September 28, 2007

Around Campus

Toping-Off Ceremony at Residence Hall

Cutting the ribbon to open the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center (LSBC) at Gateway Park are, from left, D'Anne Hurd, WPI's vice president for business development at Gateway Park; Anthony Consigli, president of Consigli Construction Co., general contractor for the building; Congressman James McGovern; President Berkey; Worcester Mayor Konstantina Lukes; State Sen. Ed Augustus; WBDC President David Forsberg; Eric Overström, head of the Biology and Biotechnology Department and director of the LSBC; and Worcester City Manager Michael O'Brien.

Gateway Park Officially Opens WPI officially opened its new Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park on Monday, Sept. 17. With a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the new world-class facility, President Dennis Berkey launched a new era in life sciences and bioengineering for both WPI and Central Massachusetts and the revitalization of a long dormant part of the city.

Dignitaries in attendance included U.S. Congressman James McGovern, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Worcester Mayor Konstantina Lukes, Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien, State Senators Ed Augustus and Harriette Chandler, and Worcester Business Development Corp. President David Forsberg.

"With the opening of Gateway Park, we are witnessing the dawn of a vibrant new neighborhood in Worcester, where people will make their homes, produce important work, and enjoy all our great city has to offer," said President Berkey. "Gateway Park exemplifies utterly the familiar refrain heard on our campus that ‘What is good for Worcester is good for WPI.’ The discoveries made in this marvelous new facility, and the collaborations with industry that bring these discoveries to the public, will play a vital role in Worcester's economic development and in WPI's ability to make a difference in the world."

The first new facility to be built at Gateway Park, the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center serves as the focal point for graduate education and research in the life sciences and related engineering fields at WPI. Its research areas include regenerative medicine, molecular nanotechnology and biosensors, plant systems, tissue engineering, and untethered healthcare. Specifically, the center includes WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education Department, the WPI Bioengineering Institute, and faculty researchers from such academic departments as biology and biotechnology, biomedical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, and chemical engineering. The building also houses business and commercial entities including Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, a non-profit entity that specializes in promoting the growth of start -up biomedical companies

Other events held during Gateway Park’s grand opening week:

- Thursday, Sept. 20:

The WPI Bioengineering Institute hosted a symposium titled "Regenerative Bioscience and Engineering" featuring world renowned experts in the field of regenerative medicine. Topics covered included extracellular-based tissue regeneration, cell biology of tissue regeneration, early embryonic development and somatic cell nuclear transfer, cardiac regeneration, stem cells in cancer biology, and somatic cell nuclear transfer and alteration of genomic potential.

- Friday, Sept. 21:

WPI hosted its inaugural "Distinguished Lecture in Life Sciences and Bioengineering." At this event, the university conferred an honorary doctor of science degree upon 2006 Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello, professor of molecular medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Following the convocation, Mello delivered a lecture titled, "Return to the RNAi World: Rethinking Gene Expression, Evolution, and Medicine."

Homecoming Celebrated This Weekend

Homecoming events will be held this weekend, Sept. 28 and 29. The Friday festivities include a student pep rally, Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, and zero-year reunion for the Class of 2007 at The Goat's Head restaurant, located in Founders Hall.

Saturday morning will feature events such as an "Imagine & Achieve" Town Hall meeting with President Dennis Berkey, class boards of directors meeting, academic and admissions open houses, a field hockey game, and more.

The afternoon will feature a home football game against Hobart. At halftime, the renovated Alumni Field will be dedicated, and the track will be named after WPI’s legendary track and field coach Merl Norcross. The renovation was made possible due to the generosity of several WPI alumni and their spouses, including Janet and George Abdow ‘53, Mary Anne and James Carr ‘74, Barbara and Peter Horstmann ‘55, Nancy and Barrie Peterson ‘67, Ruth and Don Taylor ‘49, and Sandra and David Van Covern ‘53.

Also that day, there will be alumni gatherings for football, wrestling, the annual Freshman/Sophomore Rope Pull Competition, and an Alumni Networking Social. Children of alumni will enjoy the family carnival and free movie, "Ratatouille." Additionally, the Classes of 2002, 1997, 1992 and 1987 will celebrate their reunions. See www.wpi.edu/Admin/Alumni/Events/ homecoming for more information.

WPI Football Ranks Number One

For the first time in 15 years, the WPI football team is ranked number one in the New England Division III Football Poll. The Engineers edged out Curry, Springfield, and Williams in a tightly contested race for the top spot of the season’s inaugural poll conducted by the Wesleyan Sports Information office.

