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

October 13, 2009 

Around Campus
In the News


WSC Named One of Six "Readiness
Centers" to Support Educators

Green Chemistry Speaker
Dr. Michael Cann to Speak at WSC

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Mary Ellen Brisbois (Nursing) was invited to speak on October 15th at "Tickled Pink," a breast cancer awareness event sponsored by UMass/Memorial (TriRiver Health Center). The event is being held at the Whitin Middle School in Uxbridge, Mass., beginning at 6 pm.

On Friday, October 16th, Professor Brisbois has been invited to participate as a panelist and present the results of a 2008-2009 Worcester State College mini-grant," Implementation of Personal Digital Assistants in the Clinical Setting" at the Massachusetts and Rhode Island League of Nursing conference, "Integrating Informatics into the Curriculum." The event is being held at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Mass.

Noted poet and human rights activist Dennis Brutus was awarded the War Resisters League International Peace Prize for 2009. For more information on the event and award, click here.
Stephanie Chalupka (Nursing) is the author of "Using Aspirin to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease in Adults" which appeared in the July 2009 issue of the AAOHN Journal. Professor Chalupka has also been appointed to serve on the Best Practices Subcommittee of the City of Worcester Public Health Task Force. The committee is charged with assessing best practices for the public health system and making recommendations to assure that essential needs are met in protecting the health of the residents of the City of Worcester.
Kyung Im Noh (Research & Assessment) presented alongside ten colleagues at the North American Association for Environmental Education's 38th annual conference held in Portland, OR, from October 7-10. The title of their presentation and rountable discussion was "National Environmental Literacy Assessment in Four Countries: Israel, Korea, Turkey and the USA."
Henry Theriault (Philosophy) was invited to deliver "Reinstating the Rights of the Armenian People and Armenian-Turkish Relations" at the Pan-Armenian Conference for the Discussion of Armenian-Turkish Relations and the Artsakh Conflict, held in Stepanakert, Republic of Mountainous Karabakh, July 10 and 11.

This invitational conference convened 130 Armenian political, intellectual, business, and cultural leaders from the Republic of Armenia and 25 other countries around the world to develop an alternative proposal to the recently negotiated 'roadmap' for normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.
Professor Theriault was one of the eight main speakers addressing these leaders. Other speakers included former Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian and former Armenian Agricultural Minister Davit Lokyan.

The conference was organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, a major opposition party, and attended by representatives of other opposition parties as well as the governments of the Armenian Republic and the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh. The event was covered by the Armenian television and print news media as well as journalists from the North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Theriault's paper was translated into Russian and published in Golos Armenii, Armenia?s largest Russian-language daily newspaper.

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THIS WEEK: Mass Poetry Festival -
Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

Worcester State College will serve as a venue for a statewide coordinated launch of poetry readings that will begin the 2nd annual Mass Poetry Festival.

Boston poet Charles Coe and UMass MFA faculty member Dara Weir will read their work followed by an open mic opportunity for others who would like to read their poems or the poems of others. This event is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Worcester County Poetry association. The reading is free and open to the public. The festival takes place in Lowell over the course of 3 days from 10/16- 10/18 and will feature a variety of local and national poets reading their work, lectures, and panel discussions.

SAVE THE DATE: Haider Hamza "Talk to an Iraqi" - Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Twenty-four year old Iraqi journalist Haider Hamza lived through the 2003 US-led invasion of his country. While in Iraq, Haider covered all the major events that took place in his country such as live coverage of all 40 trial sessions of his former president Saddam Hussein from inside the courtroom, witnessing the killing of Saddam's sons, the elections and referendum, establishment of his country's new governments and political cabinet, the killing of al Qaeda leader, Abu Mussab al Zarqawi and the daily sectarian violence. When life in Iraq became too dangerous, Haider fled to the United States. New to America and wanting to understand what the American people felt about their country's involvement in Iraq, Haider decided to travel across the US to talk to people about the war. He drove through 35 states setting up a mobile booth with a sign that says "Talk to an Iraqi." Haider's powerful and fascinating lecture includes poignant and touching film clips from his road trip in America, a slide of photos he took of post-war Iraq, thoughts on the conflict in his country, the presence of US troops there, and his personal struggle to heal the wounds of oppression.

Sponsored by Student Center/Student Activities, Disability Services, and Flagship Bank

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Computer Science students take part in National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates

Two computer science majors took part in National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at UMass Lowell this summer.

