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Vol. 7, No. 9; January 25, 2007

Around Campus

New Project Center Planned for Hull, Mass.

WPI plans to launch this fall a new student project center in the town of Hull, Mass. The center will be part of the university’s Global Perspective Program, through which students complete projects, at more than 20 sites around the world, that require them to use their knowledge of science and technology to address important societal and cultural problems.

The theme for the Hull Project Center will be environmental issues affecting a small New England community. WPI administrators and faculty members recently met with representatives of local agencies and environmental groups and toured several sites in the Hull area, including Weir River Estuary Park, the Hull wind turbines, Straits Pond culvert, Gunrock, Nantasket Beach and seawall, Pemberton Point, and Hull Gut. Numerous project ideas were discussed at a luncheon hosted by Hull Selectman Joan Meschino.

"I am impressed with the energy and commitment of Hull’s organizational representatives and citi- zen volunteers," says Rick Vaz, dean of WPI’s Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division and a member of the WPI team that visited Hull.

At an annual project fair on campus, students will select from a list of proposed topics, such as studies of the region’s watersheds, coastlines, and energy resources. After preparatory on-campus coursework designed to enhance teamwork, approximately six teams of three to four students will spend seven weeks on location in Hull, mapping the physical environment, interviewing concerned residents and technical experts, designing technical solutions, and disseminating results to the community.

Black History Month to be Celebrated

WPI will celebrate Black History Month in February with the following events sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs:

Jan. 28: "Race," a production at the Charlestown Working Theater that, according to the theater, "explores the emotions of ordinary Americans, both black and white, about this country’s most explosive issue [race]." The office had four tickets available at press time, and reservations will be made on a first- come, first-served basis. A bus will leave campus at 1:30 p.m. and will return to Worcester at approxi- mately 6 p.m. There is no charge for the ticket or transportation. Show time is 3 p.m. The performance runs about 90 minutes.
Feb. 1: Black History Month Dinner, WPI Campus Center, Odeum; tickets $3.
Feb. 3: "The Color Purple" (sold out). Feb. 5: Speaker James McLurkin at 5:30 p.m. in the Barnes and Noble Campus Center Book Store. McLurkin is a roboticist, inventor, researcher, and teacher. He is a PhD candidate in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. McLurkin built his first robot, Rover, in 1988, and created the Robotic Ants at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab for his undergraduate thesis.
Feb. 12: Speaker Timothy Branner at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center, Hagglund Room. Branner is manager of Workforce Diversity and EEO Compliance at the Otis Elevator Company in Farmington, Conn. Feb. 23: Diversity Awareness Workshop and Luncheon at noon in the Campus Center, Hagglund Room, presented by Mabel Milner, assistant dean and director of multicultural education at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
Feb. 23: International Student Council African Dinner in the WPI Campus Center, Odeum.

Human Resources to Form Task Force

The Office of Human Services will form a task force charged with reviewing the results of the Employee Opinion Survey that was conducted last year. The committee will have seven to 10 members and will report its findings to the administration. The task force will also prioritize the areas that need improvement and will work with the departments affected in forming action plans to achieve improvement goals.

Those interested in serving on the task force should contact Tracy Hassett, associate vice president of human resources, at ext. 5473 or by email at thassett@wpi.edu.

Chinese Spring Festival Celebration Series

The WPI Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is planning a Spring Festival Series in Febru- ary. The Spring Festival is a time in Chinese culture for family members to spend time together.

The CSSAs of WPI, UMass Medical School, and Clark University will hold a Spring Festival party at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 in UMass’s cafeteria. It is open to the WPI, UMass, and Clark communities.

Tickets are $3 per person, and children are free. Dinner, performances, lotteries, games, Karaoke, and a movie are included in the admission price.

Tickets will be on sale at the WPI Campus Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26. They may also be obtained by e-mail at cssa@wpi.edu, or through CSSA officers Jie Yang, Zhe Zhou, Xiaoshu Dai, Hai Ling, and Zhenjink Chen.

A second event will be a family-style get-together to experience the traditional Chinese New Year’s Eve. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17 in the Campus Center Hagglund Room. This free event is open to the WPI community. Traditional Chinese snacks and games (mah-jong, poker) will be offered.


WPI Athlete Featured on CBS Boston

Channel 4 in Boston kicked off a special project on Jan. 15 called "Project Mass" with a town meeting Web cast.

