Weekly News for Faculty, Staff and Friends of the Worcester State College Community

NEWS

Research Bureau hosts Panel Discussion on
Challenges Facing Worcester's New
Superintendent of Schools at WSC

WSC to Host 7th Annual Undergraduate
Shakespeare Conference

WSC Students to Present Research and Creativity

WSC to Premier Film Documentary on Palestinian
Refugees in Lebanon


NOTEWORTHY

AROUND CAMPUS

Mini Grant Supports Nanotechnology Research

Faculty Spearhead Television Program

Over 100 attend Student Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Student Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WSC IN THE NEWS

WSC e-NEWS GENERAL INFO

 

NOTEWORTHY

Carol Faron (Human Resources) was named a 2008 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, Tuesday, April 8. 

Pearl Mosher-Ashley (Psychology) was selected by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education to be a Fellow of the Association. Fellow status is an honor conferred by the Association, which recognizes outstanding leadership in gerontology and geriatrics education by established scholars/educators. Qualifications include outstanding achievement in teaching; influential research and publications on pedagogy or educational issues; influential research publications or theoretical contributions used in gerontology/geriatrics education and training; and/or leadership in administration and funding of gerontology/geriatrics educational programs; including development of new programs.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) has been accepted to exhibit a large color lithograph at the P/NE - Large Works on Paper at the Promenade Gallery in Hartford, Conn.

Sudha Swaminathan (Physical and Earth Sciences) attended the New England Section meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.  She presented a talk titled, "Studying Salol: A Research-Oriented Outreach Project," Saturday, April 5, 2008.

 

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AROUND CAMPUS

Mini Grant Supports Nanotechnology Research
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

As Eihab Jaber (Chemistry) well knows, necessity is truly the mother of invention. 

When he came to Worcester State College two years ago, Jaber had dreams of continuing the nanotechnology research he did both as a doctoral student and post-doc at Stony Brook University. I was nave, he said. Id been working in computational materials science, using a supercomputer, and thought I would keep at that.

The demands of a teaching college coupled with the lack of research laboratory space seemed daunting. But not for long.

You have to be willing to change your research to fit the situation at an undergraduate college, he said.

And change he has. Jaber scaled back his projects by using smaller, less fast computers, and secured a 2007-2008 mini-grant, Nanotechnology---Development of a New Class of Magnetic-Susceptible Smart Materials, to further his revised research agenda.

The mini-grant was a godsend, he said. It got me started.

A collaboration with his thesis adviser at Stony Brook resulted in the donation of a supercomputer alpha cluster, a machine that worked well for Jaber last year but is now in need of repair. He's applied for another mini-grant so that he might fix and return it to service.

A visiting professors research talk to the chemistry departments senior seminar in April 2007  resulted in yet another collaboration. Dr. Glenisson De Oliveria of Rhode Island College has years of experience with undergraduate research.  After the seminar, the two kept talking. Jaber then gave a research talk at RIC. 

You have to try your best to branch out, he said, to build partnerships with others at similar colleges who have worked with undergraduates.

These two professors, plus a colleague at Central Connecticut State University, submitted a Math and Science Partnership grant to the National Science Foundation in late March. If the grant is funded, they'll engage science faculty in their colleges to teach high school teachers to do research with their students.

Meanwhile, Jaber spent last summer teaching both summer sessions at Worcester State to earn money to outfit a computer work station for undergraduate researchers. And he ratcheted up his recruitment efforts.

Once students see the benefits of research, they're eager to do it, he said. Graduate schools and medical schools love to see that students have done research.

He currently works with seven undergraduates who are tackling a variety of complex problems. One is examining nanoparticles, seeking to understand how to make them more stable in cancer therapy. Another student will present a research poster at two different science conferences. And another is collecting data for an article that will be submitted to the Journal of Chemical Education.

He keeps these young researchers on a short leash, meeting them individually for 2 to 3 hours a week to discuss their work. 

I love working with students, he said. They're getting to see real-world applications.

