Treating Schistosomiasis with Wormwood Tea

BBC Radio  interviewed Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology, about the benefits of using a tea infused with plant Artemesia annua to treat and cure the parasitic disease schistosomiasis. Artemesia annua is easily grown in Africa, where the illness is more common. (The interview begins at 26:35.)

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Training Engineers To Spot Opportunity And Impact

Glenn Gaudette, the William Smith Dean’s Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Value Creation Initiative, was quoted in a Forbes article about the importance of training engineering students to think entrepreneurially. The article focused on the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), of which WPI is a member.

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Inaugural Worcester Preservation Awards presented to five organizations

WPI was selected as an inaugural recipient of the Worcester Preservation Awards in the “new construction” category for the Foisie Innovation Studio, Worcester Magazine reported.

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Worcester company gets $174K for clean energy technology

The Worcester Business Journal reported that Battery Resourcers, a lithium battery recycling company developed by Yan Wang, the William Smith Foundation Dean’s Professor, and colleagues, received a $174,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. 

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How to globalize the circular economy
  • Joseph Sarkis, professor in the Foisie Business School, co-authored an article in Nature, “How to Globalize the Circular Economy,” stressing the need for more sustainable use of resources in manufacturing processes across industries worldwide.
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College Town: Shutdown Could Create Science Research Backlog

Vice Provost for Research Bogdan Vernescu discussed with the Telegram & Gazette the federal government shutdown’s potential impact on federally funded research.

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A Look Ahead at the Year in Space

President Laurie Leshin was featured on WGBH's The Curiosity Desk, talking about the recent advancements and successes in space science that launched 2019. She noted the extensive space science research faculty and students are conducting at WPI: "How do you keep astronauts alive for long space flight? How do you make sure our communications with them will be flawless?" she said. "It’s these kinds of foundational technologies that are being worked on at WPI." 

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Schools Don’t Need to Ban Homework, They Just Need to Make It Better

Education Post featured an op-ed by Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science and director of learning sciences and technologies, that examines ways school districts nationwide can make homework more effective and relevant. In “Schools Don’t Need to Ban Homework; They Just Need to Make It Better,” Heffernan argues for homework technologies that help replicate the kind of back-and-forth interactions that students and teachers have in class.

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Tea Treatment for Schistosomiasis

National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered" profiled research by Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology, comparing the efficacy of sweet wormwood tea to cure the parasitic disease schistosomiasis. The tea cured patients faster than the most common drug treatment and with no adverse side effects. NPR also featured Weathers’ work on its blog last week.

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If A Worm Makes You Sick, Can This Cup Of Tea Cure You?

In a story on National Public Radio’s Goats and Soda blog, health reporter Jason Beaubien describes a new study co-authored by Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology, that showed that tea infusions made from the wormwood plant cured patients with schistosomiasis faster than the commonly used drug.

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The Scientists Who Play With Wildfire

Earther-Gizmodo published an article about Albert Simeoni, professor and interim fire protection engineering department head, and the work being done at WPI to better understand wildfires and their impact on communities.

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As Venice Natives Vanish, Life Drains From an Ancient Market

The Wall Street Journal cites data collected by Fabio Carrera, global studies teaching professor, in an article about Venice, Italy’s declining residential and tourist population.

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Brewster Collector Donates Dickens Trove

The Cape Cod Times reported on the Brewster couple who recently donated their massive Charles Dickens collection to WPI.

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Postpartum Depression Almost Took My Life

ScaryMommy, a parenting blog, highlighted Lifeline4Moms, an app developed by WPI and UMass Medical School that will help OB-GYNs better evaluate and treat PPD in new mothers.

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Dickens Collection at WPI

Worcester News Tonight stopped by WPI to talk with Joel Brattin, professor of English, and Arthur Carlson, assistant director of archives, about the Dan and Alice Ryan Dickens collection, which will be included in the Gordon Library's Fellman Collection of Dickens artifacts. 

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Worcester Is Reviving, but People Still Can’t Spell It (Forget the Pronunciation)

Andrew Palumbo, dean of admissions and financial aid, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal’s lighthearted look at how Worcester cannot seem to shake the ‘H’ - being called ‘Worchester’ by visitors, the government and even newspapers.

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College Town: WPI Names Director of Emergency Management

The Telegram & Gazette’s College Town section noted WPI appointing Lieutenant Colonel Ronald J. Bashista, United States Army, Retired, as emergency management director.  

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As I See It: Public's interest is crucial in gene-editing Discussion

An op-ed by Patricia Stapleton, assistant professor of social science and policy studies, was published in today's Telegram & Gazette.

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Priceless Charles Dickens Collection Donated to WPI

Gearing up the week before Christmas, the Telegram & Gazette covered the priceless collection of Charles Dickens artifacts that is being donated to WPI by Daniel Ryan. Joel Brattin, professor of English, and Arthur Carlson, assistant director of archives and special collections in George C. Gordon Library, noted how the influence of the collection will stretch beyond the university's campus. "This is a resource for everyone,” Carlson said. “It’s not restricted to WPI. We’re trying to take Dickens to the world.”

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