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Volume 14, Issue 9
December 14, 2011

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CBE and MSE have new admin director

Heidi Hart-Gorman has joined Cornell as the director of administration for the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering departments. She comes from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government where she was associate director of finance and administration in the Center for Public Leadership as well as ombudsman for the school. Her prior experience includes a position as administrative manager for the Center for Health and Policy Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Heidi holds a B.A. in psychology from LeMoyne College and an MBA and a Master of Social Work from Boston College. She began on a part-time basis December 8, 2011 and will join Cornell full-time in January.

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.

4-H connects kids and departments

The NYS 4-H Youth Development Science, Engineering, and Technology program is seeking connections to engineering on campus. Many departments get involved with the 4-H Career Explorations Conference held on campus, June 26-28, 2012, for high school students. Contact state 4-H specialist Nancy Schaff to learn more about opportunities to partner with the Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H program on outreach—in a limited role as a contact on research related to project areas (such as robotics), as an outreach partner for outreach programs for grants, or offering a Career Explorations program.

Awards and honors in the engineering community

ECE undergrad Jeremy Blum is the first IEEE student member to be recognized as the IEEE/IEEE-USA's "New Face of Engineering College Edition." Administered by the National Engineers Week Foundation, "College Edition" honors academic excellence, leadership within student organizations, outstanding communication skills, non-engineering related community service, and participation in the engineering industry. CivE undergrad Hannah Kiem was chosen one of ASCE's 10 2012 New Faces of Civil Engineering-College Edition.

Recent engineering news

  • Biosensor may improve disease detection, water monitoring
    A quick, inexpensive and highly sensitive test that identifies disease markers or other molecules in low-concentration solutions could be the result of a Cornell-developed nanomechanical biosensor, which could potentially help with early stage disease detection. (Dec. 8)
  • UB's Stenger named Binghamton president Harvey G. Stenger Jr., ('79 ChemE) one of the top leaders at the University at Buffalo, has been named president of Binghamton University by the State University of New York board of trustees. (Nov. 23)

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