WPI spent the final nine rankings of the 1992 season in the top spot during a 9-2 year that culminated in a trip to the NCAA Championships.

The Engineers, led by ninth-year head coach Ed Zaloom, are 3-0 on the young season following victories over UMass Dartmouth, Worcester State, and Becker. Quarterback Rob Pantalone (Camp Hill, Pa.) is fifth in the country in pass efficiency (203.2) while tight end Mike Butler (Athol) is ninth in receiving yards per game (147.7). Returning Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year Matt Boudreau (Rensselaer, N.Y.) anchors a defense that is a plus five in turnover margin. Team captains include Pantalone, Butler, Matt Burger (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), Adam Haines (Manchester, N.H.) and Nate Levesque (Fall River).

WPI has established the Paul R. Beswick Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, an endowed professorship created through the generosity of successful entrepreneur Paul R. Beswick, Class of 1957, and his wife, Siang Kiang (S.K.). Beswick. The professorship will enable the university to recognize a world-class scholar and educator for its Department of Management and Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. "This new professorship will play a pivotal role in the university’s quest to more fully embrace entrepreneurship as part of its mission," says President Dennis Berkey. "WPI has a long and distinguished history of fostering creativity and innovation, and many of our students and alumni already engage in entrepreneurial activities. We want to make sure they have the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. Just as important, we want to instill in all of our students the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation that is so important in our modern, technology-driven world. We are deeply grateful to the Beswicks for helping to make this possible."

In 2003, Beswick’s entrepreneurial accomplishments were recognized during a meeting of the Northern New England Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). His generosity to his alma mater was recognized in 2006, when he and S.K. were the honored guests at the annual recognition dinner for the Presidential Founders, a society of donors whose lifetime giving to WPI equals or exceeds John Boynton’s founding gift of $100,000. Beswick is as a trustee and member of the executive committee of Berwick Academy, an independent school in South Berwick, Maine. Since 1997, he has been a member of the advisory board for WPI’s entrepreneurial programs, now called the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI). Beswick has also served as a guest entrepreneur for a number of CEI programs.

The Collaborative, a university-wide center for entrepreneurship and innovation activity, was established to capitalize upon the synergy between WPI's many entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives and extend the benefits to a larger community. Its serves WPI students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as the external business community, through a wide range of programs that nurture a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation on WPI's campus and accelerate knowledge and action in the transfer of technology.

Gov. Patrick Appoints Plant to State Panel

Gov. Deval L. Patrick has appointed Clarence Plant, property administrator at WPI, to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services.

A Worcester resident, Plant is active in the city community. Among the organizations he has been a member of is the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

"Lt. Governor [Tim] Murray and I appreciate your willingness to serve the Commonwealth in this capacity," Patrick stated in a letter to Plant regarding his appointment to the veterans' services post. "Your experience and sound judgment will contribute substantially to the council."

As a veteran, Plant said it is a privilege to be appointed to the council. "I understand the importance of providing a voice for our nation’s defenders. They have given of themselves for our country, and it is our duty to assist them in their time of need.

"I look forward to serving as a representative for this underserved community," he continued. "I appreciate Gov. Patrick and Lt. Gov. Murray giving me the opportunity to serve by sharing my knowledge to address the needs of veterans in this Commonwealth. Especially during these trying times, veterans' support services are crucial."

Plant has also been appointed to the newly formed Commonwealth National Bank Advisory Board. He will assist the bank with new business generation.

Publications and Presentations

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Zoto, C. A., M. G. Ucak-Astarlioglu, C. Changtong, and R. E. Connors, "Effect of Solvent on the Spectral and Excited State Decay Properties of Alkylamino Substituted 2,5-Diarylidenecyclopentanone Dyes," 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting, Boston, Mass., August 19-23, 2007

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, J. J., "The Attendance Book for the Guild of Literature and Art," 12th International Dickens Symposium, Montreal, Canada, August 18, 2007.

Forgeng, J. L., "The Chivalric Art: German Martial Arts Treatises of the Middle Ages and Renaissance," In The Cutting Edge: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Combat, editor Barry Molloy, Stroud, Glocs.: Tempus Books, pp. 153-67, 2007.

Rivera, A., "Argentinean Film and the Inoperant Community: Avellaneda’s Moon, The Lost Embrace, and Contrasite," delivered at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Perú, the First International Congress, August 2-4, 2007.

Rivera, A., "Caribbean Travelers during the Times of State of Exception," delivered at the Latin American Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, Sept. 6-8, 2007.

