Vol. 4, No. 11 Feb 13, 2003

In this issue:

 


Around Campus

Skull Induct New Members
Skull, WPI's senior honorary society, recently tapped 14 new members. Founded in 1911, Skull honors students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff for their contributions to the advancement and betterment of the university. New members from the Class of 2004 are: Joseph Havelick, management information systems; Hilary Hayes, electrical engineering and theater; Matthew Leahy, computer science; Megan Lindberg, chemistry; Stephanie Morin, biology and biotechnology; Shruti Pai, biomedical engineering; Elizabeth Salazar, international studies; Michael Schwartz, mechanical engineering; Alison Scoble, chemistry; Nicholas Seifert, mechanical engineering; Madeline Sola, mechanical engineering; John Tranquilli, electrical engineering. James Kenary of the Events Office and Shawn McAvey of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics were also tapped.

Get Ready To Give
The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Campus Center Odeum. Walk-ins are welcome.

Black History Month Celebrations
WPI's observance of Black History Month continues with the following programs:

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

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

S.I.M. Annual Banquet and Reunion
The student council and faculty of the School of Industrial Management extend an invitation to the community to join them at a gala banquet celebrating SIM's 54th year on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in the Campus Center Odeum. The festivities will include a keynote address by Irving James Donahue Jr., founder of Donahue Industries Inc. and an emeritus trustee of WPI. Tickets are $35. For more information call ext. 5600 or e-mail alumni-office@wpi.edu.

Music and Art
The Choral Arts Society (artists in residence at WPI) will present a performance on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Worcester Art Museum. The performance is free with admission to museum.

Annual Theme and Cathedral Concerts
The WPI Concert Band, directed by Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, will hold its annual theme concert on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The theme is A Night at the Movies and the performance will feature music from movies of the last 50 years. Tickets are $3 for adults and free for students and seniors. For more information, call ext. 5696

Weeks will also conduct the Brass Ensemble and the Orchestra during WPI's annual concert in St. Paul's Cathedral on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m. The cathedral is located at 10 Chatham Street. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 5696.

Now Playing: Molière's Tartuffe
Masque, the WPI theater organization, and the Humanities and Arts Department will present Tartuffe, a play by the 17th century comic playwright Molière, tonight, tomorrow and Saturday (Feb. 13,14 and 15) in Alden Memorial. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students.

In the play, Tartuffe appears to be a pious Christian man of outstanding character whose fortune has taken a downturn. Orgon, the head of a respectable and wealthy household, takes pity on him and praises his character to his family as an example to live by. The rest of Orgon's family however sees through Tartuffe's facade. Tartuffe uses this discord for his own gain, and everything escalates from there.

Join WPI Alumni at Mamma Mia!
The Alumni Relations Office has a limited number of tickets available at the special group rate of $65 per ticket (balcony seats) to see Mamma Mia! at the Colonial Theatre in Boston on Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wpi.edu/Admin/Alumni or by sending payment to Alumni Relations no later than Friday, Feb. 21. For more information, contact Alumni Relations at ext. 5600 or e-mail regional-events@wpi.edu.


People

and Baby Makes Four
Michael Smith, associate director of admissions, and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Aaron Benjamin, who was born Jan. 28. Aaron joins his two-year-old sister Shayna.


WPI in the News

The Telegram & Gazette featured two WPI researchers in recent issues. On Jan. 28, it noted that Bioengineering Institute head Tim Gerrity has been appointed to the Medical Follow-up Agency, a Washington-based not-for-profit research institution that is part of the National Institute of Medicine. On Feb. 5, the paper featured Ravindra Datta, head of the Chemical Engineering Department, and WPI's Fuel Cell Center in a front-page story.

