Schools Don’t Need to Ban Homework, They Just Need to Make It Better

Education Post featured an op-ed by Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science and director of learning sciences and technologies, that examines ways school districts nationwide can make homework more effective and relevant. In “Schools Don’t Need to Ban Homework; They Just Need to Make It Better,” Heffernan argues for homework technologies that help replicate the kind of back-and-forth interactions that students and teachers have in class.

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Tea Treatment for Schistosomiasis

National Public Radio’s "All Things Considered" profiled research by Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology, comparing the efficacy of sweet wormwood tea to cure the parasitic disease schistosomiasis. The tea cured patients faster than the most common drug treatment and with no adverse side effects. NPR also featured Weathers’ work on its blog last week.

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If A Worm Makes You Sick, Can This Cup Of Tea Cure You?

In a story on National Public Radio’s Goats and Soda blog, health reporter Jason Beaubien describes a new study co-authored by Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology, that showed that tea infusions made from the wormwood plant cured patients with schistosomiasis faster than the commonly used drug.

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The Scientists Who Play With Wildfire

Earther-Gizmodo published an article about Albert Simeoni, professor and interim fire protection engineering department head, and the work being done at WPI to better understand wildfires and their impact on communities.

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As Venice Natives Vanish, Life Drains From an Ancient Market

The Wall Street Journal cites data collected by Fabio Carrera, global studies teaching professor, in an article about Venice, Italy’s declining residential and tourist population.

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Brewster Collector Donates Dickens Trove

The Cape Cod Times reported on the Brewster couple who recently donated their massive Charles Dickens collection to WPI.

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Postpartum Depression Almost Took My Life

ScaryMommy, a parenting blog, highlighted Lifeline4Moms, an app developed by WPI and UMass Medical School that will help OB-GYNs better evaluate and treat PPD in new mothers.

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Dickens Collection at WPI

Worcester News Tonight stopped by WPI to talk with Joel Brattin, professor of English, and Arthur Carlson, assistant director of archives, about the Dan and Alice Ryan Dickens collection, which will be included in the Gordon Library's Fellman Collection of Dickens artifacts. 

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Worcester Is Reviving, but People Still Can’t Spell It (Forget the Pronunciation)

Andrew Palumbo, dean of admissions and financial aid, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal’s lighthearted look at how Worcester cannot seem to shake the ‘H’ - being called ‘Worchester’ by visitors, the government and even newspapers.

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College Town: WPI Names Director of Emergency Management

The Telegram & Gazette’s College Town section noted WPI appointing Lieutenant Colonel Ronald J. Bashista, United States Army, Retired, as emergency management director.  

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As I See It: Public's interest is crucial in gene-editing Discussion

An op-ed by Patricia Stapleton, assistant professor of social science and policy studies, was published in today's Telegram & Gazette.

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Priceless Charles Dickens Collection Donated to WPI

Gearing up the week before Christmas, the Telegram & Gazette covered the priceless collection of Charles Dickens artifacts that is being donated to WPI by Daniel Ryan. Joel Brattin, professor of English, and Arthur Carlson, assistant director of archives and special collections in George C. Gordon Library, noted how the influence of the collection will stretch beyond the university's campus. "This is a resource for everyone,” Carlson said. “It’s not restricted to WPI. We’re trying to take Dickens to the world.”

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Schistosomiasis: Artemisia tea infusions just as effective as praziquantel for treatment

Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology, was interviewed for an article and podcast on Outbreak News Today regarding her study testing the efficacy of a tea infusion made from the wormwood plant to cure the tropical disease schistosomiasis. The tea cured patients and cleared them of the parasitic infection much faster than the drug most commonly used, and with no adverse side effects.

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WPI team developing bacteria biosensor

This article was featured in the Worcester Business Journal. The research by Hong Susan Zhou, associate professor of chemical engineering, has led to a biosensor that could be used to quickly detect C. diff bacteria. Zhou is principal investigator for the biosensor research program, and Yuxiang (Shawn) Liu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is co-PI.

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App could help doctors better diagnose depression during pregnancy

An app developed by WPI and UMass Medical School was featured in a news story about depression during pregnancy. The app, called Lifeline4Moms, is giving doctors new tools to better diagnose the condition.

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Machine Learning Could Boost Space Communications

WPI and Alexander Wyglinski, professor of electrical engineering and robotics engineering, are featured in this article, published in The Institute, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. “This is the first time anyone has ever conducted successful cognitive radio experiments using machine learning algorithms in space,” said Wyglinski, a member of the team that worked on the research.

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How 1 Company Pulls Carbon From The Air, Aiming To Avert A Climate Catastrophe

National Public Radio's Morning Edition interviewed Jen Wilcox, the James H. Manning Professor of Chemical Engineering, for this article. “Certainly, in light of the recent climate reports, we don't have the option of simply avoiding carbon emissions any more. We now are at a point where we need to start removing CO2 directly from the atmosphere,” said Wilcox, an internationally renowned expert on capturing and storing carbon dioxide and other fossil fuel pollutants.

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Dickens, Scrooge remain popular holiday subjects

English Professor Joel Brattin, also former president of the U.S.-based Dickens Society, was interviewed for The Daily Gazette (NY) article.

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WPI Forum on CRISPR Breakthrough

Worcester News Tonight covered a forum held at WPI on the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.

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