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Vol. 3, No. 18 May 16, 2002

Around Campus

Summer Hours Start Soon
The summer work schedule for full-time staff will be in effect from Tuesday, May 28, through Friday, Aug. 9. During this period, the normal 37.5-hour workweek is shortened to 35 hours with no reduction in pay. For most offices and departments this means the workday will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Division and department heads may arrange flexible work schedules, particularly in offices that need to be open before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m. In such cases, offices should inform Human Resources in writing so this can be commun-icated to Campus Police, Payroll, Plant Services and the main switchboard. Time cards for all full-time hourly paid, nonunion personnel working 37.5 hours should reflect 35 hours during this period. Time cards for personnel working 40 hours should reflect 37.5. In each case, biweekly employees will be paid for the full workweek.

Baccalaureate and Commencement Baccalaureate for members of the Class of 2000 and their families will be held tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in Alden Memorial. WPI's 134th Commence-ment will take place on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. on the Quadrangle (rain location: Harrington Auditorium; admission by ticket only). Dean Kamen, president and owner of DEKA Research & Development Corp., founder of FIRST, and inventor of the Segway Human Transporter, will be the speaker.

Welcome Alumni
WPI alumni will be on campus from June 7-9 for Reunion. Here are some highlights of the weekend:

Friday: Alumni golf tournament; bus trip to Tower Hill Botanic Garden or Worcester Art Museum; 50th Reunion reception; 50-Year Associates reception and dinner.

Saturday: WPI Trivial Pursuit breakfast; President's annual address; Reunion parade; luncheon and awards ceremony; young alumni barbecue; Robotics demonstration; Gordon Library archives tour; class banquets.

Sunday: Jazz brunch

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.wpi.edu/+Alumni/Reunion/

Outstanding Alumni to Be Honored
The WPI Alumni Association will honor the following individuals during Reunion:

Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement: Daniel A. Funk '77, Curtis R. Carlson '67, Paul A. Lacouture '72 and Bruce D. Minsky '77.

Herbert F. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service to WPI: John M. Tracy '52, Charles M. Stasey '57 and Joseph J. Maggi '67.

John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI: Joyce S. Kline '87.

Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: George R. Oliver '82, Nancy M. Pimental '87 and Donald P. Zereski '87.

Albert J. Schwieger School of Industrial Management Award: Preston W. Hall SIM '61 (awarded Feb. 24, 1998).

SIM Graduation
Nineteen men and women from 13 companies received certificates from WPI's School of Industrial Management during graduation exercises on April 30 in the Campus Center Odeum. Helen Vassallo gave the welcome address; SIM director Dr. John A. Minasian gave the SIM address; Provost John F. Carney and WPI Trustee Peter H. Horstmann awarded the certificates.

New Teaching Technology Fellows
The Academic Affairs Division and the Information Technology Division recently announced the 2002-2004 Teaching Technology Fellows. They are James Doyle, associate professor of social science and policy studies; John Goulet, coordinator of the Master of Mathematics for Educators program; Peter Hansen, associate professor of history; Rajib Mallick, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Kathryn Wilkens, assistant professor of management.

Hear the Music of the Americas
The Worcester Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble, under the direction of Gerald Mack, music director, will perform music from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the United States on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Tickets are $20 general public and $17 advance purchase for students with ID. For more information, call 508-754-3231 or e-mail music@musicworcester.org

Annual Golf Tournament
The Plant Services annual Charitable Golf Tournament will be held Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Holden Hills Country Club. Members of the WPI community are invited to participate. The $90 cost includes golf cart, green fee, prizes and buffet dinner ($25 for dinner only). Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for dependent children of Plant Services employees who are enrolled in two- or four-year colleges. Last year, the tournament raised $2,500. For more information or to sign up, call or e-mail, any of the following committee members: Skip Girard, x5277, pgirard@wpi.edu; Dave Lindberg, x 5112, dlind@wpi.edu; Dave Messier, x5216, dmessier@wpi.edu; Bob Pepin, x5575, rpepin@wpi.edu; Jeff Rudzinski, x5830, jjr@wpi.edu.

People

Correction!
The May 2 issue incorrectly listed Mark L. Claypool as the recipient of the Teaching Assistant of the Year award. The actual winner was Will Jae Won Chung. @WPI regrets the error.

WPI Students Attend Math Conference
Four WPI undergraduates participated in the 9th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference on Saturday, April 27, at Hamilton College. HURMC is a professional mathematics conference designed especially for students. Among the 120 talks by students from 39 institutions were two by WPI students: "Pythagorean Triplets," by senior David Carchedi, and "The Josephus Flavius Problem," by freshmen David Keay, An Huynh, and Peter Goodspeed. Professors William Martin and Herman Servatius accompanied the students. Robert Devaney from Boston University delivered the invited address, "Chaos Games and Fractal Images."

Dana Leigh Harmon Named Athletic Director
Dana Leigh Harmon, associate director of athletics at Wellesley College, has been named WPI's sixth director of physical education and athletics. She will assume her new post on July 1. Harmon received a B.A. in business administration from Bellarmine University and a master's in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She succeeds Ray Gilbert, who will retire in June.