Iryna Paluyanava-Pseftis assisted Dr. Fred Martin in his research project "iSENSE: Internet System for Networked Sensor Experimentation."  iSENSE is a web-based data collection, aggregation and visualization tool that allows educators and students to share real-world scientific data and draw meaningful conclusions about regional, national, and global phenomena. This system allows users to view, graph, analyze and export data from individual sensors (temperature, light, sound, humidity, pH, and other sensors) as well as combining data from multiple sensors.

Andrew Gallant worked with Dr. Cindy Chen from the CS department at UMass Lowell. He took part in database research. In particular, Andrew worked with Google Scholar, wrote utilities code in PHP/Python, and compiled information for Dr. Chen's research.

Woodland destruction surveyed

When the Dec. 11-12 ice storm struck Central Massachusetts, Jeff Cranson was at home in Sterling and lived without power for eight days, saw homes of family members damaged by fallen branches and spent days toting his uncle's generator around to five houses to keep pipes from freezing.

Nine months later, his life is much easier, but the ice storm continues to be the focus of his life. The Worcester State College senior is one of several students working with assistant geography professor William J. Hansen to try to make sense of the destruction caused by the storm. On Sept. 29, Mr. Cranson, Mr. Hansen and a group of students from the college were...
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Bocce Tournament

The WSC Women's Basketball team will be traveling to Italy in December and in keeping with the "Italian Spirit," they will be hosting an on-campus Bocce Tournament on Friday, October 16th, from Noon-2 p.m. on the turf field. Prizes for 1st place, 2nd place and best team uniform! Come join the fun, grab a teammate(2 players per team). Cost is $20 per team. No experience necessary or backyard Bocce pros are welcome too! Snacks and drinks available, sign-ups are required. Contact Karen Tessmer at ext. 8769 or email at Karen.Tessmer@worcester.edu.

Donate your 'gently' worn shoes to Soles4Souls

WSC students, faculty and staff are invited to recycle their
'gently worn' shoes for people in need.

Every 9 seconds, Soles4Souls, Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need. The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people that truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who clean out their closets to personally drop off their 'gently worn' shoes.

Drop off boxes are located on campus, in the Student Center and the Science and Technology building for your donations. The WSC shoe drive ends October 30th.

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Poetry Festival includes Worcester engagement

The Central Massachusetts Launch of the Second Annual Poetry Festival will be from 7 to 10 pm Thursday in the Blue Lounge at Worcester State College, ...

Are you as smart as you think?

Moments before taking the two-hour Mensa test at Worcester State College, Zeth Weissman said the girl he dates is in the roundtable Mensa society, ...

Theriault: The Final Stage of Genocide: Consolidation

But Davidian is comparing (1) a post-genocidal victim state and society that have .... Henry Theriault is a Professor of Philosophy at Worcester State College.

Woodland destruction surveyed

The Worcester State College senior is one of several students working with assistant geography professor William J. Hansen to try to make sense of the ...

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Wed., Oct. 14

Green Chemistry:
Chemistry for the
Long Haul

Ghosh 102
7-9 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 15

Women's Volleyball
vs. Salem State

7-9 p.m.

Mass Poetry Festival
Student Center,
Blue Lounge

7-10 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 16

Women's Soccer
vs. Westfield State

Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 17

Open House

8:15 a.m. - Noon

Football vs.
Fitchburg State

Coughlin Field

Field Hockey
vs. Keene State

Coughlin Field
4 p.m.

Sun. Oct. 18

Diabetes Walk

For more info


Mon. Oct. 19

Buying a car

Student Center
North/South Aud.

3-4 p.m.

Community Partners

Student Center
South Aud.

4-6 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 20

Haider Hamza
"Talk to an Iraqi"

Student Center
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

Wed., Oct. 21

From Good Schools
to Great Schools

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

3:30-5 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 22

"Breaking Silence:
Issues of Culture
and Power in
the Academy"

Student Center,
North/South Aud.

10 a.m.

Candace Allen
Memorial Lecture:
"Women Crossing
Boundaries: Gender,
Immigration and
Domestic Violence"

Student Center,
Blue Lounge

11:30 a.m.

A Conversation w/ Antonia Darder
(Open to Faculty &
President's Dining
Room - Third Floor,
Student Center

1:15 p.m.

Fri., Oct. 23

WSC Field Hockey vs. Plymouth State
Coughlin Field
7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 24

Football vs.
Coast Guard

Coughlin Stadium

Women's Soccer
vs. Mass Maritime

Coughlin Field
4 p.m.

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