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Vol. 2, No. 14 April 5, 2001

Around Campus

All's Fair in Health and Banking

Open enrollment Health Fairs for Fiscal Year 2001-02 are scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 12, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Gordon Library Seminar Room. Call ext. 5470 or e-mail David Everitt at deveritt@wpi if you have questions.

A Bank Fair will be held in conjunction with the Health Fair this year. Effective July 1, all faculty and staff members will receive their payroll checks through direct deposit to a bank account of their choice. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take this opportunity to learn more about direct deposit and other financial services available from local banks.

Celebrate Memories on Traditions Day

Traditions Day, the annual look back at the people and events in WPI history, will get under way at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, with the Candle Walk. It begins on Reunion Plaza and moves through the campus, ending at Higgins House for a reception and tour.

The calendar for Thursday, April 12, is filled with activities and exhibits of interest to members of the WPI community and the public. The program includes the Freshman-Sophomore Pennant Rush at 5 p.m. on Alumni Field, followed by a cage ball competition; a dinner at 5:45 p.m. in Morgan Commons; WPI Jeopardy at 6:45 p.m. in Riley Commons; and the Alma Mater Singing Contest in between Jeopardy rounds.

April 19 is Project Presentation Day

Each year on Project Presentation Day WPI opens an exciting window on one of the most important and successful innovations in technological education. This year, as in the past, project teams representing nearly every academic discipline will present the results of their Major Qualifying Projects to the faculty members who advised them and to representatives of the organizations that sponsored them. More information and a schedule of presentations is available on the WPI Web site at www.wpi.edu/news/ppd/.

Still Time to Make Reservations

Reservations are still being accepted for the Faculty Convocation and Dinner, which will be held on Tuesday, April 12. The convocation starts at 5 p.m. in Kinnicutt Hall; the reception and dinner follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Odeum. Checks or cash ($19 per person) should be sent to Joan Shanahan, faculty governance coordinator.

Red-Blooded Volunteers Needed

Alpha Phi Omega, the coed national service fraternity, will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Founders Hall. For more information, call 792-5923, ext. 22

WPI Presents its New Voices

New Voices 19, WPI's annual showcase of new plays written and produced by the WPI community, will be presented in Alden Memorial from Wednesday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21. Performances begin each day at 8 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

Time to Order Commencement Regalia

Those wishing to purchase or rent regalia for Commencement should call the bookstore at ext. 5247 no later than April 13. You will need to provide your name and height, and for hoods, the exact degree and conferring institution. Caps are one-size-fits-all.

Curran to Conduct Final WPI Concert

The WPI Men's Glee Club will hold its annual Alumni Concert on Sunday, April 22nd, at 4 p.m., in Alden Memorial. All Glee Club alumni are invited to join in this performance, which will include music from repertoires past. This will be the last performance directed by Professor Louis Curran, who has served as the Glee Club's director for the past 34 years.

Summer is Just Around the Corner

WPI's summer session starts May 31. Web registration for continuing WPI students is now open. For course and registration details view the on-line summer catalog at www.wpi.edu/+Summer/

Writing Workshop Schedule

The Writing Workshop, a division of the Center for Communication Across the Curriculum (formerly the Writing Center), 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 members seeking writing assistance for themselves or writing tutors for their students may call Lisa Lebduska at ext. 5503.


WPI Appoints Two New Trustees

WPI recently elected senior executives of Cadkey Corp. and Pfizer Inc. to its Board of Trustees. Elected were Karen L. (Rombousek) Bean of Shrewsbury, Mass., chief operating officer of Cadkey, and John L. LaMattina of Groton, Conn., executive vice president of Pfizer Global Research and Development and president of worldwide research at Pfizer Global R & D.

A native of Goshen, N.Y., Bean received a bachelor's degree from Worcester State College and an MBA from WPI. She and her husband, Robert '82, '85 (M.S.), founded Baystate Technologies in 1989.

After Baystate acquired the Cadkey product line in 1996, the couple changed their company's name to identify it with its products. The firm manufactures and markets productivity-enhanced computer-aided design software for personal computers worldwide.

Before co-founding Baystate Technologies, Karen Bean was employed at The Medical Center of Central Massachusetts (now UMass Memorial Health Care-Memorial Campus) as a strategic planner focusing on business development, facilities planning, acquisitions and mergers.

She is currently vice president of the advisory board of the Glavin Center, treasurer of Shrewsbury Community Services, and a member of the Shrewsbury Rotary Club and WPI's Management Advisory Board. She is active in pediatric cancer fund raising for Boston Children's and UMass-Memorial hospitals.

