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The Month in Photos: November 2020

December 3, 2020
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Short fiction awards, Founders Day celebrations, stunning campus views—they’re just a few of the things that had us counting our blessings last month. Take a walk down memory lane with the latest Month in Photos, and while you’re there, riddle us this: What are you thankful for, WPI?

A student flashes two thumbs up while professor Steve Kmiotek reads during the 2020 Founders Day celebration.

It may have looked different than in years past, but our Founders Day celebration still got two thumbs up from participating students, faculty, and staff.​


 

Kate McIntyre poses with an open book in her hands and a full bookshelf behind her.

Does it get any better than Roxane Gay describing your work as “delightful and imaginative, sometimes strange and sometimes disturbing but always absorbing and beautifully written”? For assistant professor of creative writing Kate McIntyre, the answer’s yes—when Gay chose her short story collection Mad Prairie as the winner of the prestigious Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.


 

A shot of the new World War I memorial in Green Hill Park.

The City of Worcester celebrated Veterans Day this year with the dedication of a new World War I memorial designed by associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of architectural engineering program Steven Van Dessel.


 

Emily Perlow poses on the Quad with her hands in the air while wearing a face covering and a hot dog costume.

Who was more excited for the recent hot dog giveaway hosted by the Dean of Students Office as part of the Funday Friday series—WPI students, or the Dean of Students staff themselves?


 

Ambassador H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah  alt
Ambassador H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah

The Global School’s virtual event series continued this month, with the latest presentation focusing on the university’s rich partnerships and deep engagements with organizations based and doing work in sub-Saharan Africa. Ghana’s ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, delivered the keynote speech.


 

Marni Hall '97 poses for a photo in Washington, D.C.

An authority on real-world evidence, Marni Hall ‘97 is one of many WPI alumni using their talents, passions, and expertise to help the nation—and the world—grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 


 

Students wearing face coverings pose with an international dinner sign in front of trays of food.

The International Dinner is a highlight year after year, and thanks to the determination of the International House and International Student Council—combined with a little of that WPI ingenuity we all know and love—it kept going strong this year in a to-go format. Bon appétit!


 

Three students gather at Adirondack chairs under a tree on the Quad.

The end of the term is coming; make sure to take a break to recharge! We’ll save an Adirondack chair for you.


 

An ROTC cadet studies a map on the ground at Fort Devens.

80 ROTC cadets from WPI and the Worcester Consortium schools conducted training and other drills at Fort Devens earlier this month, taking what they learned in the classroom and applying it to the field.


 

A Message of Thanksgiving from President Leshin

As the WPI community headed into a well-deserved break to celebrate Thanksgiving, President Leshin took a few minutes to share what she’s thankful for this holiday season (hint: it includes all of us).


 

A staff member wearing a face covering poses in front of some Founders Day window art at Boynton Hall.

Remember the sticky note art students created a few months ago? Well, WPI faculty and staff shared some art of their own as part of the first Founders Day Window Decorating Contest. The names of students who correctly guessed which founder was the inspiration for each design were entered into a prize raffle.


 

Haichong Zhang wears a face covering while holding part of the robotic ultrasound machine he and his team are working on.

Assistant professor in robotics engineering and biomedical engineering Haichong Zhang was awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support work he is conducting with an international team to build a robotic ultrasound machine to detect COVID-19 symptoms in the lungs to better protect healthcare providers.