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Vol. 3, No. 1 August 30, 2001

Around Campus

Runners Help United Way
On Aug. 9, 16 runners representing the WPI community participated in the 9th annual Healthsource Corporate 5K Road Race Aug. 9 to benefit the United Way. More than 6,000 runners took part in the 3.1 mile race--the largest road race in New Hampshire. The WPI team raised $20,000.

The WPI men’s team included Mike Radzicki, who finished 68th, Ken Stafford, who came in 77th (second in his age group); Brian Savilonis, the 131st finisher; Bland Addison, second in his age group; and Len Polizzotto, Kent Rissmiller and Roger Steele.

Other WPI staff members and students who completed the race were Dan Green, Debbie Graves, Rick Petty, Kendra Stafford and Bill Baller. Josh Addison, Maria Addison and Patty Turgeon competed as friends of WPI.

Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members
Five alumni will be inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 21, in Alden Memorial. This year’s inductees are Harry W. Brown Jr. ’53, William A. Saimond ’59, Douglas G. Stotz ’59, Paul M. Wyman ’85 and Gregory D. Whitney ’90 (posthumously). The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Banquet and the induction ceremony at 7. This year’s banquet also celebrates the 75th anniversary of the varsity swimming program. For more information, call ext. 5243.

Accreditation Team to Visit
For seven years the Department of Management has aligned itself with the accreditation standards of AACSB - International, the official accrediting body for business and management programs in the United States and, increasingly, abroad. This is the amount of time required for initial accreditation consideration by AACSB. From Sept. 16 to Sept. 19, a peer-review team representing AACSB will be on campus. The team members are Arthur Centonze, dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University (chair), Louis Dawkins, former dean of the business school at Henderson State University, and Mark Bebensee, dean of the school of business at The Citadel. All have evaluated the department’s two-volume self-evaluation report. The department is now providing updates and making final arrangements for the visit.

"We are certainly excited about the prospects of accreditation," said McRae C. Banks, head of the Department of Management. "All of our faculty and staff, as well as many people around campus, have been involved in the effort to make our programs accreditable. It is a testament to their hard work, and the support of the administration, that we have made it to this point. Of course we don’t know what the outcome will be. Only slightly more than 10 percent of all business and management programs have achieved accreditation and it has become quite difficult to earn it on the first visit. But I am confident that we are well on our way, and I know that when the peer-review team sees how positive and supportive the campus is of our effort, they will be favorably impressed."

In addition to visiting with faculty, staff and students in the Department of Management, the team will visit a number of related departments, support offices and personnel across campus. They will evaluate the department in six content areas: mission and objectives, curriculum content and evaluation, faculty composition and development, instructional resources and responsibilities, students, and intellectual contributions and will determine if the department meets the association’s preconditions for accreditation.

For more information about the AACSB accreditation, contact the Department of Management at ext. 5218.

ESL Classes Begin
The Following English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will start the week of Sept. 3:

ESL Seminar: Wednesday, Sept. 5-Wednesday, Dec. 19, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m.-noon and 2:30-4:30 p.m. (two sessions depending on demand).

English for International Teaching Assistants: Thursday, Sept. 6-Tuesday, Dec. 18, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. (two sessions depending on demand).

ESL for Spouses: Tuesday, Sept. 11-Tuesday, Dec. 18, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays noon -- 2 p.m. Classes meet in the seminar room in the basement of International House, 28 Trowbridge Road. For more information, call Billy McGowan at ext. 6033 or Janice Martin at ext. 6030.

Visit WPI’s New Technical Center
On Friday, Sept. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m., the members of the WPI commnity are invited to see the new machines in Haas Technical Center for Computer Controlled Machining in Washburn Shops.

"The center is primarily for undergraduate teaching," says ME Professor Christopher Brown, director. "The machine tools, which will be used in ME1800, ME3820, ES3320 and other courses, facilitate the fabrication of parts students have designed on computers, In addition to supporting WPI's project-based education, these tools will be used in manufacturing engineering research and to produce apparatus to support research efforts in other fields."

WPI's Haas Center was established through the generosity of the Lufkin Trust and an entrustment from Haas Automation Inc. Brown says that several schools across the country, including Pennsylvania State, the University of Kentucky and RPI have or are expected to have similar centers. "We are working to learn how to take advantage of this opportunity to enhance engineering education."

Library Exhibits
"Laura and Hannah -- Larger Than Life," a portrait series by Grier Horner, will be on display in the third floor gallery of the Gordon Library from Sept. 7 through Oct. 26. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a special musical performance by Chris and Friends.

An exhibit titled "Lens and Lights: Celebrating 40 Years at WPI" will be on display in the entrance vestibule and second floor display area from Sept. 7 through Dec. 21.


Sokal Is New HSS Vice President
Michael Sokal, professor of history, was recently elected vice president of the History of Science Society. In 1988, Sokal became the society's first executive secretary. During his five-year tenure in that post, the HSS executive office was located at WPI and the society's programs were greatly expanded. He will serve the HSS as vice president in 2002 and 2003 and as president in 2004 and 2005.

