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Vol. 3, No. 13 March 7, 2002

Around Campus

Students Build Habitat Homes
Six WPI students are spending this week (March 3-9) building homes for needy families in Cherry Grove, West Va., as part of Habitat for Humanity International's Collegiate Challenge Spring Break 2002 Program.

Freshmen Todd Taylor, Chris Hamman and Trinh Nguyen, sophomores Kathleen Joyce and Christin Reynolds, and junior Patrick Baxter are working at Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in rural Pendleton County, Va. Catherine Reitz, WPI's community service coordinator, is helping supervise the WPI team. Over 9,000 students from more than 400 colleges and universities and 40 high schools and youth groups are helping build homes at 175 sites nationwide during this year's spring break program, which runs from Feb. 18 to April 14.

"Habitat for Humanity is giving our students a wonderful opportunity to work with skilled volunteers and college students from across the country, as well as with future homeowners," says Reitz. "While building experience is not a requirement, many of this year's WPI participants are studying engineering. Habitat for Humanity allows them to harness some of the skills they've learned in the classroom as they work with families in need."

March is Women's History Month
WPI's Office of Diversity and Women's Programs is hosting several events in celebration of Women's History Month. On Tuesday, March 12, free coffee and hot chocolate (in cups with sayings from famous women) will be available from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Reunion Plaza fountain. The observance also includes the following programs:

"A Hero for Daisy," Wednesday, March 13, 7-8 p.m., Forkey Conference Room. This program and discussion focuses on Title IX's impact on college athletics for women. Stick around for a game between the women's and men's basketball teams at 8 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium.

"Chromosome X," Wednesday, March 18, 8-10 p.m., Campus Center Stage Area, lower level. An evening to celebrate women in poetry and music.

"Women's Contributions to Science, Technology and WPI," Thursday, March 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Olin Hall 107. President Parrish and Leslie Small Zorabedian '72 will share the podium for this presentation. The president will discuss the impact of women on science and technology. Leslie will share her experiences as the first woman to graduate from WPI. This program is sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers and the Gompei's Lecture Series. SWE is providing refreshments.

Anne Simon, scientific consultant for The X Files, Wednesday, April 3, 8-9:30 p.m., Campus Center Odeum. She will discuss her role with the popular TV show and talk about what it's like to be a woman in this male-dominated field.

Call ext. 5819 for more information about Women's History Month at WPI

Regional Science and Engineering Fair
The 47th Annual Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held in Alden Memorial on Friday, March 9. More than 150 student projects from 21 area high schools will be featured. Award winners will be eligible to participate in the state competition at MIT in May.

Exhibits will be open to the general public from 1:30-5 p.m. The awards ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. in Perreault Hall, Fuller Labs. The fair is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jackie Bonneau at ext. 6015

A Very Musical March
The following "note-able" events are happening on and off campus this month:

"The Cat's Got Scat," the first concert of WPI's Jazz Vocal Workshop, will be presented at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, in Alden Memorial. The concert, with the WPI Jazz Band, will introduce Vox Nova, WPI's jazz chorus. Featured singers are Diane Jordan '03 (soprano), JR Johnson '04 (baritone), Rick Richter '05 (bass), and Rachel Zimet '02 (alto).

John Delorey, adjunct instructor of music, directs the workshop. Richard Falco, director of jazz studies, directs the Jazz Band. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Adeshie Dance Troupe, an African drum and dance ensemble, will perform in the Campus Center Odeum from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Admission is free.

WPI will host the annual New England College Band Directors' Intercollegiate Band Concert in Alden Memorial at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Admission is $5; $3 for students and senior citizens.

This year's conductor is Dennis Glocke, director of concert bands and wind ensembles at Pennsylvania State University. WPI junior Zachary Chadwick (clarinet) and sophomores Jessica Church (euphonium) and Randy Onario (alto saxophone) are among the student musicians from the region's colleges and universities selected by audition for this concert.

The program will feature Canzona by Peter Mennin, the Praetorius Suite by Jan Bach, Come Sweet Death by J.S. Bach, George Washington Bridge by William Schuman, and Circus Bee by Henry Fillmore.

