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Vol. 3, No. 7 Dec. 6, 2001

Around Campus

When the Weather Outside is "Frosty"
In the event of inclement weather, if there is no announced closing, the following pay procedures will be followed:


WPI has established a special number, 831-5744, to inform employees about snow-related closings or delayed openings. Announcements will be recorded as early as possible prior to the scheduled opening of the university. This information will also be posted on the WPI home page.

Announcements will also be carried on the City Line School Closings Network (792-5482, access code 4226) and on the following television and radio stations: WBZ-TV (channel 4), WHDH-TV (channel 7), WCVB-TV (channel 5), WTAG-580 AM, WORC-1310 AM, WBZ-1030 AM, WRKO-680 AM, WSRS-96.1 FM and WXLO-104.5 FM.

Attention Shoppers!
Lunchtime transportation is available to area shopping centers this month. A van will travel to the Greendale Mall Wednesday, Dec. 12 and 19. The van will depart from the front of Alden Memorial at 11:55 a.m. and return at approximately 1 p.m. Seating is limited. For reservations, call ext. 5470.

Review the Fundamentals
The Continuing and Professional Education Office will offer a review course for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Classes will be held on the WPI campus from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays for 11 weeks beginning Jan. 14. The fee is $250 for WPI undergraduates and $395 for others. For more information, call ext. 5517 or register on line at ce.wpi.edu.

First Night News

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: First Night Worcester is currently recruiting enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the Dec. 31 First Night Worcester 2002 festivities. The following volunteers are needed before, during and after the celebration: site captains, button checkers, cashiers and procession assistants.

Training will be provided. Most work is indoors and requires a commitment of at least three hours during the festivities. Late afternoon, early evening and late evening time slots are available.

As a volunteer you will receive a First Night Button (good for all performances; may be picked up before your shift) and other goodies.


POETRY READINGS: A series of poetry performances is will be held in the Banx Room at the Worcester Public Library on Dec. 31. Professor Trevor Code, convener of the series, and Professor Laura Menides will be among the readers. Here is the schedule:

3:30 p.m.

When We Were Young 

4:30 p.m.

Open Reading for Children, Students and Others 

5:30 p.m.

Influential American Poets of the 20th Century

6:30 p.m.

Worcester Slam Team 

7:30 p.m.

Poets of the Modernism and Abstraction Project 

8:30 p.m.

From the Worcester Poetry Festival 

BWE Holiday Luncheon
The Business Women’s Exchange will host a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Campus Center Odeum. There will be a special musical performance by Kathy Schaffert and her accompanist, Kurt.

The menu includes assorted rolls and butter, ham and turkey, tossed garden salad, garlic and herb mashed red potatoes, Boston baked beans, penne pasta Alfredo, eggnog and holiday punch, cheese and cracker tray with fruit, Christmas cookies, mini éclairs and Yule log, coffee and tea. The cost is $10. Send payment (checks should be payable to WPI) to Muriel Farr in the Admissions Office. Deadline is Friday, Dec. 7.

Reading Series at Worcester Art Museum
The third in the series of "Second Sunday Readings," which is being held at Worcester Art Museum in connection with the traveling exhibition, "Treasures of the Smithsonian: Modernism and Abstraction," is set for Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. A group of Worcester poets have been gathering to research and respond to the paintings and each other and write original pieces. The final session is set for Jan. 6, the last day of the exhibition. Professor Trevor Code is director of the program; Professor Laura Menides and Nina Simon ‘03 are members of the team. Admission to the Worcester Art Museum is free with a WPI ID.

WPI Receives Numerous Equipment Gifts
WPI has received numerous gifts of equipment, materials and services in recent months. The list below, of gifts valued at over $1,000 received between July 1 and Nov. 11, was provided by the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office. Comments on or additions to the list should be directed to Terry Schmidt Adams, ext. 5198 or tadams@wpi.edu.

Mechanical Engineering

$2,828 from Action Automation

Mathematical Sciences

$1,100 from Adina R&D Inc.

Mechanical Engineering

$18,995 from Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Computing and Communications Center

$1,121,270 from Avaya Inc.

Biology and Biotechnology

$9,500 from Betafoods Corp.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

$3,042 from Bristol Babcock, Inc.

Mechanical Engineering

$9400 from Cognex Corp.

Computer Science

$65,000 from Compaq Computer Corp.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

$174,000 from DSP Development Corp.

Mechanical Engineering

$14,700 from General Motors

Social Science and Policy Studies

$6,000 from High Performance Systems, Inc.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

$20,895 from Instron

Computing and Communications Center

Computer Science, $4,320 from Intel Corp.

Mechanical Engineering

$19,500 from Intel Massachusetts Inc.

Computing and Communications Center

$275,000 from Lucent Technologies

Biomedical Engineering

$2500 from MTS Systems Corp.

