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Vol. 3, No. 3 Sept. 27, 2001

Around Campus

WPI Responds
The WPI community has responded in many ways to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and their aftermath. Here on campus, faculty staff and students rushed to donate blood, collected clothing and supplies to aid the search and rescue teams working in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and quickly organized events, such as prayer services, candlelight vigils and benefit concerts, that have offered solace, brought the community together, and reached out a helping hand to those who have been affected by the national tragedy.

The greater WPI community has responded, as well. A message from President Parrish to the University's thousands of alumni has elicited many replies. Fortunately, they have brought no news of any alumni who perished in the attacks, though a number have lost loved ones, friends and colleagues. [NOTE: Since this issue went to press, WPI has learned that one alumnus, Leonard E. Taylor '79, did perish that day. He was a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.]

At least two graduates have found themselves at ground zero in Manhattan, helping in the search and rescue efforts at the site of the collapsed World Trade Center Towers. Tom Carr '96 was a volunteer on an Urban Search and Rescue Task Force deployed to the site on Sept. 11 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He has since returned home to Arlington. Mass. Though he was not deployed to the site, Chad Council '94 is also part of the FEMA task force, which is based in Beverly, Mass. Dave Andrade '92, an engineer with Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut, worked at the Trade Center site on the 11th as a volunteer paramedic treating victims and rescuers. "The images and memories will be etched in my memory forever," he says.

To read more about the WPI response to the events of Sept. 11, visit the WPI home page and click on the button next to the home page photo labeled "A National Tragedy; A Local Response."

The Hull lecture scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Odeum has been postponed indefinitely.

The New England Africa Business Conference (NEABC) scheduled to take place in Boston on Sept. 21 has been rescheduled for Jan. 25, 2002. For more information visit www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/NEABC/.

NEASC Open Meeting On Oct. 1
A reminder that a team of administrators and faculty members from colleges and universities around the Northeast will spend three days at WPI in early October reviewing all aspects of the University's operations, from its academic programs, to its student services, to its administrative and financial practices, to its standards for ethics and integrity. The visit is a critical step in WPI's bid to renew its decennial accreditation by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges.

Before making a decision on reaccreditation, the association reviews material submitted by the University and then spends time at WPI poring over documents and records, meeting with selected faculty members, administrators and students, and even questioning individuals they meet in their travels about campus. You may read the self-study WPI submitted to NEASC on the myWPI Web site. Just click on the NEASC Team link in your "My Organizations" box.

The bulk of the report is WPI's response to 11 accreditation standards. The responses seek to explain how well the University is fulfilling the educational goals embodied in its Mission and Goal statements. These statements are printed on page 6 and may also be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. Copies designed to be displayed in work areas were distributed with the last issue of @WPI and may be requested from the Communications Group (x5305; atwpi@wpi.edu).

Members of the WPI community wishing to participate in the NEASC visit should contact Lance Schachterle at ext. 5514 or les@wpi.edu. WPI and NEASC will have an open meeting to give all members of the community a chance to interact with the campus visitors on Monday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Kinnicutt Hall in Salisbury Laboratories Following NEASC practice, senior managers will not attend this meeting.

Music in the Air
On Sunday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., the Concord Ensemble, a professional chamber ensemble, will perform the music of Dvorak, Mozart, Stravinsky and Varese in Alden Memorial, Spaulding Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please call ext. 5696.

Still Time to Sign Up for Wagner Tribute
Reservations are still being accepted for the tribute to Robert E. Wagner, professor emeritus of chemical engineering, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Odeum. An instructor at WPI from 1949 to 1989, Wagner developed a warm relationship with his students; some called him "Daddy Wags." To honor this revered professor, the Chemical Engineering Department has established an educational fund in his name. It will be used to provide professional and educational opportunities that reach beyond the chemical engineering curriculum. For more information or to make reservations, contact Pam Discipio at ext. 5209 or discipio@wpi.edu. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 5.

Family Day Celebration
Join fellow WPI families on Saturday, Sept. 29, for a day of fun. This year's Family Day events will include face painting, caricatures, spin art, Victorian portraits, lectures, tours, music concerts, shows and more. Family Day is an opportunity for families of WPI students to visit campus, meet informally with faculty and staff, attend academic and social programs, and just relax with the students.

