The age of the Worcester skyscraper has been replaced by street-level interactions

The Worcester Business Journal interviewed Rob Krueger, associate professor of social science & policy studies, about why the city of Worcester seems to no longer construct skyscrapers. Towers are often built for two main reasons, Krueger noted: land values are high, or a builder or owner wants to spend the money. 

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Group hopes to connect, help Central Mass. women of color

The Telegram & Gazette reported on associate professor Adrienne Hall-Phillips of the Foisie Business School being a key player in getting the first Central Massachusetts chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a historic international association of black women. Arts & Humanities Dean Jean King is also a photographed in the article.

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Students mine cryptocurrencies from dorm rooms

CNBC’s Nightly Business Report interviewed vice president for information technology Patricia Patria for a story about bitcoin mining on campuses.

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Bloomberg Baystate Business

Bloomberg Business News radio interviewed Stephen Flavin, vice president of academic and corporate engagement, and MassEcon board chair. Asked about Amazon’s future HQ2, Flavin said, “It’s all about creating the talent and supporting the jobs, and WPI is clearly positioned to contribute to that; we’ve been a strong partner of Amazon and Amazon robotics for many years.” (Fast forward to 50:45.)

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Engineers Creating Diseased Blood Vessels to Test Medications

WBUR reported on research by Marsha Rolle, associate professor of biomedical engineering, spoke to WBUR about her work to develop self-assembling human blood vessels that exhibit the symptoms of common cardiovascular conditions. The engineered blood vessels may give scientists a better way to test the effectiveness of new medications.

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An Ultra-Selective University Just Dropped the ACT/SAT. So What?

Andrew B. Palumbo, WPI dean of admissions and financial aid, was quoted in this article about the University of Chicago’s decision to adopt a test-optional admissions policy.The Chronicle noted that, since 2008 when WPI adopted its test optional policy, "other universities considering the same move have sought insights from WPI."

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Emmanuel Agu Talks to BBC About Sobriety App

Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science, was interviewed by the BBC regarding his smartphone app that uses machine learning algorithms to analyze a user’s walking pattern to detect alcohol impairment. Uber is seeking to develop an app to allow drivers to gauge passenger’s sobriety.

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Engineering Innovation Sperm Obstacle Course Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

WTOP radio in Washington, D.C., aired a segment featuring Erkan Tüzel, associate professor of physics, biomedical engineering, and computer science, discussing a sperm-sorting device that could improve IVF success. The segment also appears on the National Academy of Engineering web site.

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After 38 years, a college degree at last

This article featured the WPI graduation story of David D’Antonio who, in 1980, was a few classes short of earning a computer science degree when he ran out of money and dropped out. “Thirty-eight years later, the Arlington resident received his long-awaited diploma as well as praise from WPI president Laurie Leshin, who noted his ‘special amount of perseverance’ in her speech honoring the 981 undergraduates at the commencement ceremony on May 12.

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Commentary: Ed Tech Does Help Close the Achievement Gap — When It Supports Teachers

The74Million, an online news site focused on education in the U.S., an op-ed by Neil Heffernan, professor of computer science and director of Learning Sciences and Technologies.

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Anonymous donor pledges $12M to WPI

The announcement of a $12 million dollar unrestricted gift to WPI by an anonymous donor was reported by the Telegram & Gazette.

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The Two Most Important College-Admissions Criteria Now Mean Less

In this article about colleges giving less weight to SAT scores and GPAs, The Atlantic described WPI as ‘proactively coming up with different frameworks’ for its admission process. “We’re not trying to find some formula that takes 11,000 applicants and lines them up from No. 1 to No. 11,000,” said Andrew Palumbo, dean of admissions and financial aid. “We are trying to find the best fit.” 

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Class of 2018, doing the right thing is your job

USA Today’s roundup of notable commencement speakers included comments by WPI undergraduate commencement speaker Margot Lee Shetterly.

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Worcester Cyber Security

Michael Ahern, director of corporate and professional education, spoke to Worcester News Tonight about protecting online data, amid recent ransomware attacks.

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Remaking Worcester – the Union of Theory & Practice

Calling it “a remarkable year at WPI,” this Telegram & Gazette editorial highlighted the university’s inventions and other accomplishments.

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Inspiration through Integrative Learning and Signature Work

The Association of American Colleges & Universities news page featured an op-ed highlighting WPI’s project-based learning, saying of student project presentations that, “The students were engaging, dynamic, articulate, and polished, and it was clear they had all had an impact and were impacted in return. The projects were amazing examples of integrative learning to be held up and celebrated.”

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Sperm Sorting Device Developed At WPI May Improve Fertility Treatments

WBZ-TV​ profiled research in which a team of researchers from WPI and Stanford University developed a sperm sorting device that could improve IVF Success. The device uses an “obstacle course” to sort and select faster and healthier sperm cells. 

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The Campus-Based Studies on Test Optional

Inside Higher Ed highlighted WPI in its look at test-optional admissions policies at universities across the country, noting, “Another institution that has studied the impact of test optional is Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which attracted attention for its shift in admissions policy because WPI is an engineering and science institution.” 

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Artemisia: an herbal tea against malaria?

The French daily newspaper Le Monde published a lengthy feature on the use of Artemisia annua to treat malaria, focusing in large part on work by Pamela Weathers, associate professor of biology and biotechnology, who has been studying Artemisia for more than 25 years. (Note: the article is in French; right click on the page to translate.)

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WPI Contributions to Space Travel

Jamal Yagoobi, head of the Mechanical Engineering department, is featured in a segment discussing research on a cooling system that will be placed on the International Space Station.

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