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

September 28, 2009 

Around Campus
In the News


Coach and Author Tony Price '98
to Speak at Senior Capping

First Diversity Lecture of the Semester, sponsored by Flagship Bank, Draws Crowd

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Douglas Frink (Visiting Professor, Physical and Earth Sciences) has just published an article in the Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol. XXXIX (1): 68-70. September/October 2009. In the Favorite Demonstration section, Frink's article, "Demonstrating Emergent Properties in Dynamic Systems," shows how emergent properties can be presented without appeal to determinism or vitalism, dependent on a prime mover or deity. This demonstration was originally presented in his Introduction to Soil Science class, but is also applicable for biology, mathematics, or any subject treating complex systems.

Amaryllis Siniossoglou (Visual and Performing Arts) was accepted to exhibit two of her oil paintings at the show Eat the Art, at Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery in Boston. The exhibition will be held from September 14 through October 31, 2009.

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Family/Homecoming Weekend 2009

Family/Homecoming Weekend 2009 will include fun for the entire family. The WSC campus community is invited to take part in all the festivities. Cheer on the football team as they take on Framingham State College. This year's Homecoming will feature Hypnotist Michael C. Anthony. To see a full schedule visit www.worcester.edu/homecoming.

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2009-2010 Faculty Mini-Grants

The Worcester State College Mini-Grant Program offers faculty an opportunity to seek college-funding for scholarly and/or creative activities that they wish to be involved in. Each year the Mini-Grant Review Committee is established. This group consists of seven faculty and senior administrative officers who have volunteered to take on the task of reviewing proposals and making recommendations to the Academic Vice President.

With the mini-grant program entering its eleventh year, this task has become more and more difficult. To illustrate the competitive nature of this program, this year's committee was responsible for reviewing 42 quality proposals, requesting over $165,927 in financial support. From that initial list, thirty-two mini-grant projects were recommended for approval enabling 49 faculty members an opportunity to work on individual and/or joint projects.

Through the combined efforts of both the College and the Office of Institutional Advancement, this year we are pleased to announce that $100,000 has been made available to provide financial support for the following projects:

Dr. Julie Frechette
"New Paradigms of Journalism for Globalized Learning"

Professor Suzanne Gainer
"Framing and Mounting Materials for My Upcoming Solo Show"

Dr. Emily Soltano, Dr. Susanna Meyer, Dr. Linda Larrivee
"The Role of the SLP in Working With International Adoptees"

Dr. Elizabeth Wark, Dr. Janice Yee
"Student Perceptions of Market Fairness"

Dr. Michael Gesin
"Holocaust Case Study: Genocide in Transnistria"

Dr. Margarita Perez
"Count Down to Kindergarten with the Latino Education Institute (LEI)"

Dr. Francisco Lamelas
"Unusual Morphology of Salt Crystals Grown at High Pressure"

Dr. Sudha Swaminathan
"Predicting Probabilities in Matter-Antimatter Collisions"

Professor Caitlin Stover
"First Year Nursing Students Wearing Ostomy Appliances:
A Teaching Tool of Empathy"

Dr. Margaret Kerr
"Synthesis of Greener Polymers"

Dr. Eihab Jaber
"Nanotechnology " Construction of a Microwulf Computational Chemistry Cluster in Order to Investigate Magnetically Influenced Polymeric Nanoparticles"

Dr. Beth Russell
"Parent Behavioral Correlates of Preschooler's Self Control"

Dr. Beth Russell, Dr. Champika K. Soysa, Dr. Marc Wagoner,
Dr. Amy Cota-McKinley, Dr. Pearl Mosher-Ashley

"Strong Department Presence in our own Backyard: New England Psychological Association Meetings 2009 at WSC"

Dr. Elizabeth Bidinger
"The Birth of an Exciting New WSC Institution:
Creating a Campus Literary/News Magazine"

Professor Jacqueline Brennan
"Service Learning Project in Nicaragua"

Dr. Brad A. Bryan
"Determining the Neurological Side Effects of
Anti-Angiogenic Cancer Therapy"

Dr. Catherine Wilcox-Titus
"Using the MacBook Pro iLife Software to Enhance
Understanding of Visual Art"

Dr. Stephen Healy
"Social Marketing and Spatial Analysis of the EPOWER Biodiesel Cooperative: A Collaborative Participatory Action Research Project"

Dr. Karen Woods " Weierman, Dr. Philip Burns, Dr. Carey Smitherman
"Writing at Worcester State: A Professional Development Program for Composition Instructors"

Dr. Daron Barnard
"Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Biology: The Use and Assessment of Research Based Laboratories in Genetics"

Dr. Meghna Dilip
"Green Separation Techniques for Removal of Dyes and Metals"

Dr. Jeffry C. Nichols
"Site-Directed Mutagenesis of Scapharca Hemoglobin;
Effect on Structure and Kinetic Parameters"

Dr. Steven H. Corey, Dr. Lisa Krissoff Boehm
"Completion of Research and Editing for the Book, The American
Urban Reader: History and Theory (Routledge, 2010)"

Dr. Brandi Silver, Dr. Brad Bryan
"Effects of a Rho/ROCK Inhibitor on Spatial Learning in Aged Animals"

