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Volume 13, Issue 6
October 20, 2010

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Updates on support functions available online

As most of you know, the College of Engineering is changing the way we support important activities in the areas of human resources, information technology, facilities, and financial transactions.

We have established a Web site to keep everyone updated on planning and implementation of the many activities designed to improve quality and efficiency in services. The site offers a summary of changes underway for each functional area; progress updates to each area have been posted this week.

We hope that all members of the engineering community are comfortable directly asking questions and offering suggestions to the various teams working on developing new solutions. However, there may be cases where some prefer to offer suggestions anonymously. Accordingly, we have also included a form on the Web site for staff and faculty to provide feedback or ask questions anonymously.

New director of admissions joins Engineering

I am pleased to announce that Scott Campbell has been named director of Engineering Admissions beginning September 23, 2010.  Some of you may remember Scott as he served successively (and successfully) as assistant, associate, and senior associate director in Engineering Admissions from 1997 to 2002.  He then became the acting director for seven months before leaving to work on his Ph.D. in education at Cornell. His Ph.D. research focuses on how high school technical team experience influences success as an undergraduate engineer. For the past two years he has been as associate director of admissions and athletic liaison at the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Scott brings enthusiasm for the college and knowledge about Engineering and the campus that will be a great benefit to us. Please join me in welcoming him back.
Betsy East
Assistant Dean, Student Services

Schaffer to participate in Frontiers of Engineering Education

Asst Prof. Chris Schaffer, BME, is one of 53 of the nation's most innovative young engineering educators selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's second Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. Early-career faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the 2-1/2-day event, where they can share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. The symposium will be held Dec. 13-16 in Irvine, Calif.

STEM innovation and outreach from a global perspective

Professor Raul Cuero, an African-American, Latin-American scientist at Texas A&M – originally from Colombia – who founded the International Park of Creativity outreach centers for young entrepreneurs, will present a talk titled "When 'the good education' is not enough: Creativity is the only alternative" at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 in 205 Thurston. A brown-bag lunch discussion with Cuero will immediately follow the talk in 204 Thurston (dessert and cider provided). This presentation was organized by the Colombian Student Association, PorColombia, and the Teaching Excellence Institute; it is co-sponsored by Diversity Programs in Engineering, the Latin American Studies Program, and the Latino Studies Program. For more information e-mail Eliana Nossa or Kathryn Dimiduk.

Entrepreneurship 101 for engineers and scientists

For members of the engineering community interested in pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors as a professional in industry or academia, Diversity Programs in Engineering and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies have teamed up to host Master Your Future: Entrepreneurship 101 for Engineers & Scientists, sponsored by Shell. This panel discussion will be held Wednesday, November 17, at 5 p.m. in 155 Olin Hall, featuring:

  • Frank Sui '83 ChE, venture capitalist and partner at Credit Builders LLC
  • Elisa Miller-Out, CEO, Singlebrook Technology, Inc.
  • Deborah Streeter, Bruce F. Failing, Sr., Professor of Personal Enterprise, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Steven Gal, associate professor of clinical entrepreneurship, Johnson Graduate School of Management
  • Bruce Ganem, Franz and Elisabeth Roessler Professor of Chemistry and J.Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • Rajit Manohar, associate dean for research and graduate studies, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and co-founder of Achronix Semiconductor

A reception will follow the discussion at 6:30 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall. Please RSVP online.

Flu vaccine clinics in full swing.

Getting vaccinated is the single best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. Be sure to get your dose of protection.There is plenty of vaccine to go around this season, so take advantage and get vaccinated early to maximize your protection from flu viruses.

Flu shots and mist are free to all registered students, staff, and faculty. Bring your Cornell ID with you to get vaccinated at one of the many clinics. Check the schedule online to find a location near you.

Recent engineering news releases

  • Provost fellow to advise on diversifying faculty
    Zellman Warhaft, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named provost fellow to advise on making Cornell more inclusive. (Oct. 14, 2010)

  • Lindau unveils details of exocytotic biomechanism
    Cornell researchers have shed new light on a lightning-quick, impossibly small-scale process, called exocytosis, by casting sharp focus on what happens right at the moment the 'doors' on the cell wall open. (Oct. 13, 2010)

  • Washington expo to showcase Cornell science
    Exhibits representing a cross-section of Cornell's physical sciences and engineering expertise will be part of a Washington, D.C., festival aimed at promoting the sciences. (Oct. 13, 2010)

  • Drs. Skorton, Fins elected to Institute of Medicine
    President David Skorton and Joseph Fins of Weill Cornell Medical College have been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. (Oct. 11, 2010)

  • New iPhone app helps keep pets trim
    CUPetHealth, developed by students, can help pet owners track how much they feed their cats or dogs as well as their pet's vaccinations and medications. (Oct. 11, 2010)

  • Single-crystal films could advance solar cells
    Cornell researchers have developed a new method to create a patterned single-crystal thin film of semiconductor material that could lead to more efficient photovoltaic cells and batteries. (Oct. 7, 2010)

  • No need to fight over mineral resources, says geologist
    Economic geologist Lawrence Cathles writes in a recent review that while mineral resources on land may be dwindling, deposits on the ocean floor could power humanity for centuries. (Oct. 6, 2010)

  • Three receive $1.5 million innovator awards
    Maria Julia Felippe, Ruth Ley and John March have received National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Awards, which includes $1.5 million over five years. (Oct. 4, 2010)

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.