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October 17, 2008
Wobbe Installed as Metzger Professor
Kristin Wobbe, head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was installed on Oct. 15 as the first Metzger Professor of Chemistry during a ceremony held on campus. The endowed professorship was established in 2007 through a $1.5 million gift from John C. Metzger Jr. '46, and his wife, Jean.
John Metzger, who spent his entire career at E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., died in December 2006.
The Metzger Professorship is awarded to the head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which is internationally recognized for its cutting-edge research on a broad range of topics with real-world applications, including nanofabrication (handheld medical analyzers); ion transport across cell membranes (improved plant nutrition); molecular biology (pathogen-resistant plants); and solid-state chemistry (improved medications). Wobbe was appointed interim department head in January 2007 and began a regular-term appointment in July 2008.
"Kristin Wobbe has distinguished herself through her important research in the life sciences, her efforts to advance educational innovation, and her academic leadership," said Provost John Orr. "I am delighted that we are able to recognize her accomplishments and her many contributions to the WPI community in such a meaningful and appropriate manner."
Wobbe, who joined the WPI faculty in 1995, holds a BA in chemistry from St. Olaf College and a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University.
She completed a postdoctoral position at Harvard Medical School and then spent three years as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the Waksman Institute at Rutgers University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. During that time she began her research on the molecular interactions that determine the outcomes of plant/pathogen interactions using a model system consisting of Arabidopsis thaliana, a relative of cruciferous crop plants, and turnip crinkle virus.
Wobbe was named the Leonard P. Kinnicutt Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1999. In 2001, she received the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education and was also promoted to associate professor of chemistry.
In 2007, she co-developed and co-taught Feed the World, one of the inaugural Great Problems Seminars.
At WPI, District Attorney Early and Staff Address Internet Safety
At top, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., left, with his office's community outreach director, Ellen Miller, and WPI Vice President for Information Technology/CIO Tom Lynch, and Neil Spellman, WPI's network security analyst, after an Oct. 7 presentation on Internet safety. At bottom, Donald Xenos, head of the Worcester Juvenile Court, with Spellman. To learn more about the Oct. 21 presentation on ID theft, see the Calendar section.
SME to Honor Freeman
The local chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and WPI's Student Chapter will honor Howard Freeman ‘40 for his contributions to the manufacturing industry, at an Oct. 27 dinner at Higgins House. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.
Freeman, former chairman of WPI's Board of Trustees, came to Worcester in 1936 to attend WPI. During World War II, as head of Rockwood Sprinkler's research and development department, he invented two fog nozzles to fight fires on U.S. warships that saved thousands of lives. He patented 22 inventions in his 14 years at Rockwood Sprinkler. In February 1954, he wrote a letter of resignation. He had no job, no income, and a dream. He was intrigued with ball valves and decided to see if he could find a way to make them work extremely well. He spoke with a friend, Saul Reck, and his brother Julian, and they formed Jamesbury Company. They couldn't start a business until he could find a solution to the problems that had plagued previous ball valves. It took six months. The following year, Julian and Reck left their businesses to join him; they went to the Worcester community for investors. For 30 years, Howard Freeman served as Jamesbury's chief operating officer and chairman of the board, during which time Jamesbury enjoyed success, with factories operating all over the world. Freeman sold the company in 1984; its nearly $80 million in annual sales and more than 1,200 employees made it one of the world's largest valve manufacturing firms.
WPI Students Invent 3D Map of Campus
You may have seen it in Bartlett Center or the Campus Center and wondered what it was. Well, here's the backstory on the WPImap Kiosk, which was invented by two WPI students.
The cutting-edge technology stems from an IQP and has been adopted by the university's admissions office in the Bartlett Center as a means to help prospective students, parents, and current students to better explore and learn more about the WPI campus. The kiosk, which is located in the Campus Center, houses a 3D virtual map of the campus and allows the user to "walk around" campus in a virtual setting. But if walking seems "too last century," users also have the option to hop on a Segway human transport vehicle - invented by one of WPI's most famous alums, Dean Kamen - to take their virtual tour of campus, a journey that is accompanied by seven minutes of audio.
