Vol. 4, No. 6 - November 14, 2002

In this issue:


Around Campus

Time Out for Turkey
@WPI will not be published Thursday, Nov. 28, when the campus is closed for the Thanksgiving recess. Publication will resume Thursday, Dec. 5. Deadline for that issue is Friday, Nov. 29.

Share the Harvest
WPI employees interested in welcoming an international student to their Thanksgiving Day celebration are invited to call Janice Martin, International Students and Scholars Office, at ext. 6030 or e-mail jtmartin@wpi.edu before 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, to make arrangements.
Holiday Schedule


Native American Dance and Song
The WPI Student Development and Counseling Center cordially invites you to attend the fourth annual White Horse Dance Social featuring The 101 Singers, a Native American dance and singing troupe, and the humor, stories and wisdom of master of ceremonies Kenny Hamilton. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from noon to 9 p.m. in the Campus Center.

As in years past, new toys or new clothing will be collected for the children of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. For more information, call ext. 5540.

Sample Food From Around the World
The International Student Council is hosting its annual International Dinner with food and entertainment from around the world. The event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Tickets are available in the International House, 28 Trowbridge Road. Tickets cost $10 for nonmembers and $8 for ISC members. For more information call ext. 6030 or e-mail isc@wpi.edu.

Should Laptops Be Required?
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 today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Olin 107 to address the issue. A reception will follow in Odeum B in the Campus Center. The day of the debate was listed incorrectly in the last issue.

Author Thom Hartmann On Campus
On Monday, Nov. 18, Thom Hartman, award-winning author, international lecturer, teacher and psychotherapist, will be on campus to give a presentation titled "Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation," and to discuss his unique perspective on Attention Deficit Disorder and how to understand, work, and support students with ADD/ADHD symptoms. The campus community is invited to the following sessions:

10 a.m. to noon: "Attention Deficit Disorder and How to Understand, Work With and Support Students with ADD/ADHD Symptoms, Campus Center Odeum.

2 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.: Brief overview of Hartmann’s book, Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, and a discussion about the role of scientists and engineers in promoting global transformation, Campus Center Odeum.

7 to 8:30 p.m. "Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation," a presentation based on Hartmann’s book; followed by a book signing, Campus Center Odeum..

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call ext. 5540

Gateway to the Future: The Summit
The 2002 Manufacturing Our Future Summit, scheduled for Dec. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center, will highlight the infrastructure that exists in Central Massachusetts to encourage existing and new companies to expand in the region. Speakers include Congressman James McGovern, City Manager Tom Hoover and key area business officials. For more information or to receive an invitation, call Kathie Mahoney at ext. 7020 or e-mail kmahoney@wpi.edu.

Upcoming Concerts
The WPI Brass Ensemble will perform a symphony by Balmages, an adaptation of Eric Clapton’s Layla and holiday selections on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Worcester Art Museum.

On Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m., the WPI Brass Ensemble will perform a symphony by Balmages and holiday selections at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens.

WPI’s annual Holiday Concert, featuring the WPI Orchestra and Chorus, will take place Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Alden Memorial. A Poggi violin that WPI recently received as a gift will be played for the first time that evening by junior Anand Jagannath. Lynne Canavan will be the featured violinist. A composition by senior Diane Jordan will have its premiere that evening. Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, directs the orchestra. For more information, call ext 5696.



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.




Friday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m., "A New Approach to Security Processing," Anil Jain, vice president of IC Engineering and co-founder of Cavium Networks, Fuller Labs 320.

Friday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m., "Furnishing a Hypercube: An Algebraic Approach to Arrangements of Zeroes and Ones," William J. Martin, WPI associate professor of Mathematical Sciences, Fuller Labs 320.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 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, Dec. 5, 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, Dec. 5, 5-5:50 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/.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 3:15 p.m., Olin 107.

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Alain Hanover, managing director and CEO Navigator Technology Ventures, Salisbury Labs 104

Monday, Nov. 18, 4 p.m., "Application of Synchrotron Radiation for Characterization of Materials for Microelectronics and Optoeletronic Device Structures," Andrei Sirenko, Semiconductor Photonics Research Department, Agere Systems, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. Olin Hall 118).

Publications & Presentations


Weininger, Stephen J. (CBC and IGSD), "Ideology and Thermodynamic Metaphors," presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Literature and Science, Pasadena, Calif., Oct. 12, 2002.

Emanuel, A. E., and Orr, J. A., "Six-Pulse Atypical Harmonics Caused by Second Harmonic Voltage," presented at the tenth International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 7, 2002.

Emanuel, A. E., "Partial Discharges Under Moderately Distorted Voltage: A Preliminary Study," 10th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 7, 2002.

Nicoletti, Denise, "An Analysis of the Effectiveness of the Admissions Policy for an Outreach Program for Girls in Engineering," Journal of Women and Minorities in Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2002, pp. 221-234. (Published posthumously)

Nicoletti, Denise, Petrucelli, Joseph D., and Russell, James, "Monitoring Long Term Effects of an Outreach Program for Girls," presented by Chrysanthe Demetry, and in Proceedings, Frontiers in Education Conference, November 6-9, 2002, Boston.

Menides, Laura J. "The Female Perspective on War: 'Bid Me to Live' by H.D., paper presented at the New England Popular Culture/American Culture Conference, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, Nov.9, 2002.

Menides, Laura J. Poetry reading of her work, Poetry Oasis, The Bijou Theatre, Worcester, Nov. 3.

Chrysanthe Demetry, "Understanding Interactions between Instructional Design, Student Learning Styles, and Student Motivation and Achievement in an Introductory Materials Science Course," presented and in Proceedings, Frontiers in Education Conference, Nov. 6-9, Boston.

Chrysanthe Demetry and Richard Vaz, "International Project Experiences: Assessing Impact on Students' Educational and Personal Development," presented and in Proceedings, Frontiers in Education Conference, Nov. 6-9, Boston.

Worth Noting


WPI Announces Award for High School Teachers
WPI has launched a new award to honor Massachusetts high school teachers who bring creativity, innovation and technology into the classroom, making connections for students between what they learn in school, and what they can accomplish through science and engineering.

"Students can nominate teachers of any subject," notes John Heyl, vice president for university relations. "We're looking for teachers who have brought a creative flair and spirit of innovation to their classrooms, and have helped students see how technology and science can make the world a better place.

"The recipients will be recognized for innovative teaching that helps students appreciate that science and technology are about more than facts—that they are, in fact, tools for making a difference in people's lives. We want to honor teachers who inspire students to think about how they might use their knowledge to improve the world around them."

Finalists will be chosen by an advisory board that consists of WPI President Edward Alton Parrish; Shelia Tobias, a nationally known authority on science and mathematics education and recipient of an honorary degree from WPI; Alison Taunton-Rigby, president of Forester Biotech and recipient of the WPI Presidential Medal; and Loring Coes III, a 1986 graduate of WPI’s Master of Mathematics program and an honorary degree recipient, who is chairman of the Mathematics Department at Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, R.I.

First-, second- and third-place winners will receive $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500, respectively, to be used for equipment, professional development or other activities that will enhance education at their schools. They, along with several honorable mention award recipients, will be honored at an awards dinner at WPI on May 1.

To learn more about the award, visit www.wpi.edu/+THA

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