January 27, 2005

Around Campus

Agreement Signed With Chinese University

WPI has signed an agreement with Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HURST) in Wuhan, China. Under the agreement, WPI and HURST may engage in academic and cultural exchanges for joint educational and research activities. The agreement calls for the exchange of faculty members; undergraduate student project activities; joint supervision of postgraduate student projects; joint applications for research; participation in seminars and academic meetings; exchanges of academic materials; and other mutually beneficial activities.

WPI Celebrates Black History Month

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

Tuesday, Feb. 1: "Roots," opening dinner with live music, 7-9 p.m., Campus Center Odeum. Tickets are $3 and are available at the Office of Minority Affairs and International House; sponsored by General Electric, the Office of Minority Affairs, the Black Student Union, and the Office of International Students and Scholars.
Wednesday, Feb. 2: Soul Food Night, Morgan Dining Hall, sponsored by the Office of Residential Services and Chartwells.
Monday, Feb. 7: "Where Do We Go From Here?" Guy Bluford, president, Aerospace Technological Group, and the first African-American in space, Campus Center Odeum, 4-5 p.m.; sponsored by Office of Minority Affairs, Office of Student Activities, and Residential Services.
Tuesday, Feb. 15: Lunchtime Concert, Christian saxophonist Courtney Fadlin, Campus Center, Food Court Stage, noon-1 p.m.; sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs.
Friday, Feb. 18: The Inventors, Hip Hop Cubana, a documentary about the Cuban hip hop culture, International House, 8 p.m.; sponsored by International Student Council.
In addition, Black History Trivia will be posted weekly on the WPI movie channel. For more information on these events, call ext. 5796.

The OASIS Cultural Center Opens

After years of planning, the OASIS (Offering Acceptance, Safety, and Inclusion to Students), opened at 20 Schussler Road on Jan 17. The new cultural center began as a proposal developed by a group of students in 2001. Its vision emerged after months of research, including focus groups with several student groups. The center’s primary goals are to give minority and marginalized students a place to meet, study, and build a community, and to provide a location where all students can learn about other cultures.

Potential uses for the OASIS include monthly programs focusing on culture, discussion forums, a cultural library, leadership training, and social events. It is hoped that the OASIS will become a deep well of information from which students thirsty for knowledge and experiences of other cultures can drink,” notes Calvin Hill, director of minority affairs.

Alpha Phi Omega Sponsors Blood Drive

Alpha Phi Omega, the coed national service fraternity, will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Campus Center Odeum. Positive ID is required. Donors may call 800-448-3543 to make an appointment, or sign up in the Campus Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

Game is Finalist in National Competition

Q’Bicles, a computer game developed by several WPI students and alumni, is one of 10 international finalists in The Big C, a competition premiering this week as part of the annual Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The WPI game is the only finalist from New England. Festival attendees will choose from among all the finalists the winners of the Jury Award and the Audience Award.

Developed by Dragonfly Game Design, which is based in Westborough, Q’Bicles is an irreverent look at office life. The game is the brainchild of alumni and Dragonfly founders Michael Gesner ‘04 and Michael Melson ‘02. Current students Randy Chong, Brandon Light, and Allen Seitz were part of the development team, along with Kevin Candiloro ‘02.

Says Gesner, "We hope that the exposure for Q’Bicles and Dragonfly will let the industry know about the emerging New England game development community and blaze the way for future talent coming out of WPI’s Game Development Club and its new Interactive Media & Game Development major."

Q’Bicles is scheduled to be released to the public this winter; a demo will be available later this month at www.qbicles.com.


Mangano Appointed Interim Director

Anthony J. Mangano Jr. has been named interim director of the Division of Extended Education. Mangano, who was previously director of operations, holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.S. in management from WPI. He has been a member of the Extended Education team for the past four years. He replaces John Minasian, who recently resigned as dean of extended education to become vice president and dean of Rensselaer at Hartford.

