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Coronavirus Response: WPI Collects Thousands of Gloves and Masks; Begins Process of 3D Printing Supplies for Medical Facilities

In addition to collecting and donating protective supplies like masks and gloves to local hospitals during the coronavirus outbreak, WPI is also offering other services, such as printing supplies via 3-D printers, MassLive reported.

Mass. Hospitals Call Out for Mask, Sanitizer, Financial Donations to Combat Coronavirus

As local hospitals struggle with a shortage of supplies during the coronavirus outbreak, WPI faculty have been collecting Nitrile gloves, masks, and other protective gear to donate, reported WHDH.

Leading Women in Engineering & Science: Making their Mark in Medical History

Medical Design Briefs highlighted Ulkuhan Guler, assistant professor of electrical & computer engineering, in a Q&A​. Guler answered questions about what drew her to engineering, and what advice she would recommend to other women considering the field. ​

WPI Donates Supplies to Medical Professionals as Colleges Navigate COVID-19 Outbreak

WCVB News Center 5 at Noon talked to WPI about supplies faculty collected to donate to the medical facilities in the region as colleges and universities across the Commonwealth respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The university is donating roughly 35,000 gloves and 1,000 surgical masks, along with protective gowns, shoe covers and other needed materials.

WPI Team Develops Way to Project Virus Spread in Confined Spaces

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, and his eight-member graduate team, were featured in this article. The researchers developed an artificial intelligence-based computational model that predicts how an infectious disease spreads in a confined space.

When Men Are Victims of Domestic Abuse

Emily Douglas, professor and department head of social science & policy studies, spoke with KCUR (NPR, Kansas) about her research surrounding men who are victims of domestic abuse. She shared that men are less likely to seek help in domestic abuse situations, and that these men often face barriers to seeking help. "But, now the conversation is switching to, 'how do we best serve men who are victims of partner violence'?" she told KCUR. (The clip starts at 1:02)

Team of academics working to develop app to help people with disabilities report abuse

The Boston Herald reported on the work that Krishna Venkatasubramanian, assistant professor of computer science, and Jeanine Skorinko, professor of social science and policy studies, are doing on an app to help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities report abuse.

As I See It: Urgent Action Needed to Protect the Nation's Power Grid

Michael Ahern, director of Power Systems and instructor in the Foisie Business School, wrote an op-ed published by the Telegram & Gazette stressing the vulnerabilities inherent in the U.S. electrical power system. In "Urgent Action Needed to Protect the Nation's Power Grid," Ahern describes the grid’s problematic infrastructure and ways to guard against cyberattack.

Sharing Data Faster to Fight an Epidemic

Bioinformatics professor Dmitry Korkin was featured in an article highlighting a trend in researchers bypassing traditional journals in favor of publishing their findings more quickly online. Korkin and his team built a 3D roadmap of the coronavirus and posted it online to provide a tool for others to use in their own research. “We felt the urgency of this work,” Korkin said.

Here’s how local researchers are helping cure the new coronavirus

A stand-alone story about WPI’s role in developing and sharing a 3D roadmap of the novel coronavirus appears in The story includes quotes from WPI bioinformatics professor Dmitry Korkin and PhD students Senbao Lu and Oleksandr Narykov. The piece also includes several photos, a graphic of the novel coronavirus, and a 30-second video explainer.


Coronavirus 3D roadmap: WPI researcher’s model could help find a treatment

WPI professor Dmitry Korkin is interviewed in this story about his role in guiding a research team in developing and sharing the 3D roadmap of the novel coronavirus. The story includes comments from PhD student Ziyang Gao, who has friends in the region most impacted by coronavirus. The story also includes an explainer graphic.

WPI Professor and Students Create 3D Models of Coronavirus

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science at WPI and director of the university’s bioinformatics and computational biology program, appears on a three-minute segment on NBC10 discussing his role in developing and sharing the 3D roadmap of the novel coronavirus. The segment includes insightful comments from PhD students Ziyang Gao and Hongzhu Cui.

WPI Professor, Grad Students Share Coronavirus Roadmap

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, spoke with WBZ News Radio about the structural road map of the 2019 novel conoravirus he and his graduate students developed. The goal of the research is to reach new breakthroughs in treating the virus.

WPI Professor Develops 3D Model of Coronavirus

Dmitry Korkin, associate professor of computer science, was featured in the Telegram & Gazette for groundbreaking research he is doing to create a structural 3D roadmap of the new coronavirus. The story includes multiple photos and a 60-second video.

The Widespread Problem of Weight Stigma Among Pregnant and Post-Partum Women

Assistant Professor of Social Science & Policy Studies, Angela Incollingo Rodriguez, talked about her research surrounding weight stigma in pregnant and postpartum women on the podcast Top of Mind With Julie Rose (36:31 mark), from Brigham Young University Radio. Rodriguez discussed how nearly two-thirds of pregnant and postpartum women experience weight stigma, and that that when pregnant and postpartum women experience weight stigma, they are at risk for depressive symptoms, unhealthy eating behaviors, and stress.​

WPI to Launch New Global School, Increase International Presence

Provost Wole Soboyejo was interviewed by the Telegram & Gazette as WPI announced the launch of The Global School and its search for an inaugural dean. The Global School will reinforce WPI’s global project centers with students working on advanced degrees, as well as additional faculty support, and will lead to the development of more sophisticated and sustainable solutions to local issues, Soboyejo said.​

WPI Announces The Global School

WBUR reported on WPI's opening of The Global School to expand study abroad programs focused on technological, economic, and social problems around the world. 

5 Things To Do This Weekend

WBUR mentioned Associate Professor of Interactive Media and Game Development and Humanities & Arts Joshua Rosenstock's Fermentophone exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History as one of the 5 Things To Do This Weekend. 

WPI research on car corrosion appears on Boston 25

WPI mechanical engineering professor Adam Powell appeared in a 3-minute segment on Boston 25 News discussing approaches to reducing corrosion in cars. Powell, who was awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the Department of Energy, noted that WPI “…will be creating advanced lightweight components that can last as long as the rest of conventional cars.” (References to WPI start at 1:56.)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute expands global programs

The Boston Globe reported on WPI's launch of the Global School, which will build on the university's longstanding efforts to prepare students who are focused on science, engineering, and technology to have a significant impact on the major social, technological, ecological, and economic challenges facing people around the world. The article also noted that WPI is searching for an inaugural dean for The Global School.