This Robot Will Hunt Lionfish to Save Coral Reefs

Popular Mechanics wrote about undergraduate students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute building an autonomous underwater robot that could help reduce the threat posed by an invasive species of fish. 

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Craig Putnam Speaks to WBUR About the Lionfish Robot

Craig Putnam, senior instructor in computer science and associate director of the Robotics Engineering Program, was interviewed on WBUR radio about undergraduate students building an autonomous underwater robot that could help reduce the threat posed by an invasive species of fish.  

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Kaveh Pahlavan: Helping Skyhook Database Receive over a Billion Hits per day

Medium interviewed Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, as part of its Iranian Americans’ Contributions Project.

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20 Best Master's in Game Design Degrees

Whether you want to write, design, or code, start your career in video games with on of the Best Master’s Game Design.

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Where did Massachusetts colleges land in Princeton Review rankings?

WPI landed in some Top 20 lists in The Princeton Review’s annual college rankings, as reported by the Telegram & Gazette in, "Where Did Massachusetts Colleges Land in Princeton Review Rankings?" WPI ranked fifth for "Best-Run Colleges," and also ranked in "good science labs, career services, studious students," and other categories.   

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Carbon Capture Expert Receives WPI Endowed Professorship

Chemical Processing Online is the latest to cover Jennifer Wilcox's appointment as the James H. Manning Professor of Chemical Engineering. 

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How scientists are hijacking plant skeletons to make “clean meat” steaks

Glenn Gaudette, professor of biomedical engineering, was interviewed by New Food Economy for this article, a look at efforts to develop alternative food sources in the future.

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WPI professor and associates get $3.3M grant to test new algebra learning game

Assistant Professor Erin Ottmar, psychology and learning sciences, was highlighted in this Telegram & Gazette article. “We have very strong evidence that it’s useful,” she said of the game called “From Here to There!.”  

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Erotic Art and a Tragic Life

Worcester Magazine sought the art insight of humanities and arts instructor James Dempsey for the article, which details works by Worcester’s Scofield Thayer on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dempsey authored “The Tortured life of Scofield Thayer,” and co-wrote the exhibition catalog.

 

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Tracking Rare Whippoorwills on the Island

The Vineyard Gazette included WPI wildlife research in its article. “Marja Bakermans, a researcher at WPI who focuses on migratory songbirds, began a study last year where she outfitted whippoorwills with geolocator backpacks to track the exact spots where the birds winter,” the Gazette reported.

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WPI receives $600K for nuclear program

Worcester Business Journal reported on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) awarding WPI nearly $600,000 to support the university’s growing nuclear science and engineering undergraduate and graduate programs.

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The Mission to Sample a Comet Going 84,000 Miles Per Hour—and Return

President Laurie Leshin was quoted in this Bloomberg Businessweek article. Looking back, then-President Bill Clinton’s decision to explore Mars “cemented NASA’s commitment to search-for-life research and made it appealing in a whole new way,” said Leshin, who the article noted is also a co-investigator on CAESAR (comet astrobiology exploration sample return).

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College Town: WPI prof’s discovery may speed production of cancer drug

WPI leads off the Telegram & Gazette’s College Town this week with a feature on professor Susan Roberts, head of the chemical engineering department. She developed a genetic engineering technique that could speed up manufacturing of a widely used cancer drug and lower its production costs, the T&G reported. 

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'Fist Bump Kid' Signs With WPI Men's Basketball Team

WPI Men’s Basketball announced its top draft pick for the season: the “Fist Bump Kid!” NBC10 Boston reported that Liam Fitzgerald, who became known as the “fist bump kid” after a video from a Boston Bruins game went viral, was “signed” by the WPI's men's basketball team, thanks to Team IMPACT. “WPI has a long history of signing Team IMPACT athletes to its teams, most recently in football, baseball, and women’s softball,” NBC10 reported. Team IMPACT connects children facing serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams.

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2020 Census Comes With New Technology, but Greater Risks

The Wall Street Journal quoted Associate Professor Craig Shue, computer science, in this article. The census “is a treasure trove of information for nation-state hackers [because] it hopefully will have information about every American,” Shue told The Journal.

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Daughters of working mothers grow up to be just as happy as those of stay-at-home moms

Quartz at Work featured the article “Daughters of Working Mothers Grow Up to Be Just as Happy as Those of Stay-at-Home Moms,” which included research by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Long Lingo, Foisie Business School. 

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How to Get Siri and Alexa to Understand What You are Saying

Lifehacker.com interviewed robotics engineering research professor, Candace Sidner, for this article. Sidner offered insight into why voice assistants can sometimes be frustrating. “They are essentially programmed to do certain kinds of things, so they are breaking down utterances presented to them and then doing a search on the web.” 

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WPI develops method to increase cancer drug production

The Worcester Business Journal reported on the genetic engineering work by Susan Roberts, department head and professor of chemical engineering, which aims to double the product of paclitaxel, an ingredient in the world's best-selling cancer drug. 

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The most influential people in the Central Mass. economy

President Laurie Leshin has been named to the Worcester Business Journal’s "The Power 50," its annual list of the most powerful people in the Central Massachusetts business community. The WBJ writes “When we seek to create this list every year, we focus on the people who use their positions to have an outsized influence on the business community. We want to tell the story of a changing region and economy through the people creating that change.” The annual list section also includes a brief article on each nominee; here is a link to President Leshin’s page.

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Innovation Is Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Harder To Recycle

Yan Wang, professor of mechanical engineering, was interviewed for the Forbes article. Noted as an academic working on the problem of recycling li-ion batteries, Wang says “Battery Resourcers (a company he founded) has developed a process for recovering cathode materials like cobalt, as well as aluminum, copper, plastics, graphite, methanol and other chemicals used in the recycling process.” 

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