January 29, 2004

Around Campus

Social Awareness Week Continues

Social Awareness Week, which began Wednesday with the scheduled lecture by Noam Chomsky, continues with a variety of events and activities. All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Jan. 29
Nuclear Proliferation Role-Play Game, sponsored by Pugwash, Campus Center, Mid-Century Room, 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 30
KRS-One, hip-hop artist and social activist, Alden Memorial, 8 p.m., $5 (WPI students free with ID).
Tuesday, Feb. 3
Worcester County Clothesline Project, sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Computer and Electrical Engineering, and the Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts, Campus Center, 9 a.m.
Being an International Student at WPI, sponsored by the Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese student associations, Campus Center, Taylor Room, 5 p.m.
Voter Registration Drive, sponsored by the Unitarian University Campus Fellowship, Campus Center, Odeum, 7 p.m.
ednesday, Feb. 4
E-Waste session, sponsored by GAEA, WPI's environmental organization, Campus Center, Hagglund Room, 4 p.m.>
Thursday, Feb. 5 Safe Zone training, provided by the Bisexual Lesbian Gay Alliance, Campus Center, Odeum,4 p.m.
Discussion on U.S. Patriot Act, hosted by the International Student Council, Campus Center, Odeum, 7 p.m.

Loh to Speak at Hull Colloquium

Christine Loh, CEO of the Civic Exchange in Hong Kong, will be the featured speaker at the Hull Colloquium from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 6, in Perreault Lecture Hall. Her topic is "Hong Kong and Taiwan: Catalysts to China's Modernization." The Civic Exchange is a public policy think tank where Loh collaborates with students and faculty members at WPI's Hong Kong Project Center on projects related to sustainable development and environmental protection.

WPI Celebrates Black History Month

A national event, celebrated annually, Black History Month focuses on the African-American experience. Originally conceived in 1926 as Negro History Week by African-American scholar Carter G. Woodson, the event was expanded to a monthlong celebration in 1980. WPI will observe Black History Month with the following events (all are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted):


Monday, Feb. 2
Opening Dinner (invitation only), 6 p.m., Campus Center, Chairman's Room, sponsored by the Black Student Union
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Dana Rondel Olmstead, who will speak about black women inventors, 6 p.m., Campus Center, Chairman's Room, sponsored by Minority Affairs.
Monday, Feb. 16
Sweet Potato Day, all day, Morgan Hall, sponsored by Minority Affairs.
Wednesday, Feb. 18
"Wild Style," Terrance Turner, president, Black Student Union, 8-10 a.m., Olin Hall 107.
Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27
Race Machine, a machine that shows how a person would look if they were of a different race, Campus Center, Lobby.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
African Dinner and Drumming, sponsored by the International Student Council, 7 p.m., Campus Center, Odeum, $3.
Wednesday, Feb. 25
"The Meeting," a movie, 7 p.m., Campus Center, Odeum.

For more information on these events, call ext. 5796

Sweet, Suite Ellington

The WPI Stage Band, directed by Richard Falco, director of jazz studies, will perform selections from the Duke Ellington suites on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Tickets are $10, general public, and $5, students. Monica Hatch (soprano), Paul Broadnax (baritone) and Doug Olsen (trumpet) will be featured. There will also be big band pieces, costumed cameos from WPI's theater division, poetry readings, and a multimedia presentation. For more information, contact Jeremy Hitchcock at 508-769-1050 or jhitchco@wpi.edu.

IFC and Red Cross Plan Blood Drive

WPI's Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, and Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Campus Center Odeum. Positive ID is now required to donate blood. Walk-ins are welcome.


Ma Named Francis Manning Chair

Yi Hua (Ed) Ma, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies, has been named the Francis Manning Chair in the Chemical Engineering Department. Ma joined the WPI faculty upon receiving his doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT in 1967. His many research achievements include his recent groundbreaking work involving the separation and production of hydrogen from natural gas using ultrathin palladium membranes.

Wrestling Coach Marks Milestone

Phil Grebinar, head wrestling coach, achieved his 400th career victory last Sunday at the New England Dual-Team Tournament when WPI defeated archrival U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Later in the day, Grebinar picked up victory 401 with a win over Trinity. Few collegiate wrestling coaches have attained such a high level of success.

Publications and Presentations

Chemical Engineering

The following publications were included under the wrong department in the Jan. 15 issue:

Abu-Lail, N.I., Camesano, T.A. Polysaccharide properties probed with atomic force microscopy (invited review), Journal of Microscopy 2003, 212, 217-238.

Dupres, V., Camesano, T.A., Langevin, D., Guenoun, P., Checco, A. Atomic force microscopy imaging of hair. Correlations between surface potential and wetting at the nanometer scale. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2004, 269, 329-335.

Chemical engineering faculty members and graduate students presented the following articles at the AIChE annual meeting in San Francisco, Nov. 16-21.

Abu-Lail , Nehal I.*, "The Effect of Ionic Strength, Polarity, Biopolymer Conformation and Heterogeneity on the Adhesion of Pseudomonas Putida KT2442 to Silicon Nitrade AFM Tips."

Callaghan, Caitlan A.*, and Ravindra Datta, "A Reaction Network Analysis of the WGSR Microkinetic Model."

Callaghan, Caitlin A.*, "COx-free Hydrogen by Catalytic Decomposition of Ammonia on Commercial Fe and Ru Catalysis: An Experimental and Theoretical Study."

Coignet, Phillippe*, "Transport-Reaction Modeling of the Impedance Response of a Fuel Cell."

