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Volume 14, Issue 3
September 21, 2011

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Fall Faculty Reception set for September 27

Dear Engineering Faculty,

We cordially invite you and your guests to the College of Engineering's Fall Faculty Reception on Tuesday, September 27, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca.

New faculty will be recognized. Family, guests, and children are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Dress is casual business attire and no RSVP is necessary. We look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,

Lance Collins Dean of Engineering

ABET accredits six programs

Cornell University College of Engineering's bachelor’s degree programs in biological engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering have recently been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

Clarification of conflict of interest procedures

Recently the university changed its conflict of interest procedures and there has been some confusion, especially as it pertains to students and staff. Simply, anyone who is specifically NAMED in a proposal must complete the conflict of interest policy. If a student, postdoc, etc. is not listed by name, that person does not need to file.  

Please note that the University Policy 1.7 (Financial Conflict of Interest Related to Research) sets minimum standards on who is required to report based on federal regulations and high institutional risk. Should faculty or staff be aware of people with real or potential conflicts, even if they are not named in the proposal, they are asked to work with their unit administrative director and/or Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) to determine if reporting is required.

arXiv at 20: The Price for Success

Cornell University Library will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of arXiv September 23. Founded by Paul Ginsparg in August 1991, is internationally acknowledged as a pioneering and successful digital archive and open-access distribution service for research articles. The e-print repository has transformed the scholarly communication infrastructure of multiple fields of physics and plays an increasingly prominent role in a unified set of global resources for physics, mathematics, computer science, and related disciplines. arXiv currently holds over 700,000 e-prints and is visited by 400,000 distinct users per week. Since 2001, the service has been operated by Cornell University Library. RSVP appreciated:

  • 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: Paul Ginsparg, "arXiv at 20: The Price for Success"
    Physical Sciences Building, Room 120
  • 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: Reception
    Physical Sciences Building, Baker Portico Atrium

Recent engineering news releases

  • Optofluidics could improve energy applications
    The ability to manipulate light and fluids on a single chip, broadly called "optofluidics," has led to such technologies as liquid-crystal displays and liquid-filled optical fibers for fast data transfer. Optofluidics is now also on the cusp of improving such green technologies as solar-powered bioreactors, say Cornell researchers. (Sept. 12)

  • Chatty robots go viral on YouTube
    An online chat between two robots set up by Cornell students is entertaining the nation. (Aug. 31)

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