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Volume 1, Issue 6
February 3, 1999

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Brutsaert receives Horton Medal from AGU

Prof. Wilfried Brutsaert, CEE, has been awarded the 1999 Robert E. Horton Medal of the American Geophysical Union. The Horton Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the geophysical aspects of hydrology. It is the highest honor bestowed by the AGU on hydrologists. Brutsaert is currently on sabbatical at the University of Tokyo.

Greene elected to tenure

Assoc. Prof. Charles H. Greene, GS, was elected to tenure at the January 30 meeting of the Cornell Board of Trustees. Greene joined the Cornell faculty in 1986 as a visiting assistant professor in the Section of Ecology and Systematics. In 1995 he moved to his present position in the Department of Geological Sciences. He has served as director of the Biological Resources Program and is currently director of the Ocean Resources and Ecosystems Program at the Center for the Environment.

Sass to lecture in humanities course

Prof. Steve Sass, MS&E, will participate in a cross-disciplinary course, Mind and Memory: Explorations of Creativity in the Arts and Sciences (S HUM 301), in which lecturers from a wide range of disciplines will address the issue of creativity in their research or artistic work. Sass will speak on April 19 (2:55-4:10 p.m., Hollis Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall); his lecture and slide show will be based on his 1998 book, The Substance of Civilization. The lectures are open to the public. For a complete list of lecturers, contact the Society for the Humanities at 5-4725.

Grad student Roth wins EERI paper award

Chris Roth, Ph.D. candidate in structural engineering, is the winner of the annual Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) student paper contribution. He will present the winning paper, "Logic Tree Analysis of Secondary Nonstructural Systems with Independent Components," at the annual EERI meeting in San Diego this week.

Undergrad Berg selected for Clark award

The 1999 Clark Construction Group Scholarship of $3000 has been awarded to Nick Berg '00 CEE. The scholarship is awarded annually to a top civil engineering student who has shown interest and aptitude in construction. Berg was selected on the basis of grade point average and performance in CEE 595 Construction Planning and Operations.

Freshmen win writing seminar awards

Three engineering students have won awards for their work in first-year writing seminars: Shrivaprasad Nagaraj received the James E. Rice Jr. '30 Award for "The Struggle for the Falklands: An Economic Coup or an Egoistic Blunder;" Noah M. Smick received the Elmer Markham Johnson honorable mention award for "Death and the Limits of Freedom;" Hoon P. Joo received an Adelphic Award for "A Name Written in Blood." The Rice and Johnson prizes reward excellence in writing; the Adelphic prize is designated for students whose native language is other than English.

New bridge record set

Students in Mark Valenzuela's class, CEE 116 Modern Structures, set a new record in the December balsa wood bridge competition. The model bridge designed and built by first-year students Mark Mattson and Andy Rice tested out at 3253 pounds, the first bridge ever to surpass the 3000-pound mark. See this model and other winning bridge designs from fall semester in the Hollister Hall display case.

Photo scavenger hunt begins February 10

The EGSA (Engineering Graduate Student Association) invites all engineering grads, faculty members, and researchers to participate in a Photo Scavenger Hunt. This team event will run from February 10 to March 1 and features lots of prizes, plus dinner for all participants. Deadline to enter is February 5th. For more information, check out the details on the EGSA web page or e-mail or your EGSA representative.

Join the graduate student mailing list

Want to keep in touch with the engineering graduate student community? Subscribe to the Engineering Graduate Student Association electronic mailing list and receive timely announcements of EGSA meetings, events, and activities. The list is open to everyone interested in engineering graduate student issues and will evolve to suit the needs and wishes of its subscribers. To subscribe, send e-mail to with the following message: SUBSCRIBE EGSA-L FIRSTNAME LASTNAME (put your name in place of firstname lastname). Anyone is welcome to subscribe. For more information, visit the EGSA web site

EGSA sponsors lecture and dinner

The EGSA (Engineering Graduate Student Association) invites all graduate students, faculty members, and researchers to attend their February lecture/dinner event. Assoc. Prof. Steve Wicker from EE will be speaking about Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday, February 10, in Upson B-17 at 6 p.m. Following the lecture there will be Mexican food and beverages in Upson Lounge. For more information, e-mail or your EGSA representative, or check out the EGSA web page at

Call for humanitarian award nominations

The Public Service Center is now accepting nominations and applications for the 1999 Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Awards, which recognize and honor Cornell students for outstanding humanitarian efforts. Students are encouraged to apply directly, and members of the Cornell community are invited to nominate applicants as well. Three winners will be selected, and each will receive a cash prize of $1500 for use in community service activities as directed by the recipients. Nomination and application forms are available at the Public Service Center at 200 Barnes Hall and at the Information and Referral Center in the Day Hall Main Lobby. Nominations are due February 12, and applications are due March 12. For more information call the Public Service Center at 5-1148.

Departments should plan now for Reunion 99

Reunion weekend is June 11-12 this year. Alumni who graduated in classes ending in 4 and 9 will be invited back to campus for a full program of activities. About half of the engineering schools and departments have annual breakfasts on the Saturday morning of Reunion weekend. The college organizes a Dean's Breakfast for all alumni on Friday morning and coordinates a display booth in Barton Hall. Those departments who have undergraduate alumni and who do not schedule anything for Reunion are encouraged to consider participating this year. The deadline to submit events to be listed in the Reunion program is March 1. For more information, contact Marsha Pickens at or 5-6094.

Nominations sought for Duffield Hall committees

The Duffield Hall management team is setting up three broad-based committees for faculty input. One committee will advise on exterior aspects and connectivity to Phillips and Upson; a second will advise on interior design; and a third will be responsible for safety and management issues. Faculty members interested in serving on any of these committees may contact Mark Spiro for more information.

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