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Vol. 2, No. 12 Feb. 22, 2001

Around Campus

Artist Talk and Reception

The community is invited to attend a special artist talk and reception Friday, Feb. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the third floor of Gordon Library. The event will be held in conjunction with the art exhibit, "Namesake Designs," a series of quilts, floor cloths, preliminary drawings and computer-generated designs by Carlotta Miller. The show will be on display through March 2.

Miller is an instructor and department head of the Fibers Program at the Worcester Center for Crafts. For more information, call ext. 6612 or visit www.wpi.edu/Academics/Library/.

Lots To Do at Winter Carnival

WPI's annual Winter Carnival will be held on the Quadrangle and adjoining areas Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24. Friday events begin at 6 p.m. on the Quad with a winter barbecue followed at 7 p.m. by Isaac, the Improv Gorilla, and two Boston-based bands, Angry Salad and Bowman, in Alden Memorial. The day will end with a Klondike Bar hunt at 11:30 p.m. Saturday's activities begin with a winter brunch at noon. Other carnival events include photo snow globes, make-your-own pen, wax hands and Eskimo relay. The carnival will conclude with a performance by Annika Bentley and Lovepie in Alden Memorial and Hombrew in Riley Commons followed by a midnight breakfast. For a full schedule of events visit http://www.wpi.edu/~wc2001.

Pre-tour Concert

A musical performance will be presented by the WPI Glee Club Saturday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Columbkille Church, 321 Market St., Brighton, including the performance of Honegger's "King David." The concert precedes the Glee Club's tour of Ireland.

Writing Workshop Schedule

The Writing Workshop helps WPI students with writing assignments and oral presentations. Trained peer tutors work with writers by discussing ideas and responding to drafts. The workshop, on the upper level of the Project Center, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are encouraged to make appointments on the center's Web site, www.wpi.edu/+writing. Faculty seeking writing assistance for themselves or writing tutors for their students may call Lisa Lebduska at ext. 5503.

Study Opportunity: Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture in Early America

The American Antiquarian Society of Worcester will offer a 2001 American Studies Seminar titled "Crime, Punishment, and Popular Culture in Early America, 1674-1860." In this seminar, students will read many examples of early American crime genres, including execution sermons, last speeches, criminal biographies, trial reports, docudramas and based-on-fact novels. Types of crimes to be covered include witchcraft, infanticide, piracy, theft, burglary, robbery, courtship murder, rape and familicide. The focus will be on changes in crime and punishment as well as broader social, cultural and intellectual developments. Daniel A. Cohen, associate professor of history at Florida International University, will lead the interdisciplinary seminar Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning Sept. 5, at the Goddard-Daniels House on Salisbury Street, Worcester. For more information and application forms, contact Kent Ljungquist, professor in the Humanities and Arts Department, at ext. 5246 or e-mail kpl@wpi.edu by Monday, March 19.

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

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

Thursday, March 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

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

Monday, March 19
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, March 30)

Thursday, March 22
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, March 29)

Thursday, March 29
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, April 4)

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 is Fulbright Scholar

Kaveh Pahlavan, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, has been awarded a 2000-2001 Fulbright scholar grant. Pahlavan will pursue research and lecture at the University of Oulu in Finland through the Fulbright Scholar Program. This year, about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright grants to lecture or conduct research in 140 countries around the world. A similar number of foreign visiting scholars received awards to come to the United States. As announced last year, Steven C. Bullock, associate professor in the Humanities and Arts Department, also has a 2000-2001 Fulbright grant. He is lecturing on the "Study of the United States" at University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan.

Demetry Wins Teaching Award

Chrysanthe Demetry, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has received the Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers from ASM International, the materials information society. She was honored for her "exceptional pedagogy as applied to materials education and the ability to motivate students and engender interest in materials science," according to the ASM.

The award recognizes young instructors of materials science, materials engineering, design and processing by rewarding them for their ability to impart knowledge and enthusiasm to students. ASM International is a professional society serving more than 40,000 members worldwide.

Skull Taps 13

A WPI alumnus and a member of the mechanical engineering staff were among the 13 new members recently tapped for Skull, WPI's senior honor society. Founded in 1911, Skull honors students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff for their contributions to the university. The following individuals were selected for membership in Skull's Class of 2002:

This year's student inductees are: Marina Carboni, Chris Cenotti, Steve Couture, Brian Gilman, Kelly Jaramillo, Dave Jasinski, Adam Olean, Katie Wheeler, Lauren Wojtkun, Nick Williams and Rachel Zimet.

WPI in the News

The History Channel came to WPI Feb. 7 to interview Nicholas A. Dembsey, assistant professor of fire protection engineering, for a program, "Fire at Sea," to be broadcast this fall.

The Feb. 9-15 Boston Business Journal Executive Education Guide included a profile on WPI.

The Dec. 1 Chronicle of Higher Education ran an item on Kristin Tichenor's promotion to director of admissions at WPI.

Dean Kamen publicity swirling around the mystery of Ginger or IT continues. The Feb. 6 broadcast of CBS's 60 Minutes II included a segment, "The Wizard of IT," on Kamen's new invention. WPI's connection was noted on the CBS Web site, which provided more detail than the broadcast. Other recent publications noting Kamen's WPI roots include CNNfn (Jan. 22), the Jan. 21 Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item, the Jan. 21 Buffalo (N.Y.) News and the Jan. 22 Contra Costa (Calif.) Times. The Jan. 17 Worcester Telegram & Gazette ran an item on Kamen, quoting Lance Schachterle, assistant provost for academic affairs.

