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Vol. 3, No. 14 March 21, 2002

Around Campus

Lights! Camera! Action!
Don't be surprised if it looks like a little bit of Hollywood has been transplanted to WPI today.

A production company will be on campus all day filming a television commercial that will become the centerpiece of a new marketing program for the university. The commercial will feature several undergraduates, who were chosen during auditions earlier in the week.

The ad is the culmination of two years of work on new marketing strategies developed by a large team of people at WPI working with outside marketing and advertising experts. The commercial is designed to raise awareness among the general public of WPI's outstanding programs and people, and enhance our reputation for academic excellence.

Shooting will take place at locations around campus; the film crew will operate out of the Campus Center Odeum. When filming is under way, it may be necessary to close certain facilities or restrict access to certain areas for limited periods during the day. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Help WPI Lift the Bushel
The results of today's shooting will be seen for the first time on campus on April 3 at a special lunch at which WPI's new marketing program will be formally unveiled.

The theme of the lunch will be the symbolic lifting of the bushel that has hidden WPI's light for too long. Faculty and staff are invited to attend and get a preview of the TV and radio commercials that are integral elements of this new program.

The lunch will be held in the Campus Center Odeum from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Seating will be limited. To reserve a place, call the President's Office at ext. 5200 or e-mail bushel@wpi.edu.

Cultural Festival
WPI's 16th annual Cultural Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in Alden Memorial. The International Student Council sponsors this multicultural family-oriented festival, which includes dance, music, food, calligraphy, martial arts demonstrations, and more. Admission is free. For more information, call 508-831-6030.

Don't Miss These Events
The Society of Women Engineers and the Gompei's Lecture Series are sponsoring "Women's Contributions to Science, Technology and WPI" today, March 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 107. President Parrish will discuss the impact of women on science and technology. Lesley Small Zorabedian '72 will discuss her experiences as the first woman to receive a bachelor's degree from WPI. SWE is providing refreshments for this program, which is part of the WPI Office of Diversity and Women's Programs' celebration of Women's History Month.

Also part of Women's History Month is a presentation by Anne Simon, scientific consultant for The X Files on Wednesday, April 3 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Odeum. Simon will talk about her role with the popular TV show and what it's like to be a woman in this male-dominated field.

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.

Improving the Library
What if there were a cyber café in Gordon Library? What if you were able to create as well as find information in the building?

Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to express their opinions about what they'd like to have in a renovated library that is not currently available. Discussions will be held in the Campus Center's Hagglund Room at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 25, and at noon on Tuesday, March 26. Arnold Hirshon, executive director of NELINET Inc., will facilitate the meetings.

Seating for each session is limited to 30. E-mail jdickert@wpi.edu to determine if space is still available. Meetings for students have been scheduled separately.

The Cats Will Jam in April
"The Cat's Got Scat," the first concert of WPI's Jazz Vocal Workshop, has been rescheduled to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, in Alden Memorial. The concert with the WPI Jazz Band will mark the debut of Vox Nova, the WPI jazz chorus. The event is free and open to the public.

Photorealism at the Library
"Flashback," works by Webster-based artist Pamela Lang Redick, are on display in Gordon Library's third floor gallery through April 19. Redick, who paints in a photorealistic style, attended the school of the Worcester Art Museum and Valparaiso University.

In recent years her works have been shown locally at the Italian American Cultural Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, the Center for the Arts in Natick, and Anna Maria College in Paxton. For a glimpse of Redick's art, visit er3.com/pam/flash.htm or www.wpi.edu/+library/Archives/exhibite.html.

Women's Health Program at YWCA
The physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women will be addressed during Women's Health Night on Wednesday, April 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the YWCA at Salem Square. The program's sponsors are the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, CIGNA Healthcare of Massachusetts Inc., and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Women's Health Network.

A social hour will precede the seminars, which will be presented as follows: "Pilates," "Stress: An Opportunity for Change," "Making Sense of Heart Health (offered in English and Spanish) and "Women's Health: An Overview" from 6:20 to 7:30 p.m.; "Eating for Wellness" (English and Spanish), "Salsa Dancing for Fitness," "Move for the Health of It," and "Young Women's Health" from 7:35 to 8:45 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 508-849-4231.

