Vol. 4, No. 0 - August 1, 2002

In this issue:


Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule
This is the Aug. issue of @WPI. We publish once a month during the summer to keep the campus community informed. @WPI is intended for the entire WPI community. We encourage you to use it to spread the words 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.

Summer Hours End
On Monday, Aug. 12, nonexempt staff members are expected to return to their normal 37.5-hour workweek and exempt employees are expected to return to their 40-hour workweek schedule.

Campus Map Update
If you know of changes that need to be made to the campus map (see www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/), contact Bonnie McCrea (mccrea@wpi.edu, ext. 5306) by Monday, Aug. 26. A revised map will be available by Sept. 2. Printing Services in Boynton Hall (ext.5150) will print multiple copies for a fee.

New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation begins Saturday, Aug. 17, and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 21. A complete schedule of activities and a list of WPI community members who are helping with Orientation may be found at the Web site at www.wpi.edu/Admin/SAO/NSO/.

Shriners Summerfest at WPI
On Aug. 4, the Massachusetts branches of the Shrine of North America will hold its annual parade and Festival. Beginning on Chandler Street, opposite Foley Stadium, at 1 p.m., it will proceed to WPI's Alumni Field via Park Avenue. Festival events, which end at 5 p.m., include CHIPS (Child Identification Program) and free hot dogs and hamburgers.


People

WPI Loses Two Treasured Friends
Patrick P. Dunn
, associate professor of history at WPI, died Sunday, July 14. Dunn earned his bachelor's degree from Marquette University and his master's and doctorate from Duke University. He joined the WPI faculty in 1974, was granted tenure in 1980, and was a recipient of the 1988 WPI Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching. He created the first Web page for the Department of Humanities and Arts.

An expert in Russian/Soviet history who was fluent in Russian, Dunn was part of a delegation to Pushkin, Russia, when it was named Worcester's sister city. In the late 1980s, he guided groups from WPI on tours of Moscow, Leningrad and Pushkin. He is survived by his mother and a son and daughter. A memorial service was held on July 16. Professor Dunn was buried in Wisconsin.

Denise W. Nicoletti, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, died July 22, in a car accident. Nicoletti earned her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees from Drexel University and joined WPI in 1991. An authority on ultrasonics, nondestructive testing, scaling and fractal properties, she received tenure in 1997.

She was the founder and director of Camp REACH (Reinventing Engineering And Creating new Horizons). The sixth installment of this acclaimed two-week residential summer program, which introduces 7th grade girls to the excitement of engineering and science, concludes tomorrow. She is survived by her husband Richard, and three children. A funeral service was held Saturday, July 27, at the First Congregational Parish Unitarian Church in Petersham.

Bullock Focuses on the Constitution
Steven Bullock, professor of history at WPI, recently served as guest-editor of a special issue of the Web magazine Common-Place that focused on the uses and abuses of the U.S. Constitution. The award-winning Web site provides a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. Bullock was responsible for coming up with a list of potential authors, soliciting their articles, and creating the roundtable section of the magazine.

Schachterle Co-Edits Definitive Cooper
Assistant Provost Lance Schachterle, along with James P. Elliott of Clark University and Jeffrey Walker of Oklahoma State University, has edited the definitive scholarly text of James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy. Published in 1821, the book is considered America's first great novel. "The work was actually Cooper's second novel, but it launched his career," Schachterle says. "Cooper crafted an unanticipated best seller by creating a story that was truly American-involving American characters in a situation that could only have taken place in America."

Gottlieb Authors Fourth Book
Roger S. Gottlieb, professor of philosophy, has written his fourth book: Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change (Westview Press). The book presents a new account of how religious ethics and progressive movements share a common vision of a transformed world. It offers the affirmation that authentic religion requires an activist, transforming presence in the political world, and that the moral and psychological insights of religion are indispensable resources in political struggles for democracy, human rights and ecological sanity.

