Vol. 4, No. 10 Jan. 30, 2003

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Around Campus

Marketing Brown Bag Series Launched
Beginning on Feb. 3 the University Marketing Department will launch a three-part series of monthly brown bag lunches to introduce the community to the work it does for WPI. The lunches will run from noon to one in the Hagglund Room in the Campus Center. Each will include an update on recent marketing initiatives and cover key organizational area within the department.

Feb. 3: Marketing Communications with Michael Dorsey, Michael Sherman and Carol Cambo
Topics include the new visual identity and standards, Transformations update and vision, and working with the communications team.

March 10: E Marketing with Tara Myers
Topics include the role of the e-marketer, new Web policies and priorities, e-marketing initiatives, and working with e-marketing

April 3: Media Relations with Pat Samson and Kevin Wynn
Topics include update on media placement, focus of the media relations campaign and progress on initiatives, and best methods for communicating with media relations.

You may pre-register for any or all of the lunches by contacting Linda Bullens at lmb@wpi.edu or ext. 5305. There is still space available for the Feb. 3 event. We'll remind you to sign up for the other events, if you haven't already done so, as they draw closer.

WPI Celebrates Black History Month
Black History Month, a national event, celebrated annually, features an examination of the African-American experience. Originally conceived as Negro History Week by African-American scholar Carter G. Woodson in 1926, the event was expanded to a month-long celebration in 1980.

WPI will observe Black History Month with the following events (all are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted).

Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, Olin 107.

Friday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., West African and Haitian Dancers, sponsored by SocComm, Campus Center Odeum.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Cultural Fair, sponsored by the International Student Council, Alden Memorial.

Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 3-4, 6-8 p.m., African American History Trivia Nights, sponsored by Residential Services and the Black History Month Committee, Campus Center Stage.

Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m., "African American Attitudes Toward Landscape and Nature," B. Eugene McCarthy, Holy Cross College, Salisbury Labs 105.

Thursday, Feb. 13, noon, Book Discussion: Cane River, Campus Center, Chairman's Room.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Saul Williams, spoken word poet, Campus Center Odeum.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m., Worcester Gospel Choir, sponsored by Student Activities, Campus Center Stage.

Choral Groups Give Pre-tour Concert
The WPI Glee Club and Alden Voices will present a musical performance on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral, 10 Chatham St. in Worcester. The choral groups will perform selections from their upcoming tours to Italy and Montreal, respectively.

Special Winter Concert
The WPI Stage Band and Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Richard Falco, will present a Special Winter Concert at the Greendale People's Church, 25 Francis Street in Worcester, on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. For more information, call 508-852-7727.

Masque Presents Tartuffe
WPI Masque and the Humanities and Arts Department will present Tartuffe in Alden Memorial at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15. Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $3 for students.

Zaloom to Perform at BWE Luncheon
A special performance by Ed Zaloom, WPI's head football coach, will be the highlight of the Business Women's Exchange luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in Higgins House. The menu includes soup of the day, chicken Alfredo with broccoli, assorted breads, chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce, coffee and tea. The cost is $8.50. Send payment (checks should be payable to WPI) to Muriel Farr in the Admissions Office. Deadline is Friday, Feb. 7.

Technology: the Servant of Learning
The Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame is offering a two-day workshop titled "Teaching Well Using Technology" on May 29-30 at Notre Dame. The workshop, underwritten by the AT&T Foundation, is a faculty member's guide to wise and time-efficient use of instructional technology. For more, visit http://kaneb.nd.edu/pages/fac_events.shtml#

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People

New Faces On Campus
WPI recently welcomed the following new employees: Debra Amend, mail services clerk, Administrative Services; Meghan Brady, assistant director of annual giving, University Relations; Jessica Caron, lab manager, Biology and Biotechnology; Jill Cummings, administrative secretary III, Humanities and Arts; Karen Hassett, administrative assistant IV, University Relations; Amy Luchans, assistant director, Dean of Students Office, and Anastasia Rivera, custodian, Plant Services.

Saeed receives Best Paper Award
Khalid Saeed received the Best Paper Award in the Decision Technologies Track at the 2003 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences for his paper, "Testing Design of a Social Innovation: The Environmental Mitigation Banking System."


WPI in the News

The January issue of FORBES Nanotechnology Report includes a brief item on WPI's recent grant from the National Science Foundation for nanotechnology research. The principal investigators are Grant McGimpsey, Nikolaos Gatsonis and Robert Thompson. The grant also received coverage in the Jan. 1 Telegram & Gazette.

