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Walensky, Jha praise graduates Saturday for resiliency during pandemic

The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram covered WPI’s 153rd Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Keynote speaker Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the CDC, praised the Class of 2022 for their resilience and told them to “embrace the gray” and uncertainty in their lives, as they work to “find their rainbow.”

Connell Sanders: The Future is Fintech — Here’s what you need to know right now

Worcester Magazine covered a financial technology boot camp held by The Business School at WPI in partnership with Mass Fintech Hub. Attendees learned how cryptocurrency and mobile stock-trading have become available to more diverse groups of people and how they themselves could benefit from them.

Key Recruitment Strategies for a New Era

The Chronicle of Higher Education spoke with Vice President of  Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo about the university’s admissions process since making the decision to go test blind.

Is it possible to heat our homes without heating our planet?

BBC Earth featured the self-healing concrete developed by Associate Professor Nima Rahbar and Professor Suzanne Scarlata in an episode about climate-friendly ways to heat residential homes. The self-healing concrete uses an enzyme found in red blood cells to heal itself, thereby filling cracks before they cause larger structural issues.

Music & Science: Practicum Peformance

WBZ News Radio was in the audience for the practicum performance of the class Music & Science, and spoke with Adjunct Teaching Professor David Ibbett about (at the 13:35:57 mark) the class and the student projects featured in the concert. The musical pieces blended scientific research, data, music, and the student experience in an interactive show that brought new perspectives to the topic

Futuristic Help for Nurses

Robotics Engineering Assistant Professor Jane Li spoke with WBZ News Radio (at the 00:17:24 mark) about the nursing robots she’s constructing. The robots are designed to help nurses care for patients who are in quarantine or isolation, and to help with other tasks, such as retrieving supplies and equipment.

Facebook Suffers a Big Setback

TheStreet spoke to Business School Assistant Professor Kenny Ching about the Security and Exchange Commission ruling that Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) must give investors the opportunity to vote on the company’s move to focus on the metaverse. Prof. Ching said the case “will be a test for how society will eventually come to accept - or reject – the metaverse.”

WPI football team partners with Be the Match, Andy Talley Foundation to host bone marrow donation drive

NBC Boston and Spectrum News 1 covered the football team’s annual bone marrow donation drive. They spoke to Frank Almeida, ’24, who found out he was a match in 2021, and donated his bone marrow, likely saving the recipient’s life. 

Brain gain: Universities worldwide step up to help Ukrainian scholars

The Christian Science Monitor spoke with Business School Associate Professor Renata Konrad about how she and her colleagues at WPI to help people affected by the war in Ukraine. Prof. Konrad also talked about she and other faculty members are remotely advising students in Ukraine.

The Metaverse Has a Winner: Casinos, Gamblers

Financial news website TheStreet spoke with Assistant Professor Kenny Ching about how casinos will operate in the metaverse, including the main attractions and pitfalls of so-called crypto gambling.

After MIT reinstates SAT and ACT mandate, will other colleges follow?

NBC News spoke with Vice President of Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo about WPI’s decision to go test-blind in the admissions process, after MIT announced it would once again require standardized tests.

Last Call with Kyle Mikolajczyk, vice president of WPI's Model Train Club

Worcester Magazine wrote a feature article about Kyle Mikolajczyk, vice president of WPI's Model Train Club. The story not only highlights the creative and inclusive activity culture at WPI, but mentions what brought him to the university four years ago.

MIT resumes mandate for SAT or ACT scores. Many other colleges have not.

The Washington Post spoke with Vice President of Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo about WPI’s test-blind policy, after MIT announced its decision to start accepting standardized test scores again.

M.I.T. Will Again Require SAT and ACT Scores

Vice President of Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo spoke with The New York Times about MIT’s decision to reinstate its standardized testing requirement. He also spoke about WPI’s move to become a fully test-blind institution.

WPI Fulbright Scholars help link Ukrainians in homeland, stateside

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette spoke with Fulbright scholars Yuliia Kleban and Roman Mykhailyshyn, about the war in Ukraine and their efforts to help people affected by the conflict. Both Kleban and Mykhailyshyn are from Ukraine and completed their Fulbright scholarships at WPI, just weeks before the war began.

Echoing WWII rescue efforts, ethnic Russian researchers in U.S. support Ukrainian scholars

GBH spoke with Computer Science Professor Dmitry Korkin about how he has opened his home to the family of a Ukrainian professor, Vitaly Yurkiv, amid the war with Russia. Korkin is also working to help Yurkiv find work in the U.S. when Yurkiv is able to leave Ukraine.

'Self-healing' concrete substitute sucks carbon out of the air

Industry Dive spoke with Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering Associate Professor Nima Rahbar and Chemistry & Biochemistry Professor Suzanne Scarlata about their work to create an enzymatic construction material, which could be a sustainable alternative to concrete. The material removes carbon dioxide from the air during its formation and self-healing process.

Mass. Ukrainians send money, tactical medicine to battlefield back home

WBUR spoke with Associate Professor of Business Renata Konrad (at the 7:33:40 mark) about her efforts to help the people of Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion. Professor Konrad talked about how she has organized donations of first aids and medical supplies, as well as the help and support she’s received from the WPI community.

Researchers find ways to turn bamboo into biofuel

Newsy spoke with Chemical Engineering Professor Mike Timko and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Ali Salifu about their research that found bamboo can be converted into biofuel to power vehicles and generators.

Sustainable Pursuits: Today’s engineering designs are shaped with sustainability and incorporate innovation

Digital Engineering 24/7 spoke with Social Science & Policy Studies Professor Rob Krueger about sustainable design and the formalization of the Institute of Science and Technology for Development.

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