December 15, 2005

Around Campus

We'll See You in 2006

This is our last issue of 2005. Publication resumes on Thursday, Jan. 12. The deadline for that issue is Jan. 6. Happy holidays!

Open During the Holiday Break?

Most of WPI's offices and departments will be closed for the holiday break (Dec. 26 through Jan. 2). If your office needs to remain open for any time during that period, please notify Human Resources in writing so your schedule can be communicated to Campus Police and Plant Services.

Holiday Time Cards and Pay Schedules

Student timesheets for the period ending Dec. 24 are due Thursday, Dec. 15, and will be paid on Thursday, Dec. 22. Staff timesheets are due by noon on Friday, Dec. 16, and will be paid Wednesday, Dec. 21.

For the period ending Dec. 31, payroll authorizations and Flexcomp forms are due Tuesday, Dec. 20; timesheets are due by noon on Thursday, Dec. 22, and will be paid Wednesday, Jan. 4. Monthly paid employees will be paid on Friday, Dec. 23. Please keep a copy of your records and make any adjustments in the following pay cycle.

Web Development Office Relocates

The staff of the Web Development Office recently became part of the Division of Marketing and Communications. By the end of the calendar year, Amy Marr and Sarah Jay will relocate their offices from the lower level of Gordon Library to the third floor of Boynton Hall, where they will continue to update and maintain the WPI Web site.

Amy and Sarah will build an intranet site for the university's internal community under the direction of Amy Dean. This will enable WPI's external Web site to focus more directly on important external audiences with a focus on enrollment, advancement, and recruitment. Tara Myers, e-marketing director, will be leading the effort to enhance the external Web site.


President's IQP Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2005 President's IQP Awards:

First place (tie): Irrigation Development to Improve the Lives of Impoverished Children (Kanchanaburi, Thailand), by Simon D. Beckwith, Julia A. Cohn, Leigh C. Duren, and Kyle R. Lewis; advised by Robert Krueger and Stephen Pierson.
Composting for Sustainable Waste Management, by Ashley J. Bourgault, Witt C. Guinn, Kathryn L. Herchenroder, and David P. Stechmann; advised by Scott Jiusto and Lauren Matthews.
Second place (tie): Developing a Robotics Outreach Program, by Sean P. Donovan, Alexander H. Hecht, and Justin Woodward; advised by Brad Miller and Kenneth Stafford.
Assessing Prepay Water Metering in the Informal Settlements of Windhoek, by Paul P. Kastner, J. Michael McHugh, Anne L. St. Martin, and Jacquelyn Youssef; advised by W. Bland Addison and Stephen J. Weininger.
Third Place: Preserving the Nautical Traditions and Maritme Heritage of Venice, Italy, by Brian J. Catalano, Kristen J. Gervais, and Ryan D. Sinapius; advised by Fabio Carrera and John Zeugner.

Skull Inducts New Members

Skull, WPI's senior honorary society, recently tapped the following 13 new members. Founded in 1911, Skull honors students, alumni, administrators, faculty, and staff for their contributions to the advancement and betterment of the university.

Also tapped were Jeanine Plummer, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Ken Stafford, adjunct faculty in Mechanical Engineering and advisor to FIRST Robotics and WPI sailing.

Tryggvason Receives JSME Award

Gretar Tryggvason, head of the Mechanical Engineering Department, has received the 2005 Computational Mechanics Award from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award was presented at the 18th JSME Computational Mechanics Conference in Tsukuba, Japan, on Nov. 20. Tryggvason gave an invited lecture at the meeting.

Well-known for his research on computational methods and multiphase flow, Tryggvason was elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers this year. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society, an associate editor of the International Journal of Multiphase Flow, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Computational Physics.

Flavin Heads Extended Education

Stephen P. Flavin, currently associate dean of Babson College's School of Executive Education, has been named associate provost and dean of extended education. He earned a BS in European history at Suffolk University and a JD at Suffolk University Law School. He previously held the positions of operations and business development manager at Digital Equipment Corporation's Division of Learning Services and director of encapsulated knowledge business at Global Knowledge Network.

United Way Drive Raises $28,000+

Members of the WPI community contributed more than $28,000 to the recently concluded annual United Way appeal. The following members of the faculty and staff won prizes for their participation:

The division with the highest rate of participation was Marketing and Communications. As their reward, all members of that division will be invited to a pizza party in their honor.