Dickens Illustrations on Display in Lowell
"Illustrating Dickens, Selections from the Robert D. Fellman Collection," a special exhibition sponsored by the George C. Gordon Library, the Humanities and Arts Department, the Lowell Cultural Council and the University Massachusetts Lowell, will be on display at the Whistler House Museum in Lowell from March 23 to April 15 in conjunction with the conference "Dickens and America." Opening reception Sunday, March 24, from 2 to 5 p.m.


Howland Named Alumni Relations Director
Elizabeth Howland, who has served as acting alumni director since January, has been appointed director of alumni relations. (An article about her appointment as acting director appeared in the Jan. 24 issue of @WPI.)

Beth came to WPI as senior development officer in 1999. Prior to that she was director of development for the School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy at the University of Connecticut.

WPI's Artistic Doctor
A retrospective of pastel paintings by Dr. Barry Hanshaw, WPI's physician, was on display earlier this month in Assumption College's Emanuel d'Alzon Library. The paintings depict places he and his wife visited during their travels in New England, California, Europe and Japan between 1990 and 2001. Those who missed the recent exhibit can see four of his earlier works in the campus Health Center on the first floor of Stoddard C.

Hanshaw began taking art classes in 1988, during his tenure as dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His paintings are in 65 private collections throughout Central Massachusetts. In addition to the recent show, his work has been exhibited at the medical school, the Worcester Center for Crafts, and Gordon Library. He is represented by the Westboro Gallery.

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.


Lab Manager Delights in Details
 As laboratory manager for the Biology and Biotechnology Department, Paula Moravek spends her days focused on details. "I'm make sure professors and students have the materials and equipment they need and that the labs are well-maintained," says Paula, who earned a B.S. in biology at SUNY Binghamton and has been a member of the WPI community since 1984. "I train work-study students, who prepare solutions and set out and clean the glassware and other supplies for each lab. It's a hands-on job and the details never end."

Given the challenges of her day job, one would think Paula would head home to relax with a book or a movie. But in her off-hours, she spends many hours immersed in details of a different kind – as a director, costumer, prop manager, stage manager, actor or singer with theatre companies in central Massachusetts.

Since 1989 she's been involved with the Sudbury Savoyards, a community theatre group that donates its proceeds to agencies that work to relieve world hunger, and currently sits on the organization's board. Last summer, she directed Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. "Dramas are the most challenging to direct," she says. "There's something going on emotionally in every scene."

She also works frequently as a costume designer. Last month, she designed the costumes for the Savoyards' production of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Sorcerer. She's also costumed performances of Man of La Mancha and You Can't Take It With You by N.E.T. Works! Productions in Shrewsbury, among other plays. She's also done public relations and served as a member of the prop crew for many productions, and worked with the Awesome Convict Arts Players at correctional facilities in Norfolk and Shirley, Mass.

Although she sang in choruses and played the French horn in her high school's marching band and orchestra in her native Glen Head, Long Island, Paula didn't become active in theatre until her parents moved to Westborough. "I didn't know anyone and I joined a community chorus that summer just to meet people," she says. During that time she also began taking voice lessons. A mezzo-soprano, she has been a soloist in productions of the Sudbury Savoyards, Window on the Heart and I Solisti Simpatici and a chorister in three productions of the Salisbury Lyric Opera Company.

"Theatre is very social – it brings together people with a wide range of ages and backgrounds," says Paula, who notes that while she loves the detail work involved in creating costumes or selecting perfect props, it's being on stage that brings her the greatest pleasure. She had the lead role of the old woman in St. Nicholas and the Three Scholars, was mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and played Madame Sofronie in Gift of the Magi. "But it was Sancho Panza in Man of La Mancha for N.E.T. Works that was my most fun role!"

Paula is also involved with "voice acting" (radio plays, character voices) and is in the independent film Mourn due out this year.

WPI in the News

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently covered WPI's Fire Modeling course, part of the university's distance learning curriculum. Nicholas Dembsey, associate professor of fire protection engineering, was interviewed for the article in the March 13 issue. The Chronicle had a brief on WPI's bond rating on March 1.

David Messier, WPI's manager of environmental and occupational safety, was interviewed on WBZ, Channel 4 on March 14. Dave went through boot camp with new Red Sox Manager Grady Little and the news crew came out to WPI to hear his recollections.

On March 14, the Telegram & Gazette interviewed President Parrish on WPI's receipt of a $6 million gift from the estate of Miriam B. Rutman, widow of Walter Rutman '30.

