November 30, 2007

Around Campus

University Lecture on Global Climate Change

Ronald Prinn, professor of atmospheric research at MIT, will deliver the University Lecture at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, in Alden Memorial. Prinn will speak on global climate change and the science, economics, and policy associated with this phenomenon of international significance. The University Lecture Series, which is sponsored by WPI’s Office of the President, provides a forum for speakers of national and international importance to enhance scholarly and scientific learning and stimulate intellectual conversation in the community. Prinn has made significant contributions to the development of national and international scientific research programs in global change. He is a respected researcher with interests that incorporate the chemistry, dynamics, and physics of the atmospheres of the Earth and other planets, and the chemical evolution of atmospheres. From 1998 to 2003, he headed MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and is involved in projects in atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry, climate science, and assessment of science and policy regarding climate change. Prinn also leads the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), in which trace gases involved in the greenhouse effect and ozone depletion have been measured for the past 20 years around the world.

Well Wishes to Melanie D. Former benefits administrator Melanie Desiata, left, is joined by Tracy Hassett, right, vice president for human resources. A reception was held on Nov. 7 to say farewell to Melanie as she left WPI for full-time motherhood. The WPI community wishes her well and thanks her for her service to the university's employees.

Spirit of Giving Tree Donations Accepted

Donations to the 6th annual Spirit of Giving Tree will be accepted now through Dec. 7 in the Student Activities Office, Campus Center. Through donations, community members may choose to adopt one or more children who attend Worcester’s Friendly House shelter, a communitybased service organization that provides support for thousands of low-income families in Worcester. Children may be sponsored by an individual, organization, department, apartment, or chapter. When you choose your child, you will be given a detailed sheet describing their preferences and requests, which will assist you in shopping for them. On Friday, Dec. 7, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., drop off the adopted child’s gifts in the Campus Center, and the Student Activities Office will transport the gifts to Friendly House. For more information contact: Jay Sparling, graduate assistant for community service and student activities at ext. 6436, or

Toys for Tots

Toy donations will be collected for the U.S. Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots campaign now through Dec. 12. New toys may be dropped off in the Office of Financial Aid on the 2nd Floor of the Bartlett Center Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-off boxes will be available at various times in the Campus Center. Toy donations must be new, unwrapped, non- violent toys. Cash or check donations will be accepted. They will be collected at the Office of Financial Aid. Checks should be made payable to “Toys for Tots.” All donations must be dropped off by Dec. 12. ISC Brings Ten Thousand Villages to WPI The International Student Council will host a Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3-7 in the Campus Center. Fair Trade is a growing worldwide movement, and Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world’s largest fair trade organizations. It has longstanding relationships with more than 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries. It helps skilled artisans earn a respectable living, keep their crafts alive, and bring their creations to the rest of the world.


Norton Named Professor of the Year

Robert L. Norton, Milton Prince Higgins II Distin- guished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the Professor of the Year for Massachusetts by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Edu- cation (CASE). Recognized as one of the most prestigious awards for col- lege professors, the CASE U.S. Profes- sors of the Year program annually salutes the nation's most outstanding undergraduate instructors—those who excel as teachers and mentors. The program is sponsored jointly by CASE and the Carne- gie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Norton and the other national and state winners were recognized in late November at an awards lunch- eon at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washing- ton, D.C. He is the second WPI professor to receive this honor. Judith Miller, then professor of biology and biotechnology at WPI, was the Massachusetts Profes- sor of the Year in 2002.

"The faculty at WPI are passionately committed to undergraduate education, to helping young people develop a sound understanding of engineering, mathematics, and science and the ability to apply that knowledge in important ways," said WPI President Dennis Berkey. "Whether as a teacher, advisor, men- tor, or friend, Bob Norton has exemplified this com- mitment for more than 25 years, so we are delighted that he is being recognized with this splendid national honor."

Norton earned undergraduate degrees in me- chanical engineering and industrial technology at Northeastern University and an MS in engineering design at Tufts University. He joined the WPI faculty in 1981 after more than 20 years in industry and aca- demia. During that time he held posts at Polaroid Cor- poration, where he designed cameras and high-speed automated machinery, Jet Spray Cooler Inc., where he designed food-handling machinery and products, and Tufts New England Medical Center and Boston City Hospital, where he helped develop an artificial heart as well as noninvasive assisted-circulation devices.

As head of the Design Group in the Mechanical Engineering Department at WPI, Norton teaches un- dergraduate and graduate courses that focus on de- sign, kinematics, vibrations, and dynamics of machin- ery, advises undergraduate design projects as head of the Gillette Project Center, supervises graduate re- search, and is active as a consultant to industry on a wide range of engineering projects, which have in- cluded disposable medical products and high-speed production machinery.

