Vol. 4, No. 5 Oct. 31, 2002

In this issue:


Around Campus

Masque Presents
The Skin of Our Teeth

Thorton Wilder’s The Skin of our Teeth is a comedy about George Antrobus, his wife and two children, and their general utility maid, Lily Sabina. Antrobus is the average American at grips with a destiny, sometimes sour, sometimes sweet. The Antrobuses have survived fire, flood, pestilence, the seven-year locusts, the ice age, the black pox and the double feature, a dozen wars and as many depressions. They are as durable as radiators, and look to the future with a disarming optimism. Alternately bewitched, befuddled and becalmed, they are the stuff of which heroes are made - heroes and buffoons. Masque presents this classic American play on Nov. 14, 15 and 16, at 8 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for WPI students.

Hear "Mr. Charles Dickens" Read
The stories, characters and times of Charles Dickens will be brought to life during a performance by nationally touring actor and scholar Bert Hornback on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:15 p.m. at Tatnuck Bookseller at WPI. Dressed in Victorian attire, Hornback will perform two pieces that Dickens adapted from his own novels and performed almost 150 years ago: "Sairey Gamp" from Martin Chuzzlewit and "A Christmas Gift" from Great Expectations.

Like Dickens, Hornback travels with his reading stand - a replica of the specially designed reading desk, covered in red velvet, that Dickens always used. After the performance, Hornback will answer questions as Dickens. There will also be a reception and book signing. The evening was made possible thanks to the support of the WPI Department of Humanities & Arts, Tatnuck Bookseller and the WPI Student Speakers Fund.

The United Way Needs Your Help
You may have already received some literature on the United Way. All pledge forms must be returned to Human Resources before Friday, Nov. 8. President Parrish asks all members of the WPI community to join him in supporting this worthy effort.

Chartwells has generously created a special combo meal just for the United Way Campaign and will donate 25¢ towards the campaign for every combo meal purchased.

Environmental Activist to Speak
Environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill will speak tonight at 7 in the Odeum, her talk sponsored by The Power of One, a WPI student organization. After her talk, the Peace Abbey will present Hill with its "Courage of Conscience Award." Hill has dedicated her life to a variety of environmental causes. For a two-year period, she lived in a redwood tree to help save redwood forests. She is the founder of the Circle of Life Foundation, which seeks to inspire people to live in a way that honors the diversity and interdependence of life.

Food for Thought
The WPI chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha will conduct its ninth annual food drive on Nov. 9. Members of the Worcester and WPI communities are invited to bring in nonperishable canned foods to contribute to the Friendly House Neighborhood Center of Worcester and the Worcester County Food Bank. Worcester residents will receive empty grocery bags that they will be asked to fill; the bags will be picked up on Nov. 16. Boxes will be placed in WPI departments for members of the campus community who wish to contribute. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information visit www.lambdachi.org/events/fooddrive/.

Got Chores? Rent a Rower or a Singer
Are leaves covering your lawn? Does your paint need to be touched up before winter? Have an old wall that needs to be rebuilt or a garage that needs cleaning. The crew team will take care of these and any other dirty, tough jobs you need done. The athletes are raising money for their spring break training.

Team members are available to work on weekends but will make special arrangements, if necessary. The cost is $115 for a full eight-hour day and $90 for a five-hour day. You are asked to provide lunch for anyone working a full day and to make arrangements with the team member regarding transportation. Anyone interested should contact Larry Noble at ext. 6119 or e-mail lnoble@wpi.edu.

The WPI Glee Club is holding its annual leaf-raking fundraiser every weekend until the weather dictates otherwise to support operations for the academic year. For a minimum donation of $40, club members will rake a yard of any size. Call ext. 5816 or e-mail gleeclub@wpi.edu.

Musical Notes
The annual pops concert featuring the WPI Concert Band and Stage Band is set for Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The concert will feature guest soloist Mike Leonard. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and seniors.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. world renowned, concert pianist Michael Lewin will perform in Spaulding Recital Hall in Alden Memorial. The recital is sponsored by the Royal Academy. Lewin will sign autographs after the concert

Flu Prevention Clinic
As a convenience for students, faculty and staff, the WPI Health Center, in collaboration with Maxim Health Systems, will hold a flu and meningitis vaccination clinic in the Taylor Room, Campus Center, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The cost is $83 for a meningitis vaccination and $18 for a flu shot. For more information, call the Health Center at ext. 5520 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Health.

