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Volume 2, Issue 16
April 12, 2000

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Webb wins the International Jablonski Award

Watt W. Webb, AEP, the S.B. Eckert Professor in Engineering, has been awarded the International Jablonski Award, presented at the 2000 Annual Meeting of Biophysical Society in New Orleans on February 12, 2000. The award, which commemorates Professor Aleksander Jablonski, recognizes the highest achievements in the principles and applications of fluorescence spectroscopy. It is sponsored by the Biological Fluorescence Subgroup of the Biophysical Society (USA) and funded by SPECTRONIC Instruments, Inc. The Jablonski Award includes a plaque and a $2,500 cash prize.

Samorodnitsky to be elected IMS fellow

Assoc. Prof. Gennady Samorodnitsky, OR, will be elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics at their annual meeting May 15-20, 2000, in Guanajuato, Mexico. The citation accompanying the award will read:

IMS Fellowship is awarded to Gennady Samorodnitsky for outstanding research and exposition on stable processes including co-authorship of the standard reference on the subject; for outstanding research in heavy tailed modeling and for promoting its use in applications to data networks, finance and insurance; for outstanding and stimulating scholarship on the foundations of long range dependence, Gaussian processes; and for outstanding service to the profession in the form of editorial work and conference organization.

Ober receives SEMATECH excellence award

Prof. Chris Ober, director of MSE, has been named one of the two recipients of the 1999 SRC/SSA SEMATECH Excellence Award for Research in Manufacturing and Environment, Safety and Health. The award will given the Annual Semiconductor Safety Association (SSA) Conference April 26-28 in Arlington, VA, where Ober will present a 20-minute paper. (More information about the conference can be found at the SSA web site: The award includes a plaque and a cash prize of $2,500.

Gast to deliver Smith lectures

The thirteenth annual Julian C. Smith Lectureship in Chemical Engineering will be presented by Alice P. Gast, professor of chemical engineering at Stanford University. Her first lecture on Monday was titled "Ordering in Two Dimensions: Physical Lessons from Proteins." Her second lecture, scheduled for today (April 12) at 4 p.m. in 165 Olin Hall, is titled "Colloidal Particles in Strange Places: Force Measurement, Micromanipulation and Medical Diagnostics; Colloid Sciences in the New Century." Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge in Olin Hall. Members of the engineering community are invited to attend.

The lectureship was established in 1988 by members of the chemical engineering class of 1962 and other friends to honor Prof. Julian C. Smith as "an inspiring teacher, respected author, and influential consultant." Smith retired in 1986 after having been a member of the chemical engineering faculty for 40 years.

Bailey elected Eno Fellow

Owen C. Bailey, a Ph.D. student in transportation engineering (CEE), has been selected by the Board of Regents of the Eno Transportation Foundation's Leadership Development Program to become an Eno Fellow. He will attend the 2000 Leadership Development Conference in Washington, DC, in May.

Effective teaching workshop for faculty and grads

The College of Engineering will be hosting an Effective College Teaching Workshop April 27 (8-4:30) and April 28 (8-noon) in McManus Lounge, 166 Hollister Hall. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Rebecca Brent, professors of engineering at North Carolina State University; both are nationally known engineering educators.

On Thursday, April 27, a continental breakfast will be followed by Session I: Preview of workshop; Learning and teaching styles; Planning a course. After lunch, Session II begins: Getting a course off to a good start; Assessment of learning; Effective lecturing; Crisis Clinic I.

On Friday, April 28, a continental breakfast will be followed by Session III: Active and cooperative learning; Crisis Clinic II; Open discussion; Wrap-up.

To register: Please e-mail Kim Stockton ( by Wednesday, April 19, to ensure a space at this valuable workshop. Interested faculty members should speak with their director or chair about resolving conflicts with teaching responsibilities, and graduate students should speak with their supervising faculty member.