Rivera, A., "Modernity, Flirting, Seduction, and Urban Social Landscape in Carmela Eulate Sanjurjo’s EL asombroso doctor Jover," Unfolding the City: Women Write the City in Latin America, Anne Lambright and Elizabeth Guerrero, editors, University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Shim, E., Lennie Tristano: His Life in Music, Ann Arbor, Mich., University of Michigan Press, 2007.

Shim, E., "Lennie Tristano’s ‘Line Up,’" Lennie Tristano Symposium, WPI, Worcester, Mass., April 15, 2007.

Shim, E., "Frank Trumbauer’s Solo Style," Annual Conference for the International Association for Jazz Education, New York, N.Y., January 13, 2007. Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Krueger, R., and D. Gibbs (editors), The Sustainable Development Paradox: Urban Political Economy in the United States and Europe, Guilford Press, New York and London, 2007.

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

Krueger, R., and D. Gibbs (editors), The Sustainable Development Paradox: Urban Political Economy in the United States and Europe, Guilford Press, New York and London, 2007.

Recent Grants

Biomedical Engineering

Pins, George, for "Designing Microfabricated Basal Lamina Analogs to Enhance Skin Regeneration," from the Department of Health and Human Services, $207,362

Sotak, Chris, for "Establishing an Animal Model for Parkinson’s Disease," from UMass Worcester, $16,518

Chemical Engineering

Camesano, Terri, with Kris Billiar as co-principal investigator, for "RET Site: Inquiry-based Bioengineering Research and Design Experiences for Middle- School Teachers," from the National Science Foundation, $380,048

Calendar

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Friday, Sept. 28

Lecture: Computer Science sponsors "Robots and People Collaborating: How to be an Engaging Robot," by Candace L. Snider, of BAE Systems AIT - Fuller Labs, 11am

Lecture: Professor James Van de Ven, of WPI’s Mechanical Engineering Department, on hydraulic hybrid vehicles - Higgins Labs, Room 116, 2pm

Lecture: Harold J. Gay Lecture Series on "Scaling, Self-similarity, and the Renormalization Group in Partial Differential Equations," by Grigory Isaaakovich Barenblatt, of University of California at Berkeley, sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Department - Bartlett Center, 3:30pm

Saturday, Sept. 29

Field Hockey: WPI vs. Babson College - Alumni Field, 10am Homecoming: WPI Homecoming Family Outing - Quad, 11am Football: WPI vs. Hobart - Alumni Field, 1pm

Women’s Rugby: WPI vs. UConn - Class of 1893 Field, 1pm

Monday, Oct. 1

Colloquium: Physics Department sponsors "Approaching and Leaving Metastability," by Professor Harvey Gould of Clark University - Olin, Room 107, 4pm

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Women’s Soccer: WPI vs. Wellesley College - Alumni Field, 4pm

Field Hockey: WPI vs. MIT - Alumni Field, 7pm

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Discussion: Parenting Exchange Group meeting - Campus Center, Peterson Room, noon

Men’s Soccer: WPI vs. Framingham State College - Alumni Field, 7pm

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When prompted, you can change your password at the ADMIN domain login, or through Outlook Web Access. You can also contact the Helpdesk to request a password reset, then proceed to the CCC Main Office with picture ID to claim your new password envelope. Of course, if you feel your password has been compromised, you should reset it immediately.

View guidelines for secure password creation at: www.wpi.edu/+helpdesk/Accounts/ securepassword.html. The Helpdesk will gladly assist you with password questions and concerns, and you don’t need to provide your password to us when requesting help.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Lecture: IMGD Speaker Series features John Lester of Linden Lab - Olin Hall, Room 107, 10am

Women’s Volleyball: WPI vs. Pine Manor - Harrington Auditorium, 7pm

Friday, Oct. 5

Lecture: "A Glimpse at Three Wireless Networking Problems," by Robert Kinicki of the Computer Science Department - Fuller Labs, Room 320, 11am

Saturday, Oct. 6

Women’s Soccer: WPI vs. Smith College - Alumni Field, noon Men’s Soccer: WPI vs. Babson College - Alumni Field, 3pm

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Women’s Soccer: WPI vs. Clark University - Alumni Field, 4pm

Field Hockey: WPI vs. Springfield College - Alumni Field, 7pm

Women’s Volleyball: WPI vs. Smith College - Harrington Auditorium, 7pm

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Discussion: Women’s Lunch Series on "Assertive vs. Aggressive" - Campus Center, Hagglund Room, noon

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