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Worcester Business JournalWPI rebrands Office of Multicultural Affairs to reflect diversity mission

The Worcester Business Journal wrote about the renaming of the former Office of Multicultural Affairs, which is now known as the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education, to reflect the university’s diversity mission.

Telegram.comWPI Prof. aids NYT investigation into fire that killed 17 in the Bronx

The Telegram & Gazette published a feature on the WPI research team who helped the New York Times investigate a fatal fire in the Bronx. It article also mentions how this study will be used in future WPI Fire Protection Engineering classes.

Boston Globe (the)Amazon and iRobot: How Massachusetts became a leader in the robotics industry

The Boston Globe mentions WPI as a “critical academic player” in its article detailing the robotics ecosystem in Massachusetts.

Telegram.comSome Worcester neighborhoods are hotter than others. Here's why it matters

Why are some areas in a city so much hotter than others during a heat wave? WPI Associate Professor Steve McCauley, Department of Integrative & Global Studies (DIGS), discusses “heat islands” with the Telegram & Gazette.  According to WPI's Global Lab, neighborhoods in Worcester can be as much as 17 degrees warmer than the air in neighboring towns, particularly in the afternoon and after sunset. The article is part of an extensive USA TODAY Network reporting project on climate change.

NBC BostonLetting Nature Be Your Teacher

Associate Professor Elisabeth Stoddard of the Department of Integrative & Global Studies within The Global School spoke with NBC10 as part of their Climate 2022 coverage about the Farm Stay Project Center in Paxton, Massachusetts. Through the partnership with Turn Back Time, WPI students are helping some of the youngest learners get excited about environmental education through the university’s project-based education.

Irish TimesDecades of clashes with China led to Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan trip

Professor Jennifer Rudolph, an expert on modern Chinese political history, lends her thoughts about the potential impact of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in a Financial Times article which was picked up by several other media outlets including The Irish Times.

Worcester Business JournalTwo WPI projects receive $1.6M combined to improve sanitation, education

The Worcester Business Journal highlighted two grants secured by WPI researchers: a $900,000 grant secured by WPI’s Institute of Science and Technology for Development (instead) for work in Ethiopia related to WPI MicroFlush toilets; and a $700,000 National Science Foundation grant secured by WPI researcher and associate professor Erin Ottmar to improve math tools for middle school teachers.

WBUR 90.9The role of the bubonic plague in Shakespeare's plays

Associate professor Michelle Ephraim spoke with WBUR Radio Boston about her popular “Infected Shakespeare” class at WPI that studies how the famed playwright understood and wrote about pandemics and infectious diseases, as part of the station’s “Brilliant Boston” series.

GBHBlack Hole Symphony translates the sounds of black holes into orchestral music

Adjunct Professor of Music David Ibbett appeared on the GBH program “Boston Public Radio” to talk about the “Black Hole Symphony” he composed and is performing at the Museum of Science planetarium. Ibbett worked with astrophysicists to turn the different aspects of a black hole galaxy into a concert and immersive experience that includes audio and visuals.

Telegram.comMaking algebra as easy as 1, 2, 3: WPI researcher using AI to aid middle school teachers

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette interviewed researcher Erin Ottmar about the $700,000 grant she received from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop technology that will help middle school teachers better understand when and how students are succeeding or struggling while learning algebra.

Washington Post (the)What does it mean for a hotel to be carbon neutral?

The Washington Post spoke with Social Science & Policy Studies Department Head Rob Krueger about what the term “carbon neutral” means for hotels, and how people using a sustainable building can change the way it functions. Krueger also gave recommendations on how to travel in an environmentally-friendly way.

NPROvercoming the Hubris Problem in Engineering

The Academic Minute on WAMC NPR aired a segment by Professor Rob Krueger titled “Overcoming the Hubris Problem in Engineering”.  Kruger examines how decades after US interventions to "develop" the "third world" were deployed without consideration for culture or context, programs like WPI’s Institute of Science and Technology for Development (InSTeD) are replacing hubris with humility, thus reframing the goals of engineering in development.

WBUR 90.9How a South Shore town banned arcade games for nearly four decades

WBUR's Radio Boston spoke with Professor Jennifer deWinter about a ban on arcade games in Marshfield that lasted from 1982 to 2014 for its “Hidden History” series. Professor deWinter talked about the history of video and arcade games, the concerns that drove the ban, and how similar sentiments are being manifested today.

TechRaptorMeet the Next Generation of Game Design at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Video game news site TechRaptor says it sees a “bright future” for the gaming industry after speaking with two Interactive Media and Game Development students and IMGD Director Associate Professor Gillian Smith.  

Boston Globe (the)Science and music collide in ‘Black Hole Symphony’ at the Museum of Science

The Boston Globe spoke with Adjunct Professor of Music David Ibbett about his “Black Hole Symphony” concerts. The performances are being held in the planetarium at the Museum of Science. Ibbett composed the music for the symphony, which features a live chamber orchestra, recorded electronic music, visuals, and a narration. The symphony seeks to educate and entertain by combining music and science to help the audience understand black holes.

Spectrum News 1MassDigi interns counting on honesty of 5th graders to help develop video games

Spectrum News 1 covered a visit to MassDigi at WPI by fifth-graders from Elm Park Community School, who "playtested" video games being developed by students participating in MassDigi's 12-week Summer Innovation Program.

MoneyThe 10 Best Colleges for Engineering Majors

Money Magazine included WPI on its list of the best colleges for engineering majors, citing the university’s longtime commitment to a project-based learning curriculum, as well as the focus on combining theory and practice.

Nation's Restaurant NewsWhy restaurant operators should reserve a spot in the metaverse

Professor Jennifer deWinter spoke with the restaurant industry trade magazine Nation’s Restaurant News about how restaurants – from fast food to fine dining – might adapt metaverse technologies to creatively interact with customers.

Worcester MagazineMaking a difference: Student volunteers work for change on campus and in the community

Worcester Magazine profiled Maggie Gunville, Class of 2022, in an article about local college students who have made an impact in the Worcester community. Maggie had leadership roles in the Food Recovery Network, a student-run organization that recovers unserved food from Morgan Dining Hall and delivers it to Friendly House. During the height of the pandemic, Maggie was instrumental in pivoting to help the homeless community, and in restarting food delivery operations in fall 2021.

MarketplaceActivision Blizzard employees vote to form a union

NPR’s Marketplace spoke with Gillian Smith, Associate Professor and Director of IMGD, about the unionization efforts at Activision Blizzard – the video game company behind titles including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and World of Warcraft. It’s the first time a union has been formed at a major video game studio. Smith talked about what she has heard about the working conditions at some similar companies. The story was featured on NPR’s national broadcast, as well as approximately 50 local stations around the country.