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Vol. 3, No. 6 Nov. 8, 2001

Around Campus

Time Out for Turkey
@WPI will not be published Thursday, Nov. 22, when the campus is closed for the Thanksgiving recess. Publication will resume Thursday, Dec. 6. Deadline for that issue is Friday, Nov. 30.

Share the Harvest
WPI employees interested in welcoming an international student to their Thanksgiving Day celebration are invited to call Janice Martin, International Students and Scholars Office, at ext. 6030 or e-mail jtmartin@wpi.edu before 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, to make arrangements.

Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holidays


Thursday, Nov. 22
Friday, Nov. 23

Christmas Holidays

Monday, Dec. 24
Tuesday, Dec. 25

Presidential Paid


Wednesday, Dec. 26

Personal Days

Thursday, Dec. 27
Friday, Dec. 28

New Year's Holiday

Monday, Dec. 31
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002

The United Way Needs Your Help
You may have already received some literature on the United Way. President Parrish asks all members of the WPI community to join him in supporting this worthy effort. The WPI campaign staff will hold a special drawing in which one lucky contributor will win a reserved parking space for one year. This drawing will be held during the President's Holiday Luncheon in December. For more information, contact Tracy Hassett at ext. 5473.

In the Spirit of Our Founders
On Monday, Nov. 12, the Student Alumni Society will celebrate Founders Day, and the campus community is invited to enjoy the festivities. Each year a different founder is the focus of the celebration; this year it's George Frisbee Hoar.

Here is the schedule:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Artifacts Gallery (Hagglund Room, Campus Center)
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gompei and Goat (Reunion Plaza)
11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m., musical performances (Reunion Plaza or Campus Center)
noon, birthday cake (outside Hagglund Room)
7 p.m., Ice Cream Social (Campus Center Odeum)
7:30 p.m., Celebrity Squares (Odeum)

Enjoy a Stylish Luncheon
The WPI Business Women's Exchange will host a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Higgins House Great Hall. A make up demonstration will be given by make up stylist Brianna from St. Cyr Hair and Face Place.

The menu includes assorted rolls and butter, squash soup, Yankee pot roast, peas and carrots, mashed potatoes, grape nut custard, coffee and tea. Payment ($8) should be sent to Muriel Farr in Admissions by Nov. 9. Checks should be made payable to WPI.

Information Security Panel Discussion
The Graduate Management Student Organization will sponsor a panel discussion on Information Security on Nov. 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Higgins Labs 116. Individuals from the following organizations will be present to discuss their experiences and challenges with information security in today's environment: Cisco Systems Inc., ISTS Dartmouth College, Electronic Warfare Associates/IIT, Fuji Equities-Mizuho Holdings, Information Security Magazine, University of Massachusetts, Genuity and the Vermont State Police. The event is free. For more information email gmso@wpi.edu.

Don't Miss Frankenstein Masque and the Department of Humanities and Arts will present the premiere of a new adaptation of Frankenstein from Thursday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 17. Performances are at 8 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for WPI students with ID.

Leaf-raking Fundraiser
The WPI Glee Club is holding a leaf-raking fundraiser every weekend until the weather dictates otherwise to support operations for the academic year. For a minimum donation of $40 club members will rid your yard of leaves. No yard is too big or too small. Anyone interested should call ext. 5816 or email gleeclub@wpi.edu.

Nationally Recognized Speaker on Date Rape
Katie Koestner, a nationally respected speaker on date rape, will speak on Monday, Nov. 26, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Odeum. Koestner will relate her own experiences with date rape as a freshman at the College of William and Mary. She will also speak about on how to change the campus culture to empower women, enlist male advocates and reduce sexual assault incidences. The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Women's Programs, Insights and the Society of Women Engineers.

Native American Dance and Song
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.

Musical Notes
Concert: The WPI Glee Club and Alden Voices will be featured in a performance of John Rutter's Gloria on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Alden Memorial.

Music and Art: The Glee Club, Alden Voices and the Concert Chorus will perform music from Britain, Spain and Latin America, as well as Gloria, on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at the Worcester Art Museum.

Care For a Taste of Culture?
The International Student Council (ISC) will celebrate the approach of winter by hosting the 15th annual International Dinner, the organization's largest yearly event, on Dec. 1 in Alden Memorial. The dinner will feature song and dance from many countries, as well as food and drink specialties from all continents. Tickets are limited and will go on sale Nov. 19 in the Campus Center. They will also be available at International House and in the ISC office in the Campus Center starting on Nov. 14. For more information email isc@wpi.edu or visit www.wpi.edu/~isc.

ISC promotes cultural diversity on campus and provides a support system for students far from home. It organizes a variety of social events and excursions for its members, who share traditions and ideas with each other and the WPI community to promote a global, peaceful society.

Mass Academy is Eighth in Math Meet
The Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science math team came in eighth out of 86 high school teams at the 14th Annual WPI Math Meet on Oct. 25. Team Member Sean Ting of Groton, the top scorer for the Mass Academy Team, won a $1,000 scholarship. The other team members were Jenna Davis of Natick, Jyothi Amin of Webster and Jonathan Ursprung of Princeton. Their advisor was Jon Bartleson. For the sixth year in a row, Lexington High School team was the overall winner.


President's IQP Award Finalists
Five teams of finalists have been selected for this year's President's IQP Awards competition. Final judging will take place Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Spaulding Recital Room in Alden Memorial. The 2000 finalists are:

Andrew Burgoyne '02, Robert McElhaney '02, Andrew Newman '02 and Bob Stow '02 for "Marketing the Museum of Science to College Students," advised by Fabio Carrerra, co-director of the Venice Project Center and director of the Boston Project Program, and James Hanlan, associate professor of history.