For more information, contact Michael Kelley, Associate Dean for Professional Development, 5-0880, or Pat Spencer, Director of Instructional & Research Support/ENG, 4-1299.

College wins fellowships in nanoengineering

The U. S. Department of Education has awarded four graduate fellowships a year for three years to an interdisciplinary group of Cornell faculty to work in "Nanoengineering for Biological, Chemical and Materials Applications." The program is headed by Asst. Prof. Yuri Suzuki and Prof. Stephen Sass from Materials Science and Engineering. Other faculty participants include Shef Baker, Emmanuel Giannelis, George Malliaras, and Chris Ober from Materials Science and Engineering; Barbara Baird and Melissa Hines from Chemistry and Chemical Biology; Dan Ralph from Physics; and Harold Craighead from Applied and Engineering Physics.

These fellowships are funded through the Dept of Education's GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) program, as are the four fellowships announced in the last issue of Info Update in computational biology and bioremediation.

EGSA lecture series features CU Press editor

The Engineering Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce the next lecture in the on-going EGSA lecture series: Peter Prescott, Science Editor, Cornell University Press, will speak on "An Overview of Science and Technology Book Publishing" on Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. in B17 Upson. The lecture will be followed by dinner in Upson Lounge. Members of the engineering community are encouraged to attend.

For an abstract of Prescott's talk, for more information on this event, or for information on joining EGSA, contact an EGSA representative or or check out the EGSA Website at

The Broadband Revolution: CSE Conference Update

The CSE Conference starts tomorrow (April 13). Please note these late-breaking updates:

1. Overflow seating is available in B08 Sage Hall for the talk on Thursday night at 9 p.m. by Jeff Hawkins, the inventor of the Palm Pilot. His presentation will be broadcast live from Palo Alto.

2. There will be limited open seating in Barnes Hall on Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for presentations by Irwin Jacobs, Jack Scanlon, Jay Abbe, and Mike Malaga.

3. There will be plenty of seats available for the following presentations on Saturday morning in 101 Phillips Hall:

9:30 Business issues of the Broadband Revolution Michael Zak '75, General Partner, Charles River Ventures: "Lessons in Enterprise Formation - CIENA Corporation and Optical Networking"

10:30 AOL Case Mayo Stuntz ,'71 ME, chief operating officer, Interactive Services Group, America Online Inc.; Mario Vecchi, '69 EE, vice-president for broadband development, AOL: "New Technologies for the Next Generation of Services"

For a full agenda, please follow links to the conference at

Seeing is believing

The College of Engineering is in the process of creating the Cornell Engineering Research Image Bank, a Web-based collection of images that showcase the exciting research underway in our college. Images will be cataloged by research topic and identified with credits, key words, and short and long captions. The database will be searchable by key word, and images will be available in a variety of downloadable graphic formats. The image bank will be a valuable knowledge resource for media organizations, government agencies, and prospective students who want to SEE for themselves what's going on in the college's labs and research facilities. If you are interested in contributing pizzazzy images from your work, contact Carol Terrizzi in Engineering Communications and Media Relations at or 5-3981.

--Mike Isaacson, associate dean for research and graduate studies

ASCE chapter wins concrete canoe competition

The Cornell Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) won the concrete canoe competition for the upstate NY region held at Union College on Saturday, April 8, qualifying for the national competition in Golden, CO, to be held in June. The Big Red won "best design paper" and "best presentation," then went on to place first in the men's sprint and the men's long-distance races. The C4 team ("Cornell Concrete Canoe Company") also placed fourth in the women's sprint and third in the four-person co-ed race to attain an overall first in the composite competition.

Cornell Days continue

Reminder: Cornell Days will continue through April 20. During this period, the university --including the College of Engineering-- will be hosting prospective students. Having completed the selection process for the class of '04, the Engineering Admissions Office is delighted to report an excellent pool of candidates with selection even more competitive than last year. Let's welcome this superb group of students to campus and assist them in any way we can. A campus visit can be an important factor in a student's decision to choose Cornell. If "lost" students or parents ask you for directions or information, please send them to the Admissions Office in 102 Hollister Hall.

