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Vol. 3, No. 9 Jan. 10, 2002

Around Campus

Back to the Future
WPI offices and departments opened for the first time in 2002 on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Term C classes resume today.

During this term, undergraduates will be working on IQPs at the Worcester Community Project Center and in London, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Others will do their MQPs in Nancy, France, and in California's Silicon Valley.

In Term B, students completed Sufficiencies in London and IQPs at the Worcester Community Project Center and in Washington, D.C., and Zurich. MQPs were done at the Wall Street Project Center or on campus in conjunction with this new center.

Building Memories Brick by Brick
The Alumni Office will be accepting orders for commemorative bricks until Feb. 14. The bricks, which cost $55 each, will become part of the Centennial Walkway, which crisscrosses the Quadrangle. To place an order, call ext. 5606, e-mail alumni-office@wpi.edu, or go to Centennial Walkway Bricks.

More than 5,000 alumni, students, faculty and staff have purchased bricks in honor or in memory of WPI classmates, professors, friends or family members since the walkway was constructed in 1991 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Association.

Visionary New Committee
President Parrish has charged WPI's new Library Vision Committee with developing a vision for Gordon Library that should take into account the rapid deployment of information technology and its impact on the library's design and function. Members will serve as advisors to the president, the provost and the vice president for information technology.

The committee is composed of Library Director Helen Shuster, library staff members Carmen Brown, Lora Brueck and Donald Richardson, faculty members Anthony Dixon (CM), Lee Fontanella (HUA), Huong Higgins (MG), Sergei Makarov (ECE) and Grant McGimpsey (CH), graduate student Murugavel Murali, and sophomores Amanda Delaive and Jonathan Turner. Development Director Robert Dietrich will serve as a resource for the committee; Information Technology Project Manager Vicki Lynn will serve as recorder.

Women Hoop It Up Over RPI
The WPI women's basketball team gave RPI a less-than-warm welcome on Jan. 5, when they won the WPI Invitational 65-59 in overtime. With this victory, WPI has won four straight and is now 7-5 overall.


Marketing Executive Appointed
George S. Flett has been appointed associate vice president of marketing. In this new post, he will be responsible for creating and implementing an integrated marketing and advertising program for the university. He reports to John L. Heyl, vice president for development and university relations.

Flett holds a B.S. in marketing from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the University of Florida. He began his career in marketing management at the Quaker Oats Co. and Sara Lee Corp., and moved on to increasingly responsible marketing positions with The Pillsbury Company, Colombo Inc. and Veryfine Products Inc. Prior to coming to WPI, he was managing director for product development and marketing at Imagitas Inc., in Waltham, Mass., a public service marketing company that creates government and private partnership initiatives.

"We are very pleased that George has joined the WPI marketing team," Heyl says. "His experience as a senior consumer marketing executive encompasses Internet and traditional marketing and advertising disciplines. These strengths will help WPI further increase its national and international reputation as a world leader among technological universities."

New Coach is On Track
Georgia Menides has been named assistant men's and women's track coach. The daughter of Laura Menides, Professor of English, Georgia is a 1997 graduate of New York University, where she majored in playwriting and captained the track team. At Doherty High School, she participated in cross country and in indoor and spring track.

Concert Features Trombonist Weeks
Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, will be featured in a solo performance during the Trombone & Friends concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Worcester Art Museum. The concert is free and open to the public. Admission to the museum is free with a WPI ID.

Professor Recalls the Quiet Beatle
For three days in April 1964, English Professor Wesley Mott was George Harrison. For Foxboro High School's student council talent show, Mott and three fellow seniors lip-synched two Beatles tunes as part of a band they called "The Bottles."

Mott reminisced about the experience and the era in the "Viewpoint" section of the Dec. 13 issue of The Foxboro Reporter, his hometown paper. "It had been years since I'd followed [Harrison's] career...it felt like I'd lost a friend," he wrote. "We ache for that moment in 1964 when life was so spontaneous and intense and the future held such limitless promise¾when we were all George Harrison, when we were all the Beatles."

If you'd like to read the entire column, write to wmott@wpi.edu.

Send-off for Sandi
Sandra Williams, the Center for Firesafety Studies' first administrative secretary, is retiring on Jan. 18 after 16 years of dedicated service. Colleagues and friends are invited to extend their good wishes to Sandi at an informal reception from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Higgins Labs 102.

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, Jan.10
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Jan. 17)

Tuesday, Jan.15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms
Thursday, Jan. 17
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Jan. 23)

Friday, Jan. 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Thursday, Jan. 31)

Thursday, Jan. 24
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Jan. 31)

Thursday, Jan. 31
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Feb. 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

The Dec. 6 issue of the Boston Business Journal covered student projects completed at WPI’s project canter at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

A recent work by Dean O'Donnell, administrator and instructor of drama/theatre, was among six plays presented by Centastage in The Xmas Files: Boston Plays 2. The Boston Herald reviewed the plays on Dec. 12; The Boston Globe covered the production on Dec. 7 and Dec. 12.

