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Volume 12, Issue 20
May 19, 2010


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Warren named assistant dean for Engineering AA&D

Kathi Warren will become the next Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development in the College of Engineering effective June 1. Kathi comes to Cornell having served as a major gifts officer at the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. In September 2005, she became the director of corporate relations at Smith with responsibility for corporate philanthropy and corporate relationship management. In 2008, she was promoted to campaign director where she managed the major gifts fundraising activities and campaign operations. Last month, the Smith School announced it had reached its $90 million campaign goal – nearly two years ahead of schedule – and a subsequent campaign goal increase to $100 million.

At Cornell, she will be responsible for overseeing and strengthening the Alumni Affairs and Development program for the College of Engineering. She will work closely with directors and chairs, as well as with faculty and staff, in support of major-gift fundraising. She will foster additional collaborations between the Engineering team and the Alumni Affairs and Development staff throughout the university.


Awards and honors in the Engineering community

For the second year in a row, Asst Prof. Jonathan Butcher, BME, won the $10,000 Public Engagement and Science Communication Symposium poster competition, this year for his poster and project on “Smart Nanoparticles for Detailed Imaging in Live Embryos.”  The event program and details are available online.

Please note: the previous issue of Info Update incorrectly identified Butcher's affiliation in the announcement of his research award from The Hartwell Foundation. He is a member of the Biomedical Engineering faculty. Our apologies for the error.

Engineering faculty members included in the recent Cornell University Provost Awards are Chekesha Liddell, associate professor of materials science and engineering, David Muller, professor of applied and engineering physics, and Andrew Myers, associate professor of computer science. The $30,000 awards recognize outstanding tenured faculty members early in their careers for distinguished research and scholarly achievements, combined with their continuing commitment to Cornell.

Victor A. Ramos, long time collaborator with Cornell’s geological sciences faculty, has been elected to the National Academy of Science for “bringing the theory of plate tectonics to the South American community and contributions to the understanding of the geological evolution in South America.” Ramos was a 1988 Guggenheim Fellow at Cornell and a recent INSTOC Oliver Visiting Professor. EAS Prof. Suzanne Mahlburg Kay and Ramos have co-taught the Cornell Andes field camp, offered jointly with the University of Buenos Aires, since 1996.


Engineering Library lists new titles and cancellation candidates

Here is your opportunity to comment on the list of new journal titles and journal proposed cancellations at the Engineering Library. The pdf is available online.   

Because of the large journal review last year, the Engineering Library can cancel fewer journals this year and still stay within budget. The list does not include conversions to electronic only and titles cancelled that were received from other countries on exchange. Please send any concerns to Jill Powell before June 1, 2010.

Mann Library also has a list of proposed cancellations online. Respond using the feedback form at that site by May 28.


Engineering Gear available for summer programs, reunion

Engineering Gear is coming to campus for a limited time only! Bob Emro, assistant director of Engineering Communications and Media Relations, will be bringing Engineering gifts and apparel to campus for sales at Cornell Alumni Reunion. Look for the gear booth in Duffield Hall on Friday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also, if you need bulk quantities of Engineering Gear for your summer programs or events, please let us know by June 1. Bob can add it to the inventory requested for reunion. It can be purchased at cost, charged to your department account, and delivered to campus along with the reunion inventory at no charge. See department pricing online.* Call (5-3981) or e-mail Bob for more information.

(*Alternate location if intranet is unavailable.)


Information Update moves to summer schedule

This is the last regular biweekly issue of Information Update for this academic year. The newsletter is published monthly over the summer.


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.