March 10, 2005
Men's Basketball Heads for Sweet Sixteen
The men's basketball team capped a record-setting 2004-05 season with down-to-the-wire games on consecutive Saturdays before huge crowds in Harrington Auditorium. On Feb. 26, the team beat Wheaton College, 64-60, to win the NEWMAC (New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference) tournament. The tournament victory (WPI also won the regular NEWMAC season) earned the team a first-round bye in the Division III tournament. This is the first time in two decades that the men's basketball team has reached the NCAAs. On March 5, WPI won its second-round game against Western Connecticut State, a heart-stopping 79-77 victory clinched by a pair of free-throws by Ryan Cain with 8.9 seconds to go. With that win, which extended WPI's home record to 15-0 for the season (it's 24-3 overall), the team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Coincidentally, the team's last loss at home was to Western Connecticut during last season's ECAC Division III tournament.
The next stop for the team is the NCAA sectionals. The first game will pit WPI against York College (Pennsylvania) in the Bradley Athletic and Recreation Center at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J., tomorrow (Friday, March 11) at 6 p.m. If WPI wins that game, it will play either host Ramapo or King's College (Pennsylvania) the next evening at 7 p.m. at the same site. Sectionals winners advance to the Final Four in Salem, Va., on March 18-19.
Eppinger to Address Annual S.I.M. Banquet
Frederick H. Eppinger Jr., president and CEO of Allmerica Financial Corporation, will be the key note speaker at the 56th annual School of Industrial Management Alumni Banquet starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in the Campus Center, Odeum. The title of Eppinger's talk is "Leadership During a Turnaround." The annual S.I.M. banquet celebrates the enduring collegial relationships between the program's many alumni. Members and friends of the WPI community are welcome to join the celebration. The cost is $35. Contact Joan Deal, x5208 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
WIN Program to Receive AAUW Award
WPI's Women's Industry Network program (WIN) will receive the Massachusetts AAUW (American Association of University Women) Progress in Equity Award at a dinner at the Holiday Inn in Falmouth, Mass., on April 9. The award is given each year to programs that demonstrate significant progress toward equity for women faculty, staff, or students; have innovative and exemplary missions; address the needs of diverse groups of women in terms of race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class; and are replicable by other institutions. Babson College will also receive the award this year.
Diner History the Focus of BWE Luncheon
Bill Battelle, director of WPI's catering services, will talk about the history of diners in Worcester at the WPI Women's Exchange luncheon at noon on Tuesday, March 15, in the Higgins House Great Hall. The American Diner Cookbook will be given as an attendance prize. The menu is the blue plate special: chicken noodle soup, Pullman loaf bread and butter, meat loaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, Boston cream pie, coffee and tea. Payment ($8.50) should be sent to Judy Shute in Diversity and Women's Programs. Make checks payable to WPI.
WPI Women of Consequence Honored
Worcester City Manager Michael V. O'Brien recently recognized two members of the WPI community with the 10th Annual "Women of Consequence" Award. Receiving the award at a special ceremony in the Worcester Public Library on March 2 were Stephanie L. Blaisdell, director of Diversity and Women's Programs, and Denise W. Nicoletti, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (honored posthumously). Nicoletti's husband, Richard accepted the award on her behalf. The purpose of the award is to recognize and inspire women in Worcester to work for change and to believe that service to and on behalf of others is a noble pursuit. Read more about the recipients at www.wpi.edu/news/20045/women.html.
DiBiasio Named Interim Department Head
David DiBiasio, associate professor of chemical engineering, has been appointed interim head of the Chemical Engineering Department for the remainder of the current academic year and for the 2005-06 academic year, according to Carol Simpson, provost and senior vice president. DiBiasio, who earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at Purdue University and joined the WPI faculty in 1980, has served previously as interim department head and has been active in campus governance and with ABET committees.
Demetriou Receives IEEE Appointments
Michael A. Demetriou, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed to the following positions by the IEEE Control System Society's Board of Governors: chair, Technical Committee on Distributed Parameter Systems; associate editor, Transactions on Automatic Control; and associate editor, Conference Editorial Board.
Apelian Receives Technical Service Award
Diran Apelian, Howmet Professor of Engineering and director of the Metal Processing Institute, has been awarded the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Light Metals Division's Light Metals Technical Service Award. The awarded, established in 1995, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding long-term service to the light metals industry by consistently providing technical or operating knowledge that has enhanced the industry's competitiveness.
Norbury Receives Award From NASA
John Norbury, professor and head of the Physics Department, and professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a NASA Certificate of Recognition. The citation reads: "For the creative development of technically significant software that has been accepted and approved by NASA, entitled 'A Deterministic Meson-Muon Transport Code for Space Radiation.'"
