Vol. 4, No. 12 Feb 27, 2003

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Around Campus

WPI Receives Hesburgh Award
WPI has received a 2003 Theodore M. Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence for its Global Perspective Program. The award was presented recently at the 85th annual meeting of the American Council on Education in Washington D.C. Named for Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, the award was created by TIAA-CREF to recognize faculty development programs that enhance undergraduate teaching and learning, and to encourage their creation at America's colleges and universities. Indiana University-Bloomington received the Hesburgh Award for its Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program. Also receiving Certificates of Excellence were Miami University in Ohio, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and the University of Denver.

Firefighter Locator Work Funded
WPI recently learned that it has received $1 million in federal funds to develop a firefighter locator system, a wearable device designed to save the lives of first responders who may be trapped in buildings or difficult to locate because of fire, structural deficits or natural disaster. The system will locate and track and monitor the physiological status of firefighters, police, EMTs and other public safety personnel during emergencies. The appropriation was announced by U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry.

Principal investigators are ECE Department Head John Orr, Fire Protection Engineering Head David Lucht, and ECE professors William Michalson and David Cyganski, who will provide critical conceptual and research support. Orr conceived of the idea for the technology after the Worcester Cold Storage fire; he and Lucht have worked for three years to bring the funding to WPI.

Long-term Care Insurance Offered
WPI is offering employees the opportunity to purchase long-term care insurance from Unum Life Insurance Company of America. Long-term care is received at home or in a facility when someone needs help with the activities of daily living. Human Resources, in conjunction with Sullivan, Garrity & Donnelly Insurance, will host luncheon presentations on long-term care insurance on March 11 and 20 in the Hagglund Room, Campus Center, from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited; call ext. 5470 to reserve a seat.

Still Time to Give Blood
The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Odeum. Walk-ins are welcome.

Learn About WPI's Visual Identity
An update on WPI's new visual identity system, along with a PowerPoint presentation from a recent University Marketing brownbag on marketing communications, can be found on the university's new WPI identity Web site: www.wpi.edu/Pubs/Policies/Identity. The update covers the identity system and the visual identity standards developed to help the WPI community use the system properly. On the identity site you will also find downloadable logos and PowerPoint templates that incorporate the new identity.

Among the many applications of the new identity system are stationary and business cards. The visual identity standards require all offices and departments to use the new stationery designs for their business communication needs. When the new designs were introduced, it was noted that all offices would be required to cease using old WPI stationery at an appropriate time.

The original timeline was extended for this transition to give departments more time to exhaust their supplies of old stationery, but now all WPI departments, offices, centers and other units are asked to switch over exclusively to the new stationery designs. Departments are encouraged to recycle remaining supplies of the old stationery. Administrative Services will turn old stationery into scratch pads.

An Introduction to E-Marketing
University Marketing will hold its second monthly brownbag lunch at noon on Monday, March 10, in the Hagglund Room in the Campus Center. The topic is e-marketing and the presenter will be e-Marketing Director Tara Myers. To sign up for this lunch, or the session on media relations scheduled for Thursday, April 3, contact Linda Bullens at lmb@wpi.edu or ext. 5305.

APO Sleepout Set for March 12
On Wednesday, March 12, Alpha Phi Omega, WPI's national co-ed service fraternity, will hold its annual "sleepout," in which students spend the night on the sidewalk outside Harrington Auditorium to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in Worcester and to raise money for local shelters. For more information call 508-831-5595, or e-mail apo-exec@wpi.edu.

Grand Opening Celebration for the REC Room
Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) invites the community to attend the grand opening of the Reading Enlightenment Creativity (REC) Room, Atwater Kent 108, on Thursday, March 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. (program at 4:30). Light refreshments will be served.

WECE and the REC room are legacies of the late Denise Nicoletti, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and co-founder of Camp Reach, who had a huge impact on the women of her department and the university. Barbara Broad, Nicoletti's mother, will share her daughter's vision for women in engineering.


People

SIM Welcomes New Employees
WPI's School of Industrial Management recently welcomed the following new employees: Rachel Bowers, program manager, Colleen Murphy, senior program manager, and George Schutter, program manager.