Datta, Ravindra, "Electrochemical CO Preferential Oxidation."

Datta, Ravindra, "Mechanistic and Bifurcation Analysis on the Potential Oscillations in PEM Fuel Cells."

DiBiasio, David, "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Learning That Combines Engineering, Social Science, and Global Perspective."

Dixon, Anthony, "CFD Simulation of Reaction and Heat Transfer Near the Wall of a Fixed Bed."

Engwall, Erik E.*, Ivan P. Mardilovich* and Yi Hua Ma, "Formation and Characterization of Oxide Diffusion Barriers on Porous 316L Stainless Steel Supports Used for Composite Pd Membranes."

Engwall, Erik E.*, Yi Hua Ma and Ivan P. Mardilovich*, "Composite Pd and Pd/alloy Porous Stainless Steel Membranes for Fuel Cells."

Huynh, Nguyen*, "Optimization of Quadratic Performance Indexes for Nonlinear Samples-Data Controlled Systems Using Zubov-like Functional Equations."

Jalani, Nikhil H.*, "Rational Design of Higher Temperature Composite Proton Exchange Membranes."

Kazantzis, Nikolaos, "Quasi-Linear Singular Invariance PDEs and the Long-Term Dynamic Behavior of Nonlinear Processes."

Ma, Yi Hua (Ed), "Inorganic Membranes for High-Temperature Gas Separations and Reactions."

Zhu, Guanghui*, and Jinyi Han*, "Kinetics of Catalytic Methane Oxidation on Palladium Model Catylysis."

*graduate student

Computer Science

Mani, M., "Understanding the Semantics of Sensor Data," ACM SIGMOD Record, Special Section on Sensor Technology and Sensor Data Management, 32 (4), pages 28-34, Dec. 2003.

Humanities and Arts

Dollenmayer, David B., "The Advent of Doeblinism: 'Die drei Spruenge des Wang-lun' and 'Wadzeks Kampf mit der Dampfturbine.'" In Dollinger, Koepke and Tewarson, eds. A Companion to the Works of Alfred Doeblin, Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2003, pp. 55-74.

Gottlieb, Roger S. ,"Love's Limits: Religious Non-violence and the Civil Rights Movement," American Academy of Religion, Nov. 2003.

Gottlieb, Roger S., session chair, "Religion and Ecology," American Academy of Religion, Nov. 2003.

Gottlieb, Roger S., "Religious Environmentalism"; "Radical Thought and the Current World Situation"; "On Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change"; talks delivered at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meetings, Washington, D.C., Dec. 2003.

Menides, Laura J., "Reunion in Greece: A Sestina," poem in The Worcester Review, 24, 2003, 103-4.

Menides, Laura J., "Elizabeth Bishop's Ekphrastic Poetry: Teasing Us Out Of Thought," presented at the American Literature Association Symposium on Elizabeth Bishop, Cancun, Mexico, Dec. 11-14, 2003.

Quinn, Patrick J.M., "In Quest of Love's Permanence: The Path to the White Goddess," in Graves and the Goddess. Eds: Ian Firla and Grevel Lindop. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2003, pages 78-87.

Shannon, Thomas, and Thomas J. Massaro, SJ.,

Catholic Perspectives on Peace and War, Sheed and Ward, November 2002.

Shannon, Thomas, and James J. Walter, The New

Genetic Medicine: Theological and Ethical Reflections, Sheed and Ward, November 2003.

Shannon, Thomas, Reproductive Technologies, first of a series of four anthologies in bioethics, Sheed and Ward, December 2003.

Recent Grants

Bioengineering Institute

Michalson, W., Y. Mendelson and P. Pederson, for "Real-Time Troop Physiological Status Monitoring System Using a Common Wireless Network," from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), $813,141.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Arguello, J., for " Structure-Function of Heavy-Metal Transport CPx-ATPPases," from the National Science Foundation, $159,486.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mallick, R. and John Bergendahl, for "Evaluation of Rutting and Shoving Potential of and Chloride Diffusion Through Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) with Rosphalt," from the Chase Corp., $16,962.

Fire Protection Engineering

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

Mathematical Sciences

Heinricher, A., S. Weeks and B. Vernescu, for "Focus on Mathematics: Creating Learning Cultures for High Student Achievement," from Boston University, $76,207.

Mechanical Engineering

Furlong, C., for "NDT and Shape Characterization of Cutting Edge of Gillete Blades: Phase II," from the Gillette Co., 187,816

Pryputniewicz, R. and C. Furlong, for "Development of OEH Methology for Shape Measurements," from BWXT Pantex, LLC, $784,986

Total December grants and contracts: $2048,598.

Did You Know?

WPI's next president will be No. 15. How much do you know about Nos. 1-14. Here's some presidential trivia:

Longest term: A three-way tie: Charles O. Thompson, WPI's first president, Ralph Earle, who presided over a major campus expansion in the 1920s and 1930s, and Wat Tyler Cluverius, who guided WPI through World War II and into the Cold War; each served 14 years.
Shortest term: Alvin Cormeny, who was named president in 1954 and served less than a year.
First to be called president: Thompson was officially WPI's principal. The trustees changed that title to president of the faculty (now just president) before hiring WPI's second CEO, Homer Fuller.
Only presidents to die in office: Earle, who collapsed while delivering an address to students in 1939, and Cluverius, who become ill and was hospitalized in New Haven while returning from a trip to visit alumni.
Only president immortalized on maps: The Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska is named for Thomas Mendenhall (1894-1901), who before coming to WPI was supervisor of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey.
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