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April 17, 2008
Orr Named Provost, Senior Vice President
President Dennis Berkey announced on April 7 the appointment of John Orr as the university's provost and senior vice president. The appointment follows an intense, yearlong, nationwide search. Provost Orr built his distinguished career at WPI over the past 31 years.
As WPI provost, Orr is responsible for all of the university's academic and research programs, and as senior vice president he will serve as the senior member of the president's staff. His primary charge will include reviewing the undergraduate curriculum to ensure its excellence, strengthening core academic and research areas, recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, and broadly supporting the university's continuing increases in quality and stature. For the past year, Orr served as provost ad interim.
View From the Top — of East Hall
Work continues at East Hall, WPI’s new residence hall. Brickwork is complete, windows are installed, and the “green” roof installation is under way. The first floor will house the Office of Residential Services, meeting rooms, technology study suites, a fitness room, music practice rooms, a game room, laundry room, and bicycle storage, as well as the “back of house” support space. The apartments are on the upper floors
The 188-space parking garage came together in only a couple weeks. Work will continue there with electrical work, lighting, plumbing, and installation of an elevator.
The recent room lottery has accepted reservations for all 64 four-bed apartments in the environmentally friendly LEED silver-rated building, which will house 232 students when the building opens in August.
Top, Fred DiMauro, assistant vice president for facilities, stands on East Hall’s roof with the city as the backdrop. Bottom, Fred shows the staff of @WPI a student apartment in East Hall.
“John Orr is an excellent scholar, a distinguished engineer, and a talented leader,” President Berkey said. “For the past year, he has served as provost ad interim with great energy and distinction. During his time in that role, he gained valuable experience and demonstrated a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for WPI. Widely admired for his tireless work ethic and deep devotion to the university, John is superbly qualified to serve as provost. I look forward to working in close partnership with him.”
Said Orr: “WPI is far more than a place of employment for me; it is a home. I have spent the past 31 years of my career here because I believe wholeheartedly in WPI’s motto, ‘Theory and Practice.’ Solutions to all of the biggest problems facing our world, such as hunger, healthcare provision, the energy crisis, and sustainable living, will require the efforts of individuals who truly understand the principles of science and engineering, as well as their impacts on individuals and society. WPI empowers its students to drive these much needed changes, and it is my privilege to work with our talented faculty, staff, and students.”
Bowling League Winners Announced
The HVAC team of Gary Weagle, Dave Lindberg, and Dick Houle took top honors in the WPI Faculty / Staff Bowling League, which wrapped-up its 2007-08 season earlier this month.
This year, the fifth in the league’s existence, Bowling Center Manager Ed Lorion created two divisions, Red and Blue to accommodate the many people interested in joining the league.
The HVAC team took top honors for the Blue League, while French Connection (Terry Pellerin, Bob Pepin and Tom Moreau) was the top team in the Red League. HVAC defeated French Connection in a championship roll-off and awards luncheon on April 2.
The complete results:
- 1st place team — HVAC: Gary Weagle, Dick Houle, and Dave Lindberg.
- 2nd place team — Facilities: Bob Tupper, Steve Pajka, and Mike Beremian.
- 3rd place team — Gutter Gang: Judy Shute, Cathy Battelle, and Jim Kenary.
- Men – High Single: Mike Beremian, 210; Dave Lindberg, 184; and Steve Pajka, 184.
- Women – High Single: Tonya Price, 180; Jane McCallum, 157; and Lori Costello, 154.
Ed Lorion presents the award to the HVAC team: Gary Weagle, Dave Lindberg, and Dick Houle.
Team French Connection - Bob Pepin, Terry Pellerin, and Tom Moreau
- Men – High Double: Dick Houle, 354; Chris Adams, 352; and Gary Weagle, 328
- Women – High Double: Judy Shute, 292; Robyn Esposito, 261; and Gina Griffin, 256.
- 1st place team — French Connection: Terry Pellerin, Tom Moreau, and Bob Pepin.
- 2nd place team — Gutter Gang: Cindy Pellegrino, Audra Gaul, and Chuck Carlos.
- 3rd place team – King Pins: Bernice Lisk, Tammy Houle, and Wayne Atchue.
- Men – High Single: Bob Pepin, 222; Wayne Atchue, 209; John Sullivan, 182.
- Women – High Single: Charna Westervelt, 166; Cindy Pellegrino, 161; Tammy Houle, 157.
- Men – High Double: Terry Pellerin, 348; Ryan Marinis, 344; Chuck Carlos, 338.
- Women – High Double: Bernice Lisk, 322; Tara Probek, 283; Audra Gaul / Kim Allen, 273.