2002 Hull Memorial Lecture
Edward Zlotkowsky of Bentley College will deliver the 2002 Hull Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m., in Kinnicutt Hall. Zlotkowsky’s topic is "The IQP as a Vehicle for Service Learning and the Scholarship of Engagement." He is a senior associate for service learning for the American Association of Higher Education, a Faculty Fellow for the National Campus Compact, and a member of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement.

The Hull Lecture honors the memory of Laurence F. Hull ’64, who died in a car accident in 1965. An outstanding student, Hull was president of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, editor of the student newspaper and chairman of the Student Senate Committee on Assemblies. In this last capacity he sought to make students aware of the role of science and technology in society by inviting prominent speakers to campus.

Should Students Be Required to Own Laptops?
Some universities require students to own specific types of laptop computers. Others have considered the idea but decided not to require ownership. The WPI Trustee Technology Committee has requested that WPI consider implementing such a requirement. Accordingly, WPI’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, which includes faculty, staff and students, will sponsor a debate on Monday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 5:30 in Olin 107 to address the issue.

To better formulate the debate questions, the committee has asked community members to fill out an online survey at the ITAC Website. Those wishing to be part of the debate panel or moderator panel may indicate this on the survey; be sure to provide a short statement indicating why you feel you have the expertise to be a strong proponent or opponent.


Editing Trick is No Treat
A last-minute change to the layout of the front page of the last edition of @WPI caused an unintended juxtaposition of a story and an image. A piece of clipart intended to illustrate an article on today’s Halloween celebration at the Gordon Library found itself, instead, beside a story about the new head of the Humanities and Arts Department. The editors regret this bit of editing devilry and thought readers might like to see what Patrick J. M. Quinn really looks like.

ME Professor Wins International Award
Robert L. Norton, professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded the ASME 2002 Machine Design Award. Norton was recognized at the organization’s Design Engineering Technical Conference in Montreal, Canada, for his distinguished contributions to the field of machine design as an educator, author and engineer. The award, established in 1958, recognizes eminent achievement or distinguished service in the field of machine design.


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, Nov. 6, noon, Organic Chemistry Seminar Series, "The Modification of Nanoparticle Surfaces Using Surface-Initiated Polymerization," Timothy E. Patten, University of California, Davis, Goddard Hall 227 (refreshments). Hosted by John C. MacDonald and sponsored by Organic Synthesis Inc. and Ed Grabowsk (PRF Advisory Board).

Wednesday, Nov. 13, noon, "New Inhibitors of Proteases and Protein Tyrosine Phosphates," Christopher Seto, Brown University, Goddard Hall 227 (refreshments).

Friday, Nov. 1, noon, "Broadband Wireless Access Research at CWINS," Kaveh Pahlavan, WPI electrical and computer engineering professor, Fuller Labs 320 (refreshment at 10:50, Fuller Labs 320).

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., IT 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 www.ce.wpi.edu.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., IT Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717 or visit www.ce.wpi.edu.

Environmental and Occupational Safety
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1-1:50 p.m., "Emergency Response and Hazardous Waste Management in a Laboratory." Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call David Messier at ext. 5216 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Safety/.

Monday, Nov. 4, "Expansion of a Bose-Einstein Condensate into a Waveguide," James Stickney, WPI graduate student, physics master’s thesis presentation, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. Olin Hall 118)

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m., "Motorless Flight," Harvey Howell, Campus Center Odeum (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

Monday, Nov. 11, open house for high school juniors and seniors.

"Valuation in Today’s Challenging Economic Environment," Elliot T. Williams, president of RCW Mirus. Case presenter: Chad Joshi, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Energen. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.), Campus Center, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information call 508-831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

Emanuel, Alexander E. and John A. Orr, "Six-Pulse Converter Atypical Harmonics Caused by Second Harmonic Voltage," presented at the International Conference on Harmonics and the Quality of Power, Oct. 6-9, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Brattin, Joel J. "'All the Fine Gentlemen...Down to Zoodle': Alphabets and Alphabetical Order in Bleak House," in The Dickensian, vol. 98, no. 2 (Summer 2002), pp. 113-18.

Vaz, Richard, Natalie Mello, Caroline Frelat ’04, and Kevin Keenaghan ’01, "The Global Perspective Program at WPI," presented at the AAC&U Reflective Seminar on Global Learning, WPI, Oct. 4.

Krueger, J. Robert, and Richard Vaz, "Integrative Learning in WPI Projects," presented at the AAC&U Reflective Seminar on Integrative Learning, Babson College, Oct. 11.

Schachterle, Lance, review of Like a Sponge Thrown into Water; Francis Lieber's European Travel Journal of 1844-1845, edited by Charles R. and Ilona S. Mack. Documentary Editing, 24(3) (2002), 77-79.

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