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Volume 14, Issue 8
November 30, 2011

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Obama cites DPE with mentoring award

President Barack Obama cited Cornell's Diversity Programs in Engineering among the four individuals and four other organizations to receive the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. The announcement was made Nov. 15. The mentors will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year. The award recipients will receive $25,000 from the National Science Foundation to advance their mentoring efforts.

Faculty Meeting and Holiday Reception Dec. 19

Dear Engineering Faculty,

I invite you to attend the College of Engineering Faculty Meeting and Holiday Reception on: Monday, December 19: 3:30–5:00 p.m., G10 Biotechnology Building. A reception will follow the formal meeting. The agenda will include an update on the college.

Best regards, Lance Collins Dean of Engineering

Staff Holiday Luncheon Dec. 12

The College of Engineering Holiday Luncheon is Monday, December 12, 12:00–2:00 p.m. in the Statler Ballroom. Please RSVP by Dec. 5 via Outlook calendar or to Nancy Gehres.

Reminder: Spring reserve lists

The deadline to submit for Spring Reserves is December 15. The library is accepting reserves submissions now. Get them in early and save yourself some time and stress down the road. More information

NSF Graduate Research Diversity Supplements (GRDS)

The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) at the National Science Foundation has established Graduate Research Diversity Supplements (GRDS) to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in Ph.D. programs. These supplements will be awarded to currently active ENG research awards. The Principal Investigator may request a GRDS for 12 months, renewable annually through additional GRDS requests. Anticipated funding for GRDS in FY 2012 is $2,399,600. The estimated number of supplements to be awarded will be 56-58. Submission Deadline: The deadline for submission of a GRDS request is 5:00 p.m., submitter's local time, on January 20, 2012.

See the NSF's "Dear Colleague" letter on GRDS for more information.

Awards and honors in the engineering community

AEP Prof. David Muller was recently elected American Physical Society Fellow in Material Physics with the following citation: For pioneering contributions to the development of electron energy loss spectroscopy as a quantitative tool and its application to unraveling connections between changes in electronic-structure and macroscopic behavior.

Cornell's International Genetically Engineered Machines team won a gold medal and Best Manufacturing Project in the IGEM 2011 Word Championship Jamboree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Nov. 7. More than 160 teams from top universities around the world competed.

A team from the Cornell student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers placed first overall in the Engineers of Tomorrow Competition during NSBE's Fall Regional Conference, which took place Nov. 17–20 in Danvers, Mass. Richard Dansoh '13, Brandon Gainer '13, Roland Krieger '13, Denzel Bridges '13, and Ph.D. candidate Thomas Spencer bested six other teams. The objective of the competition is to showcase academic excellence and understanding of engineering problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Recent engineering news releases

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