Dr. William O"Brien, Prof. Elizabeth Siler, Prof. Robert Shafner, Dr. Wei-Pang Lee, Dr. Robert Fink, Dr. Joan Mahoney, Dr. Augustus Luparelli
"Worcester State College to Host the Northeast Business and Economics Association"s Annual Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Worcester from November 5-7, 2009"

Dr. Barry DeCoster
"Moral & Epistemological Questions in Treating Chronic
Pain and Medically Unexplained Disorders"

Dr. Fortunata Songora Makene
"Children Rights and Nonstate Actors: The Impact of Global
and Local Actors" on the Girl-Child"

Dr. Matthew Johnsen
"Social Network Analysis: Training, Research and Education"

Dr. Bonnie Orcutt
"A Survey of Worcester's Unbanked"

Dr. Maureen Power
"Cross Age Community Fellows Program: Part II Student Leadership Development"

Professor Adam Zahler
"Proofing a Theatre History Compendium"

Professor Amaryllis Siniossoglou
"The Computer in Studio Art: Digital Printmaking and Book Arts"

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Grant Workshops

October 1, 2009
"Grant Basics" Come and join your fellow faculty members and learn about grant basics! This is the first of a set of workshops, the Grant Lunch Series. Learn the definition of what a grant is, how it works, types of funders, as well as the parts of a proposal.

October 8, 2009
"Looking for Funding" This workshop will provide information on how to look for funding. Procedures will be discussed as to how to perform searches on-line and through references.

October 15, 2009
"Grants at WSC" Topics will include how to explore the WSC grant homepage and the process of submitting a grant at WSC.

October 22, 2009
"Grant Budgets" This workshop will focus on how to create a budget. It will also cover general budget items and procedures for budgets at WSC.

October 29, 2009
"Grant Administration at WSC" This workshop will cover such topics as setting up an account, initiating a purchase order, hiring, check requests, and reporting.

November 5, 2009
"Electronic Submissions" How to make electronic submissions through places such as Grants.gov, ERACommons, NSF Fastlane, etc. will be discussed during this workshop.

November 12, 2009
"Research Compliance" We will discuss how human subjects, hazardous materials and other compliance issues relate to grants and what you need to do.

This is a series of brown bag lunches. All workshops will take place on Thursdays from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Center for Teaching and Learning (Sullivan Room 117). The Center for Teaching and Learning will be providing coffee, tea, and water.

Please pre-register with Andrea Bilics at: Andrea.Bilics@worcester.edu Or ctteachlearn@worcester.edu Center for Teaching for Learning

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Welcome to:

Howard McGinn, Institutional Advancement, Major Gifts Officer

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Travis Roy inspires students at Worcester State College

Travis Roy captured the eyes and attention of students at Worcester State College Wednesday. The former Boston University hockey player, now motivational speaker, inspired many as he spoke about the challenges he's faced. ...

Hurdling life's obstacles

Students at Worcester State College listen to Travis Roy today as he explains the injury he suffered eleven seconds into the first shift of his ...

Musical revue raises funds for AVM research

When he is not busy arranging church programs or attending college, Andrew, a junior at Worcester State College, works at the Alfred M. Chaffee Elementary School's after-school and summer programs. He hopes to eventually earn a master's degree in elementary school counseling.

Christoph talks on saving seeds at Bolton lecture Sept. 11

Retirement has meant taking college classes in geology at Worcester State College and helping teach a course in edible plants at Atlantic Union College. ...

AVC Announces New Executive Director

Melkonian has an undergraduate degree from Worcester State College and a Master's degree in comparative and international education from Columbia University ...

On the job: Mary C. Coughlin, Nurse Manager,
Clinical Pharmacology ...

Bishop studied at Worcester State College and at a university in Guadalajara, Mexico for her Masters degree. She also did graduate study in Costa Rica and ...

Teacher and traveler has shown students the world

I felt I needed a nursing degree, so I enrolled in Worcester State College. In my third year, Charlie (Dr. Charles Birbara of Clinical Pharmacology Study ...

New principals start at Armstrong, Fales schools

She has a bachelor's degree in education from Worcester State College and a master's degree in Special Education from Assumption College. ...

Brooklyn man becomes assistant
superintendent of Montville Schools

Education: Levesque has a degree in physical education from Springfield College, a master's degree in health education from Worcester State College and a ...

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Tues., Sept. 29

Women's Tennis vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Becker College
Tennis Courts

3:30 p.m.

Center for Service Learning & Civic Engagement 4th Annual Open House
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

4-6 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 30

Women's Soccer vs.
Keene State College

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Thu., Oct. 1

Women's Volleyball
vs. Becker College

7 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 2

Family/Homecoming Weekend
Click here for
all activities

Senior Capping
and Reception

Sullivan Auditorium
4-7 p.m.

Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

6-10 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 3

Family/Homecoming Weekend
Click here for
all activities


Mon., Oct. 5

Women's Tennis vs.
Albertus Magnus

Assumption College
tennis courts

3:30 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 6

Field Hockey vs.
UMass Dartmouth

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 7

Men's Soccer
vs. Western CT

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 8

Women's Soccer
vs. Western CT

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 10

Men's Soccer vs.
Bridgewater State

Coughlin Field

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