Publications and Presentations

Biomedical Engineering

Mendelson, Y., W. S. Johnston, and R. P Dresher, "Forehead Measurements of Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability from a Photoplethysmographic Reflectance Sensor: Effect of Motion Artifacts," IFMBE/EMBEC '05, Prague, Czech Republic, Nov. 20-25, 2005.

Mendelson Y., R. P. Dresher, and A. Nagre, "The Feasibility of Measuring SpO2 From the Head Using a Reflectance Pulse Oximeter: Effect of Motion Artifacts," IFMBE/EMBEC' 05, Prague, Czech Republic, Nov. 20-25, 2005.

Pins, G. D., "Designing Biomimetic Collagen Scaffolds to Enhance Tissue Regeneration," invited seminar, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Pins, G. D., "Designing Collagen Scaffolds to Enhance Tissue Regeneration," invited presentation, 2005 Fall Meeting, Materials Research Society, Boston.

Campagnola, P. J., L. Cunningham, G. D. Pins, and K. A. Bush*, "Multiphoton Excited Fabricated Nano- and Micro-Patterned Extracellular Matrix Proteins Direct Cellular Morphology," 2005 Fall Meeting, Materials Research Society, Boston.

Downing, B. R.*, E. Soto*, K. A. Bush*, W. G. McGimpsey, and G. D. Pins, "Self-assembled Monolayers Presenting Precisely Defined Functional Groups Modulate Protein Binding and Direct Cell Attachment and Spreading Surface Wettabilities Direct Keratinocyte Attachment and Spreading," 2005 Fall Meeting, Materials Research Society, Boston.

*WPI graduate student

Computer Science

Lindeman, Robert W., Yasuyuki Yanagida, Haruo Noma, and Kenichi Hosaka, "Wearable vibrotactile systems for virtual contact and information display," Virtual Reality, pp. 1-11, December 2005.

Computing and Communications Center

O'Connor, Kerrie, "Providing Technology Orientation for New Faculty and Staff," presented at SIGUCCS Fall Conference, Monterey, Calif., Nov. 6-9, 2005.

Humanities and Arts

Menides, Laura J., "The Sense of Place in Stanley Kunitz, Elizabeth Bishop, and Charles Olson," presented at the Stanley Kunitz Symposium and Poetry Festival, Clark University, Nov. 15, 2005.

Menides, Laura J., featured poet at Street Beat, the Village Art Gallery, Worcester, Nov. 10, 2005.


Banks, M., "AACSB International Accreditation: Thoughts from Newly Affirmed and Reaffirmed Deans," presented at the Small School Network, AACSB Continuous Improvement Symposium, Oct. 2, 2005.

O'Shaughnessy, J., R. Sisson, and M. Banks, "The Evolution of a Green Engineering Course in Multidisciplinary Areas," presented at the Associate of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Conference, July 26, 2005.

Banks, M., "Here's My Problem," presented at the Small School Network, AACSB Deans Meeting, February 2005.

Banks, M., D. Arnold, C. Bullock, D. Grider, and B. Reithel, "AACSB International Accreditation: Deans Speak On What Faculty Members Should Know," USASBE Annual Meeting, January 2005.

Danneels, E., "A Panel Study of Organizational Antecedents of Second-Order Competences," ERIM Invitational Conference, Erasmus University, Holland, November 2005.

Danneels, E., "Disruptive Technology Reconsidered: A Critique and Research Agenda," voted by the editorial board of Journal of Product Innovation Management as the best article published in 2004.

Danneels, E., "The Role of Resource Allocation and Transformation in Technology Leveraging," presented at the Strategic Management Society, Orlando, Fla., October 2005.

Elmes, M. B., "Talking Biotechnology...Reflecting on Science in Society," keynote speaker, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, Dec. 1, 2005.

Elmes, M. B., and S. S. Taylor, "From Chaos to Tempered Radicalism: The Form and Content of Organizational Resistance," in Proceedings of the Sixty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, K. Mark Weaver, ed.; received Best Paper Award in the Organization and Management Theory Division, August 2005.

Elmes, M. B., "Nature in the Discourse of Sustainable Development and Biotechnology in New Zealand: A North American View," in Competing Claims: Critical Perspectives on Sustainability and Biotechnology (M. Elmes and S. Davenport, chairs), Showcase Symposium, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 2005.

