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Vol. 7, No. 10; February 22, 2006

Around Campus

Students Check out Career Opportunities

The Career Development Center (CDC) held its Spring Job Fair on Feb. 15 and 16 in the Campus Center Odeum. The fair brought 1,183 students in touch with more than 100 company recruiters to learn about possible employment and internship opportunities. "It was a very successful event for students and alumni," says Jeanette Doyle, CDC associate director.

Community Briefing on Health Insurance

A community briefing on potential changes to health insurance coverage and rates will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in the Campus Center Odeum. Jeffrey Solomon, vice president for finance and CFO, and Tracy Hassett, associate vice president for Human Resources, will discuss health insurance information with the WPI faculty and staff. Questions may be submitted in advance to Human Resources or anonymously via the office’s confidential suggestion box (www.wpi.edu/Admin/HR/comment.html).

Women’s History Month

WPI will observe Women’s History Month in March to highlight the contributions made by women and to encourage young women to continue to make history. The theme of WPI’s observance is “strength.” Events to celebrate the theme will include speakers, films, an award ceremony, theatre performances, and dinner.

Women’s History Week was launched in 1978. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month. "At WPI, where approximately 25 percent of the student population is female, women play a major role on campus," says Shelley Nicholson, WPI’s director of women’s programs. "My hope is that both men and women in the WPI community will walk away from these events with a sense of empowerment as we continue to make WPI a welcoming and supportive environment for women."


New Restaurant and Convenience Store

This fall, Chartwells Dining Services will open a new restaurant and convenience store in Founders Hall to provide the WPI community more dining options, and to offer products and services not currently available on campus. The restaurant will be a 175-seat, fullservice eatery offering popular foods in a casual wait staff-serviced environment with booth seating, a pool table, and plasma television screens. It will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with latenight service available on weekends. The new restaurant, similar to a T.G.I.F. or Chili’s, will serve appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, burgers, desserts, and beverages including coffee, espresso-based drinks, freshly brewed teas, soda, beer, and wine.

The restaurant’s name has not been chosen, but a “Name the Pub” contest has been launched, sponsored by the Student Government Association. Enter to win a meal plan worth 40 meals that can be used anywhere VIP meals are accepted. Faculty, staff, and students may participate, and more than one entry may be submitted per person. Send ideas to pubcontest@ wpi.edu. The contest deadline is Thursday, March 1.

The Outtakes convenience store is tentatively scheduled to be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It will sell food and beverages (including Starbucks coffee), newspapers, toiletries, and school supplies. The store will be located on the first floor of Founders Hall.

New Voices 25 Plays Selected

Seven original plays have been selected for New Voices 25, the longest running collegiate new drama festival in the country. Auditions will be held in March, and scripts may be reviewed in the Humanities and Arts Department. There are 16 male and 16 female roles available as well as an unlimited amount of extras. Auditions for the plays will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on March 12-14 in the Little Theater, located at the rear of Sanford Riley Hall. The following plays were selected:

The scenic design chosen for this year’s festival is called “Nirosta,” by Brendan O'Brien and Smriti Shrestha. All plays will be performed in the Little Theater.

To get involved behind the scenes of New Voices 25 or for other information, email executive producer Mandi Provencher at mandip07@wpi.edu.


Iannacchione New Head in Physics

Professor Germano Iannacchione has been appointed the new head of the Physics Department, Provost Carol Simpson recently announced. Iannacchione has served as interim head since April 1, 2006; he joined WPI’s faculty in 1998. He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from the University of Akron in 1987 and 1990, respectively. He was awarded a PhD in physics in 1993 by Kent State University and spent two years as a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research expertise is in phases and phase transitions in soft-condensed matter systems.

Weeks Featured at Music Festivals, Series

Douglas Weeks, professor and administrator of applied music, recently participated in numerous events. On Jan. 27, he served as adjudicator at the Massachusetts All State Festival at Littleton High School in Littleton, Mass. He was featured in concert as part of the Worcester Trombone Consort at the Pakachoag Concert Series at the Pakachoag Music School and Church in Auburn, Mass., on Jan. 28.

He also performs with the Worcester Brass Consort, which also participated in the All Saints Church Concert Series on Feb. 11 at the All Saints Church in Worcester. The Worcester Trombone Consort is a quartet of trombones Weeks directs and performs with. The group has performed on WGBH Radio, at Worcester Art Museum, and in recitals.

Pratt New CDC Director

Christopher Pratt has been named director of the Career Development Center (CDC), Janet Begin Richardson, vice president of student affairs and campus life, recently announced. Pratt has served as dean of career education at Columbia University, director of career services and professional activities at MIT, and director of career services at Seton Hall University. He was expected to start his new job around Feb. 19. Jeanette Doyle has served for the past several months as interim director.

“Together with Chris, the CDC staff is ready to go to the next level in providing a world-class career center for our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, employers, and our corporate sponsors,” says Richardson.

Publications and Presentations

Biomedical Engineering

Cohen, I. S., A. B. Rosen, and G. R. Gaudette, “A Caveat Emptor For Myocardial Regeneration: Mechanical Without Electrical Recovery Will Not Suffice,” Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology (invited editorial), vol. 42, section 2, pp. 285-8, 2007.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Adilov, S., and V. R. Thalladi, "Layered Porphyrin Coordination Polymers Based on Zinc-Nitro Recognition: Reversible Intercalation of Nitrobenzene" Crystal Growth & Design, vol. 7, pp. 208-211, 2007.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Jiusto, S., “The Differences That Methods Make: Cross-border Power Flows and Accounting for Carbon Emissions From Electricity Use,” Energy Policy, vol. 34, No. 17, pp. 2915-2928, November 2006. Jiusto, S., “Triangular Thinking: Reflections on Research Questions and Methodology,” Annals of Research on Engineering Education, vol. 2 , No. 3, 2006.

Jiusto, S., and D. DiBiasio, “Experiential Learning Environments: Do They Prepare Our Students to be Self-Directed, Life-long Learners?” Journal of Engineering Education, pp. 195-204, July 2006. Paper selected as “Feature Article” in the Annals of Research on Engineering Education, vol. 2 , No. 3, 2006.

Recent Grants

Gordon Library

Obien, Rodney, with co-principal investigator Lora Brueck, for “Digitizing the Diaries of Theo Brown,” from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, $32,350.

Mathematical Sciences

Martin, William, for “Problems with Association Schemes,” from the National Security Agency, $29,579

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