He's outfitted the computational research lab with chemistry book samples publishers send him, hoping hell adopt them for classes. The student researchers do their work and often their homework--- in the cozy lab, which is on the fourth floor of the Ghosh building.

            I want to create a sense of community, Jaber said. I love research, and I love seeing students working together, helping one another.

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What is a nanometer? Take a piece of paper and cut it into 1,000 pieces.
Take one of those pieces and cut it into a million pieces. One of those
pieces is a nanometer. --Eihab Jaber

A nanometer is 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a
human hair. --Physorg.com
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Faculty Spearhead Television Program

Julian Berrian, Alta Carroll, and Julie Frechette (Communication Dept.),
in conjunction with the Center for Community Media, have spearheaded
the production of two television shows designed to benefit the greater Worcester community:  Esperanza y Su Exito (Hope and Your Success)
and The J.P. Mortgage & Home Advisors Show. 

Esperanza y Su Exito is a television program targeted at the approximately 55,000 Latinos in Worcester County.  The show, designed to educate, entertain, empower, inform and inspire the Latino community, began production at the beginning of the spring 2008 semester.  Each show features a guest interview, arts or cuisine, a financial, and health segments.  The project is sponsored by Jean-Pierre Puchulu of J.P. Hope Production Co. and Esperanza Donovan-Pendric; both activist members of the Worcester County Latino community.  After producing two episodes, the show was forced to halt production when investors pulled their financing, citing the current economic downturn.  The Center is seeking funding from the college and external grants to propel this program forward. The program is expected to air in the fall of 2008. 

The J.P. Mortgage & Home Advisors Show targets the general public and provides important and accurate information on home ownership, especially given the current housing crisis.  The first show aired on March 15 on WCTR-TV3, with subsequent programs airing each Tuesdays at 1:00pm and Saturdays at 12:00pm.

 

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Over 100 attend Student Art Exhibition
Opening Reception


Over 100 attended the opening reception for the Student Art Exhibition, Thursday April 10 in the gallery in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center.  The event featured over 200 student artworks
from Visual and Performing Art's studio courses as well as a selection of photographs from the Communication Department's photography courses. The work is representative of a range of mediums, materials, concepts, and individual expression. The art and visual arts programs enrolled nearly 1200 students in the Fall Semester of 2007. The exhibition will be on display through May 7.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

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Student Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary


About 60 former student leaders and Student Center employees
attended the 30th birthday party for the Student Center on
Saturday, Apr. 5. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Pearce 07,
Michelle Sarno
, Patrick Boyle 07, Jess Kunar 07, and
Chris Kanclerowicz
07.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • On Tuesday, April 29, the Courageous Conversations series presents: A More Perfect Union? What Does Obama's Race Speech Mean to You? from 11:30 - 12:45 in the Ghosh 102. The event will consist of a rebroadcast of Obama's speech (about 35 minutes), brief remarks by a panel of faculty and students, and a period for open comments and questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by WSC Psychology professor Marc Wagoner. We invite you to attend and bring your class for this special event. If you are considering bringing your class, please contact Alisha at averly@worcester.edu. It's not mandatory to RSVP, but seating may be limited.
     

  • The Education Department wishes to thank the following campus organizations for their sponsorship of the conference "A Framework for Understanding Poverty":  Alumni Board, Office of Diversity/Affirmation, Center for Effective Instruction, Center for Teaching and Learning, Intergenerational Urban Institute, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Urban Studies Department.  Their sponsorship of this event enabled numerous educators to participate that may not have been able to do so.
     

  • In recognition of Memorial Day, May 26, Administration and Finance Office Staff Assistant Cindy Carvill is collecting supplies for soldiers at Camp Taji, Iraq.  In order to reach the camp in time for Memorial Day, packages need to be shipped by Friday May 16.  Items needed include candy (but not chocolate as it gets too hot), beef jerky, microwavable food and snacks, coffee, packets of sugar, magazines, body or foot powder, toothpaste, body wash, lip balm, silly string, sunscreen and international phone cards.  Items may be dropped off at the Student Activities office on the 2nd floor of the Student Center.  For more information, call Cindy Carvill at (508) 929-8087 or email her at ccarvill@worcester.edu.
     

