October 7, 2004

Around Campus

Nominate a University Ambassador

Members of the WPI community are invited to nominate faculty, staff and students for the University Ambassador Awards, which recognize excellence in representing WPI to the outside world. Nominations are due Wednesday, Nov. 3; winners will be announced early in C-term For more information and to nominate individuals or groups online, visit the UAA homepage.

Read-Aloud Event is Pure Poetry

Do you like Robert Frost's poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening? Or Emily's Dickinson's I heard a fly buzz when I died? Or Poe's The Raven? Are you especially fond of a sonnet by Shakespeare? Or of a WW I poem by Robert Graves? WPI students, staff, and faculty members are invited to pick a favorite poem and share it with others by reading it aloud at an event on Thursday, Oct. 7, in Higgins House, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Those who'd rather not read are welcome to listen. The read-aloud event, part of the Consortium-wide Fall Poetry Harvest Festival, is sponsored by WPI's Humanities and Arts Department and the Worcester County Poetry Association. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Menides at 508-831-5513 or lmenides@wpi.edu.

EMC Chairman at Venture Forum Breakfast

Michael C. Ruettgers, chairman of EMC Corp., will be the keynote speaker at the WPI Venture Forum's "Breakfast With" series on Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Campus Center Odeum. His talk is titled "Sustaining Profitable Growth: Creating Leadership for the Long Haul." The cost is $25 for Venture Forum members and $45 for non-members. Visit www.wpiventureforum.org to reserve tickets online or to download a registration form (reservation deadline is Oct. 19). For more information, contact Lorelle Tross (508-831-5075, or ventureforum@wpi.edu).

Annual Glee Club Leaf-Raking Fundraiser

The WPI Glee Club is holding its annual leaf-raking fundraiser every weekend while weather permits to support operations for the academic year. Club members will rake a yard of any size. Anyone interested should e-mail gleeclub@wpi.edu.

Annual Mathematics Meet Set For Oct. 20

More than 85 high schools from four states will send four-person teams to WPI's annual Invitational Mathematics Meet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium. Sponsors are WPI's Master of Mathematics for Educators Program, The Math Works, Rosenlund Travel Service Inc., Tatnuck Bookseller at WPI and Texas Instruments. For more, visit the MathMeet page.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit Scheduled

WPI will hold the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Alden Memorial. This all-day workshop is aimed at companies, universities, utilities, researchers, suppliers, and users of components, services, and systems employed in the fuel cell field. There will be speakers from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, WPI, and a number of leading suppliers of Fuel Cell Systems and components. Congressman James P. McGovern will deliver an introductory address.
More information and registration...

Service Provider Directory Offered

To help the WPI community find service providers, the Campus Center and Student Activities Department is creating a Web-based directory of faculty and staff members and members of their immediate families (parents, grandparents, stepparents, sisters, brothers, children, spouses, domestic partner or other member of the immediate household) who provide services to the general public. To be listed, send the name and contact information of the provider, along with their profession and the service they provide (information limited to what would be included on a business card) to Donna DeChiaro at donnad@wpi.edu by Nov. 15.


Library Names Instruction Coordinator

Christine Drew is the new instruction coordinator at the Gordon Library. She is currently manager of instructional services at the Horn Library at Babson College, where she has worked with increasing levels of responsibility since 1998. In her work at Babson, she led all aspects of research and instructional support. She has also served as liaison to the math and science divisions and to the humanities faculty. In addition to other initiatives, she helped achieve library integration with Babson's first-year experience, second semester rhetoric, and upper level management courses.

Publications and Presentations

Biomedical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Humanities and Arts

Making Connections

The following groups invite any interested employees to join them for upcoming BYOL (bring-your-own-lunch) meetings:

Knit One, Crochet Too! - Do you knit or crochet? Whether you've been doing it for days or years, or want to learn join us in the Campus Center Mid-Century Room at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 13. For more information, e-mail knitone@wpi.edu.

Brown Bag Lunch Bowling League - sign up as a team or individual, Cost is $5 per bowler, limited to 18 bowlers. For more information call Ed Lorion at ext. 5510 or e-mail elorion@wpi.edu.

The IT Book Club - will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at noon in the Campus Center Peterson Room to discuss The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. For more information, e-mail sthemm@wpi.edu.

