Vol. 4, No. 14 April 10, 2003

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Around Campus

April 15 is Project Presentation Day
On April 15, about 200 student project teams, representing every academic discipline, will present the results of their Major Qualifying Projects to their faculty advisors and to the corporations and organizations that sponsored them. It's a fascinating and powerful demonstration of why WPI believes its approach to education is the best preparation for life and work in our globally based, technology-intensive world. A schedule of presentations will be posted on the Project Presentation Day Web site, www.wpi.edu/news/ppd/.

Author Rosalind Williams to Speak
Rosalind Williams, Metcalfe Professor of Writing at MIT and author of Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change, will present a talk titled "What Should Constitute an Engineering Education" on Wednesday, April 16, at 6 p.m., in Atwater Kent 233. The talk, sponsored by the Humanities and Arts Department, is free and open to the public. For more information, call x5246.

WPI Presents New Voices 21
New Voices 21, WPI's annual showcase of new plays written and produced by the WPI community, will be presented in Alden Memorial from Wednesday, April 16, through Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Each program includes a 15-minute intermission. The festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://users.wpi.edu/~theatre/new-voices/.

Metallurgy Center Named For Boorky
WPI has received a commitment of $400,000 to fund an existing undergraduate scholarship program in the name of Morris and Gertrude Boorky as well as a new graduate fellowship in powder metallurgy. WPI's Powder Metallurgy Research Center will be renamed the Morris Boorky Powder Metallurgy Research Center in recognition of this gift and the contributions of Morris Boorky to this field.

Campus Map Update
If you know of changes that need to be made to the campus map (see www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/), contact Bonnie McCrea (mccrea@wpi.edu, ext. 5306) by Friday, April 11. A revised map will be available by April 16. Printing Services in Boynton Hall (ext. 5571) will print multiple copies for a fee.

Can You Help With Commencement?
The Student Activities Office is seeking volunteers to help with Commencement, scheduled for Saturday, May 17. One of the most important tasks on this day is assuring that graduates are lined up in the correct order. About 25 staff members are needed to facilitate this. If you are interested, please contact Donna DeChiaro at ext. 6806 or e-mail donnad@wpi.edu.

Teeter-Totter-a-Thon Starts April 11
The sisters of Alpha Gamma Delta and the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha will host their annual Teeter-Totter-a-Thon from noon on Friday, April 11, through noon on Wednesday, April 16, location to be announced. The proceeds will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Members of the WPI and Worcester communities are invited to contribute to the students as they ride the teeter-totter. For more, call 508-314-6224


People

Students Win Goldwater Scholarships
Ravi Srinivasan '04 (mathematics and physics) and Ann Skulas '05 (chemistry) were recently named 2003 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. The students were among 192 scholars selected this year on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,093. Goldwater scholarships are awarded to sophomores or juniors who have records of outstanding academic performance, and who have demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in research in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. Previous WPI winners are Erik Alldredge '95, Yakov Kronrod '02 and Jack Waddell '03.

Johari Named Associate Fellow of AIAA
Hamid Johari, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the world's largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space and defense. The institute is the principal voice, information resource and publisher for aerospace engineers, scientists, managers, policymakers, students and educators. Also, many prominent corporations and governments worldwide rely on AIAA as a stimulator of professional accomplishment in all areas related to aerospace.

Faculty Promotions and Tenure
The Board of Trustees announced the promotion and/or tenure of the following faculty members, effective July 1:

Tenured And Promoted

Michael A. Demetriou, to associate professor of mechanical engineering.
Mustapha S. Fofana, to associate professor of mechanical engineering.
William J. Martin, to associate professor of mathematical sciences.
Elizabeth F. Ryder, to associate professor of biology and biotechnology.
Amy Z. Zeng, to associate professor of management.

Promoted

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf, to full professor of mechanical engineering.
Balgobin Nandram, to full professor of mathematical sciences.
Yiming (Kevin) Rong, to full professor of mechanical engineering.
Brigitte Servatius, to full professor of mathematical sciences.
Barbara Wyslouzil, to full professor of chemical engineering.
Joe Zhu, to associate professor of management


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.

The February 2003 issue of Design-Build Dateline, the monthly newsletter of the Design Build Institute of America, includes an article on WPI's Master Builder Program.

March 10 Daily Messenger (NY) cites Thomas Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics, and David Adams, professor of biology and biotechnology, who spoke at a March 22 conference on stem cell research and cloning at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.

The March 20 Telegram & Gazette included a review of a performance of Paul Winter's Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) by WPI musicians.