The T&G turned to WOPI faculty and students as it covered the recent space shuttle disaster. On Feb. 2, it interviewed Nikolaos Gatsonis, head of WPI's Aerospace Engineering Program, and William Durgin, associate provost and vice president for research. On Feb. 3 it interviewed WPI students completing projects at the Johnson Space Center. The same day, Channel 38 in Boston interviewed WPI engineering students who plan to pursue careers at NASA on its 10 p.m. newscast.

The Feb. 3 St. Petersburg Times included an article noting that WPI's Campus Police is the first university police department to use Segway Human Transporters. A brief item on this distinction, along with a photo of Officer Neil Spellman riding the Segway, appeared in the Jan. 10 Chronicle of Higher Education.

The January issue of Computer Magazine includes an article by Eleanor Loiacono, assistant professor of management, on improving Web accessibility.

The Jan. 30 T&G included a feature story on a partnership between WPI with the City of Worcester aimed at promoting sustainable development.

A story about Freemasonry in the Jan. 12 New York Times included a quote from Steven Bullock, professor of history.

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, 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 Feb. 7)

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

Business Affairs
Accounting Clerk III

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
Coordinator, Actuarial Mathematics Program

Mechanical Engineering
Tenure Track Faculty (2)

Physics
Tenure Track Experimentalist

Plant Services
Custodians, temporary pool

Student Activities
Assistant Director, Student Activities/Night
Campus Center Manager

University Marketing
Marketing Integration Director

For more information about these positions, visit the HR Web site at 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. 28 Meeting

Budget Update: Judi Trainor asked the vice presidents to send her their end-of-year budget projections as soon as possible. It is important for next year's budget planning to know major problem issues in this year's budget. There is little flexibility in this year's budget because of cuts already in place. Next year's budget will be even more difficult to balance than this year. The vice presidents are meeting regularly to discuss the FY04 budget and some key decisions still need to be finalized.

Board of Trustees Retreat: Steve Hebert outlined plans and the agenda for the Trustees Retreat, Feb. 27-March 2. In addition to the regular committee meetings, there will be a presentation and discussion session on the marketing of WPI and the conclusion of the capital campaign on Friday, Feb. 28. On Saturday, March 1, four hours have been scheduled to present progress and discussion on the master plan currently being conducted on campus by a team of architects from Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott. To begin this session, President Parrish will give a report on the progress in implementing the WPI Strategic Plan. A comprehensive report will soon be available on the strategic plan Web site.

Leave Policy for Students Called to Active Military Service: Because a number of undergraduate and graduate students have been called up from the Reserves to serve in the possible war against Iraq, WPI is developing a Military Leave Policy. This is not finalized as yet, but major components will ensure that there is a detailed, consistent policy where all students are treated equally both academically and financially.

Long-term Care Insurance: Mike Carney led an extensive discussion on long-term care, following up on the discussion on this topic at the previous Cabinet meeting on Jan. 14. There are a number of important issues to consider before offering long-term care coverage to WPI employees and insufficient time to make a fully informed decision at this point. Many unknowns still exist in next year's budget, such as considerably higher costs of current health insurance plans that affect the entire community as well as reduced revenue from the endowment and short-term investment. The cabinet supported offering employees a voluntary long-term care option this year, similar to Delta Dental, where the employee benefits from participating in a group plan and pays considerably less than an individual outside a group. Phone System: A question was asked on the new phone system. Vice President Tom Lynch responded that he hoped a working version of the new system would be in place during the early part of February.


Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

Chemical Engineering
Thursday, Feb. 27, noon, "Thermodynamics of Crowded Proteins: Revealed," 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.

Continuing and Professional Education
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 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, Feb. 20, 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.

Computer Science
Monday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m., "3D Scanning for Cultural Heritage Applications," Holly E. Rushmeier, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, Higgins Labs 116 (refreshments at 10:50 a.m.)

Friday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., "Modeling TCP Performance," Allen B. Downey, Boston University, Fuller Labs 320 (refreshments at 10:50 a.m.)

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 www.wpi.edu/Admin/Safety/.

