Our 21 Most Popular Stories of 2017

WPI’s now-famous spinach leaf was named seventh in National Geographic’s Our 21 Most Popular Stories of 2017.” The annual roundup noted that, “In a feat of science that captivated the attention of a million readers, a spinach leaf’s genetic material was replaced with that of a human heart, with far-reaching implications for future heart surgeries.” 

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Obesity: Could a new smartphone app prevent overeating?

Medical News Today published an article about a smartphone app developed at WPI that may help in the fight against obesity. While apps that aim to assist with weight loss are not new, this app — known as SlipBuddy — takes a unique three-pronged approach to combat overeating.

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Supporting the Photonics Industry from the Laboratory

This “Light Matters” webcast highlights how WPI and Quinsigamond Community College are awarded a $4 million grant by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to create a comprehensive joint laboratory for integrated photonics.

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WPI team’s ‘optical tweezers’ could aid cancer testing

Mechanical engineering professor Shawn Liu discusses how fiber-optical tweezers could be a tool potentially used for early-stage cancer diagnosis.

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From Ashes of London Fire, a Risk Gauging Tool

The Associated Press interviewed Professor Nick Dembsey, fire protection engineering, for this article. Dembsey told the AP that the goal of the new risk assessment tool known as the Risk Evaluation Matrix is to enable fire marshals, building owners and others to make their structures safer through a rational and scientific approach. 

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Awards Honor People Making a Difference in Engineering Education

John Orr, IEEE Fellow and director of sustainability and professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned in the IEEE article “Awards Honor People Making a Difference in Engineering Education.” Orr received the Meritorious Service Citation “in recognition of sustained contributions and leadership in IEEE-HKN and engineering accreditation.” 

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Tomorrow's Technology Today

WBZ Am Radio broadcast a report (12:37 mark) on computer science professor Craig Shue designing a cybersecurity system known as the Policy Enforcement and Access Control for Endpoints, or PEACE system, which enhances security and allows IT analysts to identify and deal with malware quickly.

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Mindful Method in Making Mario a Multimedia Star

The Wall Street Journal a letter to the editor by Interactive Media and Game Development professor Jennifer deWinter, written in response to an article about how movies based on Nintendo characters, particularly those focused on Super Mario Bros., have fared in the past.

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Engineering the Future

N magazine features the amazing project work that WPI students do at the university’s Nantucket Project Center that makes a difference to this local community. 

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Teaching Students to Care

Business Officer magazine features WPI’s distinctive project-based learning curriculum and the impact of the program on student engagement in addressing human needs and social challenges.

[“Teaching Students to Care” originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of Business Officer, the monthly flagship magazine published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers in Washington, D.C.]

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WPI researcher targets fake news with $516K federal grant
  • Assistant professor of computer science Kyumin Lee, assistant professor of computer science  has developed algorithms that have proven highly accurate in detecting fake “likes” and followers across various platforms like Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter. His work is funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

 

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Boston 25 STEM Segment

President Laurie Leshin was interviewed for a segment on the importance of play and role models for getting girls interested in STEM at a young age and keeping them engaged. 

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These researchers are creating snake-like robots to help search-and-rescue efforts

Professors Cagdas Onal and Jie Fu are featured for developing autonomous snake-like robots that could support search-and-rescue teams.

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As wildfires expand, fire science needs to keep up

An op-ed focused on the recent wildfires in California and the importance of fire science, written by Albert Simeoni, professor, fire protection engineering.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute study looks at how auto recyclers affect Massachusetts' carbon footprint

"What the automotive recyclers are doing is saving materials, saving energy and impacting the environment in a positive way, thus adding value to the economy of the state,” said Professor Brajendra Mishra, director of the Metal Processing Institute at WPI and advisor for the study. 

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COULD A PLANT END MALARIA? RESEARCHERS THINK THERE IS HOPE

Newsweek quoted Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology, in this article. Newsweek, referring to Weathers as an ‘expert’ in the field, detailed how she turned the Artemisia annua plant into pills, which she later gave to dying patients in Congo. 

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The Top Science and Tech Colleges

Popular Mechanics named WPI “The Best School for a Scientist to Study Abroad” in its list of “The Top Science and Tech Colleges.

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Sunday Sitdown: Michael F. Ahern, WPI investigator on cybersecurity team
  • The Telegram and Gazette conducted a Q&A with Michael Ahern, director of corporate and professional education and an instructor for WPI’s Foisie Business School, on his role as WPI’s principal investigator for a cybersecurity research team assessing the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid to attacks. 
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Researchers use mixed realty viewer to visualize complex biological networks in 3D
  • WPI scientists are using visualization tools and mixed reality to explore complex biological networks, a depiction of a system of linkages and connections so complex and dense it’s been dubbed the “hairy ball.” Dmitry Korkin, PhD, associate professor of computer science and director of the university’s bioinformatics and computational biology program, leads the research team.
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Why Retailers Like Expedia and Overstock Are Getting On Board With Bitcoin

IEEE’s membership publication interviewed Kevin Sweeney, a professor of finance with the Foisie Business School, about the growing popularity of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. Sweeney discusses the pros and cons of the system, which is now being accepted by major retailers such as Expedia and Overstock.

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