This invention was completed last spring by seniors Alexander Schwartz of New Fairfield, Conn., and Elisabeth Beinke of Norwalk, Conn. Humanities and Arts Professor Joseph Farbrook served as advisor, with input from WPI's Admissions Office.
Akin to a 1980s arcade game, the kiosk features a joystick and trackball, and users can navigate around the 3D environment in real time, viewing all of the buildings and campus landmarks in photorealistic detail. Outside the virtual Bartlett Center, players will notice a Segway. Upon stepping onto it, a full campus tour starts, complete with a virtual tour guide and a scripted path through all of the academic and residential buildings. The map will be continually developed and updated as the WPI campus evolves.
WPI Contracts With EthicsPoint
As mentioned at last month's Town Meeting, WPI has contracted with EthicsPoint Inc. to create a whistleblower mechanism for employees to anonymously and confidentially report suspected fraudulent activities or behavior. Reports can be made via the EthicsPoint website or by calling EthicsPoint toll-free at +1-888-359-6326. Direct links to the EthicsPoint website can be found on the Accounting and Treasury website, the Office of Human Resources website, and on the Administration and Policies page of the WPI website.
All reports submitted through EthicsPoint will be carefully reviewed and investigated without attribution. If you have any questions about using this new whistleblower mechanism, contact Michael Curley, university compliance officer, at ext. 6919 or email@example.com.
Flu Vaccine Clinic on Oct. 30
A walk-in flu vaccination clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Campus Center Taylor Room. A meningitis vaccine will also be available. The cost is $30. Harvard Pilgrim and Aetna health insurance will be accepted, as well as cash, check, and bursar billing. The clinic is sponsored by Maxim Health and WPI Health Services. For more information, call ext. 5520.
Professors Greet Students at Global Fair
Professor Tahar El-Korchi, head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and director of the Morocco Project Center, helped to answer students' questions, at the Sept. 16 Global Opportunities Fair, which drew hundreds of students to the Campus Center Odeum to learn about IQP possibilities in the new academic year. With El-Korchi at the Morocco booth is Adjunct Associate Professor Lorraine Higgins, director of Writing Across the Curriculum.
- John, J., and K. L. Billiar, "Boundary Stiffness Regulates Fibroblast Behavior in Collagen Gels," ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Marco Island, Fla., June 2008.
- McCormick J. J., D. Weiss, R. Lavado, K. Billiar, and J. J. Wixted, "Biomechanical Investigation of a Novel Arthrodesis Nail," American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: 24th Annual Summer Meeting, Denver, Colo., June 2008.
Humanities and Arts
- Dollenmayer, David, translation from German to English of Mietek Pemper, The Road to Rescue: The Untold Story of Schindler's List, by Mietek Pemper, Other Press, New York, 2008.
- Dollenmayer, David, The Communist of Montmartre, translation of Der Kommunist von Montmartre, published in Words Without Borders, the online journal of international literature, July 2008.
- Forgeng, Jeffrey L., "Das Wikingererbe am Beispiel Island," In Die Wikinger: Kunsthalle Leoben Ausstellungskatalog 2008, pp. 47-84, Leoben: Stadtgemeinde Leoben, 2008.
- Gottlieb, Roger S., "Human Flourishing and Ecological Democracy," Plenary address, Conference on Human Flourishing in an age of Environmental Crisis, Clemson University, Sept. 7, 2009.
- Ljungquist, Kent, "The Oreades Hear Emerson in Worcester," New England Quarterly 81, pp. 503-505, September 2008.
Social Science and Policy Studies
- Saeed, K., "Subsuming Environmental Restoration into a Market Economy," special lecture delivered before the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Seoul, Korea, Sept. 23, 2008.
- Saeed, K., "Trend Forecasting for Stability in Supply Chains," Journal of Business Research, vol. 61, pp. 1113–1124, 2008.