2nd Annual Relay For Life April 18-19
WPI has organized the university’s 2nd annual Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fund-raising activity. The overnight event will be held April 18 and 19 and is designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs. Teams made up of students, faculty, and staff will camp out on the Quad and take turns walking or running around it.
More than 400 WPI community members have already registered. Teams have thus far raised $20,000 for the fund-raiser. Last year $60,839 was raised; this year’s goal is $75,000.
The event will start at 6 p.m. Friday and will end at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Goddard Day Celebrated
Kicking off WPI’s year-long observance of the centennial of Dr. Robert H. Goddard’s graduation from WPI in 1908, the Student Government Association sponsored on April 9 a “Goddard Day Celebration” to honor the “Father of Modern Rocketry” with a campus-wide barbecue. The event was open to the public, and complimentary T-shirts reading “He Built It... We Rock-it” were given away.
WPI is planning a year-long schedule of events to commemorate Goddard and his contributions to science, including the first annual Commemorative Water Rocket Competition, sponsored by the Physics Department, which will be held on Saturday, June 7 (rain date June 8), on Alumni Field.
Project Presentation Day Held
More than 250 student team projects were presented on April 15, during WPI’s annual Project Presentation Day, which is designed as a showcase for the exceptional work students complete for their MQPs.
Teams from every academic discipline—including interdisciplinary programs in Interactive Media and Game Development, Environmental Engineering, and Professional Writing—presented the results of their projects to their faculty advisors and project sponsors in formal presentations or poster sessions.
Kudos to Schachterle
In July 2007, Lance Schachterle, associate provost for academic affairs, was elected president of the newly reorganized James Fenimore Cooper Society for a two-year term.
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In the address bar, the Web address prefix should be https (rather than just http). In Internet Explorer, a lock appears to the right of the address. Clicking on this lock will reveal details about the identity of the Web site and its encryption.
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Most important, never use hyperlinks included in emails to get to the companies and organizations you are trying to reach. For sites where you will enter personal information, visit those sites manually by typing their website address into the address bar at the top of the browser. This will help ensure you are visiting the correct business and not a copycat. This is crucial since many phishing sites have legitimate looking SSL encryption, but often use misdirection in the URL to work their phishing schemes.
- Marturano, J. E., B. C. Cleveland, M. A. Byrne, S. L. O’Connell, J. J. Wixted, and K. L. Billiar, “An Improved Murine Femur Fracture Device for Bone Healing Studies, Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 41, issue 6, pp. 1222-1228, 2008.
Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Weininger, S. J., chemistry co-editor, New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 8 vols., “Paul Doughty Bartlett,” vol. 1, pp. 189-195, Scribner’s, Detroit, Mich., 2008.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Prokop, T. R., J. D. Plummer, K. Talukdar, W. Pozzo, and G. Widmer, “Inactivation of Microorganisms in a Flow Through Sonication System,” New England Water Works Association Spring Conference, Worcester, Mass., April 2-3, 2008.
- Persad, U., P. Langdon, D. C. Brown, and P. J. Clarkson, “Cognitive Scales and Mental Models for Inclusive Design,” HCII2007: 12th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Thematic Area: Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, 2007.
- Varde, A. S., S. Ma, M. Maniruzzaman, D. C. Brown, E. A. Rundensteiner, and R. D. Sisson, “Comparing Mathematical and Heuristic Approaches for Scientific Data Analysis,” AI EDAM Journal, vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 53-69, February 2008.
Fire Protection Engineering
- Crocker, J. P., J. P. Woycheese, A. S. Rangwala, and D. J. Le Blanc, “Effect of Lintel Depth, Fire Size, and Sprinkler Activation on Ceiling Jet Velocity and Temperature in a Doorway,” SFPE Annual Professional Development Conference and Expo, Las Vegas, Nev., Oct 15 -19, 2007.
- Rangwala, A. S., S. G. Buckley, and J. L. Torero, “Analysis of the Constant B-number Assumption While Modeling Flame Spread,” Comb. Flame, 2008 (accepted for publication).
First Year Experience
- Savilonis, B., and D. Spanagel, co-presenters, “Great Problems Seminars: A New First-Year Foundation at WPI,” (paper co-authored by Arthur Heinricher, Brian Savilonis, David Spanagel, Robert Traver, and Kristin Wobbe), American Society of Engineering Education regional meeting, West Point, N.Y., March. 28, 2008.
Humanities and Arts
Brattin, J. J., Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience, by Janie L. Hendrix and John McDermott, book and CD, UniVibes 56, pp. 3-5, April 2008.
- Brattin, J. J., “The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Monterey,” DVD, UniVibes 56, pp. 5-6, April 2008.
- Brattin, J. J., “Tribute Show Heaven: Providence, R.I., 21 October 2007,” Jimpress 85 (spring 2008), pp. 15-17.
