WPI Team Helping to Develop Technology to Detect GMOs in Wild

In this article, the Telegram & Gazette reported on Eric Young, assistant professor of chemical engineering, being part of a team developing a biosecurity tool that can detect engineered microorganisms based on their unique DNA signatures. “There’s this huge change in how civilization works” thanks to the advent of GMOs, he told the T&G, “and the dream is that it’s a much more sustainable way of producing things.”

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‘More Than A Ballpark’: Worcester Red Sox Stadium Could Reshape City

In a report on its website, CBS Boston highlighted WPI’s roll in Polar Park - the future home of the Worcester Red Sox. The facility, expected to open in 2021, will “embrace the future of the game experience through a technology partnership with WPI,” the station reported (2nd graph from bottom). “We made an early commitment to technology,” Pawtucket Red Sox Principal Owner and Chairman Larry Lucchino told the station. “I don’t think we have robots yet in this ballpark, but we do want to have the next generation of technological advantage.”

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Looking Back on This Year's Classroom Experiments

Inside Higher Ed interviewed WPI Librarian Anna Gold, and Lori Ostapowic-Critz, associate director, library academic strategies, for this article. Gold noted that WPI’s Shuster Lab for Digital Scholarship (centered on project-based learning) is a popular home for informal and course-related digital scholarship.

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Traders are piling into bitcoin as a haven against volatile markets. This researcher warns they could get burned.

Numerous business-related publications, including Business Insider cited a report by Assistant Professor Dimitrios Koutmos, Foisie Business School. He said he’s sounding the alarm for investors, calling his report a “cautionary note” for fans of cryptocurrency.

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Standardized Testing in Question

WPI got a shout out on CNN-International when Michael Smerconish (on his program, “Smerconish”), discussed the SAT and named the university as one of “the great schools” that has gone test optional.

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Women, Alcohol and Perceived ‘Sexual Availability’

In the article, “Women, Alcohol and Perceived ‘Sexual Availability”, The New York Times reported on a study coauthored by Jeanne Skorinko, professor of psychology, “She Looks Like She’d Be an Animal in Bed: Dehumanization of Drinking Women in Social Contexts.” 

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New Paths to Full Professor

This Inside Higher Ed article featured work by WPI faculty and administration to clarify the university’s faculty promotion guidelines to better support associate professors and offer options that go beyond traditional research paths.

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My Turn: High-stakes testing leads to high-stakes cheating

An op-ed by Kristin Tichenor, senior vice president of enrollment and institutional strategy, was published in the Concord Monitor.

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Jared Grier Didn’t Let a Spinal Injury Prevent Him from Earning Diploma

WBZ radio interviewed WPI graduate Jared Grier, who suffered a spinal injury at the end of his freshman year but was determined to finish his degree. Grier said he was eager to get back to WPI after the injury: “This is where I’m supposed to be. A lot of my motivation was from not wanting to lose what I already achieved,” he told WBZ.

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Injured student returns to WPI to earn diploma

WPI graduate Jared Grier, who suffered a spinal injury at the end of his freshman year but was determined to return, was interviewed by WCVB-TV after commencement, where he received his degree in mechanical engineering.

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Study Shows that Women Who Drink Alcohol in Public are Dehumanized

WBUR talked with Jeanine Skorinko, professor of psychology, about her research on how women who drink alcohol in social settings are seen as less human by other women and men. 

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As I See It: Inclusion of ‘Circular Economy’ in Green New Deal could Support Economic Transformation

Professor Joseph Sarkis, Foisie Business School, had his op-ed,“Inclusion of ‘circular economy’ in Green New Deal Could Support Economic Transformation,” published in the Telegram & Gazette’s As I See It column.

 

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STEM Signing Day at WPI

WBZ Radio reported on Mass STEM Hub and Project Lead The Way’s High School Student Showcase and STEM signing day at WPI. Martha Cyr, director of Strategic Growth, Project Lead The Way at WPI, was interviewed about the program and the importance of STEM education, especially for young women.  
 

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WPI Prof's Study Examines Gender Bias in Social Drinking

The Telegram and Gazette reported on a study by Jeanine Skorinko, professor of social science and policy studies that looks at the social perceptions of women and men who drink alcohol and considers the consequences of these perceptions.
 

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Eye On Education: WPI Robotics Championship

CBS Boston's Eye on Education featured the FIRST Robotics News England Championship, which was hosted at WPI. Over 3,000 high school students designed solutions that could "collect samples on another planet with unpredictable terrain and weather. (Clip begins at the :41 second mark).

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Do 'mechanical trees' offer the cure for climate change?

Reuters quoted Jennifer Wilcox, the James H. Manning Chaired Professor, in the article. She noted in the article that a Dublin-based company’s pilot program to build 1,200 carbon-cleansing metal columns within a year would be the world's largest "direct air capture" operation to date.

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Stigma Free Worcester App

Worcester News Tonight covered the Stigma Free app, designed by WPI students, which will help people battling addiction and other struggles anonymously. The City of Worcester and WPI students teamed up to get the app off the ground. 

 

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Sinking city: how Venice is managing Europe's worst tourism crisis

Fabio Carrera, teaching professor and director of the Venice Project Center for 30 years, was interviewed for a lengthy feature story in The Guardian (UK) about the negative impact of tourism on Venice. In this article, Carrera, who tracks tourism flow and believes Venice’s maximum capacity for tourists per day should be better managed, noted that “no other city faces a bigger tourism challenge.”  

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New App Provides Info on Recovery, Mental Health Resources in Worcester

The Telegram & Gazette quoted President Leshin and highlighted WPI students’ collaboration with the city on a new app that provides help for those needing substance abuse recovery, mental health support and housing services. “There are a lot of challenges and stigmas,” Leshin told the T&G. “If we can take down a barrier just a little bit and reduce a stigma by just a little bit, the impact to the community could be tremendous.”

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