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Volume 12, Issue 7
November 4, 2009

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Cornell to lead new cancer research center

The National Cancer Institute has funded the new Center on the Microenvironment and Metastasis, which will be headquartered at Cornell, with a grant of $13M over five years. The center will focus on using nanobiotechnology and other related physical science approaches to advance research on cancer. Harold Craighead, C.W. Lake Professor of Engineering in Applied and Engineering Physics and director of Cornell's Nanobiotechnology Center, is the principal investigator and director of the new center.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

The Biomedical Engineering Society honored Jonathan Butcher, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, with the Rita Schaffer Memorial Young Investigator Award earlier this month. The award and plaque are presented in recognition of a young investigator's originality and ingenuity in a published work. The recipient also presents the Rita Schaffer Memorial Lecture during the BMES annual meeting.

The Cornell Society of Women Engineers received the Gold Level Award for Outstanding Collegiate Section during their annual conference in Long Beach, Calif., in October. The top national honor for SWE collegiate chapters, the award recognized Cornell SWE's outstanding achievements in a wide range of areas, including: planning and administration; communication and member recruitment; regional/national participation; education and outreach; inclusiveness and diversity; and alignment with the national SWE mission.

Cornell's 100+ MPG Team is one of 43 that have made it to the next stage of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Competition. Cornell is now the lone university team in the Mainstream class of vehicles entered. The next phase of the contest will focus on technical qualifications, to begin in the spring of 2010. Visit the Web site for more information.

Team Cornell, made up of undergraduates, M.Eng. students, and Ph.D. students in MAE, ECE, and CS and advised by Assoc. Prof. Mark Campbell and Asst Prof. Hadas Kress-Gazit, MAE, has been named among 10 finalists (plus two semi-finalists) for the MAGIC 2010 competition. The Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge is jointly sponsored by the Australian and US Departments of Defense to attract innovative proposals from worldwide research organizations to develop next-generation fully autonomous ground vehicle systems that can be deployed effectively in military operations and civilian emergency situations. The challenge event will be held in Australia in November 2010.

Deadlines upcoming for benefit plan decisions

Cornell faculty and staff have a number of benefits plan decisions to make this fall, including life insurance policies, flexible spending accounts, and medical and dental plans. Dates and deadlines vary; please be sure to check online for more information.

Diversity and Compliance meeting set for Nov. 9

All Cornell employees involved in faculty and/or staff recruitment, selection, and retention are invited to participate in the Diversity and Compliance Update Meeting on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the ILR Conference Center. The meeting will begin with a formal welcome and presentations on the Current Status of Cornell's Faculty and Staff Diversity and Achieving Academic Excellence through Diversity, with concurrent sessions to follow. RSVP for this meeting by registering online; the deadline is today (Nov. 4).

Cornell to host Net Impact Conference 2009

Preparations are underway for the 16th Net Impact Conference to be hosted in Ithaca November 12–14, 2009, with the Johnson School taking the lead in designing and organizing the conference in partnership with colleagues in the College of Engineering, School of Hotel Administration, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and other schools and programs from across the university. Expected to attract about 2,000 students and professionals interested in business and sustainability, the conference will include plenary sessions, panels, discussions, interactive sessions, business and case competitions, a business expo, and other forum for exploring cutting edge approaches to sustainability in the private sector. The keynote address featuring Cornell President David Skorton and GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, “Driving Innovation & Economic Renewal in a Global Context,” will be Webcast. Want to learn more

Temporary schedule changes announced for Mattin's Cafe

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Atrium will close at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 13, in preparation for an event to be held in the atrium. The cafe will also close early, at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, November 25, for the Thanksgiving Break and will remain closed until Monday, November 30.

Guest speakers and seminars now available online

A listing of upcoming guest speakers and seminars is now offered on the Engineering Web site. As a result, Information Update will no longer carry listings of colloquia and seminars. Staff members who regularly submit seminar information to Information Update are encouraged to post their events on the University Events calendar instead. When entering your events into the university calendar, please tag them with the Engineering “flag” in order for them to be posted via RSS feed on the Engineering seminars page.

Links to department Web pages of seminars listings are also available from the seminars page.

Submitting announcements to Information Update

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