LaMattina holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Boston College and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. He joined Pfizer's Medicinal Chemistry Department as a research scientist in 1977 after completing a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous scientific publications and holds 14 U.S. patents.

He chairs WPI's Chemistry and Biochemistry Advisory Board and serves on the board of directors of Anaderm Corp. He was previously a member of the Apothecary Board of Florida A & M University.

Pahlavan Receives Fulbright-Nokia Scholar

Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was the first person to receive the new Fulbright-Nokia Scholarship. Established in 2000, the scholarship is given to a wireless communications scholar for research at a Finnish university. Pahlavan spent a total of 3 1/2 months between May 2000 and January 2001 at the University of Oulu, Finland, where he lectured and conducted research on wireless indoor communications and geolocation networks. In 1999, he became the first non-Finn to receive a Nokia Fellowship.

Pahlavan, an internationally known pioneer in wireless communications, has 150 technical publications and two patents. He has given invited lectures at 12 universities in 10 nations. With Allen Levesque '57, he authored Wireless Information Networks (John Wiley & Sons), the first comprehensive textbook on WIN systems.

A member of the WPI faculty since 1985, Pahlavan earned a master's degree at the University of Tehran in 1975 and a doctorate at WPI in 1979. He is the founder and director of WPI's Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, a research center for the study of broadband and wireless personal and mobile local area networks. Before coming to WPI he was director of development at Infinet Inc. in Andover, Mass.

Faculty Promotions and Tenure Announced

The Board of Trustees announced the promotion and/or tenure of the following faculty members, effective July 1:

Jonathan R. Barnett, promotion to full professor of fire protection engineering.
Isa Bar-On, promotion to full professor of mechanical engineering.
Christopher A. Brown, promotion to full professor of mechanical engineering.
Steven C. Bullock, promotion to full professor of history.
Peter R. Christopher, promotion to full professor of mathematical sciences.
Nicholas A. Dembsey, tenure, promotion to associate professor of fire protection engineering.
Michael B. Elmes, promotion to professor of management.
James C. Hermanson, associate professor of mechanical engineering, tenure.
Hamid Johari, promotion to full professor of mechanical engineering.
Lok C. Lew Yan Voon, tenure, promotion to associate professor of physics.
Makhlouf M. Makhlouf, associate professor of mechanical engineering, tenure.
Christof Paar, tenure, promotion to associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Stephen W. Pierson, tenure, promotion to associate professor of physics.
Gabor N. Sarkozy, promotion to associate professor computer science.
Kristin N. Wobbe, tenure, promotion to associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
Alex A. Zozulya, promotion to associate professor of physics.

Keep the Virtual Conversations Going

Those who still have some questions for the Virtual PreZ, the centerpiece of the April Fools edition of the WPI home page, can find him at www.wpi.edu/April. The inspired bit of Web foolery was created by WPI's Web development team, headed by Amy Marr.

Alumni Association Announces Awards

The WPI Alumni Association will honor the following individuals at Reunion, June 8-10:

Donald L. Poggi '51, H. Richard Freeman '61, Donald H. Foley '66, Donald K. Peterson '71 and Francis M. Scricco '71 will receive the Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement.

August C. Kellermann '46, Richard A. Coffey, Jr. '51, Raymond R. Hagglund '56 and John W. Powers '61 will receive the Herbert F. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service to WPI.

James C. Wilkinson '91 will be honored with the John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI, while Robert C. Fuller '81, Mati Weiderpass '81 and Susan Loconto Penta '86 will receive the Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.

The WPI Award for Outstanding Service to WPI by a Non-Alumnus will go to former WPI President Edmund T. Cranch, and Frank D. DeFalco '58 will receive the William R. Grogan Award for Support of the Mission of WPI.

Michael A. Engel '92 SIM received the Albert J. Schwieger School of Industrial Management Award on Feb. 1.

New Faces Around Campus

The following individuals have joined WPI: Terry Banach, administrative secretary, University Relations; Betty-Jean Castagna, data entry clerk, Human Resources; Christopher Dunn, graduate admissions recruiter, Graduate Admissions; Deborah Kiguli, Help Desk specialist, Computing and Communications Center; Kathy Kuhlwein, gift recording coordinator, University Relations; Joshua McCurdy, info systems specialist/analyst programmer, Computing and Communications Center and Andrew Stone, new technology specialist, Computing and Communications Center.

