November 6, 2003

Around Campus

President's IQP Award Finalists Announced

The Interactive Qualifying Project is the most distinctive element of WPI's unique approach to education. Through this project, students tackle important social issues and problems for agencies and organizations around the globe, developing solutions that can change the world in positive ways. No other college or university gives students such an effective way to experience firsthand how science, engineering and society intersect in the real world.

Each year, WPI recognizes the best IQPs with the President's IQP Awards. The recipients, chosen from among dozens of entries, provide an exciting window on the remarkable work that WPI students can do, and on the extraordinary preparation WPI provides students for success in work and life.

The five projects below have been chosen to receive the 2003 awards. The WPI community will be invited to hear the teams present the results of their projects to President Parrish and a panel of distinguished judges at a special event on Dec 3. Five other IQPs will be recognized with special commendation awards. Those projects had not been announced at press time. We will list them in the next issue.

Building a Cyclist's Comfort Guide

Students: Jonathan Bayreuther, Joel Lofgren and Smriti Shrestha

Advisor: Holly Ault

Sponsor: Danish Cyclists Federation

Working in Copenhagen, the students developed a Web-based reference for individuals with non-debilitating medical conditions that impair their ability to use a bicycle as basic transportation.

Recommendations to Improve Quality of Life at the Pakkred Home

Students: Thomas Battistini, Melinda Palma, Amanda Roberts and Christopher Vigneau

Advisors: Richard Vaz and Chrysanthe Demetry

Sponsor: Pakkret Facility for Young Handicapped People

Working in Bangkok, the students helped the International Support Group by suggesting ways to enhance the quality of life at this home for mentally handicapped girls.

Optimizing Parking Regulations Enforcement and Revenue Collection in Cambridge

Students: Jennifer Flynn, Paul Fydenkevez, Brian McCarthy and Christine O'Connell

Advisors: Fabio Carrera and Angel A. Rivera

Sponsor: Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department

The students recommended changes to existing meter collection and parking enforcement operations in Cambridge, Mass.

Analysis Model of Resources for Costa Rican Firefighters

Students: Brittany Doucette, William Durgin and Patrick Lahar

Advisors: Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld and H.J. Manzari

Sponsor: Cuerpo de Bomberos

Working in Costa Rica, the students created a database of resources available at the country's fire stations and a model to determine whether stations have what they needs to respond to fires in their area.

Water Management in the Upper Catchment of the Kuiseb River Basin

Students: Erin Hicks, Justin Johnson and Mike Torilli

Advisors: R. Creighton Peet and Stephen W. Pierson

Sponsor: Desert Research Foundation of Namibia, Environmental Learning and Action in the Kuiseb Project

This study, conducted in Namibia, investigated water management practices by commercial farmers in the upper Kuiseb River Basin to determine whether farm dams negatively impact users downstream.

Masque Presents Arsenic and Old Lace

Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace is the charming comedy of two murderous aunts compassionately serving up elderberry wine to elderly gentlemen--with their crazy nephew assisting by burying the unfortunate victims. This production will be directed by Professor Susan Vick and produced by Joshua True. Masque presents this classic American play on Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for WPI students.

White Horse Dance Social Nov. 22

The Student Development and Counseling Center will offer its third annual White Horse Dance Social on Saturday, Nov. 22, from noon to 9 p.m. in the Campus Center. The event will feature "101 Singers," a Native American dance and singing troupe, and the humor, stories and wisdom of master of ceremonies Kenny Hamilton. As in the past, new toys or clothing will be collected for the children of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota and the Penobscot Reservation in Maine. In 2002 over 500 items were collected for the children. For more information, call ext. 5540.

Donate Blood, Win Patriots Tickets

Alpha Phi Omega, the coed national service fraternity, and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 12, and Thursday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Founders Hall. Donors will register to win New England Patriots tickets or an autographed football. To make an appointment to donate, call 800-448-3543. Walk-in donors are welcome.

In the Spirit of Our Founders

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the Student Alumni Society will celebrate Founders Day, the anniversary of the day WPI held its first classes, and the campus community is invited to enjoy the festivities. Each year a different founder is the focus of the celebration; this year it will be John Boynton.

Got Chores? Rent A Rower

Are leaves covering your lawn? Does your paint need to be touched up before winter? Have an old wall that needs to be rebuilt or a garage that needs cleaning? The WPI crew team will take care of these and other dirty, tough jobs to raise money for spring break training. The cost is $125 for a full eight-hour day and $90 for a five-hour day. Lunch must be provided for anyone working a full day, and arrangements should be made with team members regarding transportation. Anyone interested should contact Larry Noble at ext. 6119 or

Publications and Presentations

Biology and Biotechnology

Souret, F.*, Weathers, P., Wobbe, K.K. 2002. The mevalonate independent pathway is expressed in transformed roots of Artemisia annua and regulated by light and culture age. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology-Plant. 38:581-588.

Towler, M.*, Weathers, P. 2003. Adhesion of plant roots to poly-L-lysine coated polypropylene substrates. J. Biotechnology 101:147-155.

De Jesus-Gonzalez, L.*, Weathers, P.J. 2003 Tetraploid Atemisia annua hairy roots produce more artemisinin than diploids. Plant Cell Reports 21:809-813.

Kim, Y.J.*, Weathers, P.J., Wyslouzil, B.E. 2003. Growth dynamics of Artemisia annua hairy roots in three culture systems. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 83:428-443.

Souret, F.*, Kim, Y.*, Wyslouzil, B., Wobbe, K., Weathers, P. 2003. Scale-up of Artemisia annua L. hairy root cultures produces complex patterns of terpenoid gene expression. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 83:653-667.