  • The Retirement and Employee Service Recognition Program will be taking place on Monday, May 5, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Blue Lounge. Please R.S.V.P. to 929-8666 by April 28, 2008. Hot Buffet to be served. Live Entertainment will be provided by Debba Andrees Flashback cabaret show.

 

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WSC IN THE NEWS

Taking stock
Focus educational vision, then choose superintendent

Telegram & Gazette (Friday, April 11)
Excerpt: As Worcester prepares to choose its next school superintendent, remarks by panelists at a forum at Worcester State College yesterday suggested that before deciding who the districts next leader should be or even what qualities that leader should have the city first must decide what it wants its school system to be.

The Beat: Kling showcasing his strength
Metrowest Daily News  (Saturday, April 6)
Excerpt:
In preparing for next month's competition in Virginia, Kling works out three days a week for two hours, and trains all day on Sunday in Paxton, all while balancing a courseload as a freshman at Worcester State College.

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Monday, April 14, 2008


 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday, Apr. 14

Film: Invisible Children
Student Center,
North/South Aud.
Free and Open to the Public
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 15

Film: Invisible Children
Student Center,
North/South Aud.
Free and Open to the Public
12:30 p.m.

Baseball vs.
Fitchburg State College
Double Header
MASCAC Game

2 p.m.

Softball vs.
Fitchburg State College
Double Header
5 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 16

Film: The Nakba Archive: 1948 generation Palestinian refugees in Lebanon narrate al Nakba, Student Center, North/South Aud.
1:30 p.m.

Celebration of Service
Across the Ages

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
2 p.m.

Baseball vs. Salve Regina
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
4 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 17

Baseball
vs. Suffolk University
Laska Gym @ Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester
3:30 p.m.

Softball vs. Nichols College
Double Header
5 p.m.


COMING UP

Saturday, Apr. 19

Shakespeare Conference

Student Center, Blue Lounge &
Sullivan Academic Building
Registration: $10
9:a.m. - 5 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs.
Westfield State College
Noon

Sunday, Apr. 20

Baseball
vs. Eastern CT State
Laska Gym @ Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street, Worcester
1 p.m.

Monday, Apr. 21

Patriots' Day Holiday

No Classes, Offices Closed

Tuesday, Apr. 22

Golf
WSC Invitational @
Sterling Country Club

Softball vs. Becker College
5 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 23

Baseball
vs.
Rhode Island College
4 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 24

Baseball
vs. Becker College
Double Header
2 p.m.

Talk: Invited Artist
Nina Fletcher

Ghosh Center, Room 102
Free and Open to the Public
3 p.m.

Film: The Great Warming,
Ghosh Center, Room 318
Free and Open to the Public
4:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse vs.
UMASS-Dartmouth
7 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 25

Talk: Assessment with
Scott Jaschik

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
1 - 3 p.m.

Saturday, Apr. 26

Talk: Learn to Ride a Bike
Free and Open to the Public
Registration Required
9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Baseball vs.
Framingham State College
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
Double Header
MASCAC Game

Noon

Softball vs.
Framingham State College
Double Header
MASCAC Conference Game

Noon

Sunday, Apr. 27

Baseball
vs.
Colby-Sawyer College
Fitton Field @ Holy Cross
1 College Street, Worcester
Noon

Tuesday, Apr. 29

Forum:  A More Perfect
Union: What does Obama's
Race Speech Mean to You?

Ghosh Center, Room 102
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Monday, May 5

Retirement and Employee
Service Recognition
Celebration & Reception

Student Center, Blue Lounge
RSVP to Ext. 8666 by 4/28/08
3 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6

Film: Everything's Cool,
Ghosh Center, Room 318
Free and Open to the Public
4:30 p.m.


 

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