August 19, 2005

Around Campus

Summer Hours Come to an End

On Monday, Aug. 22, nonexempt staff members are expected to return to their normal 37.5-hour workweek and exempt employees are expected to return to a 40- hour per week schedule.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation begins Saturday, Aug. 20, and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 25. There is also a complete schedule of activities and a list of WPI community members who are helping with this program.

National Retailers Come to Campus Center

On July 5, WPI's bookstore reopened as a Barnes & Noble College Bookstore operation, one of about 550 college stores across the country owned by America's leading college bookstore company. Larry and Gloria Abramoff, who had operated Tatnuck Bookseller@WPI since 1977, decided to focus on their Chandler Street and Westborough stores and transition out of the college bookstore market. Barnes & Noble retained the WPI staff and named Jennifer Amedy as new bookstore manager. This fall, the Class of 1948 Café, which is adjacent to the bookstore, will reopen as a Dunkin' Donuts franchise, bringing the popular New England-based chain to WPI.

Entrepreneurship Program Lands in Top 10

WPI's entrepreneurship program gained national attention recently when placed it in the Top 10 for "entrepreneurial emphasis" in its annual survey of leading college entrepreneurship programs. Learn more about entrepreneurship at WPI.


Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members

Six alumni will be inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Campus Center. The evening includes a reception, banquet, and induction ceremony. The inductees are Danielle Batey '97 (basketball); Brian Daly '91 (soccer, swimming, track and field); John (Jack) Fitzgibbons '75 (football); Kim Gabis '92 (field hockey); Alan King, Jr. '76 (soccer), and Missy Hurley Marino '86 (swimming).

Peterson Elected Chair of WPI's Board

Donald K. Peterson '71, chairman and CEO of Avaya Inc., has been elected the 20th chair of the WPI Board of Trustees. He succeeds F. William Marshall, who was elected chairman in 2003. In 2002, Peterson was recognized as CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, a strategic marketing consulting and training firm. "Don Peterson's impressive career of achievement and entrepreneurial leadership, in roles of global reach and profound importance to the communications industry, makes him extremely well suited both to lead this distinguished university and to provide a standard against which our students can model their own career aspirations," says President Berkey.

Snoddy Receives NCAA Grant

Gregory Snoddy, director of Healthy Alternatives, Recreation, and Club Sports, recently received an $8,190 initiatives grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for "Taking the Initiative: Leadership, Motivation, and Intervention," a new program that will include a leadership development series for WPI student athletes, alcohol and drug education and motivational interviewing workshops for faculty, staff, coaching staff, and student leaders.

Publications and Presentations

Chemical Engineering

Bell, C. H.*, B. S. Arora**, and T. A. Camesano, "Adhesion of Pseudomonas Putida KT2442 is Mediated by Surface Polymers at the Nano- and Micro-Scale," in Environmental Engineering Science, 22, 629-641, 2005.

Bell, C. H.*, and T. A. Camesano, "The Effects of Centrifugation and Filtration as Pre-Treatments in Bacterial Retention Studies," in the Journal of Young Investigators, 12, 2005.

*WPI undergraduate at time of research
**WPI graduate student at time of research


Ucak-Astarlioglu, Mine G., and Robert E. Connors, "Absorption and Fluorescence of 2,5-Diarylidene-Cyclopentanones in Acidic Media: Evidence for Excited State Proton Transfer," presented at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (NERM 2005), Fairfield, Conn., July 15, 2005.

Pavlik, J.W., V. Ervithayasuporn, J.A.Martinez, "Synthesis and Photochemistry of Pyranopyrazoles," Poster 19, 33rd Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, July 14.

Humanities and Arts

Forgeng, Jeffrey L., "Kingly Combat: The Field of Honor," Shakespeare & Company Bankside Humanities Series. Lenox, Mass., July 15, 2005.

Mechanical Engineering

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

Durgin, W. W. and T. A. Andreeva, "Experimental Investigation of Grid-Generated Turbulence Using Ultrasonic Travel-Time Technique," CMEM 2005, Malta, June 2005.

Andreeva, T. A. and W. W. Durgin, "Effect of Chaos and Stochastic Induced by Internal Waves on Acoustic Wave Propagation," Safety and Reliability of Engineering Systems and Structures, proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR, Rome, Italy, June 2005.

