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Volume 12, Issue 19
May 5, 2010

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Awards and honors in the Engineering community

The Cornell Baja Racing Team placed second in a grueling four-hour, head-to-head endurance race, third for maneuverability, and fifth overall at this year's competition in Greenville, S.C., April 8-11. The student engineering project team, which builds an off-road racing vehicle that can withstand rough terrain, competed at the International Baja Society for Automotive Engineers Carolina competition with their car, GP06. They also placed fifth for design; fifth in the suspension and traction time trial, and also received an "Attention to Detail" award. Team co-leaders are Scott Pendelton and Andrew Cypher; faculty advisers are Michel Louge, MAE, and Bruce Land, ECE.

Asst Prof. Jonathan Butcher, BME, was selected to receive an individual research award from The Hartwell Foundation. Cornell University has also been named a 2009 Top Ten Center of Biomedical Research by The Hartwell Foundation. The primary mission of The Hartwell Foundation is to grant awards to individuals for innovative and cutting-edge biomedical applied research that potentially benefit children. The general aim is to provide funds for early stage research projects that have not yet qualified for funding from traditional sources.

Papers by two graduate students of Prof. Paulette Clancy, CBE, have recently received special recognition from peer-reviewed journals: Krishna Iyengar's (PhD, TAM) paper "Accurate implementation of leaping in space: The spatial partitioned-leaping algorithm" co-authored by Leonard Harris (PhD '10 ChE) and Clancy was selected as the cover article for the March 7 issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and was subsequently listed as one of the top 20 articles downloaded in March. Joseph Goose's (PhD '10 ChE) article, "On the nature of step-edge barriers for small organic molecules," co-authored by Eric First '09 ChE and Clancy, has been accepted by Physical Review as an "Editor's Suggestion" for April 2010. This selection of particularly important papers is reserved for the top 5 to 10 papers of about 80 to 150 (roughly top 6%).

Prof. Tim Healey, MAE, has accepted an invitation to be a speaker in the Midwest Mechanics Seminar series. Each year four outstanding researchers in mechanics are invited to deliver ten lectures during two one-week tours of five schools per week. The ten schools are Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

Prof. Pete Loucks, CEE, has received the American Society of Civil Engineering Environmental & Water Resources Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to members who are judged to have advanced the profession, exhibited technical competence, and significantly contributed to public service, research, or practice in the environmental and water resources profession.

Nominations deadline is May 7 for WSJ Tech Innovation awards

Nominations are now open for the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards, recognizing technological breakthroughs in such areas as medicine, software, hardware, the Internet and wireless. Winners will be featured in The Wall Street Journal's three editions on September 27, 2010, as well as on Prize winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Silicon Valley. Deadline for entries is Friday, May 7 (6 p.m. EDT). More information and application form are available online.

Game Design Showcase set for May 15

The Game Design Initiative at Cornell announces its annual spring showcase of student-designed computer games to be held Saturday, May 15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 361 Upson Hall.

The showcase will display Cornell talent from CIS 3000, CIS 4002, as well as other independent student projects, and is open to the general public. The showcase will be held in the Cornell Undergraduate Computing Lab, so that everyone can play and experience these student projects.

Visit the GDIAC Web site for more information.

Life on the Hill is looking for student bloggers

The Office of Web Communications at Cornell is inviting students interested in blogging about life at Cornell to participate in "Life On the Hill," an opportunity to share their Cornell experience. More information and the application form are available online.

Faculty members: If you have articulate students who may be interested, please encourage them to participate. This is an excellent way for prospective students and their families to discover the exciting opportunities and amazing accomplishments of Engineering students at Cornell.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14.

AA&D assistant director transfers to CIS

Assistant director of Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development Jessica Traynor has accepted the position of director of development for Computing and Information Science at Cornell. She joined the staff in Engineering in 2006. Our thanks to Jessica for her many contributions over those four years, and our best wishes in her new role.

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