Shawmut Design and Construction completes WPI’s Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall project

WPI’s Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal.

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Water providers put cost for 1,4-dioxane treatment systems at $840M

Newsday quoted Professor Harold Walker, civil and environmental engineering, in the article, “Water Providers Put Cost for 1,4-Dioxane Treatment Systems at $840M”   

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College Town: WPI Professor Elected a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors

This week’s College Town in the Telegram & Gazette led off with Gregory Fischer, William Smith Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering, being elected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. The article noted some of Fischer’s work, including development of an MRI-compatible robotic system, which will enable more effective treatment of metastatic brain tumors.

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Rule could limit college response to off-campus sex assaults

WPI’s general counsel was interviewed for this article. David Bunis told The Associated Press there’s concern that newly proposed regulations might “strictly” limit the jurisdiction of the university when investigating certain incidents.  

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The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change

The New York Times Magazine interviewed Jennifer Wilcox, the James H. Manning Professor of Chemical Engineering and internationally renowned expert on capturing and storing carbon dioxide, for the article, “The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change.” The process of so-called air capture of carbon dioxide could help counter the impact of several vital industries, Wilcox told The Times.

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WPI Professor Calls Trade Wars a Wake-up Call for the Recycling Industry

The Telegram & Gazette talked to Brajendra Mishra, the Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of mechanical engineering, about the tariffs that are hitting recycling businesses and consumers hard, and putting a strain on the industry. “In cases where recycling is not profitable, like glass and paper, the government should step up and provide subsidies in those areas," Mishra told the Telegram & Gazette. "Like the subsidy we provide for solar panels because we know it is good for the environment.”

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WPI Sports Shoe Sole to One Day Help Athletes Decrease the Risk of ACL Tears

WCVB's The Cutting Edge covered WPI's sports shoe sole, which was designed by Chris Brown, professor of mechanical engineering, and a team of students, to reduce the incidence of non-contact knee and ankle injuries in organized sports.

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The Chemistry of Fear

Natural History magazine published an article, "The Chemistry of Fear," which featured work by Jagan Srinivasan, associate professor of biology and biotechnology, on how animals utilize signaling in their “fight or flight” response to predators.

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Boston Scientific joins WPI's R&D alliance

The Worcester Business Journal reported on Boston Scientific joining PracticePoint, a membership-based research and development and commercialization alliance founded by WPI to advance healthcare and patient wellness technologies through accelerating development of medical cyber-physical systems.

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WPI Thinking Cap

Channel 3 “Worcester News Tonight” aired an interview with Erin Solovey, associate professor of computer science, about her NSF-funded research. Solovey is leading a team of researchers in developing a new program combining computer science and neuroscience tools to study online learning.

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AP Explains: What are dangers of mining waste in Brazil?

The Associated Press interviewed Associate Research Engineer Dr. Marco Kaltofen, nuclear science and engineering, for this article. He explained how mining contaminants can become airborne if floodwaters deposit them on a riverbank, where they can dry out and blow away.

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Price Cut Helps WPI Math Teaching Program Regain Enrollment

The Telegram & Gazette talked to John Goulet, teaching professor of Mathematical Sciences and Coordinator, Master of Mathematics for Educators Program, and Kristin Tichenor, senior vice president of Undergraduate Admissions, about WPI's reduction in its Mathematics for Educators degree program, which aims to reverse declining enrollment in the program. 

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College Town: WPI Computer Scientist Developing Anti-hacking Technology

The T&G's College Town reported on work by Craig Shue, associate professor of computer science, to develop "containerization" technology, to prevent a malware attack via commercial websites. Shue received a three-year grant from the National Science foundation for this work. 

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Treating Schistosomiasis with Wormwood Tea

NPR 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.

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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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