Professor Recreates Dickens' Walking Match
Joel J. Brattin, Professor of English, and journalist Ken Bresler of Newton, Mass., produced the first commemorative Great International Walking Match and Perambulatory Dickens Seminar on Feb. 23. The event recreated the Great International Walking Match organized by Charles Dickens 135 years ago. Brattin and Bresler retraced (in reverse) the 14-mile route the 56-year-old Dickens, his tour manager George Dolby, and the American publisher James Osgood took through biting winds and snowdrifts from Boston to Newton Centre and back. Bresler's article on the original match and the planned recreation appeared in the Newton Tab on Feb. 19. The article is available on line at www.townonline.com/newton/news/opinion/new_colnebresler02182003.htm.

Grebinar Headed to Hall of Fame
Phil Grebinar, WPI's wrestling coach for the past 31 years, has been selected for induction into the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He will be one of five honorees on April 19 at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham. His name will be inscribed on a plaque at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla. Grebinar was inducted into WPI's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, the Massachusetts Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996, and the New England College Conference Wrestling Association's Hall of Fame in 2002.

Copeland Wins Student Paper Competition
Rachel Copeland, a senior majoring in civil and environmental engineering, won first place in the Student Paper Competition at the New England Water Environment Association Annual Conference, held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel on Jan. 28.


WPI in the News

WPI fire protection engineering faculty were called upon as experts by the media in the aftermath of the deadly nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I. Jonathan Barnett was quoted in a story in the Feb. 22 Boston Globe. David Lucht, head of the FPE program, was interviewed by the Boston Herald for a Feb. 23 story.

The Feb. 24 edition of Mass High Tech covered WPI's new project center in Namibia, where WPI students and faculty will work to see how science and technology can help solve some of that nation's challenges.

The recent steel bridge competition hosted by students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was covered by the Telegram & Gazette on Feb. 23.

Other recent T&G articles focused on wrestling coach Phil Gebinar's induction into the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Feb. 18) and WPI's work with the City of Worcester on a sustainable development plan for the city's future (Feb. 16).

WPI was cited in a Feb. 18 story in the Boston Globe/Boston Works on the launch of a new Web site designed to match working professionals to education and training providers.

An article on commuting during blizzards in the Feb. 17 Boston Herald included an interview with Transformations Editor Carol Cambo, who commutes from Wilbraham.

The Feb. 11 Boston Globe mentioned WPI's outreach programs for women and minorities in a front page article on area university programs that target underrepresented populations.

NECN/Worcester Channel 3 covered WPI's Bioengineering institute in its "Community Vision" program, which ran on Feb. 8 and 9.

The March issue of ASEE Prism includes an article on WPI's student project center in Bangkok.

The March/April issue of UU World, the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association, includes an interview with Wes Mott, professor of English, on Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson's 200th birthday is May 25.

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. 27
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, March 5).

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

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

Friday, March 14
Monthly Flecomp claim forms

Tuesday, March 18
Monthly payroll authorizations (Monthly payroll paid on Monday, March 31)

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

Thursday, March 27
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, April 2).

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. 24)

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
Part-time Temporary Dispatchers

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

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS
Administrative Assistant

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.

 


Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Friday, March 7, noon, "Guidance for Protecting Building Environments from Airborne Chemical, Biological or Radiological Attacks," Web seminar on infrastructure security, Fuller Labs TV Studio.

Thursday, March 13, noon, "Urban Transportation and Highway Security," Web seminar on infrastructure security, Fuller Labs TV Studio.

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Monday, March 10, 11 a.m., "Profile-based Data Delivery in Wide-area and Mobile Environments," Laura Bright, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Maryland, Fuller Labs 320 (refreshments at 10:50 a.m.).

GRADUATE MANAGEMENT
Wednesday, March 19, 6 p.m., "Graduate Management Information Session," Campus Center.

PHYSICS
Monday, March 10, 4 p.m., "SPIN-UP: The Current State of Undergraduate Physics," Robert C. Hilborn, Amherst College, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments in Olin Hall 118 at 3:40 p.m.).

TECH OLD TIMERS
Wednesday, March 12, 10:30 a.m., "Stephen Earle, the Norcross Brother, and HH Richardson" Robert J. Hall, professor emeritus, Management, Campus Center Odeum (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

UNIVERSITY MARKETING
Monday, March 10, noon, Brown Bag Lunch on E-Marketing with Tara Myers, e-marketing director. Topics include the role of the e-marketer, new Web policies and priorities, e-marketing initiatives, and working with e-marketing, Hagglund Room. Please pre-register by contacting Linda Bullens at lmb@wpi.edu or ext. 5305.

