WPI Programs of Media Interest

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WPI Professors Celebrate Behrman October, November

From mid-October to early November, the Worcester Historical Museum and WPI's Humanities and Arts Department will sponsor a series of lectures and exhibits in celebration of the life of writer and playwright S.N. Behrman, who grew up in Worcester at the turn of the century.

Several WPI professors are taking part in the program, titled "S.N. Behrman: From Worcester to World Stage," which is being presented in collaboration with Clark University and the Worcester Public Library. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.

At 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 16, English Professor Kent Ljungquist will present "Shaping Memory in The Worcester Account" at the Tatnuck Bookseller Marketplace Restaurant. The $5.95 cost includes dessert and coffee or tea. Advance registration is required. Call 753-8278 for reservations.

"Worcester: The Roots of a Cosmopolitan View" will be presented by James Hanlan, associate professor of history, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Fletcher Auditorium of the museum at 30 Elm St.

William Baller, adjunct assistant professor of American history, will serve as moderator for the lecture "S.N. Behrman in Hollywood" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Jefferson 320 at Clark University. Telegram & Gazette film critics Richard Duckett and Jim Keough will evaluate Behrman's screenplay for Anna Karenina.

WPI theater students will read from Behrman's autobiographical play, The Cold Wind and the Warm, when English Professor Edmund Hayes (who suggested the idea for the celebration) presents "Worcester Writer on the World Stage" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Kinnicutt Hall, Salisbury Laboratories.

The program also includes exhibits of publications and photographs related to Behrman's life and work at the Worcester Public Library at Salem Square and at Clark University's Goddard Library. Call 753-8278 for more information or a brochure.

Upcoming COWC Programs Friday, Oct. 18, Friday, Oct. 25

The Colleges of Worcester Consortium's Faculty Development Committee will sponsor "Teaching With Style: Enhancing Learning by Understanding Teaching and Learning Styles" in WPI's Instructional Media Center from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. Dr. Tony Grasha, a social psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Cincinnati, will present the seminar. Grasha, executive editor of the interdisciplinary journal College Teaching and a consulting editor to The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, is the author of many books, including his most recent, Teaching With Style. Seating is limited. Call the consortium at 754-6829 for reservations. Deadline is Oct. 11.

The Central Massachusetts Center for the Study of Alternatives to Violence, a COWC-sponsored program, will present a one-day conference titled "Violence in the Workplace" on Friday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in WPI's Founders Hall. The morning session will feature a presentation by representatives of Polaroid Corp. on the realities of workplace violence and the organization's struggle to overcome and manage them.

Afternoon workshops will focus on "Conflict Resolution Skills in the Workplace," "An Examination of Conflict Management Styles in the Workplace" and "Human Resource Development Roles in the Intervention and Prevention of Workplace Violence." For additional details and registration information, contact the COWC at 754-6829.

Basketball Clinic Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20

WPI's annual Basketball Clinic for boys and girls will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 20, in Harrington Auditorium. Head Basketball Coach Ken Kaufman and his staff will conduct the clinic for boys and girls ages 10 to 12 and 13 to 16 (two separate groups). Emphasis will be on fundamentals and team concepts; each participant will get to play two games each day. Tuition includes lunch. For more information or an application, call 831-5243.

Chemistry Conference Saturday, Oct. 19

High school, college and university chemistry teachers will come to WPI on Saturday, Oct. 19, for "The General Chemistry Course Driven by the Laboratory." The conference, sponsored by the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, will focus on the discovery approach to teaching chemistry, in which the laboratory drives the course and concepts are initiated by student experimentation, then expanded in the classroom.

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Holy Cross chemistry Professor Richard Herrick will present "Reflections on Discovering Chemistry at Holy Cross." A discussion will follow. From 11 a.m. to noon, WPI chemistry Professor Nicholas Kildahl will discuss "Discovery Learning: Fact or Fancy." Following lunch, a panel discussion, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will provide opportunities for questions on a variety of issues and techniques related to teaching this type of course. Registration is $15; lunch is available for an additional $7. For more information, call the department at 831-5371.