The Telegram & Gazette focused on several WPI people and programs in recent issues. A photo essay about the Hoop Dreams volunteer mentoring program appeared on Dec. 12. The newspaper ran features on the new IPG Photonics Lab on Dec. 13 in its e-business edition and on Dec. 14 in its print edition.

The Dec. 22 T&G included a feature about a $1 million Pentagon grant that WPI will use to develop a system to provide medical treatment during battlefield conditions (see Worth Noting, page 4). On Dec. 28, Professor Christopher Brown's election to the SME Board of Directors was noted in the "People" segment of the Business section.

News about the photonics lab was also picked up by other media outlets. On Dec. 12, it was covered in Mass High Tech's e-edition; the following day it was in New England Tech Wire, a daily e-mail service that summarizes the region's most important technology, venture capital and Internet stories.

On Jan. 6, the Education section of the Boston Sunday Globe included a story on a program that prepares some WPI graduates to take the teacher-licensing exam. A photo of Joanna Begin '03 appeared with the story, along with quotes from her and from John Goulet, the program's coordinator, Assistant Provost Lance Schachterle, and Abiche Dewilde '03, another participant.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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


The next Admissions Open House for high school juniors and seniors will be held on Monday, Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)

Sunday Mass will be offered on Jan. 13, 20 and 27 at 11:30 a.m. in Alden Memorial.

Thursday, Jan. 10, noon, "Toward Space and Order: Design Strategies for Crystal Engineering," Alicia Beatty, University of Notre Dame, Goddard 227.
Thursday, Jan. 17, noon, "Understanding of Chemical Phenomena: From Synthesis to Computational Modeling," Evgueni Nesterov, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Goddard Hall 311.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m., Juston McKinney, Campus Center, Forkey Commons. McKinney has headlined such clubs as Dangerfield's and Stand-up New York, and recently appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and on the new A&E series "100 Center Street." Sponsored by SocComm MSEC.

Friday, Jan. 18 through Sunday, March 10, "In Cahoots! An Exhibition by Art XII," Gordon Library, third-floor gallery.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 3:15 p.m., Olin 107

Thursday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m., Waltham Campus

"Enhancing Endovascular Heat and Mass Transfer: From Artificial Lungs to Therapeutic Hypothermia," Thomas L. Merrill, Ph.D., ABIOMED Inc., Monday, Jan. 21, 2-3 p.m., Biomedical Engineering Conference Room (SL 328).

The following individuals joined the campus community in December:
Alan Cambroia, fireman II, Plant Services; George Flett, associate vice president for marketing, Development and University Relations; Teresa Laraia, printing services coordinator, Administrative Services; Jessica Regan, administrative secretary, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Seth Tuler, adjunct assistant professor, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies.

Publications & Presentations

Brattin, Joel J., Malcolm Stewart and Gary Geldeart.
"The Train Now Standing." In Jimpress 70, December 2001, 6-7.

Shannon, Thomas A. "Human Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy." In Theological Studies 62, December 2001, 811-824.

Brown, Jason, Carlos Goller, Tara Peters, Adam Olean, Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld and Arthur Gerstenfeld. "Puerto Rico, Maricultivo en Jaulas Sumergidos ¿la ola del futuro?" in Panorama Acuicola vol. 7 no 1 Nov/Dec 2001.

Ives, B., E. Loiacono and G. Picolli. "DSL Provisioning: Redefining Customer Service." In Communications of the Association of Information Systems 7, Article 21, December 2001.

Worth Noting

Moving to the Head of the Class
A new WPI program holds the promise of helping the state alleviate its shortage of qualified middle and high school mathematics and science teachers.

Directed by John Goulet, the program is designed for WPI students who are considering teaching careers, but who do not wish to earn a degree in education. The focus turns traditional math and science teacher preparation upside down: at WPI students build a strong foundation in their subject areas and enhance that knowledge with classroom training and experience.

Eight to 10 students have signed up for a spring-term teaching methods course, a prerequisite for the program; administrators hope to grow the program to about 30 future teachers. In addition to their classroom work, participants must complete 75 hours of classroom observation and 150 hours of practice teaching. The proximity of the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science makes it an ideal training ground and a place where students can observe and get to know master teachers.

In the Jan. 6 article in the Boston Sunday Globe, Assistant Provost Lance Schachterle said, "We sell the program in terms of two career possibilities for the price of one." One of the unexpected issues, said Schachterle, is that WPI students are often too advanced for high school teaching posts; the university has offered math students brush-up sessions in the basics, which many of them may have forgotten.

Says junior Joanna Begin, a math major from Sheffield, Conn., "I'm hoping to teach math to kids in inner-city schools who don't like math." Abiche Dewilde, a junior from Belgium who is majoring in biology, had planned to add a teaching certificate to her science degree-perhaps through a summer program; WPI's program is enabling her to achieve her goal more quickly.

Goulet says he doesn't expect to change the world with these few students, but he is optimistic about making a difference. "We'll never be talking about hundreds of students," he says, "but if you get a lot of trickles, it adds up."

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