Vol. 4, No. 8 Dec. 19, 2002

In this issue:

 


Around Campus

We'll See You in 2003
This is our last issue of the year. Publication resumes on Thursday, Jan 9. Deadline for that issue is Friday, Jan. 3. Happy Holidays!

Open During the Holiday Break?
Most of WPI's offices and departments will be closed for the holiday break (Dec. 21 through Jan. 1). If your office needs to remain open for any time during that period, please notify Human Resources in writing so this can be commun-icated to Campus Police and Plant Services.

Changes in the Provost's Office
President Parrish recently announced organizational changes in the Provost's Office aimed at helping WPI achieve its strategic plan goals more quickly. William Durgin is now associate provost and vice president for research; Lance Schachterle is associate provost; Judith Trainor is director of budget and institutional research. A new senior position, assistant provost, will be filled when WPI's financial situation allows.

"These changes will not impact our current approach to integrating our undergraduate program with our graduate research program," President Parrish noted in announcing the changes. "The senior administrators in the Provost's Office continue to maintain respon-sibility and authority over them as a team."

Beverly Daniel Tatum to Speak
Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, will speak on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in Olin 107. She is the author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, a highly regarded book on racial development and relations. She will also meet with a small group of faculty and staff who have read her book for a discussion at 4 p.m. Call ext. 5819 to reserve a seat for the group discussion. The book may be purchased in the campus bookstore for $14 (paperback).

Review the Fundamentals
The Continuing and Professional Education Office will offer a review course for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Classes will be held on the WPI campus from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays for 11 weeks beginning Jan. 13. The fee is $250 for WPI undergraduates and $395 for others. For more information, call 508-480-8202 or register on line at www.ce.wpi.edu.

RJA Contributes to Jensen Endowment
WPI recently received a $50,000 contribution from Rolf Jensen & Associates in Chicago. The gift will support the new Rolf Jensen Memorial Fund Endowment, named in memory of the fire protection pioneer and founder of Rolf Jensen & Associates, who died Aug. 13 at the age of 73. "In addition to his pioneering technical and entrepreneurial talents, Rolf Jensen was the consummate professor," noted RJA President Mickey Reiss as he announced the gift. "It is fitting that his name be memorialized at WPI."

Jensen was an emeritus member of WPI's Firesafety Board of Advisors. He provided invaluable advice and counsel during the development of WPI's fire protection engineering degree program. He also served as WPI's first Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 1996.

President's IQP Winners Announced
Congratulations to the following winners of the 2002 President's IQP Awards:

First place (tie):

Second place: John Clemons and Syed Iqbal for "Talking Chip Technology: An Investigation of the Most Suitable Method for Developing Danish Speaking Talking Products for the Blind and Visually Impaired," advised by James Demetry.

Third place (tie):

Correction!
The telephone number listed for City Line in the last issue belongs to a private person. City Line no longer exists.

A Word of Thanks
Carol Briggs, proposal research administrator in Research Administration, thanks all her friends in the WPI community for their caring expressions of sympathy on the passing of her father on Nov. 14.


People

Judith Miller Named Professor of the Year
Judith Miller, professor of biology and biotechnology and director of WPI's Center for Educational Development, Technology and Assessment (CEDTA), is the 2002 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Massachusetts Professor of the Year. She received the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C., on Nov. 21.

The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the nation's most outstanding undergraduate instructors--those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring professors.

Gatsonis Named Associate Editor of Journal
Nikolaos Gatsonis, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been named associate editor of the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. The prestigious journal is published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Sisson Elected ASM International Trustee
Richard D. Sisson Jr., professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program, was recently elected to the board of trustees of ASM International, the materials information society, during the society's annual business meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Sisson was one of three members elected to three-year terms on the 12-member board. An ASM International member for more than 30 years, he was named a fellow of the society in 1993. As a board member, Sisson will help oversee the business and financial aspects of ASM International operations.

WPI Student Named Marshall Scholar
Nicholas Twomey Baker '03 has received the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Baker, a double major in computer science and philosophy, will study computer games technology and digital games at Liverpool John Moores University on England. An avid traveler, he is chairman of the campus films committee, a recreational artist and a dedicated social activist.

Marshall Scholarships, established in 1953 as a gesture of appreciation from the British Government for the United States' assistance in rebuilding Europe after World War II, are available to young Americans of high ability. They give these potential leaders, opinion formers and decision makers an understanding and appreciation of Britain. Each year, 40 scholars are selected to spend two years in graduate school at a British University, with all expenses paid by the British government.

New Faces On Campus
WPI recently welcomed the following new employees: Carol Cambo, magazine editor, University Marketing; Carol Chester, administrative secretary III, Fire Protection Engineering; Susan Elias, Administrative Assistant, Continuing and Professional Education, MetroWest Campus; Cheryl Merritt, research project manager, Bioengineering Institute; and Sandra Schnare, administrative secretary III, Financial Aid.

