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Volume 11, Issue 6
October 22, 2008


In this issue:


New look for Information Update

With this issue, we're trying out a new look for Information Update (for the e-mailed version; see it here) that incorporates some of Cornell Engineering's new design concepts and, we think, makes the newsletter easier to read.

But what do you think? Does it display well - or at all - in your particular e-mail client? Can you easily find the items you want to read? We welcome your comments; just hit "reply" to this message and send us your thoughts on the new formatting. If pertinent to your comments, please tell us the platform and e-mail client you use (for example, Mac/Thunderbird) to help us resolve any problems. We appreciate your input!


Workshop presents effective faculty search practices

The CU-ADVANCE Center and the Cornell Interactive Theater Ensemble will conduct a session for department chairs and search committee chairs and members on effective practices for faculty searches. If your department plans to conduct a search in the coming year and you did not attended this workshop last year, please plan to attend. Last fall over 100 individuals attended the workshops, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. To accommodate busy schedules, two sessions will be held on October 28 in McManus Lounge in Hollister Hall. The first session will include breakfast at 8:15 a.m., with the program scheduled from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The second session will include lunch at 11:30 a.m., with the program from noon-2:00 p.m.

Please respond to the CU-ADVANCE Center to confirm your attendance. If you are chairing a search committee, please ask your search committee members to attend.


NBTC symposium set for October 27

The 9th annual Nanobiotechology Symposium is scheduled for October 27, 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., in G10 Biotech Building. This event showcases the latest advances in research at the interface of nanotechnology and the life sciences-an opportunity to meet with faculty, researchers and students, as well as industrial partners and colleagues from the entire nanobiotechnology community. Members of the Engineering Community are welcome to attend.


MentorNet available to grads and others

MentorNet's Academic Career E-Mentoring Program is available to graduate students, post-docs, and early career faculty in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The program focuses on matching women and underrepresented minority students and professionals with faculty members for an eight-month mentoring relationship conducted via email. It provides an opportunity to get additional information, encouragement, advice, and access to networks from a faculty member in your field and, if you choose, from outside your current institution. 

For more information, contact Sara Xayarath Hernández in Diversity Programs in Engineering or visit MentorNet online and follow instructions to register and to create a one-on-one program profile.


M.Eng. Information Day on Friday

The 2nd annual Master of Engineering Information Day at Cornell will be held on October 24 in the Duffield Atrium. The event, which is similar to a career fair, runs from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Duffield Atrium.

If you have prospective students interested in the M.Eng. program, please encourage them to attend and contact the office of Research and Grad Studies if you need more information.


Staffing updates

Marie Friess will join the staff in Diversity Programs in Engineering as administrative assistant effective October 20. Friess previously provided administrative support to Bob Harris, former Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Francine Firebaugh, former Vice Provost for Land Grant Affairs. She replaces Char Jeffris, who recently retired. Her contact information is mf253, 146 Olin Hall, 5-0735.

Tracey Brant has joined the Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office as director of the newly created Kessler Fellows Program (30 hours/week) in the College of Engineering. Brandt most recently served several years as assistant director / acting director of Alumni Affairs and Development at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine. She also served as associate director of the Cornell Fund and as associate director of Club Programs in Alumni Affairs and Development. She holds a B.S. in animal science from Cornell and recently completed the requirements for an M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University. She is located in the Career Services suite in Carpenter Hall; contact her at tlb10 or 254-6438.


Engineering Dean named as next CU Provost

Dear Engineering Faculty and Staff,

As you may have heard, on October 17, I was honored to be named by President Skorton to be the next University Provost. My appointment is effective January 1.

I am writing to express my sincere appreciation to each of you for welcoming me into the Cornell Engineering community six years ago, and for the guidance and support you have given me throughout my tenure as dean. Together we have made significant advances. I am so proud of this college and all of you.

I hope we will be able to announce an interim dean within the next few weeks. I welcome your thoughts on this process, and am confident that we will have a smooth and successful transition. We have an incredible leadership team in the college and outstanding faculty and staff. I am confident we will continue to move forward with our many important initiatives, and look forward to supporting the college in my new role.

