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Volume 11, Issue 18
April 22, 2009

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Engineering Faculty meeting set for May 4

Dear Colleagues,

I encourage you to attend the next College of Engineering Faculty Meeting on Monday, May 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Room in Willard Straight Hall. The agenda will include an update on the budget.

A light reception will follow the meeting. Please join us to celebrate the end of an unusual academic year.

Warmest regards,

Chris Ober
Interim Dean, College of Engineering

Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

ORIE professors Adrian Lewis and Mike Todd have been selected to be in the inaugural class of Fellows of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The Fellows Program honors SIAM members who are recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the discipline.

A team of three CS undergraduates is among 100 teams competing in the world finals of the 2009 Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) International Collegiate Programming Contest in Stockholm this week, April 18-22. The team of Hooyeon "Haden" Lee '10, Eric First '09 and Vincent Chan '09 earned their place in the competition by placing second in the greater New York regional competition Oct. 26.

ELI presents undergraduate research poster session

Faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend the Spring 2009 Engineering Learning Initiatives Undergraduate Research Poster Session on Wednesday, April 29, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Duffield atrium.

This event will feature the work of those students who received College of Engineering undergraduate research awards this past year. With a number of outstanding participants on the program, the event will illuminate the breadth and depth of undergraduate research in Cornell Engineering.

Light refreshments will be served.

WorkLife news: EA elections, Slope Day volunteers

  • Employee Assembly elections are under way. All nonfaculty employees of the university can vote in the Employee Assembly election through 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 24. Cast your vote online. Results will be announced April 30.
  • Slope Day volunteers are needed for May 1. You can help make Slope Day safe and positive by volunteering. Volunteers get a free t-shirt and are eligible for the prize raffle! For volunteer information and to sign up, visit

Visit the WorkLife web site for more news on events, activities, and opportunities available to Cornell employees.

Mattin's Cafe hours for Slope Day, exam week

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will close at 2 p.m. on Slope Day, May 1. For exam week, Mattin's will be open until 8 p.m. as usual through Tuesday, May 12. The cafe will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, and summer hours, with a 2 p.m. closing, will begin Thursday, May 14.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminars
    Fridays, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., 5130 Upson Hall;
    lunch will be served.
  • 24 Apr: Nikolaos Karampatziakis, graduate student, Cornell CS, "Online learning of prediction suffix trees"

    1 May: David Crandall, postdoctoral associate, Cornell CS, "Mapping the world's photos"

  • BME Seminars
  • 22 Apr: (4:15 p.m., 226 Weill Hall): Prof. Robert M. Nerem, Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Bioengineering: 50 years of progress, but still only a beginning.” Sponsored by the BMES student chapter and supported by the Morgan Tissue Engineering Program. Refreshments outside 226 Weill Hall at 4:00 p.m.

    30 Apr: (3:35 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall): Jack Boehringer, president, Boehringer Laboratories, TBA

  • Biophysics Colloquium
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 Clark Hall:
    Refreshments outside 700 Clark at 4:15 p.m.
  • 22 Apr: Prof. Carol Deutsch, Department of Physiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, “Tunnel vision”

    29 Apr: Prof. Cornelis Storm, Department of Applied Physics, Theoretical and Polymer Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, "Statistical mechanics of biological molecules and materials"

    6 May: Prof. Harel Weinstein, Chairman, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medical College, "Machines, pathways, and energies in molecular mechanisms of cell signaling"

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 PM, 655 Rhodes Hall;
    refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes.
  • 24 Apr: Assoc. Prof. Greg Fasshauer, Illinois Institute of Technology, "On the use of radial basis functions for the solution of differential equation"

  • CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, B17 Upson Hall
  • 22 Apr: Frank Holland '86,corporate vice president of operation, Microsoft, TBA

    29 Apr: Kurt Holstein '82, president, Rosetta Stone, 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.
  • 23 Apr: Amal Ahmed, research assistant professor, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, "Logical relations: A step towards more secure and reliable software"

  • D.R. Fulkerson Lectures
    Thursday, 3:00 p.m., 219 Phillips Hall
  • 23 Apr: James O. Berger, Ph.D. '74, The Arts and Sciences Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistical Science, Duke University, "Working with inexact models: The world of computer modeling II"

  • EAS Seminar
    3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall;
    refreshments at 3:00 p.m. in the Reading Room.
  • 22 Apr: Assoc. Prof. Aaron Velasco, Geological Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso, "Can a large earthquake in another country cause one in your own backyard"

    29 Apr: Robert Hazen, research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University, "Mineralogical co-evolution of the geo- and biosphere"

    EAS Climate Change Science Faculty Positions: Candidate Lectures:

    22 Apr (noon, A106 Morrison Room, Corson-Mudd Hall): Prof. Raymond Shaw, Physics, Michigan Technological University, "Fire and ice: How do volcanic ash and desert dust plumes trigger ice formation in atmospheric clouds?"

  • EGSA Social Seminar
    Thursday, 6:00 p.m., B17 Upson;
    lectures are followed by dinner.
  • 30 Apr: Asst Prof. Michael King, Cornell BME, "Cancer research on a roll"

  • ECE Presents the Sam Linke Power and Energy Lecture Series
    12:20 p.m., B-11 Kimball
    refreshments at noon
  • 23 Apr: Prof. Ian A. Hiskens, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "What's smart about the 'smart grid'"

  • Financial Engineering Seminar
  • 22 Apr (5:15 p.m., 267 Rhodes): Jim Gatheral, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, "No arbitrage and the decay of market impact"

    24 Apr (12:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes): Prof. Steven Kou, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University, "Default clustering and valuation of collateralized debt obligations"

  • Climate Change Forum
    4:30 p.m., Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall
  • 29 Apr: Prof. Stephen Schneider, Biology, Stanford University, "On climate dangers and containment goals"

  • MAE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball:
    refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in Upson Lounge
  • 28 Apr: Asst Prof. Christopher Hernandez, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University: "Approaches to understanding the evolution of osteoporosis-related fractures"

    30 Apr: Spencer Lake, graduate student, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, "Anisotropic, inhomogeneous and nonlinear structure-function on human supraspinatus tendon"

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, refreshments in 260 Bard
    a half-hour before each lecture.
  • 23 Apr (4: 30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall): Prof. Nicholas Kotov, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, "Self-assembled systems of nanoparticles: Similarity with biological systems"

    30 Apr (4:00 p.m., 140 Bard Hall): Prof. Joseph DeSimone, Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Using the fabrication technologies from the microelectronics industry to address the unmet needs in drug delivery"

  • Nanobiotechnology Center Seminar Series
    Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building
    Light refreshments served; feel free to bring your lunch.
  • 5 May: Assoc. Prof. Warren Zipfel, associate professor, Cornell BME, and director, DRBIO, TBA

  • ORIE Colloquium
  • 28 Apr (4:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall): Bikramjit Das, graduate student, Cornell ORIE, "Conditional extreme value limit models: Characterization and detection techniques"

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall;
    refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott
  • 22 Apr: Prof. Bradley P. Carlin, Biostatistics, University of Minnesota: "Analysis of marked point patterns with spatial and nonspatial covariate information"

    29 Apr: Assoc. Prof. Tong Zhang, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, "Algorithmic strategies for non-convex optimization in sparse learning"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall;
    refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 206 Thurston
  • 29 Apr: Asst Prof. Dmitri Vezenov, Chemistry, Lehigh University, "Mechanical experiments on single molecules: Peeling and stretching of DNA by force spectroscopy"

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