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Volume 10, Issue 19
April 30, 2008

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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Prof. Mike Shuler, BME, will receive an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame at their commencement on May 18 as a distinguished alumnus for his innovative, groundbreaking research in the biochemical engineering field which has led to unprecedented advancements in the modeling of cells and the development and efficacy of medicine, and for remaining a committed teacher of young students entering the field.

Christopher Andronicos, assistant professor in EAS, and Daisy Fan, lecturer in CS, have both been awarded the 2008 Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Award. This award was established in 2007 in honor of Prof. Zellman Warhaft, MAE, the first College of Engineering associate dean for diversity. It recognizes faculty members for their commitment to diversity issues as well as their participation in the many activities and programs coordinated by Diversity Programs in Engineering.

Asst. Prof. Bobby Kleinberg, CS, has been selected as a 2008 recipient of a Microsoft New Faculty Fellowship, one of five individuals chosen for these awards from universities throughout North America. Faculty Fellows are awarded a grant to stimulate creative research in their respective fields.

Prof. Philip Liu, CEE, has been selected to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, given to "outstanding scientists and scholars from all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in future." Liu will spend the 2009 spring semester at Technical University Braunschweig, Germany.

Prof. Bob Thomas, ECE, has been appointed by DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman to the newly established DOE Electricity Advisory Committee. The committee will provide counsel to DOE on long-range planning and priorities for the modernization of the nation's electricity delivery infrastructure. The 30 inaugural members will serve one- or two-year terms.

May 5 deadline for Chronicle awards

In the May 23 issue, the Cornell Chronicle will publish the names of students and faculty members who have won Cornell college or department awards for the 2007-08 academic year.

The deadline for submitting names to be included in the 2008 listing is Monday, May 5. The information will only be accepted via the Chronicle's online submission form.

For examples of the kinds of awards and honors that should be included, see last year's Chronicle of May 24, 2007.

GDIAC showcase set for May 7

It's that time again! The Game Design Initiative at Cornell will host a computer game and game technology showcase on Wednesday, May 7, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in 361 Upson Hall. The public is invited to play and learn about this semester's exciting batch of new games and research projects.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science in connection with Computing and Information Science, the Cornell Engineering Communications Program, and the Cornell University Library.

Visit the Web site for more information.

Update on Mattin's hours for Slope Day, summer

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will close early at 2 p.m. on May 2 (Slope Day) and, on May 16, Mattin's will begin their summer operating schedule of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

Sticker Shock 2: An Update

Sticker Shock 2: An Update is a new exhibit online and in the Engineering Library. Like the previous Sticker Shock exhibit in 2001-2002, Sticker Shock 2 highlights the rising cost of library journal subscriptions to support faculty and student research. Sticker Shock 2, designed by Tyler Corson-Rikert and Rachel Inbar, includes updated prices and cost per use information.

Five years ago the most expensive engineering-related journals cost $4,000 to $12,000. Now prices reach $18,000. To get a better sense of what this much money is worth, please visit the exhibit.

ASTech Libraries publishes blog

The News previously published by the Associated Science & Technology Libraries has been replaced by a blog. If you wish to read regular updates about the ASTech libraries, including the Engineering Library, add this URL to your RSS reader:

Not sure how to use an RSS reader or what it is? Go to Google Reader at and set up an account. If you have any questions reference librarians will be happy to help; e-mail or call 255-8701.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • BME 790 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m., 155 Olin Hall
    Refreshments in 155 Olin at 4:00
  • 5 May
    Michelle Dawson, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, "Biomedical applications of quantitative microscopy techniques"

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
  • 1 May
    Assoc. Prof. Thomas M. Quinn, Canada Research Chair in Soft Tissue Biophysics, Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University: "The cellerator: A case study in bioengineering entrepreneurship"

  • CHEME 790 Seminar
    Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    Refreshments at 3:30 in 128 Olin
  • 5 May: Special Grad Student Seminar

    4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Adam Fisher, CBE, Cornell University, "Homeschooled proteins: Teaching proteins to fold in vivo"
    4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Xiong Wen (David) Lou, CBE, Cornell University, TBA

  • CS Colloquium
  • 1 May, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
    Constantinos Daskalakis, Ph.D. candidate, UC Berkeley:"Computing equilibria in games"

    5 May, 11:00 a.m., 315 Upson Hall
    Guy Hoffman, postdoctoral associate, MIT: "Embodied artificial intelligence for personal robots and synthetic characters"

  • Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall
  • 30 Apr
    Brian G. Kushner '78 EP, MS '80 AP, PhD '84, principal and partner, CXO: "Engineering the turnaround: What happens when things go terribly wrong and roles/opportunities for engineers in these situations"

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
    Refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott
  • 30 Apr
    Asst. Prof. Annette Molinaro, Biostatistics, Yale School of Public Health: "Piecewise constant estimation algorithms for predicting clinical outcomes: Applications in genomic data"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston
  • 30 Apr
    Assoc. Prof. Suvranu De, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: "Some advances in digital surgery"

    Information Update summer schedule

    Wednesday, May 14, will be the last biweekly issue of Information Update for this academic year. The newsletter is published monthly over the summer: June 11 (deadline: June 6) and July 9 (deadline: July 3). The biweekly schedule will resume in August for academic year 2008-2009.

    Submitting announcements to Information Update

    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.