RoboNautica, the FIRST LEGO League competition hosted by WPI, received coverage from the T&G on March 4; it was also covered by radio stations WEEI and WTAG and by the Wakefield Daily Item.

The premier issue of AAC&U (Association of American Colleges and Universities) News led off with an article titled "WPI Curriculum Features Integration and Problem-Based Learning."

In its Feb. 24 issue, The New Bedford Standard Times profiled WPI students Rachel Bowers, Christopher Guenette and Gregory LaCamera on their experience with the Global Perspective Program.

On Feb. 18, the Lynn Daily Item ran a feature on WPI's GE-sponsored education program "Math Excellence Initiative."

On Feb. 14, the Burlington Union featured an article on student Stephen Worsham and his IQP work in London.

The Feb. 14 Web edition of YAHOO News and msnbc.com featured an article on scrubbing spacecraft and the work of Karen McNamara, former assistant professor of chemical engineering, and her team, who designed gloves to handle samples from other planets.

The January/February issue of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers ran a profile of John Woycheese, assistant professor of fire protection engineering.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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


Friday, March 22, 11 a.m. to noon. Graduate Seminar, "Development of a Breast CT Imaging System," Srinivasan Vedantham, WPI, Salisbury Labs 328

Monday, March 25, 11 a.m. Colloquium, "Micro- and Macroscopic Treatment of Foams," Stephan A. Koehler, Department of Physics, Harvard University. Olin Hall 223 (refreshments at 10:40 a.m. in Olin Hall 118)

Monday, March 25, 4 p.m. Colloquium, "Numerical Simulations of Liquid Crystals," R. Pelcovits, Department of Physics, Brown University. Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin Hall 118)

Thursday, March 28, 11 a.m. Colloquium, "DNA is Not the Only Helix in Town or A Story of Crafty Microspirngs," Yevgeniya V. Zastavker, Department of Physics, Wellesley College, Olin Hall 223 (refreshments at 10:40 a.m. in Olin Hall 118)

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

Publications & Presentations

Shashoua, Victor E. and David S. Adams. "AP-1 Transcription Factor Is Activated by CMX Peptides, a Property of Neuroprotective Proteins." Presented during the Keystone Symposium "Stroke: Molecular, Cellular, Pharmacological and Development of New Therapeutics," March 9-14, 2002, Taos, N.M.

Worth Noting

Professors Chronicle 19th Century Literature
In under seven years, WPI English Professors Kent P. Ljungquist and Wesley T. Mott have produced 10 reference works that are the major comprehensive sources for mid-19th century American literature. Within these volumes, the professors have edited profiles of more than 1,200 writers, theologians, philosophers, educators, scholars, politicians, scientists, artists and reformers. In this body of work they have covered biographical, bibliographical, historical and cultural/ intellectual/social contexts for the American Renaissance – the outburst of creativity that occurred in the decades before the Civil War. Each professor has also contributed to the volumes he has edited – as have several other WPI Humanities and Arts professors, including William Baller, JoAnn Manfra, Laura Menides and David Samson.

"This body of work is remarkable not only for its scope, but for the fact that these books were produced by professors at a technological university," says Mott. "They have created a reputation for a certain kind of hard-nosed scholarship emanating from the WPI English group within the university's Humanities and Arts Department."

Ljungquist and Mott bring impressive credentials to their work as scholarly and textual editors. Each has been honored with the WPI Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship – Mott in 1993 and Ljungquist in 1998.

Ljungquist is one of the world's leading authorities on the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe. He edited three volumes in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction Writers (1998), Antebellum Writers in the South (2002) and Antebellum Writers in New York (2001). He also edited the Facts on File Bibliography of American Fiction to 1865 (1994).

Mott is an expert on Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and other Transcendentalists. He is the editor of three volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography that were published in 2000-01: The American Renaissance in New England: The Concord Writers, Boston & Cambridge Writers and Regional Writers. In 1996 he was the editor of the Biographical Dictionary of Transcendentalism (designated by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book of the year) and the Encyclopedia of Transcendentalism.

"The literary answer to an encyclopedia, these 10 volumes comprise the standard reference sources on the period for public and private libraries," says Ljungquist. "Our audience," adds Mott, "includes high school students, college students and college professors, and we know that these books are standard reading for doctoral exams in American and European universities."

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