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Critical Mention: Space Voyage

President Leshin speaks with CBS Boston’s Paula Ebben hours after William Shatner’s historic trip to space, saying there has been new excitement around aerospace studies and WPI growing numbers in this field of study is proof.

Google Maps Is Here to Save You From a Wildfire

Professor Albert Simeoni, fire protection engineering, is quoted in the Lifewire article. Simeoni discusses the pros and cons of the new feature.

Wildfires and Microgravity: NSF-Funded Research Team Will Use the ISS to Better Understand Fire Spread

ISS360 reports fire protection engineering professor James Urban is working on cutting edge research to better predict the spread of massive, deadly wildfires by studying flames on the International Space Station.

Worcester, Massachusetts taking on potholes in new, high-tech way

WCVB Channel 5 aired a segment on a new technology developed by WPI graduates that will help detect potholes. The device called Roadgnar is currently being tested by the City of Worcester.

WPI and Clark ranked among nation's top universities by U.S. News & World Report

The Telegram and Gazette notes WPI’s ranking among the top national universities.

WPI granted $464K to study stress fractures in female runners

The Worcester Business Journal reports on WPI’s National Institutes of Health award to support running injury research.

Experts Say Record Rainfall Is Wreaking Havoc On Massachusetts Roads

WPI civil engineering professor Nima Rahbar was interviewed for the CBS Boston segment on how excessive rainfall is creating more pothole problems.

Money & technology: COVID accelerated the evolution of fintech

“Fintech really is everywhere” WPI Business Professor Robert Sarnie speaks with the Worcester Business Journal about this unnoticed industry.

WPI’s Newest Mural Encompasses Diversity and Inclusion

Central Mass Town Square reports on a well known Worcester artist who is bringing WPI’s newest mural to life. The painting “Diversity in STEM” is the Class of 2021’s gift to the university and has a very visible and important message.

How Venice Is Retackling Overtourism After a Year Without Visitors

The director of WPI’s Venice Project Center, Fabio Carrera, was interviewed for the Conde Nast Traveler article. Carrera argues that developing tech and other entrepreneurial industries independent of tourism will create a more livable Venice—and a more attractive home base for new residents. 

WPI student launches breakfast stand to address food insecurity throughout Worcester

The Telegram & Gazette highlighted Justin Amevor, a second-year graduate student majoring in computer science who launched DoughBoyz Breakfast this summer. DoughBoyz is a social justice and sustainability foundation serving food to insecure college students and underserved communities.

This self-healing concrete automatically fills in cracks

The reporter writes “it looks a little like magic” when referring to Professor Nima Rahbar’s research  into self-healing concrete. However the Fast Company article takes a much deeper look at the problem of degrading concrete and the solution the WPI team is developing.

Local artist paints a 'Diversity in STEM'-themed mural at WPI

Spectrum News 1 aired a story about the new and first ever exterior mural at WPI. The mural was a gift from the class of 2021 and reflects the diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.

 

Ask the Experts: Best Personal Loans

Farnoush Reshadi, assistant professor in The Business School, was featured in an "Ask the Experts" piece in WalletHub, a personal finance website. The article focused on advice for people trying to find a personal loan and characteristics of good personal loans.

 

WPI to celebrate class of 2020 Saturday

The Telegram & Gazette noted WPI in its College Town section (scroll down to third item). “After having to postpone in-person graduations last year due to the pandemic, Worcester Polytechnic Institute will celebrate its class of 2020 at a commencement ceremony this weekend,” the article stated.

The Delta variant is stirring uncertainty on college campuses for fall

The Boston Globe quoted President Leshin in the front-page article. “The Delta variant is the wild card all of higher ed is watching now,” Leshin, who leads the Massachusetts Higher Education Working Group, told The Globe. “University COVID response teams across the state are actively tracking and planning for a variety of scenarios.”

WBUR Radio

WBUR reported on (scroll down to 13th item at 20:04:50 mark)  Andrew Clark, assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, using the five-year, $500,000 CAREER Award to build algorithms and use machine learning that can identify and filter out erroneous information created when a hacker breaches a system’s typical first-line security measures, like firewalls, firmware protections, and automatic bug fixes.

Caltech Names Its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

President Leshin was featured in the Pasadena Now article. The award noted Leshin (MS ‘89, PhD ‘95) “‘for her barrier-breaking leadership at universities such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which has been recognized for both teaching and research excellence and essential strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion under her guidance as the first woman to serve as president; and for her accomplishments as a distinguished geochemist and space scientist.’”

Publish or perish? Here's what one university is doing to widen the tenure track

Provost Wolo Soboyejo was interviewed for the article which appeared in The Business Journals chain of newspapers across the country, including in Washington, Denver, Albany, and Memphis. “I think this is a conversation that our peers should be having across the country,” Soboyejo said. “I think it's an important dialogue that could really help shape the future of higher ed. How do we give security and academic freedom to faculty so that they can engage our students in environments that are truly transformative?”

WPI, UMass researchers receive funding for anti-parasite, anti-fungal treatment research

The Telegram & Gazette noted work by Reeta Rao, professor in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology, in their article. Rao is working with researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, on a one-year project to screen analogs of a plant-derived compound as a potential prophylactic or therapeutic against Candida auris (C. auris) and soil-transmitted parasites such as hookworms, whipworms, and ascarids.

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