With a membership of more than 3,700 individuals and institutions around the globe, the HSS is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to understanding science, technology and medicine and their interactions with society in a historical context. See www.wpi.edu/News/Releases for the complete press release.

Chemical Engineering Professors Recognized for Developing New Introductory Curriculum The American Society for Engineering Education recently presented Associate Professor William M. Clark, Associate Professor David DiBiasio and Professor Anthony G. Dixon, who developed the new sophomore curriculum, with the 2001 William H. Corcoran Award for the best paper published last year in the journal Chemical Engineering Education. Sponsored by Eastman Chemicals Corp., the award was presented at the organization’s annual meeting in Albuquerque. . The press release can be read at www.wpi.edu/News/Releases.

Samson Named Media Relations Director
Patricia M. Samson has been named director of media relations. "WPI has such a tremendous number of extraordinary stories to tell--from the outstanding dedication, research and scholarship of the faculty, to the unique and innovative programs developed at this university, and the enthusiasm and diversity of our students," says Samson. "I'm honored to have the opportunity to bring this information to the attention of regional and national media."

Prior to joining University Relations, Samson was PR manager at Formation Systems, a software firm in Southborough, Mass. She began her career in public relations with the MacArthur Foundation, and was one of the youngest professionals to become accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. She is a graduate of Connecticut College where she received a B.A. in economics and government.

New Basketball Coach
Chris Bartley, an assistant coach at Babson College for the past two years, has been named the head men’s basketball coach. Bartley replaces Ken Kaufman, who had been coach for the past 26 seasons. Kaufman is now first vice president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and will become president of the NABC next March. He will continue his duties at WPI as an assistant to the director.

Welcome the Newcomers
The following individuals have joined WPI: Keith Babuszczak, graphics production coordinator, Instructional Media Center; Robert Brown, manager computational facilities, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Michael Buckholt, lab instructor, Biology and Biotechnology; Dean Daigneault, lab manager III, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Paula Delaney, Computing and Communications Center; Zedrick Kelley, master teacher, Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science; Heidi Lippold, master teacher, Massachusetts Academy of Mathematical; Cynthia Lindberg, human resources assistant, Human Resources; Kevin McLellan, trades, Plant Services; Peter McStravick, content editor, Instructional Media Center; Barbara Milanese, administrative secretary, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies; Steven Morgenweck, assistant director leadership and community service program, Student Activities; Barry St. Cyr, accounting clerk I, Accounting Office; and Warren Turner, master teacher, Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science.

BMES Honors Meritorious Students
The Biomedical Engineering Society, with support from the Whitaker Foundation, has recognized three WPI biomedical engineering students with merit awards. Julie B. Roberts ’99, ’00 M.S., Jocelyn Songer ’00, ’01 M.S., and Christopher G. Wilson ’00, ’02 M.S., were selected for the honor based on their academic achievements. The BMES provided the winners with a two-year subscription to its technical journal, Annals of Biomedical Engineering.

Former Professor Dies
Former chemical engineering Associate Professor James E. Rollings, 51, died July 28 in South Africa. At the time of his death he was a professor at the School for Chemical and Materials Engineering at Potchefstroom University. Rollings earned undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. at Purdue University. He came to WPI in 1981 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering and was promoted to associate professor in 1986. An author of many research articles in international journals, he was awarded the Presidential Young Investigator Award from President Reagan for his work on biopolymer characterization in 1985 and received a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship in 1989.

Rollings leaves his parents, a son, three sisters and a brother. A memorial service was held at St. Joseph Church, Charlton.

Employment Information

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.


Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1-5 p.m. Ninth Annual Career Fair 2001, Harrington Auditorium and Alden Memorial.

Sunday, Sept. 2, 11:30 a.m., Mass., Alden Memorial
Sunday, Sept. 9, 11:30 a.m., Mass., Alden Memorial

Thursday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m. "Catalytic Transformation of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons to Yield Valuable Products," Larry Ito, Dow, Goddard Hall, Room 227, (refreshments at 3:45).

Thursday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m. "Aggregation of Colloidal Particles and Breakup of Aggregates: Probing Interparticle Forces, Sotira Yiacoumi, Georgia Tech, Goddard Hall, Room 227, (refreshments at 3:45).

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m., Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex). For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m., Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Friday, Sept. 21, New England -- Africa Business Conference, Boston. For more information, call ext. 6024 or visit www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/NEABC/.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 3:15 p.m. Olin 107.

Monday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m., Campus Center, "Manufacturing Our Future Summit," hosted by the Manufacturing Assistance Center and sponsored by the Mass MEP, Massachusetts Electric, Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Providence Railroad and WPI. The summit creates opportunities that strengthen the extended manufacturing community and the region’s economy. For more information, call Katherine Mahoney at 508-831-7020 or e-mail kmahoney@wpi.edu.

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m., "WPI Competitive Team-Robot Gompei and the HERD," Kenneth Stafford, manager, Academic Initiatives, Riley Commons (coffee at 9:45).

