October 21, 2004

Around Campus

Standard Time Returns Oct. 31

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Oct. 31. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour. Learn more about the history of DST at WebExhibits.org.

Got Chores? Rent a Rower!

Are leaves covering your yard? Does your paint need to be touched up before winter? Have firewood to be stacked or a basement that needs cleaning? The crew team will take care of these and any other dirty, tough jobs you need done. The athletes are raising money for their spring break training.

Team members are available to work on weekends., but will make special arrangements, if necessary. The cost is $135 for a full eight-hour day and $95 for a five-hour day. You are asked to provide lunch for anyone working a full day and to make arrangements with the team member regarding transportation. Anyone interested should contact Larry Noble at ext. 6119 or e-mail lnoble@wpi.edu.

Donna Hamil Talman’s Photos Featured

The Gordon Library will feature "Signs of Life: A Collaboration" by Donna Hamil Talman from Oct. 29 to Dec. 17. Talman’s richly textured art reflects her fascination with the ancient past and our connection to it. Photographs of fossil vertebrate taken in natural history museums are manipulated using unique, hands-on photo processes. The images will be shown in combination with photos of prehistoric objects from the Worcester area that are in the collection of the EcoTarium. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the library. For more information, e-mail archives@wpi.edu or call ext. 6612.

Watching Your Weight

A 12-week Weight Watchers Program is scheduled to begin in November. For the program to be offered, a minimum of 16 people must sign up by Oct. 28. The cost, $131, must be paid in advance (make checks payable to Weight Watchers). Some health plans offer Weight Watchers coupons or vouchers. For more information or to register, call Judy Fallon at ext. 5413 or e-mail jf@wpi.edu.

There’s Still Room on Fall/Winter Trips

Seats are available for the following fall/winter adventures sponsored by the Campus Center Office. For more information or to make reservations, contact Donna DeChiaro (ext. 6806 or donnad@wpi.edu).

New York City, Saturday, Nov. 6: Tickets ($39) provide bus transportation to Rockefeller Center. Make your own plans for seeing a show, shopping, visiting a museum, etc. Bus departs WPI at 6:30 a.m. and returns approximately 10 p.m.

Deerfield and Bright Nights, Saturday, Dec. 4: Tickets ($52) covers lunch at the Deerfield Inn, a visit to the Yankee Candle Factory, and a one-hour horse-drawn wagon ride through Forest Park to see the Bright Nights Holiday Light Display. The bus departs WPI at 9:30 a.m. and returns approximately 8 p.m.

Students Offer Amateur Radio Class

Students from WPI’s Wireless Association, along with the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, are offering an upgrade course to earn a General Class Ham Radio License.

The course will be offered 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 28 to Dec. 9 in Higgins Labs. The cost, $25, includes textbook and materials. For more information or to register, call 508-831-5446, or e-mail hamupgrade@wpi.edu by Oct. 22.


Alum’s Research Cited in Schilling Graphic

As Red Sox fans fretted over the fate of ace pitcher Curt Schilling earlier this week, The New York Times, in its Oct. 15 edition, ran a graphic that explained the mechanical forces that contributed to the torn tendon in his right ankle. The graphic was derived largely from a paper titled "Character-istic ground-reaction forces in baseball pitching" that appeared in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 1998. The author of that article is Bruce A. MacWilliams, who earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering (with biomedical concentration) at WPI in 1986, an M.S. in ME in 1988, and a Ph.D. in in 1992. He is currently director of the Movement Analysis Laboratory at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Publications and Presentations

Biology and Biotechnology

Shashoua, V.E., Adams, D.S., Volodina, N.V., and Lia, H., "New Synthetic Peptides Can Enhance Gene Expression of Key Antioxidant Defense Enzymes In Vitro and In Vivo," Brain Research 1024: 34-43 (2004).

Chemical Engineering

Emerson, R.J. IV*, and Camesano, T.A., "A Nanoscale Investigation of Pathogenic Microbial Adhesion in Biomaterial Systems," in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2004, 70, 6012-6022. (* denotes WPI graduate student)

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Weininger, Stephen, and Labinger, Jay (Caltech), "Controversy in Chemistry: What Counts as Evidence? - Two Studies in Molecular Structure," in Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2004, 43, 2612-2619.

Weininger, Stephen, "Textbooks and Tensions in the Shaping of Physical Organic Chemistry," presented at the Fifth British-North American Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS, Halifax, N.S., 5 Aug. 2004.

Weininger, Stephen, "Undergraduate Engineering Projects in Rural Thailand," presented at the 7th International Colloquium on International Engineering Education, University of Rhode Island, Oct. 2, 2004.

Computer Science

Blundell, Colin, Kathi Fisler, Shriram Krishnamurthi, and Pascal Van Hentenryck, "Parameterized Interfaces for Open System Verification of Product Lines," presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Software Engineering, Sept. 2004. Awarded recognition as one of the top six papers of the conference.

Humanities and Arts

Shannon, Thomas A., "Human Nature in a Post Human Genome Project World," in H.W. Baillie and T.K. Casey, eds., Is Human Nature Obsolete? The MIT Press, 2004.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan, and Arthur Gerstenfeld, "Water Demand Management for Developing Nations," presented at 2004 Engineers for a Sustainable World Conference, Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2004.