Norton's scholarship has resulted in 13 patents, numerous journal articles and technical papers on kinematics, dynamics of machinery, cam design and manufacturing, computers in education, and engineer- ing education, and eight engineering design software packages. He is the author of three textbooks: Design of Machinery: An Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Mechanisms and Machines (fourth edition, 2008); Machine Design: An Integrated Approach (third edition, 2005); and Cam Design and Manufacturing Handbook (2002). His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish, and Spanish. In addition, he is a reviewer for ASME Journal of Me- chanical Design, ASME Applied Mechanics Reviews, and the IFTOMM Journal, Mechanism and Machine Theory.

At WPI, he has held both the Russell M. Searle Instructorship and Morgan Distinguished Instructor- ship in mechanical engineering. In 2005, he received the WPI Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Teaching. His citation read, in part: "Students, alumni, and colleagues alike regard Professor Norton as a highly gifted and caring teacher who brings his indus- trial experience, deep technical knowledge, and love of engineering design to the classroom and projects. Perhaps the best way to characterize Professor Nor- ton's teaching is ‘rigor with vigor.’"

Lemire Presents to Research Administrators Franc Lemire, director of research administration, and Christina DeVries, associate director of post- award and compliance, presented an educational ses- sion at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) annual meeting in Washing- ton, D.C., on Nov. 5. The session topic dealt with the increasing impact on smaller institutions of interna- tional collaborations, including discussion of export controls, subrecipient monitoring, full economic cost- ing (FEC), indemnification, jurisdiction and venue, intellectual property, cash management, and audits. Lemire has been elected chair of the New Eng- land region of the National Council of University Re- search Administrators (NCURA) beginning in January 2008. The first year, he will serve as chair-elect with primary responsibility for developing and presiding over the NCURA annual regional meeting to be held on May 6-8 in Brewster. Lemire will serve as chair beginning January 2009, overseeing all educational and other activities for the region. NCURA is an or- ganization with more than 6,500 members in the United States and abroad.

Publications and Presentations

Chemical Engineering

Liu, Y., J. A. Strauss, P. A. Pinzon-Arango, and T. A. Camesano, “Predicting Bacterial Adhesion to Host Cells and Implants via Thermodynamic Calculations and Direct Force Measurements,” American Chemical Society’s 234th National Meeting, Boston, Mass., August 19-22, 2007.

Pinzon-Arango, P. A., G. Scholl, T. A. Camesano, C. M. Mello, and R. Nagarajan, “Nanoscopy Study of Bacterial Spores from Dormancy to Death,” American Chemical Society’s 234th National Meeting, Boston, Mass., August 19-22, 2007.

Liu, Y., J. A. Strauss, P. A. Pinzon-Arango, and T. A. Camesano, “Single Molecule Detection of Biomolecules Involved in Bacterial Adhesion to Cells and Biomaterials,” American Chemical Society’s 234th National Meeting, Boston, Mass., August 19-22, 2007.

Camesano, T. A., Y. Liu, P. A. Pinzon-Arango, K. Holguin, “Cranberry Compounds Inhibit Adhesion of E. coli to Uroepithelial Cells,” FAV Health 2007: 2nd International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables, Houston, Texas, Oct. 9-13, 2007.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Vongnakorn, T., and J. W. Pavlik, “Vapor Phase Photochemistry of Dimethylpyrazines and Dimethylpyrimidines,” Poster Orgn-507, 234th Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, Mass., August 21, 2007.

Pavlik, J. W., and T. Vongnakorn, “Vapor Phase Phototransposition of Pyrazine. Deuterium Labeling Studies,” Tetrahedron Letters, vol. 48, pp. 7015- 7018, 2007.

Humanities and Arts

Brattin, J. J., “Emerson Sightings/Citings,” Six notes, Emerson Society Papers, vol. 18, no. 2, p. 4, fall 2007.

Brattin, J. J., “Kiss the Sky: Fiction and Poetry Starring Jimi Hendrix, edited by Richard Peabody,” UniVibes 55, p. 3, December 2007.

Brattin, J. J., “Axis: Bold as Love: The Complete Guitar DVD,” UniVibes 55, pp. 4-5, December 2007.

Brattin, J. J., “Hendrix in the Whitney Gallery,” UniVibes 55, p. 10, December 2007.

Brattin, J. J., “Jimi Plays Houston 1968,” UniVibes 55, pp. 20-21, December 2007.


Brattin, J. J., “Jimi Plays Munster 1969: A Superior New Tape Source,” UniVibes 55, pp. 22-24, December 2007.

Gottlieb, R. S., “Turning the Bible Green,” Massachu- setts Bible Society, Boston, Mass., Oct. 10, 2007.

Gottlieb, R. S., “Environmental S’lichot,” Temple Is- rael, Boston, Mass., Sept. 6, 2007.