Prasad, P., and M. B. Elmes, "In the Name of the Practical: Unearthing the Hegemony of Pragmatism in the Discourse of Environmental Management," Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 42(4), 845-867, June 2005.

Higgins, H., and J. Beckman. "The Abnormal Returns of Japanese Acquisition Bidders - Impact of Pro-M&A Legislation in the 1990s," in Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, forthcoming.

Brown, L. D., and H. Higgins, "Managers' Guidance of Analysts: International Evidence," Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 2005.

Kasouf, C. J., K. G. Celuch, and J. H. Bantham, "An Examination of Communication Behaviors as Mediators in Individual-Level Interorganizational Exchanges," presented at the 2005 Sloan Industry Studies Meeting, Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 15, 2005.

Kasouf, C. J., "The PMPA/MPI Statistics and Benchmarking Project: A Six-Year Perspective," presented at the 2005 MPIF Fall Management Conference, Oct. 10, 2005.

Kasouf, C. J., panelist, "Emerging Research Trends at the Marketing/Entrepreneurship Interface," 2005 American Marketing Association Summer Educators' Conference, San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 5, 2005.

Kasouf, C. J., panelist, "Research Issues in Opportunity Identification," at the 2005 UIC Symposium on Marketing and Entrepreneurship, San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 2, 2005.

Kasouf, C. J., "Product Deletion: A Neglected Part of Corporate Entrepreneurship," presented at the 2005 UIC Symposium on Marketing and Entrepreneurship, San Francisco, Calif., Aug. 1, 2005.

Kasouf, C. J., chair, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Metal Processing Institute China Workshop, WPI, June 16-17, 2005.

Mukherjee, K., and S. C. Ray, "Technical Efficiency and its Dynamics in Indian Manufacturing: An Interstate Study," Indian Economic Review (in press), 2005.

Ray, S. C., and K. Mukherjee, "Does the Presence of Surplus Labor Hinder Production in Indian Manufacturing?" in Development, Displacement, and Disparity-India in the Last Quarter Century, S. Marjit and N. Banerjee, eds., Orient Longman, New Delhi, 2005.

Ray, S. C., K. Mukherjee, and Y. Wu, "Direct and Indirect Measures of Capacity Utilization: A Nonparametric Analysis of U.S. Manufacturing," presented at Money, Macro and Finance Research Group, U.K. Conference on Efficiency Analysis in Macroeconomics and Finance, University of Essex, U.K., June 3, 2005.

Mukherjee, K., "Capacity Utilization in Indian Manufacturing," presented at Allied Social Science Associations/Association of Indian Economic Studies Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 7-9, 2005.

Nilsson, M., and H. Cronqvist, "The Choice Between Rights Offerings and Private Equity Placements," in Journal of Financial Economics, 78, 375-407, 2005.

Strong, D., O. Volkoff, and M. Elmes, "Understanding Enterprise Systems-Enabled Integration," in European Journal of Information Systems, vol. 14(2), 110-120, 2005.

Taylor, S. S., "My Mother, My Sweater: An Aesthetics of Action Perspective for Teaching Communication," in Journal of Organizational Behavior Education, vol. 1(1), 2005.

Taylor, S. S., and H. Hanson, "Finding Form: Looking at the Field of Organizational Aesthetics," in the Journal of Management Studies, vol. 42(6), 1211-32, 2005.

Taylor, S. S., and D. Finn, "Got Chocolate?: A staged reading of Cow Going Abstract, a play about a leadership journey," session presented at the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Scranton, Pa., 2005.

Zeng, A. Z., P. D. Berger, and A. Gerstenfeld, "Managing the Supply-Side Risks in Supply Chains: Taxonomies, Processes, and Examples of Decision-Making Modeling," in Applications of Supply Chain Management and Electronic Commerce in Industry, Chapter 4, E. Akcali, J. Genues, P. Pardalos, and H. E. Romeijn, eds., Z. J. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, 2005.

Berger, P. D., A. Gerstenfeld, and A. Z. Zeng, "The Optimal Use of Standby Suppliers: A Decision-Analysis Approach," in International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications, vol. 8, no. 1, 67-79, 2005.