Hoffman, A. H., A. J. Curry, S. M. Baril, and C. Drost, "Decalcification of Coral as a Possible Model of Osteoporosis in Trabecular Bone," presented at and in Proceedings of the 2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Vail, Colo., June 22-26, 2005.

Kirker-Head C.*, Krane G., McMurrough M., Savilonis B., "Characterization of Farrier Services at Veterinary Teaching Hospitals in the United States," presented at the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, Lyon France, July 4-9, 2005.

Recent Grants

Chemical Engineering

Ma, Y. H., for "Ultra-Thin Pd and Pd/Alloy Membranes for Hydrogen Separation and Reaction Applications," from Shell International, $638,960.

Computer Science

Fisher, K., for "Computing Education for Every Student in Secondary Schools," from Northeastern University (NSF), $14,684.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

McNeill, J., for "Device Damage During Electrical Test," from the Teradyne Inc., $55,960.


Strong, D., S. Johnson*, and J.J. Mistry*, for "CCLI-EMD: Integrating Enterprise Decision-Making Modules Into Undergraduate Industrial Engineering and Management Curriculum," from the National Science Foundation, $74,742.

Mathematical Sciences

Heinricher, A. and S. Weekes*, for "REU Site: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics," from the National Science Foundation, $99,916.

Walker, H., for "FY 2005 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship-ITL," from the National Science Foundation, $14,019.

Blank, I, for "Free Boundary Problems Arising in Material Science," from the National Science Foundation, $84,000.

Mechanical Engineering

Apelian, D., for "Development of Continuous, Direct Feedback Control Systems for Sintering of Mettalic Components," from the Department of Education, $55,000.


Ram-Mohan, R. L., for "Wavefunction Engineering of Spintroci Devices in ZNO/Mgo and GaN/AIN Quantum Structures Doped Transition Metal Ions," from the Department of Defense and Air Force, $131,053.

*Co-principal Investigator

Total May grants and contracts: $1,168,334.

Take Part in a Day of Caring

The annual United Way Day of Caring will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14. The largest community service effort of its kind in Central Massachusetts, the event brings together employees from local companies and non-profits. Working in teams, participants in the past have painted, landscaped, and made improvements to homes through the Worcester Housing Authority, packaged and helped deliver meals to homebound elders through the Age Center of Worcester Area; and helped children understand the connection between what they learn in school today and their future role in the community through Junior Achievement.

Thanks to the generosity of President Berkey, WPI employees may participate in a full- or half-day of caring and will receive compensation for half of their volunteer time. For more information, or to participate, contact Human Resources by Aug. 15 at ext. 5470.

The Return of Body Blast

You've heard the buzz about Body Blast; now experience it for yourself. This lively noontime workout includes warm-ups for stretching, aerobics for cardio conditioning, abs work for core strengthening, and hand weight and resistance band work for toning and strengthening muscles. Body Blast is a welcoming workout to all WPI faculty and staff and is designed to let you exercise at your own pace and level of ability. Led by Amy Dean, a certified personal trainer and aerobics and kickboxing instructor, the class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m.

Dress comfortably and bring a floor mat, towel, water, and small hand weights (no more than 3 pounds each). The registration fee ($35; make checks payable to WPI) covers the cost of A-Term classes (which begin on Tuesday, August 23, and end on Thursday, October 20), a WPI Employee Wellness t-shirt, and a top-quality resistance band and resistance tube. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 12. For more information, or to register, contact Rich Rogan at ext. 5850.

Computer Tip

Quick Access to Your Desktop

How can I quickly get back to my desktop if I have lots of open windows?
As with most Windows actions, there is more than one way to complete this task. Here are several ways to display your desktop; choose the one that works best for you.
Click the Show Desktop icon (shown at left) on your Quick Launch toolbar. With just one click, all open windows will be minimized to your toolbar. To get all of the windows back to their original size (restored), just click that Show Desktop icon again.*
Press the Windows key () + D to show the desktop and hide all windows. To restore all open windows, simply press + D a second time.
Press the Windows key + M to minimize all windows. Press + shift + M to undo minimize all.
Right click on the Task Bar, then select Show the Desktop from the menu. To restore the open windows right click on the Task Bar, then select Show Open Windows.

*How to Re-create the Show Desktop Icon on Quick Launch Toolbar

If you ever accidentally delete your Show Desktop Icon there is a way to recreate it:

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