Gottlieb, R. S., “Religious Environmentalism: Pros- pects and Challenges,” Vanderbilt University, Nov. 15, 2007.


Zhu, J. and W. D. Cook, Modeling Problem Structure and Data Varieties Using Data Envelopment Analysis: A Problem-Solving Handbook, Springer, Boston, 2007

Recent Grants

Academic Affairs

Cyr, Martha, for “The Massachusetts Technician Education Collaborative (Mass-Tec),” from Quinsigamond Community College, $14,000


Computer Science

Fisler, Kathi, with Dan Dougherty as co-principal investigator, for “Representation, Analysis, and Verification of Access Control in Dynamic Environ- ments,” from Brown University, $20,343

Gennert, Michael, for “Patient Motion Detection and Correction in SPECT,” from UMass Worcester, $156,520

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Makarov, Sergey, for “Low Profile Flared Radiator for Phased Array Applications,” from Raytheon, $30,000 Thompson, Marc, “Eddy Current Braking Technology for Aircraft Catapult Systems,” Radiation Monitoring Devices Inc., $21,000

Fire Protection Engineering

Notarianni, Kathy, “Firefighter Safety/Deployment of Resources,” from the Commission on Fire Service Accreditation International, $282,517


Exhibit: “The Cutting Edge: Modern Metallography and the Ancient Secrets of Swordmaking” • Gordon Library, third floor, Oct. 23 to Dec. 20

Friday, Nov. 30

Colloquium: Mathematical Sciences Department presents Der-Chen Chang of Georgetown University • Stratton Hall, Room 203, 11am

Lecture: Mechanical Engineering Department presents “Novel Phe- nomena in Vortex-structure Inter- actions,” by Jeffrey S. Marshall of the University of Vermont • Higgins Labs, Room 116, 2pm

Lecture: Computer Science Department presents “The In-Database Miner’s Toolkit: Oracle SQL and Data Mining APIs,” by Ramkumar Krishnan of Oracle Server Technologies • Fuller Labs, Room 320, 11am

Lecture: Fire Protection Engineering Department presents “Explosion Investigation: Reverse- Engineering a Blast Scene,” by Timothy Myers of CFEI Exponent Inc. • Higgins Labs, Room 102, 4:30-7pm

Saturday, Dec. 1

Men’s Basketball: WPI vs. Fitchburg State College • Harring- ton Auditorium, 2pm

Dinner: The WPI International Student Council will present the 21st annual International Dinner. Tickets cost $10 for ISC members, $12 for non-members, and are available at International House, 28 Trowbridge Road • Alden Memorial, 7pm

Theatre: Alpha Psi Omega’s 24- Hour Show • Little Theatre, 8pm

Sunday, Dec. 2

Men’s Basketball: WPI vs. Fitchburg State College • Harrington Auditorium, 1:30pm

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Women’s Basketball: WPI vs. Brandeis • Harrington Auditorium, 7pm

Colloquium: Mathematical Sciences Department presents “Analysis on Some Parabolic Sys- tems (Strongly Coupled or Higher Order),” by Li Chen of Tsinghua University and Harvard Univer- sity • Stratton Hall, Room 203, 3pm

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Wrestling: WPI vs. Springfield

College • Alumni Gym, 7pm Lecture: Susan “Kathy” Land, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and 2009 IEEE Computer Society President, presents “Software En- gineering Standards and Gaming

Holiday Pops Concert

Saturday, Dec. 8

The Holiday Pops Concert with the Mass. Symphony Orchestra will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.

The concert, conducted by John Delorey, will feature the choirs of WPI, Worcester State College, Clark Univer- sity, and Assumption and Anna Maria colleges.

For tickets, call 508-752-0888. The cost is $43 for seats at tables, and $37 for seats in the balcony.

Development” • Higgins House, 6pm

Thursday, Dec. 6 Lecture: IMGD Speaker Series features Steve Gargolinski on “Characteristics of Games and Intelligence • Olin Hall, Room 107, 10am

Workshop: Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club • Kaven Hall, Room 116, 5:30pm

Thursday, Dec. 20

Lunch: WPI Employee Holiday Luncheon • Harrington Audito- rium, 11:30am to 1:30pm

Workshop: Toastmasters Public Speaking and Leadership Club • Kaven Hall, Room 116, 5:30pm

Computer Tip

USB Data Security

USB flash drives (aka jump, thumb, or pen drives) are a popular means of data storage, due to being so compact and easy to use. Of course, they are also easy to misplace! It is important to consider the kind of data being placed on the drive, and to keep confidential data secure. Do not store files containing personal information for faculty, staff, students, or alumni on a USB flash drive. When using these drives to transfer such files, remove the files from the USB flash drive immediately following the transfer.

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