Jill Duffy '03, Justin Gagliardi '02, Katherine Mirtle '03 and Amanda Tucker '03 for "Re-Engineering the City of Venice's Cargo System," advised by Carrera and John Zeugner, professor of history. Piti Bhirom Bhakdi '02, Katie Bouffard '02, Nathaniel Keith '01 and Anil Ranganath '02 for "Enhancing Public Awareness of Ozone Pollution in Bangkok, Thailand," advised by Chrysanthe Demetry, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Stephen Pierson, associate professor of physics.

Andrew Keefe '02, Charles McAuley '02, Gregory Milette '02 and Justin Schneiderman '02 for "Improving Hill-Tribe Education with Solar Power," also advised by Demetry and Pierson. James Deloge '02, Robert Lapp '02 and Melissa Morgan '02 for "Educational Web Page Accessibility for Blind and Low Vision Users," advised by Holly Ault, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Jonathan Barnett, professor of fire protection engineering.

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:

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.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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


Monday, Nov. 12, Undergraduate Admissions Open House

Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., WPI Majors Fair, Campus Center Odeum. For more information call ext. 5012

Sunday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m., Odeum A
Sunday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m., Alden Memorial

Monday, Nov. 5, noon, "Dimensional Evolution of Redox and Photo Active Materials," Stefan Bernhard, Cornell University, Goddard Hall 311
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
Monday, Nov. 12, noon, "From Structure to Function: Design of Low-Density Hydrogen-Bonded Frameworks," K. Travis Holman, Georgetown University, Goddard Hall 311
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 4 p.m., "Forensic Nursing, Assaults, and Child Abuse Cases," Joanne E. Kerber and "Crime Scene Investigations," Robert F. Kerber, Director, New England Forensic Laboratories, Tewksbury, Mass., Salisbury Labs 115
Wednesday, Nov. 28, noon, "Plant-Virus Host Interaction," S.P. Dinesh-Kumar, Yale University

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 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. 29, 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

Thursday, Nov. 15, 5-6 p.m., "Hazardous Waste Management and Basic Laboratory Safety," Goddard Hall 311. For more information, call David Messier at ext. 5216 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Safety/.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 3:15 p.m. Olin 107

Monday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m., "The Quantum Mechanics of Global Warming," Brad Marston, Brown University, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin Hall 118)

Wedensday, Nov. 14, 10:30 a.m., "Worcester Diners," Randy Garbins, Riley Commons (coffee at 9:45 a.m.)

"Imagining the Future: Visions of the World to Come," a visionary colloquium featuring Sir Arthur C. Clarke (live via television hookup from Sri Lanka), Raymond Kurzweil, founder of Kurzweil Technologies, WPI's own David Cyganski, professor of electrical and computer engineering, among others, Friday, Nov. 30, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center Odeum. The program will include questions from area high school students and video clips of area youngsters offering their views on what the world might be like 100 years from now. For more information, call x5616 or e-mail media@wpi.edu.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, "Pricing Basics for Entrepreneurs and Early Stage Companies," James H. Geisman, founder and president of Marketshare Inc. Case presenter: Orbis Vox Inc., Frederick Leber, founder and president, Cost: $10 members, $20 nonmembers, faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID, Salisbury Labs, Kinnicutt Hall, 6:30-9 p.m.

Publications & Presentations

HUMANITIES AND ARTS Mott, Wesley T. Review of The Evangelist and the Impresario: Religion, Entertainment, and Cultural Politics in America, 1884-1914, by Kathryn J. Oberdeck. Nineteenth-Century Prose, 28 (Fall 2001): 192-196.

Worth Noting

Major Gift Supports Work in Nano-Photonics
James S. Tyler '59 has made a $2.5 million gift to WPI to endow the James S. Tyler Chair. The gift will help create the WPI Center for Nano-Photonics and fund the director of the new center.

Photonics is the technology that provides a means of transmitting and storing data using photons (light) rather than electrons (electricity). One of the first and most successful applications of this technology is fiber optic cable, which has greatly expanded the transmission capacity, and lowered the cost, of communications for the Internet and the World Wide Web. Nano photonics takes this technology to the molecular level and provides the means to engineer all-optical data processing systems that do not require conversion between photons and electrons.

"Nano-photonics is a very broad, multi-disciplinary field and fits well with WPI's interdisciplinary curriculum," Tyler notes. "This center will provide research opportunities for students and faculty to explore the relationships between science and engineering. It will also focus on WPI's strengths in communications theory, high-performance networking, cryptography, wireless communications, embedded computing, photonics and quantum-engineering."

Tyler, who received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from WPI, also holds a Ph.D. from Yale. He is the retired CEO of Optivision in Palo Alto, Calif. Following his formal education, he located to Silicon Valley, where he was part of a number of entrepreneurial companies. In 1989 he became president and CEO of Optivision, a manufacturer of video and data compression systems. He retired in 1998, shortly after spinning off the organization's optical networking technology to Optical Networks Inc.

"We are grateful to Jim Tyler, and recognize that his gift brings far more than an additional position to WPI," says President Edward Alton Parrish. A national search has begun for the first Tyler Chair, who will also serve as the director of the soon-to-be-established WPI Center for Nano-Photonics.

"Tyler always seems to be one step ahead," notes John Heyl, vice president for development and university relations. "He didn't initially direct his gift to photonics research. He spoke about the idea of making a gift that could transform something at his alma mater. He wanted to focus his investment where it would make the most difference and where it could take advantage of new interdisciplinary opportunities. He wanted to facilitate that transformation, rather than supporting something that WPI was already doing."

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