Aravind Elected Physics Fellow
P.K. Aravind, professor of physics, has been elected a fellow of the London-based Institute of Physics. This senior class of membership in the institute is reserved for individuals with a high level of achievement in physics and an outstanding contribution to the profession. Aravind received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, an M.Sc, from Delhi University in India, and a B.Sc in physics from St. Stephen's College in Delhi. His research is in the areas of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory. He joins physics professor L.R. Ram-Mohan as a fellow of IOP.
Professors Cited for Prize-Winning Paper
Michael Elmes, professor of management, and Steven Taylor, assistant professor of management, will receive the 2005 Prize Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy of Management for their paper, "Resisting Artfully." The award will be presented at the OMT business meeting in August. The paper will be published in the Best Papers Proceedings.
Healthy Alternatives is sponsoring the following employee wellness programs:
- Yoga, with Nancy Cimato, certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Classes take place each Tuesday and Thursday at noon in Alumni Gym. Participants should bring a towel and exercise mat and wear comfortable clothing. Classes begin March 15. Participant cost will be determined based on the number of participants; the cost has generally been about $30 for the term.
- Blast Into Spring Training! Classes with Amy Dean meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:05 to 12:50 in Alumni Gym and include warm-ups, a high-energy aerobics workout, and a gut-tightening abs routine; Wednesdays are devoted to a full-body toning and strengthening with resistance equipment (supplied). Cost is $35; pre-registration is required. Send checks made payable to Healthy Alternatives to Barry Carmel in the Accounting Office. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat, water, and small hand weights (no more than 3 pounds each).
For more information about either program, call 508-831-5800 or visit www.wpi.edu/+HAO.
Publications and Presentations
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Fleys, Matthew, Robert W. Thompson, and John C. MacDonald, "Comparison of the Behavior of Water in Silicalite and Dealuminated Zeolite Y at Different Temperatures by Molecular Dynamics Simulations," in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2004, 108, 2197-12203.
MacDonald, John C., Mark T.-J. Luo, and G. Tayhas R. Palmore, "Supramolecular Behavior of an Isomorphous Series of Five Bis(2-imidazolium 2,6-dicarboxypyridine) M(II) Complexes," in the Journal of Crystal Growth & Design, 2004, 4, 1203-1209.
Luo, Mark, T.-J., John C. MacDonald, and G. Tayhas R. Palmore, "Fabrication of Complex Crystals Using Kinetic Control, Chemical Additives, and Epitaxial Growth," in the Journal of Chemistry of Materials, 2004, 16, 4916-4927.
MacDonald, John C., "A Noncovalent Strategy to Assemble Supramolecular Multilayer Films that Generate Photocurrent and that Exhibit Photoswitchable Wettability," presented at the 227th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Anaheim, Calif.; April 2004.
MacDonald, John C., "Fabrication of Complex Crystals Using Kinetic Control, Chemical Additives and Epitaxial Growth," presented at the National Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, Chicago, Ill., July 2004.
MacDonald, John C., "Molecular Self-Assembly in Crystals and on Surfaces," presented at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., Oct. 2004.
MacDonald, John C., "Molecular Self-Assembly in Crystals and on Surfaces," presented at Olin College of Engineering, Waltham, Mass., Oct. 2004.
MacDonald, John C., "Noncovalent synthesis of multilayer films that generate photocurrent and that exhibit photoswitchable wettability," presented at the 2004 Materials Research Society Meeting, Boston, Mass., November 2004.
- Tech Fest for Musicians: Featuring clinics in virtual choir technology, digital music stands, a Web-based choral library, extended vocal performance techniques, choral recording techniques in the studio, and the virtual orchestra, March 17, 5 to 10 p.m., in Alden Memorial. Sponsored by Massachusetts Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
- Alumni Concert: The WPI Glee Club, Glee Club alumni, Alden Voices, Alden Voices alumnae, and the WPI Festival Chorus will perform on Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The concert is free and open to the public.
- Concert: On Thursday, March 24, Gateway Music Festivals and Tours presents a free concert featuring the Keswick Christian School in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the WPI Concert Band, at 7 p.m. in Mechanics Hall. Call 800-331-8579 for more information
Town Meeting Set for March 17
President Berkey has invited members of the WPI administrative and support staff, including union employees, to a "town meeting" on Thursday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center, Odeum. Dr. Berkey will provide a comprehensive update on the state of the university and will introduce WPI's new provost, Carol Simpson. Supervisors are urged to make time available so all staff members can attend this important session.
Police Create Parking E-Mail System
The WPI Police Department has implemented a new e-mail system. Members of the community may e-mail the police at email@example.com with questions, problems, or comments about parking.
Locking your PC
Here is a quick tip to help you keep your computer accounts and data secure. When you will be away from your PC for some time, you can "lock" it by pressing the Windows key + L on your keyboard. Computers logged into the ADMIN domain will automatically lock after 20 minutes of inactivity. When you are ready to resume working on the computer, unlock it by pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE on the keyboard, and then entering your ADMIN password.Maintained by firstname.lastname@example.org
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