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Volume 10, Issue 20
May 14, 2008


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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Asst. Prof. Derek Warner, CEE, has been selected as a 2008 recipient of the ONR Young Investigator Award for his proposal "An Atomically Informed and Experimentally Calibrated Ductile Fracture Model of Aluminum for Hull Structural Analysis."

Prof. Kifle Gebremedhin, BEE, is the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Latteville in recognition of his outstanding career achievements in research, teaching, and advising.

Adam Arbree, CS, placed second in the Guenther Enderle Award for Best Student Paper at Eurographics 2008 for his paper "Single-pass Scalable Subsurface Rendering with Lightcuts" (coauthors are Bruce Walter, research associate, and Kavita Bala, assistant professor).

CS graduate student Milos Hasan won a NVIDIA 2008-2009 Fellowship. The NVIDIA Fellowship Program provides funding to Ph.D. students who are researching topics that will lead to major advances in the graphics and digital media industry.

CS graduate students Alex Niculescu-Mizil and Yogi Sharma won the Machine Learning Journal Best Student Paper Award for COLT (Conference on Learning Theory) 2008, for their paper "Regret Bounds for Sleeping Experts and Bandits," jointly authored with Asst. Prof. Bobby Kleinberg.  The paper will be presented at COLT in Helsinki in July.


Watt Webb 80th birthday symposium set for June 16

Cornell will celebrate the achievements and 80th birthday of Watt W. Webb, professor of applied physics and the S.B. Eckert Professor in Engineering, on Monday, June 16, in the Carrier Ballroom of the Statler Hotel. A symposium honoring the co-inventor of such breakthrough imaging technologies as multiphoton microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy will be held in conjunction with the 2008 Kavli Lecture and the 2008 Henri Sack Memorial Lecture.

The theme of the daylong event, Tentanda Via Est, is Webb's research motto, which he creatively translates from Virgil's Latin as "To experiment is the true way." For more information or to register for the symposium, visit the Web site.


Les Eastman symposium honors 60 years at CU

Arriving on the Cornell campus as a freshman 60 years ago, Les Eastman completed his Ph.D. and joined the faculty in 1957. Since then a steady stream of breakthroughs has come from the research group of Lester F. Eastman, professor of electrical and computer engineering and the John L. Given Foundation Professor of Engineering. A symposium in his honor will be held Friday, June 13, in Phillips and Duffield Halls from 9 a.m. until noon. The symposium theme is "Compound Semiconductor Devices through the Years." Hear first-hand accounts about epitaxial growth, device design, device physics, the notion and evolution of the ballistic mode of transport, and other topics.

All members of the college community are invited to attend this symposium.


Reminder: Mattin's hours for summer

On May 16, Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will begin their summer operating schedule of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.


Information Update summer schedule

This is the last regular biweekly issue of Info Update for this academic year. The newsletter is published once a month over the summer (June 11, July 9) and will resume a biweekly publishing schedule in mid-August.


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