New Faces Around Campus
WPI recently welcomed the following employees to the campus community: Elizabeth Cash, Web developer, Web Development; Carol Contis, administrative secretary IV, Residential Services; Johanna DiCarlo, head coach, field hockey and softball, Physical Education; Dana Harmon, director, Physical Education and Athletics; Timothy Gerrity, director, Biomedical Institute; Susan Shaw, administrative secretary III, Admissions; Laura Ferro, administrative secretary IV, Admissions; Entela Baoli, sponsored programs coordinator, Research Administration; and Debra Langton, administrative secretary I, Physical Education.

Human Resources Deadlines
Staff time sheets are due by noon on the Friday before the pay date. Human Resources and Payroll Office deadlines are noted below.

Thursday, Aug. 1
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Aug. 7)

Thursday, Aug. 8
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Aug. 15)

Thursday, Aug. 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, Aug. 15
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Aug. 21)

Monday, Aug. 19
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, Aug. 30)

Thursday, Aug. 22
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Aug. 29)

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Sept. 4)

Friday, Aug. 30
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Sept. 12)

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 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

The full text of the meetings may be read online at this location.


Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 6:30 p. m., Career Seminar, 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.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m., Career Seminar, 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p. m., Career Seminar, 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.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 6:30 p. m., Career Seminar, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717 or visit the Corporate and Professional Education site.

Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a. m., Career Seminar, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717 or visit the Corporate and Professional Education site.

Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30 p. m., Career Seminar, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717 or visit the Corporate and Professional Education site.

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex, Rte. 128, exit 26). For more information, call Kathleen Thompson at 781-895-1188 ext. 205, or visit WPI's Graduate Admissions site.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call Kathleen Thompson at 781-895-1188 ext. 205, or visit WPI's Graduate Admissions site.

Thursday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Campus Center Hagglund Room. For more information, call Kathleen Thompson at 781-895-1188 ext. 205, or visit WPI's Graduate Admissions site.

 


Publications & Presentations

HUMANITIES
Brattin, Joel J. "Jimi Hendrix: The Dick Cavett Show." UniVibes 42 (August 2002), pp. 4-6.

"Leszek Cichonski: Thanks Jimi: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix." UniVibes 42 (August 2002), p. 6.

Brattin, Joel J. "Phil Bee & Friends: The Hendrix Files." UniVibes 42 (August 2002), p. 7.

Brattin, Joel J. "Bob Rosengarden on Jimi Hendrix and The Dick Cavett Show." UniVibes 42 (August 2002), p. 9.

MANAGEMENT
Joe Zhu and L. M. Seiford (2002), "Modeling undesirable factors in e.ciency evaluation" European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 142, 16-20

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Andreeva, Tatiana and W. W. Durgin, "Ultrasonic Technique in Characterization of the Grid-generated Turbulent Flow," presented at APM 2002 Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 27.

Hoffman, A.H., H.K. Ault, H. Toriumi, S.A. Smith and C. Felice, (2002). "The Design and Kinematic Evaluation of a Passive Wearable Upper Extremity Orthosis", in Proceedings of the RESNA 25th International Conference, pp. 160-162.


Recent Grants

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Fairchild, C. D., for "Molecular Analysis of a BHLH Protein's Role in Phytochrome Regulation of Gene Expression," from the U. S. Department of Agriculture, $75,000.

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Fisler, K., for "Computing Education for Every Student in Secondary Schools," from Northeastern University, $48,751.

MANAGEMENT
Gerstenfeld, A., for Africa: A Focus on the Southern Cone," from the Department of Education, $86,253.

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
Yakovlev, V.V., for "CAD of a Slotted Waveguide Applicator," from Northampton Community College, $17,157.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Sullivan, J. M., for "MRI of Brain Function and Receptors in Cocaine Addiction," from the UMASS Medical School, $70,730. Tryggvason, G. T., for "Phase IIIB: Strong Stratification in Circular Pipes and Improved Droplet Breakup Modeling," from Chevron Petroleum Technology Co., $71,235.

PHYSICS
Lew Yan Voon, L.C., for "CAREER: Topics in Electronic and Optical Properties," from the National Science Foundation, $4,000. Total June research grants: $373,126.

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