Vol. 4, No. 15 May 8, 2003

In this issue:

 

AROUND CAMPUS

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Summer Hours Start Soon

The summer work schedule for full-time staff will be in effect from Tuesday, May 27, through Friday, Aug. 15. During this period, the normal 37.5-hour workweek is shortened to 35 hours with no reduction in pay. For most offices and departments this means the workday will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Division and department heads may arrange flexible work schedules, particularly in offices that need to be open before 8 a.m. or after 4 p.m. In such cases, offices should inform Human Resources in writing so this can be communicated to Campus Police, Payroll, Plant Services and the main switchboard. Time cards for all full-time hourly paid, nonunion personnel working 37.5 hours should reflect 35 hours during this period. Time cards for personnel working 40 hours should reflect 37.5. In each case, biweekly employees will be paid for the full workweek.

Alumni Returning for Reunion Weekend

WPI alumni will be on campus June 5-8 for Reunion. Here are some highlights of the weekend. This year, Reunion will feature Alumni College, with lectures on science and technology, and life, by faculty members, alumni and other distinguished members of the WPI community:

Friday: Alumni golf tournament; Campus Center Tour; Class of 1953 50th Reunion reception; 50-Year Associates reception and dinner.

Saturday: Celebrity Squares breakfast; President's annual address; Reunion parade; luncheon and awards ceremony; robotics demonstration; class banquets.

Sunday: Jazz brunch

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/Alumni/Reunion/.

Outstanding Alumni To Be Honored

The WPI Alumni Association will honor the following individuals during Reunion:

Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement: Frances Barton '68, Mark Freitas '73, David Jenney '53 and Michael Paige '68.

Herbert F. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service to WPI: Frances Madigan '53, Robert Maynard '63 and James McKernan '48.

John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI: Sherri Curria '93, Terry O'Coin '83 and Wally Towner '83.

Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement: Maureen Sexton Horgan '83, Sean Sebastian '83 and John West '88.

William R. Grogan Award: Professor Robert Fitzgerald and Professor Denise Nicoletti (posthumously).

WPI Award for Distinguished Service: Myles McDonough, trustee emeritus

Teachers Are Technological Humanists

The winners of WPI's first Technological Humanist Awards were announced at a ceremony on May 1. The first place recipient received $5,000 to use at his school, the second place recipient received $2,500, and the third place recipient received $1,500. Honorable mention recipients each received $500. Read more about the awards ceremony at www.wpi.edu/Academics/THA.

First place: P. Brady Townsend, a mathematics teacher at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden.

Second place: Eileen Ratkiewicz, a chemistry teacher at the MacDuffie School in Springfield.

Third place: David Steeves, a physics teacher at Chelmsford High School.

Francine Breger, a science teacher at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School; Deborah Gustafson, an environmental science teacher at Greater Lowell Technical High School; Derrick Lowery, a science teacher at Doherty Memorial High School; and Daniel Sirpenski, a biology teacher at Framingham High School, each received honorable mention.

The award was created by WPI to honor teachers who exemplify technological humanism, and are able to integrate technology and humanities in ways that inspire students to use their knowledge of science and technology in ways that will benefit society.

PEOPLE

New Teaching Technology Fellows
The Academic Affairs Division and the Information Technology Division recently announced the 2003-05 Teaching Technology Fellows. They are Robert Connors, professor of chemical engineering, Michael Elmes, professor of management; H.J. Manzari, assistant professor of humanities and arts; Guillermo Salazar, associate professor of civil engineering; Ross Shonat, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; John Sullivan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Robert Zalosh, professor of fire protection engineering.

Honoring Longtime Employees
The following faculty and staff member were honored at the annual service awards dinner, held to pay tribute to employees who celebrated a service anniversary during the 2002-03 academic year: 40 years: William Hobey; 35 years: Carmen Brown and Thomas Keil; 30 years: Giacomo Ferraro, David Galvin, Philip Grebinar, Doris Horgan, JoAnn Manfra, James O'Rourke, Linda Sutton and Benjamin Thompson; 25 years: Malcolm Fitzpatrick, Paramasivam Jayachandran, Kent Ljungquist, John Orr, Joeseph Petkiewicz and Catherine Seed; 20 years: Sheila Bailey, Isa Bar-On, Sharon Deffley, Catherine Emmerton, John Miller, Richard Sisson, Helen Vassallo and Jean Westerlind; 15 years: David Abraham, Andreas Alexandrou, Barbara Avery, Tahar El-Korchi, Michael Gennert, Francis Horanzy Jr., Ronald Klocek, Constance Labounty, Janice Martin, Wesley Mott, Gina Patterson, Peder Pedersen, Thomas Plante, Pamela Riley, Kathleen Schaffert, Brigitte Servatius, Scott Streeter, John Sullivan and John Trimbur.

