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Massachusetts researchers will get a fresh batch of Apollo 11 moon rocks

In an interview aired on  Boston 25 news, President Leshin said more discoveries await on the moon’s surface. “Imagine exploring the Earth by only touching six different places on its surface,” she said. “We wouldn’t really have a full understanding of our own planet. The most important thing we’ll learn by going back to the moon is how to live permanently off our planet.” This month marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Behind the men on the moon, there were thousands of women

For this article, The Boston Globe interviewed President Leshin who recounted how Sally Ride was the impetus behind her realizing that she, too, could have a job in the U.S. space program. Ride was the first American woman in space. “Now it’s really important to know about all the hands and minds that made Apollo successful,” Leshin also told The Globe. “We need that diversity, and we need people to see themselves in space exploration because we’re going to need all of them to succeed in the future.”

WPI Lands $82K for Robotics Curriculum

This article headlined the Worcester Business Journal highlighting how the university is receiving the funding for an initiative with Quinsigamond Community College to develop and run a curriculum for Greater Worcester public school students. President Leshin praised the initiative of bringing together public and private partners along with higher education. "When these three sectors can come together effectively, powerful things can happen," Leshin said.

Astronauts, Jeff Bezos discuss future of space exploration at anniversary celebrating moon landing

The Boston Globe covered yesterday’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first man to the moon, held at the JFK Library. The celebration featured astronaut Michael Collins, the command module pilot on Apollo 11, Caroline Kennedy, and Jeff Bezos, among others. The Globe quoted President Laurie Leshin, who attend the event, and who formerly served as a NASA official. "Are we alone in the universe? Is there a more profound question that we as scientists can ask?" she said during a panel discussion.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

 

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.”

Worcester Red Sox and WPI Team Up for New Ballpark

NBC Boston reported on WPI announcing its partnership with the Worcester Red Sox whereby the university will be the official academic technology advisor to the team, helping the club design and develop what will be known as Polar Park. It is expected to open in 2021.

 

WPI to partner with Worcester Red Sox on design of Polar Park with virtual reality, robotics and more

MassLive reports WPI will be the official academic technology advisor of the Worcester Red Sox, helping design and develop the forthcoming Polar Park. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by officials from the university and team.  

WPI Digital Health Innovations

Worcester News Tonight featured the news of PracticePoint at WPI’s Gateway Park being named the site of the first so-called “sandbox” by Gov. Baker who was on campus yesterday to announce the new grant program. “It’s going to be about engineering and data science, and those are two areas where WPI is a national leader,” Gov. Baker said (8:45 mark). President Laurie Leshin added, “There’s so much innovation happening right here in the heart of the commonwealth, right here in Worcester. It’s fantastic to see the state recognizing that.”

Image of Black Hole Sends Science Community Over the Moon

The Telegram & Gazette interviewed President Leshin on her response to humanity getting its first glimpse of a black hole on Wednesday, “Image of Black Hole Sends Science Community Over the Moon.” “Days like yesterday really inspire all of us as space scientists to keep pursuing that giant leap in science ... whatever the next mystery is we want to solve,” she told the T&G on Thursday.

As I See It: Engage Higher Ed Community in Development of New Financial Assessment Tool

In the Telegram & Gazette editorial, President Leshin joined regional private college presidents requesting a role in the state’s new focus on private college accountability spurred by recent college closings in Mass. “We wish to share our collective wisdom and collaborate on the development of this new financial assessment tool that will enable colleges and universities to address short and long-term challenges and, of paramount importance, protect our students,” the editorial stated.

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." 

D&I’s Hurdles Are the Same Across Industries. How Can We All Make Progress?

In an article and photo on its website, MassBio reported on President Laurie Leshin serving as a panelist at a recent discussion on women's leadership, talent management and engagement along the talent pipeline.

Female leadership lags at public colleges

A photo of President Laurie Leshin and other current and former presidents of private Mass. colleges accompanied The Boston Globe article, which noted, in comparison, that nearly half of all private college presidents in Mass. are women.  

Hurricane Trump Bears Down on Science

President Laurie Leshin was quoted in this Chronicle of Higher Ed article in reaction to tweets by the president dismissing as partisan a study that tallied the death toll from Hurricane Maria at nearly 3,000 in Puerto Rico.

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).

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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