Campus Map News
The Communications Group has produced a new map showing the new location of the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematical Sciences on Prescott Street. The map is coded A-Term 2001 917. The map will be updated each term with a new code. The new map can be found in PDF format at www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/campusmap.html. Administrative Services in Boynton Hall (ext. 5150) will print multiple copies of the maps for a fee. If you know of changes that need to be made to the current campus map, contact Bonnie McCrea at ext. 5306 or e-mail mccrea@wpi.edu.


Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members
Five individuals were recently inducted into WPI's Athletic Hall of Fame: Harry W. Brown '53 (basketball); William A. Saimond '59 (track and field); Douglas G. Stotz '59 (track and field); Paul M. Wyman '85 (wrestling); and Gregory D. Whitney '90 (football; posthumously). The induction ceremony also paid tribute to the 75th anniversary of the men's and women's varsity swimming and diving programs. Inductees are recognized for their outstanding sportsmanship and character, as well as their extraordinary contributions to WPI athletics. They have distinguished themselves in both their athletic and professional careers.

Students Named GE Fund Scholars
WPI senior Jason Brown and sophomore Eduardo J. Paredes were recently named GE Fund Scholars in recognition of outstanding academic performance and leadership. Each student will receive $10,000 for the 2001-02 academic year. Brown, an electrical engineering major, is a three-time GE Fund Scholar.

Davis Reelected to National Office
Sharon Davis, senior development officer in Development and University Relations, has been elected to a second term as Chair of District 1 (New England, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces) of CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education). CASE is the premiere international resource for professional development and training in educational advancement. Lisa Maizite, director of capital and endowed gifts, is program chair for the District I Annual Conference in Boston in January 2001; Dan Petrocelli, assistant director of planned giving, will chair the registration effort for the conference. WPI has had a long and distinguished association with CASE; staff members Robert Dietrich and Stephen Hebert have previously served as district chairs.

Shannon Elected to National Board
Thomas A. Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics in the Humanities and Arts Department, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America, a national professional organization of seminary professors and graduate and undergraduate faculty in programs of religious studies and theology. Shannon is the first board member to be elected from a technological university.

Burnham Receives Nanotechnology Award
Nancy Burnham, professor of physics, has been selected to receive the 2001 NSTD Nanotechnology Recognition Award by the Nanoscale Science and Technology Division of AVS. According to the citation, she is being honored for "her pioneering contributions to quantitative nanoscale analysis of materials using scanned probe microscopy." The award, which included a cash prize of $1,000, will be presented at the NSTD business meeting on Oct. 30.

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, Oct. 11
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Oct. 17)

Monday, Oct. 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, Oct. 18
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Oct. 25)

Thursday, Oct. 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Wednesday, Oct. 31)

Thursday, Oct. 25
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Oct. 31)

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.

WPI in the News

WPI faculty members have been tapped by the news media over the past two weeks for their insight and expertise on the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center Towers. Dave Lucht, director of the Center for Firesafety Studies, was the focus of several articles and broadcast interviews. Here's a partial list:

Laura Menides, associate professor of English in the Humanities and Arts Department and past president of the Worcester County Poetry Association (WCPA,) was interviewed with Carl Johnson, also a former WCPA president, for "Worcester Today" on WCAA, Channel 13. The program was broadcast Sept. 12-16.

Denise Nicoletti, executive director of WPI's Camp REACH program (Reinventing Engineering and Creating New Horizons), was interviewed on WICN, 90.5 FM, in a two part series examining how young girls and women are being encouraged to pursue college majors and careers in fields traditionally held by men. The interview, titled "Redefining Roles, was broadcast Friday, Aug. 31.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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


Monday, Oct. 8, Undergraduate Admissions Open House

Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon to 3 p.m., Graduate School Fair, Campus Center, Odeum.
Sunday Mass, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11:30 a.m., Alden Memorial

Thursday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m., "An Experimental and Computational Investigation of Redox Cycles During N20 Decomposition," Carl R.F. Lund, SUNY Buffalo, Goddard Hall 227 (refreshments at 3:35)

