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Vol. 7, No. 7; September 21, 2006

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Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd

VOX, WPI's musical theater group, will stage its first production this weekend. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, will be presented in Alden Memorial on Sept. 21, 22, and 23, at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7. Kristy Chambrelli directs, with John Delorey as music director, and Thomas Collins and John Delorey as executive producers. For ticket information: sweeneytix@wpi.edu or x5051.

Alumni to Return for Homecoming 2006

Mark your calendars today for Homecoming 2006, Oct. 6-7. The fun begins with a pep rally on Friday evening and continues on Saturday with a family carnival, open houses, sporting events, and more. The football game with Union College begins at 1 p.m., followed by the traditional rope pull at Institute Park. The Classes of 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 will be celebrating their reunions.

WPI Wins Honors for Brownfields Work

WPI has received the 2006 James D. P. Farrell Brownfields Project of the Year Award from the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC). The award recognizes the successful remediation and redevelopment of Gateway Park, an 11-acre masterplanned redevelopment of a former brownfield into a mixed-use, life-science-based campus. WPI shared the award with the Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC).

IT Division Launches Liaison Program

The Information Technology Division has introduced IT Department Liaisons to facilitate relationships between IT staff and WPI’s faculty and administration. Each department is matched with a team of professionals from the library and Academic Technology Center who will assist faculty and staff with issues related to the use of technology and resources for teaching, learning, and research. Through the program, IT hopes to gain a better understanding of faculty and departmental needs and create a simple mechanism for members of the WPI community to connect with specific IT professionals to receive services and information conveniently and efficiently. To learn more and meet your liaison team, visit www.wpi.edu/+IT/Services/liaisons.html. The CCC Helpdesk should still be the first stop for faculty and staff with technical computing issues.

Explore the Treasures of Greece

Join the WPI Men's Glee Club on a concert tour of Greece, March 2-10, 2007. The tour, open to the WPI community, features sightseeing in Athens, Delphi, and other cities, as well as a five-day cruise of the islands. Touring with the chorus and attending performances offer a unique perspective on a foreign country and a rewarding connection to WPI students. Registration deadline is Dec. 2. For further information, contact John Delorey, director of choral music, at x5051 or jfd@wpi.edu. Registration form available at www.wpi.edu/Admin/Alumni/Services/travel.html.


New Deans Focus on Undergrad Program John A. Orr

professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recently named to the newly reestablished position of dean of undergraduate studies to provide oversight of all aspects of the undergraduate experience at WPI. The position, established in 1970 to direct the implementation of the WPI Plan, was last filled in 1995.

Richard A. Vaz

associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was named dean of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD). He will oversee WPI’s unique science, technology, and society project requirement, and its groundbreaking global projects program. He succeeds Paul W. Davis.

Davis Named Jefferson Fellow Paul W. Davis

Davis, professor of mathematical sciences and former dean of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, recently began a sabbatical leave to serve as one of six 2006-07 Jefferson Science Fellows at the U.S. Department of State.

The fellowships, created in 2003 by the State Department in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation and other organizations, bring tenured academic scientists and engineers to Washington, D.C., for yearlong, on-site assignments. Davis, whose research interest is the operation and control of electric power systems, will remain available for short-term consulting projects for the State Department for five years.

Dolan ’75 Elected to Board of Trustees

WPI's newest trustee is ExxonMobil Chemical Company president Michael J. Dolan, who heads the corporation's global chemical business. “His extensive international responsibilities will help guide our global studies programs as well as our programs in chemical and environmental engineering,” noted President Dennis Berkey upon Dolan’s election.

Tomaszewski Joins Ombuds Office

Elizabeth Tomaszewski, information systems supervisor in Plant Services, has joined Professor Frank Noonan in the Ombuds Office, giving faculty, staff, and students an additional resource to assist with their questions and concerns. She will begin her duties after attending a formal training session in October.

New Volleyball, Basketball Coaches Join Team Gary Patch

is WPI’s head women's volleyball coach, replacing Nancy Vaskas, who recently retired after 26 seasons. Kaitlyn O'Malley has joined the coaching staff of head women's basketball coach Cherise Galasso, replacing Cassie Glasrud, who recently resigned after three years to accept the second assistant position at Manhattan College.

They Walked 50 Miles to Help Fight MS

Teresa Bizzotto, administrative assistant in Development and Alumni Relations, Ken Gagne ’01, visiting scholar at the Mass Academy, and Lisa Post, college counselor at the Mass Academy, were among nearly 700 people who took part in the three-day, 50-mile Multiple Sclerosis Challenge Walk on Cape Cod Sept. 8-10. The walk raises funds for and awareness of MS. Bizzotto, Gagne, and Tom Leslie, a five-time participant, were guest speakers during a program on Saturday night honoring those walking and those for whom they were walking.

Publications and Presentations

Biomedical Engineering

Throm, A. M., H. C. Hinds, and K. L. Billiar, “Valvular Interstitial Cell Mechanobiology: Effects of Substrate Stiffness,” World Congress of Biomechanics, Munich, Germany, August 2006.