- Gottlieb, R. S., Plenary Panel, Renewing Hope Conference, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., March 1, 2008.
Interdisciplinary Global Studies Division
- Vaz, R. F., “Project-Based Education: Lessons Learned at WPI,” invited presentation, Cambridge-MIT Institute Project Centered Learning Workshop, Cambridge, Mass., March 18, 2008.
- Vaz, R. F., “Key Factors in Sustaining Project-Based Learning,” invited presentation, Cambridge-MIT Institute Project Centered Learning Workshop, Cambridge, Mass., March 19, 2008.
- Vaz, R. F., “Liberal Learning for Engineering and Science Students through Contextual Problem Solving,” invited presentation, Integrating Engineering and Humanities in Higher Education: The Bologna Process and Beyond, The Darmstadt Conference Center, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, March 6-7, 2008.
- Vernon-Gerstenfeld, S., invited panelist, “Study Abroad: Measuring Learning Outcomes,” U.S. Department of Education IEP Conference, Washington, D.C., Feb 23-24, 2008.
- Weininger, S. J., “Battling the Legacy of Apartheid in the Settlements of Cape Town,” HILR, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., April 2, 2008.
- Savilonis, B. J., M. R. Guillemette, W. C. Hartung, J. S. McClean, “Unsteady-state Pressure and Flow Characteristics of the Human Nose: Pre- and Post-Nasal Turbinectomy,” proceedings of the 34th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Brown University, Providence, R.I., April 5, 2008.
- Schachterle, L., “Miss/Mrs./Ms. Eve Effingham,” papers from the 2005 Cooper Seminar, SUNY Oneonta (2005; pub. 2007), 69-78.
- Schachterle, L., “Cooper’s Works in Print,” in Reading Cooper, Teaching Cooper, ed. Jeffrey Walker, pp. 158-81, Brooklyn, N.Y., AMS Press, 2007.
- Schachterle, L., “Review of Wayne Franklin's James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years (Yale UP, 2007) in James Fenimore Cooper Society Newsletter, vol. 18, section 3, winter 2007, 1, 3-4.
- Schachterle, L., leader in “Re-reading the Early Republic” seminar, American Antiquarian Society, July 2007; History of the Book Seminar, and the Cooper Summer Seminar, SUNY, Oneonta, N.Y., July 2007, presenting on “Cooper’s Mature Marriages.”
WPI Rallies Against Cancer
The Jimmy Fund's Rally Against Cancer transcends longstanding baseball alliances at WPI. Co-captains Jon Bartelson (IT) and Charna Westervelt (Marketing and Communications) led the rally for this worthy cause. WPI faculty, staff, and students raised over $1,200 this year for the Jimmy Fund’s effort, which coincided with Red Sox Opening Day.
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- Exhibit: “George Gladwin and His Students,” watercolors by George Gladwin, WPI’s first professor of drawing • Gordon Library, 3rd Floor Gallery, through June 30
- Exhibit: “Woodstock Views: Photographs of Edward R. Rollins” • Gordon Library, 3rd Floor Gallery, through June 30
Thursday, April 17
- Lecture: “Resonance Production and Nuclear Fragmentation for Space Radiation,” by Ryan Norman, sponsored by the Physics Department • Fuller Labs, Room 126, 10am
- Lecture: IMGD Speaker Series features “Wii World” • Atwater-Kent, Room 233, 11am
- Lecture: “Advanced Micro-Technologies for Space Science Missions,” by Nikolaos Paschalidis of Johns Hopkins University, sponsored by the Mechanical Engineering Department • Higgins Labs, Room 218, noon
- Lecture: Math Awareness Week Lecture, “A Little Geometry, a Little Linear Algebra, and a Lot of Insight into Voting,” by Tommy Ratliff of Wheaton College, sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Department • Higgins Labs, Room 218, 3pm
- Baseball: WPI vs. Framingham State College • Alumni Field, 3pm
Friday, April 18
- Lecture: “Text Reuse,” by W. Bruce Croft of UMass Amherst, sponsored by the Department of Computer Science • Fuller Labs, Room 320, 11am
- Lecture: Harold J. Gay Lecture Series features Professor David Kinderlehrer of Carnegie Mellon University • Higgins Labs, Room 202, 2pm
- Softball: WPI vs. Smith College • Alumni Field, 3:30pm
- Softball: WPI vs. Smith College • Alumni Field, 5:30pm
- Fund-raiser: 2nd Annual WPI Relay For Life • Quadrangle, 6pm
Saturday, April 19
- Fund-raiser: 2nd Annual WPI Relay For Life • Quadrangle, ends at 10am
- Baseball: WPI vs. Coast Guard • Alumni Field, noon, 3pm
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