May 6, 2004
Hail and Farewell
Dennis Berkey Named President of WPI
The Board of Trustees has elected Dennis D. Berkey, currently provost at Boston University, WPI's 15th president. He will join WPI on July 1. For more than 30 years, Berkey has distinguished himself as a nationally recognized academic and administrative leader. Learn more about WPI's 15th president.
President Parrish Honored at Reception
WPI's 14th president, Edward Alton Parrish, was given a warm and heartfelt farewell at a special reception for the campus community last Thursday, April 29. Recollections and tributes were offered on behalf of the faculty by Bob Kinicki, professor of computer science and secretary of the faculty; the staff by Joan Murphy, assistant to the president; and the student body by Daniel Martell, acting president, Student Government Association, and Vishnu Pandey, officer in the Graduate Student Organization. The president also received a number of gifts from the community, including a WPI chair, an aerial photo of the campus, and a caricature showing him at the piano and featuring many of his interests, hobbies and accomplishments.
Faculty, Students Receive Sigma Xi Awards
At the Honors Convocation on April 20, several Sigma Xi Awards were presented in recognition of outstanding research at WPI. Four outstanding Major Qualifying Projects were honored:
- "Free Boundary Problems Arising From Cell Motility Models," by Patrick Groulx, advised by Roger Lui, Mathematical Sciences
- "A Fundamental Study of Microbial Adhesion," by Jill Pouliot, Ian Walton and Matthew Nolen-Parkhouse, advised by Terri Camesano, Chemical Engineering
- "Adaptive Whitening in Electromyogram Amplitude Estimation for Epoch-Based Applications," by Punit Prakash, Christian Salini and John Tranquilli, advised by Edward Clancy, Electrical and Computer Engineering
- "Determination of Material Properties of Block Copolymer Solid-State Electrolytes," by Meghan Smith, advised Ravindra Datta, Chemical Engineering
- The M.S. thesis award went to Ray Jenkins Emerson IV for "Microbial Adhesion to Medical Implant Materials: An Atomic Force Microscopy Study," advised Terri Camesano.
- The Ph.D. dissertation award went to Nehal Ibrahim Abu-Lail for "The Effect of Biopolymer Properties on Bacterial Adhesion: An Atomic Force Microscopy Study," advised by Terri Camesano.
- Junior faculty research awards were presented to José M. Argüello, Chemistry and Biochemistry, for his remarkable investigations of metal transport across cell membranes, which have significant implications in the areas of health and the environment, and Germano S. Iannacchione, Physics, for his discovery of novel methods for investigating phase transitions in liquid crystals and for his leadership in the area of microcalorimetry.
- The senior faculty research award went to Ryszard Pryputniewicz, Mechanical Engineering, for his worldwide preeminence in the field of holographic metrology and for his innovative applications of holography to engineering.
Winners of Health Fair Raffle Announced
The following employees were winner of the Health and Benefit Fair raffle held April 15: Linda Bullens, Carol Butler, Jessica Caron, Frank Conti, Theresa Coolberth, Jill Cummings, Eileen Dagostino, Michael Dorsey, Evelyn Doyle, Joseph Gnanaraj, Diana Johnson, Deb Kiguli, Jane McCallum, Dave Messier, Barbara Milanese, Tom Moreau, Joan Murphy, Kerrie O'Connor, Gina Patterson, Larry Riley, Joan Shanahan, Greg Snoddy and Fran Stopyra.
Employees Receive Summer Fun Discount
The Worcester Center for Crafts and the YMCA of Greater Worcester, Central Community Branch, jointly offer three two-week camp sessions to children ages 6-12 this summer. The campers will enjoy an exciting program of activities including rock climbing, dance and movement, outdoor games, creative writing, and field trips to museums, zoos and other places. The tuition for each two-week session is $315 for Central Community YMCA and Worcester Center for Crafts members, and $345 for non-members. WPI employees receive a 25 percent discount. For more information or to register, call 508-753-8183, ext. 3016
Notarianni Named New Firesafety Director
Kathy Notarianni '86, currently project leader and research engineer with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been named director of the Center for Firesafety Studies, succeeding David Lucht, who will retire at the end of June after more than 25 years as the center's first director. Lucht will remain at WPI in a full-time position within Development and University Relations.
