Vol. 4, No. 13 March 27, 2003

In this issue:


Around Campus

Be Sure to Spring Ahead
Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, April 6. Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

BEI Receives Telemedicine Grant
The Bioengineering Institute has received more than $800,000 from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command to fund the first year of what is expected to be a multi-year commitment for research in telemedicine. WPI's Center for Untethered Healthcare will use the funds to develop a real-time troop monitoring system using new sensor, ultrasound and wireless technologies. The principal investigators are William Michalson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Yitzhak Mendelson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Peder Pedersen, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Thesis, Dissertations Must be Electronic
Starting this academic year, WPI is requiring that all theses and dissertations be submitted to the library electronically; paper copies will no longer be accepted. The university is the first institution in New England to implement this requirement. Based on the success of a trial period, when electronic submission was voluntary, the faculty voted to mandate electronic submission. The main goals of this initiative include increasing the availability of student research for scholars and preserving it electronically.

WPI Has New Bar-Coding Service
Mailing Services in the Campus Center now has the ability to process nonprofit standard or standard presort mailings (minimum of 200 pieces) with a barcode certified by the U.S. Postal Service. For nonprofit mail, bar coding drops the per-piece price for a basic letter from .165 to .114 cents. Other benefits: the name and address are printed on the envelope, and the software rejects incorrect or insufficient addresses. For more information when planning a mailing, contact Sadie Goesch, administrative services manager, at ext. 5150 or scgoesch@wpi.edu.

A Capella Music Festival
Simple Harmonic Motion will host Acapellafest 9 on Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Riley Commons. Tickets are $7 ($3 for students). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.wpi.edu/~shm/fest.html.

Alumni Concert
On Sunday, March 30, beginning at 4 p.m. in Alden Memorial, the WPI Glee Club and Alden Voices will premiere Gloria by Diane Jordan '03. The Glee Club will then be joined by the alumni for a concert of music for men's voices.

Time to Order Commencement Regalia
Those wishing to purchase or rent regalia for Commencement should call the bookstore at ext. 5247 no later than April 1 to ensure the proper caps, gowns and hoods will be available. You will need to provide your name and height, and for hoods, the exact degree and conferring institution. Caps are one-size-fits-all.

Health and Benefit Fair
Human Resources will host WPI's annual Health and Benefits Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in the Campus Center Odeum. More than 15 vendors, including representatives from WPI's current health and retirement plans and local banks, will participate. Blood pressure, cholesterol and vision screening will be available, as will chair massage. Many of the vendors are providing items to be raffled off in a drawing at the end of the day.

Destination ImagiNation Comes to WPI
More than 5,000 people will gather at WPI on Saturday, April 5, to take part in the state finals of Destination ImagiNation (formerly Odyssey of the Mind), the international creative problem-solving competition. The day will begin with opening ceremonies in Harrington Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at about 6 p.m. with a parade and awards presentation. About 150 teams of students, all regional tournament winners, will vie for prizes. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Barbara Mann at 978-462-0472.

Make Your Reservation for Convocation
Reservations are being accepted for the Faculty Convocation and Dinner on Tuesday, April 15. The convocation begins at 4:15 p.m. in Kinnicutt Hall. It will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m. and a dinner at 6 in the Campus Center Odeum. The cost is $20 per person. Send payment (checks should be payable to WPI) to Joan Shanahan, faculty governance coordinator. Deadline is April 7.

Ups and Downs for Charity
The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta and the brothers of Lambda Chi Epsilon will host their annual Teeter-Totter-a-Thon from noon on Friday, April 11, through 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, on the grassy area between the Campus Center and Higgins House. The sorority will donate half of the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation; the fraternity has designated Shriners Hospital for Children as its charity. The event will also includes a volleyball tournament and a Frisbee tournament. Members of the WPI and Worcester communities are invited to contribute to the students as they ride the teeter-totter. For more information, call 508-725-5563 or e-mail kat@wpi.edu.

Celebrate Memories on Traditions Day
Traditions Day, the annual look back at people and events in WPI history, will begin with a candle walk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. From Reunion Plaza, the walkers will move through the campus, ending at Higgins House for a reception and tour. Thursday will feature a pennant rush and cage ball rivalry on Alumni Field late in the afternoon. WPI Jeopardy, to be held on Thursday evening in Riley Commons, will be followed by the ever-popular Alma Mater singing contest.


Radzicki Appointed Fellow
Michael Radzicki, associate professor of social science and policy studies, was recently appointed a fellow at the Millennium Institute in Arlington, Va. The institute, in partnership with the Carter Center in Atlanta, uses advanced simulation technologies to work with public officials from both developed and developing nations to create policies for sustainable economic development.

