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Volume 1, Issue 5
January 20, 1999

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O'Rourke named to Briggs Professorship

Tom O'Rourke, CEE, has been elected by the trustees to the Thomas R. Briggs Professorship, succeeding Keith Gubbins, ChE, effective January 1, 1999. The Briggs Professorship was established in April 1964 through joint gifts from Floyd Newman '12 and the Ford Foundation. O'Rourke is a member of National Academy of Engineering. His main research areas are in earthquake engineering, lifeline systems, and advanced technologies for new construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure.

Kay promoted to full professor

Sue Kay, Department of Geological Sciences, has been promoted to full professor effective January 1, 1999. Her research concentrates on the applications of petrology, geochemistry, and mineralogy to problems of the origin and evolution of the continental crust, with particular emphasis on the relation of regional tectonics to magmatic processes, the formation of the lower crust, and the evolution of ore deposits.

George honored by SAE

Albert R. George, the John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received an SAE Faculty Advisor Award for his longtime service, hard work, and dedication as advisor to the SAE student chapter. As part of the award, he will be honored as a guest of SAE at the 1999 SAE International Congress and Exposition in Detroit, Michigan, the first week of March.

Call for theme day organizers

Mike Isaacson, associate dean for research and graduate studies, is looking for faculty members who would be interested in organizing a small half-day workshop at Cornell around a particular intellectual theme. He is particularly interested in topics that could involve many faculty members across colleges. The idea of such workshops would be to bring together faculty with similar research interests and provide a forum for them to briefly talk about the research they are doing. An example is the workshop held a couple of years ago on "Chaos and Nonlinear Systems"; another, scheduled for March at the Cornell Medical College, will focus on "Nanofabrication in Biology and Medicine." Please contact Mike Isaacson with your ideas at or 5-9545.

GS grad students present their research on Jan 22

On January 22, graduate students in the Department of Geological Sciences are presenting "The Graduate Student Research Symposium," comprising 15-minute presentations of current research by most of the students in the department. Organized by graduate students, the symposium begins at 9 a.m., and members of the engineering community are invited to attend. See the department web site for a schedule of the presentations.

New grad course taught by Roald Hoffmann

Nobel Laureate and Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Roald Hoffmann will teach a new course this spring: "From Bonds to Bands: Chemical Bonding in Polymers, Surfaces and the Solid State" (CHEM 798, Tues/Thurs, 1:25-2:40, 219 Baker). The course will cover the qualitative aspects of the electronic structure and chemical bonding of extended one-, two-, and three-dimensional systems. Elementary quantum mechanics at the level of CHEM 681 or PHYS 443 will be used, but the course is intended to be accessible to a wide range of inorganic and organic chemists and to engineers and physicists as well. The relevant elements of solid state physics will be taught. There will be an emphasis on analogies to discrete molecules, on choices among alternative geometries, on chemisorption, and on delocalization and conductivity. Texts: J.K. Burdett, "Chemical Bonding in Solids"; R. Hoffmann, "Solids and Surfaces." Assignments: For those taking the course for credit, a biweekly problem set and a term paper. No final exam.

EGSA sponsors skating party at Lynah TONIGHT

The EGSA (Engineering Graduate Student Association) invites engineering grads, faculty, and researchers to a free ice time at Lynah Rink tonight (Wednesday, January 20), 9-11 p.m. Come and enjoy skating, music, donuts, and hot cocoa before classes get started. Skate rentals are free.

Facilities update: 255 Olin and college computer facility

Lecture room 255 Olin Hall will be reopened Monday, January 25, for spring semester, offering all-new blackboards and audio-visual and computer teaching media as well as new seating, lighting, HVAC (including air conditioning) and finishes. The Engineering Computer Facility, relocated from Hollister Hall, is also scheduled to open in its new Carpenter Hall location on the second floor of the Engineering Library on the same day. For more information, contact John Benson, director of facilities for the college

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