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Volume 1, Issue 13
May 12, 1999

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Williamson receives teaching award

Assoc. Prof. Charles Williamson, M&AE, has won the Tau Beta Pi/Cornell Society of Engineers Excellence in Teaching Award for the second time; he was previously selected in 1996. Engineering students elect the prize winner through a balloting process conducted by Tau Beta Pi, the engineering student honor society. The award, which carries a cash prize of $2,000, is funded by the Cornell Society of Engineers and was presented at their annual conference in April. Williamson, who holds a doctorate from Cambridge University, joined the faculty in 1990. He has won a number of awards for excellence in teaching and for outstanding research in fluid mechanics.

Rm 102 Thurston renamed to honor Conway

Professor Emeritus Harry "Don" Conway, T&AM, started teaching at Cornell in September 1947 and is still teaching in spring 1999 at the age of 81. In recognition of his 52 years (so far), Room 102 Thurston Hall was designated the Harry "Don" Conway Mechanics Study Room in a brief ceremony on May 7. This new "office hours room" seemed an appropriate way to honor Conway, who has long been an advocate of one-on-one instruction and faculty-student interaction.

Papadopoulos receives Community Spirit Award

Chris Papadopoulos, T&AM, has received a 1999 Community Spirit Award, presented by the Public Service Center. Papadopoulos was recognized for his efforts in the area of Community Building for his work as a volunteer and advocate for the homeless at the Loaves and Fishes kitchen and with the Cornell Coalition for the Homeless. He will graduate in May with a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Worley joins Engineering Professional Programs

Deborah Worley will join the staff of Engineering Professional Programs on July 1 as an assistant director, filling a vacancy left by Tracey Thompson, who is now the engineering registrar. Central to her duties will be managing the day to day operations of the Cooperative Education program. Worley is currently finishing her master's degree in college student personnel at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Reminder: Commencement alcohol policy

Message to the faculty from Provost Randel: "Thanks to your assistance over the past few years, our efforts to eliminate the use of alcohol during the commencement ceremony are working, and the number of alcohol-related incidences is diminishing. I am writing to enlist your help again this year. It would be especially helpful if you could send a letter or meet with your students to inform them that champagne/alcohol is prohibited from the Arts Quad, the procession, and during the Commencement ceremony at Schoellkopf Stadium."

Pop-up your research

If you have a great web site that describes your research activities and current projects, why not let us show it off! We'll feature your research site as a hot link button or "ad" on the front page of the engineering college web site for a week. Call or e-mail for details: Carol Terrizzi, assistant director, Engineering Communications and Media Relations, 5-3981,

Display your publications at Reunion

Cornell Reunion Weekend is fast approaching! The college has a booth in Barton Hall during Reunion that provides a good showcase for all of our activities. If anyone has any kind of publications that might be of interest to alumni, we would be glad to display them during Reunion. Just get them to my office by June 4. Reunion is the following weekend. Thanks. -- Marsha Pickens, assistant dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development, 5-6094,

Engineering Web Week registration deadline

The first ever Engineering Web Week is scheduled for June 14-18. Register by June 3 online at or call Carol Terrizzi, assistant director, Engineering Communications and Media Relations, for a brochure, 5-3981,

Info Update publishing schedule for summer

For the months of June and July, Info Update will be published only once a month on the second Wednesday, which will be June 9 and July 14, with the standard deadline of 5 p.m. the preceding Monday. We will resume our biweekly schedule in August, beginning on the second Wednesday (August 11) and continuing on alternate weeks thereafter. So you may want to take a look at your calendar for the summer and let us know well in advance if you have events and activities in June and July that you want to publicize. Thanks!

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Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.