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AROUND CAMPUS

WSC Chorale Performs Traditional Holiday Concert

RESEARCH

Professor Tan Explores the Marine
Phenomenon of Bioluminescent Bacteria

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Call for Nominations - George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award

Two WSC Students Chosen for Acting Award Competition

City of Worcester Winter Parking Ban

2008-2009 Inclement Weather Policy

WSC Chorale Release Christmas CD

WSC Toy Drive


TRANSITIONS

WSC IN THE NEWS

WSC e-news General Info



NOTEWORTHY

Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) presented four papers at the 136th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in San Diego, Calif., in October 2008. She reported on research funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency on the following topics: Global Climate Change: Partnerships for Public Health Action; Climate Change and Healthy Public Policy: Opportunities for Advocacy; Public Health Without Borders: Environmental Health Nursing and Climate Change.

Her fourth paper was on Risk of Sharps Injuries and Blood Exposures Among Home Health Care Workers  (paper co-authors Dr. Margaret Quinn, Dr. Pia Markkanen of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Dr. Hyun Kim of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Dr. Leticia David of Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health). The research was funded with a grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH).

In September, Dr. Chalupka also presented results of her research on efforts to address environmental health hazards in refugee and immigrant populations, Multi-dimensional Strategies to Reach High Risk Populations, at the 2008 National Healthy Homes Conference in Baltimore, Md. (paper co-author Dr. David Turcotte of the University of Massachusetts Lowell) Funded by the United States Housing and Urban Development, the project was designed to improve training, cross-training, cross referrals and educational outreach among many community based and faith-based organizations that currently visit children in Lowell's homes.



Allison Dunn
(Physical/Earth Sciences) co-authored an article, High sensitivity of peat decomposition to climate change through water-table feedback, in the October issue of the Journal of Nature Geoscience. Dr. Dunn's article was referenced in a New York Times science section article in October, Rising Temperatures May Dry Up Peat Bogs, Causing Carbon Release.




Professors Linda Larrivee, Susanna Meyer, Kenneth Melnick  and Ann Veneziano of the Communication Sciences and Disorders department were among the featured speakers at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), November 19-22 in Chicago, IL.  Along with Katie Grady, M.S. SLP '08 and Olivia Howley, M.S. SLP '08, Drs. Larrivee and Meyer spoke about second language acquisition. Dr. Larrivee also presented a paper with Dr. Melnick on the effects co-occurring fluency and articulation intervention with Erin Getty (current M.S., SLP candidate).  Dr. Meyer presented a second paper with her colleague Ruth Margulies (Northeastern University) and Ann Smith (M.S., SLP '08) examining school-based speech-language pathologists' knowledge of IQ tests.  Ann Veneziano presented two papers with a group of colleagues from several northeastern colleges and universities. One of the papers addressed issues in clinical supervision and the other with inter-institutional research. Finally, Dr. Larrivee presented a seminar with several colleagues on individual differences in successful intervention for language disorders: Dr. Larrivee focused on reading disorders in children.


The ASHA convention, which annually attracts over 10,000 attendees, is the most comprehensive conference for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and  speech, language and hearing scientists.  The ASHA conference had a variety of educational sessions that highlighted the latest developments in research and clinical practices for professionals who provide services in schools, hospitals, health care centers, rehabilitation clinics, and other practice settings.  

 


  

Stephen A. Morreale (Criminal Justice) presented and facilitated an all day seminar on November 21, 2008, entitled Organizational  Ethics and Ethical Leadership and Decision-making at the Vermont Police Academy.  In attendance were police and sheriffs managers and executives from Vermont and Maine.

Professor Morreale also assisted and facilitated at the recent conference entitled Re:Generation at 50+: Lives Re-Defined, Communities Re-Imagined sponsored by the Colleges of Worcester Consortium held at the Holiday In Crown Plaza in Worcester.   Working with the Director of the Gerontology Program, Dr. Kelly Niles-Yokum,  Dr. Morreale served as facilitator in several breakout sessions, with themes for creating a livable community for all ages by developing opportunities and pathways for those 50+ in Workforce Development; Civic Engagement; Lifelong Learning; and Housing, Health and Supportive Services.

