WPI Researcher's Study Shows that Pesticides Might be Adding to Bumblebee Decline

WBUR spoke with Rob Gegear, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology, about his research on the decline of bumblebees. His work explores neonicotinoids - an ingredient in pesticides that can be purchased in hardware stores - and how the chemical might be a key factor in the decreasing numbers of native bees.

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Pesticide could be killing Massachusetts' endangered bumblebees, study finds

MassLive featured research by Robert Gegear, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology, that uncovered a new link between neonicotinoid pesticide exposure and wild bumblebee decline. MassLive also featured Gegear’s work in the editorial, “Bee Crisis Is Nothing to Snicker At.”

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WPI Invents New Shoe

Mechanical engineering professor Chris Brown and WPI senior Kyle Mudge ’19 appear on the Charter TV3 segment segment about the WPI student team developing a working prototype of a sports shoe designed to reduce knee and ankle injuries. 

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WPI Students Design Shoe To Protect Athletes From ACL Injuries

WBZ-TV aired a segment about the WPI student team developing a working prototype of a sports shoe designed to reduce knee and ankle injuries. 

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Leverage diversity to your benefit

The Worcester Business Journal published an article by Bonnie J. Walker, executive director of diversity and inclusion strategy, in its “Know How” section.

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Carbon Removal Firms See Opportunity in U.N. Climate Report

Bloomberg quoted Jennifer Wilcox, the James H. Manning Chaired Professor, chemical engineering, in this article. “There’s no question that permanent removal of carbon dioxide from the air will be necessary to meet our climate goals, but it should not be seen as a replacement for the less costly approaches of increased energy efficiency and mitigation,” Wilcox said.

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Business School Professor Uses Analytical Tools to Address Human Trafficking

Renata Konrad spoke to WBUR's Morning Edition about work funded by the National Science Foundation using analytical tools to help aid agencies disrupt human trafficking networks.

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Researchers Use AI To Develop New Space Communications

WBZ radio posted a story and aired a two-minute segment about research being done by Alexander Wyglinski, WPI professor of electrical engineering and robotics engineering, on AI in space communications.

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WPI Alumni-Led Team Wins 2018 Battlebots World Championship

Charter TV3 Worcester News Tonight is the latest media outlet to report on a WPI alumni-led team winning the 2018 BattleBots World Championship. The station aired an interview with Bite Force team captain Paul Ventimiglia ’12. 

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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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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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