The WPI Concert Band, String Ensemble, Stage Band and Jazz Ensemble are spending this week (March 4-11) in Italy. Alumni Tom Hall '00, Michael Milner '01 and Ben Nawrath '00, are performing with the student musicians, as is Deborah Wright, cataloging /acquisitions associate (See Snapshot). Irving Orrell Jr. '51, vice president of Tech Old Timers, is also on the tour. Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, directs the Concert Band and String Ensemble; Richard Falco, director of jazz studies, directs the Stage Band and Jazz Ensemble.

The itinerary includes performances in Florence at the Iimonala di Palazo Strozzi, in Arezzo at the Piazza San Iacopo, and in Rome at Aula Magna, the concert hall at La Napienza University. The Jazz Ensemble will also perform at Il Posto Fragole Jazz Club in Rome.

Roundtable Focuses on Molecular Engineering
From March 18 to March-20, WPI will host the Second International Corporate/Academic Roundtable on Emerging Technologies. This year's topic is "Molecular Engineering-The Next Five Years."

Leaders from the corporate and academic world (including three WPI faculty members) and policy leaders from government will present their vision, research and findings during the two-day conference. Sessions will include discussions about biological sensors, ethics, leveraging biomechanics, leveraging the genome, molecular computing, molecular pharmaceuticals and nanophotonics.

The $375 conference fee will be waived for WPI faculty, staff and interested students. There is a nominal fee for those who wish to attend the dinners. For more information, call ext. 6222 or visit the conference Web site.

Writing Workshop Opens March 18
The Writing Workshop helps WPI students with writing assignments and oral presentations. Trained peer tutors work with writers by discussing ideas and responding to drafts. The workshop, on the upper level of the Project Center, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are encouraged to make appointments on the center's Web site, www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/HUA/WC/. Faculty seeking writing assistance for themselves or writing tutors for their students may call Lisa Lebduska at ext. 5503.

Sergio Salvatore to Regale BWE Luncheon
The WPI Business Women's Exchange will host a luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 20, in Higgins House. Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Sergio Salvatore will perform during the luncheon. A junior majoring in computer science, Sergio has made four recordings and performed throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Italy.

The menu includes bread sticks, chef's salad, chicken picatta, vegetable, potato, key lime pie, coffee and tea. The attendance prize is a $15 gift certificate to Best Buy. Payment ($8) should be sent to Muriel Farr in Admissions by March 15. Checks should be made payable to WPI.


Longtime Athletic Director to Retire
Raymond R. Gilbert, WPI's athletic director since 1987, has announced that he will retire at the end of the current academic year. This summer, he and his wife, Susan, will move from Holden to a home they recently purchased on Lake Thompson in Palmer.

Gilbert came to WPI in 1987 from Springfield College, where he was assistant athletic director and where he earned his bachelor's and master's degree. "I have enjoyed my tenure as chair of the Physical Education and Athletics Department," says Gilbert. "Over a 15-year span, administering a variety of programs, including 21 varsity sports, has provided me with many challenges and rewards. And it has been my pleasure to be associated with a dedicated staff who have worked hard on behalf of our students."

"During his 15-year tenure at WPI Ray has developed a multifaceted physical education and athletics program that provides many opportunities for our students to be involved in sports and fitness," said Bernard H. Brown, WPI's vice president for student affairs. "At WPI, athletics are an integral part of our efforts to graduate well-rounded students. About two-thirds of our students take part in varsity athletics, club sports and intramural and recreation programs, which is a tribute to Ray's accomplishments."

To read more about Gilbert's WPI career, read the press release.

Chang Named Director of Academic Operations
Jynan (Nan) Chang has been appointed director of academic operations. She joined WPI 14 years and was most recently restricted fund accounting manager in the Accounting Office. She succeeds Lisa Jernberg, who left WPI in January after more than 10 years of service to become director of the academic affairs budget of California State University, Fullerton.