The conference was attended by more than 100 academics, heath care and social services professionals from throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts.  Congressman James McGovern was the keynote speaker. 


Kenneth Sanderson, senior mathematics major, presented his research project Acute Triangles in the undergraduate research session at the Mathematical Association of America meeting on November 21 at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass.

Two mathematics majors teams -- Derrick Bennett, Meghan Coyne, Joseph Fredette, Andrew Gallant, Marsel Hako and Kenneth Sanderson -- participated in the NES/MAA Collegiate Mathematics Competition 2008. Professor Hansun To (Mathematics), advised the teams and attended the conference.


Barbara Zang (Communication) was an invited guest of the journalism faculty at the University of The Russian Academy of Education Nizhny Novgorod Branch, November 24-28. Zang participated in two roundtable discussions, a press conference and a visit to the mayor of Nizhny Novgorods office related to the Media and Disabilities Center that the journalism faculty is developing at the university. The Disabled Divide, Zangs award-winning stories for The (Santa Fe) New Mexican, was the focus of one   roundtable discussion. Faculty, students, journalists and people from the disabilities community participated in these discussions.

 

 

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AROUND CAMPUS

 

WSC Chorale & Chorus Perform Holiday Concert

On Saturday, December 6, the WSC Chorale and Chorus, under the direction of Professor Christie Nigro, performed a traditional holiday concert at Our Lady of the Angels Church in Worcester. Music was featured by Bairstow, Rutter, Verdi, Dowland and others.

 

 

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RESEARCH

 

Professor Tan Explores the Marine
Phenomenon of Bioluminescent Bacteria
Barbara Zang, Ph.D.

Antonieto Tan, professor of biology, devised an efficient, productive way to spend his sabbatical during the fall 2007 semester. He stayed at Worcester State and used the biology laboratory facilities to study bioluminescent marine bacteria.

I took one semester of sabbatical leave, he said, and wanted to do research that I could accomplish during that time and still have time for writing.

The result of his sabbatical work? A June 2008 poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston. Tans poster, Rapid Identification and Phylogenetic Inference of the Genera of Luminous Bacteria Based on the DNA Sequence of the Amplified 16S rRNA Gene Using Novel PCR Primers, was one of more than a thousand presented at that meeting.

Bioluminescent bacteria are creatures that produce light in certain situations, Tan said, such as during crowded conditions. Many of these bacteria are marine. Theyre available from organisms like fish and squid as they live in the gut.  Others are free living and live on the outside of fish.

Tans goal was to construct new primers to amplify part of the gene responsible for bioluminescence to help identify these creatures.  He tested the constructed primers on standardized samples secured from the bacteria culture bank, American Type Culture Collection.

The DNA sequencing facility at the University of Massachusetts Medical School then sequenced the purified amplicons, which are pieces of DNA that have been synthesized.           

My primers worked, Tan said. Anyone can use them to replicate this research for validation. 

With more resources, he added, all this work could be done at the college. 

A 2007-08 mini-grant, Survey of Bioluminescent Marine Bacteria from Fresh Marine Organisms, supported Tans research. 

Tan, who has been at the college for about 16 years, serves on the biology departments honors committee, which is developing an honors program. Tan hopes that such a program will enable more researchers to involve students in their work.

       

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


    GEORGE I. ALDEN EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD -
    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - DUE FEBRUARY 13, 2009
    Worcester State College began as a teachers' college and recognizes that teaching is still at the heart of what we do. Through the George I. Alden Excellence in Teaching Award, students have a public way of acknowledging the role of good teachers in their lives by honoring those who have most inspired them and contributed the most to their success. Today, teaching remains the foundation upon which the integrity of our institution rests. The Center for Teaching and Learning has created this award as a means to provide students and alumni with the opportunity to publicly acknowledge professors who have made a difference in their lives through their teaching excellence. Although one full-time tenured or tenure track professor will be honored annually, the award is intended to honor all educators on our campus who are committed to teaching excellence. All students and alumni are eligible to nominate a full-time tenured or tenure-track professor. For a nomination form, please visit www.worcester.edu/alden.


