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Volume 12, Issue 9
December 2, 2009

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Archer to be new CBE director

Dear Colleagues: I am pleased to announce that Professor Lynden Archer has agreed to serve as the next Director of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for the period January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013. I know CBE will benefit greatly from his service and leadership as Director.

Many thanks to Professors Claude Cohen, Matthew DeLisa and Susan Daniel for serving on the search committee.

Please join me in congratulating Lynden Archer on his appointment as Director and in thanking Paulette Clancy for her exceptional leadership of CBE over the past seven years.

Warmest regards,

Chris Ober

Dean to give two more college updates

Interim Dean Christopher Ober will provide a report on college activities and an update on the budget situation to the Engineering community at two remaining events. Both will be held in McManus Lounge (166 Hollister Hall).

Faculty members are encouraged to attend the Engineering faculty meeting on Monday, December 21, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The second of two forums for staff members is scheduled for Friday, December 4, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Staff members are encouraged to attend.

Provost holding public discussions on task force reports

Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs is moderating six public discussions on strategic plan task force reports that recommend ways the university could restructure yet strengthen its activities and balance its budget. Summaries are posted online, and full reports are available for reading only in the Office of the Dean of Faculty, 315 Day Hall. The remaining discussions and their focuses are:

* Management Sciences: Dec 2, 12:15-1:15 p.m., G10 Biotechnology Building;

* Life Sciences: Dec 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Lewis Auditorium, G76 Goldwin Smith Hall

* Budget Model: January, date, time and location to be determined.

Fuchs also invited comments by e-mail to "I welcome your participation and input," he said.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Professor Sheila Hemami has been elected an IEEE Signal Processing Society Distinguished Lecturer, with a two-year term starting 2010. The IEEE Signal Processing Society's Distinguished Lecturer Program provides means and financial support for IEEE chapters to have access to individuals who are well known educators and authors in the fields of signal processing. Prof. Hemami's research accomplishments in visual communications have earned her the recognition. During her term as a Distinguished Lecturer, she will give lectures to IEEE local chapters across the world.

Shawn Carey, a first-year Ph.D. student working in Cynthia Reinhart-King's lab, has been appointed the student representative on the national Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) board. He was selected on the basis of his impressive involvement in BMES to date and his interest in increasing student involvement in BMES at a national level. He will serve a two-year term.

Mattin's reducing hours for winter break

Reduced hours and closures are planned for winter break and intersession for Mattin’s Cafe in Duffield Hall:

Dec 18-22, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec 23-Jan 1, closed

Jan 4-22, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jan 25, resume regular schedule

Mattin’s is open weekdays only.

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

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.