It has been my great pleasure to work with you all. Many thanks for your support.

With warm regards,

Kent Fuchs
Dean of Engineering


Guest speakers and seminars

  • AI Seminars
    Fridays, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., 5130 Upson Hall
    Lunch will be served
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  • 24 Oct
    Grad student Ashutosh Saxena, Stanford University: "Robotic grasping and depth perception: Learning 3D models from a single image"

  • Biophysics Colloquium
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 700 Clark Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 outside 700 Clark

  • 29 Oct
    Prof. Harel Weinstein, chair and Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, Weill Cornell Medical College: "Machines, pathways, and energies in molecular mechanisms of cell signaling"

    5 Nov
    Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Heikal, Bioengineering, Pennsylvania State University: "Towards quantitative biochemistry of energy metabolism and redox state of living cells"

  • BME 5010
    Thursdays, 3:35 - 4:25 p.m., 155 Olin Hall

    23 Oct
    Brad Chartrand, AngioDynamics, TBA

  • CAM Colloquium
    Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall
    Refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes
  • 24 Oct
    Hinke Osinga, University of Bristol and CAM visiting scientist: "Resetting behavior of bursting in secretory pituitary cells"

    31 Oct
    Asst. Prof. Adam Siepel, Biological Statistics and Computational Biology, Cornell: "Computational methods for the detection of positive and lineage-specific selection from genomic sequence data"

  • CEE Seminars
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 366 Hollister Hall (except as noted)
    Refreshments at 4:15 pm
  • 23 Oct
    Prof. Richard Palmer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst: "Calculating the impacts of climate change on water supply in the Puget Sound - Engineering evaluations and interactions with the public"

    30 Oct (206 Hollister Hall)
    Prof. Renato Perucchio, director of the Program in Archaeology Engineering and Architecture, University of Rochester: "Concrete vaulting in Imperial Rome: A structural analysis of the Great Hall of Trajan's Markets"

  • CS Colloquium
    Thursdays at 4:15pm, B17 Upson Hall
  • 23 Oct
    Prof. Michael Carey, UC Irvine: "XQuery is the answer! (What was the question?)"

  • Financial Engineering Seminar
    Thursdays, 11:40 a.m., 253 Rhodes Hall (unless stated otherwise)
  • 23 Oct
    Asst. Prof. Kasper Larsen, Carnegie Mellon University: "A note on the existence of the power investor's optimizer"

  • MSE Seminar
    Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard
    Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in Bard Lounge

  • 23 Oct
    Asst. Prof. Padma Gopalan, University of Wisconsin: "Structure-property relationships in organic electro-optic materials"

    30 Oct
    Prof. Mario Leclerc, Laval University : "Conjugated polymers: From micro-electronics to genomics"

    3 Nov (special seminar, 2 p.m. in 1150 Snee Hall)
    Prof. Geoff Ozin, University of Toronto: "P-Ink and Elast-Ink lab to market "

  • NBTC Seminar Series
    Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building
    Light refreshments served; feel free to bring your lunch
  • 4 Nov
    Sam Nugen, visiting scholar, Cornell BEE: "PMMA biosensor for nucleic acids with integrated mixer and electrochemical detection"

  • ORIE Colloquium
    Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall
    Refreshments at 3:45 in 258 Rhodes
  • 28 Oct
    Prof. Assaf Zeevi, Columbia University, TBA

  • Statistics Seminar
    Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
  • 22 Oct
    Prof. Brian D. Marx, Department of Experimental Statistics, Louisiana State University: "Sharpened signal regression"

  • TAM Seminars
    Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 206 Thurston

    22 Oct
    Asst. Prof. Prashant Mehta, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign: "Symmetry and symmetry-breaking in inter-connected systems and networks"

    29 Oct
    Prof. Ralph D. Lorenz, Space Department, Planetary Exploration Group, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab: "Spinning flight: Dynamics of frisbees, boomerangs, samaras, and skipping stones"

    5 Nov
    Asst. Prof. Noah J. Cowan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University: "Mechanics and control of concentric-tube, super-elastic, continuum robots"


    Submitting announcements to Information Update

    Please send your news notes to engr_info_update@cornell.edu. Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.