"Nan's experience and expertise will serve her well as director of academic operations, and we welcome her to this office," says John F. Carney III, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

During the next four weeks, she may be reached in the Provost's Office at ext. 5591 from 8 a.m. to noon, and in the accounting office at ext. 5850 from 1 to 5 p.m. Her e-mail address remains jschang@wpi.edu.

Miller Elected to CORE
Judith E. Miller, professor of biology and biotechnology and director of WPI's Center for Educational Development, Technology and Assessment was recently elected to a three-year term on the CORE (executive) committee of POD (Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education), an international organization of faculty developers. For additional information about POD, visit the POD Web site.

Employment Opportunities
A complete list of currently available positions is posted on the Human Resources Web site.

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.


The Bassoonist in the Library
Deborah Wright spends most weekdays immersed in the quiet details of her work as Gordon Library's cataloguing/acquisitions associate. Away from the library, she moves to a different rhythm: the baritone-like tones of the bassoon – a double-reed instrument that's almost as tall as she is. The dichotomy suits her just fine.

"The flexibility of working at the library fits my lifestyle," says Debbie, a graduate of the New England Conservatory, who has been working at the library since 1980. "It's difficult to earn a full-time living as a bassoonist. There are only a certain number of major orchestras and the competition is fierce."

These days, she has the best of both worlds: a job she enjoys and a busy free-lance musical career. This week (March 4-11) she's touring Italy with the WPI Concert Band, String Ensemble, Stage Band and Jazz Ensemble. "WPI is an exciting place to be for music," she says. She credits Doug Weeks, administrator of applied music, with helping her connect to the WPI, Worcester and regional music scenes. On April 28, she will be part of a 60-piece orchestra (assembled by Weeks) that will join the Worcester Consortium Chorus in a performance of Johannes Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem, Opus 45 at Mechanics Hall.

Debbie has been performing with the WPI Band and Orchestra since 1984 (she is currently the only non-student member of either group) and is the assistant director of the Woodwind Ensemble. A member of the International Double Reed Society, she is frequently called upon to play with the Worcester Symphony Orchestra in Mechanics Hall, and has performed with Portland Symphony, the Springfield Symphony and various other ensembles.

For the past four years, she has been a member of Chris and Friends, a fusion band that also includes two guitarists and a cellist. "It's fun to meet new challenges," she says. "I always find new ways to play the music with new people and a new conductor. It's like renewing a love affair."

Debbie Wright began to play bassoon in high school in Sparta, N.J. "When I went to sign up for the band, there were three instruments left. There was already a gifted French horn player, the oboe sounded too squeaky, so I chose the bassoon and immediately fell in love with its low sounds."

She had her first music lessons at the Manhattan School of Music. After her freshman year, she moved to Boston and took a job at the Boston Public Library, then enrolled at the New England Conservatory. Last summer she attended Bassoon Camp near Asheville, N.C., with 60 bassoon players (including another librarian/bassoonist).

"Playing the bassoon never gets boring," she says. "The music always finds me and I can get excited because it's part of who I am."

WPI in the News

An article on tax-exempt properties in Worcester in the Feb. 15 issue of the Telegram & Gazette featured quotes from Bill Durgin, associate provost for academic affairs.

On Feb. 22, the T&G ran a story about criminalist Henry Lee's presentation at WPI. The story was picked up by the online news service of CBS MarketWatch.

"Human Cloning: A Success Story or a Tempest in a Petri Dish? Ethical Dialogue," by Thomas Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics, appeared in the Feb. 18 edition of America.

In its Feb. 18 issue, Mass High Tech profiled Melissa St. Hilaire '02 and Arthur Heinricher, associate professor of mathematical sciences, in a feature on Melissa's disaster recovery model for network reliability.

The Providence Business News featured a brief on WPI's GE Fund Math Excellence initiative on Feb. 18

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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


Wednesday, March 20, noon, "Self-assembly of Crystals and Nanocrystals: Crystal Engineering of Nanoscale Structures," Mike Zaworotko, University of South Florida, Goddard Hall 227.