The March 21 T&G included an article on reactions to the war in Iraq that noted activities at WPI. The article was headlined "Reaction to war ranges from peace marches to March Madness." On March 27 the T&G ran an article with the headline, "WPI students stage war rally; Campus events highlight divide over U.S. action."

Natalie Mello, director of global operations in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, was interviewed by several news outlets recently on measures the university has taken to assure the safety of students in WPI's global projects program. Interviews with Mello were included in articles in USA Today (March 18), WTAG radio (March 27) and the Associated Press (March 27 and 28). The AP article ran in these newspapers: Anchorage Daily News; Austin American Statesman; Canadian Press, CNN.com; Canada.com; Canoe News (Canada); Dow Jones; The Guardian (UK); Knoxville News Sentinel; Mid Columbia Tri City Herald; NEPA News; PennLive (Pa.); Tacoma News Tribune; Texas News-Journal; New Orleans Times Picayune, Toronto Star, New York Newsday, Akron Beacon Journal, Montreal Gazette, Kitchener-Waterloo Record, and Sarasota Herald Tribune.

On March 30, The Los Angeles Times ran an article in which Steven Bullock, professor of history, discussed Freemasonry.

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 April 3)

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

Tuesday, April 15
Monthly Flexcomp 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 April 3)

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

CAMPUS POLICE
Part-time Temporary Dispatchers

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

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Faculty Position
Department Head

GORDON LIBRARY
Web Developer

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

MANAGEMENT
Visiting Faculty Member in Entrepreneurship
Visiting Faculty Member in Operations and Industrial Engineering
Visiting Faculty Member in Management Information Systems

MASSACHUSETTS ACADEMY OF MATH AND SCIENCE
Principal

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
Visiting Assistant Professorships
Coordinator, Actuarial Mathematics Program

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Tenure Track Faculty (2)

PLANT SERVICES
Custodians, temporary pool

STUDENT ACTIVITIES
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.


Cabinet Meeting Summary

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

March 18 Meeting

Master Plan: President Parrish led a discussion of work under way for a campus master plan involving the need for strategic decisions on future space and resource allocation. A working group involving students, faculty, and staff has been operating for several months to provide input for this process. Ways to continue to involve all constituencies in this important long-range planning process were discussed. Of immediate concern is agreeing on a location for the proposed new admissions building being funded by an external gift.

Human Subjects Protection Training: Bill Durgin reviewed the recent training sessions and reported that they were successful.

Military Leave Policy and Process: Durgin circulated a proposed policy; discussion centered on the appropriate policies for refunds and for loans

FY 03 and FY 04 Budgets: Judith Trainor reminded vice presidents of the need to agree on reductions from this year's budget to be effected in the '04 budget. These will be permanent and represent about 1.5 percent of controllable expense in the FY 03 budget.

Policies if Military Action Occurs in Iraq: Bernie Brown and Janet Richardson discussed their review of communications that were to be sent out to the WPI community regarding the war, and the importance of civility and open communication. Discussion centered on various contingencies, especially the apparent conflicts between Federal law protecting student privacy with respect to access to student records and the new Patriot Act, which appears to require university officials to provide information upon demand. Steve Hebert will work with the university legal counsel to frame a policy statement to guide staff members who may be asked for information.

Continuing Education: Arlene Lowenstein distributed literature on a new short course in fuel cells, to be taught by Professor Datta, that already has attracted student interest.

Long-term Healthcare: The merits of the Unum Provident and other plans were briefly discussed.

Admissions: Kevin Kelly reported that the office would soon mail about 2,500 letters of acceptance for admissions. Given about a 10 percent increase in applicants and revised policies for early admissions, this number represents admission of about 70 percent of the applicant pool, as opposed to 76 percent last year. SAT scores are up 10 points in this pool, and admission is being offered to 543 women (as contrasted with 502 last year.) Other statistics, including class rank and ethnicity, are about the same as last year. A number of strategies concerning financial aid have been adjusted for this year's admissions process to try to increase overall yield in both financial and quality terms.


Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Tuesday, April 15, 9 a.m., "Gene Reflections and Projections (AND, WOW, DNA)" Thoru Pederson, UMass Medical School, Salisbury Labs 104

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Thursday, April 17, noon, "Gene Therapy Genomics in Tissue Engineering," Stelios Andreadis, SUNY Buffalo, Goddard 227,
Thursday, April 24, noon, "Fluidization of Ultrafine Particles," Bob Pfeffer, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Goddard 227

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Wednesday, April 16, 4 p.m., "Academics Provide Opportunities to Practice Forensic Science," Ladislav H. Berka, WPI chemistry and biochemistry professor, Salisbury Labs 115
Wednesday, April 23, noon, "Synthesis and Properties of Poly(aryleneethynylene)s," Uwe Bunz, University of South Carolina, Goddard Hall 227

PHYSICS
Monday, April 14, 4 p.m., "What's All This Talk About MEMS?" Demetrios Papageorgiou, WPI electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 p.m. in Olin 118)

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Friday, April 25, 11 a.m., "Degradation of Anonymous Protocols," Brian Neil Levine, UMass Amherst, Fuller Labs 320

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS
Wednesday, April 16, open house for admitted students


Publications & Presentations

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Pujary, Chirag J., Mark B. Savage and Yitzhak Mendelson, "Photodetector Size Considerations in the Design of a Noninvasive Reflectance Pulse Oximeter for Telemedicine Applications," 29th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Newark, N.J., March 22-23, 2003.

Savage, Mark B., Chirag J. Pujary and Yitzhak Mendelson, "Optimizing Power Consumption in the Design of a Wearable Wireless Telesensor: Comparison of Pulse Oximeter Modes," 29th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Newark, N.J., March 22-23, 2003.

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Sarkozy, Gabor, Stanley Selkow and Endre Szemeredi, "On the number of Hamiltonian cycles in Dirac graphs," in Discrete Mathematics, Vol. 265/1-3 pp 237-250.

HUMANITIES AND ARTS
Hansen, Peter H., "Georges Mallory et la masculinite," in Deux siecles d'alpinismes europeens: origines et mutations des activites de grimpe, ed. Olivier Hoibian and Jacques Defrance, (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2002), pp. 135-46.

Hansen, Peter H., "Mallory et la masculinite," in Cimes, L'Everest dans tous ses etats, Groupe de Haute Montagne Annales 2002 (2002): 173-76.

Hansen, Peter H., "Interdisciplinary Student Projects in Thailand," in Tai Culture: International Review on Tai Cultural Studies 7 (June 2002): 176-7.

Hansen, Peter H., "Desperate Journeys: True Stories of Endurance and Survival," sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Leominster (Mass.) Public Library, March 24, 2003.


Worth Noting

Hoop Dreams Now in Seventh Year
Getting children in urban neighborhoods interested in college can be a challenge. But it's not a problem in the Grafton Hill neighborhood in Worcester, thanks to Hoop Dreams, an innovative WPI program.

Now ins seventh year, Hoop Dreams provides about 30

8- to 13-year-olds from Friendly House, a multi-service community center in Grafton Hill, with exposure to college life, along with mentoring, tutoring and fun. About 20 WPI student volunteers run the program, sharing their math and science knowledge and bonding with the kids through recreational activities.

In addition, WPI faculty, staff and more than 50 student organizations participate. For example, in December, the WPI community made the holidays happier for 110 Friendly House children and teens with a Giving Tree drive that raised more than $3,000 in gifts. WPI fraternities and sororities hosted a basketball tournament which raised over $1,000 for Friendly House programs, and the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha coordinated a food drive that helped feed 2,000 people during the holiday season. This spring, four WPI students and three faculty advisors are contributing their expertise to Friendly House through several academic projects with the center.

The first half of each Tuesday afternoon Hoop Dreams session is spent on physical activities like basketball, swimming and wrestling. The second half is dedicated to academics. The youngsters bring their homework, and WPI students reinforce what is being taught in the youngsters' classrooms.

Hoop Dreams also includes special projects. This year, the kids participated in a Spanish language lab with WPI associate professor Angel A. Rivera. In conjunction with of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester and WPI professor Stanley M. Selkow, they joined in a UNICEF fundraiser, "Pieces of Peace," in which they created and sold holiday crafts.

Over the next few months, Hoop Dreams will keep the kids busy swimming, building robots out of LEGOs and completing an aerospace project with WPI's chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. The year will wrap up with a goodbye pizza party and an event at the Ecotarium to acknowledge the sponsors and supporters of Hoop Dreams.

"Our youngsters really look forward to Tuesdays," says Friendly House executive director Gordon Hargrove. "They have formed bonds with positive role models in the WPI volunteers. And the influence of the college students gets them more excited about their studies and gives them the opportunity to approach someone closer to their own age for help with schoolwork.

"We have also received positive feedback from the parents. They really appreciate the opportunity for their children to participate in this program."

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