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Volume 13, Issue 2
August 25, 2010

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No classes on Labor Day; Mattin's will be closed

Labor Day, observed this year on September 6, has traditionally been a staff-only holiday at Cornell; this year it is an official holiday on the academic calendar as well, and no classes will be held. As a result, Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Atrium will also be closed. Regular hours at the cafe for fall 2010 are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Awards and honors in the Engineering community

Robby Bowles, a fifth year Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Prof. Larry Bonassar, BME, received the Best Poster Presentation Award at the WFSR 2010 conference for his work entitled "Annulus fibrosus composition regulates pressurization and mechanical properties of tissue engineered intervertebral discs."

Two members of the engineering community received awards at the 2010 GEM Annual Board Meeting and Mini-Conference earlier this month. Mechanical Engineering graduate student Calvin Phelps was named the GEM Fellow of the Year for his outstanding leadership including election as national chair of the National Society of Black Engineers. Director of Diversity Programs in Engineering Sara Xayarath Hernandez received the GEM University Member Representative of the Year Award for her exceptional commitment and advocacy of current and prospective GEM Fellows. The mission of the National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science.Learn more about the National GEM Consortium and GEM Fellowship opportunities at

EAS Asst Prof. Matt Pritchard and undergraduate SES major Nathan Williams '11 are co-authors of the journal article, "Evidence of Recent Thrust Faulting on the Moon Revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera," which was published in Science in the August 20 issue. Their work is supported by the LRO Project and NASA grants.

A Cornell robot named Ranger has traveled 14.3 miles in about 11 hours, setting an unofficial world record at Barton Hall on the morning of July 6. A group of engineering students led by Prof. Andy Ruina, MAE, announced the robotic record July 9 at the Dynamic Walking 2010 meeting in Cambridge, Mass. More information is available online.

2010 advising awards correction

The previous Information Update inadvertently listed the 2009 advising award winners in the announcement of teaching and advising awards. The James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Advising Award winners for 2010 are Professor T. Michael Duncan, CBE, and Professor Christine Shoemaker, CEE.

Mastering NSF grant and fellowship proposals

On Tuesday, September 7, Diversity Programs in Engineering and the Post Doc Studies Program will present Master Your Future: Mastering NSF Grant & Fellowship Proposals, featuring a panel of faculty, staff, and graduate students with successful experience attaining funding from the National Science Foundation. This is an opportunity to hear from NSF CAREER Award recipients, directors of NSF-sponsored programs, and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients and to learn best practices and strategies for preparing competitive NSF proposals and for managing NSF-sponsored funds. The panel is scheduled for 5 p.m. in 155 Olin Hall. Please RSVP:

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