November 4, 2004

Around Campus

Share Your Thanksgiving Feast

WPI employees interested in welcoming an international student to their Thanksgiving celebration are invited to call Janice Martin, International Students and Scholars, at ext. 6030 or to make arrangements.

Celebrate Founders Day on Nov. 11

On Thursday, Nov. 11, the WPI community is invited to join in events celebrating Founders Day (the anniversary of the day the Institute opened its doors) organized by the Student Alumni Society Each year, SAS picks a different WPI founder as the focus of the celebration; this year it will is Stephen Salisbury, who gave the land for the WPI campus.

Masque Presents Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller’s classic play Death of a Salesman will be presented by Masque at 8 p.m. on Nov. 18, 19 and 20 in Alden Memorial. The play, about the life of a salesman and the family that copes with him, is a tragic yet realistic view of society in the 1950s. The production is directed by Susan Vick, professor of drama/theatre, and produced by Sarah Pavis ‘06. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for WPI students.

"Winston Man" On Smoking’s Dangers

Alan Landers, former Winston model, will speak about the dangers of smoking at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in Salisbury Labs 115. In the 1960s and 1970s, Landers appeared on billboards and in magazine ads for Winston cigarettes. He developed lung cancer in 1987 and again in 1993 and now works as a tobacco prevention advocate and a spokesperson for the World Health Organization. The presentation is sponsored by Healthy Alternatives. More information is availble online at his Web site.

Expert on Dating to Speak on Nov. 8

Michel Domitrz, nationally renowned expert on dating, will speak about his book May I Kiss You? at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Olin Hall 107. Domitz travels the country speaking to students, teachers and parents about safe and respectful ways to date. His book tackles questions of communication and respect, and also touches on the crime of sexual assault. The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Women’s Programming ( or 508-831-5819).

Lexington Tops Again at Math Meet

For the ninth year in a row, Lexington High School won WPI’s annual Invitational Math Meet, held Oct. 20. Hudson High was second, followed by Derryfield High in Manchester, N.H. The Mass Academy team, placed seventh. In all, more than 85 competed.

More than $100,000 in team and individual scholarships to WPI were awarded. The top scorer on each team won a $1,000 scholarship; the top nine teams won scholarships for the three other teammates. Four schools tied for the first-place individual prize: a $3,000 scholarship to WPI. All four winners had perfect scores. There were David Wen, Lexington High; Cary Malkiewich, Doherty High in Worcester; David Batchelder, Derryfield High; and Stephen Wu, St. John’s in Shrewsbury.

Learn About Native American Traditions

The WPI community is invited to attend a series of events focusing on Native American traditions:

For more, call 508-831-5796 or e-mail


WPI Trustee Receives SWE Award

WPI Trustee Judith Nitsch '75, president of Judith Nitsch Engineering Inc., recently received the Society of Women Engineers 2004 Entrepreneur Award. The award recognizes entrepreneurial spirit and achievement based upon commitment to quality, integrity, ethics and professional standards; leadership in civil engineering and land surveying; and service as a role model and mentor to young women engineers and business owners.

Publications and Presentations

Biomedical Engineering

Billiar, K.L., Shonat, R.D., and Carey, R.M., "Self-paced laboratories facilitated by Web-based modules," Second Conference of the Partnership for Educational Biomedical Engineering Laboratories (PEBEL II), Philadelphia, Oct. 2004.

Balestrini, J., Lopez, V., and Billiar, K., "Biaxial stretch-induced changes in fibrin gel failure properties," Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Fall Meeting, Philadelphia, Oct. 2004.

Branche, P., Johnston, W.S. Floroff, V., and Mendelson, Y., "Development of a Wearable Wireless Pulse Oximeter for Military Applications with Automatic and Remote On-demand Activation," presented at the annual fall meeting of the BMES, Philadelphia, Oct. 14-16, 2004.

Johnston, W.S., and Mendelson, Y., "Extracting Breathing Rate from Heart-Rate Variability Measured by a Pulse Oximeter," presented at the annual fall meeting of the BMES, Philadelphia, Oct. 14-16, 2004.

Chemical Engineering

Fishtik, I., C. Callaghan, C., and R. Datta, R., "Reaction Network Analysis: The Kinetics and Mechanism of Water-Gas-Shift Reaction on Cu(111)," Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, 15 (Computational Materials Science), 2004, 31-65.

Fishtik, I., and Datta, R., "A General Thermodynamic and Stoichiometric Theory of Stability of Chemical Species," J. Phys. Chem. A, 2004, 108, 5727-5739.

Fishtik, I., Callaghan, C., and R. Datta, R., "Reaction Route Graphs; I. Theory and Algorithm," J. Phys. Chem. B, 2004, 108, 5671-5682.

Fishtik, I., Callaghan, C., and Datta, R., "Reaction Route Graphs; II. Examples of Enzyme and Surface Catalyzed Single Overall Reactions," J. Phys. Chem. B, 2004, 108, 5683-5697.

Fishtik, I., and Datta, R., "A New Approach for the Classification and Enumeration of Unique Reaction Routes and Unique Overall Reactions in Multiple Chemical Reaction Systems," Chem. Eng. Comm., 2004, 191, 373-397.

