Vol. 4, No. 15 April 24, 2003

In this issue:


Around Campus

First Latina Astronaut to Address Graduates
Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., the first Latina astronaut and deputy director of flight crew operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center, will be the speaker at WPI's 135th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 17. She will describe to WPI's graduates and community how a passion for learning propelled her into space. After Ochoa's address, the university will confer upon her an honorary doctor of science degree. For more, see the News section on the WPI Web site.

Class of 1879 Prizes Awarded Today
The Humanities and Arts department will announce the winners of the 2003 Class of 1879 Prizes at an awards ceremony and reception today, April 24, at 4 p.m. in the Hagglund Room, Campus Center. One of WPI's oldest academic awards, the 1879 Prize recognizes outstanding work on the Sufficiency projects. All are welcome to attend.

Memorial to Denise Nicoletti
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department invites the WPI community to attend the dedication of a memorial to Denise Nicoletti, who was a professor in the department and the co-founder of Camp Reach, on Tuesday, April 29, at noon. The ceremony will take place at the memorial located near the south (campus) entrance to Atwater Kent Laboratories.

Health Insurance/Flexcomp Deadline
The deadline for making changes to your health insurance and Flexcomp plan is Wednesday, April 30. If you wish to participate in Flexcomp during the next fiscal year, you must complete the Annual Open Enrollment Form and return it to Human Resources by that deadline. Call ext. 5470 or e-mail human-resources@wpi.edu if you have any questions. Information on Open Enrollment can be found at www.wpi.edu/Admin/HR. You'll also find the winners of the recent Health and Benefit Fair raffle there.

WPI Honors the Best of the Best
Six distinguished members of the university's academic community were recognized at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation on April 15:

Helen Vassallo, professor of management, received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Stephen Bullock, professor of American history, received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship.
Jonathan Barnett, professor of fire protection engineering, received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Academic Advising.
James P. O'Rourke, shop supervisor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, received the first Denise Nicoletti Trustees' Award for Service to Community.
Eleanor Loiacono, professor of management, received the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award.
Salvator Beatini, a graduate student in the biology and biotechnology department, received the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award.

New Faces on Campus
WPI recently welcomed the following new employees: Shirley Blanchard, administrative secretary IV, Continuing and Professional Education; Michelle Briddon, administrative assistant, Graduate Studies and Enrollment; and Min Qiu, assistant database administrator, Computing and Communications Center.

Leaf-raking Fundraiser
The WPI Glee Club is holding a leaf-raking fund-raiser to support operations for the academic year. No yard is too big or too small. Anyone interested should e-mail gleeclub@wpi.edu.

Venture Forum Winning Plan
Mouse Specifics Inc. recently won the WPI Venture Forum's 10th Annual Business Plan Contest. The firm develops, manufactures and sells novel systems and biology instruments for use by biopharmaceutical companies and academic research laboratories engaged in drug development. The Venture Forum promotes and serves technology-based entrepreneurial activity and economic growth in New England by increasing the business and financial knowledge of its participants. The Business Plan Contest is open to New England entrepreneurs with business plans involving a technology-based venture.


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 April 7 Telegram & Gazette included an article on Destination ImagiNation, hosted by WPI on April 5. More than 1,000 K-12 students from all over the commonwealth competed in art, science, technical, teamwork and improvisational tasks.

The April 7 Worcester Business Journal featured a front-page interview with alumnus Jim Dunn, who talked about his fuel-cell powered e-plane and WPI's research on and support of the project. Dunn also was interviewed on April 13 on WICN.

The April 4 Telegram & Gazette made note of Calvin Hill's appointment as WPI's director of minority affairs.

The April 3 MetroWest Daily News quoted Stephanie Blaisdell, director of diversity and women's programs, in an article about Hudson High School girls who toured Intel Corporation's local facility. The girls were encouraged to pursue studies in mathematics and science.

A front-page in the March 29 Telegram & Gazette showed Scott Putnam addressing the Massachusetts Senate on how proposed budget cuts would affect persons with disabilities. Putnam, who has cerebral palsy, uses a head pointer to type on a communication device that provides a computer generated voice. The head pointer was designed in WPI's Intro to Design Class in 2001.

The March 26 Telegram & Gazette featured an article on a teach-in on the war in Iraq held by WPI's Department of Humanities and Arts. The article quoted department faculty members John Sanbonmatsu, Thomas Shannon, Patrick Quinn, David Dollenmayer, John Trimbur and Roger Gottlieb. The following day, the T&G ran editorial cartoon commenting on the event.