Kerri Coleman is Two Time All American
WPI senior Kerri Coleman has once again has proven herself to be one of the nation's best shot putters. Recently, the Rehoboth, Mass., native finished 7th in the shot put with a season-best throw of 44 feet, 8 inches at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at Depauw University in Indiana. Coleman achieved All-America status last year in the same event. She is WPI's only active All American.

Student Awarded IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
Hong Su, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science, has received the 2003 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award. Su, working with Professor E. A. Rundensteiner, is studying issues related to XML query processing, especially the efficient high-performance processing of Web query subscriptions specified using XQuery expressions over streaming XML data. This work is part of a larger effort with other students in the Database Systems Research Group at WPI to build an experimental stream processing system called Raindrop. This is the first year that the highly selective IBM fellowship has been awarded globally.

WPI in the News

Note: You can read more about many of the stories featured in this edition of @WPI on the WPI Web site at www.wpi.edu/News/Releases/. WPI's Media Relations Office posts its news releases there; top stories are posted on the WPI home page. Posted releases can be accessed by reporters, editors and others interested in WPI news and accomplishments.

David Lucht, director of the Center for Firesafety Studies, was quoted in an article in the Feb. 22 Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise. Lucht discussed lessons learned from the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston that could have been applied to the recent fire at a West Warwick, R.I., nightclub.

The March 2 Miami Herald and the March 9 editions of the Grand Rapids Press and the Houston Chronicle ran an article on the Freemasons that quoted History Professor Steven Bullock.

The March 3 issue of Mass High Tech included an article by associate editor Anne Taylor on WPI's activities for National Women's History Month.

On March 5, the final third of Ken Bresler's column on the First Commemorative Great International Walking Match and Perambulatory Dickens Seminar, organized by Bresler and Professor Joel J. Brattin, ran in the Newton Tab.

An article on the Segway Human Transporter in the March 6 Springfield Union-News mentioned that inventor Dean Kamen was a WPI student, though he never graduated.

The Telegram & Gazette covered the 48th annual Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held at WPI, on March 9.

The March 9 Boston Sunday Globe featured an article by President Edward Alton Parrish touting the importance of K-12 math and science education to recruiting and retaining future generations of scientists and engineers. The same edition of the Globe also included a brief on the appointment of Carol Cambo as full-time editor of Transformations.

WPI's Bioengineering Institute received some local coverage recently. On March 10, Mass High Tech quoted BEI director Tim Gerrity in an article on Abbot Laboratories. The next day, the same publication ran an article on a grant of more than $800,000 from the Army to the Center for Untethered Healthcare, a BEI research center, for work on telemedicine. The article also ran on Yahoo Finance. The grant was covered in the Telegram & Gazette on March 19, with quotes by principle investigators Ytzhak Mendelson, William Michalson and Peder Pederson.

Roger Gottlieb reviewed the book The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth by Sister Dianna Ortiz, with Patricia Davis, for the March-April issue of TIKKUN. The review is titled "I Could Still Love and I Could Still Fight."

The March issue of Interface Tech News included news of WPI's Advanced Distance Learning Network in an article by Janis Holmberg titled "Tech Education: No Time Like the Present."

Staff time sheets are due by noon on the Friday before the pay date. Human Resources and Payroll Office deadlines are noted below.

Thursday, April 3
Biweekly student payroll authorizations (Student payroll paid Thursday, April 10)

Thursday, April 10
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, April 16)

Tuesday, April 15
Monthly Flecomp claim forms

Thursday, April 17
Biweekly student payroll authorizations (Student payroll paid Thursday, April 24)

Friday, April 18
Monthly payroll authorizations (Monthly payroll paid on Wednesday, April 30)

Thursday, April 24
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, April 30)

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 March 21)

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

Part-time Temporary Dispatchers

Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Bioinformics (joint appointment with Biology and Biotechnology)
Department Head
Administrative Secretary IV

Administrative Secretary IV (MetroWest Campus)

Faculty Position
Department Head

Web Developer

Administrative Assistant

Visiting Assistant Professor or Teaching Fellow, non-tenure track, full-time in German

Visiting Faculty Member in Entrepreneurship


Visiting Assistant Professorships
Coordinator, Actuarial Mathematics Program

Tenure Track Faculty (2)

Custodians, temporary pool

Assistant Director, Student Activities/Night
Campus Center Manager

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.



Thursday, April 3, noon, "Biofilms: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly," James D. Bryers, University of Connecticutt, Goddard Hall 227.

