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Vol. 7, No. 7; November 2, 2006

Around Campus

University Lecture Tonight

Music technology innovator and composer Frederick W. Bianchi, who has been a member of the WPI faculty since 1994, will deliver the 2006 University Lecture from 5 to 6 p.m. today, Nov. 2, in Alden Memorial. Bianchi will speak, and perform with the Virtual Orchestra.

The University Lecture Series provides a forum for speakers of national and international importance to enhance scholarly and scientific learning and to stimulate the intellectual climate of the university and surrounding communities.

This free series is sponsored by the Office of the President and is open to the public.

WPI Festival Chorus Openings

Members of the campus community are invited to sing in the WPI Festival Chorus’ B-term concert, to be held Dec. 9 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. The chorus will perform this year with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra for the annual Holiday Pops Concert, which features a variety of seasonal music.

John Delorey, WPI’s director of choral music, will conduct the choral portion of the program with the orchestra. Alton Baggett will conduct the remainder of the program. Auditions aren’t necessary. For rehearsal dates and details, e-mail Delorey at jfd@wpi.edu.

Hobby Fair to Showcase Local Talent

A campus community Hobby Fair will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in the Campus Center Odeum. Some of the hobbyists who are scheduled to participate include quilters, photographers, calligraphers, bee keepers, beaders, musicians, and those who do paper crafts, just to name a few. The event is an opportunity for everyone to step out of their offices and learn something new about fellow members of the WPI community.

If you are interested in participating, e-mail Audra Gaul (agaul@wpi.edu) or Jill Cummings (jdc@wpi.edu).

Pilates Might Join the Wellness Mix

The Wellness Committee is considering offering a Pilates program during the C-term lunch hour, to join the existing yoga and jazzercise programs.

Committee members want to gauge the level of interest among faculty and staff in Pilates. The committee is working with a studio in Worcester (Body, Mind and Balance), which would be willing to come to campus twice a week for approximately $35 per person for a seven-week session. The class would run from Jan. 8 to March 1 on Mondays and Thursdays in Riley Commons.

Those interested should e-mail Cindy Philbrick at cindyp@wpi.edu. An e-mail will not obligate one to join the class; it will give Wellness Committee members an idea of how successful this program might be.

Get Out the Aprons for Holiday Cooking

There is still space available for the Wellness Lunch series, set for noon to 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the Campus Center, Hagglund Room.

WPI Chef Tom Crocker will share recipes and ideas on healthy (and not so healthy) cooking for parties and families during the holiday season. Free samples will be available to tempt palates. Bring a brown bag lunch and a drink, but leave room for tasty tidbits. RSVP to Lynn Schuyler at las@wpi.edu.

Impressive Crew Finish at Head of Charles

Men’s Crew competed at the 42nd Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 22. The Men’s Collegiate Eight raced to an eighth-place finish in a 58- team field. The team finished in a time of 15:44.579, earning an automatic berth in next year’s race. The Men’s Club Eight finished 38th out of 58 boats with a time of 17:49.993.

Women’s Crew competed that day as well. WPI’s Collegiate Eight boat was impressive, finishing in 33rd place out of 57 teams with a time of 18:34.887. The race wrapped up the fall season for women’s crew, which will return in the spring.


Hill receives EAST grant

Calvin Hill, assistant dean of students and director of Diversity Programs, has been awarded a National Science Foundation-sponsored $5,000 grant from the Eastern Alliance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (EAST).

EAST awards grants of up to $1,000 to high school educators for innovative activities to encourage and facilitate the participation of students with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Special emphasis is given to proposals that promote the transition of high school students to higher education and the workplace.

EAST also offers a second tier of mini-grants for larger, district-wide projects at $5,000 each with the requirement of a publishable product that can be widely disseminated. Grants are intended to serve as a catalyst for future work, with the intended long-term outcome of increasing the number of students with disabilities who take science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses and enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.

The grant was awarded to Hill and Susan Scully in the office of Social and Rehabilitation Services at Assumption College to fund a research project titled “Factors Influencing Career Development and Choice of Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Minorities with Disabilities Pursuing STEM Careers.”

Hersh Organizes Brownfields Workshop

On Sept. 30, Robert Hersh, research assistant professor of the International and Global Studies Division, organized a U.S. Environmental Protection Agencysponsored regional workshop on brownfields cleanup and redevelopment. The WPI workshop was attended by 60 participants from the New England region, and included planners, staff from community development corporations, federal and state regulators, neighborhood associations, environmental justice activists, and public health care providers.

