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Volume 11, Issue 16
March 25, 2009


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Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Two members of the CS faculty will be honored by the Association for Computing Machinery at the ACM awards banquet in June in San Diego. Prof. Joe Halpern will receive the ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award for fundamental advances in reasoning about knowledge, belief, and uncertainty. (His co-winner, Barbara Grosz, is a Cornell alum). Prof. John Hopcroft will receive the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, for his vision and impact on computer science as a prolific author of field-defining texts on theory and algorithms.


Engineering Research Conference set for April 3

The 2009 Cornell Engineering Research Conference will be held Friday, April 3. The conference opens with a keynote address at 8:15 a.m. Oral presentations are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in 231 Phillips. Poster presentations will be featured from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.in the Duffield Atrium. Visit the conference Web site for more information.


Staffing update

In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Human Resources for the College of Engineering, Julie Delay has agreed to also support the Cornell University Library as their senior human resource professional, overseeing HR services and support for the library's more than 400 academic and non-academic employees. In her new role as Senior Director of Human Resources for the College of Engineering and the University Library, effective April 1, Delay will be responsible for providing the strategic leadership for human resource programs, policies and procedures, and will oversee the operation of both organizations’ human resource offices.


Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminars
    Fridays, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., 5130 Upson Hall;
    lunch will be served.
  • 3 Apr: Cristian Danescu Niculescu-Mizil, graduate student, Cornell CS: "How opinions are received by online communities: A case study on Amazon.com helpfulness votes"

  • BME 7900 Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m., 226 Weill Hall
    Refreshments outside 226 Weill at 3:45 p.m.
  • 1 Apr: Asst Prof. Lara A. Estroff, Cornell MSE: "Patterning mineralization in gels: Surfaces, gradients, and cells"

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 PM, 655 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
  • 3 Apr: Prof. John Rinzel, Neural Science and Mathematics, NYU: "Dynamics of visual bistable perception: e.g., the Necker Cube"
    (Joint with IGERT Program in Nonlinear Systems)

  • CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, B17 Upson Hall
  • 25 Mar: Bob Shaw '63, MS '64 AP, founder and president, Arete Corporation: TBA

    1 Apr: Doug Kittenbrink '77 ME, executive vice president, Corporate Planning and International Business Development, Allegheny Technologies: 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 Mar: Andreas Haeberlen, graduate student, Computer Science, Rice University: "Accountability for distributed systems "

    31 Mar: Mike Cafarella, graduate student, Computer Science,University of Washington: TBA

    7 Apr: Ben Hardekopf, graduate student, Computer Science, University of Texas-Austin: "Pointer analysis: Building a foundation for effective program analysis"

  • D.R. Fulkerson Lectures
    Presented by James O. Berger, Ph.D. '74, The Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistical Science, Duke University
  • 20 Apr: (4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall)
    "I don't know where I'm gonna go when the volcano blows"

    21 Apr: ( 4:30 p.m., 203 Phillips Hall)
    "Working with inexact models: The world of computer modeling I"

    23 Apr: (3:00 p.m., 219 Phillips Hall)
    "Working with inexact models: The world of computer modeling II"

  • ECE Presents the Sam Linke Power and Energy Lecture Services
    12:20 p.m., refreshments at noon
  • 3 Apr (203 Phillips Hall): Prof. Anjan Bose, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University: "What is a smart transition grid"

    23 Apr (219 Phillips Hall): Prof. Ian A. Hiskens, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "What's smart about the 'smart grid'"

  • EAS Seminar
    3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall;
    refreshments at 3:00 p.m. in the Reading Room
  • 25 Mar: Prof. Witold Krajewski, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa: "Accuracy of remote sensing of rainfall and flood prediction"

    30 Mar: Prof. John Delaney, Oceanography, University of Washington: "Twenty thousand gigabits beneath the sea: Next generation ocean science at your fingertips"

  • Financial Engineering Seminar
  • 27 Mar (12:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall): Prof. Philip Protter, Cornell ORIE: "Electricity in New York State and swing options"

    8 Apr (5:15 p.m., 267 Rhodes Hall): Prof. Marco Avelleneda, Mathematics, New York University, "Statistical arbitrage in the U.S. equities market"

  • Innovation in Spacecraft Engineering
    Mondays, 5:30 p.m.,B17 Upson Hall;
    refreshments at 5:00 p.m. in Upson Lounge.
  • 30 Mar: Benjamin Harris, engineering scientist, Applied Research Laboraties, University of Texas-Austin: "Peeling the onion: Increasing GPS accuracy using new signals and open source software"

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall;
    refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard (MSE Lounge)
  • 26 Mar: Asst Prof. Richard Hennig, Cornell MSE: "Creatio ex nihilo or the ab initio prediction of crystal structure formation"

    9 Apr: Asst Prof. Chekesha Liddell, Cornell MSE: TBA

  • Nanobiotechnology Center Seminar Series
    G01 Biotechnology Building
    For noon seminars, you are welcome to bring your lunch.
  • 26 Mar (10 a.m.): Prof. Christof Niemeyer, Chemistry, University of Dortmund, Germany: "Semisynthetic DNA-protein conjugates for applications in nanobiotechnology"

    7 Apr (noon): Prof. Paul D. Soloway, College of Human Ecology and Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell: "Epigenetics, epogenomics and single molecule analyses on a nanoscale device"

  • ORIE Colloquium
    Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.
    253 Rhodes Hall
  • 31 Mar: Prof. Karla Hoffman, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, George Mason University: TBA

    7 Apr: Steven Graves, Abraham J. Siegel Professor of Management Science/Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems, MIT: TBA

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall;
    refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott
  • 25 Mar: Assoc. Prof. Yi Li, Biostatistics, Harvard University: " A new class of semiparametric models for high-dimensional survival data"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall;
    refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 206 Thurston
  • 25 Mar: Asst Prof. Changhong Ke, Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Binghamton: "Detecting intra-molecule interactions in nucleic acids by single molecule atomic force spectroscopy"

    1 Apr: Prof. Paul Steif, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University: "Cracking during cryopreservation of biological tissues: Modeling and experiments"


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