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Volume 12, Issue 22
July 14, 2010

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Personnel updates

Dear Colleagues:
I am pleased to announce that, as agreed last year, Professor Adrian Lewis has been appointed as director of the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2010. He succeeds interim director Shane Henderson, who served for the past year. We appreciate Shane's service during a very difficult budget period and look forward to working with Adrian as well.

Assoc. Prof. Rajit Manohar, who has been Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for six months, has accepted a full term as Associate Dean for two years beginning July 1. He has made significant contributions to the dean's office already, and I'm glad to have his continued counsel.

I'm also very proud to announce that my successor in MAE, for an interim period of one year beginning July 1, 2010, will be Prof. Alan Zehnder. Alan was formerly the chair of TAM, and when our departments merged in January 2009, he played an essential role in achieving a successful transition. I look forward to having this opportunity to continue working with him.

We are also delighted to announce that on July 1, Verne Thalheimer, administrative director for Materials Science and Engineering, will become administrative director for Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering as well, succeeding Colleen McClenahan, who has moved to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (as previously announced). Verne, who holds a bachelor's degree in Canadian Studies and Government from St. Lawrence University, joined the college in 2006 as MSE administrative director, where he is responsible for all non-academic operations. He had previously served four years as director of operations for the National Commission on Energy Policy in Washington, and prior to that he worked extensively in state and federal government units as well as non-profit organizations, in policy analyst and program coordinator positions, primarily in the areas of energy and the environment. Extending his oversight to CBE is, I think, a particularly good fit for his skills and experience, and I appreciate his taking on this expanded responsibility.

Lance Collins
Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering

Reimagining the Engineering Library

The Advisory Committee to Re-envision the Engineering Library, in support of the university’s strategic planning, has developed a set of recommendations to update and improve the Engineering Library. Co-chaired by Steven Rockey, director of the Engineering and Mathematics Libraries, and Mark Turnquist, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the committee of faculty, students, and library staff focused on enhancing the electronic collections, providing effective group and individual study space and computer access, and expanding the role of librarians. For more information and for updates as they become available, check the Library News on the Engineering Web site.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Cornell teams have won both first and second place in the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology Primary Healthcare Prize competition. Top prize and $150,000 has been awarded to the project, "Rapid Multiplexed Detection of Pathogens with DNA Nanobarcodes," led by Mark R. Hartman, a PhD candidate in Biological and Environmental Engineering. The novel technology offers the promise of a one-step quick point-of-care test for an array of pathogens possibly responsible for pharyngitis. Second prize rewards a second Cornell-based team of innovative students led by George K. Lewis, Jr., a doctoral candidate in Biomedical Engineering, for their project that uses continuous ultrasound therapy for more efficient help in managing chronic pain. The $100,000 award will support clinical evaluation of "Wearable Low-Intensity Ultrasound Therapy." More information is available online.

Prof Hod Lipson, MAE, has received one of the 2010 Motorola Innovation Generation Grants, which are designed to inspire students to learn about science and generate interest in science-related careers. Lipson's project, The Fab@School laboratory, empowers students to invent simple machines and usable products and will make digital fabrication practical and scalable in elementary and middle school classrooms for the first time. The project also received a grant earlier this year in the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition.

Assoc. Prof. Andrew Myers, Prof. Fred Schneider, and Asst Prof. Nate Foster, all of CS, have been awarded a grant of $1,633,615 by the Office of Navy Research to support their project titled "A Platform for Building and Composing Secure Federated Systems."

At its annual conference in Philadelphia, the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers awarded a Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service to Mark Savage, director of Co-op & Career Services, and appointed Claire Benton, assistant director of Co-op & Career Services, as lead co-chair of the association’s Diversity Advancement Committee.

Prof. Marjolein van der Meulen, MAE, has accepted an invitation from the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review to serve as a member of the Skeletal Biology Structure and Regeneration Study Section for a four-year term beginning July 1, 2010. Members are selected on the basis of demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

SWE releases comprehensive literature review

As part of the yearlong 60th anniversary celebration, the Society of Women Engineers released a comprehensive review of the most influential science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related literature. The compilation spans the past nine years of SWE Magazine’s annual reviews of social science literature on women in engineering. The reviews provide expert analysis of published documents in the engineering and technology fields with a focus on women’s issues, ranging from work/life balance to outreach to diversity in higher education.
Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the compilation will guide readers through past publications and research. The collection also includes a simple search feature that enables easy access to nearly a decade’s worth of research.
The compilation is available electronically to the public and will be updated yearly to provide the most current research. Please visit the SWE Web site for more information about the Society of Women Engineers and to access the literature review compilation.

Join the MentorNet community as a mentor or a protégé

With support from Diversity Programs in Engineering, Cornell has established a partnership with MentorNet, a non-profit organization that matches STEM undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and untenured faculty in one-on-one e-mentoring relationships with mentors who have work experience in industry and/or the academy. (The industry mentor pathway is available to all protégés, while the academic mentor pathway focuses on graduate students, post-docs, and untenured faculty.) One-on-one mentoring relationships are for an 8-month period and MentorNet provides training to the mentors.
How can you find a mentor or become a mentor?

Questions? Contact Sara Xayarath Hernandez, director, Diversity Programs in Engineering.

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to 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.