Notarianni holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an M.S. in fire protection engineering from WPI and a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where she did her doctoral dissertation on "The Role of Uncertainty in Improving Regulation: A Case Study in Fire Protection."
Brown to Step Down as Director of MFE
Christopher Brown, Saint-Gobain Professor, has announced his intention to will leave his post as head of the Manufacturing Engineering Program at the end of June, after four years in that position, to spend more time on teaching and research. Richard Sisson, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program, and Yiming "Kevin" Rong, professor of mechanical engineering, will take over the direction of the MFE program.
Lowenstein Appointed to National Board
Arlene Lowenstein, dean of continuing education and professional studies, has been appointed to the national board of the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA). Founded in 1915, UCEA has 427 member institutions and over 1,700 professional members. Lowenstein began a two-year term on April 17.
Plant Receives Volunteer Award
Clarence Plant, property administrator, received the Dr. Ronald W. Lamont-Havers Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arthritis Foundation at the Massachusetts Chapter's 55th annual meeting in March.
Student Wins Honors in Competition
William Johnston won a third-place award in a graduate poster presentation competition held at the 30th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference in Springfield, Mass., April 17-18. His paper was titled "Effects of Motion Artifacts on Helmet-Mounted Pulse Oximeter Sensors."
Publications and Presentations
The following five papers were presented at the 30th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference in Springfield, Mass., in April 2004:
- Pai, S., Gunja, N. (ME), McMahon, N., Dupak, E., Lalikos, J. (UMMS), Francalancia, N. (UMMS), Dunn, R.(UMMS), Pins, G.D., and Billiar, K., "A Biomechanical Study of a Rigid Plating System for Sternal Fixation." (Received first-place award in the undergraduate oral presentation competition at the conference.)
- Bonzani, I, Malone, K, Walsh, S, Pavao, MC (WSC), and Pins, G.D., "Designing a Bioreactor to Enhance Cell-Mediated Mineralization of Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering."
- Huelsman, M (WSC), Gonzalez, K (WSC), Bonzani, I., Malone, K., Walsh, S., Pins, G.D., and Pavao, M.C. (WSC), "Odontoblast-like Cell Differentiation in a Collagen Scaffold."
- Tilley Frey, M., Bush, K.A., and Billiar, K., "Validation of an Inflation Method for Measuring the Strength of Engineered Tissue."
- Fontaine, C., Weindling, B., Dunn, R. (UMMS), and Billiar, K., "A Device for Quantifying the Severity of Lower Extremity Edema."
- Gerriets, Tibo , Li, Fuhai, Silva, Matthew D., Meng, Xiangjun, Brevard, Matthew, Sotak, Christopher H., and Fisher, Marc, "The Macrosphere Model: Evaluation of a New Stroke Model for Permanent Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in Rats," in Journal of Neuroscience Methods 122, 201-211 (2003).
- Helmer, Karl G., Meiler, Michael R., Sotak, Christopher H., and Petruccelli, Joseph D., "Comparison of the
- Return-to-the-Origin Probability and the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient of Water as Indicators of Necrosis in RIF-1 Tumors," in Magnetic Resonance Medicine 49, 468-478 (2003).
- Shen, Qiang, Meng, Xiangjun, Fisher, Marc, Sotak, Christopher H., and Duong, Timothy Q. "Pixel-by-Pixel Spatiotemporal Progression of Focal Ischemia Derived Using Quantitative Perfusion and Diffusion Imaging," in the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow Metabolism 23, 1479-1488 (2003).
