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Volume 12, Issue 11
January 13, 2010

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New DPE Director

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce that Sara Xayarath Hernández has agreed to become the Director of Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) effective immediately. Sara brings to the job a wealth of experience working with student groups, building community, recruitment, and delivering effective mentoring and professional development programs. Sara earned a BA in zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MRP with a concentration in community development from Cornell University. She has previously worked in university admissions at Lake Forest College, San Diego State University, and Cornell University. For the past five years, Sara has worked with DPE and was most recently the Associate Director as well as the co-Principal Investigator on our NSF supported LSAMP project. Sara serves as a committee chair for the national organization, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and in 2008 received the President's Award for service to WEPAN. In the College of Engineering, she is also the advisor for the nationally recognized Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Diversity programs in the College of Engineering is in the best of hands and Sara's leadership will ensure the continued excellence for which DPE has become known.

Rick Allmendinger
Associate Dean for Diversity, Faculty Recruiting and Mentoring

Check Gannett for flu vaccine availability

Limited supplies of H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines are available (as of this writing) at Gannett Health Services, and vaccinations are free of charge for faculty, staff, and students. Check the Gannett Web site for updates, then call to make an appointment.

Teaching Excellence Institute presents January workshop

Engineering’s Teaching Excellence Institute will present a teaching workshop on Wednesday, January 20. Sessions include:

  • Impedance Matching Between Faculty Lectures and Student Learning
  • Lunch and Questions with Weiss Teaching Fellows. Please RSVP to
  • Academic Integrity
  • Clickers – Implementation and Question Design
  • Combining PowerPoint and Chalkboard Advantages via a Wacom Pad
  • Obtaining Teaching Resources.

See the complete agenda on the TEI Web site.

Cornell Engineering Research Conference set for March 17

The 2010 Cornell Engineering Research Conference will be held on March 17, 2010. CERC seeks to bring together Cornell engineers with broader research and industrial communities and provide a forum for interdisciplinary collaboration.Graduate students from across all engineering disciplines are invited to present their latest research, accomplishments and ideas as an oral or poster presentation. Presenters and visitors will also have opportunity to network with conference industry sponsors.Cash awards will be presented to best posters and audience appreciation awards will be given to best oral presenters. Check the CERC Web site for more information.

Spring reception planned in memory of Prof. White

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the family of Professor Dick White will host a memorial gathering and reception on Saturday, May 1, at 3:00 p.m. in Hollister Hall. See the CEE Web site for more information and links to Professor White's obituary.

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