Seeking to boost oil production, petroleum researchers turn to nanotech

Chemical and Engineering News quoted Nancy A. Burnham, associate professor, physics and biomedical engineering, in this article.

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WPI is using the International Space Station as a testbed for space communications Experiments with NASA

WPI professor Alex Wyglinski is interviewed on WBUR radio discussing how WPI is using the International Space Station as a testbed for space communications. 

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2018’s Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

WalletHub spoke to Roger Gottlieb, professor of philosophy, about the many financial and physical challenges faced by people living with disabilities for a story about the “2018 Best and Worst Cities for People with Disabilities.”

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Algebra That Fits With Career Goals May Be Key To Math-Loving Kids

Forbes noted an online math tutoring system developed by WPI researchers in this article. Computer Science Professor Neil Heffernan created ASSISTments, which will be part of a study looking at the impact of interest-focused algebra problems on student success and connectedness with STEM careers, Forbes reported.

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WPI researchers granted $145k to attack human trafficking networks

The Worcester Business Journal reported on how with a one-year, $145,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), researchers in the Foisie Business School  will explore how analytical tools commonly used in industry can be employed to attack human trafficking networks worldwide by ferreting out the supply chains that sustain them.  

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WPI Addresses Unconscious Bias

WPI’s ongoing efforts to prepare students for an increasingly diverse workforce were highlighted in this Diversity in Action article. “Researchers will teach WPI students how to identify and address bias and work in groups in ways that promote equity,” the article stated.

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Artemisia and malaria: health in the hands of Africans

Professor Pam Weathers, biology and biotechnology, was interviewed for this Paris Match article. “Convinced that Artemisia is a therapeutic path adapted to developing countries, the American biologist is studying the action of an oral treatment that she developed in 2008,” Paris Match stated.

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Fighting Wildfires

Boston 25 visits WPI’s Fire Protection Engineering lab to see how researchers are using a new wind tunnel to better understand how wildfires spread.

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Hidden danger: Radioactive dust is found in communities around nuclear weapons sites

Dr. Marco Kaltofen, affiliate research engineer, nuclear science and engineering, was interviewed and photographed for this LA Times article. His studies suggest greater hazards than were previously known from radioactivity surrounding federal nuclear sites.

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Test-Optional Momentum

Andrew B. Palumbo, dean of admissions and financial aid, was interviewed for this Inside Higher Ed. article. Palumbo said test-optional policies shouldn't be viewed in isolation but as part of a commitment to help those admitted. “To me this says that WPI takes a chance on students and they may struggle, but we are a great environment for those students.”

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WPI App for Soldiers' Health

Channel 3 aired a story about DARPA funded work by computer science professors Emmanuel Agu and Elke Rundensteiner to develop a smartphone app to help assess the health of soldiers.

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WPI Wildfire Research

WPI’s wildfire research was featured on Channel 3 in a story about tests conducted in a state-of-the-art wind tunnel at the university’s Fire Protection Engineering lab. Professor Albert Simeoni, fire protection engineering interim department head, says the work will help researchers better understand and predict flame spread during wildfires. 

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College Town: WPI police officer honored for service to Sigma Pi fraternity

WPI leads off this week’s Telegram & Gazette’s College Town featuring Officer Robert Vandal, who received the Dr. Robert L. Burns Award. It’s a biennial award given to a fraternity advisor who increases and supports scholarship and/or enhances university relations, and who has a close relationship with his campus chapter. 

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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.  

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WPI granted $3M to develop soldier brain injury smartphone app

The Worcester Business Journal reported on work by computer science professors Emmanuel Agu and Elke Rundensteiner to develop a smartphone app to help assess the health of soldiers. 

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National Clean Energy Week: Cutting Waste, Fossil Fuel Use, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Turning Unused Food into Biofuel

The Department of Energy's Office of Science kicked off National Clean Energy Week by highlighting research conducted by Mike Timko, associate professor of chemical engineering, on their home page. Through his research, Timko is aiming to greatly improve the yield of oil from the waste food conversion process while also improving efficiencies.

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2019 Best Computer Science Colleges in the U.S.

College Factual has ranked WPI as the 2nd best school to study Computer Science in the United States in their 2019 rankings.  

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WPI project aims to use artificial intelligence to enhance teacher training

This article featured the news that computer science assistant professor Jacob Whitehill and his colleagues received a $750,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop a platform that will combine machine learning, natural language processing, and elements of psychology and educational theory to deliver rapid feedback on teacher-student interactions. 

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How studying business, engineering in college can lead to jobs

WPI’s multi-faceted approach to preparing engineering students for the work force was featured in this article. “The multidisciplinary component is especially key, said Biology Professor Karen Kashmanian Oates. “None of these problems will be solved just by an engineer, so we are interested in combining the very best of engineering and the very best of liberal arts and sciences.” 

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Sailing Away: Behind WPI’s Victorious SailBot 2018 Pursuit

WPI’s sailing prowess was highlighted in Robotics Business Review, " Sailing Away: Behind WPI's Victorious Sailbot 2018 Pursuit." “For the second year in a row, a team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute won the event,” the article stated.  

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