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Vol. 3, No. 19 June, 2002

Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule
This is the June issue of @WPI. We publish once a month during the summer to keep the campus community informed of events during the summer.

@WPI is intended for the entire WPI community. We encourage you to use it to inform the campus community about people, programs and events that can be publicized on campus. Mail articles and suggestions to the @WPI, Boynton Hall, or e-mail atwpi@wpi.edu.

WPI Partners With African Universities
Kenyatta University and the Polytechnic of Namibia have entered into agreements with WPI to share research, conduct academic and cultural exchanges, and facilitate access to research. Officials from all three institutions, as well as ambassadors from Namibia and representatives of the U.S. Department of Education, were on hand on May 21 to sign and witness the agreements. WPI will begin sending students and faculty to Namibia later this year. The signing ceremony was held in conjunction with the New England-Africa Business Conference, hosted by WPI and the Corporate Council on Africa.

Stay Active This Summer
The second annual Campus Center Summer Activities Program, sponsored by the Campus Center and the Student Activities Office, includes field trips and other events for the campus community. Here's the schedule:

Monday June 10: BOSTON RED SOX VS. COLORADO ROCKIES. Tickets are $30; they include bus transportation and admission to the game. The bus leaves WPI at 4:30 p.m.; game time is 7:05 p.m. Tickets are first-come, first served.

Saturday, July 20: MARTHA'S VINEYARD TRIP. Tickets are $25 and cover bus transportation and ferry. The bus leaves WPI at 6:30 a.m.; the Ferry departs Woods Hole for Oak Bluffs at 9:30 a.m. The return trip from Oak Bluffs departs at 6:15 p.m., arriving at WPI at 10 p.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is June 21.

Friday, June 21: MOHEGAN SUN. Tickets are $15 and include $10 food coupon and free bet coupon. Must be 21 to enter casino and receive coupons. The bus leaves WPI at 4:30 p.m. and returns at midnight. Deadline to purchase tickets is June 7.

Wednesday, July 17: TANGLEWOOD CONCERT featuring James Taylor and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Tickets are $37. The bus leaves WPI at 5:30 p.m. and returns at midnight. Tickets are first-come, first served.

Saturday, July 27: NANTUCKET TRIP. Tickets are $35; they include bus transportation and ferry. The bus leaves WPI at 6:30 a.m.; the Ferry departs Hyannis for Nantucket at 9:15 a.m. The return trip from Nantucket departs at 5:45 p.m., arriving at WPI at 10 p.m.

Saturday, August 3: DAY TRIP TO BOSTON. Tickets are $5 and include bus transportation. The bus leaves WPI at 9 a.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is July 12.

Music to Munch By
During June and July, the Campus Center and the Student Activities Office will sponsor free hour-long concerts each Wednesday at noon on the Burt Terrace of the Campus Center (rain location, Forkey Commons). Bring your own lunch or purchase food in the Campus Center Food Court. Here's the schedule:

June 12: Rich Falco Quartet (Jazz)
June 19: Dave Binder (acoustic guitar, folk-rock)
June 26: Chris McDermott (acoustic rock)
July 10: Acoustic Girl Circle (acoustic folk-rock)
July 17: New England Brass-Guild Quintet
July 24: Ed Zaloom (Country)
July 31: Reverie, Music for flute and harp

For more information, call ext. 5291.

Robots Ready to Rumble in BattleCry3
Teams from 30 high schools from around New England and New York (among them, the WPI/Massachusetts Academy team) will be on campus on Saturday, June 15, to take part in the third annual BattleCry@WPI, a competition pitting robots built for the national FIRST robotics competition against one another in spirited competition. The teams will compete for trophies and honors in Harrington Auditorium beginning at 9:30 a.m. (awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.). The event is free and open to the public.

Paintings and Photographs on Display
Un Mundo, Una Familia (One World, One Family), Watercolors and Photographs by Iris Lanyon, will be on display in Gordon Library from June 7 to August 30. The opening reception is set for Friday, June 7, from 4 to 6 p.m.


Pahlavan Named to Advisory Board
Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering, often referred to as one of the founding fathers of the wireless LAN industry, has been named to a team of technical advisors for Global Communications Devices, a supplier of highly integrated semiconductor devices for wireless networking applications. The board, consisting of highly respected members from industry and academia, will help the company develop and maintain a leading technology position within the wireless industry.

ME Professors Honored
Robert L. Norton, professor of mechanical engineering, has been chosen to receive the ASME Machine Design Award. He is being honored for his distinguished contributions to the field of machine design as a teacher, author and designer on a national and international level." The award will be presented at the Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Montreal in September.

Fellow Mechanical Engineering Professor Mikhail Dimentberg will spend the 2002-03 academic year in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar.

New Faces Around Campus
WPI recently welcomed the following employees to the campus community: Barbara Forte, assistant director, Human Resources, and Jessica Pollock, administrative secretary, Computer Science.

