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The Month in Photos: December 2018

January 9, 2019
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It’s beginning to look a lot like 2019, but before we get too far into the new year, let’s take a look at how WPI wrapped up 2018 through the lenses of our talented staff photographers.

A stuffed animal goat in a sweater, scarf, and Santa hat on a desk with fairy lights underneath him.

“Gompei the Goat, what’s your favorite color?”


A retired Worcester firefighter shares some of the artifacts and memorabilia from the Cold Storage Fire of 1999.

Faculty and staff from WPI’s Fire Protection Engineering program met with retired members of the Worcester Fire Department to view cards, art, patches, helmets, and other artifacts and memorabilia honoring the six firefighters lost in the Worcester Cold Storage Fire on Dec. 3, 1999.


Two students present their GPS work in the form of a poster to a professor.

Somebody pass the caffeine—the week of Dec. 10 didn’t just include finals; it was also Poster Presentation Day for the Great Problems Seminar, a two-term course that introduced over 250 first-year students to WPI’s project-based curriculum.


Jean King addresses a crowd of students, faculty, and staff during the first Critical Conversations Forum with two PowerPoint screens behind her.

In the wake of a controversial experiment leading to the creation of the world’s first babies genetically edited with CRISPR technology, WPI organized the inaugural Critical Conversations series, a campus-wide forum for students, faculty, and staff to discuss and respond to topics reported in the news with a scientific focus.


An aerial photo of the softball field on top of the Park Avenue Garage.

The softball team can’t wait to start digging their cleats into the newly renovated Rooftop Field, featuring new backstop padding, batting cages, and a turf infield. Play ball!


Chrysanthe Demetry, Elizabeth Long Lingo, Jeanine Skorinko, Susan Roberts, and Natalie Farny gather in a group and smile in front of greenery and fall foliage.

A research team composed of Chrys Demetry, Elizabeth Long Lingo, Jeanine Skorinko, Susan Roberts, and Natalie Farny, has received a $1 million ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation to examine WPI’s faculty promotion processes and implement more equitable policies and practices.


An aerial photo of Boynton Hall and Earle Bridge with trees and fall foliage in the background.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s—a really cool aerial shot of campus. And as usual, we left off the filter.


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Students in Professor Joel Brattin's Inquiry Seminar study A Christmas Carol--both the book itself, and also its context, examining Dickens's manuscript for the book, and his adaption of the book for the Victorian stage.

Do your New Year's resolutions involve reading more Dickens? Then you’re in luck, because Daniel and Alice Ryan will be donating their Dickens-related publications, art, and manuscripts—a collection that spans more than six decades—to WPI.


Chemical engineering professor Hong Susan Zhou, right, and PhD candidate Zhiru Zhou work together in the lab wearing white lab coats, blue gloves, and clear safety glasses.

Researchers at WPI are developing a biosensor that can be used in doctor’s offices and nursing homes to quickly detect and ultimately decrease the severity of Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a dangerous and sometimes fatal gastrointestinal infection.


The wrestling team gathers together for a team photo in the gym.

For the second year in a row, WPI Wrestling earned the team championship title at the RIT Tournament on Dec. 1.