    TWO WSC STUDENTS CHOSEN FOR ACTING AWARD COMPETITION
    Following the performance of Lysistrata by Worcester State Theatre students, two more nominees were chosen to compete in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Award competition. Emily Chestna, who played Lysistrata, and Danielle St. Amand, who played Myrrhine, will attend the KCACTF Region I Festival in Fitchburg, Mass. in January to compete in the Irene Ryans.  They will be joining Johnny Sanderski and Kyle Maxwell, nominated from the spring 2008 production of All In The TimingLysistratas Rebecca Belmont and Ryan Purcell were selected as alternates.

    The Irene Ryan competition is a nationwide affair, in which winners at the regional level are selected to compete in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center in April.


    CITY OF WORCESTER WINTER PARKING BAN
    The City of Worcester Department of Public Works has announced that the Winter Parking Ban will be in effect beginning today, Monday December 1, 2008.   Public Streets fall under two categories: permanent and declared.

    A PERMANENT BAN will remain in effect on Emergency Arteries, WRTA Bus Routes and streets that are critical to the flow of traffic. The permanent ban means that from December 1 through April 30, there is no parking on one or both sides of the street between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. and also when a snow emergency is declared, anytime day or night.

    A DECLARED BAN will be in effect on all remaining city streets. The declared ban means that parking is allowed on both sides of the street until the winter parking ban is put into effect. You can expect the winter parking ban to go into effect whenever inclement weather is forecasted.

    You may search the City of Worcester winter parking ban database by street name. Please select the street name by clicking on the link below. The search results provide information on the ban type, ban zone and no parking side.

     http://www.ci.worcester.ma.us/dpw/seasonal/parking_ban_search.html

    Need Assistance? Call 508-929-1300.


    2008-2009 INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
    www.worcester.edu/weatherpolicy

    A decision to close the College or open later will generally be made between 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. by the President or the President's designee in consultation with other members of the College staff.

     

    If a decision is made to close for the day or to open later, notice will be made to the following outlets:

     

    College Homepage -  http://www.worcester.edu

     

    Email to all Worcester State College addresses

     

    Campus Phone - 508-929-8000 - To hear the inclement weather message, press 1 and then press 2 (from a touch-tone telephone only). 

     

    PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE COLLEGE POLICE TO FIND OUT IF THE
    COLLEGE IS OPEN, CLOSED OR DELAYED,
    as this ties up the phone
    line for emergency calls.

     

    RADIO STATIONS TELEVISION CHANNELS
    WSRS 96.1 FM CBS - Channel 4
    WTAG 580 AM WCVB - Channel 5
    WTAG 94.9 FM WHDH - Channel 7
    WRKO 680 AM WSBK - Channel 38
    WBZ 1030 AM WLVI - Channel 56

     

                                                             

    Closing During Normal Office/Class Hours* 

     

    If, during normal office/class hours on a work/class day, the President or her designee determines that the College should be closed due to inclement weather or other circumstances, all offices will be notified of the time and duration of cancellation of normal activity. Normal routine will be expected to commence on the next regular class/work day, unless notified otherwise.

     

    * Normal hours are defined as Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

     


    WSC CHORALE RELEASES CHRISTMAS CD
    The Chorale of Worcester State College  has just released a new Christmas CD in time for the holidays titled, "Songs of Christmas."  The collection contains some familiar carols as well as some lesser-known music. The CD is now for sale for $10.  If you are interested in getting one in time for the holidays, please contact Christie Nigro at cnigro@worcester, 508-929-8824 or stop by the Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts (LRC-132). This would make an excellent holiday gift.  Selections on the CD include:

    1.  Ding Dong, Merrily on High

    2.  I Wonder as I Wander

    3.  Riu, riu, chiu

    4.  I Sing of a Maiden

    5.  Good King Kong (PDQ Bach)

    6.  What Sweeter Music (John Rutter)

    7.  Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber)

    8.  Hallelujah Chorus

    9.  Pastorcito Santo (Rodrigo)

    10. Out of the Orient Crystal Skies

    11. The Infant King

    12. I'll Be Home for Christmas

    13. Sir Christmas

     

    Please support WSC's excellent a cappella choir. 
    Checks can be payable to WSC Chorale.