Two WPI professors have been recognized as national experts on topics in the news recently. According to reports from several media outlets, there is surprising new information about the human genetic code, most notably that it's less complex than first thought. Thomas A. Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics, was included in an expert source media advisory on this topic sent Feb. 12 to national media through BusinessWire. On Feb. 5, a BusinessWire advisory, "Threat to E-mail Privacy Discovered," named as an expert resource Christof Paar, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science. Such advisories are distributed to international reporters and editors.

Roger S. Gottlieb, professor of philosophy, wrote a book review, "The Boundaries of Humility in Religion and Politics," for the Jan. 1 Tikkun.

The Jan. 19 Boston Herald story, "Biotech Firms Branch Out," mentioned WPI as a central Massachusetts resource that draws the biotech industry.

The Jan. 9 M2 Presswire picked up WPI's press release on Venture Forum's presentation, "Funding Your Business."

The Feb. 14 T&G ran a top-of-the-front-page story, "Venture Fund Attracts Schools; HC, Clark, WPI to Invest $3M," regarding a Worcester-based venture capital fund that will invest in technology companies. Stephen J. Hebert, treasurer and vice president for administration, was interviewed. On Feb. 12, the T&G ran a blurb about WPI's Alpha Phi Omega's Sleepout to focus attention on the homeless. On Feb. 8, the T&G's Worcester Diary column told about Beta Sigma Phi Epsilon's upcoming participation in Habitat for Humanity. On Feb. 4, a T&G music review, "Ellington's Sacred Music Soars," praised a concert featuring the WPI Stage Band and The Master Singers of Worcester. On Feb. 3, the T&G ran a story, "WPI group establishes relief fund," on WPI Indian Students Organization efforts to help earthquake victims in northwest India.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Alden Memorial Sunday, Feb. 25. Ash Wednesday Masses Feb. 28 at noon and 5 p.m. in Alden Memorial.


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


Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m., symposium "Talkin' History: Jazz in Worcester, Then and Now," 10 panelists from the Central Massachusetts jazz community, Alden Memorial.

Publications & Presentations


Sarkozy, G. N., and Selkow, S.M., "On Edge Colorings with at Least q Colors in Every Subset of p Vertices," in the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics R9, Volume 8 (1) (2001).

Worth Noting

Faithful readers of "WPI in the News" will know that Joel J. Brattin, professor of English, has been in the news quite a bit of late. On Dec. 18, The Boston Globe ran a Living/Arts story, "Devoted to Dickens," a profile that consisted of a top-of-the-page feature with a four-column photo, a long jump page and a sidebar, "So many Scrooges," on the 39 film or video versions of A Christmas Carol. The story was picked up in newspapers across the nation all the way to Alaska, appearing in the Dec. 24 Fairbanks Daily News Miner, the Dec. 24 Mobile (Ala.) Register, the Dec. 21 Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel, the Dec. 22 San Mateo (Calif.) County Times, the Dec. 24 Manassas (Va.) Daily Journal, the Dec. 24 Lancaster (Pa.) Sunday News and the Dec. 20 Cleveland (Ohio) Plain Dealer. Now the story has jumped into a new medium: on Feb. 21, Brattin was interviewed on Boston-based National Public Radio station WUMB (91.9 FM) for its award-winning program, "Commonwealth Journal." The program is rebroadcast on Boston/Framingham WMEX, Brockton WBET, Falmouth WFPB, Framingham/Marlborough WSRO, Greenfield WGAM, Holyoke WCCH, Hyannis WQRC, North Adams WNAW and WMMB, North Dartmouth WSMU, North Plymouth WPLM, Northampton WHMP, Orleans WFPB, Pittsfield WUHN and WUPE and Worcester WAAF and WBPR. For broadcast times, visit http://www.wumb.org/.

We may never know what fresh interest in Dickens, WPI or Brattin himself such news may create. But clear indication of Brattin's contributions have become apparent from a more scholarly source.

It seems the original Norton Critical edition of Dickens' 1854 novel Hard Times came out in 1966. When a revised second edition of the NCE came out in 1990, Brattin wrote a review article, "Recent Norton Critical Editions," treating the book in depth in the December 1991 issue of Dickens Quarterly. The third edition of the NCE has just been published, and in this new version, the editors gave Brattin quite a bit of airplay in the preface and in the note on the text.

In the preface, they write that "Joel J. Brattin's austere and substantial review article . . . has exerted considerable and profitable influence over the third edition. . . . What Brattin says about our earlier treatment of the 1854 edition in book form is perfectly justified and has caused a radical revision of our practical method. Because we chose the 1854 edition as our copy text, we should have printed it with minute accuracy and listed the few points at which we departed from it. This is what we do in the Third Edition" (pp. x-xi).

In the note on the text, they write that "with gratitude to Brattin for bringing to our attention some former deficiencies, we are this time printing a completely reset text which reproduces the 1854 edition…with scrupulous fidelity" (p. 239).

"I think this demonstrates the positive effect a review can have on textual scholarship," Brattin notes. "This third edition is likely to be the definitive edition for many years, and will be used in classrooms as well as by scholars."

Wouldn't Dickens himself be pleased to know that the accuracy and fidelity of his work has found a 21st-century champion, right here at WPI?

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