Parents of Preschoolers - will meet on Thursday, Oct. 21, at noon in the Campus Center Peterson Room. For more information, e-mail slb@wpi.edu.

Did You Know...

The Music Division of WPI's Department of Humanities and Arts has established a partnership with ARTSWorcester. A newly formed music group called the "ARTSWorcester Jazz Ensemble" will meet each Monday evening from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in the Perreault Chamber Rehearsal Room, located on the lower level of Alden Memorial. In addition to using WPI's rehearsal facilities and musical equipment, the ARTSWorcester Jazz Ensemble will receive monthly master classes conducted by Richard Falco, director of jazz studies at WPI.

The rehearsals are open to anyone interested in playing jazz. For further information, contact Dan Foley, director of the ARTSWorcester Jazz Ensemble, dan-foley@comcast.net, or Ann McTigue at 508-755-5142 or info@artsworcester.org.

Ask Amy

I need nutritional advice on hypertension. What foods are good to eat? What ones should be avoided? Is a vegetarian diet healthy? - Linda Bullens, administrative assistant, University Communications

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects one in four adults in the United States. It's often called the "silent killer" because it can go undetected for years, so it's important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. If hypertension is evident, your doctor will recommend a diet that's low in sodium and high in potassium.

Potassium-rich foods include fruits and vegetables. Beneficial quantities are also found in nuts, seeds, beans, and low- or fat-free milk and milk products. The American Heart Association endorses an excellent book on the subject, The DASH Diet for Hypertension, by Thomas Moore. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet promotes a vegetarian food guide pyramid.

At the bottom, or key area, are wholegrain products, including cereals and breads containing wheat, corn, and oats, pasta, rice, and legumes. Next up are fruits and vegetables, followed by nuts and seeds. A true vegetarian diet would stop there, but the top triangle of the pyramid includes "optional" food choices: vegetable oils, dairy products, and eggs. At the pinnacle is the downfall of every diet, sweets.

A vegetarian diet, which is defined as one that excludes meat and other flesh food, can be beneficial to your overall health, particularly in treating hypertension. But it involves proper planning to ensure that you're receiving a high level of nutrition. Meals should contain foods rich in protein, calcium, vitamin D, iron, zinc, and vitamin B-12. Many people try a vegetarian diet only to discover they miss meat and fish. As is the case with every diet plan, you have to find one that fits with your lifestyle (translation: it doesn't send you to the four corners of the world trying to find texturized protein products or exclude every single comfort food you enjoy) and benefits your overall health in the long run. My diet mantra is: everything in moderation, both in what you choose to eat and in the quantity you consume.

Do you have a question about exercise, diet, or nutrition? E-mail askamy@wpi.edu.


In the Sept. 23 issue of @WPI, the photos of Professors Jianyu Liang and Eunmi Shim were inadvertently transposed. We sincerely regret this error, which occurred during the cut and paste process of putting the article together.

Computer Tips

What's slowing you down?

Is your computer getting so slow it seems to almost moving backward? Has your browser homepage changed to a site you don't want? These are common symptoms of a computer overrun with spyware and adware, software that can be installed as a result of visiting certain Websites. The CCC Computer Shop has found more than 1,900 simultaneous instances of spyware on a single PC! Is junk e-mail slowing you down? An estimated 12.4 billion spam e-mails are sent daily; that's 40 percent of all e-mail. If too much junk mail is arriving in your inbox, there are steps you can take to manage spam.

Watch for our October workshops: "Beware: Spyware May Be Anchored on Your Computer!" and "Managing Junk E-Mail at WPI." Information will be posted here.

You'll find detailed definitions of spyware and spam, along with instructions for combating these issues on the Helpdesk Web site.


Beth Howland, director of alumni relations, recommends Secret Life of Bees by Susan Monk Kidd. It's about the journey of a young girl who thinks she has caused her mother's death. She leaves her father and her home in search of answers about her mother and ends up befriending three black women bee keepers. These three sisters help her learn many of life's lessons about family and the strange and wondrous places we find love.

Bookshelves is a way to share "good reads."
E-mail your recommendations to atwpi@WPI.EDU; include the title, author, and a few lines about the book and why you liked it.

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