September 22, 2005

Around Campus

WPI Reaches Out to Victims of Katrina

Offering Free Online Courses: As a participant in the Sloan Semester, WPI will offer two online management courses, tuition-free, to students displaced from Gulf Coast colleges and universities by Hurricane Katrina. The Sloan Semester is a collaboration of U.S. colleges and universities that have agreed to offer online courses to serve the learning needs of students at the community college, university, and graduate level. It was developed by the Sloan Consortium, an international alliance of colleges and universities dedicated to quality online education, in cooperation with the Southern Regional Education Board.

WPI's Department of Management will offer two three-credit undergraduate courses, Principles of Marketing and Management of Information Systems, which will be delivered through WPI's Advanced Distance Learning Network (ADLN). The classes, which can accommodate up to 24 students each, will begin Oct. 10 and run until Jan. 6. For more information, visit title="ADLN">the ADLN webpage or the Sloan Semester website.

Implementing A Special Admissoins Process: WPI has established a special admissions process that will enable students currently enrolled at colleges and universities impacted by Hurricane Katrina to enroll at WPI on a visiting or provisional basis. The university is also planning to accommodate students who wish to take individual classes. WPI will alter its rules and permit displaced students to enroll starting in B-Term, which begins Oct. 25.

WPI will follow NASFAA (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators) guidelines and admit affected students tuition-free if they have already paid tuition to their home institutions. For students who have not yet paid tuition for the fall, WPI will charge the home institution's rate of tuition and remit that amount to the home institution.

Coming Together To Rraise Funds: The Graduate Student Government held a fund-raiser last week in the Campus Center to aid the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and the Humane Society. The GSG matched donations up to $300.

On Sept. 13, several student groups and offices held a fund-raising barbecue at Reunion Plaza to raise funds for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Newman Club recently raised funds for the Diocese of Biloxi, Miss., which has nearly depleted its resources helping local residents. Alpha Gamma Delta sorority sponsored a recent Red Cross blood drive in the Campus Center. Knit One, Crochet Too!, WPI's knitting and crocheting circle, will raffle off an afghan to benefit the Red Cross (see next story).

Knitting and Crocheting History On Display

A look at the history of knitting and crocheting from the 1900s to the present day is on display in the lobby of Gordon Library through Oct. 27. Objects old and new from the collections of members’ of WPI’s knitting and crocheting circle tell the tale of two crafts whose history stretches back so far, no one really knows how or when they began.

An afghan made by the circle for the display is being raffled off, with all proceeds to go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) are on sale each day from noon to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center during A-term. A winner will be drawn and notified via e-mail at the start of B-term.

See Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession

M.W. Repertory Theatre Co. will perform George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession this week. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 22), Friday (Sept. 23), and Saturday (Sept. 24) in Riley Commons. In the play, the young Vivie Warren, emancipated, intelligent, and self-sufficient, is astounded to learn that her mother rose from poverty to riches through prostitution, and that she is now part owner and operator of a chain of brothels.

Art Tech Expo Has WPI Connections

"All artistry is enabled by technology," notes the press release for Art Tech Expo, an art exhibit that will run from Oct. 9 to Nov. 13 at the Gallery in the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow Street in Worcester. Curated by J.D. Sage, WPI emeritus professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Kevin Burns, a member of the advisory board for WPI's new Interactive Media & Game Development major program, the exhibit will feature the work of 10 local and national artists (including Sage and Burns) whose art applies science and technology to a variety of artistic media. Many of the works are interactive. Learn more about the exhibit.

Entrepreneurship Program Among Top 10

WPI’s Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation achieved a top-10 ranking from Entrepreneur magazine in the category, Program Emphasis in 2005. Joining WPI in the top 10 were Purdue and Drexel. Last year WPI was ranked No. 27 and appeared in the second tier in the magazine. WPI’s extensive and successful extracurricular program for students, outreach efforts for faculty and the business community, and positive interviews with students, faculty, and alumni who have launched start-ups were significant factors taken into account in this year’s ranking.

16th Annual Math Meet Set for Oct. 19

More than 85 high schools from four states will send four-person teams to WPI on Wednesday, Oct. 19, for the university’s 16th annual Invitational Mathematics Meet, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium. In the competition, the teams tackle interesting and challenging questions based on the secondary mathematics curriculum up to, but not including, calculus. The highest scoring individuals and teams receive scholarships to attend WPI. The sponsors of this year’s meet are WPI’s Master of Mathematics for Educators Program, The Math Works, Rosenlund Travel Service Inc., Barnes & Nobel Bookstore at WPI, and Texas Instruments. For more, visit the math meet's webpage.


SFPE Award Names New Award for Lucht

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers has created "The David A. Lucht Lamp of Knowledge Award," honoring the original director of WPI’s Center for Firesafety Studies. The award will be given annually to individuals or organizations who stand out in their support of fire protection engineering higher education. Lucht will present the first award to FM Global at the SFPE annual honors and awards banquet in San Diego on Oct. 17.