Publications and Presentations

Biomedical Engineering Department

Balestrini, J.*, and K. Billiar, “Biaxial Stretch Induces Changes in Fibroblast Capacity to Rapidly Retract Surrounding Tissue,” 2006 BMES Annual Fall Meeting, Chicago, Ill., Oct 13, 2006.
*WPI graduate student

Chemical Engineering

Atabek, A., and T. A. Camesano, “Investigating the Role of Lipopolysaccharides on the Adhesion of Pseudomonas aeruginosa,” American Society for Microbiology 106th General Meeting, Orlando, Fla., May 21-25, 2006.

Camesano, T. A., “Quantifying the Interactions Between Bacteria and Natural Organic Matter,” McGill University, Montreal, Canada, May 11, 2006 (invited).

Liu, Y., A. M. Gallardo-Moreno, and T. A. Camesano, “Characterizing Role of Cranberry on Molecular-Scale Adhesion Between Bacteria and Uroepithelial Cells,” American Society for Microbiology 106th General Meeting, Orlando, Fla., May 21-25, 2006.

Pinzon-Arango, P. A., and T. A. Camesano, “Morphological changes of Escherichia coli HB101pDC1 and HB101 caused by Vaccinium macrocarpon,” American Society for Microbiology 106th General Meeting, Orlando, Fla., May 21-25, 2006.

Pinzon-Arango, P. A., and T. A. Camesano, “Cambios morfológicos e interrupción de actividad adhesiva en Escherichia coli HB101pDC1 y HB101 causados por Vaccinium macrocarpon,” presented at the School of Medicine of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Seccional Meta, Villavicencio, Colombia, June 6, 2006 (invited).

Strauss, J., Y. Liu, R. Emerson, E. Soto, W. G. McGimpsey, and T. A. Camesano. “Inhibiting the Attachment of Staphylococcus epidermidis Using Self-Assembled Monolayers,” American Society for Microbiology 106th General Meeting, Orlando, Fla., May 21-25, 2006.

Strauss, J., Y. Liu, and T. A. Camesano, “Inhibition of Staphylococcus epidermidis Adhesion Using Self-Assembled Monolayer Surfaces,” University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass., June 8, 2006 (invited).

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Changtong, C., C. Shuster, J. L. Lombardi, and R. E. Connors, “Composite Molecules that Generate, Store, and Release Singlet Oxygen,” 34th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Binghamton, N.Y., Oct. 5, 2006.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pajic, S., and A. Emanuel, “Modern Apparent Power Definitions: Theoretical Versus Practical Approach — The General Case,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Volume 21, Number 4, pp. 1787-1792, October 2006.

Humanities and Arts

Higgins, L., E. Long, and L. Flower, “Community Literacy: A Rhetorical Model for Personal and Public Inquiry,” Community Literacy Journal 1.1, 2006 .

Mott, W. T., “’The Power of Recurring to the Sublime at Pleasure’: Emerson and Feeling,” Emerson Bicentennial Essays, edited by R. A. Bosco and J. Myerson, pp. 367-390, Boston, Mass., Massachusetts Historical Society, 2006.

Mott, W. T., panelist, "Explaining Who We Are as Editors,” Association for Documentary Editing Annual Meeting, Quincy, Mass., Oct. 21, 2006.

International and Global Studies

Carrera, F., and A. Hewitt (London Borough of Merton, London Project Center sponsor), “The Premises of City Knowledge: A Middle-Out Approach Toward Sustainable Municipal Data Management,” in proceedings of the 25th Urban Data Management Symposium, Aalborg, Denmark, May 15-17, 2006.

Peet, C., panelist and moderator, “Workshop Discussion Session on Agriculture and Mining” at WPI’s Third U.S.-Africa Business Conference on Building Partnerships for Economic Opportunities in Africa, served on Conference Planning Committee, May 2006.

Peet, C., “Testing Integrated Water Resources Management in Namibia: The Case of the Kuiseb River Basin,” poster presented at International Symposium for Society and Natural Resources Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2006.

Vaz, R. F., “Capacity Building: Engineering Students Working with Local Communities to Develop Sustainable Solutions,” invited talk at the ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 9-12, 2006.

Vaz, R. F., “Preparing Engineering Students for Experiential Projects in the Developing World,” proceedings of the 5th ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 9-12, 2006.

Vaz, R. F., “Putting International Experiences at the Core of Engineering and Science Education,” invited talk at the Workshop on Assuring a Globally Engaged Science & Engineering Workforce, National Science Foundation Headquarters, Sept. 20-22, 2006.

Vaz, R. F., “Student Engineering Projects in the Developing World,” invited talk at a joint meeting of the IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology and IEEE Education Society, Boston Section, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Sept. 19, 2006.

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, S., panelist, “Water, Sanitation, and Public Health,” at the annual meeting of the Engineers for a Sustainable World, Iowa City, Sept. 30.

Mechanical Engineering

Demetry, C., “Teaching and Learning with Informal Writing Assignments,” presented to the Colleges of Worcester Consortium Faculty Development Committee, Oct. 16, 2006.

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