The March 23 issue of Fire Engineering Magazine cited WPI's unique fire protection engineering program in an article titled "How to Become a Fire Investigator."

The January/February issue of Heat Treating Process magazine included a cover story by Diran Apelian titled "Heat Treating Industry R&D Needs: A CHTE Perspective."

The Winter issue of SWE, the Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers, features an article titled "Fire Protection Engineers Help Save Lives." It quoted David Lucht, director of WPI's Center for Firesafety Studies, and profiled a number of WPI alumnae, including Colleen Wade, Lori Dinney and Kathy Notarianni.

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

Thursday, May 1
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, May 8)

Thursday, May 8
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp
claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, May 14)

Thursday, May 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Friday, May 16
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid on Friday, May 30)

Thursday, May 15
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, May 22)

Thursday, May 20
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp
claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, May 28)

Thursday, May 29
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, June 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 April 18)

Part-time Temporary Dispatchers

Department Head
Administrative Secretary IV

Faculty Position
Department Head

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

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.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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

April 8 Meeting

Projects Administration Overview Presentation: Chuck Kornik provided a detailed discussion of his central role in matching project proposals with faculty advisors and students. Considerable discussion ensued about the mechanisms used to solicit and encourage off-campus project sponsorship, especially of MQPs. Project sponsors (mainly for MQPs) contribute over $100,000 annually, and also cover direct costs. The distribution formula voted by the faculty for this sponsorship dictates that 65 percent of the fees go to the faculty advisors' professional development account, to encourage entrepreneurial outreach to corporate sponsors.

Master Planning: The president provided a brief update on the master planning process and the revised schedule of meetings on that topic leading to the May Trustees meeting.

FY03 and FY04 Budget Status: Judi Trainor reviewed the budget status for both years. The potential deficit for this FY appears to be increasing, and continued tight control over expenses will be required. She asked that managers get her information on the FY04 budget as soon as possible so she can provide the needed updates to begin line-item budget planning next week of FY04.

BEI Kickoff: Bill Durgin reviewed the Bioengineering Institute's major inaugural event on April 24. Both major political supporters for BEI, Sen. Kennedy and Rep. McGovern, plan to attend. The major address will be on bio-terrorism, which should be of broad general interest.

Facilities Clearance: Bill Durgin also indicated that the new Lincoln Labs MQP Center requires some members of the WPI faculty and administration to get security clearances; Chuck Kornik will be the administrative facilitator for these processes.


Friday, April 25, 11 a.m., "Degradation of Anonymous Protocols," Brian Neil Levine, UMass Amherst, Fuller Labs 320 (refreshments at 10:50 in Fuller Labs 320).

Tuesday, May 6, 6 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.
Wednesday, May 7, 6 p.m., IT Information Session, Campus Center. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717 or visit www.ce.wpi.edu.
Thursday, May 8, 6 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.

Tuesday, May 6, 11 a.m., Environmental Safety Seminar, Jim Fox, environmental services manager UMass, Olin 107 (refreshments at 10:45).

Thursday, May 1, 3:15 p.m., Olin 107.

Wednesday, May 7, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Campus Center. For more information, call Kathleen Thompson at 781-895-1188 ext. 205, or register by sending an e-mail to info-session@wpi.edu.
Thursday, May 8, 6p.m., Graduate Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex, Rte. 128, exit 26). For more information, call Kathleen Thompson at 781-895-1188 ext. 205, or register by sending an e-mail to info-session@wpi.edu.

"The Business of Nanotechnology," W. Grant McGimpsey, WPI professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Tuesday, May 13, 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

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.

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.

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.

Adams, David, Brendan Hasson, Anne Boyer-Boiteau, Adam El-Khishin, and Victor Shashoua, "A Peptide Fragment of Ependymin Neurotrophic Factor Uses PKC and the MAPK Pathway to Activate JNK and a Functional AP-1 Containing c-Jun and c-Fos Proteins in Mouse NB2a Cells," in the Journal of Neuroscience Research 72: 405-416 (2003).

Cornwell, Kevin G., Mark Savage, Kristen Billiar and George D. Pins, "A device for studying cyclic mechanical loading of cells seeded on collagen fibers," presented at the 29th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Newark, N.J., March 22-23.

Tressel, Sarah L., Kristin A. Coughlan, Kristen Billiar and George Pins, "High-throughput method for the analysis of biomimetic surface-modified basal lamina analogs for applications in tissue engineering," presented at the 29th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Newark, N.J., March 22-23.