WPI men’s basketball player and Big Brother volunteer Antoine Coleman was part of a panel of people from across the state interviewed that night by news anchors Jack Williams and Lisa Hughes. For more information about the show, go to www.cbs4boston.com and click on "Project Mass."

Skull Inducts New Members

Skull, WPI’s senior honorary society, recently tapped 17 new members. Founded in 1911, the society seeks to preserve WPI traditions.

New members from the Class of 2008 are: Mary Kate Toomey, civil engineering; Timothy Lontz, mechanical engineering; Joseph Frascotti, civil engineering; Andrea Hevey, civil engineering; Marty Maccaferri, mechanical engineering; Charles Gammal, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering; Kathleen Nehmer, fire protection engineering; Martha Addorio, biotechnology; Lynn Worobey, biomedical engineering; Beth Covey, industrial engineering; Andrea Kadilak, chemical engineering; Michael Richard, civil engineering; Justin Pelkowski, mechanical engineering and management; Marcus Lewis, mechanical engineering and management; Louis Grillon, biomedical engineering.

Also chosen for their outstanding contributions to WPI were Debra Dexter, ATC software applications instructor, and Bill Baller, adjunct assistant humanities professor.

Denise Nicoletti Trustees’ Award

Nominations are being accepted for the Denise Nicoletti Trustees’ Award for Service to Community. It is given in memory of the late Denise Nicoletti, a faculty member from 1991 to 2002 in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, whose passion for life and humanity touched many lives.

The award is given annually to a faculty or staff member. Candidates are judged on demonstrated passion and action in serving a community and genuine care for the enrichment of others. Service to WPI and other communities are valued as well.

Nominations may be made by hard copy or by email to Allen Hoffman, professor of mechanical engineering and co-director of the Assistive Technology Resource Center, at ahoffman@wpi.edu by Jan. 31.

Women of Strength Awards

The Office of Women’s Programs is accepting nominations for the 3rd Annual Women of Strength Awards to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 29 at Higgins House. The deadline to nominate someone is Feb. 16.

The award, co-sponsored by Pratt & Whitney, recognizes female students, staff, and faculty who demonstrate character strength, community spirit, and leadership; serve as role models; and are committed to improving the quality of life for women at WPI. The nomination form is available here.

Middle School Teachers Wanted

Do you know an excellent middle school math or science teacher in your town? Each year, WPI selects three middle school teachers to serve on the university’s Camp Reach staff. Through the program, teachers benefit from learning about the engineering design process and how it can be incorporated in middle school math and science curricula. The program also benefits from the teachers’ experience with middle school girls.

If you know people who could be a good fit for the program, forward them the following this link, which contains information and application materials. Or, contact Chrysanthe Demetry, associate professor of mechanical engineering and Camp Reach co-director, at cdemetry@wpi.edu.

Publications and Presentations

Academic Affairs

Schachterle, Lance, "Cooper and His Collaborators: Recovering Cooper’s Final Intentions for his Fiction," Studies in Bibliography, vol. 56, pp. 317-337, 2003-04 (in reality 2007).

Schachterle, Lance, "Saverio Mercadante’s 1839 Operatic Setting of The Bravo (1831)," James Fenimore Cooper Society Newsletter, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 4-5, December 2006.

Chemical Engineering

Emerson IV, R. J., T. S. Bergstrom, Y. Liu, E. R. Soto, C. A. Brown, W. G. McGimpsey, and T. A. Camesano, "A Microscale Correlation Among Surface Chemistry, Texture and the Adhesive Strength of Staphylococcus epidermidis," Langmuir, vol. 22, pp. 11311-11321, 2006.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Emanuel, A. E., and D. Milanez, "Clarke’s Alpha, Beta and Zero Components: A Possible Approach for the Conceptual Design of Instrumentation Compatible with IEEE Std. 1459-20000," IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, vol. 55, no. 6, pp. 2088-2095, December 2006.

Humanities and Arts

Matos-Nin, and E. Ingrid, "La Importancia de la Verosimilitud en el Desengaño Amando y Premio de la Virtud, de María de Zayas y Sotomayor," Confluencia, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 58-66, Fall 2006.

Matos-Nin, and E. Ingrid, "Lisis o la Remisión de la Enfermedad del Amor en las Novelas de María de Zayas y Sotomayor," Letras Femeninas, vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 101-116, Fall 2006.