Balestrini, J., and K. L. Billiar, “Cell-mediated remodeling of engineered tissue equivalents is nonmonotonic with strain magnitude,” World Congress of Biomechanics, Munich, Germany, August 2006.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Aboulezz, Mohamed, William Kearney (Gilbane Building Co.), Hala Mokbel, and Guillermo Salazar, “The Use of the Building Information Model in Construction Logistics and Progress Tracking in the Worcester Trial Courthouse,” Proceedings of the ASCE-CIB Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering, Montreal, June 14-16, 2006.

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, Joel J., Session Chair, "Dickens and Novelistic Theory," Eleventh International Dickens Symposium, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2006.

Brattin, Joel J., "Prolegomena for a Critical Edition of Nicholas Nickleby: Notes on Chapter Nine ," Eleventh International Dickens Symposium, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2006.

Brattin, Joel J., with Ken Voss, “ Jimi [CD], by Doran- Stucky-Studer-Clarke,” Voodoo Child, 70, pp. 1-12, Spring/Summer 2006.

Brattin, Joel J., Chris Vanden Bossche, and Dale Trela, editors, Past and Present, by Thomas Carlyle, fourth volume in the California Carlyle edition, ciii + 843 pages, University of California Press, 2006.

Schachterle, Lance, “A Long False Start: The Rejected Chapters of Cooper’s The Bravo (1831),” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, 115, No.1, pp. 81-126, 2006.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Jiusto, Scott, “The Differences That Methods Make: Cross-Border Power Flows and Accounting for Carbon Emissions from Electricity Use,” Energy Policy, 34, No. 17, pp. 2915-2928, Nov. 2006.

Jiusto, Scott, and David DiBiasio (Chemical Engineering), “Nontraditional Learning Environments: Do They Prepare Our Students for Life-long Learning?” Journal of Engineering Education, 95, No. 3, pp. 195-205, 2006.

Wernstedt, Kris, and Robert Hersh, “Brownfields Regulatory Reform and Policy Innovation in Practice,” Progress in Planning, 65(1), pp. 2-74, 2006.


Martin, R. M., and R. S. Quimby, “Experimental Evidence of the Validity of the McCumber Theory Relating Emission and Absorption for Rare-Earth Glasses,” Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 23, pp. 1770-1775, 2006.

Quimby, R.S., Photonics and Lasers: An Introduction, Wiley, April 2006.

Recent Grants

Academic Affairs

Schachterle, Lance, and Calvin Hill*, for "LSAMPNortheast Alliance for Minority Participation in Undergrad Education in Science, Math, and Engineering," from University of Massachusetts Amherst (National Science Foundation), $75,000.

Biology and Biotechnology

Overström, Eric, for "Digit Regeneration in Mammals," from CellThera Inc. (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), $631,166.

Biomedical Engineering

Gaudette, Glenn, and Kristen Billiar*, for "Myocardial Regeneration in Surgical Ventrical Restoration," from American Heart Association, $65,000.

Chemical Engineering

Camesano, Terri, for "Supplement to CAREER: Molecular-scale Interactions Between Microbes and Surfaces in the Environment," from National Science Foundation, $26,250.

Dixon, Anthony, for "Catalyst Design and Detailed Modeling for Fixed Bed Reactors Using CFD," from Johnson Matthey Catalysts, $33,260.

Ma, Yi Hua, for "Ultra Thin Pa and Pd/Alloy Membranes for Hydrogen Separation and Reaction Applications," from Shell International Exploring and Production Inc., $476,981.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Arguello, Jose, for "Structure-Function of Heavy Metal Transport CPx-ATPases," from National Science Foundation, $6,750.

Connors, Robert, for "Preparation of Supramolecular Materials That Generate, Trap, and Release Singlet Oxygen," from Ventana Research Corporation, $21,117.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ray, Malcolm, for "Analytical Crash Simulation," from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, $400,000.

Computer Science

Lindeman, Robert, for "Vibrotactile Feedback for Enhanced Control of Mobile Robots," from George Washington University, $11,030.

Wills, Craigs, for "CSR-PDOS: Virtual Machines Meet Application Clusters: A Highly Responsive Global Utility Computing Platform for Internet Applications," from National Science Foundation, $238,380.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

King, Brian, for "Graduate Student Support, Curtis Colonero, Lincoln Scholars Program," from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Air Force Office of Scientific Research), $8,468.

McNeill, John, for "Device Damage During Electrical Test," from Teradyne Inc., $953.

Sunar, Berk, for "A Hardware-Software Co-Design Approach for Flexible Cryptography," Intel Corporation, $87,278.

Fire Protection Engineering

Notarianni, Kathy, and Jonathan Barnett*, for "Firefighter Safety/Deployment of Resources," from Commission on Fire Service Accreditation International (Department of Homeland Security), $273,597.


Gerstenfeld, Arthur, for "South Africa: The Engine of Growth in Africa," from Department of Education, $98,487

Mechanical Engineering

Apelian, Diran, and Makhlouf Makhlouf*, for "High- Performance Die-Casting Alloys," from Advanced Technology Institute, $56,598.

Tryggvason, Gretar, and Asghar Esmaeeli*, for "Studies of Forced Convection Boiling," from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, $131,585. * co-PI

Total for June and July 2006: $2,988,629

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