Throm, Angela and George D. Pins, "A Method for Fabricating Collagen Membranes with Microporous Structure: Applications in Tissue Engineering," presented at the 29th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Newark, N.J., March 22-23.

James W. Pavlik, "Photochemistry of Pyridine and Substituted Pyridines," presented to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University, March 27.

Milanez, D. L. and A. E. Emanuel, "The Instantaneous-Space-Phasor: A Powerful Diagnosis Tool," in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Feb. 2003, vol. 52, pp.143-48.

Servatius, Brigitte and Herman Servatius, "Dualno Eulerjevi grafi, Obzornik za Matematiko," in Fiziko, vol.50, Nr.1, pp 14-20, Jan. 2003.

Servatius, Brigitte, "Combinatorial Pointed Pseudo-Triangulations," colloquium lecture presented at the Technical University Graz, Austria, March 28.

Servatius, Herman, "The Museum of Many Dimensions," presented at the PME Chapter Installation Lecture, St. Michael's College, Colchester, Vt., April 5.

Lew Yan Voon, L. C. and M. Willatzen, "Confined States in Parabolic Cylinder Quantum Dots," Physica E 16, 286-296 (2003).

_____, S. Karazhanov and W. A. Harrison, "Coulomb Correlations in Semiconductors," in Phys. Rev. B 66, 235211-1-235211-6 (2002).

_____, M. Willatzen, "Confined States in Lens-shaped Quantum Dots J.," in Phys. Cond. Matter 14, 13667-13678 (2002).

_____. "Discontinuities in the Quantum-well Problem Superlattices and Microstructures," 31, 269-276 (2002).

_____. D. Helmholz, "Warping in the Valence Band of Si," in Phys. Rev. B 65 3204-3207 (2002).

_____. D. Helmholz, W.-K. Ge, "GaAs/AlAs Superlattices and the Tight-binding Method," in Phys. Stat. Sol. (b) 231, 457-461 (2002).

The March 27 Presentations and Publications should read: Weise, Robin, volunteer judge at the DECA state competition, Danvers, Mass., March 10. The entry was incorrect in that issue.

Recent Grants

Schachterle, L. and D. Johnson, for "LSAMP-Northeast Alliance for Minority Participation in Undergraduate Education in Science, Math and Engineering," from UMass Amherst, $65,000.

Dilorio, A., for "Novel Polymers for Cell Encapsulation," from Carbomer, Inc., $25,789.

Thompson, R. for "Analysis of Yardney Technical Products," from Yardney Technical Products, Inc., $10,000.00.

McGimpsey, G. and John MacDonald for "Design of Supramolecular Scaffolds for the Templated Assembly of Nanowires and Molecular Devices on Surfaces," from the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund, $80,000.

Arguello, J., for "Structure-Function of Heavy Metal Transport CPx-ATPases," from the National Science Foundation.

Mallick, R., for "Design of Superpave HMA for Low Volume Roads," from UMass Dartmouth, 36,721.

Mallick, R., for "Evaluation of Synthetic Lightweight Aggregate in HMA," from GeoTesting Express, Inc., $3,400.

Makarov, S., for "CCLI:EMD: Matlab Antenna Toolbox," from the National Science Foundation, $200,000.

Looft, F., D. Apelian and W. Michalson, for "WPI NANOSAT Program," from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $37,670.

Looft, F., for "Student Project at the Goddard Space Flight Center," from NASA, $20,000.

Barnett, J., for "Fire Simulator Test Plan," from the Battelle Memorial Institute, $59,965.

Walker, Homer, for "Algorithms and Software for C-SAFE," from the University of Utah, $10,000.

Sarkis, M., for "CAREER: Multi-Level-Material Problem Solver Environment with Semisolid Material Application and Education," from the National Science Foundation, $60,000.

Hoffman, A., for "Stretch Sensitivity of Mouse Cutaneous Afferent Neurons," from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, $38,902.

Bar-On, I, for "Mechanical Behavior of Gas Diffusion Layers (GDL) Under Compression Loading," from General Motors, $67,152.

Total for March grants and contracts awarded: $877,989.

Worth Noting

Marshall Named Chairman of WPI Board
The Board of Trustees recently elected F. William Marshall Jr., a banking industry leader, as the 18th chairman of the university's Board of Trustees. "Bill Marshall is the perfect choice to lead WPI during these challenging times," noted President Parrish. "He is one of our longest-serving board members. He has chaired the investment committee with great success for over a decade, and he has an impressive track record of running successful organizations. I look forward to working with him." For the complete story on WPI's new board chairman, see the news release on his appointment on the News section of the WPI Web site.

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