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Volume 11, Issue 8
November 19, 2008

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Ober named interim dean of engineering

Christopher K. Ober, the Francis Bard Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will begin serving as interim dean of the College of Engineering when Kent Fuchs, the current dean, becomes Cornell provost on Jan. 1.

Ober joined the Cornell faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1986. He became an associate professor in 1992 and a professor in 1998. He was director of the department from 2000 to 2003, and he has served as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering since 2007.

His professional honors include the 2006 American Chemical Society Award in Applied Polymer Science, a 2007 Humboldt Research Prize, and a National Science Foundation Creativity Award this year. He is currently president of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s Polymer Division.

Information regarding the dean search is available online.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. Al George, MAE, was elected to fellowship in the Society of Automobile Engineers. Elections to Fellow are made to those who have made notable achievements and contributions in engineering, science or technology, engineering leadership, or engineering education.

CEE Prof. Ken Hover has been elected by the American Concrete Institute to receive the Arthur R. Anderson Award for his "advancement of concrete knowledge through research and publications on air entrainment, construction practices, and quality control; and exceptional contributions to improved standards for concrete construction and building codes." Hover has also been selected as the recipient of the American Concrete Pavement Association's ACPA 2008 Outstanding Educator Award.

Assoc. Prof. Hod Lipson, MAE, has won the "Interfraternity and Hellenic Teaching Award" in the College of Engineering.

Marcia Sawyer won the George W. Peter Award for dedicated service in her position in the Graduate Field Office in MAE. The George W. Peter award, presented by the Cornell Employee Assembly, recognizes Cornell staff members who consistently demonstrate a high degree of excellence in the performance of their duties and who prove their willingness to extend themselves to help others and go above and beyond the normal expectations of their job responsibilities.

Tenure actions and appointments: In addition to the items listed in the November 5 issue of Info Update, the following promotions and appointments were approved by the Cornell board of trustees in October, effective November 1:

Michael King, BME, was elected Associate Professor with indefinite tenure
Ruth Richardson, CEE, was elected Associate Professor with indefinite tenure

Promotion to Full Professor:
Shane Henderson, ORIE
William Philpot

Endowed Chairs:
Larry Brown, EAS, was elected as the first Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics.
C. Richard Johnson, ECE, was elected as the first Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor.
Suzanne Mahlburg Kay, EAS, was elected the William and Katherine Snee Professor in Geological Sciences
Philip Liu
, CEE, was elected the Class of 1912 Professor.
Sidney Resnick, ORIE, was elected the first Lee Teng-Hui Professor in Engineering
Ulrich Wiesner,
MSE, was elected the Spencer T. Olin Professor of Engineering.
Charles Williamson
, MAE, was elected the Willis H. Carrier Professor in Engineering.

Faculty forum to discuss Olin Library renovation

Renovation of Olin Library is expected to begin in summer 2009 and will take about two years. Any Engineering faculty members who use Olin Library and have questions about how the renovation may affect their work are invited to join Arts and Sciences faculty for either of two faculty forums scheduled for next week:

Monday, Dec 1, noon–1 PM, Kroch Library Lecture Room (2B48)
Tuesday, Dec 2, 4:30–5:30 PM, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall

Read University Librarian Anne Kenney’s letter to A&S faculty or visit the renovation Web site for more information.

Staffing updates

Theresa Peck became the new accounts assistant in MSE on October 8. She replaces Patty Baranski, who took a position as administrative assistant to the CALS assistant dean for capital projects and facilities operations in Wing Hall.

Engineering Co-op and Career Services staff presented at the New York State Cooperative and Experiential Education Association conference in Corning on October 26-28. Christa Downey, associate director, presented on creating and running effective Co-op/Internship programs based on Cornell's model. Ami Stuart, recruiting and employer relations coordinator, presented on developing creative partnerships with business and industry.

Guest speakers and seminars

Biophysics Colloquium
Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, 700 Clark Hall; refreshments at 4:15 outside 700 Clark

19 Nov: Prof. Cynthia Wolberger, HHMI, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, "Regulation by lysine modification: Mechanisms of Sir2 deacetylation and polyubiquitin chain assembly"

3 Dec: Kerry Bloom, Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Springs and struts in the mitotic spindle"

CAM Colloquium
Fridays, 3:30 PM, 655 Rhodes Hall; refreshments at 4:30 in 657 Rhodes

21 Nov: Kevin Short, University of New Hampshire, "Disassembly, repair and rebuilding of music with mathematics"

5 Dec: Alina Chertock, North Carolina State University, "On particle and hybrid Eulerian-Lagrangian methods for nonlinear time-dependent PDEs "

CEAA Enterprise Engineering Seminar
Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, B17 Upson Hall

19 Nov: Donald E. Morel Jr., MS â??83 MSE, PhD â??84, chairman and CEO, West Pharmaceutical Services, "Corporate crisis management: An engineerâ??s experience"

3 Dec: David Heller â??83 ME, president of Heller Industries, "Globalization in the machinery industry: A case study

CEE Seminars
Thursdays, 4:30 PM, 366 Hollister Hall; refreshments at 4:15 PM

19 Nov: Brian McElhatten, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) of Chicago, "Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou, China"

20 Nov: Miguel Losada, Centro Andaluz de Medio Ambiente, University of Granada, Spain: "Lessons learned during the design and construction of the new harbor at Gij'³n Spain"

4 Dec: Kraig Winters, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, TBA

CS Colloquium
Thursdays at 4:15 PM, B17 Upson Hall

20 Nov: Assoc. Prof. Vineet Bafna, University of California, San Diego, "Haplotype assembly"

EAS Seminars
3:30 PM, 2146 Snee Hall; refreshments at 3:15 PM in the Snee Reading Room

19 Nov: Asst. Prof. Joan Ramage, Lehigh University, "Unlocking secrets of glacier drainage and snow melt floods using passive microwave satellites"

MSE Seminar
Thursdays, 4:30 PM, 140 Bard; refreshments at 4:00 PM in Bard Lounge

20 Nov: David E. Fowler, Western Digital Corporation, "Hard drive nano-engineering: Cheaper than tennis shoes"

NBTC Seminar Series
Tuesdays, Noon, G01 Biotechnology Building; light refreshments served, feel free to bring your lunch

25 Nov: Huimin Chen, graduate student, Webb Research Group, Cornell AEP: "Protein structure fluctuations measured by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS)"

2 Dec: No Seminar

TAM Seminars
Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, 205 Thurston Hall; refreshments at 4:15 PM in 206 Thurston

19 Nov: Phaedon-Stelios Koutsourelakis, Cornell CEE, "A multi-resolution bayesian approach for the identification of spatially-varying material parameters"

3 Dec: Mark Campbell, Cornell MAE, "The challenges of driving autonomously"

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