Peter Tordo to Oversee Alumni Programs

Peter Tordo ’76, a civil engineer who has worked extensively in the financial services sector, has joined Development and University Relations as acting director of alumni programs and the Annual Fund. Tordo received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from WPI and then worked as a volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya, a group supervisor at a school for emotionally disturbed teenagers, and a loss prevention consultant with Liberty Mutual Insurance. He spent a year as a treasury associate for Merrill Lynch International Bank before becoming an assistant vice president at Manufacturers Hanover Trust (now J.P. Morgan Chase), where he developed a foreign exchange and sales MIS system.

In 1992, he joined NatWest Bank, now Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), in New York City as vice president and institutional sales resource manager. Over the following decade, he held a series of vice presidential positions (in treasury administration, as business manager, and as sales business manager). In those posts he developed and implemented numerous systems and processes that cut costs, enhanced revenues and added efficiency to the RBS foreign exchange and interest rate derivative operations in New York.

In 2002, Tordo moved with his family from the New York area to Natick, Mass. Beginning in 2002, as principal of Tordo Consulting, he helped WPI plan an international forum on doing business in China and helped with brainstorming for other development-related initiatives.

Orr Re-elected Chair of IEEE Committee

John A. Orr, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been elected to a second term as chair of the Committee on Engineering Accreditation Activities of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers); the new term begins July 1.This committee is responsible for overseeing ABET accreditation of all electrical, computer, and similarly named engineering programs in the United States. It establishes criteria for electrical and computer engineering programs, selects program evaluators, and reviews their reports and recommended accreditation actions.

Publications and Presentations

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Social Science and Policy Studies

Recent Grants

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Electrical and Computer Engineering


*Co-principal investigator

Total December grants and contracts awarded: $1,594,393.

Community Notes

New Staff Members

New Staff Members: Kathleen Adams, program manager, Extended Education; Luis Agudelo, custodian, Plant Services; Jennifer Bevins, director, residential services, Residential Services; Robert DelSignore, electronics engineer, Bioengineering Institute; Lynne Dougherty, data entry clerk, Graduate Enrollment; Sonja Korum, area coordinator, Residential Services; Agata Lajoie, technical document specialist, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Jeffrey Laramee, police officer, Campus Police; Umberto Mosco, Harold J. Gay Professor, Mathematical Sciences; Jennifer Pelletier, executive assistant, Information Technology; Amy Ricci, manager, faculty support services, Academic Technology Center; Gregory Smith, information systems specialist, Computing and Communications Center; Patricia Stevenson, accounting clerk V, Accounting Office; Colleen Sweeney, administrative assistant, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Richard Wheeler, assistant director and sales representative, Extended Education.

Department Transfers: Denise Ehnstrom, from Management to assistant director, operations, Graduate Studies and Enrollment.

Ask Amy

If someone has a job that requires walking, does that replace regular exercise?
-Paulette Tatro, administrative assistant, Office of Admissions

Walking helps maintain a strong heart and burns calories, but to take the place of other forms of cardiovascular or aerobic exercise (defined as activities that elevate your heart rate to 60 to 85 percent of its maximum rate), walking must be energetic. Pretend you’re trying to catch a bus on a walk, and you can burn about 180 calories in 30 minutes. However, walking does not improve muscle tone and will not firm up problem areas such as the thighs, buttocks, hips, abs, or even the leg muscles. Resistance training, which uses weights, exercise tubing, or bands, gives you a firmer belly, tighter hips and butt, and toned legs and arms.

The best exercise routine includes stretching before and after exercise to increase flexibility, at least 30 minutes of a cardio routine (such as walking, running, participating in an aerobics class, or working out on the treadmill or elliptical machine), and muscle building through resistance exercises.
Do you have a question about exercise, diet, or nutrition? E-mail askamy@wpi.edu.

Computer Tips

Print Screen

Did you know that you can capture a picture of exactly what you see on your computer screen? Print Screen is the magic key for this task.

Pressing Print Screen (or Prt Scr) on your keyboard will take a snapshot of everything that appears on your monitor and place it on the Microsoft Office clipboard.
Pressing Alt + Print Screen on your keyboard will copy only the active Window and place it on the Microsoft Office clipboard.
To insert the screen image into a file or an e-mail message, open a new or existing file and paste the image using one of these options:
Click the Paste button on the toolbar.
Press Ctrl + V on your keyboard.
Click the Edit menu and choose Paste.

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