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Worcester Business JournalWPI 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.

Telegram.comWPI 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.

CBS BostonExperts 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.

Worcester Business JournalMoney & 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.

Central Mass Town SquareWPI’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.

Telegram.comWPI 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.

Condé Nast TravelerHow 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. 

Fast CompanyThis 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.

Spectrum News 1Local 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.

 

WalletHubAsk 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.

 

Telegram.comWPI 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.

Boston Globe (the)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 90.9WBUR 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.

The Business JournalsPublish 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?”

Pasadena NowCaltech 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.’”

Telegram.comWPI, 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.

Worcester Business JournalWPI researcher awarded $800K for cancer research

The Worcester Business Journal reported on Assistant Professor of Biology and Biotechnology Amity Manning’s grant from the American Cancer Society to support research that could possibly lead to future cancer therapies.

WAGMRise & Shine

CBS affiliate WAGM (Maine) highlighted WPI’s Interactive Media and Game Development (IMGD) program, noting it is one of the earliest gaming programs in the nation, as part of a segment on a local teenager who was accepted at WPI, his self-proclaimed dream school (5:39:42 mark)! The report also noted high marks the Princeton Review has given WPI’s IMGD in past rankings. Meanwhile, WPI was the only school Daniel Brower applied to. “I was freaking out all day because acceptance letters were coming out at 5 p.m. online,” Brower said. “I opened it. I was like, ‘yes!’”  In fact, he said he is following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, who was also accepted at WPI but never attended due to his serving in the military during World War II.  

Singapore News TribeAntidepressants In Waterways Can Affect Crayfish Behavior, Food Chain, Study Finds

Singapore News Tribe, Malaysian Tribune, and LAO PDR News Gazette printed an article that included comments from Lauren Mathews, associate professor, Biology and Biotechnology, about a study finding that antidepressants in waterways can affect crayfish behavior and the food chain.

NBC BostonNBC 10 Boston

(6:54:52 mark) highlights civil and environmental engineering associate professor Nima Rahbar’s research into a new self-healing concrete.