Chemical Engineering

$2,060 from Saint-Gobain/Norton Diamond Film

Electrical and Computer Engineering

$4,900 from Saint-Gobain/Norton Diamond Film


$2,000 from Saint-Gobain/Norton Diamond Film

Mechanical Engineering

$14,000 from Scientific Technologies, Inc.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

gifts of $16,139 and $36,305 from Texas Instruments, Inc.


Burnham Elected Treasurer of NSTD
Nancy Burnham, associate professor of physics, has been elected treasurer of the NanoScience and Technology Division of the AVS Science the Technology Society. NSTD accounts for about 1,300 of the AVS’s 6,000 members. AVS is a nonprofit organization that promotes communication, dissemination of knowledge, recommended practices, research, and education in the use of vacuum and other controlled environments to develop new materials, process technology, devices, and related understanding of material properties for the betterment of humanity. For more information, visit www.avs.org.

Hansen Receives Walter D. Love Prize
Peter H. Hansen, associate professor of history. has received the Walter D. Love Prize for the best scholarly article in any field of British studies published during 2000. The North American Conference on British Studies presents the award. Hansen was honored for his article, "Confetti of Empire: the Conquest of Everest in Nepal, India, Britain and New Zealand," published in Comparative Studies in Society and History 41 (April 2000). The award is given for an article that makes a significant contribution to its field of study and that exhibits a humane and compassionate understanding of the subject, imagination, literary grace, and scrupulous scholarship.

Students Win Lincoln Foundation Award
Matthew Daelhousen '01 and Jason Cardinal ’01 received a Merit Award, which included a cash prize, in the 2001 James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation Award Program for the Advancement of Arc Welded Design, Engineering and Fabrication. The students were honored for "Traversing Mechanism for Clothing Flammability Test," the Major Qualifying Project in mechanical engineering that they completed with Laura Ann Bradbury '01. The project was advised by Professor Jonathan Barnett and supported in part by Contract No. DAAK60-97-P-5144 from the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility. All three students are currently pursuing their M.S. degrees in fire protection engineering at WPI.

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, Dec. 6
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Dec. 12)

Friday, Dec. 7
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Monday, Dec. 10
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Dec. 20)

Monday, Dec. 10
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, Dec. 21)

Monday, Dec. 10
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Friday, Dec. 21)

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.

WPI in the News

David Lucht, director of WPI's Center for Firesafety Studies, is interviewed in the Nov. 19, 2001, issue of The New Yorker. The article, by writer John Seabrook, is titled, "The Tower Builder: How the Trade Center stood, and how it fell." It begins on page 64. Lucht is also interviewed in the October issue of Architectural Record.

The Nov. 12-16 issue of Mass High Tech included a feature on a WPI student project team's work on carbion nanotubes at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The "Looking Back" feature in the Dec. 2001 issue of Popular Science has a brief article titled, "Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays?" It describes a paper written in 1901 by Thomas Mendenhall, who was then president of WPI. (See Worth Noting on page 6 for more.)

Guillermo Salazar, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is interviewed in the October issue of Design/Build Magazine. The article, "Universities Devise Lab for Global Engineering," focuses on using technology and teamwork to collaborate.

Joan Killough-Miller, alumni editor in the Communications Group, has a piece in the Nov. 20 issue of Family Circle about her daughter Hannah titled "Hannah's Little Victory."

Jonathan Barnett, professor of fire protection engineering, is interviewed in Science magazine with members of the ASCE team investigating the collapse of World Trade Center buildings following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. The article, titled "World Trade Center: After the Fall," is in the November 2001 issue. Barnett is also interviewed in the Nov. 29, 2001, edition of the Atlanta Constitution on the same topic.

The November 29 editions of The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune featured an article on the collapse of Trade Center Building 7, which included an interview with Barnett.

Thomas Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics, has been interviewed extensively recently on recent developments regarding human cloning. Most recently, he appeared on New England Cable News on Tuesday, Nov. 25. To view the interview at www.necn.com you will need RealPlayer. Shannon was also interviewed on this topic in the Nov. 26 Telegram and Gazette.

On Monday, Nov. 26, the Boston Globe's @Large Column, on the front page of the Business Section, featured a preview of "Imagining the Future," The Nov. 20 event in the Campus Center that featured science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke and a panel of visionaries. The column is written in Scott Kirsner, who moderated the event. Go to www.wpi.edu/News/Events/Future/ to view a video of the 2.5-hour presentation.


Sunday Mass. Dec. 2 and 9, 11:30, Alden Memorial.
Saturday, Dec. 8, noon, Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass, Alden Memorial.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 p.m., Christmas Mass, Alden Memorial.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 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, Dec. 13, 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, Dec. 11, 3-4 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, Dec. 13, 3:15 p.m., Olin 107.

Friday, Dec. 14, 3:30-5 p.m., International Spouses Social. Spouses of international students and scholars are invited to the International House for an informal gathering to socialize and meet each other. For more information, call ext. 6030.

