Volume 13, Issue 7
November 3, 2010
In this issue:
- HR announces new staff members, open house
- CUAUV showcases Tachyon in Teagle pool
- New assistant director of AAD joins Engineering
- Vodafone and mHealth Alliance call for project entries
- Awards and honors in the Engineering community
- Recent engineering news releases
HR announces new staff members, open house
As progress continues toward implementation of the Human Resources Service Center (HRSC) for Engineering and Computing and Information Sciences, two new members have joined the HR team.
Sue Shipman has been working with the central college part-time as an HR assistant for several months, while continuing her financial support role in BME and CBE. Sue will be full-time with the HRSC and is supporting the transition of staff support for the financial activities. She will continue to provide HR support to both BME and CBE, as well as other departments, after the transition.
Amy Stewart has also joined the staff as an HR Assistant effective Monday, October 25. Amy has a B.S. in business management and economics, an MBA, and more than two years of experience as an HR assistant in Cornell’s admin HR and the Organizational Development and Learning Center. She will serve as an HR assistant in the HRSC and will also provide support for various HR data analysis and reporting needs.
The HR team has recently relocated to the lower level of Carpenter Hall, Suite B1. In celebration of the move, they will hold an open house Friday, November 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by, enjoy refreshments, see the offices, and meet the staff.
CUAUV showcases Tachyon in Teagle pool
Last summer, the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team won the AUVSI international competition with its vehicle, Tachyon. On Sunday, November 21, CUAUV will showcase its winning vehicle with an open pool test at Teagle Hall from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Members of other project teams, Cornell alumni, team support staff, sponsors, faculty advisors, the Cornell community, and the Ithaca community are all invited. Attendees will have the opportunity to see Tachyon in action; view videos and slideshows depicting the team's history and accomplishments; and meet members of the 2010–2011 team.
For more details on CUAUV's Open Pool Test, visit www.cuauv.org.
New assistant director of AAD joins Engineering
I am delighted to introduce the newest addition to the Engineering AAD staff, Jennifer Micale. Jennifer joined us as our new assistant director for development just in time for our Engineering College Council meeting last week!
Jennifer joins our team after spending five years developing a successful real estate practice here in the Ithaca area where she focused on developing and maintaining quality, long-term relationships with her clients. She also spent four years as the director for the American Heart Association of Ithaca where she was responsible for developing fundraising and educational programming and events for a three-county area. She also has experience in freelance advertising and marketing.
Jen's relationship-based experience in sales and marketing, as well as her experience managing relationships with a diverse group of volunteers and board members will serve her well.
Assistant Dean, Alumni Affairs and Development
Vodafone and mHealth Alliance call for project entries
The Vodafone Americas Foundation and mHealth Alliance have announced a call for entries for the third annual Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project and mHealth Alliance Award. The innovation project is a competition to identify and support promising wireless related technologies to address critical social issues around the globe. Grant amounts are:
- 1st place: $300,000
- 2nd place: $200,000
- 3rd place: $100,000
- mHealth Alliance Award: $50,000*
*developer of an innovative wireless technology with the most potential to address critical health challenges
For more information, including elegibility and evaluation criteria, or to apply, visit the Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project Web site. Deadline is December 15.
Awards and honors in the Engineering community
Asst Prof. Peter Frazier, ORIE, was among 43 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals to the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering. Frazier will explore decision-theoretic methods in simulation optimization.
Christine Tan, a BME Ph.D. student in the lab of Prof. Harold Craighead, AEP, received double honors at the recent AVS 57th International Symposium. She received the Russell and Sigurd Varian Award, established in 1982 and competitively awarded to a top graduate student for excellence in research and academic record. Tan also received a Young Investigator Award (Biomaterials Interface Division) awarded to researchers under age 35 for her oral presentation.
Recent engineering news releases
- Panelists call for action in sustainability effort
Achieving a sustainable world will require increased awareness, policy changes and an inclusive approach, said panelists in a discussion Oct. 28 in Statler Hall.
- Fleming Award funds study of small-scale strokes
Two Cornell researchers aim to develop the first noninvasive functional MRI imaging technique for studying small-scale strokes in mice, which could eventually be used for clinical research in humans.
- $1 million grant to fund better networks
A team of electrical and computer engineering faculty have received the grant from Intel Corp., Cisco Systems Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. for research on 'video-aware networks.'
- Schaffer invited to engineering education symposium
The assistant professor of biomedical engineering has been invited to the National Academy of Engineering's second annual Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium, Dec. 13-16.
- High-adrenaline math contest approaches
The annual Cornell Mathematical Contest in Modeling is scheduled for Nov. 12-15. Information sessions are set for Tuesday, Nov. 2, and Wednesday, Nov. 11; both at 6 p.m. in 253 Malott Hall.
- Study of 'research cultures' may guide virtual development
Researchers in the Information Science department at Cornell plan to study a variety of research cultures to find out how best to form effective cyberspace organizations.
- 'Smart' dog dummy simulates a vet emergency
Veterinary professor Dan Fletcher has designed the first veterinary 'smart' dog mannequin to give veterinary students an opportunity to learn what to do in an emergency.
- Researchers develop universal robotic gripper
Researchers from Cornell University, the University of Chicago and iRobot Corp. have created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon
- Knight Scholars program celebrates 30 years
For the 30th anniversary of the Knight Scholars program, Cornell hosted an Oct. 19 luncheon in honor of the late Lester Knight's son, Chuck Knight '57.
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