Friday, April 3, noon, "Water and Wastewater System Security," Web seminar on infrastructure security, Fuller Labs TV Studio.

Thursday, April 10, 5 p.m., Safety training session, Salisbury Labs 114. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call David Messier at ext. 5216 or visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Safety/.

Thursday, April 10, 3:15 p.m., Olin 107.

Wednesday, April 16, 7 p.m., "What Should Constitute an Engineering Education," Rosalind Williams, MIT, author of Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change, Atwater Kent 233.

Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m., "Scams, Frauds and Caveats," Maria Hickey Jacobsen, assistant attorney general, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Campus Center Odeum (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

Publications & Presentations

Sotak, Christopher H., Fuhai Li, Kai-Feng Liu, Matthew D. Silva, Xiangjun Meng, Tibo Gerriets, Karl G. Helmer, Joseph D. Fenstermacher and Marc Fisher, "Acute Post-Ischemic Renormalization of the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient of Water is Not Associated With Reversal of Astrocytic Swelling and Neuronal Shrinkage in Rats," in American Journal of Neurobiology, 23, 180-188 (2002).

_____Matthew D. Silva, Karl G. Helmer, Jing-Huei Lee, Sam. S. Han and Charles S. Springer Jr., "Deconvolution of Compartmental Water Diffusion Coefficients in Yeast-Cell Suspensions Using Combined T1 and Diffusion Measurements," in Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 156, 52-63 (2002).

_____ Matthew D. Silva, Tsuyoshi Omae, Karl G. Helmer, Fuhai Li and Marc Fisher, "Separating Changes in the Intra- and Extracellular Water Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Following Focal Cerebral Ischemia in the Rat Brain," in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 48, 826-837 (2002).

_____"The Role of Diffusion Tensor Imaging in the Evaluation of Ischemic Brain Injury," in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Biomed., 15, 561-569 (2002).

_____, Tibo Gerriets, Fuhai Li, Matthew D. Silva, Xiangjun Meng, Matthew Brevard and Marc Fisher, "The Macrosphere Model: Evaluation of a New Stroke Model for Permanent Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in Rats," in Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 122, 201-211 (2003).

_____ Karl G. Helmer, Michael R. Meiler and Joseph D. Petruccelli, "Comparison of the Return-to-the-Origin Probability and the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient of Water as Indicators of Necrosis in RIF-1 Tumors," in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 49, 468-478 (2003).

_____ Fuhai Li, Hoon Ryu, Jeremy Wellen, Xiangjun Meng, Matthew D. Silva, Rajiv R. Ratan and Marc Fisher, "The Effect of Reperfusion on Neuronal Survival in a DWI/PWI Mismatch Region after Transient Cerebral Ischemia in Rats," abstract, poster presented at the 28th American Heart Association International Stroke Conference, Phoenix, Az., Feb., 2003; also published in Stroke 34, 305-306 (2003).

_____ Samuel Zhong, Enxin Ma, Jeremy Wellen and Lenny Dao, "Improving the Visibility of Catheters for Interventional Procedures Under MRI Guidance," abstract, poster presented at the 44th Experimental NMR Spectroscopy Conference, Savannah, Ga., March/April, 2003.

_____ J. Wellen, L. Sweet, K. G. Helmer R. A. Cohen, and J. F. Paskavitz, "Dynamic Changes in Neural Network Activation Patterns During Sustained Motor and Cognitive Tasks Observed with fMRI," abstract, poster presented at the Eleventh Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May, 2003; also published in proceedings, International Society of Magnetic Resonance Medicine (2003).

_____ X. Meng, Q. Shen, F. Li, M. Fisher and T. Q. Duong, "Quantitative Assessment of Temporal Changes in the Perfusion/Diffusion Mismatch Following Focal Cerebral Ischemia in the Rat Brain," abstract, oral presentation at the Eleventh Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May, 2003; also published in proceedings, International Society of Magnetic Resonance Medicine (2003).

_____"Evaluation of Focal Cerebral Ischemia and Its Treatment in a Rat Model of Stroke Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging," invited lecturer at the Neurological Sciences Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Ore., Oct. 10, 2002.

_____"Characterization of Cerebral Ischemia Using Multispectral Analysis of MRI Data," invited lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, WPI, Oct. 17, 2002.

_____, invited to be a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Magnetic Resonance.

Jayachandran, Paramasivam, "Tall Buildings: Preliminary Design and Optimization," presented at the International Conference on Tall Buildings and Industrial Structures, Coimbatore, India, Jan. 8-10.

