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Boston HeraldWhen will the wildfire smoke go away in Massachusetts? Wildfire smoke may return 'on and off' throughout the summer

WPI research on wildfires includes how smoke plumes affect indoor air quality. Assistant professor Shichao Liu explained to the Boston Herald why wildfire smoke does not stop at a building’s doors and windows. The story was also published in The Lowell Sun and The Sentinel & Enterprise.

Spectrum News 1Wildfire smoke can penetrate buildings, causing air quality issues inside

WPI assistant professor Shichao Liu studies indoor air quality. As wildfire smoke blankets Worcester and much of the U.S., health officials have urged people to stay indoors. Liu explained to Spectrum News 1 how smoke particles can infiltrate buildings and how people can stay safe indoors.

WCVBAdaptive golf league provides inclusive experience for golfers facing challenges

An inspiration on the links and in the lab. Chronicle, which airs nightly on WCVB, featured Douglas Shirakura, WPI ’24 “Adaptive golf league provides inclusive experience for golfers facing challenges.”

Inside Higher EDHow a Long-Standing Trustee Mentor Program Is Supporting Students

For more than 20 years WPI’s Trustee Mentor Program has been connecting many of its trustees “to diverse and engaged juniors and seniors to receive professional guidance, advice and networking opportunities.” The overwhelming success of this program is the focus of an Inside Higher Ed article.

Worcester MagazineGiving Back: Student volunteers make an impact on colleges, communities

Worcester Magazine interviewed Carter Bullock ’23 in a story on student volunteers who make a difference in people’s lives.

Chronicle of Higher Education (the)How two colleges made it a priority to expand access to study abroad

The Chronicle of Higher Ed’s weekly newsletter “Latitudes” which features a rundown of the top stories in international ed, included WPI is its article “Two colleges, two approaches to increasing study abroad.” The article credits the University of Chicago and Worcester Polytechnic Institute who “have made it an institutional priority to give students an international-education experience.” 

Spectrum News 1WPI's class of 2023 reflects on resiliency at commencement

Spectrum News One reported on the undergraduate commencement and included snippets of comments by both undergraduate speaker Susanna Oppong and Rep. Jim McGovern in its broadcast.

Telegram.comResilience on the mind of WPI senior Susanna Oppong as she prepares commencement speech

The Telegram & Gazette reported on WPI's undergraduate commencement and interviewed student speaker Susanna Oppong, a biology and biotechnology major. Oppong, whose mother Susan works in the provost's office, grew up in Worcester and will begin medical school in the fall.

The Pike 100 FMDr. Gillian Smith From WPI Tries To Calm Mike Hsu’s Nerves About ChatGPT And AI Taking Over

Gillian Smith, associate professor of computer science and director of the Interactive Media and Game Development, talked about the dangers of, and misconceptions about, artificial intelligence and platforms like ChatGPT with 100FM The Pike radio.

Worcester Business JournalWPI partners with Nigerian university on business analytics education

The Worcester Business Journal covered the new partnership between WPI and the emerging Nigerian University of Technology and Management.

WBUR 90.9WPI's Dean of Arts and Sciences Jean King talks about diversifying STEM fields, building more mentorship opportunities

Dean of Arts and Sciences Jean King discusses diversifying STEM fields, building more mentorship opportunities on WBUR

Worcester Business JournalPower 50 for 2023

The Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, dean of the Business School, was named to the 2023 Worcester Business Journal Power 50, an annual story that highlights influential local leaders in various sectors, from government to industry to education.

Worcester Business JournalUniversity entrepreneurship programs help undergrad startup bring power to Indonesian fish farms

The Worcester Business Journal reported on 360energy, a startup formed between WPI and Clark students to provide rural areas inexpensive, reliable sources of electricity.

Boston Globe (the)Months after ChatGPT’s noisy debut, colleges take differing approaches to dealing with AI

The Boston Globe interviewed Gillian Smith for an article on the impact of ChatGPT on higher education.

Food Navigator USABlast from the past: Nostalgia drives food and beverage brands back to the present (and future)

Food Navigator USA, a publication that focuses on news and analysis on food and beverage development and technology, posted an article about Business School professor Purvi Shah’s research on nostalgic brand love. 

Worcester Business JournalDiagnosing AI: Healthcare community excited, wary of artificial intelligence

The Worcester Business Journal interviewed Elke Rundensteiner, professor of computer science and founding director in data science, about how artificial intelligence is changing healthcare.

Bioengineer.orgWPI researcher leads project to determine how stretching and blood flow impact engineered heart valves and the Worcester Business Journal wrote about how Kris Billiar, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received a $430,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how cells move and behave in tissue-engineered heart valves.

Worcester Business JournalManufacturing awards: Yan Wang was promoting EV battery recycling before it was cool

Worcester Business Journal named Yan Wang, William Smith Foundation Dean’s Professor of Mechanical Engineering, a “manufacturing champion” as part of its annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards.

Spectrum News 1WPI professor's research could lead to new COVID-19 treatments

Spectrum News 1,, and covered the publication of a new paper by Dmitry Korkin, Harold L. Jurist ’61 and Heather E. Jurist Dean’s Professor of Computer Science, that reveals new details about the outer shell of the SARS-COV-2 virus particle.

Snow sports: Tragedy unfortunately can occur on slopes anytime, anywhere

Christopher Brown, professor of materials and mechanical engineering who teaches a course on the technology of alpine skiing, talked with the Telegram & Gazette about ski trail safety in the wake of a recent tragedy on Wachusett Mountain.