Volume 4, Number 3 - October 3, 2002

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Around Campus

Mathematics Meet Marks 15th Year
More than 85 schools from four states are expected to send four-person teams to WPI’s 15th annual Invitational Mathematics Meet for high-school students. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium. Sponsors of this year’s meet are: Master of Mathematics for Educators (MME) Program at WPI; The Math Works; Rosenlund Travel Service Inc.; Saint-Gobain; Tatnuck Bookseller at WPI and Texas Instruments Inc.

Chartwells at WPI Awarded Five Stars
For the fourth consecutive year, the Chartwells team at WPI has been honored for its outstanding achievements by being named a "Be a Star Five Star" account. The honor was bestowed during Chartwells’ recent Annual Northeast Regional Summer Meeting, which was held at WPI. The company presents the award to accounts that score well in five modules developed by Chartwells’ regional vice presidents. "Our entire team embraces the "Be a Star" philosophy," says Joe Kraskouskas, resident district manager at WPI. The WPI team was also a runner up for the Regional Account of the Year Award.

"The WPI-Chartwells relationship is truly a partnership," notes Ann Schlickmann, director of administrative services at WPI. Schlickmann presented the highlights of that partnership in her an opening address at the summer meeting.

Art Exhibit and Artist Reception
The Gordon Library will feature an exhibition of the works of Boston-based artist Genara Banzon from Sept. 27 to Oct. 28. The exhibition will consist of a mixed-media of intricately designed art paper hangings. Banzon holds a BFA from the University of the Philippines and a MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited widely from the United States to Asia and Australia. Most recently, she participated in a collaborative show at the William Benton Museum of Art (University of Connecticut, Storrs) titled "A Feast of Miracles: Mysteries and Inspirations from the Archipelago of 7,100 Isles." A special reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the library. For more information, e-mail archives@wpi.edu or call 508-831-6612

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
On Oct. 6, WPI students, faculty, staff and their families will participate in a five-mile walk along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Those wishing to support this cause may send contributions to Tracey Pakstis-Claiborne, associate director of student activities and Greek life programs (make checks payable to the American Cancer Society). For more information, call ext. 5961.

Performance to Benefit Devereux
On Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in Alden Memorial, the Saengerfest Men's Chorus will perform a benefit concert for Devereux. The concert is presented by Coghlin Electrical Contractors Inc. and sponsored, in part, by WICN Public Radio. Saengerfest, an all male, 70-member, not-for-profit organization based in Weston, Mass., performs concerts for charitable organizations to help them raise money.

The group traces its roots dating back to 1902 and the Harvard Medical School, where a group of doctors who enjoyed singing and wished to continue after graduation formed the original Saengerfest organization. Its repertoire is patterned after the traditional Men's Glee Club: classical music, including operatic choruses, liturgical and sacred music, folk songs, Broadway music, college songs, Victorian and early modern parlor pieces, love songs, and spirituals.

Proceeds from the benefit will support programs and services that Devereux , a residential treatment center, special-needs day school and therapeutic foster care facility, offers to 250 children. Tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Karen at 508-886-4746, ext. 324.


Gottlieb at Borders Today
Philosophy Professor Roger Gottlieb will discuss his new book, Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change, at Borders Books and Music in Shrewsbury today at 7:30 p.m. He examines the worlds of politics and religion, demonstrating how they could learn from one another, resulting in more spiritual politicians, more politically active clergy, and a call to action for us all.

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.


Catholic Campus Ministry
Sunday Mass, Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m. Alden Memorial

Chemical Engineering
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m., "Hydrogen Production Using Sorption-Enhanced Reaction," Douglas Harrison, Louisiana State University, Salisbury Labs 104 (refreshments at 1:45)

Computer Science
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., New England Programming Languages and Systems Symposium, hosted by the Computer Science department, Salisbury Labs 104 (free). For more information email Dan Dougherty at dd@cs.wpi.edu.

Monday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., "Clever Deceptions, Silly Misunderstandings, and Unacceptable Truths: Thoughts on Politics, Relationships, Communication and Education," William Leonard, University of Massachusetts, Olin 107 (refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in Olin 118).

Tech Old Timers
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m., "Global Project Center," Richard F. Vaz, associate dean, IGSD, Campus Center Odeum (coffee at 9:45 a.m.)

Undergraduate Admissions
Monday, Oct. 14, Open House for high school seniors

Venture Forum Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.): "Biomedical Market Outlook," David Stone, managing director of Flagship Ventures. Case presenter: Gene-IT, Ron Ranauro, general manager for U.S. operation for Gene-IT and executive vice president Worldwide Business Development. Campus Center, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information call 508-831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Pavlik, J.W.,and C. Changtong, and V. M. Tsefrikas, "Photochemistry of Phenyl Substituted 1,2,4-Thiadiazoles. 15N-Labeling Mechanistic Studies", Paper No. 75, 224th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA, August 18, 2002.

_____. and S. Laohhasurayotin, "Vapor Phase Photochemistry of Cyanopyridines", Paper No. 470, 224th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA, August 20, 2002.

_____. and T. I. Na Ayudhya, "Condensation of Methylhydrazine with 4-Ethoxy-1,1,1,-trifluoro-3-bulen-2-one. A Reinvestigation", Paper No. 767, 224th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA, August 19, 2002.

Humanities and Arts
Brattin, Joel J., chair, "Post-Colonial Conversations," Seventh Annual Dickens Symposium, Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, U.K. September 2002.


Worth Noting

Neuroimaging Center Opens
WPI and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) officially opened the Center for Comparative Neuroimaging (CCNI) on Monday. Psychiatrists, medical researchers, and biomedical, electrical, mechanical and computer engineers at the center will utilize magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to study and map anatomical abnormalities of the brain associated with mental illness.

The opening of the center, located on the grounds of Worcester State Hospital, was marked by a scientific symposium featuring WPI and UMMS researchers associated with the new center. Alan P. Koretsky, chief of laboratory function and molecular imaging at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institute of Health, was the keynote speaker.

The center is part of the new Bioengineering Institute (BEI), located at Gateway Park. The Institute houses four centers; the others conduct applied research in untethered healthcare, molecular engineering, and bioprocesses and tissue engineering. BEI will serve as a bridge from the research lab to the advanced manufacturing sector, helping spur the creation of new products and support new biomedical business initiatives.

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