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Volume 12, Issue 15
March 10, 2010


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Join the dialog with NSF

Responding to the Open Government Directive to make more government data available to the public and to get citizens more involved, the NSF is inviting your input for ideas for their Open Government Plan. The goal is to help NSF improve the availability and quality of information, work better with others inside and outside the government, and be more efficient and innovative. Through the OpenGov Citizen Engagement Tool, people can submit ideas, comment on ideas, and vote ideas up or down. Visit NSF's Share your Ideas Web site to join the dialog. Ideas will be accepted through March 19.


Cornell Engineering Research Conference set for March 17

The 2010 Cornell Engineering Research Conference will be held on March 17. Graduate students from across all engineering disciplines will 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.


CERC features MEng event for undergrads

Do you know undergraduates who might be interested in pursuing a Master of Engineering degree? Point them to "MEng: It just makes $ense!" A special feature of this year's Cornell Engineering Research Conference, this lunch-and-learn is an opportunity for undergrads to discover more about the MEng degree at Cornell from current MEng students as well as alumni of the program.

Undergrads are invited to stop in anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Phillips Lounge (Rm 231 Phillips Hall) on March 17, stay for a presentation, grab some lunch, and learn how the MEng degree just makes $ense! Learn more online.


Awards and honors in the Engineering Community

Kenneth P. Birman, the N. Rama Rao Professor of Computer Science, has received the 2009 Tsutomu Kanai Award, which recognizes major contributions to the state of the art in distributed computing systems. The Tsutomu Kanai Award was established in 1997 by Hitachi Ltd. in honor of Tsutomu Kanai, who served as Hitachi's president for 30 years.

Professor David Putnam, BME and CBE, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers. He was cited for the conception and implementation of high throughput pharmaceutical formulation and development of novel biomaterials used both for controlled release of therapeutic compounds and for prevention of postoperative seromas.

Asst Prof. Matt Pritchard, EAS, has received an NSF CAREER award of $530,000 over 5 years to use satellite remote sensing data to search for magma chambers and geothermal resources in the western U.S. and Mexico and to monitor changes to glaciers in Alaska. Pritchard has also received a grant from the NASA New Investigator Program for $330,000 over 3 years to study volcanic activity at hundreds of volcanoes in South America.


Changes to Engineering calculus courses take effect this fall

Starting in Fall 2010, Math 1910 and 1920 will be taught in four lectures of approximately 100 students each. Both courses will continue to hold twiceweekly recitation sections. Math 1920 in the spring will continue to be taught in large-lecture format. This change is in response to budget cuts in both the Arts and Engineering Colleges and is the outcome of discussions between the Math Department and the Math-Engineering Liaison committee. Engineering College faculty will continue to share in the instruction of the fall calculus courses and the sophomore differential equations and linear algebra courses.


Registration open for CCMR symposium

Registration is open for the 2010 CCMR Symposium to be held May 18 in Statler Hall's Beck Center. The focus this year is Nanostructured Functional Materials by Design. Confirmed guest speakers include Professor Christopher B. Murray, the Richard Perry University Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Graciela Blanchet, chief technology officer of Nanoterra Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

Registration, available online, is open through May 14 with an early-bird discount through April 16. For more information, visit the symposium Web site.


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.