Lowenstein, Arlene, volunteer judge at the DECA state competition, Danvers, Mass., March 10.

Barnett, Jonathan, "The Collapse of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, New York, N.Y.," presented at the International Conference on Tall Buildings and Industrial Structures, Coimbatore, India, Jan. 8-10.

Lucht, David, testified at the March 13 meeting of the National Fire Protection Technical Committee on Assembly Occupancies, convened in Boston to review safety issues in public assembly buildings.

Richard Falco, Director of Jazz Studies, was invited to adjudicate and conduct clinics for the Cape Cod/Coastal Big Band Jazz Festival in Falmouth, Mass. for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and the International Association of Jazz Educators on Feb. 25.

Mott, Wesley T. "Emerson, Second Church, and 'The Real Priesthood,'" address to the Emerson Bicentennial Convocation, Unitarian Universalist Association and UU Historical Society, Boston, March 7.

Quinn, Patrick, "Healthy Suspicion," a review of Dennis O'Driscoll, Troubled Thoughts, Majestic Dreams (Gallery Press) P.N. Review, May-June 2002. vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 61-62

Quinn, Patrick, "The French Collection," a review of Twentieth Century French Poems, P.N. Review, Sept.-Oct. 2002, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 74-75 , edited by Stephen Romer (Faber).

McGowan, Billy, "Effective Activities for ITA Training," presented at the TESOL Convention, Harbor Convention Center, Baltimore, Md., March 3.

Andreeva, T.A., and Durgin, W.W., "Ultrasound Technique for Prediction of Statistical Characteristics of Grid-generated Turbulence," AIAA 41st Aerospace Science Meeting & Exhibit, Reno, Nev., Jan. 2003.

Radzicki, Michael J., "Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Forrester and a Foundation for Evolutionary Economics," in the Journal of Economic Issues, 37 (1), 133-173.

Recent Grants

Mallick, Rajib, for "Evaluation of Performance and Life Cycle Cost of Hot Mix Asphalt Pavements of Different Thickness," from the Maine Department of Transportation, $4,500.

Camesano, Terri, for "CAREER: Molecular-Scale Interactions Between Microbes and Surfaces in the Environment," from the National Science Foundation, $80,813.

Wyslouzil, Barbara, for "Measuring Nucleation Rates in Supersonic Nozzles: A Small Angle X-Ray Scattering Challenge," from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, $80,000.

Barnett, Jonathan, for "Cable Failure Based on Electrical Resistance," from the Sandia National Laboratories, $10,000.

Walker, Homer, for Algorithms and Software for C-Safe," from the University of Utah, $25,000.

Apelian, Diran, Makhlouf Makhlouf, for "Low Cost and Energy Efficient Methods for the Manufacture of Semi-Solid Feedstock," from the Department of Energy, $240,510.

Total for February grants and contracts awarded: $440,823.

Worth Noting

Family Math Science Night
March 14 is a special day for mathematicians. It's known as Pi day (for Pi , the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, a number whose value to two decimal places is 3.14). On this March 14, the PTA at Davis Hill Elementary School in Holden, Mass., celebrated Pi day by sponsoring Family Math Science Night. Over 350 people attended the event. They enjoyed watching robots, doing science experiments, building paper airplanes and foil boats, and playing a variety of math games. The evening was supported by the community and local colleges.

Six students from the WPI/Mass Academy FIRST Robotics team, led by Ken Stafford, WPI's manager of academic initiatives, brought their award winning 130-pound robot named Gompei the Spider Goat. The robot thrilled the audience with its tight maneuvering, and its ability to stretch its arm 12 feet in the air and throw a large ball into a tall hoop. Students and parents had a chance to drive Gompei using the joystick controls, and to ask question of the WPI engineering students.

The LEGO Robotics team from Mountview Middle School in Holden, led by WPI Design Director Mike Sherman, sent 12 students, parents and sponsors the event to show the elementary school students their robots and to demonstrate the teamwork required to make the robots perform on cue. The LEGO Robotics program attracts 40 to 60 students from Mountview each year and has been an excellent venue for students to develop their interest in science and technology.

The organizing team for the rest of the activities consisted of Cathy McDonagh, math teacher at Lancaster Middle School, Catherine Roberts, professor of mathematics at Holy Cross College, Mark Sutphen, physical science teacher at Millbury High School, and Ann Nann, chemical engineer. Six students from the Holy Cross College Math Club assisted students and parents with experiments and games.

Refreshments were provided by Big Y Foods and Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Worcester. Big Y provided small snack pies in celebration of Pi day. Many of the math games were provided by Binary Arts (www.puzzles.com).

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