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6), "Vision." Christina L. Pappas, acting editor, Worcester Business Journal, will share her forecast of the business climate outlook for the next six months to two years. She also will offer practical tips on how start-ups, and established businesses can make it through these tough times. Kinnicutt Hall, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations

Kohles, Sean S., J.B. Roberts, M.L. Upton, C.G. Wilson, L.J. Bonassar and A.L. Schlichting, "Direct Perfusion

Measurements of Cancellous Bone Anisotropic Permeability," in the Journal of Biomechanics, 4(9):1197-1202, 2001.

Berka, L.H., editor, Forensic Science Column, "William M. Masterton and His ‘Lizzie Didn't Do It!"’ article in NEACT Journal, vol. 19, no. 2, 28-30, Winter-Spring, 2001 was reprinted in The Lizzie Borden Quarterly, vol. VIII, no. 3, July 6, 15 and 16.

_____., editor and M.A. LeBeau, "Forensic Toxicology at the FBI Laboratory," in NEACT Journal, vol. 20, no. 1, 13-16, Summer-Fall, 2001.

Kildahl, N., S.J. Weininger (CBC) and J.A. Labinger (Beckman Institute, Caltech), "Controversy in Chemistry: A Course That Aims to ‘Tell It Like It Is,’" in Chemical Heritage, vol. 19 (2), 4-5 (2001).

Pavlik, J.W., V.M. Tsefrikas and C.K. Eddins, "Photochemistry of Phenyl Substituted Isoxazoles," paper no. 34, presented at the 30th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Durham, N.H., June.

_____., C. Changton and K.N. Machon, "Photochemistry of Phenyl Substituted 1,2,4-Thiadizoles," paper no. 35, presented at the 30th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Durham, N.H., June.

Brattin, Joel J. "Experience DVD/VHS Video," in UniVibes, no. 39 (August 2001), p. 3.

_____. "Live at Woodstock: Guitar Recorded Versions," in UniVibes, no. 39, p. 4, Aug. 2001.

_____. "A New Experience: An Acoustic Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, by Roy Mette," in UniVibes, no. 39, p. 4, Aug. 2001.

_____. "Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection," in UniVibes, no. 39, p. 5, Aug. 2001.

Wilkinson, N., "How to Choose a Graduate Program," presented at the 2001 SWE Annual Conference, Denver, Colo., June 26.

Schachterle, L., "Standards-based Assessment of H/SS Programs in the Liberal Education Division," presented at the ASEE/LED national conference, Albuquerque, N.M., June 2001 and the ISTAS/IEEE meeting, Stamford, Conn., July 2001.

_____. "Civilization and Its Discontents: Freud Meets Cooper on the Prairie," presented at the James Fenimore Cooper Conference, Oneonta, N. Y., July 2001.

Recent Grants

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

Plummer, J., from the National Science Foundation, "Ultrasound as a Sole or Synergistic Disinfectant in Drinking Water," $95,425.

Arguello, J., from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "Biochemistry of Plant Heavy Metal ATPases," $75,000.

Wyslouzil, B., from the National Science Foundation, "CRAEMS: Fundamental Studies of Nanoparticle Formation in Air Pollution," $1,067,087.

Cruz, I., from the National Science Foundation, "Visual Query Languages for Database Systems -- REU Supplement," $6,000.

Rundensteiner, E., from the National Science Foundation, "Data Warehouse Maintenance over Dynamic Distributed Information," $70,000.

Yakovlev, V., from the Enersyst Development Center, LLC, "Models of Electromagnetic Processes in Combined System of Microwave Thermal Processing," $32,587.

Yakovlev, V., from the Ferrite Co. Inc., "Computer Characterization of Systems of Microwave Thermal Processing, $1,529.

Hou, Z., from the Factory Mutual Research Corp., "A Feasibility Study on Using Advanced Technology to Improve Performance of Roof Systems in Severely Windy Environment," $31,944.

Pryputniewicz, R., from the Draper Laboratory, "Laser Methodology for MEMS and Electronic Packaging," $75,000.

Total July research grants: $1,454,572

Worth Noting

WPI offers a host of extracurricular activities to balance its academic challenges. Today the list includes 50 club, intramural or varsity teams and scores of organizations that provide students with opportunities to affirm or explore their heritage, shape the campus culture, enjoy the collegiality of Greek life or reap the rewards of community service.

But it wasn't always so. According to Two Towers, in the early years of the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science there was little time for anything more than "study, recitation, drawing and practice." While there were a few clubs and an athletic association, "the prayer band seemed to be the only acceptable extracurricular activity." In their rare free moments, "the boys would shoo the cows to the edge of Stephen Salisbury's field to make room for a game of ball. Sometimes they coasted on the new street which had been extended from West and Highland and called Bliss Street. There was roller skating at Bigelow's rink, and there was fishing in the mill pond below the campus. In the summertime the boys often followed the stone wall down to a big apple tree which marked the edge of their swimming hole (and), there were a few boat races on the big lake at the other end of town and several outbreaks of walking fever when legs were cultivated at the expense of brains."

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