VENTURE FORUM MONTHLY MEETING
"Attracting Venture Investment in a Tough Economy: Helpful Tips from a Venture Capitalist," Bob Creeden, general partner of Egan-Managed Capital. Case presenter: Bruce Warila, founder and chief executive officer, SQGO LLC. Tuesday, March 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

BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Kraus, Morey, Manish Chomal, Vidya Murthy, Kristin Rider and David Adams, "High Telomerase Activity and Long Telomere Lengths in Selectively Amplified Human Cord Blood Cells Containing Putative Hematopoietic Stem Cells, in Blood, vol. 100, no. 11, pp. 166, 2002.

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
"Tool Impression Analysis", R.D. Lauria, Forensic Science Column (L.H. Berka, editor), NEACT Journal, vol. 21, no. 2, 12-15, Winter-Spring, 2003. (The article includes a note in memoriam of Professor Denise W. Nicoletti, who was a co-author of an article published in the column in the Winter-Spring 2002 issue.)

HUMANITIES AND ARTS
Brattin, Joel J. "The Complete Monterey Pop Festival," in UniVibes 44 (April 2003), p. 3.

_____. "The Last Experience," in UniVibes 44 (April 2003), p. 4.

_____. "Blue Wild Angel," in UniVibes 44 (April 2003), pp. 5-8.

____. "The Rainbow Bridge Concert," in UniVibes 44 (April 2003), p. 9.

_____. "Purple: Celebrating Jimi Hendrix, by Nguyen Le," in UniVibes 44 (April 2003), p. 10.

_____. "The Collector's Corner: New 1968 Interview Tape," in UniVibes 44 (April 2003), pp. 16-18.

_____. "[Note:] Lennox Lewis and Battling Billson," Plum Lines, vol. 23, nos. 3-4 (Autumn/Winter 2002), p. 18.

_____. "[Note:] A Few Quick Ones-Luigi Miraglio and Bertie Wooster," in Plum Lines, vol. 23, nos. 3-4 (Autumn/Winter 2002), p. 19.

Menides, Laura J,. Winter, New Years, and Anniversary Outing, three poems in Sahara: A Journal of New England Poetry, Winter 2002, p. 5-6.

Mott, Wesley T., Moderator and Presenter, "Career Opportunities for English Majors," Boston University Career Exploration Week, Feb. 11.

 


Worth Noting

WPI Was the First of Bobby Knight's 800 Wins
On Feb. 5, when Bobby Knight became only the fourth college basketball coach to earn 800 career victories, WPI received some national attention. What's the connection between the university and the controversial Knight? Among those 800 wins, the very first was against WPI, and it's one that the late Charlie McNulty, then WPI's head basketball coach, would never forget.

Now at Texas Tech, and formerly the highly-successful head coach at Indiana University, Knight began his coaching career at the U.S. Military Academy in 1965. His career began with a loss to Princeton. The next game, against WPI, was set for Dec. 8.

McNulty was prepared for Army, thanks to some scouting done by Merl Norcross, who was in New Jersey recruiting students for WPI's football and track teams on the night of the Princeton game. "I had been an assistant basketball and JV coach under Charlie for several years, although I was only a football and track coach that year," remembers Norcross, whose has coached track at WPI for over 50 years. "When Charlie called and asked if I would scout the game, I didn't mind in the least."

Thanks to Norcross' intelligence, McNulty's Engineers gave the Cadets quite a battle before losing 71-62.

Ken Kaufman, WPI's head basketball coach from 1975 to 2001, and current president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, remembers a story McNulty liked to tell about that game. "Charlie said the game wasn't even 15 seconds old when all of a sudden someone came rushing by the WPI bench, screaming at the officials in a frenzy," Kaufman says. "It was Bobby Knight. There were no rules back then about how far a coach could roam away from his bench, as there is today. Charlie told me he never forgot that moment."

Some things never change, it seems.

Steve Raczynski, WPI's sports information director, says he enjoyed sharing these stories with several members of the national media, including ESPN. "We never received so much mileage out of a loss," he says.

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