- Meng, Xiangjun Fisher, Marc, Shen, Qiang, Sotak, Christopher H., and Duong, Timothy Q., "Characterizing the Diffusion/Perfusion Mismatch in Experimental Focal Cerebral Ischemia," in the Annals of Neurology 55, 207-212 (2004).
- Shen, Qiang, Fisher, Marc, Sotak, Christopher H., and Duong, Timothy Q., "Effects of Reperfusion on ADC and CBF Pixel-by-Pixel Dynamics in Stroke: Characterizing Tissue Fates Using Quantitative Diffusion and Perfusion Imaging," in the Journal Cerebral Blood Flow Metabolism 24, 280-290 (2004).
- Sotak, Christopher H., "The Relationship Between Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) Changes of Tissue Water and Cell Volume Changes During Acute Neurological Disorders," abstract, oral presentation at the 6th IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, Satellite Symposium on "Brain Communication: Synaptic Versus Volume Transmission," Prague, Czech Republic, July, 2003.
- Shen, Qiang, Fisher, Marc, Sotak, Christopher H., and Duong, Timothy Q., "Pixel-by-Pixel Analysis of the Perfusion/Diffusion Mismatch Using Quantitative Perfusion and Diffusion Imaging MRI Following Permanent and Temporary MCAO in the Rat," abstract, poster presented at the 29th American Heart Association International Stroke Conference, San Diego, California, February, 2004; also published in Stroke 35, 276 (2004).
- Shen, Qiang, Bouley, James, Walberer, Maureen, Bardutzky, Juergen, Gerriets, Tibo, Ren, Hongxia, Fisher, Marc, Sotak, Christopher H., and Duong, Timothy Q., "Normal Tissue ADC is Prerequisite to Intact Neurovascular Coupling," abstract, poster presented at the 29th American Heart Association International Stroke Conference, San Diego, California, February, 2004; also published in Stroke 35, 280 (2004).
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tauscher, T., Long, S.C., Plummer, J.D., and Aull, M.E., "Managing Watershed Activities Using Microbial Source Tracking," presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists, Hancock, Mass., March 17-19, 2004.
Humanities and Arts
Schachterle, Lance, and Aravind, P.K. (PH), "The Three Equations in Gravity's Rainbow," Pynchon Notes 46-49 (spring-fall 2000-01) [published spring 2004], 157-69.
Samson, M. David, "Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Jr." "International Style Exhibition, 1932," and "Philip Johnson," entries in The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Architecture, ed. Stephen Sennott (New York: Taylor and Francis, 2004).
Case, Gregory*, Quinn, Patrick*, and Sternberg, Ryan*, "Exploration of Unit Distance Graphs," presented at the 11th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, April 3, 2004. (Greg and Ryan performed the Mozart Requiem at Mt. Holyoke College after their talk.)
Servatius, Brigitte, "Firing Cannons on a Sloped Battlefield," presented at the 11th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, April 3, 2004.
Servatius, Brigitte, chaired session on Graph Theory at the 11th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, April 3, 2004.
Servatius, Herman, chaired session on Algebra at the 11th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, April 3, 2004.
Servatius, Mary, chaired session on Coding Theory at the 11th annual Hudson River Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, April 3, 2004.
Venture Forum Focus on Valuation
When investors expect good things to happen, valuations rise. When the outlook turns sour, values fall. Joel F. Johnson, accredited senior appraiser (ASA) and founder of Orchard Partners will address these topics at a meeting of the WPI Venture Forum at 6:30pm (registration at 6pm) on Tuesday, May 11, in the Campus Center Odeum. He will describe how the expectations of venture capitalists, private equity buyers and strategic acquirers differ and how these differences mold their valuation decisions. In addition to performing business appraisals since 1987, Johnson advises clients in mergers and acquisitions. He founded Orchard Partners in 1998 and has provided valuation opinions for financial reporting, tax and litigation purposes. His clients include venture-backed private companies, publicly traded companies, family businesses, and corporations with a single owner. Admission is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers, and free for faculty, staff and students with ID; +1-508-831-5075Maintained by firstname.lastname@example.org
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