The Mission to Sample a Comet Going 84,000 Miles Per Hour—and Return

President Laurie Leshin was quoted in this Bloomberg Businessweek article. Looking back, then-President Bill Clinton’s decision to explore Mars “cemented NASA’s commitment to search-for-life research and made it appealing in a whole new way,” said Leshin, who the article noted is also a co-investigator on CAESAR (comet astrobiology exploration sample return).

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College Town: WPI prof’s discovery may speed production of cancer drug

WPI leads off the Telegram & Gazette’s College Town this week with a feature on professor Susan Roberts, head of the chemical engineering department. She developed a genetic engineering technique that could speed up manufacturing of a widely used cancer drug and lower its production costs, the T&G reported. 

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'Fist Bump Kid' Signs With WPI Men's Basketball Team

WPI Men’s Basketball announced its top draft pick for the season: the “Fist Bump Kid!” NBC10 Boston reported that Liam Fitzgerald, who became known as the “fist bump kid” after a video from a Boston Bruins game went viral, was “signed” by the WPI's men's basketball team, thanks to Team IMPACT. “WPI has a long history of signing Team IMPACT athletes to its teams, most recently in football, baseball, and women’s softball,” NBC10 reported. Team IMPACT connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams.

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2020 Census Comes With New Technology, but Greater Risks

The Wall Street Journal quoted Associate Professor Craig Shue, computer science, in this article. The census “is a treasure trove of information for nation-state hackers [because] it hopefully will have information about every American,” Shue told The Journal.

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Daughters of working mothers grow up to be just as happy as those of stay-at-home moms

Quartz at Work featured the article “Daughters of Working Mothers Grow Up to Be Just as Happy as Those of Stay-at-Home Moms,” which included research by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Long Lingo, Foisie Business School. 

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How to Get Siri and Alexa to Understand What You are Saying

Lifehacker.com interviewed robotics engineering research professor, Candace Sidner, for this article. Sidner offered insight into why voice assistants can sometimes be frustrating. “They are essentially programmed to do certain kinds of things, so they are breaking down utterances presented to them and then doing a search on the web.” 

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WPI develops method to increase cancer drug production

The Worcester Business Journal reported on the genetic engineering work by Susan Roberts, department head and professor of chemical engineering, which aims to double the product of paclitaxel, an ingredient in the world's best-selling cancer drug. 

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The most influential people in the Central Mass. economy

President Laurie Leshin has been named to the Worcester Business Journal’s "The Power 50," its annual list of the most powerful people in the Central Massachusetts business community. The WBJ writes “When we seek to create this list every year, we focus on the people who use their positions to have an outsized influence on the business community. We want to tell the story of a changing region and economy through the people creating that change.” The annual list section also includes a brief article on each nominee; here is a link to President Leshin’s page.

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Innovation Is Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Harder To Recycle

Yan Wang, professor of mechanical engineering, was interviewed for the Forbes article. Noted as an academic working on the problem of recycling li-ion batteries, Wang says “Battery Resourcers (a company he founded) has developed a process for recovering cathode materials like cobalt, as well as aluminum, copper, plastics, graphite, methanol and other chemicals used in the recycling process.” 

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CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES: ELON MUSK’S FLAMETHROWER TOY COULD BE A PROBLEM

Newsweek interviewed professor Albert Simeoni, fire protection engineering, for this article. “You can start a wildfire with a spark that can grow out of control in less than 30 seconds,” Simeoni said, adding that while you can start a wildfire in other ways, such as with a simple cigarette or match, “here you have matches or a lighter on steroids.”

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The age of the Worcester skyscraper has been replaced by street-level interactions

The Worcester Business Journal interviewed Rob Krueger, associate professor of social science & policy studies, about why the city of Worcester seems to no longer construct skyscrapers. Towers are often built for two main reasons, Krueger noted: land values are high, or a builder or owner wants to spend the money. 

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Group hopes to connect, help Central Mass. women of color

The Telegram & Gazette reported on associate professor Adrienne Hall-Phillips of the Foisie Business School being a key player in getting the first Central Massachusetts chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a historic international association of black women. Arts & Humanities Dean Jean King is also a photographed in the article.

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Students mine cryptocurrencies from dorm rooms

CNBC’s Nightly Business Report interviewed vice president for information technology Patricia Patria for a story about bitcoin mining on campuses.

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Bloomberg Baystate Business

Bloomberg Business News radio interviewed Stephen Flavin, vice president of academic and corporate engagement, and MassEcon board chair. Asked about Amazon’s future HQ2, Flavin said, “It’s all about creating the talent and supporting the jobs, and WPI is clearly positioned to contribute to that; we’ve been a strong partner of Amazon and Amazon robotics for many years.” (Fast forward to 50:45.)

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Engineers Creating Diseased Blood Vessels to Test Medications

WBUR reported on research by Marsha Rolle, associate professor of biomedical engineering, spoke to WBUR about her work to develop self-assembling human blood vessels that exhibit the symptoms of common cardiovascular conditions. The engineered blood vessels may give scientists a better way to test the effectiveness of new medications.

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An Ultra-Selective University Just Dropped the ACT/SAT. So What?

Andrew B. Palumbo, WPI dean of admissions and financial aid, was quoted in this article about the University of Chicago’s decision to adopt a test-optional admissions policy.The Chronicle noted that, since 2008 when WPI adopted its test optional policy, "other universities considering the same move have sought insights from WPI."

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Emmanuel Agu Talks to BBC About Sobriety App

Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science, was interviewed by the BBC regarding his smartphone app that uses machine learning algorithms to analyze a user’s walking pattern to detect alcohol impairment. Uber is seeking to develop an app to allow drivers to gauge passenger’s sobriety.

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Engineering Innovation Sperm Obstacle Course Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

WTOP radio in Washington, D.C., aired a segment featuring Erkan Tüzel, associate professor of physics, biomedical engineering, and computer science, discussing a sperm-sorting device that could improve IVF success. The segment also appears on the National Academy of Engineering web site.

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After 38 years, a college degree at last

This article featured the WPI graduation story of David D’Antonio who, in 1980, was a few classes short of earning a computer science degree when he ran out of money and dropped out. “Thirty-eight years later, the Arlington resident received his long-awaited diploma as well as praise from WPI president Laurie Leshin, who noted his ‘special amount of perseverance’ in her speech honoring the 981 undergraduates at the commencement ceremony on May 12.

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Commentary: Ed Tech Does Help Close the Achievement Gap — When It Supports Teachers

The74Million, an online news site focused on education in the U.S., an op-ed by Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science and director of Learning Sciences and Technologies.

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