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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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.

 

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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.  

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Junior AI researchers are in demand by universities and industry

Nature reported on the increased demand of AI researchers by universities and businesses, citing a report by Craig Wills, professor and department head of computer science, who has been studying the increase in unfilled tenure track faculty positions in this field.  
 

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How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement

The Atlantic featured a story about the impact of technology developed by Business School professor Andrew Trapp to improve refugee resettlement across the US and around the world.

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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.”

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Mass. researchers find way to produce ‘green’ biofuels cheaper

The Boston Herald reported on Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Michael Timko developing a novel process using an unusual solvent and an exotic microorganism that may make it possible to manufacture isobutanol and other biofuels more economically.

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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.

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It’s Time to Consider a Neurodiverse Workforce

An Op-ed by Eleanor Loiacono, professor of management information systems, Foisie Business School, “It’s Time to Consider a Neurodiverse Workforce,” was published in The Hartford Courant.

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Refugee Resettlement via Analytics

The cover story of ORMS Today, the membership magazine of the Operations Research Society, featured work by an international team, led by Andrew Trapp, professor in the Foisie School of Business, to use analytics to create software to help aid organizations resettle refugees in their host countries.

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WACBA honors WPI associate AD Ann McCarron with Oroszko Courage Award

Associate Athletic Director Ann McCarron was profiled in thisTelegram & Gazette feature. The Worcester Area College Basketball Association established the award to recognize someone who has overcome obstacles,displays courage and has a love for Worcester basketball. “I’m honored to be a recipient of Pat’s award,” McCarron told the T&G. “I’m blessed.”  

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WPI ‘Thinking Cap’ Study Could Improve Online Learning

In their “Eye on Education” segment, WBZ-TV Boston featured research led by computer science assistant professor Erin Solovey, who, through a collaborative $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, will explore the use of sensors to measure brain activity during learning.

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The 5G/AV Connection

Alex Wyglinski, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was interviewed for the April issue of Connected World. ​Wyglinski says “With 5G technology, everything that surrounds us will be connected with each other, seamlessly sharing information and performing coordinated tasks, services, and applications designed to enhance our quality of life across many different sectors, such as education, commerce, transportation, national defense and security, healthcare, entertainment, and so much more.”

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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.

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