July 14, 2005

Around Campus

IGSD Staff Responds to World Events

According to Natalie Mello, director of global operations in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, all students and faculty advisors who were overseas this summer were back in the United States before the recent London bombings. As information about the attacks became known, Mello says, the ISGD staff immediately ascertained the location of the students and the faculty advisor who had been at the London Project Center and shared this information with the WPI community, while also responding to e-mails and phone calls from concerned parents and others.

Mello says she regularly consults with colleagues around the country who administer study abroad programs, with local coordinators at WPI's off-campus sites, with responsible officials of host agencies and liaisons, with contacts in the U.S. Department of State and other agencies, and with other experts on issues and events at each of the university's off-campus project sites. "We monitor world conditions carefully and keep our parents and students informed," she says.

To read more about safety, security, and risk management issues related to WPI's global programs, read "Sending Young Adults into the World" in the Spring 2005 Transformations.

Ground Broken for Gateway Park Building

Addresses by WPI President Dennis Berkey, Senator Edward Kennedy, Congressman James McGovern, Worcester Mayor Timothy Murray, and David Forsberg, president of the Worcester Business Development Corporation, among other dignitaries, underscored the historic nature of the groundbreaking for the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park on June 27. "Today we stake out Worcester's claim to national and international leadership in the life sciences," Kennedy noted. The four-story, 124,600-square-foot building, which will house WPI's graduate and research programs in the life sciences and the university's Bioengineering Institute, will be the first new facility in the 11-acre campus being developed jointly by WPI and the WBDC.

Located at 60-68 Prescott Street, it will consist of new construction to house modern laboratories and support facilities, and a renovated former industrial building to provide space for offices, meeting rooms, and other amenities. Construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2007.

Telemedicine Researchers Tour Nation

WPI's telemedicine research team had a busy spring after being invited to showcase its research at exclusive events in Denver, Arlington, Texas, and Washington, D.C. The invitations came from the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, which is overseeing federally funded research at WPI aimed at developing a real-time troop monitoring system using new sensor, ultrasound, and wireless communications technologies.

The research is led by three faculty members who are part of the Center for Untethered Healthcare within the WPI Bioengineering Institute: Yitzhak Mendelson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is developing advanced physiological sensors; Peder Pedersen, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is developing mobile, wearable ultrasound scanners; and William R. Michalson, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is creating communication systems for transmitting the physiological sensor data and ultrasound images, and for locating military personnel within a coverage area. Read more about the research team.

Young Women Aim High in Camp Reach

With support from corporations, foundations, and WPI alumni and friends, Camp Reach, WPI's award-winning engineering outreach program, starts its ninth year on July 24. Thirty girls entering the 7th grade, three middle school math and science teachers, and 12 high school and college counselors will be on hand for the two-week residential program, which is co-directed by Chrys Demetry, professor of mechanical engineering, and Valerie Ambroise '04.

The central feature of the camp experience is a project, modeled on the IQP, in which teams of students solve a problem for a nonprofit organization in the Worcester community using the engineering design process. One team will design a computer area for the Elder Service Plan, an adult day health program that enables senior citizens with functional disabilities to remain in the community rather than being admitted to a nursing home.

Hope Lodge, affiliated with the American Cancer Society, was so happy with the work of a 2004 project team that it is sponsoring another project in which girls will redesign several storage areas within the home to be more functional for guests and staff.

The third team will work with the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance's Donations ClearingHouse, which provides furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning from homeless shelters to homes of their own. A team will develop a plan to improve the organization and display of items in one area of the warehouse. John Miller, director of physical plant at WPI, who serves on the CMHA board, was the connection for that project.

Servprise Wins Business Plan Contest

Kevin Menard '04 and Cory Wallenstein '05 recently won the 2005 CEI@WPI ALL-OUT Business Plan Challenge. The pair, who founded Servprise International, which manufactures WebReboot, a high-tech appliance that enables crashed computer servers to be rebooted remotely, received $10,000. The contest, run by the WPI Venture Forum, is open to New England entrepreneurs who have business plans involving technology-based ventures.

Have You Received a New Health Card?

If you recently changed health plan providers for FY06, effective July 1, and have not received a new enrollment card, you may need to contact the member services department of your new provider and request that a new card be sent to you. Here are the phone numbers for WPI's carriers:

Fallon Community Health Plan 1-800-868-5200
Tufts Health Plan 1-800-462-0224
Delta Dental 1-800-872-0500
If you have any questions, call ext. 5470 or e-mail Melanie Desiata at mdesiata@wpi.edu.