Wednesday, Oct. 3, noon, "Synthesis Metal Complexation, and Biomedical Utility of Polycyclic Polyamine Ligrands," Gary Weisman, University of New Hampshire, Goddard Hall 227 (coffee prior to seminar)
Wednesday, Oct. 10, noon, "Structure and Function in Metallobiochemistry: A Nickel Tour," Michael J. Maroney, UMass Amherst, Goddard Hall 227, (coffee prior to seminar)

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., IT Career information session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex, Rte. 128, exit 26). For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu
Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m., IT Career 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

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 5-6 p.m., "Hazardous Waste Management and Basic Laboratory Safety," for more information, call David Messier at ext. 5216 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Safety/

Friday, Oct. 5, 2-3 p.m., Lecture and Information Session, "From Macro- to Nano-Manufacturing and Beyond: Making the Quantum Leap Happened," Haris C. Doumanidis, National Science Foundation, Higgins Labs 102

Tuesday, Oct. 23 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., "An Introduction Proposal Writing Workshop," Robert A. Lucas, Institute for Scholarly Productivity, Higgins House Library. For more information, call Stacy Riseman at ext. 5586, or to register, visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Research/ (space is limited)

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m., "Higgins Armory Discussion and Tour," Kent dur Russell, Executive Director, Higgins Armory

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6), "Creating Explosive Corporate Financial Growth," Donald Laurie, founder and managing director of the management-consulting firm Laurie International Limited, Campus Center Odeum, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information, call ext. 5075

Publications & Presentations

Pavlik, James W. and Chutchawin Changton, "Photochemistry of Phenyl Substituted 1,2,4-Thiadiazoles. Photofragmentation, Phototrans- position, and Photo-Ring Expansion. N-15 Labeling Studies," presented at the 222nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society, Chicago, Ill., Aug. 30.

Mott, Wesley T. Editor, The American Renaissance in New England, vol. C: regional writers, Detroit: Gale, 2001. 467 pp. (the third and final volume of the series)
Shannon, Thomas A., "Ethics and the Rush to Clone," in America, pp. 8-10, Sept. 10.

Radzicki, Michael J., "A Systems Framework for Thinking About Macroeconomic Issues," presented to the Central Massachusetts Financial Executives Organization (CMFEO), Sept. 11, 2001 at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester.

Recent Grants

Wyslouzil, Barbara, "Nanodroplet Aerosols: Formation and Structure," from the National Science Foundation, $142,000.

Cyganski, David, "High-Demand Network Interface to Military Satellite Services," from Raytheon Company, $55,000.
Cyganski, David, "Probing, Characterizing and Tuning of TCP/IP Stacks for SANs," from Pirus Networks, Inc. $64,619.

Pryputniewicz, Ryszard and Cosme Furlong, "Study of a Viability of an Integrated MEMS Sensor," from BWXT Pantex, $159,486.
Mayer, John, "Center for Nuclear Technology and Society," from the Radiation, Science and Health Inc., $85,896.
Rong, Yiming, "Automated Dedicated Fixture Design and Verification," from the National Science Foundation, $12,001.

Saeed, Khalid, "Security of Environment and Resources," from Nihon University, $20,000.

Total August research grants: $539,002

Worth Noting

Student Project Results in National Award
The results of a project completed in fall 2000 by a trio of WPI undergraduates has been recognized with a prestigious national award. The project was completed for five Regional Services Centers (RSCs) in Montgomery County, Md., which recently received an award from the National Association of Counties. The award honored the RSCs for their program, "Customer Service Measures."

The centers needed a procedure for regularly evaluating the quality and effectiveness of their customer services. WPI students Brian Blackwell, Antonia Colognesi and Stephen Haas researched several feedback options before recommending that the RSCs employ a mail survey of citizens and "mystery shoppers" to assess the responsiveness of the centers to requests for information. In their final project report, the students included a database for recording the assessment results, instructions for implementing the procedures, and preliminary results on RSC service quality and effectiveness from the students' tests of those procedures. They also made recommendations based on their results.

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