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Vol. 3, No. 5 Oct. 25, 2001

Around Campus

Fall Back
Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Oct. 28. Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour.

Food for Thought
The WPI chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha will conduct it eighth annual food drive Nov. 3. Members of the Worcester and WPI communities are invited to bring in nonperishable canned foods to contribute to the Friendly House Neighborhood Center of Worcester and the Worcester County Food Bank. Worcester residents will receive empty grocery bags that they will be asked to fill; the bags will be picked up on Nov. 10. Boxes will be placed in WPI departments for members of the campus community who wish to contribute. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Last year the chapter collected 206,179 pounds of food.

Pop-ular Music
The annual pops concert featuring the WPI Concert Band and Jazz Band is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The concert will feature soprano, Christine Noel. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and seniors.

World Premiere of Frankenstein
Masque and the Department of Humanities and Arts will present the premiere of a new adaptation of Frankenstein, the classic novel by Mary Shelley, by Joseph Romagnano. The play will run from Thursday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for WPI students with ID.

White Horse Dance Social
The WPI Student Development and Counseling Center cordially invites you to attend the third annual White Horse Dance Social, featuring The 101 Singers, a Native American dance and singing troupe, and the humor, stories and wisdom of master of ceremonies Kenny Hamilton. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from noon to 10 p.m. in the Campus Center.

As in years past, new toys or new clothing will be collected for the children of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. For more information, call ext. 5540.

Got Chores? Rent A Rower
Are leaves covering your lawn? Does your paint needs to be touched up before winter? Have an old wall that needs to be rebuilt or a garage that needs cleaning. The crew team will take care of these and any other dirty, tough jobs you need done. The athletes are raising money for their spring break training.

They are available to work on the weekends of Nov. 3, 10 and 17, but will make special arrangements, if necessary. The cost is $115 for a full eight-hour day and $90 for a five-hour day. You are asked to provide lunch for anyone working a full day and to make arrangements with the team member regarding transportation. Anyone interested should contact Larry Noble at ext. 6119 or e-mail lnoble@wpi.edu.

Campus Map Update
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 by Nov. 1. A new map will be available by Nov. 8.

The map is available as a PDF file on the WPI Web site at www.wpi.edu/About/Visitors/campusmap.html. You can open the file with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


ME Professors Honored
Associate Professors David Olinger and Jim Hermanson have been awarded the 2001 ASME Curriculum Innovation Award-Honorable Mention for their innovations involving the Discovery Classroom of Higgins Laboratories. They will write an ASME Conference Paper that will be handed out to all ME department heads at a department heads session at the Winter Annual Meeting in New York in November.

New Faces Around Campus
The following individuals have joined WPI: Keith Babuszczak, graphics production coordinator, Instructional Media Center; Christopher Bartley, head coach-men's basketball, Physical Education and Athletics ; Robert Brown, manager of computational facilities, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Michael Buckholt, lab instructor, Biology and Biotechnology; Dean Daigneault, lab manager III, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Julie Darling, assistant director, Admissions; Paula Delaney, administrative application manager, Computing and Communications Center; Zedrick Kelley, master teacher, Mass Academy of Mathematics and Science; Kevin McLellan, trades, Plant Services; Peter McStravick, content coordinator, Instructional Media Center; Cynthia Lindberg, administrative secretary, Human Resources; Heidi Lippold, master teacher, Mass. Academy of Mathematics and Science; Barbara Milanese, administrative secretary, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies; Regina Roberto, nurse, Health Services; Pat Samson, director of media relations, Communications Group; Barry St. Cyr, accounting clerk I, Accounting Office; Stacie Swoboda, assistant director of annual giving, University Relations; Teresa Tambling, administrative secretary, Career Development Center; Paulette Tatro, administrative secretary IV, Admissions Office, Gregory Theyel, program manager/adjunct assistant professor, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies; Warren Turner, master teacher, Mass Academy of Mathematics and Science; and Paula Vardaro, administrative secretary, Continuing Education (Waltham Campus).

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, Nov. 1
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Nov. 8)

Thursday, Nov. 8
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Nov. 14)

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, Nov. 15
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, Nov. 30)

Thursday, Nov. 15
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Wednesday, Nov. 21)

Monday, Nov. 19
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Nov. 28)

Thursday, Nov. 29
Biweekly student payroll authorizations

(Student payroll paid Thursday, Dec. 6)

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

Kevin Kopek, program manager and assistant director of IT training at WPI's Waltham Campus is quoted in an article about technology bonuses in InfoWorld Magazine. Read the article.

The Oct. 4-10 Issue of Worcester Magazine profiles local Muslim Americans, including members of WPI's Muslim Student Association: Leena Razzaq, president; Zaareen Mushtaque, social coordinator; Maged el Sayed, vice president; Asima Silva, treasurer, and Najmuddin Gunja, Secretary.

The Oct. 9 edition of the Telegram & Gazette featured an article about seniors' selection of colleges after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and highlights discussions of two families considering WPI.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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


Thursday, Nov. 1, noon and 5 p.m., All Saints Day Masses, Alden Memorial
Sunday, Nov. 4 and 11, 11:30 a.m., Odeum A

Thursday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m., "Fuel Cell Membranes: The Key to the Revolution," Charles W. Martin, WL Gore, Goddard Hall, 227.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, noon, "The Role of the Yellow Stripe-Like (YSL) Family of Transporters in the Uptake and Distribution of Heavy Metals in Plants," Elsbeth L. Walker, U-Mass Amherst, Goddard 227.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 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, Nov. 8, 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.