Moravek To Be Featured Soloist

Paula Moravek, biology and biotechnology lab manager and biosafety officer, designed costumes and will be a featured soloist in Theodore Dubois' The Seven Last Words of Christ on Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church in Braintree, Mass. The oratorio, produced by Window on the Heart, is part of a dramatic Lenten celebration that includes expressive movement and dance. The performance is free and open to the public. Contact Paula at pmoravek@wpi.edu for additional information.

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, April 12
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, April 18)

Monday, April 16
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Wednesday, April 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Wednesday, April 26)

Thursday, April 19
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, April 6)

Thursday, April 26
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, May 2)

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.

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 the Lower Wedge, April 8.
Holy Thursday Mass April 12 at 7 p.m. in Newell Hall, Atwater Kent 116
Good Friday Mass April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Religious Center
Easter Sunday Mass Mass April 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Lower Wedge
Mass at 11:30 a.m. April 22 in Alden Memorial
Mass at 11:30 a.m. April 29 in Alden Memorial


Wednesday, April 11, noon, "Biomimetic Collagen Scaffolds: Applications for Tissue Engineering," WPI Chemistry and Biochemistry Assistant Professor George Pins, Goddard Hall 227 (Refreshments).
Wednesday, April 11, 4 p.m., "'Who Dunnit?' Learning Chemistry and Critical Thinking Through Hands-On Forensic Science," Chrysanthe Demetry, Mechanical Engineering, Denise Nicoletti, Electrical Engineering, Kimberlee Mix, Kerri O'Connor, Andrea Martin, Camp Reach, Kinnicutt Hall, Salisbury Labs (Refreshments).


Monday, April 16, 6 p.m., "Applied Cryptography and Data Security," Christof Paar, WPI assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering (April 16-17) MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West) Southborough, 6pm 800-974-9717


Thursday, April 12, 3:15 p.m., Olin Hall 107.


Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.," Poetry Reading," Thomas Sayers Ellis, co-editor of On the Verge: Emerging Poets and Artists and a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Mass., Gordon Library, Seminar Room.


Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m., "In Search of the Fourth Dimension: Is Seeing the Only Way of Believing?" Edward B. Burger, Williams College, Campus Center. For more information, call ext. 5241


Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m., "Interactions of Meteoroids with the Earth's Atmosphere," Edmond Murad, Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Weather Center of Excellence, Hanscom AFB, Higgins Labs 116.


Monday, April 9, 4 p.m., "Protein-Based Three-Dimensional Memories and Associative Processors," Robert Birge, Harold S. Schwenk Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, UConn Director of the W. M. Keck Center for Molecular Electronics, Syracuse University Research Director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Computer Applications and Software Engineering, Higgins Lab 116 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Higgins Labs 102).


Thursday,April 12, 10:30 a.m., "W.I.S.E. Learning for Seniros," Samuel Chafez, president, College for Seniors, Riley Commons (coffee at 9:45)


Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.), "Sales and Distribution Channels: From Traditional Avenues to the Internet,", Dennis Guberski, CEO of Biomedical Research Models Inc. Kinnicutt Hall, $5 members; $10 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations


Kohles, Sean S., "Design of Tissue and Joint Replacements: Biological Considerations," presented at the University of British Columbia department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Grand Rounds, Vancouver BC, Canada, March 21.
____,"Design of Tissue and Joint Replacements: Mechanical Considerations," presented at the University of British Columbia, department of Mechanical Engineering Seminar, Vancouver BC, Canada, March 22.


LeBlanc, J. J., G. J. Levesque, J. B. Richardson and L.H. Berka, "Survey of Stalking at WPI," J. Forensic Sci., 46, 367-369 (2001). Based, in part, on the IQP Report submitted by K.J. LeBlanc and G.J. Levesque, March 17, 1999.


Clark, W.M., D. DiBiasio, and A.G. Dixon, "A Project-based, Spiral Curriculum for Introductory Courses in Chemical Engineering: I. Curriculum Design", Chem. Eng. Ed., 34(3), 222-228 (2000).
Dixon, A.G., Clark, W.M., and DiBiasio, D., "A Project-based, Spiral Curriculum for Introductory Courses in Chemical Engineering: II. Implementation", Chem. Eng. Ed.,34(4), 296-303 (2000).
Both papers were selected by the journal (Chemical Engineering Education) to receive the 2001 William H. Corcoran award. The Corcoran award is given for the best paper appearing in the journal during the year 2000. All papers published in the journal during the year 2000 are eligible and the award is coordinated by the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education. The award will be presented at the Chemical Engineering Division banquet at the 2001 ASEE meeting in Albuquerque, NM on June 25, 2001.
DiBiasio, D., L. Comparini, W. M. Clark, and A. G. Dixon, "A Project-Based, Spiral Curriculum for Chemical Engineering: III. Evaluation", Chem. Eng. Ed., in press (2001).