Invitational Math Meet Thursday, Oct. 24

WPI's ninth annual Invitational Mathematics Meet for high school students will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, in Harrington Auditorium. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. More than 85 schools from four states are expected to send four-person teams to this year's competition. Weston (Mass.) High School won the meet last year. The event includes individual and team competitions. Each round poses interesting and challenging questions based on the secondary curriculum up to, but not including calculus. The student with the highest score will receive a $3,000 scholarship; second- and third-place winners receive $2,000 and $1,500 scholarships, respectively. Team awards are also given.

Wireless LAN Conference Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25

The Second IEEE Workshop on Wireless Local Area Networks will be held at WPI on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 25. The event is cosponsored by the IEEE's Boston Section and the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies in cooperation with the Wireless LAN Research Laboratory. Researchers, design engineers, computer scientists and representatives of major users of wireless LANs from more than 10 different countries are expected to attend the workshop.

Thursday's program will feature a tutorial that will focus on trends in wireless LANs standards, products and applications. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., participants will tour the NSF/WPI wireless campus testbed. The tour will include demonstrations of the technology by WPI students. Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Kaveh Pahlavan directs the university's Center for Wireless Information Studies, which established the testbed, whose heart is a wireless classroom in which the instructions on the board are transferred to students' laptops through the air. "This testbed and the Wireless LAN Research Laboratory are helping WPI gain a reputation as a leading educational institution in one of the fastest growing sectors of the industry," says Pahlavan.

At 9 a.m. on Friday, President Edward Parrish will welcome participants to the technical program, which will include such topics as "Wideband Data in Europe," "Wireless LANs in Japan," and "Wireless LANs in Education, Health and Finance." Panel discussions will be held on such topics as the future of wireless LANs and interoperability.

"The first IEEE Workshop on Wireless LANs was held in 1991," says Pahlavan. "At that time the industry was in its infancy and a committee had recently been formed to develop a standard for Wireless LANs. Today the technology is relatively mature and has applications to a variety of business and academic settings. The key marketing challenge is the education of potential customers in the effective us of wireless LANs as a vehicle to enhance the capabilities of their networks. The workshop is an important technical forum in the system aspects of wireless LANs. It will demonstrate the capabilities of the existing technologies and provide a look into near-term future directions."

Noted Educator to Lecture at WPI Monday, Oct. 28

Theodore Sizer, an education professor and chairman and co-founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools at Brown University, will discuss the future of education reform at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, in Newell Hall, Salisbury Labs on the WPI campus. Admission is $7. Preregistration is recommended. For additional information and registration materials, call 757-6776.

Sizer is the author of Horace's Compromise, Horace's School and Horace's Hope. His work with the coalition and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform has been described as the largest and most significant attempt at school reform in the history of American education.

The lecture is presented by the Citizens' Educational Resource Center as part of its Margaret Klein Memorial Lecture Series. Additional support for the program has been provided by Komtek and the Wyman-Gordon Foundation. The lecture series honors the memory of Margaret Klein, a longtime member of the CERC board, who died in 1988. Margaret was the wife of Dieter Klein, associate professor of management.

Latin American Trade Lecture Series Thursday, Oct. 31

WPI and the New England Latin American Business Council are co-sponsoring "New England/Latin America: Entering the Mercosur Market." The seminar will be held at Boston's World Trade Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Management Professor Arthur Gerstenfeld is program director for the seminar, which will include a series of lectures and workshops on how New England businesses can benefit from recent changes in Latin America. The program will bring together New England business leaders and experts on Latin America, including Flavio Grynzspan, country manager of Motorola Brazil, Nelson Valverde, a senior vice president at Bay Bank with extensive experience in Chile, and Gabriel Royo, an adjunct assistant professor of management at WPI who has experience in Argentina.

The seminar is one of a series of programs being developed as part of a grant from U.S. Department of Education's Center for International Education. The grant was awarded to WPI to help prepare its students and regional manufacturing, high technolog y and engineering companies to penetrate Latin American markets. For more information, contact Gerstenfeld at 831-5218 or e-mail ag@wpi.wpi.edu.