Monday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., "The Holocaust: What is Was and How It Affects Us Today," Deborah Dwork, director of the Holocaust Center at Clark University, Campus Center Odeum A. Sponsored by the Newman Club in cooperation with the Gompei's lecture series.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., "TIAA/CREF Changes Made Possible by New Federal Legislation," Campus Center, Odeum C.

Monday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., "Introductory Physics Problem Solving at Brown University: Pathways to Teaching and Learning Physics," Carolann Koleci, WPI physics adjunct assistant professor, Olin 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin 118).

Publications & Presentations

Brattin, Joel J., "Constancy, Change, and the Dust Mounds of Our Mutual Friend," presented at the Dickens Symposium 2001, Virginia Tech, Roanoke, Va. Oct. 13.
Brattin, Joel J., "Notes on Newspeak," in the The New Yorker, p. 5, Oct. 22.
Shannon, T. A., "From the Micro to the Macro: Ethical Issues in Stem Cell Research," in The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate, eds. S. Holland, K. Lebacqz, and L. Zoloth, Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 2001.

Jamison, Wesley, "The Social Construction of Risk," keynote speaker at the European Union Intercoop Annual Meeting, Uppsala, Sweden, June 17.
Jamison, Wesley, "Risky Business: Food Supplies, Nutrition, and Risk," keynote speech to the International Union of Nutritional Sciences Biannual Meeting, Vienna, Austria, Aug. 24.
Jamison, Wesley, "Risk as a Social Phenomenon: New Strategies for Shaping Stakeholder Perceptions," presented to the Public Affairs Council, Washington, D.C. 2001.

Bar-On, Isa, R. Kirchain and R. Roth, "Technical Cost Analysis for PEM Fuel Cells," presented at the seventh Grove Fuel Cell Symposium, London, Sept. 12.

Johnson, Landy C., "Wetland Mitigation Banking: A Market Measure for Land Use Control," presented to the Society of Wetland Scientists New England Regional Research Conference, Oct. 19 at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester.

Recent Grants

Mallick, Rajib, "Field Evaluation of a New Copaction Device," from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, $21,669
Ray, Malcolm, "Simulation and Analysis of Guardrail Systems Impacted by a 3/4-Ton Pick-Up Truck," from the Battelle Memorial Institute, $23,000

DiBiasio, David, "Assessing the State of Web-Based Laboratory Teaching and Learning," from the National Science Foundation, $9,688
Ribeiro, Fabio, "Complete Oxidtion of Methane on Palladium Catalysts," from the Department of Energy, $20,000

Cruz, Isabel, "International Semantic Web Working Symposium," from the National Science Foundation, $22,200
Rudensteiner, Elke and Matthew Ward, "Order, Spacing and Clustering in Visual Exploration of Large Scale Data," from the National Science Foundation, $145,000

Paar, Christof, Berk Sunar and William Martin, "ITR:SI Implementing Public-Key Cryptosystems for Secure Information Infrastructure," from the National Science Foundation, $436,000

Tang, Dalin and Homer Walker, "Experiment-Based 3-D Computational Studies of Blood Flow in Stenotic Carotid Arteries with Dynamic Wall Properties," from the National Science Foundation, $163,000

Apelian, Diran, "Materials and Process Design for High-Temperature Carburizing: Integrating Processing and Performance," from the Department of Energy, $339,849
Pryputniewicz, Ryszard and Cosme Furlong, "Study of the Viability of an Integrated MEMS Sensor," from BWXT Pantex, $50,000
Pryputniewicz, Ryszard and Cosme Furlong, "Semi-Automation of Optoelectronic Holography System," from BWXT Pantex, $12,500
Rong, Yiming and Richard Sisson, "An Energy Savings Model for the Heat Treatment of Castings," from the Department of Energy, $354,505

Total for September research grants: $1,597,411

Worth Noting

WPI has joined the Tuition Exchange, a national program that provides WPI employees with college-age dependents an alternative for financing a college education. Tuition Exchange is a partnership of more than 500 colleges and universities across the nation that have agreed to offer competitive "exchange" scholarships to students whose parents or guardians work at member institutions. The program, which began nearly 50 years ago, has awarded scholarships to more than 15,000 students. Currently, about 3,000 students across the country receive awards each year.

Unlike WPI's Tuition Assistance Plan, which grants tuition assistance to employees, their spouses/domestic partners and their dependents when they meet certain eligibility requirements, the Tuition Exchange is a competitive program and scholarships are limited. But for those who qualify and are granted a scholarship by a member institution, the benefits are significant. For students entering college in the fall of 2002, member institutions guarantee to meet up to $18,600 of their charged tuition (or full tuition, whichever is less). Recipients may receive up to four years (8 semesters) of tuition assistance.

To qualify for participation in the program, any faculty or staff member who has completed three years of continuous full-time employment at WPI as of August 31 of the year the employee's dependent child would matriculate at a TE school is eligible. The deadline is November 15, 2001, for submitting applications for students interested in being selected in the fall of 2002. Anyone interested in considering this scholarship program is encouraged to first visit the Tuition Exchange Web site (see below), to review the list of participating institutions.

As an institution participating in the program for the first time this year, WPI will only be allowed to certify four Tuition Exchange scholarship applicants (or their equivalent) for the fall of 2002. Assuming there will be more than four who apply, and to be as fair as possible to employees seeking to participate in the program this year, WPI will enter all qualifying employees who apply in a lottery.

Being chosen by WPI to participate in the program, however, does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship to an institution where they win admission. By the terms of the Tuition Exchange, each participating institution may award a limited number of scholarships and each develops its own procedures and policies for selecting scholarship recipients. WPI employees are not eligible to receive aid from both the Tuition Assistance Benefit and Tuition Exchange scholarship.

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