WPI Honors Outstanding Undergraduates
The Two Towers Prize, awarded to a student who, through general academic competence, campus leadership, regular course work, and special work in research and projects, best exemplifies a combined proficiency in the theoretical and practical union that is at the heart of the WPI educational tradition, has been awarded to Jessica M. McAlear, a junior majoring in biotechnology and international studies.

Sixteen members of the Class of 2003 have received the Salisbury Prize, given each year to WPI's most meritoriuous seniors. Those honored were: Jason Field, Biology and Biotechnology; Adrianne L. Kolpak, Biology and Biotechnology; Adam S. Norige, Biomedical Engineering; Orest Skoplyak, Chemical Engineering; Jacob M. Collins, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Nicholas T. Baker, Computer Science and Humanities and Arts; Thomas M. Livak, Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences; Nathaniel C. Liefer, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Nina K. Simon, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Deborah K. Shea, Humanities and Arts; Jay J. Guise, Industrial Engineering; Heather J. Blackwell, Mechanical Engineering; Blake D. Carter, Mechanical Engineering; Robert J. Sartorelli Jr., Mechanical Engineering; Jack N. Waddell Jr., Physics and Jennifer M. Persico, System Dynamics.

James T. Lescoe, a sophomore actuarial mathematics major, has won the Richard V. Olson Award. Named for Professor Olson, who taught mathematics from 1962 until his death in 1983 and was highly regarded by students, the award recognizes excellence in freshman and sophomore mathematics courses, outstanding overall academic achievement and contributions to the WPI community.

The Kranich Prize, which honors students majoring in engineering or science who best exemplify excellence in the humanities and arts, and the full integration of these disciplines into their undergraduate experience, has been awarded to Sarah A. Linderme '03.

The following 36 students received Crimson and Gray Awards, which recognizes their exceptional and sustained involvement in campus life and their service to WPI: Erica Abrahamsen '05, Emily Anesta '04, Ishwarya Arangode GS, Allyson Barford 03, Emine Cagin '03, Paola Chicarelli '04, Adam Epstein '05, Kathleen Gardner '03, Michael Gesner '04, Jennifer Gray '03, Christopher Hamman '05, William Herbert '05, Megan Holmes '05, Aaron Judell '05, Deepa Karunakaran GS, Kristen Lafond '03, Jocelyn Lally '05, Brian Landry '04, Matthew Leahey '04, Lisette Manrique '03, Dennis Mayo '03, Christopher O'Malley '03, Kurt Onofrey '04, Shruti Pai '04, Niloufer Rodrigues GS, Katrina Salamon '04, Jennifer Scheipers '03, Reshma Shaikh '04, Janelle Smith '03, Frances Sacciccio '03, Cristina Toledo '04, Terrence Turner '04, Christina Watson '03, Anthony Wieczorek '05, Katherine Youmans '04, Bao Jian (Bobo) Yu '05

The Class of 1879 Prize, the university's humanities and arts award, given to students for excellent work in their Sufficiency projects, which demonstrate exceptional creativity and skill in conceiving, developing and expressing a theme within any discipline in the humanities and arts, went this year to Kimberly Johnstone '04 for "The United States Supreme Court: The 2000 Presidential Election;" Amanda A. Roberts '04 for "Sequencing Within the Short Story Collection: An Experiment in Design and Practice;" and Benjamin K. Sandofsky '04 for "The Shawl: The Study and Application of David Mamet's Filmmaking Theories."

The Office of Academic Advising presented the 2003 Outstanding Women Student Awards and the Outstanding Minority Award to nine undergraduates. This year's honorees are Marietta E. Anderson Award: Shruti Pai '04; United Technologies Corporation and Society of Women Engineers Award: Jessica McAlear '04; Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover Award: Emily Anesta '04 and Brooke Buchholz '04; Ellen Knott Award: Megan Holmes '05 and Jessica Jajosky '05; Gertrude R. Rugg Award: Nenera Varbanova '06 and Jessica Martinez '06; United Technologies Corporation Minority Award: Ronald Mendez '04.

WPI IN THE NEWS

Note: You may read more about many of the stories featured in this edition of @WPI on the WPI Web site at www.wpi.edu/News/Releases/.

The April 28 edition of Mass High Tech includes four WPI-related articles:

The April 27 Boston Sunday Globe included an article on the surge in programs for computer forensics, including WPI's graduate certificate offerings.

The April 25 Telegram & Gazette features four pieces on WPI's Bioengineering Institute Launch. The first is "Economic Gateway" by staff reporter Lisa Eckelbecker; the second is "CEO says 2 Mass. economies arising" by Andi Esposito; the third is "Engineering park blossoms" by education writer Emilie Astelle; and the last is an editorial on the need for the Bioengineering Institute and the Gateway Park initiative.

The April 24 T&G includes an article by Shaun Sutner titled "House plan includes deep cuts; Health care, school funds are slashed." Sutner writes that Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives in Worcester will remain level-funded at $200,000 and the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI would stay at its current $1,199,231 allocation, despite big cuts.