William Michalson discussed GPS Devices for automobiles in the January issue of INC.

The January/February issue of Transitions Abroad congratulates WPI on its recognition by NAFSA: Association of International Educators for its exemplary work to internationalize the campus. WPI was one of six institutions receiving recognition this year. WPI's global projects program is the focus of the "Last Word" column in January issue of ASEE's PRISM magazine. The article, co-authored by Paul Davis and Natalie Mello, argues for the importance of international experience for engineering students and provides a series of implementation suggestions based on WPI's experience.

The pioneering use of the Segway Human Transporter (an invention of Dean Kamen '73) by WPI's campus police received wide coverage. The Jan. issue of Syllabus, the Jan. 14 issue of Boston Business Journal and the Dec. 27 edition of CNN.com were among the news outlets to cover the story. Several outlets ran a photo of Campus Police Officer Neil Spellman riding the Segway.

The Jan. 6 issue of Mass High Tech includes an article on corporate education by Arlene Lowenstein, dean of continuing and professional studies.

The Jan. 5 Boston Sunday Globe includes a feature on WPI's new Technological Humanist Award for outstanding Massachusetts high school teachers.

The Jan. 2 issue of the Beacon-Acton edition of the Boston Globe carried a feature article on Judy Miller, who was recently named the Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year in Massachusetts.

Thomas Shannon is quoted on Dr. Koop.com in an article titled "The Genetic Divide," which discusses American's views on the science of genetics and reproductive medicine.

The October/November issue of Black Issues in Higher Education profiled work done by several students under the supervision of Fred Looft at the Goddard Spaceflight Center Project Center during A Term.

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, Jan. 30
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Feb. 5)

Thursday, Feb. 6
Biweekly student payroll authorizations (Student payroll paid Thursday, Feb. 13)

Thursday, Feb. 13
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Feb. 19)

Friday, Feb. 14
Monthly Flecomp claim forms

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Monthly payroll authorizations (Monthly payroll paid on Friday, Feb. 28)

Thursday, Feb. 20
Biweekly student payroll authorizations (Student payroll paid Thursday, Feb. 27)

Thursday, Feb. 27
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, March 5). 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
(As of Jan. 27)

Biology and Biotechnology
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Bioinformics (joint appointment with Computer Science)
Tenure Track Molecular Ecologist

Campus Police
Dispatchers (2)

Computer Science
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Bioinformics (joint appointment with Biology and Biotechnology)
Department Head

Continuing and Professional Education
Administrative Secretary IV (MetroWest Campus)

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Faculty Position
Department Head

Humanities and Arts
Director of the Center for Communication Across the Curriculum
Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Spanish
Visiting Assistant Professor or Teaching Fellow, non-tenure track, full-time in German

Management
Part-time teaching opportunities for 2002-03
Visiting Faculty Member in Entrepreneurship

Mathematical Sciences
Visiting Assistant Professorships

Mechanical Engineering
Tenure Track Faculty (2)

Physics
Tenure Track Experimentalist

Plant Services
Custodians, temporary pool

University Marketing
Marketing Integration Director

For more information about these positions, visit the HR Web site at http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/HR/Jobs.

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 non-faculty, exempt and nonexempt positions.


Cabinet Meeting Summary

The full text of these summaries may be read online at http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/President/Cabinet/

Jan. 14 Meeting

Doing Business Differently: President Parrish reviewed the top five proposals from the cabinet and the top five from the vice presidents. He asked those responsible to make it a high priority to get potential dollar savings associated with changing each program to Judi Trainor in the next several days.

Master Plan Activity: John Miller indicated that the space-planning consulting firm would be meeting with key constituents, including department heads that week, data collection is under way, contacts are being made with neighbors and the city, and the WPI working committee would meet for the first time that Thursday. A draft plan is anticipated for the May meeting of the Board of Trustees.

FY 03 Budget: Judi Trainor stressed the importance of all managers keeping within budget and finding surpluses in specific lines wherever possible, to overcome the $1,000,000 deficit still in this year's operational budget. Final enrollment and financial aid figures for the spring will be available in a couple of weeks. Bill Durgin noted that some student reservists have been called up for military service and would be granted leaves of absence from WPI. Arlene Lowenstein shared some good news in continuing education, with increased numbers of students participating in the professional licensing exam preparation (including increased numbers of WPI undergraduates in CEE, ME and CM), and increased attendance at IT information sessions.