Recent Grants

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Arguello, Jose, for "Structure-Function of Heavy Metal Transport CPx-ATPases," from the National Science Foundation, $180,275.

Wobbe, Kristen and co-principal investigator Pamela Weathers, for "ASU-WPI Research Agreement," from Arkansas State University, $17,443.

Diversity Programs

Hill, Calvin and co-principal investigator Lance Schacterle, for "Northeast LSAMP Phase II," from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, $66,000.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pedersen, Peder and co-principal investigators James Duckworth, Cheryl Merritt, W. Grant McGimpsey, Yitzak Mendelson, and William Michalson, for "TATRC: Wireless Sensor Communications Integration Field Evaluation," from the U.S. Army, $44,366.

Fire Protection Engineering

Barnett, Jonathan, for "Improvements to the Fire Test Simulator and Conduct of Manikin Tests," from Battelle, $3,475.

Mechanical Engineering

Demetry, Chrysanthe, for "Rigorous Research in Engineering Education Community of Practice Research Plan," from the Colorado School of Mines, $2,000.

Gatsonis, Nikos, for "A Hierarchical Multiscale Particle Computational Method for Simulation of Nanoscale Flows on 3D Unstructured Grids," from the U.S. Air Force, $85,811.

Rong, Yiming, for "Certification of the COTS Engine and Naturalistic Flight Deck Systems for the Next Generation of Small Aircraft," from NexTechnologies International Corporation, $180,376.

Tryggvason, Gretar, for "Separation Control by Surface Deformable Actuators," from the National Science Foundation, $96,000.


Garcia, Rafael, for "Experiments for Improved Under- standing of the Wetting of Polar Liquids," from the American Chemical Society, $40,000.


Through February 9

Exhibit: "Stones of Ireland," photography by WPI librarian Lora Brueck that represents a progression of stones from their geological origins to the ways Irish people have used them as a part of their daily lives
Gordon Library, Gladwin Art Gallery (second floor)

Through March 18

Exhibit: "New Visions: Chinese Landscape Paintings by the Chinese Painting Guild of Boston"
Gordon Library, third floor gallery

Thursday, January 25

Seminar: Interactive Media & Game Development features Seth Proctor and Mike Warres of Sun Microsystems on "Systems Challenges in Massive-Scale Games"
Fuller Labs, Room 320, 11am

Lecture: "Microfluidic Electrokinetics for Nano-biotechnology," by Jayne Wu of the University of Tennessee
Atwater Kent Labs, Room 233, noon

Art Reception: Worcester artist Brian Burris
Humanities and Arts Department Gallery in Salisbury Labs, 4pm

Friday, January 26

Theatre: Deadline to submit original scripts and scenic designs for New Voices 25, a co-production of WPI Masque and the Department of Humanities and Arts. (Performances will be April 11- 14).
Salisbury Labs, Room 20, 5 pm

Lecture: Computer Science Department sponsors "Data Mining in Clinical Medicine," by WPI Professor Carolina Ruiz
Fuller Labs, Room 320, 11am

Colloquium: Mathematical Sciences Department sponsors "Pricing Equity Swaps in an Economy with Jumps," by Mia Hinnerich, Stockholm School of Economics
Stratton Hall Room 203, 11am

Saturday, January 27

Women’s Basketball: Alumni Tournament
Harrington Auditorium, 10:30am

Women’s Basketball: WPI vs. Mount Holyoke College
Harrington Auditorium, 2pm

Tuesday, January 30

Colloquium: Mathematical Sciences Department sponsors "Parameter Estimation for Stochastic PDEs with Multiplicative Noise," by Igor Cialenco, University of Southern California
Stratton Hall, Room 203, 11am

Lecture: Biology and Biotechnology Department Seminar Series features "Gender, Life History, and Mutation Rates: Recent Discoveries in Plants," by Carrie Ann Whittle, postdoctoral fellow, Plant Biotechnology Institute, National Research Council, Saskatoon, Canada
Salisbury Labs, Room 115, 4pm

Writers Group: Meets to share writing, discuss writing, and to write
Salisbury Lounge, 7pm Wednesday, January 31

Presentation: The annual President’s IQP Awards
Higgins Labs, Room 116, 1:45pm

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