January 26, 2006

Around Campus

Milestone Reached at Gateway Park

On Friday, Jan. 20, the last steel beam was put into place for the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, marking the completion of the structural frame for the first building at Gateway Park. The building, scheduled to open in early 2007, will house the WPI Bioengineering Institute and graduate research programs from the departments of Biology and Biotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The "topping-off" ceremony on Friday included talks by WPI President Dennis D. Berkey and David P. Forsberg, president of the Worcester Business Development Corporation. WPI and the WBDC are working together to develop Gateway Park. Once completed, Gateway Park will contain nearly one million square feet of new, mixed-use development, which will include biomedical and bioengineering companies, as well as housing, retail, and restaurants.

Other speakers at the event included Michael Perrotto, chair of the Worcester City Council’s Commerce and Development Committee, Worcester City Manager Michael V. O’Brien, State Senators Harriette L. Chandler and Edward M. Augustus, Robert Culver, president and CEO of MassDevelopment, and Anthony Consigli, president of Consigli Construction Co., the general contractor for the building.

WPI to Host ASEE Conference

Engineering educators from across the nation will visit WPI on March 17 and 18 as the university hosts the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education's New England Section Conference, with the theme "Engineering Education and Practice for the Global Community." A call for papers has been issued for the conference, with abstracts due on Feb. 10 and papers due on March 10.

Carol Simpson, WPI’s provost and senior vice president, will welcome attendees on the afternoon of Friday, March 17. She will be followed at the podium by Rep. James P. McGovern (D., Mass.), who will deliver the keynote address on how the government can encourage global economic developments.

The conference, which will feature a number of experts in the field, will cover such topics as global marketing strategies, how engineering companies have developed educational and training programs to prepare engineers for a global workplace, and educational programs adopted by practitioners. Case studies of world community service projects developed at WPI will be presented. Student poster presentations will be displayed throughout the day on March 17. Winners of the student poster competition will be announced that evening. For more information, visit the ASEE website.

WPI Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month focuses on the African American experience. Conceived in 1926 by African American scholar Carter G. Woodson, it was expanded to a monthlong celebration in 1980. WPI will observe Black History Month with the following events (all are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted):

Red Cross Blood Drive Set For Feb. 15

The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Campus Center. Positive ID is required. Make an appointment at www.bloodpartners.org/wpi. Walk-ins welcome.

Spotlight on Research

Wearable Ultrasound System Tested

The U.S. Army has begun clinical trials of the first wearable, untethered medical ultrasound system, technology developed by researchers in WPI’s Center for Untethered Healthcare (part of the Bioengineering Institute). The voice-activated, battery-powered system, which is fully integrated into a lightweight vest, enables a medic or physician to bring the ultrasound scanner to the patient, rather than transporting the patient to a hospital or clinic.

Funded by the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technologies Research Center, the wearable system can be used in situations where it is currently impossible to use medical ultrasound, including in combat support hospitals, inside ambulances and transport aircraft, and at accident and disaster scenes. The system may be deployed to Army combat support hospitals later this winter and is ultimately expected to be used in the civilian sector. The research team consists of Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty members Peder Pedersen and Jim Duckworth and graduate students Philip Cordeiro and Carsten Poulsen.

How Cranberry Juice Foils Bacteria

WPI researchers have identified the mechanism that may enable cranberry juice to prevent the most serious type of urinary tract infections. Using the atomic force microscope, a team led by Terri Camesano, assistant professor of chemical engineering, found that cranberry juice causes tiny projections on the surface of certain E. coli bacteria to become compressed, leaving them unable to attach to receptors on the membranes of urinary tract cells. The bacteria must attach to the cells to launch an infection.

The study, to be published in the Feb. 5, 2006, edition of the scientific journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering, lends support to the popular notion that drinking cranberry juice can ward off or even treat urinary tract infections, which affect eight million people (mostly women, children, and the elderly) each year.

For more on these stories and other news about research at WPI, see the research website.

Publications and Presentations

Biology and Biotechnology

Towler, M., Y. J. Kim, M. Correll, B. Wyslouzil, P. J. Weathers, “Design, development, and applications of mist bioreactors for micropropagation and hairy root culture,” in Plant Tissue Culture Engineering, S. D. Gupta and Y. Ibaraki, eds., Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 119-134, 2006.

Humanities and Arts

Manfra, JoAnn, and Robert R. Dykstra, "The Gilded Age: Industrial Capitalism and Its Discontents," Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Fla., 2006.


Gerstenfeld, A., T. Leeds, and R. Theriaque, "Wind Power: An International Perspective," in The International Journal of Business Disciplines, Vol. 16, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2005.

Massachusetts Academy

Gagné, Ken, "Moral Panics, Youth Culture, and Video Games," in Mensa Bulletin, No. 491, pp. 22-23, January 2006.

Mechanical Engineering

Andreeva, T. A., and W. W. Durgin, "Experimental Investigation of the Travel-Time Variance of an Acoustic Wave Propagating Through the Grid-Generated Turbulence," in Journal of Waves in Random and Complex Media, vol. 15, no. 3, August 2005.

Rodenhiser, R. J., W. W. Durgin, and H. Johari, "Ultrasonic Method for Aircraft Wake Vortex Detection," presented at AIAA 2006-0058, the AIAA 44th Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, Nev., January 2006.

Recent Grants

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mallick, R., for "Development of Specification Guidelines for Full-Depth Reclamation Using the Ground Penetrating Radar and Portable Seismic Property Analyzer," from the Maine Department of Transportation, $97,642.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lou, W., for "Power-Aware and Energy-Efficient Routing and Security in Wireless Sensor Networks," from AirSprite Technologies Inc., $100,124.

Pedersen, P., W. Michalson*, Y. Mendelson*, G. McGimpsey*, and J. Duckworth*, for "Real-Time Troop Physiological Status Monitoring Systems Using a Common Wireless Network," from the Army Research Office, $3,255,000.

Gordon Library

Obien, R., for "Print Worcester: Documenting Worcester’s Printing Industry," from the Massachusetts Historical Records Advisory Board, $5,000.

Mechanical Engineering

Apelian, D., and M. Makhlouf*, for "Commercially Viable, Low-Cost, and Energy-Efficient Processing of Semi-Solid Aluminum Alloys," from the Advanced Technology Institute, $20,000.

Johari, H., for "High-Fidelity Experimentation for Validation and Verification of Computational Modeling of Airdrop Systems," from the Department of Defense, $133,172.

Gatsonis, N., for "Modeling and Experiments for the Compact Induced Current Hall Thruster," from the Busek Co., $111,807.


Zozulya, A., for "Integrated Cold Atom Chip Interferometer," from the University of Colorado, $103,681.

*Co-principal Investigator,/p>

Total December grants and contracts: $3,796,426.

Computer Tip

Getting to Know Your Computer

Do you know how to find basic information about your computer? If you are using Windows, here are some tips for discovering details about your computer and software.

System Properties are visible by pressing the Windows key + Pause/Break key or by opening the Start Menu, selecting Control Panel, then choosing System.

On the "General" tab you can find the version of Windows, manufacturer, processor, and amount of RAM (Random Access Memory). On the "Computer Name" tab you can find the full computer name.

In any application, you can click on the Help menu, and select About to discover the exact version of the software and whether or not any service packs have been applied.

Correcting Our Facts

Jacklyn Bonneau’s publication was listed incorrectly in the Jan. 12 issue. It should have read: Bonneau, Jacklyn, Forensics: Connecting Science Investigations with TI Data Collection Activities, Dallas, Texas, Texas Instruments, Inc. 2005. with CD. 139 pp.

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