Honoring Longtime Employees
The following faculty and staff members were honored on May 2 at the annual service awards dinner, held to pay tribute to employees who celebrated a service anniversary during the 2001-2002 academic year:

35 years: Bernard Brown, Louis Curran, Yi Ma, Alfred Scala and Robert Taylor; 30 years: William Durgin, Mayer Humi and John Zeugner; 25 years: Joyce Carlson, Robert Connors, Joan Daughney, Arthur Gerstenfeld, Kenneth Kaufman, Nicholas Kildahl, Laura Menides, Marlyn Myers, Kathleen Rensky, Donald Richardson, Eileen Scopetski and Roger Steele; 20 years: Deb Wright, Margaret Brodmerkle, Sylvia Cucinotta, Roger Gottlieb, Peter Hefti, Karen Lemone, Beverly Loomis, David Messier, Robert Norton, Terrence Pellerin, Richard Quimby, Brian Savilonis, Ann Schlickmann, Jo Ann Van Dyke and Susan Vick; 15 years: James Dittami, W. Addison, Diane Baxter, William Clark, Lori Costello, Janice Dresser, R. James Duckworth, Shirley Goyette, Martha Gunnarson, Marcia Kwederis, Ina Lemon, Reinhold Ludwig, Erika Majmudar, Dorothy McCarthy, Celia Mclaren, James O'Shaugnessy, Michael Sehrman, Tom Thomsen, Aida Tousignant, Judith Trainor and Matthew Ward.

Minority Affairs Director to Depart
Dawn Johnson, director of minority affairs, will leave WPI on June 28 to pursue a doctorate at the University of Maryland. She came to WPI in 1997 as assistant director of minority affairs. In that role, she had primary responsibility for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students. In her current post, as part of the Student Life team, she has continued to direct retention and quality-of-life programs and has coordinated summer pipeline programs for majority and minority students.

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.

WPI in the News

For summaries of where WPI has been in the news, please visit the official WPI In the News section of the WPI Web site.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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

Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Monday, June 3, Ph.D. Dissertation Defense, "Design and Characterization of a High-Resolution Cardiovascular Imager," Sreinivasan Vedantham, Salisbury Labs 328.

EXTERNAL AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
Tuesday, May 21, New England - Africa Business Conference, Alden Memorial. For more information, call ext. 6024 or visit www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/NEABC/.

Publications & Presentations

HUMANITIES AND ARTS
Hansen, Peter H., "Ornamentalism and Orientalism: Virtual Empires and the Politics of Knowledge," Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 3:1 (Spring 2002): http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_colonialism_and_colonial_history/v003/3.1hansen.html

Hansen, Peter H., "Unofficial Notes on the Gates Cambridge Scholarship," National Association of Fellowship Advisors: the NAFA Newsletter 4 (March 2002): http://www.fiu.edu/~beestb/4_news.html

Hansen, Peter H., "WPI's Projects and Inquiry-Based Learning," Hampshire College, April 22, 2002.

Hansen, Peter H., "Desperate Journeys: True Stories of Endurance and Survival," sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Wilbraham Public Library, Mass., April 23, 2002.

Hansen, Peter H., Discussion Leader on Globalization and Terrorism, Thayer Public Library, Lancaster, Mass., April 29, 2002.

Recent Grants

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Wyslouzil, Barbara, for Nanodroplet Aerosols: Formation and Structure, from the National Science Foundation, $107,000.

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Makarov, Sergei, for Comparative Study of Different Radiating Elements for a Low-Cost Wideband Wide-Angle Scanning Array in the Band 120-240 MHZ, from MIT, $18,403.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Gatsonis, Nikos, for Experimental Investigation and Modeling of Pulsed Plasma Thruster Plumes, from NASA, $57,448.
Gatsonis, Nikos, for WPI/Space Grant Aerospace, from MIT, $10,851.
Tryggvason, Gretar, for Splashing Droplets, from NASA, $19,000.
Total for April research grants: $212,702.00

Worth Noting

Camp Reach Project-And Campers-Bloom
Ten girls who participated in Camp Reach's crime prevention program are seeing their work grow--literally. In 2000, the team helped develop a new playground at the corner of Austin and Newbury streets in Worcester. Their specific task was to design the landscaping and plantings for the playground. On Saturday, May 11, as part of a larger neighborhood celebration, team members and their families planted the flowers they had selected.

Camp REACH (Reinventing Engineering and Creating New Horizons) is a residential program for Massachusetts girls who have completed sixth grade and who are interested in learning about engineering and technology. Its goal is to develop interest in engineering while building confidence and self-esteem. Each year three teams tackle design projects.

"These girls were part of a project called the Piedmont Street Crime Prevention Team," said Denise Nicoletti, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and Director of Camp REACH. "They really blossomed with this project and became friendly with the neighborhood families who will be positively affected by their work."

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