Mathematical Sciences

Servatius, Brigitte, "Bracing of grids, a hands-on workshop for undergraduate math majors," SUNY Geneseo, Gneseo, N.Y., Oct. 6, 2004.

Servatius, Brigitte, "Firing Cannons," presented at the Mathematics Department Colloquium, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2004.

Mechanical Engineering

DelPrete, Z.*, Antoniucci, S.*, Hoffman, A.H., and Grigg, P.**, "Viscoelastic Properties of Skin in Mov-13 and Tsk Mice," in the Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 37, pp. 1491-1497 (2004). (*University of Rome, **UMass Medical School)

Social Science and Policy Studies

Pavlov, Oleg V., and Saeed, K., "A Resource-based Analysis of Peer-to-Peer Technology," in System Dynamics Review, 20(3): 237-262, 2004.

Saeed, K., "Infrastructure Development as a Policy Lever for Sustainable Development," keynote address at International Symposium on Infrastructure Engineering in Developing Countries, NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan, Sept. 2004.

Making Connections

Healthy Alternatives is sponsoring the following employee wellness programs:

News From the Mass Academy

The WPI/Mass Academy FIRST Robotics Team won the Most Futuristic Design award and placed 9th out of 27 teams at Bash at the Beach in Old Lyme, Conn., on Oct. 2. Participating seniors were Rachel Johnson, Garrett Cavanaugh, Chris Scully, Alex Levy, Dave Merritt, and Jake Portnoy. Participating juniors were Laura Firstenberg, Mason Tang, Cali O'Connor, Liz Glasson, Brian Benson, Yiwei She, Stephanie Fuller, John Brattin, and Andrew Bennett.

Brian Donovan '05 won an award from HACE (Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence) for his academic achievements. HACE honored 30 students of Hispanic descent in the Worcester area on Oct. 6 at a celebration sponsored by Quinsigamond Community College.

Community Notes

New Staff Members: Refie Cane, administrative assistant VI, Management; Christine Drew, instructional coordinator, Library Services; Heather Gelardi, associate director, annual giving, University Relations; Michael Malone, computer operations manager, Mathematical Sciences; Claudia Norton, sponsored research coordinator, Research Administration; Judith Pote, human resources coordinator, Human Resources; Frances Wychorski, administrative assistant VI, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Department Transfers: Debbie Bordage, from Corporate Relations to administrative assistant VI, Biomedical Engineering

Computer Tips: Find and Replace

One of the most underutilized features in the Microsoft Office suite is "Find and Replace." Many users know how to use this feature to search for a word used throughout a Word document and replace it with another word (for example, replacing all references to "WPI" with "Worcester Polytechnic Institute").

You can also use this feature to make format changes in Excel and Word. For example, you can change all instances of Arial with Garamond, all tabs to indents, or, in Excel, all instances of a short date to a long date throughout a workbook. In Word, in the Edit menu, click "Find," then click the "More" button. Two more buttons, labeled "Format" and "Special," appear. In Excel, in the Edit menu, click "Find," then the "Options" button; you will then see the "Format" button. For help using either of these features, contact Deb Dexter at dlb@wpi.edu.

Ask Amy

My 21-year-old son likes to drink beverages such as Ensure to gain calories and bulk up. I had always thought Ensure and drinks like it were for those who were sick and needed extra calories and nutrition. He drinks one a day; will this harm him?
-Judy Fallon, Library Assistant, Gordon Library

Ensure, a liquid meal product consisting of sugar, oil, and vitamins, was originally created for people with temporary digestive problems. Similar products, such as Boost and ReSource, are for people on modified diets, at nutrition risk, or who have involuntary weight loss. In recent years, these products have been marketed successfully as nutrition-boosting alternatives for healthy individuals.

While an Ensure a day won’t harm your son, it is at odds with his goal to bulk up. A healthy bulk-up program consists of four parts: consuming extra calories, obtaining adequate protein from those calories, engaging in hard training, and—something that is totally out of his control—being blessed with good genes.

Determining an adequate level of protein to build muscle mass is based on a simple formula: one gram of protein per pound of body weight. So a 150-pound healthy athlete will get more than enough protein by consuming 150 grams of protein per day, from such protein-rich foods as lean meats, fish, eggs and dairy products. If your son favors a vegetarian diet, the many varieties of beans and tofu are rich in protein.

Rather than pack the protein into three daily meals, your son should eat six times a day—about once every three hours. Be sure his diet includes carbohydrates, because while he needs the protein to build new muscle, he also needs the glucose provided by carbohydrates to break down the protein and give him the energy "burn" so he can increase exertion in his workouts.

Since it takes time and planning to prepare six meals a day, protein shakes, such as those sold at GNC, can be used as meal substitutes and are preferable to Ensure. However, these are pricey. It’s more economical to make a protein-rich shake at home by combining skim milk (or soy milk) in a blender with instant pudding (for flavoring and texture) and nutrient-rich fruits such as bananas, papaya, strawberries, and kiwis.

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

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