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Vol. 7, No. 7; October 5, 2006

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Briefings Promote Information Sharing

In an effort to increase information sharing within the WPI community, the President’s Office is sponsoring a series of Community Briefings. Each will be led by a vice president and provide a general update on developments at WPI, as well as focusing on current activities within that senior administrator's division.

The first briefing, by Chris Hardwick, vice president for marketing and communications, was held on Thursday, Sept. 28. Hardwick and members of his team provided an overview of the division and its plans for building the university’s image and reputation. The presentation from that session is posted at www.wpi.edu/+President/News/briefings.html.

Here is the schedule for the remaining Community Briefings:

 

Math Department Partnerships Honored

WPI has received the 2006 SPAIG (Statistical Partnerships among Academe, Industry and Government) Award from the American Statistical Association (ASA). The honor, presented recently during the presidential address at the ASA’s annual meeting in Seattle, recognizes outstanding partnerships established between academe and business, industry, and government organizations. Previous SPAIG winners include Duke University, Temple University, Harvard University, and Iowa State University.

In particular, the award, selected by the ASA’s SPAIG Committee, honored WPI’s Mathematical Sciences Department for partnership established by Professor Balgobin Nandram with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This partnership supported projects and theses for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as internships and research papers.

People

Mello Joins International Advisory Council Natalie A. Mello

director of global operations in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, was recently elected to a three-year term on the Forum Advisory Council for the Forum on Education Abroad. The forum is a global membership association that serves educational institutions, consortia, agencies, organizations, and individuals that provide, direct, manage, or support education abroad opportunities. Its members represent 60 percent of all U.S. students studying abroad. Its services include advocating standards of good practice and promoting the integration of education abroad into high-quality curricular development and academic design.

Publications and Presentations

Chemical Engineering

Abu-Lail, N. I., and T. A. Camesano, “Specific and non-specific interaction forces between Escherichia coli and silicon nitride, determined by Poisson statistical analysis,” in Langmuir, 22, pp. 7296-7301, 2006.

Abu-Lail, N. I., and T. A. Camesano, “The effect of solvent polarity on the molecular surface properties and adhesion of Escherichia coli,” in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 51, pp. 62-70, 2006.

Rotureau, E., M. Léonard, E. Marie, E. Dellacherie, T. A. Camesano, and A. Durand, “From polymeric surfactants to colloidal systems (1): Amphiphilic dextrans for emulsion preparation,” in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 288, pp. 131-137, 2006.

Rotureau, E., E. Marie, M. Léonard, E. Dellacherie, T. A. Camesano, and A. Durand, “From polymeric surfactants to colloidal systems (2): Preparation of colloidal dispersions,” in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 288, pp. 62-70, 2006.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jayachandran, P., "Framed Tube Tall Buildings: Design and Behaviour," Proceedings of the Conference on Structures and Materials, Structural Engineering Research Centre, CSIR, Madras, India, September 2006.

Jayachandran, P., "Preliminary Design and Optimization of Tall Buildings," keynote lecture, Proceedings of the Regional Conference on Buildings and Industrial Structures, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India, September 2006.

*Jayachandran, P., "Tall Buildings: Design and Behaviour," invited lecture by vice-chancellor, Anna University of Technology, Madras, India, September 2006.

*Jayachandran, P., "Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings," SRM College of Technology, Deemed University, Sreeperumbudur, India, September 2006.

*Jayachandran, P., "Tall Buildings: Preliminary Design and Optimization," Meenakshi College of Engineering, University of Madras, Madras, India, September 2006.

*Jayachandran, P. "Engineering Education in the United States and Global Studies at WPI," SKR College of Engineering, Kancheepuram, University of Madras, Madras, India, September 2006.

*invited lectures by U.S. Educational Foundation in India; sponsored by U.S. Consulate, Madras, India, U.S. State Department, David Hopper, Consul General.

Humanities and Arts

Mott, Wesley T., "A Tale of Three Cities: Emerson, Louis-Philippe, and Transatlantic Uses of Great Men," International conference on "Transatlanticism in American Literature," Oxford University, U.K., July 15, 2006.

Mott, Wesley T., chair, "American Writers and the Condition of England," International conference on "Transatlanticism in American Literature," Oxford University, U.K., July 14, 2006.

Management

Ang, W., Y. Lee, S. Madnick, D. Mistree, M. Siegel, D. Strong, R. Wang, and C. Yao, "House of Security: Locale, Roles, and Resources for Ensuring Information Security," Proceedings of the Twelfth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Acapulco, Mexico, August 4-6, 2006.

Bagchi, U., L. O'Neil, A. Guiffrida, A. Z. Zeng, and J. C. Hayya, “The Impacts of RFID on Inventory Management and Control," forthcoming in the book, Trends in Supply Chain Design and Management: Technologies and Methodologies, F. Chen, ed. Springer.

Cook, W. D., and Joe Zhu, “Incorporating multiprocess performance standards into the DEA framework,” in Operations Research, Vol. 54, No. 4, pp. 656-665, 2006.

Cook, W. D., and Joe Zhu, “Rank order data in DEA: A general framework,” in European Journal of Operational Research, Vol. 174, Issue 2, pp. 1021-1038, 2006. Cook, W. D., and Joe Zhu, Preface for the special issue on "Performance Evaluation and Beyond: Data Envelopment Analysis Research Frontiers," in honor of William W. Cooper, in Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 145, No. 1, pp. 1-3, 2006.

Danneels, E., “A Panel Study of Organizational Antecedents of Second-Order Competences,” presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Atlanta, August 2006.

Danneels, E., “In Search of Mediocrity: Contrarian Perspectives on Competence and Incompetence,” organized and presented at All Academy Symposium, Academy of Management Annual Meetings, Atlanta, August 2006.

Danneels, E., “R&D and Marketing Competences, Product Innovation, and Financial Performance,” presented at the Institute for the Study of Business Markets Academic Conference, Chicago, August 2006. Djamasbi, S., T. Tullis, M. Girouard, M. Hebner, and M. Terranova, "Web Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users: Extending the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM)," Proceedings of the Twelfth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Acapulco, Mexico, August 2006.

Djamasbi, S., and E. Loiacono, "Gender, Feedback, and Decision Making: How Men and Women Differ on the Use of Computerized Feedback," Proceedings of the Twelfth Americas Conference on Information Systems, Acapulco, Mexico, August 2006.

Gerstenfeld, Arthur, and Raphael J. Njoroge, "The Importance of Corporate Social Responsibility," in The Africa Journal, Spring 2006.

Gerstenfeld, Arthur, and Raphael J. Njoroge, "The Business of Ports in Africa," to appear in The Africa Journal, Fall 2006.

Gerstenfeld, Arthur "Introduction and Overview of the Issues Pertaining to U.S.-Africa Business Partnerships," presented at WPI's Third U.S.-Africa Business Conference: Building Partnerships for Economic Opportunities in Africa: The Way Forward, May 23, 2006.

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