November 3, 2005

Around Campus

Share Your Thanksgiving Feast

Employees interested in welcoming an international student to their Thanksgiving celebration are invited to contact Janice Martin, International Student and Scholars, at ext. 6030 or before Nov. 17 to make arrangements.

Celebrate Founders Day on Nov. 11

On Friday, Nov. 11, the WPI community will celebrate Founders Day, the anniversary of the day in 1868 when the university first opened its doors. The celebration is organized by the Student Alumni Society, which chooses a different WPI founder as the focus of each year’s event. This year it is Philip Moen, partner and son-in-law of Ichabod Washburn and a member of WPI’s original Board of Trustees. Watch your e-mail for more details.

Help Lambda Chi Alpha Help the Needy

The WPI chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha will launch its 12th annual food drive on Nov. 5. Members of the Worcester and WPI communities are invited to contribute nonperishable canned foods, which will be donated to the Friendly House Neighborhood Center of Worcester and the Worcester County Food Bank. Worcester residents will receive empty grocery bags to fill with canned goods; the bags will be picked up on Nov. 12. Bins will be placed in the Gordon Library for faculty and staff members who wish to contribute. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The fraternity will use the $1,700 it raised through its Penny Wars fund-raiser to purchase food to donate. Its goal is to feed 2,500 families this holiday season.

Lexington Is Tops Again at Math Meet

For the 10th year in a row, Lexington High School won WPI’s annual Invitational Math Meet, held Oct. 19. Canton High School came in second, followed by Westborough High School. The Mass Academy team placed 7th. In all, more than 85 teams competed and more than $100,000 in team and individual scholarships to WPI were awarded. Top individual winners were Jiageng (David) Luan of Worcester Academy, Sway Chen of Lexington High School, and Rahul Banerjee of St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury. They earned $3,000, $2,000, and $1,500 in WPI scholarships, respectively. The top scorer on each team won a $1,000 scholarship.

Annual Pops Concert Set for Nov. 5

The WPI Concert Band, directed by Douglas Weeks, and the Jazz Band, directed by Richard Falco, will hold their annual Pops Concert on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The concert will feature songs from the musicals Ragtime and Rent, as well as Hymn to the Fallen, a John Williams composition featured in the film Saving Private Ryan. Dennis Wrenn, guest conductor, will direct Festivo by Edward Gregson. Admission is $3, general public, and $2, students and seniors. For more information, call ext. 5246.

International Education Week Starts Nov. 14

WPI’s International Student Council is hosting several events in celebration of International Education Week.

Helen Vassallo Speaks at BWE Luncheon

Helen G. Vassallo, professor of management at WPI, will talk about her African safari trip at the WPI Business Women's Exchange luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Higgins House Great Hall. A mum plant will be given as an attendance prize. The menu includes assorted rolls and butter, pumpkin soup, Chicken Picatta, lemon-caper butter, peas and carrots, mashed potatoes, pumpkin and apple pie, and coffee and tea. Payment ($10) should be sent to Judy Shute in Women’s Programs by Nov. 11. Checks should be made payable to WPI.

Room Available on New York City Trip

Seats are still available for the bus trip to New York City on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets ($45) provide bus transportation to Rockefeller Center. Guests should make their own plans for seeing a show, shopping, visiting a museum, etc. The bus will depart WPI at 6:30 a.m. and return at approximately 10 p.m. The trip is sponsored by the Campus Center Office. For more information or to make reservations, contact Kim Wykes at ext. 6806 or

2005 United Way Campaign Begins Nov. 7

The 2005-06 WPI United Way Campaign will be kicked off on Monday, Nov. 7, and will continue through Friday, Nov. 18. During that time, the United Way Committee will host a variety of fun and informative events, including

Watch your e-mail for instructions on how to pledge online using United-eWay.

Got Chores? Rent a Rower or a Singer

Are leaves covering your lawn? Does your paint need to be touched up before winter? Have an old wall that needs to be rebuilt or a garage that needs cleaning. The crew team will take care of these and any other dirty, tough jobs. The athletes are raising money for their spring break training. Team members are available to work on weekends, but will make special arrangements, if necessary. The cost is $120 for a full eight-hour day and $95 for a half day. Contact Larry Noble at ext. 6119 or

The WPI Glee Club is holding its annual leaf-raking fund-raiser every weekend until the weather dictates otherwise (excluding Thanksgiving weekend and term break) to support operations for the academic year. For a minimum donation of $70, a crew of 5 to 10 club members will work between 2.5 and 3 hours. Contact Jamie Mitchell at ext. 5816 or


Richard Connolly Elected to WPI’s Board

Richard F. Connolly Jr., senior vice president for investments at UBS Financial, was elected to the WPI Board of Trustees at its October meeting. Connolly, who has been recognized as one of the top stock brokers in the financial services industry, brings a strong management and financial background to the board. He began his career as a financial advisor with PaineWebber (now UBS Financial) in 1973 and has been its top-producing broker for more than 20 years.