Krushkal, J., Pistilli, M.**, Ferrell, K.M.**, Souret, F.F.*, Weathers, P.J. 2003. Computational analysis of the evolution of the structure and function of 1-deoxy-D-xylulose-5-phosphate synthase, a key regulator of the mevalonate-independent pathway in plants. Gene 313:127-138.

*undergraduate; **graduate student

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Connors, R. E., and Ucak-Astarlioglu, M. G. "Electronic Absorption and Fluorescence Properties of 2,5-Diarylidene-Cyclopentanones." Paper No. 118, 31st Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., June 16, 2003.

Connors, R. E., Ucak-Astarlioglu, M. G. 2003. Electronic Absorption and Fluorescence Properties of 2,5-Diarylidene-Cyclopentanones. J. Phys. Chem. A. 107: 7684-7691.

Continuing and Professional Education

Weise, Lauren Pouchak, and Depalma, Andy. "Different Strokes for Different Folks--Varying Approaches to an IT Challenge." Presented at UCEA New England Annual Conference, Lenox, Mass., Oct.

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, Joel J. "Unknown London: Early Modernist Visions of the Metropolis, 1815-45, ed. John Marritt, Masaie Matsumura, and Judith R. Walkowitz (six volumes)," Nineteenth-Century Prose, vol. 31, no. 1 (Spring 2004), pp. 239-42.

Gottlieb, Roger S., edited "Liberating Faith Religious Voices for Justice, Peace, and Ecological Wisdom," Nov. 2003, Rowman & Littlefield.

Gottlieb, Roger S., "A Spirituality of Resistance Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth," Aug. 2003, Rowman & Littlefied.

Matos-Nin, Ingrid, "La importancia del tema sobrenatural en seis novelas de Maria de Zayas y Sotomayor," published in Atenea, the literary review of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, June 2003.

Matos-Nin, Ingrid, "El demonio en dos novellas de Maria de Zayas: ub TROPOS, the literary magazine of the Department of Romance Languages, Michigan State University, Aug. 2003.

McCarthy, Barbara L., "A Hard Time with Dickens: Searching for Humor in Hard Times," presented to the Dickens Fellowship, Worcester, Oct. 15.

Menides, Laura J., "Elizabeth Bishop's Descriptions: A Family Bible, a Brazilian Dog, and a Dentist's Office in Worcester," a reading and discussion of the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop at "No Limits: The Worcester Poets," a Poetry Heritage Weekend sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association at the Worcester Public Library, Saturday, Oct. 18.

Mechanical Engineering

Andreeva, T.A., and Durgin, W.W., "Ultrasound Technique for Prediction of Statistical Characteristics of Grid-Generated Turbulence," AIAA Journal, Vol. 41, No. 8, Aug. 2003.

Andreeva, T.A. and Durgin, W.W., "Some Theoretical and Experimental Aspects in Ultrasonic Travel-Time Method for Diagnostic of Grid-Generated Turbulence," Fifth World Congress on Ultrasonics, Paris, France, Sept. 2003.

Social Science and Policy Studies

Khalid Saeed gave an invited seminar on the use of system dynamics modeling for designing public policy institutions at the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University on Oct. 24. He was also the featured speaker in the inaugural session of "Chats in the Stacks," organized by Mann Library at Cornell University earlier that day.

Recent Grants

Bioengineering Institute

Mendelson, Y., for "A Comparative Study of Transmission and Reflectance Pulse Oximeters Under Simulated Battlefield Conditions," from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, $72,000.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bergendahl, J., and R. Thompson*, for "Novel Adsorbents for the Removal of Disinfection By-Products from Drinking Water," from Triton Systems Inc., $5,000.

Thompson, R., for "Improved Anode Material Preparation and Characterization," from Yardney Technical Products Inc., $70,000.

Computer Science

Ward, M., and E. Rundensteiner*, for "Order, Spacing, and Clustering in Visual Exploration of Large Scale Data," from the National Science Foundation, $95,600.

Heffernan, N. for "Warrior Tutors," from Sonalysts Inc., $34,999.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Clancy, E., for "Estimating Joint Impedance from the Surface EMG," from the National Institutes of Health, $71,043.

Pahlavan, K., and E. Agu*, for "An Integrated Multi-Layer Wireless LAN Testbed," from the National Science Foundation, $142,171.

Fire Protection Engineering

Woycheese, J., and N. Dembsey*, for "Fire Science Media Library," from the National Science Foundation, $149,960.

Woycheese, J., H. Shuster*, and P. Turgeon*, for "Online Access to and Data Analysis Tools for Experiments in Building and Fire Science," from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, $113,169.

Mathematical Sciences

Vernescu, B., for "Focal Plane Tracking Algorithm Development," from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $74,726.

Martin, W., for "Discrete Mathematics Day at WPI," from UMass Amherst, $3,000.

Mechanical Engineering

Makhlouf, M., and D. Apelian*, for "Development of an Electronic Data Base for Rapid Selection of Aluminum Die Casting Alloys," from Advanced Technology Institute, $23,200.

Tryggvason, G., and A. Exmaeeli*, for "Investigations of Bubbly Flows Using Direct Numerical Simulations," from the Department of Energy, $149,576.

Pryputniewicz, R., and C. Furlong*, for "OEH Characterization of Laser Micromachined Parts," from BWXT Pantex, LLC, $120,027.

Academic Affairs

Cyr, M., for "Tufts Pre-College Engineering for Teachers," from Tufts University, $182,018.

*co-principal investigator

Did You Know

The Princeton Review ranked WPI 22nd out of 351 colleges and universities in its recent list of the most connected colleges. The ratings looked at student/computer ratio, campus and wireless networks, remote access, online registration, streaming media capabilities, and other factors

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