Ephraim, Michelle. "Jephthah's Kin: Sacrifice and Sexuality in The Merchant of Venice and George Buchanan's Jephthes Sive Votum Tragoedia," presented at Harvard University, March 23.
Shannon, Thomas A., "The Human Genome: Now the Hard Work and the Hard Questions," Commonweal 128 (21 Mr 01):9-10.
_____, "Teremtsuk Ujja Onmagunkat?" Translation of "Remaking Ourselves: The Ethics of Stem Cell Research, in the Hungarian theological journal Merleg, April, 2000, pp 394-97. The article originally appeared in Commonweal, 4 Dec 1998.


Schachterle, Lance, "Cooper's Revisions for his First Major Novel, The Spy (1821-1831)," Papers from the 1999 Cooper Seminar, SUNY Oneonta (2000), 88-107.
The following is a new publication in WPI's scholarly series WPI Studies, Peter Lang Publishing, New York. Ann Marie Roos, "Luminaries of the Natural World: Perceptions of the Sun and Moon in England," 1400-1720. (2001)


Wilkes, John M., "Cognitive Clash and Complementarity in Team Dynamics: A Cognitive Styles Perspective," presented at the 5th annual NCIIA National Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Higher Education, Arlington, Va., March 6-9.
_____, "Student Pugwash and the STS Movement: Why we should advise SP Chapters," presented at the 16th annual NASTS Conference, Baltimore, Md., March 2-3.
_____, "The WPI S-STS Series: Revealing Successes and Failures," presented at the 16th annual NASTS Conference, Baltimore, Md., March 2-3.
_____, "Health Problems As An STS Curriculum Theme-Why the Many Failures?" presented at the 16th annual NASTS Conference, Baltimore, Md., March 2-3.
_____, Patricia Kaplo, "A Contemporary Microcosm of the Nuclear Power Debate," presented at the 16th annual NASTS Conference, Baltimore, Md., March 2-3.
Recently two students gave presentations at a national conference. Prof. Wilkes was their advisor.
Bailey Alison '01 and Alka Basil '01, "Avoiding the Dread Factor When Using STS to Teach Health Issues," presented at the 16th annual NASTS Conference, Baltimore, Md., March 2-3.

Worth Noting

Last Friday, WPI presented its first Presidential Medal to Dean Kamen '73, noted inventor and visionary. Kamen was the keynote speaker at the 14th annual meeting of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science & Technology (NCSSSMST). The meeting was co-sponsored by WPI and the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science and was held, in part, in WPI's new campus center (Kamen spoke in the building's Odeum).

The new award was created to honor outstanding individuals who exemplify the ideal of the technological humanist, an idea that has been at the heart of WPI's approach to education for generations. Among the reasons for Kamen's selection as the first recipient of the medal are his extraordinary career, during which he has put his WPI education to use to create a host of medical devices that have truly changed the world, especially for the individuals who have benefited form them. They include the first portable drug infusion pump, a home dialysis machine and the IBOT, a revolutionary transportation device that gives those bound to wheelchairs an extraordinary new degree of freedom.

Kamen was also honored for his founding and passionate work on FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a program he started a decade ago to get young people excited about science and engineering-excited enough to pursue careers in these fields. Picking up on America's passion for sports, FIRST is modeled after sports competitions. High schools teams, working with engineers from sponsoring companies or universities, build robots that compete in contests held in gyms or arenas.

The leading teams from regional events get to go to the national finals-technology's final four-at EPCOT Center in Florida. The WPI/Mass Academy team, one of only 20 teams that have been in FIRST from the beginning, will compete in the nationals this weekend.

"From our beginnings in 1865, the notion of the technological humanist has animated WPI's approach to education," Parrish said as he conferred the award. "We balance theoretical studies with practical application. We prepare our students, when they take off their mortar boards, to advance through life with the avowed purpose of pressing the frontiers of science and technology in order to serve the greater public good. It is precisely the underlying technological humanism in Dean Kamen's work that we recognize this evening with this most suitable of audiences, at this most appropriate of locations."

The WPI Presidential Medal will be awarded to other individuals during 2001 and beyond. The recipients will likely include Arthur C. Clarke, the science fiction author who, with the late director Stanley Kubrick, wrote the screenplay for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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