Monday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m., "Biophysical Techniques Used to Unravel Mysteries of Alcohol Intoxication and Tolerance", Steven N. Treistman, professor and vice-chair, department of Neurobiology; Director, program in Neuroscience, Umass Medical Center, Olin 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin 118).

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m., "Holiday Musical Presentation," WPI students, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6), "Forecasting the Future: What’s In Store for the Massachusetts Entrepreneur," Christina L. Pappas, acting editor, Worcester Business Journal. Case presenter: Vayusa Inc., Ajay Bam, Walter Stock, Troy Chen and Anshu Dua, Vayusa’s founders Campus Center Odeum, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID 831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

Hobey, William D. and Fr. Peter Beaulieu, Chaplin at St. Vincent Hospital, and Coordinator of the Bioethics Commission of the Diocese of Worcester, conducted a discussion on the Science and Ethics of Stem Cell Research at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Millbury on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The presentation came two days after the announcement of human cloning by a company in Worcester and was well attended by local church members and high school students.

Straus, Gail K. (senior vice president, Lipman Hearne Inc.) and Michael W. Dorsey, "Taking an Inside Out Look at Integrated Marketing," presented at the American Marketing Association 2001 Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education, Denver, Colo., Nov. 12.

Claypool, M., D. C. Brown, P. Le and M. Waseda "Inferring User Interest", IEEE Internet Computing, special issue on Personalization and Privacy, November/December 2001, pp. 32-39.

Brown, Robert, "A Structured Approach for Improving Warranty", presented at the Association of Service Management International's 31st World Conference, Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 29.

Peter H. Hansen, "Coronation Everest: Empire and Commonwealth in the Second Elizabethan Age," in British Culture and Imperial Decline, ed. Stuart Ward, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001), pp. 57-72.
_____., "Tibetan Horizon: Tibet and the Cinema in the Early Twentieth Century," in Imagining Tibet: Perceptions, Projections, and Fantasies, ed. Thierry Dodin and Heinz Räther, (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2001), pp. 91-110.
_____., "Teaching British Studies With the Web," North American Conference on British Studies, Toronto, November 3, 2001. Ljungquist, Kent, editor, Antebellum Southern Authors, Detroit: Gale Research, 2001.
_____., editor, Antebellum New York Authors, Detroit: Gale Research, 2001.
Mott, Wesley T., "review of Transcendental Wordplay: America's Romantic Punsters & the Search for the Language of Nature," by Michael West, American Literature, 73, 634-635, Sept. 2001.
Shannon, Thomas A. "Living the Vision: Health Care, Social Justice and Institutional Identity." In Christian Bioethics 7 (2001): 49-65.

Zhu, Joe, "A Multidimensional Quality-of-life Measure With An Application to Fortune's Best Cities," in Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 35 (2001) 263-284.
_____.,Wilkens, K., "Portfolio Evaluation and Benchmark Selection: A Mathematical Programming Approach," in the Journal of Alternative Investments, vol 4. no. 1 (2001), 9-19.
_____.,W. W. Cooper, S. Li, L. M. Seiford and R. M. Thrall, "Sensitivity and stability analysis in DEA: some recent developments," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Volume 15, No. 3 (2001), 217-246.
_____.,Cluster Chair: "Data Envelopment Analysis," INFORMS National Meeting, Nov. 4-7 (2001), Miami Beach.
_____., "Imprecise Data Envelopment Analysis," (invited presentation), INFORMS National Meeting, Nov. 4-7 (2001), Miami Beach.
_____., "Measuring Information Technology's Indirect Impact on Firm Performance," The sixth INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology 2001, Miami, Fla.

Wilkes, John M., "Ascertaining Whether Different Types of Learners Are Served Equally Well." Presented at the 2001 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching-New England, Boston, Mass., Nov. 2-3, 2001

Worth Noting

The "Looking Back" feature in the December 2001 issue of Popular Science has a brief article titled, "Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays?" It describes a paper written in 1901 by Thomas Mendenhall, who was then president of WPI.

In "A Mechanical Solution of a Literary Problem," Mendenhall detailed how he had analyzed 1,000-word samples from Shakespeare's plays, looking for patterns in the use of long and short words that might serve as a sort of signature for the author. The article notes that Mendenhall found that the patterns of long and short words in the works of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, a contemporary of Shakespeare who some scholars believe was the real author of the Bard's works, were virtually identical.

Mendenhall, by the way, was WPI's third president. He had been a professor at Ohio State University and president of Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) before coming to WPI in 1894. Just before joining WPI, he was superintendent of the U.S. Geodetic Survey. During his administration, the border between Canada and the United States was formally established. As a tribute to his service, several landmarks near Juneau, Alaska, are named for him, including Mendenhall Valley, Mendenhall Glacier and Mendenhall Lake (see www.wpi.edu/News/Wire/Sept97/mendenhall.html).

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