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Volume 10, Issue 8
November 14, 2007

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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Brian Kirby, MAE, and Chekesha Liddell, MSE, have each received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The winners were honored at White House ceremonies on November 1. The presidential awards are the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government for outstanding scientists and engineers in the early part of their independent research careers.

Suzanne Mahlburg Kay, EAS, has been named a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists. SEG is an international organization of individual members whose goals are to advance the science of geology, to disseminate basic and applied scitific information, and to advance the status of the profession of economic geology.

Team Cornell goes the distance

Cornell was one of only six teams to finish the DARPA Urban Challenge, a competition to create an autonomous ground vehicle that navigates and drives entirely on its own with no human driver and no remote control. Of a field of 35 teams who qualified for the competition, only 11 started the final race and five of those were unable to complete the course. Team Cornell was a student-led project composed primarily of undergraduates. Faculty advisors were Mark Campbell, MAE, Ephrahim Garcia, MAE, and Dan Huttenlocher, CS.

Cornell SHPE wins national award

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at Cornell University received the Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award (in the small chapter category) at the SHPE national conference in Philadelphia Oct 31 - Nov 4.

Every year each chapter of SHPE is expected to prepare a 50-page report that includes documentation of student chapter activities, demonstration to industry sponsors of how their support is being use, and documentation of chapter efforts in accomplishing SHPE's goals.

SHPE chapters are expected to host programs that offer experience in the areas of professional development, leadership development, academic development, outreach and community service, and chapter development.

The award includes a cash prize of $1500.

Motorola Foundation grants support youth outreach

Cornell has received two Innovation Generation Grants from the Motorola Foundation. The grant program was launched earlier this year to fund education programs that spark a love of science, technology, engineering and math in today's youth. A grant to Diversity Programs in Engineering will support the CATAYLST Academy, a one-week summer residential program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A grant to Cornell's Nanobiotechnology Center will support their initiative called Women's Work, matching women from a variety of science and technology fields as role models and mentors to small groups of middle school girls.

New student information system in place

The university is installing a new student information system called STARS (System for Tracking Administrative Records for Students) during the 2007-08 academic year. Already the system is live for admissions (both prospects and applicants) and will go live later this fall for financial aid (for Early Decision candidates). Staff in the colleges also are entering information now about courses and classes in anticipation of the system going live next spring for records and bursar.

Pre-enrollment for classes offered in the Spring 2008 (the process underway now) will be the last time pre-enrollment uses the legacy system. When students pre-register for classes for Fall 2008 (to be done in spring semester 2008), the new student information system will be used.

Details about using the new system, and how students and faculty and staff will access the system will be forthcoming early in the spring semester. If you have specific questions now, please feel free to contact Betsy East, Assistant Dean for Student Services (ere2), Hal Craft, Vice President Emeritus and Project Director (hdc3), or Susan Murphy, Vice President for Student and Academic Services (shm1). You also may find information about the system project at

Mattin's to close for Thanksgiving Holiday

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will close for the Thanksiving holiday at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. The cafe will reopen on Monday, November 26, at 7 a.m.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall
  • Nov 15
    Mark A. Beck, vice president and general manager, Corning Life Sciences: "How Failure Lays the Groundwork for Success"

    Nov 29
    Dr. Jeremy Rawlinson, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University: TBA


  • BME 790 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30, 155 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • Nov 14
    Colin Parrish, John M. Olin Professor of Virology, Cornell University: "Controlling viral infection by receptor or antibody binding: Finely tuned interactions that control the virus host ranges"

    Nov 28
    Prof. Evi Giannakakou, Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College: TBA


  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes
    (Refreshments at 4:30 p.m. in 657 Rhodes Hall)
  • Nov 16
    Jonathan Borwein, Dalhousie University: "High performance mathematics and its management"


  • ChemE 790 Seminar
    Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
  • Nov 19
    Prof. Thomas M. Truskett, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin: "Clarifying some basic consequences of confinement for fluids"

    Nov 26
    Special Graduate Student Seminars
    (Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)
    4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Lydia M. Contreras, CBE, Cornell University
    4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Colman P. Carroll, CBE, Cornell University


  • EAS Seminar Series
    Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall
    (Refreshments at 3:00 p.m. in the Snee Hall Reading Room)
  • Nov 14
    Taury Smith, New York State Museum, Center for Stratigraphy and Paleontology: "Structurally controlled hydrothermal alteration of carbonate reservoirs: A fundamental process"

    Nov 28
    Dave Varricchio, Montana State University, Department of Earth Sciences. "Vertebrate paleontology in the mid Cretaceous of Montana: Digging the dinosaur that lived to dig"


  • MAE Colloquia
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m
  • Nov 20
    Dr. Stephen E. Schwartz, Senior Scientist, Atmospheric Division of Brookhaven National Laboratory: "Climate change: Certainties and uncertainties"
    Upson B17; Reception at 4:15 in the Upson Hall Lounge

    Nov 27
    Professor CC Mei, Mary Upson Visiting Professor, Cornell University: "Water waves around structures or in nonuniform environment"
    Hollister 166; Reception at 4:00 in Hollister 166


  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston)
  • Nov 14
    Michiel van de Panne, University of British Columbia: "A simple controller for mechanically consistent animation of human walking and running"

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