- Saeed, K., "Use of Metaphors or Generic Systems for Formulation Models: Illustrations from Present and Distant Past," invited address at the International Seminar on Formulating the System Dynamics - GIS Integrated Model, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Seoul, Korea, Sept. 23, 2008.
- Saeed, K., and O. Pavlov, "Dynastic Cycle: A Generic Structure Describing Resource Allocation in Political Economies, Markets and Firms," Journal of Operations Research Society, vol. 59, No. 10, pp. 1289-1298, 2008.
- Schaufeld, Jerome, with Chickery Kasouf and Michael Gennert as co-principal investigators, for "A Proposal to Develop a Curriculum-based Module Integrating Innovation and Commercialization Disciplines Into a New Robotics Technology Product Design Platform," from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, $7,000
- Larsen, Chris, for "Damage and Fracture Evolution," from the National Science Foundation, for $162,228
- Mosco, Umberto, with Bogdan Vernescu as co-principal investigator, for "Transmission Problems with Large Surfaces," from the National Science Foundation, $198,809
- Pryputniewicz, Ryszard, for "International Symposium to Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Invention of Holography," from the National Science Foundation, $10,000
Cyber Awareness Month Continues
WPI's Information Technology Division has observed Cyber Awareness Month in October through a series of seminars to teach students, faculty, and staff how to protect themselves and their loved ones from online predators, cyberbullying, and identity theft. Cyber Awareness Month is a national program sponsored by Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance. The final event of the month is:
Oct. 21, 10 to 11 a.m. - Identity Theft: Using the formulated agenda and materials from the FTC we will present and encourage the audience to participate in conversations regarding the latest threats including a more particularized section on internet safety. By focusing on some issues recently seen on campus, such as phishing attacks purportedly from the Helpdesk, we will make the participants more aware at both their workplace and their home. This session will be held in Morgan Hall, Access Grid.
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- Exhibit: "Visions of Valencia," photographs by Andres Minguez Lujan - Gordon Library, 3rd Floor Gallery, Oct. 16. through Dec. 21
- Exhibit: "Old Tech: Robert Goddard & Worcester Polytechnic Institute" - Gordon Library
Wednesday, October 22
- Lecture: ECE Graduate Seminar Lecture features "The CRLB in the Presence of False Measurements with Application to Track Detection and Estimation for Low Observable Targets," by Yaakov Bar-Shalom of UConn - Atwater Kent, Room 108, 2pm
Thursday, October 23
- Colloquium: "Dynamic Materials," by Slava Krylov of the University of Tel Aviv, sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences - Stratton Hall, Room 203, 11am
Monday, October 27
- Symposium: Biofuels and Plant-Produced Products Symposium sponsored by the Department of Biology and Biotechnology - Gateway Park, 9am-4pm
Tuesday, October 28
- B Term: First day of undergraduate classes, B term
Thursday, October 30
- Lecture: IMGD Speaker Series, topic to be announced - Kaven Hall, Room 116, 11am
Saturday, November 1
- Concert: Annual WPI Pops Concert - Alden Memorial, 4:30pm
Wednesday, November 5
- Lecture: "Understanding Roughness Effects on Laminar Flow from a Microscale Perspective - Higgins Labs, Room 218, 11am
Deleting Browsing History
Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) save lots of details about your computer's online activity, including:
- Temporary Internet files: Copies of webpages, images, and media saved for faster viewing
- Cookies: Files stored on your PC by websites to save preferences, such as login info
- History: List of websites visited
- Form data: Saved info you've typed into forms
- Passwords: Passwords that you've chosen to automatically fill in when logging onto a website you've previously visited.
To delete this saved information, open your browser's Tools or Internet Options to find Browsing History. You'll have the ability to clear particular kinds of items, or all of those mentioned above at once. If you need assistance locating this option in your browser, or clarification of what types of files to delete, contact the Helpdesk at ext. 5888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Maintained by email@example.com
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