 

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.

 


Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

Continuing and Professional Education
Thursday, Jan. 9, 6 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 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.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6 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.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 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.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m., IT Information Session, Worcester Campus. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717 or visit www.ce.wpi.edu.

Graduate Admissions
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 781-895-1188 ext. 205 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/GAO/

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Worcester Campus, 781-895-1188 ext. 205 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/GAO/

Thursday, Jan. 9, 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 781-895-1188, ext. 205, or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/GAO/

Venture Forum Monthly Meeting
"Inside Marketing: The Basics and the Details." Speakers include Julie Shaylor, founder, MindSearch; Sara Dlinsky, marketing communications specialist, Healthcare Marketing Associates; Lee Levitt, managing director, The Acelera Group; and Jean Giguere, founding partner and director, client services, smith&jones. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 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

Chemical Engineering
DiBiasio, David, Starla Richter, Jeffrey Brown and Judith E. Miller, "Engaging High School Students in Traditional Science, And Getting College Students Interested in Teaching-Is Ii All Possible?" in proceedings of the Frontier in Education Conference, Boston, Nov. 2002.

Lebduska, Lisa and David DiBiasio, "Mixing Writing With First-Year Engineering-An Unstable Solution?" in proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, Nov. 2002.

Roberts, Andrew, Lawrence Bonassar, Terri Camesano, David DiBiasio and Barbara Wyslouzil, "Undergraduate Research at the Interface of Medicine and Engineering: Development of a Tracheal Cell Delivery System," in proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, Nov. 2002.

Miller, Judith E., Lisa Comparini, David DiBiasio, Martha Pinet and Paula Quinn, "The Problem Solving Com-petition: A Qualitative Method for the Assessment of Problem Solving and Teamwork Skills," in proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, Nov. 2002.

Mello, Natalie A., Kathleen Maher and Deborah Miller, "Providing International Experiences for U.S. Engineering Students-It Can Be Done!" in proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, Nov. 2002.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Long, S.C., R. Pei, E.J. Mahar and J.D. Plummer, "Watershed Level Evaluation of Three Source-tracking Microbial Indicators," presented and in proceedings, AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, Nov. 10-13, 2002, Seattle, Wash.

Plummer, J.D., S.C. Long, K.Y. Wong and E.J. Mahar, "Inactivation of E. coli and MS2 Coliphage With Ultrasound and Chlorine," presented and in proceedings, AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, Nov. 10-13, 2002, Seattle, Wash.

Humanities and Arts
Brattin, Joel J. "Smash Hits," in UniVibes 43, p.3, Dec. 2002.

_____, "Not Necessarily Stoned, But Beautiful: The Making of Are You Experienced," by Sean Egan, in UniVibes 43, p. 4, Dec. 2002.

_____, "Jimi Plays Virginia Beach 1968," in UniVibes 43, pp. 22-38, Dec. 2002.

Dollenmayer, David, and Thomas Hansen, Neue Horizonte: A First Course in German Language and Culture, sixth edition, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003.

Menides, Laura Jehn, "Native Daughter: Elizabeth Bishop and Her Poetry," presented at Clark University's Hall Club, Nov. 15. 2002.

Information Technology
Neeman, H., J. Mullen, L. Lee and G.K. Newman, "Supercomputing in Plain English: Teaching High-Performance Computing to Inexperienced Programmers," presented at the Third International LCI Conference on Linux Clusters: The HPC Revolution 2002, St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 23-25.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies
Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan, "A Variant of Service Learning: Ten Years of Experience in Puerto Rico," presented and in proceedings, Frontiers in Education Conference, Boston, Nov. 6-9, 2002.

_____, Jason Brown, Carlos Goller, Tara Peters, Adam O'Lean,, Arthur Gerstenfeld "Economics of Cage Culture in Puerto Rico," published in Aquaculture, Economics & Management, Vol. 6, numbers 5 & 6, 2002.

Mechanical Engineering
Hoffman, Allen H., "Bio-engineering and Mechanical Engineering Education," invited presentation at the 2002 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, New Orleans, Nov. 19.


Recent Grants

Bioengineering Institute
Michalson, W., Y. Mendelson and P. Pedersen, for "Real-Time Physiological Status Monitoring Systems Using a Common Wireless Network," from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick, Md., $827,000.

Chemical Engineering
Ribeiro, F., for "Kinetics of Water-Gas Shift Reaction," from Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc., $5,000.

Wyslouzil, B., for "CRAEMS: Fundamental Studies of Nanoparticle Formation in Air Pollution," from the National Science Foundation, $79,435.

Computer Science
Heffernan, N., for "Affordable Cognitive Modeling Authoring Tools Using HCI Methods," from the Office of Naval Research, $66,600.

Total Nov. grants and contracts awarded: $978,035.

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