Wednesday, March 20, 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, March 21, 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, March 21, 3:15 p.m., Olin Hall 107.

Wednesday, March 19, 2 p.m., Hazardous Waste Management and Laboratory Safety Training, Salisbury Labs 123. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call Dave Messier at ext. 5216 or e-mail dmessier@wpi.edu.

Monday, March 11, 4 p.m., "Polyelectrolyte-Protein Coacervates: A Novel State of Macromolecular Solution," Paul Dubin, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin 118)

Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 a.m., "WPI's Evolving Role in Fire Safety," David Lucht, director, Center for Firesafety Studies, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

Tuesday, March 12 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.), "Identifying and Delivering Your Message," joint meeting of the WPI Venture Forum and the Society of Professional Communicators, Campus Center Odeum, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. 831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

Cox, Christopher and Stephen Pratt "The Case of the Missing Students, and How We Reached Them With Streaming Media." In Computers in Libraries. 23, no. 3 (March 2002):40-45.

Brattin, Joel J. "Albert Hall Experience," in UniVibes 41 (April 2002): 3.
--. Scholarly annotations to the text Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, Modern Library Classics Edition, 2002.

Durgin, William W. and T.A. Andreeva. "Ultrasound Technique for Prediction of Statistical Characteristics of Grid-generated Turbulence." Presented at the 40th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Jan. 14-17, Reno Nevada.

Worth Noting

Artists Have a Place at Gordon Library
When it opened in the fall of 1968, Gordon Library, with its spacious archives areas and meeting rooms and room for 200,000 books and 450 patrons, was hailed as a model for other college libraries. Thanks to the foresight of President Harry P. Storke and Head Librarian Albert G. Anderson Jr., the new building also incorporated display space for paintings, photographs, prints and pottery.

C&T Shadow,, a photo by David Liu '02, was included in the recent exhibit "Tango Argentino" in the gallery in Gordon Library. Photo © David I-Teh Liu, DayLightPix (www.DayLightPix.com). This photo and others by Liu are for sale.

In the more than 30 years since then, the library has displayed hundreds of exhibits showcasing the work of emerging local and regional artists, including WPI students and staff, and has built a reputation as a fine public gallery.

WPI Archives and Special Collections oversees the gallery and develops exhibit ideas and selects the artists. Under the direction of archivist Rodney Obien, the department also arranges the building's display cases – filling them with items from the library's public collections or from special collections that spend most of their time behind locked doors.

"We've been doing these shows longer than any other college in the Worcester area," says Collections Manager Lora Brueck, a local artist herself, who has helped coordinate the exhibits since 1974. "Other schools have galleries on campus, but until recently ours has been the only one in the city that is part of the library – that's especially notable since we don't have an art program here."

"While there's a vibrant arts community in Worcester," notes Obien, "this is one of the few public gallery spaces in the city."

The library's most recent exhibits reflect the depth and range the organizers strive to maintain. Two student photographers were featured in the second floor gallery until March 1. In "Tango Argentino," David I-Teh Liu '02, revealed his photographic artistry and his understanding of the movements of the dance, which he has studied for four years. "Night Spots" by Jonathan Pesch '03, shed new light on Founders Hall and other campus and area buildings.

Until March 10, visitors to the third floor gallery may see "ArtXII: In Cahoots," a collection of prints, artists' boxes, "spirit boxes" and mixed media portraits that are the result of a progressive collaboration by nine female artists, including Brueck.

Archives and Special Collections plans exhibits two years in advance. On the calendar for the remainder of the academic year are a retrospective of the work of Pam Redick, a Webster-based artist who paints in the photo-realistic style (March 11-April 19); the digital art of Adrienne La Vallee of Manchester, N.H. (April 27 to May 31); and portraits by Iris Lanyon, wife of ECE Professor H.P.D. Lanyon (June through August). Exhibits in 2002-03 will feature Boston mixed media artist Genera Banzon and the still life paintings of Jeanne Lachance, an instructor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

For more information about upcoming exhibits, visit the Library's exhibits page.

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