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Volume 14, Issue 10
January 11, 2012

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Ahner new BEE chair

Professor Beth Ahner began serving as chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering January 1. The department extends a thank you to Professor Daniel Aneshansley who has served in the position for 3½ years.

Staffing update

Julie Weaver joined the Human Resources Service Center December 15 as an HR representative. Julie will work specifically with all departments in CIS as well as CEE and ORIE. Julie recently relocated to Ithaca with her family and this will be her first position at Cornell. Her career includes positions as a systems analyst, process consultant, and HR manager at Accenture, a global management consulting firm. Most recently she has been a sales associate for a retail establishment. She has a BSBA in economics from John Carroll University in Ohio. Her extensive experience in HR will be a tremendous asset to our HRSC team.

Intel donation to support visual computing at Cornell

Intel Corporation has donated $267,000 worth of Intel SandyBridge Xeon X7560 processors and computing equipment in support of visual computing research at Cornell University. The resources will help support Cornell graphics and vision researchers involved in the new Intel Science and Technology Center for Visual Computing, which includes professors Kavita Bala, Donald Greenberg, Doug James, Stephen Marschner, and Noah Snavely. The equipment will be used to tackle problems from physics-based sound rendering and vision-based modeling of homes and urban environments, to scalable visual rendering and virtual characters, and game-driven content creation.

Perry's and McGraw-Hill books moved to Access Engineering

Looking for Perry's Chemical Engineers Handbook, Marks' Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, or Roark's Formulas for Stress and Strain?
These and other McGraw-Hill e-books have changed platforms in 2012 from Knovel to Access Engineering (McGraw-Hill). We still have access, and the new links are in the library catalog. See—ask for assistance in locating these books at

Teaching workshops available in January

The Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute and the Center for Teaching Excellence are co-sponsoring three teaching workshops January 17 and 18. Chemical Engineering Professor Emeritus Donald Woods of McMaster University, internationally recognized for his workshops in academia and industry, will present on effective teaching and leadership.

  • Having Students Work in Groups? 5 Ways to Get the Results You Want
    1:30–2:45 p.m., Jan. 17, 2012 ILR Conference Center, room 229

  • Can You Teach Thinking? 5 Ways to Engage Students in Problem Solving
    3:00–4:30 p.m., Jan. 17, 2012, ILR Conference Center, room 423

  • Project and Problem Based Learning: What Will Work for My Students?
    9:00–11:30 a.m., Jan. 18, 2012, Olin Hall, room 245, followed by lunch and continued discussions

Also in January, the Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute features "request a teaching workshop." Some possible subjects include: intro and advanced teaching with clickers, using GroupEng to automate assigning students to groups, enhancing lectures with active learning, and lecture capture options.

Additional information can be found on the Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute Web site, where faculty can request or join a workshop online. Questions and RSVPs can be directed to Kathryn Dimiduk.

Awards and honors in the engineering community

The provost has approved the promotion of Ephrahim Garcia, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, to full professor.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Chuck Greene was awarded a Sustainable Tompkins' Signs of Sustainability Award for 2011 for his organization of the "Tour de Frac" event which took place in late September. Tour de Frac offered cyclists an opportunity to bike around the Ithaca countryside to visit areas leased for hydraulic fracturing. Greene created the event to increase awareness about the conflicts between our society's demand for energy and its desire for a healthy environment and planet.

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