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Volume 10, Issue 5
October 3, 2007

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Free tickets available until 4 p.m. Friday for dinner & football game

The college is pleased to participate in the annual Cornell Employee Celebration Day in recognition of our exceptional and dedicated employees by offering complimentary tickets to the annual Employee Celebration Day dinner and football game on Saturday, October 6. The complimentary tickets are available for all staff, faculty, and family members.

The football game, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Schoellkopf Stadium, features Cornell playing Harvard. The meal will be held in Barton Hall from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Complimentary tickets can be picked up from the receptionist desk in Carpenter Hall (Dean's Office) until Friday, October 5, at 4:00 p.m. If you pick up tickets for others in your department, please bring the names of the staff and faculty requesting the tickets and the number of tickets required for them and their family members.

Join the MentorNet community

Diversity Programs in Engineering invites students and faculty members to join the MentorNet community today!

Any student (undergraduate, graduate, and post doctoral) or early career faculty member in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics disciplines may sign-up for a professional E-mentor for an eight-month term. This is a wonderful opportunity to network with and learn from engineering professionals in industry as well as academia. Signing up for E-mentor with MentorNet is easy to do; just follow this 2-step process:

1. Join the MentorNet Community at and start taking advantage of the many opportunities available to community members such as the resume database, MentorNet E-Forums, and the one-to-one E-mentor programs.

2. Follow the One-on-One Mentoring Programs links to create a protege profile.

Tenured faculty are encouraged to consider becoming an Academic Mentor for MentorNet. Being an E-mentor takes about 20 minutes a week, advising and encouraging a future colleague throughout the eight-month mentoring period. Sign up to be a mentor at the MentorNet web site.

Questions? Contact Sara Xayarath Hernandez at

Connections available online

The complete collection of Connections, a newsletter edited by Prof. Sam Linke and published by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1992 to 2005, is now available in the digitalized library repository ecommons:

If you browse "Authors" for Linke and click on "Linke,Simpson (Sam)," a chronological listing will be displayed. The Connections archive is a rich resource of information and history regarding ECE and the college.

Fall Break Hours for Mattin's Cafe

Mattin's Cafe in Duffield Hall will be operating on a reduced schedule during Fall Break. Hours are as follows:

Friday, Oct 5, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct 8, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct 9, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mattin's will resume regular hours on Wednesday, October 10.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall

    Oct 11
    Sa V. Ho, senior research fellow, Pfizer R&D Global Biologics: "Development of Biotherapeutics"
  • Oct 18
    Fred B. Dinger III, president and CEO, C2M Medical Inc.: "From Cocktail Napkin to Viable Company"

    Oct 25
    Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, director, Biologics Manufacturing, Bristol-Myers Squibb: "Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing: The Process is the Product"

  • BME 790 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30, 155 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • Oct 10
    Dr. Maiken Nedergaard, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center: "In Vivo Imaging of Astrocytes"

    Oct 17
    Prof. Patrick E. Crago, chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University: "Coordinating natural and artificial muscle activation in upper extremity neural prostheses"

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m.
  • Oct 12
    George Biros, University of Pennsylvania - POSTPONED until January 25, 2008.

    Oct 19
    B11 Kimball Hall
    David Leavitt, co-director, MFA Program in Creative Writing, University of Florida: "THE INDIAN CLERK: Creating Fiction from the Lives of Great Mathematicians." Book signing and refreshments at 4:30 p.m. in 102 Thurston Hall.

  • ChemE 790 Seminar
    Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • Oct 15
    Prof. David M. Lynn, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Ultrathin Multilayered Assemblies for the Release of DNA from Surfaces"

    Oct 17 (Wednesday)
    Prof. Carolyn Ann Koh, Colorado School of Mines, Center for Hydrate Research, Chemical Engineering Department: "Natural Gas Hydrates in Energy Recovery, Transportation and Storage"

    Oct 22
    Dr. Kalman Migler, Leader, Nano-Processing Group Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards: "Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes: Quality Counts"

    Oct 29 (4:30 p.m.)
    Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture
    Evelyn Taylor Pearson, Technology Networks Manager, BP: "Going Beyond Petroleum for Global Energy and Chemicals"

  • CS Colloquium
    Thursdays, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
  • Oct 4
    Rastislav Bodik, UC Berkeley: "Programming by Sketching

  • CU-ADVANCE Special Seminar
    How Bad (Sterotyping) Things Happen to Good People

    Oct 17
    3:30 - 4:30 p.m., David Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall
    Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Hastings College of the Law: "Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It"

  • EAS Seminar Series
    Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. 2146 Snee Hall
  • Oct 3
    Mathias Vuille, Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts: "Climate Change in the Tropical Andes - Implications for Future Glaciation and Water Resources"

    Oct 17
    Prof. Glen MacDonald, Department of Geography, UCLA: "Water Drawdown at Lake Mead Reservoir"

  • Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 101 Phillips Hall
    (Refreshments precede the seminar at 4:15)
  • Oct 03
    Michael Kubin '71 ORIE, CEO, Ionic Marketing Inc., and executive VP of Invidi Technologies: "Breakthrough in Addressable Television Advertising"

    Oct 10
    David Heller '81 ME, president and CEO, Heller Industries: "Globalization and Lean Manufacturing Methods in the Machine Tool Industry"

    Oct 17
    David R Fischell '75 EP, M.S. '78 AP, Ph.D. '80, CEO, Angel Medical Systems: "Developing Medical Devices for Humanity, Fun, and Profit"

    Oct 24
    Gregory J. Galvin, MS '82 MSE, Ph.D. '84, MBA '93, president and CEO, Kionix Inc.: "Micromachining and Micromanufacturing"

  • MAE Colloquium Series
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., B17 Upson
    (Refreshments at 4:00 in Upson Hall Lounge)
  • Oct 16
    Prof. Jennifer K. Gemmill, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Pennsylvania: "Thermal Transport and Nanostructure Interfaces"

  • MSE Seminars
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall.
    (Refreshments at 4 p.m. in 260 Bard.)
  • Oct 4
    Prof. Matthew Begley, University of Virginia: "Adsorption-Generated Surface Stresses and Implications for Chemo-mechanical Biochemical Sensors"

    Oct 11
    Prof. Clemens Heske, University of Nevada, Las Vegas: "Investigating the Electronic and Chemical Properties of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Other Buried Things With Soft X-ray Spectroscopy

    Oct 18
    Prof. Rachel Segalman, University of California, Berkeley: "Controlling Nanoscale Structure in Functional Polymers"

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesday (unless otherwise noted), 4:00 P.M., 406 Malott Hall
    (Refreshments served afterwards in 301 Malott)
  • Oct 3
    Hua Liang, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, University of Rochester Medical Center: "Variable Selection in Semi-parametric Regression Modeling"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston)
  • Oct 3
    Ganesh Subbarayan, Purdue University: TBA

    Oct 10
    David Chelidze, University of Rhode Island: "Diagnosis and Prognosis of Machines and Humans"

    Oct 17
    Arun Shukla, University of Rhode Island: "Experimental Results on Dynamic Fracture and Shock Loading Response of Novel Materials"

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