noon and 5 p.m. in Alden Memorial.


Thursday, Feb. 22, 3:15 p.m., Olin Hall 107.


Monday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m., "Reconstruction of the Fundamental Theory of Polymer Dynamics," George D. J. Phillies, WPI physics professor, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin Hall 118).
Monday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m., "Designing Magnetic Sensors with Enhanced Geometric Magnetoresistance," L. R. Ram-Mohan, WPI physics and electrical and computer engineering professor, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin Hall 118).


Tuesday, Feb. 20, "Crossing the Pond To Turn Brains Into Bucks," David Barone, co-founder and chairman of Sleep HealthCenters, LLC. 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


McKinney, P. F. and Sean S. Kohles, "Chip Fractures of the First Metatarsal Head. Primary Fragment Excision Versus Immobilization: A Report of Four Cases," in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 40 (1): 50-53, 2001.


Miller, Judith E., James E. Groccia and Marilyn Miller, "Student-Assisted Teaching: A Guide to Faculty-Student Teamwork," Anker Publishing Co., Bolton, Mass., Jan. 2001.


Brattin, Joel J., "Great Expectations Fulfilled at Last," Dickens Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 4 (Dec. 2000), pp. 236-45.


Zhu, Joe, "Super-efficiency and DEA Sensitivity Analysis," European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 129, no. 2 (2001), 443-455.

Recent Grants

The following is a list of research grants received by WPI in January. Principal investigators are listed first. The Office of Research Administration provides this information.


Ribeiro, F., from Hyperion Catalysis International Inc., "New Nanoscale Catalysts Based on Molybdenum and Tungsten Carbides and Oxycarbides," $13,532.
Ribeiro, F., from the Department of Energy, "Complete Oxidation of Methane on Palladium Catalysts," $100,000.
Wyslouzil, B., from the National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Experimental Investigation of Vapor Phase Nucleation," $16,000.


Mallick, R., from Infrasense Inc., "Non-Destructive Measurement of Pavement Layer Thickness," $22,037.


Pahlavan, K., Makarov, S., and Beneat, J., from the University of Oulu, "Preliminary Study of Small-Scale Ultra Wideband Antennas," $15,000.


Walker, H.F., from Sandia National Laboratory, "Nonlinear Solvers Research and Short Course," $53,349.


Katz, R., from MER Corp., "Novel, Low-Cost Processing of Functionally Gradient Ceramic-Matrix, Metal-Matrix Composite Materials," $30,177.
Tryggvason, G., from NASA, "Splashing Drops," $25,000.


Ram-Mohan, L.R., from University of Buffalo, "Spintronics and Spin-Photonics in Ferromagnetic InAs/GaSb-Based Heterostructures," $74,893.

Total January research grants:


Worth Noting

The world of commercial radio owes much to Henry P. Davis, class of 1880, who is considered the father of commercial broadcasting. In 1920, Davis, then vice president for engineering and manufacturing for Westinghouse, became impressed with the growing interest in the entertainment value of radio. Seeing the commercial potential of this new media, he authorized Westinghouse to set up radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh, which, on Nov. 2,1920, became the world's first commercial station. A skilled and visionary inventor (he earned more than 80 patents), Davis continued his interest in broadcasting throughout his career. When the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was founded in 1926, he became its first chairman, a post he held until his death in 1931.

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