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Volume 11, Issue 14
February 25, 2009

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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Assoc Prof. Larry Bonassar and Prof. Adele Boskey have been named Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Bonassar's primary appointment is in BME with a joint appointment in MAE. Boskey is a field member in BME and has a primary appointment at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Prof. Joe Burns, TAM, was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in recognition of his contributions to the field of astronomy. He was one of six fellows recognized this year worldwide and the only fellow selected from the U.S.

Asst Prof. Lara Estroff, MSE, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early CAREER award for her project, "Synthesis, characterization, and application of gel-grown, polymer-reinforced Single Crystals."

Asst Prof. Mike King, BME, received the Outstanding Contribution for a Publication in the International Journal Clinical Chemistry award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry for his paper, "P-selectin-coated microtube for enrichment of CD34+ hematopoietic stem and progenitor dells from human bone marrow." The paper was co-authored by Dr. Srinivasa Narasipura, research associate in BME.

Dougherty accepts position with United World College

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing to share with you the news that Tim Dougherty, assistant dean for alumni affairs and development, will be leaving Cornell to take on a new position as vice president for advancement for the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West.

In his new role, Tim will oversee fund raising for UWC-USA and will help the international UWC organization create a development operation in support of the entire, 12-school, international UWC movement. He and his family will be moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, this summer, where Tim will be based. His last day at Cornell is April 2nd.

I will miss Tim’s leadership, insights, and get-it-done attitude. I have worked with him only briefly but found him to be superb in his role in development. I want to wish him the very best of luck in this new adventure. This will be a great opportunity for him and his family. Please join me in congratulating him.

Best regards,

Chris Ober
Interim Dean
College of Engineering

CCSF announces its 2009 academic venture fund RFP

The Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future intends to stimulate new, original, multidisciplinary research at Cornell in sustainability science, emphasizing work having the potential to involve external partners such as industry, government, foundations and other non-governmental organizations. CCSF seeks proposals from Cornell faculty across all colleges and schools and encompassing all disciplines contributing to sustainability. Proposals will be accepted through March 23, 2009.

BOOM 2009 set for March 4

Bits On Our Minds (BOOM) 2009, the annual research conference that showcases student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4. View exceptional student projects in the Duffield Atria from 4 to 6 p.m. Visit the BOOM Web site for more information.

BOOM 2009 is presented by the Faculty of Computing and Information Science and sponsored by CISCO, Lockheed Martin, and Yahoo.

BEE research symposium is Friday

The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering will present a research symposium on Friday, Feb 27, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in 125 Riley Robb, with poster sessions in 400 Riley Robb. The purpose of the symposium is to promote scientific exchange among research groups, encourage scientific networking within BEE, and also assist in social and scientific discussions on multiple levels. The schedule of speakers and presentations is available on the BEE Web site. Members of the Engineering community are invited to attend.

Mattin's Cafe to reduce hours during spring break

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will operate on a reduced schedule during spring break. Beginning Friday, March 13, and continuing the following week, March 16–20, the cafe will be open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Monday, March 23.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminars
    Fridays, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., 5130 Upson Hall;
    lunch will be served.
  • 27 Feb: Graduate student Yejin Choi, Cornell CS: "Learning with compositional semantics as structural inference for subsentential sentiment analysis"

    6 Mar: Prof. Tom Dietterich, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University: "Computer vision and machine learning for automated arthropod biodiversity studies"

  • BME 7900 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m., 226 Weill Hall
    Refreshments outside 226 Weill at 3:45 p.m.
  • 25 Feb: Prof. Todd R. Evans, Developmental and Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: "Regulation of organogenesis by GATA transcription factors" 

    11 Mar: Asst Prof. Nenad Bursac, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University: "Cardiac cell and tissue engineering for basic research and therapeutic applications"

  • BME/BEE 5010 Seminar
    Thursdays, 3:35–4:25 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall
  • 26 Feb: Zhye Yin, electrical engineer, GE Global Research: "What we, GE Global Research, do everyday to make people live longer and healthy"

    5 Mar: Neil Exter, venture partner, Third Rock Ventures, and CBO, Constellation Pharmaceuticals: TBA

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 PM, 655 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
  • 27 Feb: Prof. Mircea Dan Grigoriu, Cornell CEE: “Formulation and solution of stochastic problems"

    6 Mar: Franziska Michor, Sloan-Kettering Institute and Weill Cornell: “Evolutionary dynamics of cancer stem cells"

  • CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, B17 Upson Hall
  • 25 Feb: David Weinberger, general partner, O’Connor Partners: TBA

    4 Mar: Sherri Stuewer, VP for Safety, Health and Environment, Exxon Mobil: TBA

  • CS Colloquium
    Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall;
    refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in Upson 4th Floor Atrium
  • 26 Feb: Assoc Prof. Andrew McCallum, Computer Science, UMass, Amherst: "Information extraction, information integration and joint inference"

    3 Mar: Sachin Katti, postdoctoral associate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC-Berkeley: TBA

  • EAS Seminar
    Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall;
    refreshments at 3:00 p.m. in the Reading Room
  • 25 Feb: Asst Prof. Mimi Katz, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: "From phytoplankton to mammals: Evolutionary trajectories linked via the carbon cycle"

    4 Mar: Jerome Lave, Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques: "Tectonics and erosion of mountain ranges: A river incision perspective"

  • Financial Engineering Seminar
    Fridays, 12:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall
  • 27 Feb: Prof. Vadim Linetsky, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University: "Time changes of Markov processes: Applications in finance"

    6 Mar: Prof. Ming Huang, The Johnson School, Cornell University: TBA

  • MAE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall;
    refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in Upson Lounge
  • 3 Mar: Asst Prof. David J. Cappelleri, Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology: "Flexible automation for micro and meso-scale manipulation tasks with applications to manufacturing and biotechnology"

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall;
    refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard (MSE Lounge)
  • 26 Feb: Prof. Bart Kahr, Chemistry, University of Washington: "Experimental histories in crystal chiroptics"

    5 Mar: Prof. Terry Tritt, Physics and Astronomy, Clemson University: "Overview and recent results in bulk nano-composite thermoelectric materials"

  • ORIE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 258 Rhodes
  • 10 Mar: Prof. Guillermo Gallego, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University: TBA

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall;
    refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott
  • 25 Feb: Assoc Prof. Hironori Fujisawa, Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan: "Robust parameter estimation with a small bias against heavy contamination"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall;
    refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 206 Thurston
  • 25 Feb: Assoc Prof. Dan Luo, Cornell BEE: "DNA as a generic material"

    4 Mar: Prof. Anand Jagota, Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University: TBA

    11 Mar (cosponsored with the Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute):
    Sanjoy Mahajan, MIT, associate director, Teaching and Learning Laboratory, and lecturer, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: "2=1, or Teaching the gentle art of lying"

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