Snow Closing Procedures: Steve Hebert reminded all managers that WPI has an institutional procedure for closing all of WPI for weather reasons, and that individual units may not close on their own. The policy will be circulated within the community, along with new procedures so that HR can assure all members of the community that they are monitoring severe weather conditions.

Long-term Care Insurance: Mike Carney and Steve Hebert led an extended discussion of different options and costs for long-term care insurance as part of framing the overall benefits package for next fiscal year.


Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

Chemical Engineering
Thursday, Feb. 6, noon, "Biomechanics of Collagenous Soft Tissues: Implications for Tissue Engineering," Kristen Billiar, assistant professor, biomedical engineering, WPI, Goddard Hall 227.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 4 p.m., "Homicide Investigations 1980-2003," John J. McKiernan, Detective Bureau, Worcester, Salisbury Labs 115.

Environmental and Occupational Safety
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2 p.m., safety training session, Stratton Hall 203. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call David Messier at ext. 5216 or visit http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Safety/.

Tech Old Timers
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m., "Alternative Energy Sources," James S. Demetry, WPI professor emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Campus Center Odeum (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

Venture Forum Monthly Meeting
"What First-time CEOs Need To Know," Philip V. Holberton, president and founder, The Holberton Group, Inc. Case presenter: Paul G. Silva, co-founder and president, and Jeremie Spitzer, co-founder and interim CEO, Zform LLC-Games with Vision. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 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

Humanities and Arts
Menides, Laura J., "Elizabeth Bishop's Description as Inscription: The Eye, the Ear, the Mind Thinking," lecture delivered at the Elizabeth Bishop Bi-Symposium, University of Versailles, France, Jan. 9, and University of Lyon, France, Jan. 11, 2003.

Richard Falco, Director of Jazz Studies, was selected by the Board of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association to be this year's conductor for the Massachusetts Central District Jazz Orchestra. Students from 59 schools auditioned for seats in the orchestra, which performed in concert under Richard Falco's direction at Mechanics Hall on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Social Science and Policy Studies
Saeed, K. and Fukuda, A., "Testing Design of a Social Innovation: The Environmental Mitigation Banking System," presented at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. Jan. 6-9.


Recent Grants

Miller, J. and J. Rencis, for "K-6 Gets a Piece of the PIEE-Partnerships Implementing Engineering Education," from the National Science Foundation, $322,613.

Chemistry and Biochemistry
McGimpsey, G., for "Development of Optical Probes for Blood Analytes," from the Bayer Business Group Diagnostics, $25,000.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mallick, R., for "Determination of Structural Strength of Foamed Asphalt Pavements Layers," from the Maine Department of Transportation, $28,549.

Mallick, R., for "Development of a Testing Protocol for Quality Control/Quality Assurance of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)," from UMass Dartmouth, $9,288.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Markarov, S. for "Comparative Study of Different Radiating Elements for a Low-Cost Wideband Wide-Angle Scanning Array in the Band 120-240 MHZ," from MIT, $5,020.

Cyganski, D., for "Ultra-Wideband Radar Fusion Analysis," from MIT Lincoln Laboratories, $134,984.

Fire Protection Engineering
Lucht, D., for "Clean Extinguishing Agents (CEA) Research," from 3M Specialty Materials, $55,000.

Mathematical Sciences
Walker, H., for "Nonlinear Equations Research," from Sandia National Laboratories, $93,853.

Mechanical Engineering
Rong Y., for "Extensions of PEMS into Turning Applications," from Delphi Automotive Systems, $25,000.

Rong, Y., for "Lean Manufacturing Process Design and Implementation for Wheel Manufacturing," from Delphi Automotive Systems, $25,000.

Total Dec. grants and contracts awarded: $724,307.


Worth Noting

Magazine Notes Aviation Milestones
The March 2003 issue of Air & Space magazine is a special issue covering the start of the yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright brothers' Flyer. The issue covers many of the most important and memorable milestones of the first century of powered flight, including at least two that involved WPI alumni. Noted in the issue's timeline of flight is the development of the Transonic Area Rule in 1951 by Richard Whitcomb '43 (you can read a profile of Whitcomb in the latest issue of Transformations). Among the 10 milestone flights covered by the magazine is the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, in 1991, by the U.S. Navy's NC-4 aircraft. George W. Smith '15, a commissioned officer in the Naval Reserve, helped with the design of the NC-4, which made the crossing eight years before Charles Lindbergh's famous flight, while he was chief of engineering at the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia.

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