Mass Academy Graduation
Forty seniors graduated from the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at a May 10 ceremony in Alden Memorial. Arthur E. Chase, Matthew Amorello, John E. Durkin, Michael Sentence and Richard Burke were guest speakers at the ceremony, part of the celebration of the academy's 10th anniversary.

Here are the graduates and the colleges they will attend:

Jyothi Amin of Oxford (Boston University); Nathanial Baran of West Boylston (Carnegie Mellon University); Felix Claxton Jr. of Paxton (New York University); Robert Contois of Worcester (WPI); Benjamin Cooper of Charlton (WPI); Ian Cooper of Sutton (Rochester Institute of Technology); Jenna Davis of Natick (Lafayette College); Sanouri Fernando of Princeton (Boston University); Brian Foley of Worcester (Dartmouth College).

Also, Eviatar Frankel-Val of Worcester (Northwestern University); Rivkah Gold of Worcester (New York University); Jon Gretarsson of Worcester (WPI); Carolyn Hollands of Boylston (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill); Benjamin Hummon of Jefferson (Vassar College); Robert Johnson of Brookfield (WPI); Michael LaBossiere of Holliston (WPI); Rachel LaValley of Leominster (The United States Naval Academy); Amanda Learned of Hopkinton (WPI); Eric Leshay of West Boylston (WPI).

Also, Alison Little of Worcester (Cornell University); Nicholas Malatesta of Worcester (Clarkson University); Piotr Mardziel of Dudley (WPI); Samuel Maurer of Holden (Amherst College); Colleen McConnell of West Boylston (University of Pennsylvania); Avital Mendelson of Worcester (Cornell University); Abigail Newby-Kew of North Grafton (Tufts University); Tuan Nguyen of Worcester (WPI); Keith Painter of Uxbridge (Lehigh University); Jeffrey Rosenberg of Worcester (Union College).

Also, Sarah Sargent of Leominster (Northeastern University); David Seiler of Boylston (Harvey Mudd College); Ethan Thompson of Ashland (WPI); Marek Twarog of Auburn (WPI); Jonathan Ursprung of Princeton (MIT); Audrey Voss of Milford (Elmira College); Ye Wang of Hudson (WPI); Hans Wiken of Westford (WPI); Jimmy Wu of Shrewsbury (Case Western Reserve University); and Corey Zarrella of Leominster (Rutgers University).

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.


Wednesday, June 19, 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 Professional Workshops Web site.

Thursday, June 20, 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 Professional Workshops Web site.

Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.) Salisbury Labs, Kinnicutt Hall, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information call 508-831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

Pavlik, James W. " Photochemistry of Thiazoles, Isothiazoles, and 1,2,4- Thiadiazoles " presented at the Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida, May 9, 2002.

Brown, David C., was an invited panelist in a live panel discussion, organized by the International Journal of Design Computing, on the topic of Designing Virtual Worlds. It was held on May 30, 2002 online in an auditorium in a 3D Virtual World that is part of the University of Sydney Active Worlds Universe.

Other panelists were: Gerhard Schmitt, professor of architecture and computer-aided architectural design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; and Thomas Kvan, who has just stepped down as dean of the faculty of architecture at the University of Hong Kong. The moderator, Professor Mary Lou Maher of the University of Sydney, was physically located at MIT. About 40 virtual attendees, each represented by a 3D avatar, "came from" many countries, including England, Hong Kong, Norway, the Netherlands, Brazil, India, Switzerland, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the United States.

Brattin, Joel J. "Jimi Plays Ottawa, 19 March 1968 (second show)," in Jimpress 73 (Summer 2002), pp. 25-29.

McCarthy, Barbara L. "How I Got Into ESL (And What I Learned When I Got there)," in MATSOL Currents (Spring 2002), pp. 21, 24-25.

Worth Noting

NEASC Grants WPI Continued Accreditation
The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education has informed WPI that it has received continued accreditation for 10 years by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges. The accreditation team made special note of WPI's "innovative and effective approach to technological education that integrates theory and practice, and that is ably supported by a highly-qualified, fully-committed faculty." The team also cited WPI as "one of the nation's truly fine technological universities."

WPI has been accredited by NEASC since 1937 and was last reviewed in 1991. NEASC accreditation, which is voluntary, covers the entire institution. The commission sent a visiting team to campus last October, about a month after the terrorist attacks in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania. The team reviewed the extensive self-study report prepared, over the course of more than a year, by a team of administrators led by Lance Schachterle, assistant provost for academic affairs. They also met with many members of the WPI community.

President Parrish called the final report from the visiting team "an outstanding report card" for WPI. "I want to thank everyone for helping with this important activity, and note especially the work of Assistant Provost Lance Schachterle and the various area editors in preparing our self-study report that was the basis for the visiting team's analyses," he said in an e-mail message to the faculty and staff.

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