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Volume 12, Issue 18
April 21, 2010

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Dean Search Committee announces finalists

The Dean Search Committee has announced two finalists for consideration as the next engineering dean:

Lance R. Collins
Professor and S.C. Thomas Sze Director
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering
Cornell University

Christopher K. Ober
Francis N. Bard Professor of Materials Engineering
Interim Dean
College of Engineering
Cornell University

For more information, please visit the dean search Web site.  

Marcellus Shale meeting set for April 22

Cornell faculty, staff, and students are invited to a meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Leasing of Land for Exploration and Drilling for Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale. The committee was appointed by Provost Kent Fuchs, at the behest of the Faculty Senate, to develop proposed guidelines for leasing of Cornell lands for horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale in New York State.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the David L. Call Alumni Auditorium in Kennedy Hall.

Members of the campus community were invited to send requests for a speaking time to by noon on Monday, April 19. If time permits, other faculty, staff, and students may be able to address the committee

Panel discussion focuses on CAREER proposals

Writing a CAREER proposal this summer?  Wrestling with the education component? Plan to attend a panel discussion with recent CAREER recipients in engineering sponsored by the Teaching Excellence Institute. Learn how these recipients wrote  winning education components and discuss and strengthen your own ideas. This panel discussion will be held Tuesday, May 11, from noon to 1:30, in McManus Lounge. Lunch is provided; please RSVP to Kathy Dimiduk.

The Scientist invites entries for "Labby" awards

If you have a short video, lab website, blog, or other techy creation designed to communicate your life science research, submit it to The Scientist by May 10 for the "Labbies" award competition. Entries will be judged on scientific content, concept/originality, entertainment value, and production quality.

Winners will be announced this summer, along with analyses by judges of what makes them great. They will also be featured in a full-length article in The Scientist, complete with a presentation of their multimedia mastery on The Scientist Web site. More information is available online.

Undergrad research on display April 22

Engineering Learning Initiatives is sponsoring its annual Undergraduate Research Poster Session on Thursday, April 22, 4:30-6:00 in Duffield Atrium. This event will feature the work of those students who received College of Engineering undergraduate research awards this past year. With a number of outstanding participants on the program, the event will illuminate the breadth and depth of undergraduate research in Cornell Engineering. The event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.

Memorial gathering planned for Prof. White

The Engineering community is invited to attend a celebration of the life of Prof. Richard N. (Dick) White, CEE, to be held on Saturday, May 1, at 3 166 Hollister Hall. Prof. White passed away on October 3. RSVP to Jeannette Little at if you plan to attend.

RGS director leaves for Vanderbilt

Jeff Newman, director of Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Engineering, has accepted a position at Vanderbilt University where he will be responsibile for negotiating research agreements with corporate sponsors, developing policies, and managing a portfolio of cases. He will leave Cornell at the end of the month. Our thanks to Jeff for four years of service to the college; he will be missed, but we wish him all the best in his new position.

Staff members encouraged to vote this week in EA elections

Staff members who are eligible to vote in the Employee Assembly elections and referendum are encouraged to vote quickly and securely online. Log in using your kerberos net id and password; if you are eligible to vote, your personalized ballot will appear. After you submit your choices, you will be prompted to confirm them and cast your vote. Please note the online ballot will be available until 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 23.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

CS graduate students Eleanor Birrell and Joyce (Yuhsin) Chen were named 2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship winners. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

Fernando Escobedo, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, effective April 1. Escobedo's promotion recognizes his scholarly contributions in the area of molecular-level simulation, his outstanding teaching ability, and his service to the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Escobedo has achieved international recognition for his work in applied statistical mechanics; in particular, on the development of novel simulation methods and their use to study the properties of soft matter.

Director of Diversity Programs in Engineering Sara Xayarath Hernandez was presented with the WEPAN (Women in Engineering Proactive Network) President’s Award at the Awards Gala during the joint WEPAN and NAMEPA (National Associate of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. This award was presented to Hernandez in recognition of her leadership, dedication, and commitment to WEPAN, especially in her role as a committee chair.

Asst Prof. Hadas Kress-Gazit, MAE has won an NSF Faculty Early Career Development award for her proposal, Formal Methods for Robotics and Automation. NSF established the CAREER awards to emphasize the importance the foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating discovery process, in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning. Kress-Gazit won the highly competitive award on her first attempt.

Adedamola Omotosho, a master of engineering candidate in Computer Science, was awarded a National Society of Black Engineers Fellows Scholarship at the 2010 NSBE Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada. These awards are given to student members who have demonstrated high scholastic performance, dedicated service to the society and other organizations, and who possess high professional promise.

The 8th Annual IBE BioExpo: Integrating Innovation and Industry, was held on March 18 in the Duffield atrium. Along with poster presentations, BioExpo also features speakers from industry and academia and a company showcase with networking opportunities. The winner of the $500 Zuckerman Prize for Excellence in Student Biological Engineering Research was Sunjoo Park ’11 BE for "The effect of IGF-1 on meniscal fibrochondocytes seeded in alginate scaffold." Second place ($250.00) went to Jimmy Wang ’12 Bio, "Breast tumor secreted factors cause human adipose derived stem cells to have altered differentiation." Third place ($100.00) was awarded to Christine Yoon ’12 BE, "Effects of mechanical cues from the breast cancer microenvironment on host tissue progenitor cells."

Calvin Phelps, PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering, was named the chair elect for the National Society of Black Engineers at the 2010 NSBE Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada. The national chair is the senior most position a student member of NSBE can hold within the organization. Phelps will transition into this new role after having served as the Region 2 Chairperson for NSBE. 

The Cornell Department of Biomedical Engineering is pleased to announce that nine of the current Ph.D. graduate students were chosen to receive the highly competitive and prestigious 2010 NSF Graduate Fellowship Award and six were selected to receive Honorable Mention Awards. This is believed to be the largest number of awards for continuing students in a single Engineering department in the U.S. The awards provide students with full support for three years to pursue their research and graduate studies. See the complete list on the NSF Web site.

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