Zeng, A.Z., "A Comparative Study of the Automotive Distribution Networks in the U.S. and China: Preliminary Results," in proceedings of the 2005 Global Supply Chain and Logistics Forum and Academic Conference, Nanjing, China, Oct. 29-31, 2005; also published in Logistics Technology, issue 10, by Chinese Logistics Council.

Zeng, A. Z., "A Technology Hub Approach to Achieving Supplier Alliance in Collaborative Manufacturing," presented at the 16th POMS Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill., April 29-May 2, 2005.

Zeng, A. Z., "An Overview of Current Hot Topics in Supply Chain and Logistics Management," keynote speech, presented at the 2005 Global Supply Chain Forum and Academic Conference," Nanjing, China, Oct. 29-30, 2005.

Zeng, A. Z., K. Rong, and S. H. Huang, "Hub-based Supplier Alliance of Small Manufacturing Enterprises in Collaborative Manufacturing," in proceedings of 2005 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, Beijing, China, pp. 356-360, Aug. 10-12, 2005.

Zeng, A. Z., "Hub-based Supplier Alliance of Small Manufacturing Enterprises in Collaborative Manufacturing," presented at 2005 IEEE International Conference on Service Operations and Logistics, and Informatics, Beijing, China, Aug. 10-12, 2005.

Zeng, A. Z., "My Experiences with China: A Logistical Research Perspective," presented at the Sloan Workshop on China, WPI, June 16, 2005.

Don't Miss the Holiday Lunch

Faculty members, administrators, and staff members are invited to the Employee Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium. No RSVP is required.

Computer Tips

Outlook: Personal Folders

Personal folders and archives are used to save e-mail and other Outlook items on your local computer, rather than on the Exchange server. They can help you stay within your e-mail quota, while still allowing you to easily access the information when working on that computer.

Personal folder files have the .pst extension (just as an MS Word document ends in .doc). It's a good idea to check the size of these folders periodically. If they get too large, they could become corrupt and unusable without warning.

The Helpdesk recommends a maximum size of 600 MB per file, or small enough to save to a CD. To check the file size, open Outlook, right click on the personal or archive folder, then choose Properties. On the General tab, click the Folder Size button. If the folder is larger than 600 MB, you may want to create one or more new folders and transfer items.

You can find information about personal folders and archives, and instructions for creating these data files, on the Helpdesk website.

A Diversity of Holiday Traditions

As you celebrate this holiday season, keep in mind that the WPI community is becoming more and more diverse. As we seek to move from simply acknowledging our diversity to becoming a more pluralistic community, let us create an institutional culture that incorporates mutual respect, acceptance, and teamwork among all members.

Toward this end, here is a list of some of the principal holidays in December and January:

December 21: Winter Solstice, and Yule (the festival associated with the Winter Solstice). The solstice marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

December 25/January 7 (orthodox): Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ) is a holiday in the Christian calendar, usually observed on Dec. 25, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. According to the Christian gospels, Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem, where she and her husband, Joseph, had traveled to register in the Roman census. Christians believe that Jesus' birth, or nativity, fulfills the prophecies of Judaism that a messiah would come, from the house of David, to redeem the world from sin and bridge the separation between God and mankind.

December 25-January 2: Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday that begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression. In addition to being victorious in war, another miracle occurred: when the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah. This small flask lasted for eight days. To commemorate this miracle, Jews light a Menorah for the eight days of Hanukkah.

December 26-January 1: Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious and despite some misconceptions, is not a substitute for Christmas. It is simply a time of reaffirming African-American people, their ancestors, and culture. Kwanzaa, which means "first fruits of the harvest" in the African language Kiswahili, has gained tremendous acceptance.

January 10: Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, is the most important feast of the Muslim calendar. It concludes the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid al-Adha lasts for three days and commemorates Ibraham's (Abraham) willingness to obey God by sacrificing his son. Muslims believe the son to be Ishmael, rather than Isaac as told in the Old Testament. Ishmael is considered the forefather of the Arabs. According to the Koran, Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son when a voice from heaven stopped him and allowed him to sacrifice a ram instead. The feast reenacts Ibrahim's obedience by sacrificing a cow or ram. The family eats about a third of the meal and donates the rest to the poor.

January 29: The Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4704 begins on Jan. 29, 2006. Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the 15th, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.

Season's Greetings,
Calvin R. Hill, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity Programs

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