Humanities and Arts

Weeks, Douglas, and the Worcester Trombone Consort presented in concert, Music of Moravians, Mozart, and More, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, Oct. 15, 2004.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Davis, Paul, "Achieving Learning Outcomes Through Project-Based Education," presented at the 2004 International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE), University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., Oct. 20; authors: Paul Davis, David DiBiasio, William W. Durgin, Lance E. Schachterle, and Richard F. Vaz.

Recent Grants

Academic Affairs

Cyr, M.N., for "Tufts Pre-College Engineering for Teachers," from Tufts University, $19,372.

Biomedical Engineering

Mendelson, Y., Michalson, W., and Pedersen, P.C., for "Real-Time Troop Physiological Status Monitoring System," from the Department of Defense/Army, $74,048.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ray, M.H., for "Establishment of a Center for Human Impact Protection," from the Department of Transportation, $347,000.

Chemical Engineering

Gnanaraj, J.S., and Thompson, R.W., for "Brief Evaluation of the First Two Months Status Reports," from Yardney Technical Products Inc., $24,000.

Thompson, R.W., for "Improved Anode Material Preparation and Characterization," from Yardney Technical Products Inc., $70,300.

Computer Science

Claypool, M.L., Kinicki, R.E., and Wills, C.E. Wills, for "Research Resources for Network Application Studies," from the National Science Foundation, $28,357.

Lui, R.Y., for "Collaborative Research: Two Dimensional Cell Motility Model," from the National Science Foundation, $70,000.

Ward, M.O., for "Clutter Measurement and Reduction for Enhanced Information Research," from the Department of Defense and United States Air Force, $75,865.

Yakovlev, V.V., for "Modeling and Optimization of Electromagnetic Pasteurization," from the Michigan Research Institute, $77,635.

Zalosh, R., for "AFRL Water Mist Suppression for Hydrogen Peroxide," from Streamline Automation LLC, $56,338.

Mechanical Engineering

Apelian, D., for "Materials and Process Design for High-Temperature," from the Department of Defense, $42,306.

Apelian, D., for "Copper-Based Casting Technology," from the Advanced Technology Institute, $27,000.

Ault, H. K. and Hoffman, A.H., for "National Dissemination of the National Engineering Project," from Purdue University, $32,121.

Blandino, J.J., for "Development of a Performance Model for the Hydrazine Jet Propulsion Lab," from NASA, $60,000.

Muckerheide, J., for "Center for Nuclear Technology and Society, from the Radiation, Science and Health Inc., $20,000.

Total September grants and contracts awarded: $1,024,342.

WPI’s Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holidays

Thursday & Firday, November 25 & 26

Winter Break Holidays

Friday, December 24 and Monday, December 27

Presidential Paid

Tuesday, December 28

Personal Days

Wednesday & Thursday, December 29 & 30

New Year’s Holidays

Friday, December 31

Ask Amy

U.S. dietary guidelines suggest consuming a certain amount of protein per day to maintain a 2,000 calorie diet. If I want to limit my intake of meat to once or twice a week, what other foods would provide the needed protein?
-Barry Carmel, senior staff accountant, Accounting Office

Every meal should include some high-protein food. Proteins curb your appetite, gives your body energy, and contains nitrogen, which is essential for the production of antibodies. To meet the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), adult males need to consume about 63 grams of protein a day and adult women about 50 grams (pregnant women need an extra 30 grams per day and lactating women an extra 20 grams; the RDA is also higher for those under 19 to assist in healthy growth.)

Meat and fish are the best sources of protein. A 3.5-ounce serving of chicken, duck, pork roast, turkey, lamb, or beef yields about 25 grams; an equal portion of fish contains about 21 grams. Most meat (even chicken) is high in saturated fat and cholesterol (some, including emu, buffalo, and ostrich, are low in total and saturated fat and cholesterol) .Some types of fish and shellfish (sshrimp, lobster, mackerel, sardines, and salmon) are high in cholesterol, though low in saturated fat (which is mostly in the form of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids).

Eggs (6 grams for a medium egg) and milk (6.3 grams per glass) are also good sources of protein. Egg yolks and regular milk are rich in cholesterol, though, so follow the American Heart Association recommendation and consume no more than three to four egg yolks per week, and drink and cook with skim or one percent milk. Soy milk (6 grams of protein per cup) is a good alternative to cow’s milk.

Beyond animal products, the best protein sources are legumes, including well-known and not-so-well-known beans such as adzuki, mungo, refried beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, and chickpeas (including hummus). If you want to limit your meat intake, but aren’t a bean lover, look into protein supplements such as Met-RX bars (27 grams per serving) and Myoplex protein (42 grams per serving), or use powdered whey protein (23 grams per serving) to make a meal-replacement shake.

Do you have a question about exercise, diet, or nutrition? E-mail


Judy Fallon, library assistant, recommends Diagnosis Murder: The Death Merchant by Lee Goldberg. The story features Dr. Mark Sloan and his detective son Steve as they attempt to enjoy their vacation in Hawaii. As usual, a suspicious death occurs and it is Mark who uncovers the clues to solve the crime. Fans of the now defunct television series Diagnosis Murder should enjoy this book. It is a fun and quick read, Fallon says.

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