The April 20 T&G features an interview with Kent Rismiller whose quotes are included in an article titled: "Small but mighty; Central Mass. defense contractors benefit from military's shift in focus."

The April 17 issue of Ascribe News includes an article on the accreditation of WPI's management program. The article is titled: "AACSB announced the accreditation of WPI's business program".

The April 17 edition of Worcester Magazine features the article, "The naked and the mathematician," on the artwork and writing of J.D. Sage, professor emeritus of civil engineering and geology at WPI.

The April 13 T&G features an article on emergency and disaster programs undertaken by area colleges and universities. It is titled "Colleges Taking Steps to Prepare for the Worst" and includes a quote from John Hanlon.

The April 10 MetroWest Daily News interviews Technological Humanist Award nominee Dan Sirpenski of Framingham High School. The April 9 Chelmsford Independent profiles nominee David Steeves.

On April 7, Stephanie Blaisdell was interviewed on WORC's "African Forum" discussing pipeline issues and upcoming summer camps at WPI aimed at underserved minority populations.

The April 3 T&G includes a photo and article on WPI's recent ROTC awards ceremony.

The April, 2003 issue of ASEE PRISM Magazine quotes Stephanie Blaisdell in an article on making engineering education relevant to society. The article is entitled "A New Era."

The February 2003 issue of College Bound Magazine features a brief article and photo on the use of Segway HTs by our Campus Police and Admissions Office.

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, 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 May 5)

CAMPUS POLICE
Part-time Temporary Dispatchers

COMPUTER SCIENCE
Department Head

ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Faculty Position
Department Head

GORDON LIBRARY
Director of Library Research and Information Access Services

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

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
Visiting Assistant Professorships
Coordinator, Actuarial Mathematics Program

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND ATHLETICS
Part-time Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

SOCIAL SCIENCE AND POLICY STUDIES
Part-time Instructor

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.

CABINET MEETING SUMMARY

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

April 22 Meeting
Urgent Issues: At the president's request, all cabinet members reviewed the status, currency and achievements to date on the urgent issue they identified as most important to them this year.

Cabinet Retreat: General discussion on the agenda identified issues and priorities, especially in terms of current planning initiatives.

Budget Update: Final data are being collected and a third quarter report is being prepared. The line item FY04 budget is being developed for presentation to the board at the May meeting.

COLLOQUIA/CONFERENCES/MEETINGS

METAL PROCESSING INSTITUTE
Monday, July 14-Friday, July 18, International Summer School on Manufacturing High Integrity Aluminum and Magnesium Castings. For more information call ext. 5592, or visit www.wpi.edu/Academics/Research/MPI.

TECH OLD TIMERS
Wednesday, May 14, 10:30 a.m., Tech Old Timers Ladies Day, "The Golden Age of Radio," David Muise, Campus Center Odeum (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

CHEMISTRY

James W. Pavlik, "Photochemistry of Pyridine and Substituted Pyridines," presented at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fl, April 15.

HUMANITIES AND ARTS
Brattin, Joel J., session chair, "Tragic Violence," presented at Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference, Assumption College, April 26.

_____. "The Letters of Charles Dickens," in the Dickens Quarterly, vol. 20, no. 1 (March 2003) pp. 63-65.

_____. "The Failure of Plot in Little Dorrit," presented at the Dickens Fellowship, Worcester Branch, April 16.

Ephraim, Michelle, Theresa M. Krier's Birth Passages: Maternity and Nostalgia, Antiquity to Shakespeare in the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 3.1 (2003), 166-9 (review).

_____. "Jewish Matriarchs and the Staging of Elizabeth I in The History of Jacob and Esau," in Studies in English Literature 43.2 (2003), 301-21.

_____. "Hermione's Suspicious Body in The Winter's Tale," presented at the Renaissance Society of America conference, Toronto, March 28, 2003.

Mott, Wesley T., Remarks at the Emerson Bicentennial Exhibit and Robert Pinsky Poetry Reading. Emerson Hall, Harvard University, 24 April 2003.

_____. "'The Power of Recurring to the Sublime at Pleasure': Emerson and Feeling," and "Spires of Form," presented at the Emerson Bicentennial Conference, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, April 25.

_____. Remarks at the "Emerson in Concord" Bicentennial Exhibit, Concord Free Public Library, April 26.

_____. "Meet Our [Emerson] Sculptor--Steven H. Maddock," Emerson Society Papers, 14 (Spring 2003): 3.

WORTH NOTING

Research Award Volume Hits New High
Thanks to significant efforts by the WPI faculty, the total for research awards for Fiscal Year 2003 had reached $9,064,688 as of late April, according Francois Lemire, director of research administration. This represents the first time in WPI's history that research awards have topped $9 million. The previous high for award volume was $8,853,013, set in 1995.

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