President Berkey Honored by Alma Mater

President Dennis Berkey recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, from which he graduated in 1974 with a Ph.D. in mathematics. The award recognized Berkey for his career as a leader in higher education; he was among five alumni who were fêted last month at the 16th annual McMicken College Awards Dinner.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1989 to recognize graduates for their outstanding career accomplishments and contributions that benefit the community, the state, the nation, the college, or the university.

WPI Names Teaching Technology Fellows

WPI's Academic Affairs and Information Technology divisions recently announced the recipients of the 2005-07 Teaching Technology Fellowships. During the two-year program, fellows learn to make effective use of information technology in their teaching to enhance student learning. They spend the first year discussing learning strategies, sharing teaching experiences, conducting trial runs of course materials, and developing their projects. In their second year, they implement and evaluate their projects and present their results to the WPI community.

The 2005-07 fellows are

Turgeon Appointed to NERCOMP Board

Penny Turgeon, director of the Academic Technology Center and the Advanced Distance Learning Network, was recently appointed to a two-year term on the board of trustees of NERCOMP (North East Regional Computing Program), the EDUCAUSE affiliate in northeast. She was also asked to co-chair NERCOMP's 2006 annual conference.

Mendelson Named Interim BME Head

Yitzhak Mendelson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will serve as interim head of his department for the 2005-06 academic year while Christopher H. Sotak is on sabbatical leave.

Publications and Presentations

Academic Affairs

Andreeva, T. A., S. E. Wojcik, and W. W. Durgin, "Influence of Internal Wave Fluctuation on Acoustic Underwater Propagation," abstract in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 117, no. 4, April 2005.

Schachterle, Lance, "Miss/Mrs./Ms. Eve Effingham," presented at The Cooper Conference, Oneonta, N.Y., June 2005.

Humanities and Arts

Ljungquist, Kent, "Worcester County and the Development of the American Lyceum," program on "The American Lyceum and the Age of Reform," Worcester Historical Museum, June 9, 2005.

Ljungquist, Kent, review of the Norton Critical Edition of The Selected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, in Edgar Allan Poe Review 6: 47-50, Spring 2005.

Menides, Laura J., "Alcohol and Alcoholism in Charles Dickens's Novels: The Case of Sydney Carton," presented at the Dickens Fellowship Meeting, Worcester, May 19, 2005.

Menides, Laura J., performed her poetry at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, S.C., June 2, 2005.

Information Technology

Lynch, Thomas, "Can a Flat World Survive the Spike?" presented at a NERCOMP (North East Regional Computing Program) special interest group workshop on IT leadership, June 6, 2005.

Mechanical Engineering

Demetry, C., "Research on Use of Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES4) Software in an Introductory Materials Science Course," presented at and in proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Portland, Ore., June 12-15, 2005.

Demetry, C., "Use of Educational Technology to Transform the 50-Minute Lecture: Is Student Response Dependent on Learning Style?" presented at and in proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Portland, Ore., June 12-15, 2005.

Hoffman, A. H., D. R. Robichaud II, J. J. Duquette, and P. Grigg, "Determining the Effect of Hydration upon the Properties of Ligaments Using Pseudo Gaussian Stress Stimuli," in the Journal of Biomechanics, 38, 1636-1642, 2005.

BEI Moves to 39 Dean Street

The Bioengineering Institute recently relocated from Grove Street to 39 Dean Street on the WPI campus. To reach the BEI staff at their new location, use these numbers: voice, 508-831-6800; fax, 508-831-5717.

Computer Tip

Vacation Anyone?

If you're planning to be away from WPI for a while, create a "vacation message" to let senders know you won't be reading e-mail or provide alternate contact information.

Users of Admin Exchange e-mail should use Outlook's Out of Office Assistant to create a reply to all incoming messages. Simply click on Tools, then Out of Office Assistant. If you're using Outlook online with Outlook Web Access, click Options on the Navigation Pane and select Out of Office Assistant.

Note that the Out of Office Assistant replies to all messages, including SPAM, which often results in additional bounced e-mails in your inbox. To avoid replying to subscribed mailing lists, or if you read your e-mail via Unix, use "CCC Vacation Message Management" online at www.wpi.edu/ vacation.

Of course, if you just can't take a vacation from your e-mail, you can read it via the Web using www.wpi.edu/ mail. Information about forwarding e-mail to a different address and using WPI resources from off campus is available on the Helpdesk Web site.

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