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Volume 12, Issue 1
August 12, 2009

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Work Life Wednesday is today

The August Work Life lunch is today, August 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes climbing the 161 steps of the Clock Tower for a Chimes Concert from noon to 12:15 p.m., followed by a brown-bag lunch on the Carpenter Hall patio. If you would like to participate in the Clock Tower climb, please meet at the entrance to the Clock Tower at 11:45 a.m. Participants will regroup outside Carpenter Hall around 12:30 for lunch. Members of the Engineering Community are invited to participate in the concert or lunch, or both. Read more about the Cornell Chimes online.

Save the date for the September Work Life Lunch: Wednesday, September 23, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Professor Bill Bassett, EAS, will lead a guided tour of the Mineralogy Museum in Snee Hall. A brown bag lunch will follow in the Snee Hall reading room. Read more about the museum online.

Visit the College of Engineering Staff page at for more information and updateson Work Life Wednesdays as well as networking opportunities for staff across disciplines and department

Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

The Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team earned first place in the 12th annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International/Office of Naval Research competition in San Diego Aug. 2. Team leader is Erin Fischell '10 ME; faculty advisers are Graeme Bailey, CS; Bruce Land, ECE; and Alan Zehnder, MAE.

Asst. Prof. Peter Diamessis, CEE, has won a NSF Career award for his project, "Shoaling of non-linear internal waves over gentle slopes: Wave-scale interactions and dissipative processes."

Assoc. Prof. José Martínez and Asst Prof. Kevin Tang, both ECE, have each received a 2009 IBM Faculty Award. The IBM Faculty Award program is a worldwide competition intended to foster collaboration between researchers and IBM and to promote educational innovation in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.

Asst. Prof. Derek Warner, CEE, has been selected to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The recipient scientists and engineers will receive their awards in the Fall at a White House ceremony. A second Cornell faculty member, Jiwoong Park of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is also among the receipients.

Opportunity to highlight Cornell Engineering through the NSF

The National Science Foundation is seeking young, charismatic, appealing, energetic engineers to profile as role models. You can view current video profiles online.

Aimed primarily at high school students, the video series is designed to to help students gain a better understanding of scientific and engineering career fields and to inspire them to consider pursuing careers in science and engineering. Special emphasis is placed on profiling females and members of underrepresented populations. Thus far, NSF has produced segments on electrical, mechanical, and design engineers and are now seeking candidates for segments on civil, chemical, biomedical, materials, systems, and environmental engineering.

Candidates should be individuals who have a few years of experience in their fields (that is, not graduate students) and are in their late twenties or early thirties. Please submit names, contact information, photos (and/or links to photos), web site information, and/or a few sentences about candidates' jobs and current projects to Cliff Braverman at the National Science Foundation. Deadline for submissions is September 4, 2009.

European beech tree removed from Engineering Quad

It is with sincere regret that we report the loss of one of the favorite trees on the Engineering Quad: the beautiful European beech tree that pedestrians face when entering the quad from the stairs between Hollister and Bard (south of Carpenter Hall). Noticing its distress, Cornell's landscape manager Pete Salio consulted with Shawn Kenaley who is a visiting scholar working with Prof. George Hudler (Plant Pathology), studying the role of Phytophthora spp. in European beech decline and diseases of willows. Dr. Kenaly confimed there were bleeding cankers throughout the canopy and that canopy dieback was nearly 80 percent; based on those findings, he recommended that the tree be removed. That process was scheduled for August 11. Dr Kenaly was on hand to collect tissue samples for additional research.

Applications for Child Care Grant Subsidy Program now accepted

The application period for the Child Care Grant is now open. This program helps Cornell employees who are eligible for Cornell’s Select Benefits program to pay for child care expenses with awards of up to $5,000 a year, tax-free. Application forms and complete information are available online, or you may call or e-mail Benefits Services (see contact information below).

Parents considering applying are urged to begin that process now. The deadline for submitting applications is September 4. Some minor changes have been made to the application process as well as to the amounts projected for each household income level. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read all information, even if they have received grant monies in the past.

Questions should be directed to Benefit Services, e-mail or phone 255-3936.

Engineering Gear available online

Engineering Communications and Media Relations has launched an online storefront, making Cornell Engineering apparel and gifts available to the Engineering community. The virtual store features high-quality products at reasonable prices. Discount pricing available for office purchases on a department account or p-card.

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