Lucht joined WPI in 1978 to head the newly created graduate program in fire protection engineering. He had previously served as the first director of the U.S. Fire Administration; he was appointed to that post by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and reappointed by Jimmy Carter. He retired in 2005 and was succeeded by Kathy Notarianni ‘86, who presided over the elevation of the program into an academic department.

Publications and Presentations

Biology and Biotechnology

Overstrom, Eric W., invited speaker, "Players and Pretenders in Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer," presented at the Reproductive Sciences Center seminar, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, May 2, 2005.

Overstrom, Eric W., "Mammalian Cloning: The Biology and the Method," presented at the Frontiers in Reproduction course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., June 2005. (Overstrom also served on the program faculty; others from his laboratory, including Victoria Huntress, lab manager, Elena Ibanez, visiting scientist, and Christine Lima, doctoral student, contributed to the laboratory instruction modules.)

Overstrom, Eric W., D. Fischer-Russell, E. Ibanez, D. F. Albertini , "Activated Bovine Cytoplasts Prepared by Demecolcine-induced Enucleation Support Development of Nuclear Transfer Embryos in vitro," in Molecular Reproduction & Development 72:161-170 (2005).

Chemistry and Biochemistry

MacDonald, John C., "Nucleation and Growth of Polymorphs of Pharmaceuticals on Bulk Bubstrates and in Microfluidic Channels with Chemically Modified Surfaces," presented at the 230th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., August 2005.

Pavlik, J. W., and C. Changtong, "Photochemistry of (4'-Substituted)phenyl-1,2,4-thiadiazoles," Poster 576, 230th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., Aug.29-31, 2005.

Pavlik, J. W. and S. Laohhasurayotin, "Vapor Phase Photochemistry of Trideuterio- and tetradeuteriopyridines," Poster 577, 230th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29-31, 2005.

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, Joel J., "My Jimi Hendrix Experience [book], by Robert W. Fisher," in UniVibes 50, pp. 3-4, December 2005.

Brattin, Joel J., "Historical Note on Dates," in UniVibes 50, p. 3, December 2005.

Brattin, Joel J., "A Film About Jimi Hendrix: Deluxe Edition [DVD]," in UniVibes 50, p. 5, December 2005.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Carrera, Fabio, "Growing the Tree of Knowledge: Extracting Informational Returns from the Maintenance of Urban Trees in Cambridge, Massachusetts," in proceedings of the First International Conference on Maintenance Management, Venice, Italy, April 14-15, 2005.

Recent Grants

Biomedical Engineering

Pins, George, for "Development of an Internally Placed Anti-Inflamatory Device to Prevent Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation in Patients Undergoing Open Heart Surgery," from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, $35,484.

Chemical Engineering

Camesano, T., for "Biopolymer Characterization (GCS-100), Part 2," from GlycoGenesys Inc., $32,445.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mallick, R., for "Development of Rut and Moisture Resistant HMA for Pavements in Logan International Airport, Boston, Mass.," from Edwars and Kelcey, $13,442.

Computer Science

Ward, M., and E. Rundensteiner*, for "Quality-Aware Visual Exploration Tools," from the National Science Foundation, $360,000.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

McNeil, J., for "Background Calibration Technique for High-Resolution Analog to Digital Converters in Submicron CMOS, from the National Science Foundation, $130,000.

Clancy, E., W. Michalson, and J. McNeil, for "Sensor-on-a-Chip for Electrophysiologic Signal Acquisition,” from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, $25,000.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Davis, P., for "WPI Project Center at MIT Lincoln Laboratory," from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $61,816.

Mathematical Sciences

Tang, D., and M. Manning*, for "Image-Based Computational Mechanical Analysis and Indexing for Cardiovascular Diseases," from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, $5,000.

Walker, H., for "Nonlinear Solvers Research," from the Sandia National Laboratory, $70,000.

Mechanical Engineering

Tryggvason, G., for "Multiscale Simulations of Multiphase Systems," from the National Science Foundation, $40,000.

*Co-principal Investigator

Total August grants and contracts: $773,187

Parents Weekend Reminder

Parents of current students will return to campus this weekend to spend time with their sons and daughters and enjoy a host of events and activities on and off campus. The highlights of Parents Weekend include informative sessions in WPI's Parents College, arts and entertainment performances, and athletic contests. See more information, including a full schedule of events.

Computer Tips

Virus Antidote

The Computing and Communications Center (CCC) provides McAfee VirusScan software for WPI-owned PCs. Did you know that as a member of WPI community you can also install a copy of McAfee on your home computer (as long as it is not used for external business purposes)?

You may obtain a McAfee CD at the Information Desk in the CCC Lab, Fuller Labs 222. Prior to installing the software, be sure to run "Windows Update" and install all of the available "Critical Updates."

Once McAfee is installed on your home PC, regularly update the virus definition files at McAfee's download site.

Complete instructions for installing McAfee VirusScan may be found on WPI's website. Details about using McAfee VirusScan are available online.

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