In addition to his successful career at UBS Financial, Connolly has long been active in civic and philanthropic programs in the United States and Ireland. For the past 26 years, he has served as chairman of the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, which offers youth the opportunity to excel by furthering their education. Connolly earned his B.A. at the College of the Holy Cross, where he received the Ouimet Scholarship, and later earned an MBA at Babson College.

Brown Reappointed Editor of Journal

David Brown, professor of computer science, has been appointed for a second term as the editor in chief of Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM), a journal published by the Cambridge University Press. Brown has also been appointed to the international editorial board of the new journal The Journal of Designing in China.

Awards and Honors for BME Students

The following biomedical engineering students have received awards and honors:

Publications and Presentations

Biology and Biotechnology

Shashoua, Victor, and David S. Adams, "Two Peptides, Domains of Calmodulin and Ependymin, Can Enhance Gene Expression of Key Antioxidant Enzymes that Defend Against Neurodegeneration," presented at the annual Conference for Therapeutic Strategies Against Neurodegenerative Conditions, Boston, Oct. 10-11, 2005.

Biomedical Engineering

Bush, K. A.*, S. E. Walsh*, B. R. Downing*, and G. D. Pins, "Characterizing Keratinocyte Adhesion in Response to Basal Lamina Composition," presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Fall Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 2005.

Coburn, J.*, K. A. Bush*, and G. D. Pins, "Establishing a Quantitative Link between Fibronectin Concentration and Active Binding Sites for Keratinocyte Adhesion to Collagen-Glycosaminoglycan Membranes," presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Fall Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 2005.

Cornwell, K. G.*, and G. D. Pins, "Crosslinking Discrete Collagen Threads: Effects on Mechanical Strength and Cell Matrix Interactions," presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Fall Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 2005.

Downing, B. R.*, S. Howes*, M. Toner, and G. D. Pins, "The Influence of Collagen Membrane Microtopography on Keratinocyte Function," presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Fall Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 2005.

Dresher, R., and Y. Mendelson, "Attachment of a Wearable Skin Reflectance Pulse Oximeter," presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Fall Meeting, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 28-Oct 1, 2005.

Kinneberg, K.*, K. G. Cornwell*, and G. D. Pins, "Development of a Discrete Thread Cell Attachment Assay," presented at the Biomedical Engineering Society Fall Meeting, Baltimore, Md., October 2005.

Pins, G. D., "Engineering Microtextured Analogs of the Basal Lamina: Applications for Bioengineered Skin Substitutes," invited seminar at Avon Products Inc., Suffern, N.Y., August 2005.

*WPI Students

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Pavlik, J. W., "An Assessment of the Teaching and Research Programs in Organic Chemistry at the University of Botswana," Department of Chemistry, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana, Sept. 5-9, 2005.

Weininger, S. J., "Theoretical Ambitions, Empirical Constraints, and Chemists’ Intuitions: The Saga of the Reactivity-Selectivity Principle," presented at the 5th European Conference on the History of Chemistry, Lisbon, Sept. 8, 2005.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pajic, Slobodan, and Kevin A. Clements, "Power System State Estimation Via Globally Convergent Methods," in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 1683-1689, November 2005.

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, Joel J., "Patent Inventions: Intellectual Property and the Victorian Novel, by Clare Pettitt," in Technology and Culture, vol. 46, pp. 649-50, July 2005.

Brattin, Joel J., "Teaching Dickens's Bleak House in Serial Installments," presented at the Tenth International Dickens Symposium, Springfield, Mass., Oct. 15, 2005.

Forgeng, J., "Paulus Hector Mair and the Interpretation of Early Martial Arts Treatises," presented at the Armour Research Society Annual Conference, Art Institute of Chicago, Oct. 22, 2004.

Menides, Laura J., "Sydney Carton and Dionysian Dichotomies," presented at the Tenth International Dickens Symposium, Springfield, Mass., Oct. 15, 2005.

Mechanical Engineering

Demetry, C., "Technology-Assisted Formative Assessment: Improving the Process of Teaching and Learning," presented and in proceedings, Materials Science and Technology 2005 Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 25-28, 2005.

Demetry, C., "Beyond Student Perceptions: Is Formative Assessment Really Working?" presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct. 14-16, 2005.

Community Notes

Pat Carbonneau won the afghan raffled off by the Knitting and Crocheting Circle. The raffle raised $261 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.

Kevin Wynn, associate director for Media Relation, and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their second child, Brady Benjamin, on Oct. 13. Brady joins his two-year-old brother Evan.

Melanie Desiata, benefits coordinator, and her husband, Robert, welcomed their second child, Cameron, on Oct. 27. Cameron joins sister Cali.

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