Faculty Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 20, 3:15 p.m., Olin 107.


Publications & Presentations

Biology and Biotechnology
Victor Shashoua, David Adams, Anne Boyer-Boiteau, Ann Cornell-Bell, Fuhai Li and Marc Fisher (2003) Neuroprotective Effects of a New Synthetic Peptide (CMX-9236) in In Vitro and In Vivo Models of Cerebral Ischemia. Brain Research 963: 214-223.

Continuing and Professional Education
Lowenstein, Arlene, "Views on Corporate-University Partnerships: Emerging Trends, Successes and Caveats," moderator for a general session at the 2003 University of Continuing Education Association (UCEA) Conference on Workforce Development, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 23-24.

Humanities and Arts
Richard Falco, Director of Jazz Studies, adjudicated for the All State Jazz Competition for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Sean Kohles, former associate professor of biomedical engineering, wrote to advise us of the following two recent publications. His co-authors were master's degree candidates at WPI when these projects were completed:

Kohles, Sean S., Julie B Roberts. "Linear Poroelastic Cancellous Bone Anisotropy: Trabecular Solid Elastic and Fluid Transport Properties," ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 124(5):521-526, 2002.

Wilson, Christopher G., Lawrence J Bonassar, Sean S Kohles. "Modeling the Dynamic Composition of Engineered Cartilage," Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 408(2):246-254, 2002.

 


Recent Grants

Biology And Biotechnology
Ryder, E., for "CAREER: Sensory Map Formation in the Nervous System of C. Elegans," from the National Science Foundation, $100,000.

Computer Science
Heineman, G., for "Coping with Complexity: A Standards-Based Kinesthetic Approach to Monitoring Nonstandard Component-Based Systems," from Columbia University, $7,100.

Electrical And Computer Engineering
Clancy, E., for "Noninvasive Motor Unit Discharge Assessment," from the National Institutes of Health, $140,558.

Duckworth, R., for "Industrial Wireless Sensors," from Adaptive Instruments, $20,000.

Physics
Iannachione, G., for CAREER: Random Disorder in Phase Transitions of Complex Fluids," from the National Science Foundation, $99,813.

Diversity And Women's Programs
Blaisdell, S., for 4 Schools for Women in Engineering," from Northeastern University, $55,000.

Total January grants and contracts awarded: $422,471.


Worth Noting

Yankee Editor Now at the Helm of Transformations
Carol A. Cambo joined WPI in November as full-time editor of Transformations, WPI's newly revamped magazine, following a five-year stint at Yankee Magazine, the magazine of New England living, most recently as editor at large.

As editor of Transformations, Cambo aims to produce a magazine that is interesting, useful and relevant to WPI alumni as well as the general public. She will develop content to highlight WPI's alumni, students, faculty and staff. She is charged with overseeing all aspects of the magazine, from editing, writing and assigning stories, to managing production, printing and distribution. She reports to Michael W. Dorsey, WPI's director of communications and the original editor of Transformations, and longtime editor of its predecessor, the WPI Journal.

While at Yankee, Cambo was a member of the senior editorial staff with wide ranging editorial, management, promotional and marketing duties. This included writing, editing and assigning stories for the magazine; launching new home, food and garden sections; overseeing Web components of the magazine; and representing Yankee Publishing on television and radio programs throughout New England.

Her 14 years of editorial management experience also includes positions as editor of the Phillips Exeter Academy alumni magazine. She is co-author of New England Camping, a travel guidebook for Avalon Travel Publishing, and has written hundreds of feature articles for such publications as The Boston Globe, Preservation, Hope Magazine, Connecticut Magazine, Yoga Journal, UNH Magazine and CD Review.

Cambo earned a B.A. in communications, magna cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire. Recently, she has been pursuing graduate course work at Boston University's School of Journalism. She completed the Stonecoast Writer's Conference at the University of Southern Maine.

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