    WSC TOY DRIVE
    Once again the Secret Santa's of Worcester will sponsor a toy drive for NEEDY Children and their families. In 2007, over 3,000 toys were delivered to happy children all over Worcester county.

     

    If you would like to donate a gift  - please drop it off to the Presidents Office - Room 111, Administration Village, prior to December 11. Please wrap all gifts and label girl or boy and age (infant to 18 years - teenagers love a gift card).

     

    Donations will be distributed to the following agencies:

     

    UMass Hospital Children's Unit

    Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps
    Worcester Boys and Girls Club Daybreak
    Worcester Probate Court
    Needy families in Worcester neighborhoods

     

    Many thanks for your continued generosity!

     

    A party to collect all donations will be held on Thursday, December 11 from 5:15 - 8:30 p.m., 440 Grove Street, Worcester, Mass.


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TRANSITIONS

Welcome to Issac Tesfay who is joining the Multicultural Affairs office as a Staff Assistant/Upward Bound Coordinator.

Congratulations to Joyce Adubofour on her retirement from the Registrar's Office after over 30 years of service to Worcester State College

Worcester State College expresses its deepest sympathy to:

Ralph Ricci (Purchasing/Central Receiving)  for the loss of his sister, Mary (Ricci) Darling, 58, of Wheelwright, formerly of Worcester, who passed away November 29. 

Christine Pulsifer (Student Center) for the loss of her father, Bruce A. Houghton, Sr., of New Bedford, who passed away November 28.

 

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WSC IN THE NEWS

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Movers & Shakers
Worcester Business Journal (12/8/08)
Excerpt: The New England Board of Higher Education has chosen Michael K. Thomas, a trustee of Worcester State College, as its new president and CEO. ...

Horton sparks Lancers
Telegram & Gazette (12/5/08)
Excerpt:
If this years Worcester State College basketball team is a work in progress, then the Lancers took a giant step in ...

Concert fundraiser for trip to Belize
Telegram & Gazette (12/5/08)
Excerpt:
Worcester State Colleges Nursing Department will host a concert this weekend to raise money for two outreach trips to Belize in the spring. ...

Attack spurs community to speak out against hate
Telegram & Gazette (12/3/08)
Excerpt: Edna Spencer, director of affirmative action and diversity at Worcester State College, said she was just one of many activists and citizens in Worcester who ...

The Volume Factor: Study Reveals Worcester Noise [pdf]
Worcester Medicine (Nov/Dec. 08 issue)
Christopher Noonan '08, William Hansen, PhD, and Renee Marion '07 had an article published in the November/December issue of Worcester Medicine on a noise study they conducted as part of the NSF Green Campus grant.

College Town
Telegram & Gazette (11/30/08)
Excerpt: Deval L. Patrick launched the Commonwealth Corps at Worcester State College recently at a Got Food? fundraiser to help fight hunger in the area. ...

Monday, December 8, 2008

 

THIS WEEK
 
www.worcester.edu/calendar

 

Wed., Dec. 10

All Classes End

Thurs., Dec.11

Reading Day


WSC Dance Co. Show

Sullivan Auditorium
7 p.m., Tickets at door

 


COMING UP
www.worcester.edu/calendar


Dec. 12 - Dec. 18

Final Exams

 

Wed., Dec. 31

Semester Ends

 

Sat., Jan.17

MLK Jr. Youth Breakfast
Gymnasium @ 8:30 a.m.
Call 508-929-8117 for tickets
$5pp or $50 for table of ten


Mon. Jan., 19

MLK Jr. Day Holiday
No Classes, Offices Closed


Tues., Jan. 27

"Two Years with  a
Midwife in Mali"

Student Center, Blue Lounge
Free and Open to the Public
11:30 a.m.


Wed., Jan. 28

Courageous Conversations
with Angela Davis

Sullivan Auditorium @ 7 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public
Book signing at 8:30 p.m.

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