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Volume 11, Issue 4
September 24, 2008

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Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. Darrell G. Schlom, MSE, has been selected as a co-recipient of the 2008 Materials Research Society Medal with Professor James Scott, University of Cambridge. The MRS Medal is awarded for outstanding recent discovery or advancement that is expected to have a major impact on the progress of any materials-related field. The medal and cash prize will be presented at the MRS fall meeting in Boston in December.

TAM presents Strogatz lectures

TAM is hosting a 12-week seminar series on chaos, consisting of 24 lectures that TAM Prof. Steve Strogatz filmed with the Teaching Company. Each week will feature two 30-minute lectures. No background is needed; the lectures are elementary and aimed at a general audience. The seminars will be held on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in 205 Thurston Hall; the first was presented on September 22.

More information on the lecture series online

Engineering and society: Communicating with the public

Why should your research be the "best kept secret?" Find out on October 17 how to get coverage for your research and make sure it's done right. Longtime Chronicle of Higher Education editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed Scott Jaschik leads a panel discussion on "Engineering and Society: Communicating with the Public," 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in 700 Clark Hall.

Mattin's Cafe hours for fall break

Mattin's Cafe in Duffield Hall will operate on a reduced schedule over fall break as follows:

7 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, Oct 10
7 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, Oct 13-14

resume regular hours, Wednesday, Oct 15
7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. F

Child-care grant deadline September 26

Reminder: Child-care grant applications for faculty, staff, and benefits-eligible postdoctoral associates are due September 26. Visit the Web site for applications and eligibility information.


Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminar
    Friday, noon, 5130 Upson Hall
    Lunch to be provided at noon; talk begins at 12:15 p.m.
  • 26 Sep
    Prof. Arnon Lotem, Tel-Aviv University: Risk taking, learning, and strategy choice: Experiments with humans, bees, and sparrows


  • Biophysics Colloquium
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 700 Clark Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 outside of 700 Clark
  • 1 Oct
    Douglas S. Scherr, MD, associate professor of urology, The Ronald Stanton Clinical Scholar in Urology, associate attending urologist, clinical director of urologic oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College: Changing the paradigm of human cancer diagnostics

    8 Oct
    Assoc. Prof. Chris Xu, Cornell AEP: Simultaneous spatio-temporal focusing in multiphoton microscopy


  • BME 5010
    Thursdays, 3:35 - 4:25 p.m., 155 Olin Hall
  • 25 Sep
    Assoc. Prof. Michael R. King, Cornell BME: Receptor-mediated adhesion of circulating cells

    2 Oct
    Tim Laske, senior director, Medtronic: TBA


  • BME 7900
    Wednesdays, 4:15 - 5:15 p.m., 226 Weill Hall
  • 24 sep
    Asst. Prof. Alyosha Molnar, Cornell ECE: What radios can tell us about the retina (and vice versa)

    8 Oct
    Asst. Prof. Changhuei Yang, Department of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology: Novel optical approaches for biomedical applications from dime-size microscopes to time-reversal based suppression of tissue turbidity


  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall
    Refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
  • 26 Sep
    Timothy Hall, senior scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies: Statistical modeling of North Atlantic hurricanes: Landfall and climate

    3 Oct
    Assoc. Prof. Lauren Meyers, University of Texas at Austin: Network perspectives on epidemiological and evolutionary dynamics


  • Financial Engineering Seminar
    Thursdays, 11:40 a.m., 253 Rhodes Hall (unless stated otherwise)
  • 10 Oct
    Prof. Ravi Mazumdar, University of Waterloo: Multidimensional diffusions with state dependent reflections: Boundary behavior and stability


  • MAE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B17 Upson
    Refreshments at 4:15 in Upson Lounge
  • 30 Sep
    Daniel J. Inman, G.R. Goodson Professor and director, Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech: Morphing, monitoring, and harvesting


  • Nanobiotechnology Center Seminar Series
    Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building
    Light refreshments served; feel free to bring your lunch
  • 30 Sep
    Elizabeth Strychalski, Cornell AEP (Craighead Research Group): Nanoslit devices for biomolecular manipulation and analysis

    7 Oct
    Sang-Beom Lee, chief researcher, bioenabled nanoproducts, NanoDynamics Life Sciences: Nanotechnology based antimicrobial surfaces


  • ORIE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall
    Refreshments at 3:45 in 258 Rhodes
  • 30 Sep
    Prof. Dawn Woodard, Cornell ORIE:Spatial inference of nitrate concentrations in groundwater


  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
    Refreshments following the seminar in 301 Malott
  • 24 Sep
    Fang Yao, Univ. of Toronto: Functional approach for sparse generalized longitudinal data


  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 206 Thurston
  • 24 Sep
    Assoc. Prof. Assad A. Oberai, Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Inverse problems in mechanics

    1 Oct
    Gang Bao, College of Engineering, Georgia Technical Institute: Engineering molecular probes for gene detection in living cells

    8 Oct
    John M. W. Bush, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: The Fluid Trampoline: Droplets Bouncing on a Soap Film


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