Most Americans Say Colleges Shouldn't Consider Race

 Andrew Palumbo, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed story about recent surveys asking people whether they think race should have a role in college admissions decisions. Palumbo helped give context to the public perception of the factors involved in the admissions process.

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How to Prepare Students for Jobs in the Self-Driving-Car-Industry

WPI professor Alexander Wyglinski discusses a variety of academic and practical strategies for students exploring careers in the self-driving car industry.

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College Town: WPI to Host Women in Data Science Conference

The Telegram & Gazette's College Town led off with news of WPI hosting its second annual Women in Data Science Central Massachusetts Conference, a satellite event coinciding with the annual Global Women in Data Science Conference. 

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On the Spectrum: WPI Professor Urges Neurodiversity in Tech Hiring

Eleanor Loiacono, professor in the Foisie Business School and director of the IDEA Hub, and Huimin Ren, a PhD student in the Data Science Program, were interviewed by the Telegram & Gazette for this article. Their newly published academic paper stated that high-tech firms have an opportunity to take advantage of the talents of a growing neurodiverse workforce.

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The Impacts of Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

A case study: The effects of project based learning almost 50 years after Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) re-engineered its technological education.

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The Impact of Weight Stigma on Pregnant and Postpartum Women

This morning, WBUR featured an interview with Angela C. Incollingo Rodriguez, assistant professor of psychology, on her research - the first such study of its kind - into the impact of weight stigma on pregnant and postpartum women. 

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WPI Part of New Center Focused on Recycling Batteries

Boston 25 featured a report on the university becoming an inaugural member of ReCell, the first U.S. Department of Energy center focused on lithium-ion battery recycling. Yan Wang, William Smith Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was noted for developing the groundbreaking process for recycling lithium-ion batteries that can recover and reuse cathode materials regardless of their chemistry, will lead the project.

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WPI Researchers Advocate for Neurodiversive Workforce

The Worcester Business Journal featured results of a newly published academic paper in MIS Quarterly Executive by Eleanor Loiacono, professor in the Foisie Business School and director of the IDEA Hub, and Huimin Ren, a PhD student in the Data Science Program. 

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Elementary School Kids Enjoy "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" Event

Worcester News Tonight stopped by campus to cover "Introduce a Girl to Engineering," an event held at WPI during Engineers Week.  For over two hours, third, fourth, and fifth graders from the Worcester area participated in fun, interactive STEM activities, like building "scribble bots," building a balloon rocket, and creating a water filtration system. (Clips starts at 9:49)

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Diocesan priests visit facilities on and over the border

The Catholic Free Press noted Father Hugo A. Cano, Catholic Campus Minister at WPI accompanying the Newman Club as their Religious Advisor, as one of four diocesan priests who visited the U.S.-Mexican border to observe Catholic Church ministries serving migrants on both sides of the border. 

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Shawmut Design and Construction completes WPI’s Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall project

WPI’s Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal.

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Water providers put cost for 1,4-dioxane treatment systems at $840M

Newsday quoted Professor Harold Walker, civil and environmental engineering, in the article, “Water Providers Put Cost for 1,4-Dioxane Treatment Systems at $840M”   

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College Town: WPI Professor Elected a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors

This week’s College Town in the Telegram & Gazette led off with Gregory Fischer, William Smith Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering, being elected a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. The article noted some of Fischer’s work, including development of an MRI-compatible robotic system, which will enable more effective treatment of metastatic brain tumors.

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Rule could limit college response to off-campus sex assaults

WPI’s general counsel was interviewed for this article. David Bunis told The Associated Press there’s concern that newly proposed regulations might “strictly” limit the jurisdiction of the university when investigating certain incidents.  

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The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change

The New York Times Magazine interviewed Jennifer Wilcox, the James H. Manning Professor of Chemical Engineering and internationally renowned expert on capturing and storing carbon dioxide, for the article, “The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change.” The process of so-called air capture of carbon dioxide could help counter the impact of several vital industries, Wilcox told The Times.

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WPI Professor Calls Trade Wars a Wake-up Call for the Recycling Industry

The Telegram & Gazette talked to Brajendra Mishra, the Kenneth G. Merriam Professor of mechanical engineering, about the tariffs that are hitting recycling businesses and consumers hard, and putting a strain on the industry. “In cases where recycling is not profitable, like glass and paper, the government should step up and provide subsidies in those areas," Mishra told the Telegram & Gazette. "Like the subsidy we provide for solar panels because we know it is good for the environment.”

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WPI Sports Shoe Sole to One Day Help Athletes Decrease the Risk of ACL Tears

WCVB's The Cutting Edge covered WPI's sports shoe sole, which was designed by Chris Brown, professor of mechanical engineering, and a team of students, to reduce the incidence of non-contact knee and ankle injuries in organized sports.

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The Chemistry of Fear

Natural History magazine published an article, "The Chemistry of Fear," which featured work by Jagan Srinivasan, associate professor of biology and biotechnology, on how animals utilize signaling in their “fight or flight” response to predators.

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Boston Scientific joins WPI's R&D alliance

The Worcester Business Journal reported on Boston Scientific joining PracticePoint, a membership-based research and development and commercialization alliance founded by WPI to advance healthcare and patient wellness technologies through accelerating development of medical cyber-physical systems.

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WPI Thinking Cap

Channel 3 “Worcester News Tonight” aired an interview with Erin Solovey, associate professor of computer science, about her NSF-funded research. Solovey is leading a team of researchers in developing a new program combining computer science and neuroscience tools to study online learning.

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