Dean's office welcomes new receptionist

Karen Nelson has joined the college staff as receptionist and administrative assistant to the Office of the Dean of Engineering. In addition to providing support to the dean's office, she will also provide support to Mark Spiro and John Benson. She can be reached at 5-4326. Nelson has over 15 years of experience in administrative support in the field of engineering; she worked previously at the Raymond Corporation. Please welcome her to the College of Engineering.

Get wired in to Cornell Engineering

Here's a great way to keep up with what's happening in the College of Engineering: set your web browser to open to the college's home page ( Every time you use the web, you'll see what's new. Here's how:

In Netscape, go to the "edit" menu and scroll down to "preferences." A dialog box will appear with a scroll bar menu on the left. In this dialog box, choose "Navigator" from the menu at left and select "home page" on the right. Type or paste in the "home page location" box. Click OK.

In Internet Explorer, go to the "edit" menu and scroll down to "preferences." A dialog box will appear with a scroll bar menu on the left. Select "Web Browser" then click on "Home/Search" from the list on the left. Type or paste in the Home Page "address" box and click OK.

(If you're using a different version or different browser, you may need to explore preferences to find the option for setting your home page.)

Make your web home to keep up with all the latest news on the E-Quad!

College seminars and colloquia, Apr 12-Apr 28

Apr 12, 4:30 p.m., Biophysics Colloquia, 700 Clark Hall Dr. Kurt Beam, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, Colorado State University: "Excitation-Contraction Coupling in Skeletal Muscle: A Mysterious Molecular Machine." Refreshments: 4:15 p.m., 700 Clark Hall

Apr 13, 4:15 p.m., CS Colloquium, B17 Upson Dan Rubenstein, U. Mass: "Fair Congestion Control for Large-Scale Continuous- Media Internet Sessions" Refreshments: 3:45 p.m., Upson 4th Floor Atrium

Apr 13, 4:30 p.m., Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall **Please note location, which is different from usual.** William G. Ohaus '49 Memorial Manufacturing Engineering Seminar Jay Walker '77 (ILR), founder of "Entreprenuership in Manufacturing"

Apr 18, 4:15 p.m., CS Colloquium, B14 Hollister Tuomas Sandholm, Washington University (St. Louis): "Leveled Commitment Contracts for Automated Negotiation: A Backtracking Instrument for Multiagent Systems" Refreshments: 3:45 p.m., Upson 4th Floor Atrium

Apr 18, 4:30 p.m., Geology Seminar, 1120 Snee Hall Nick Christie-Blick, Lamont: "Great Proterozoic Drawdowns! Origin of Kilometer- Deep Buried Canyons in South Australia" Refreshments: 4:00 p.m., Snee Hall Reading Room

Apr 19, 4:30 p.m., Biophysics Colloquia, 700 Clark Hall Dr. Ned Seeman, Dept of Chemistry, New York University: "DNA Nanotechnology." Refreshments: 4:15 p.m., 700 Clark Hall

Apr 20, 4:30 p.m., Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister William J. Hudson '56, BEE '57, retired vice chairman, AMP Inc.: "What Is the True Value of a Corporation: Is It Just the Stock Price?" Refreshments: 4:15 p.m., Hollister Hall lobby

Apr 20, 4:30 p.m., MSE Seminar, 140 Bard Hall Richard P. Vinci, Lehigh University: "Anelastic Contributions to the Behavior of Freestanding Al Thin Films" Refreshments: 4:00 p.m., Bard 260-Lounge

Apr 25, 4:30 p.m., Geology Seminar, 1120 Snee Hall Conrad Labandiera, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian: "The Generation of 'Associational Diversity' on Land: Insects and Plants During the Past 420 Million Years" Refreshments: 4:00 p.m., Snee Hall Reading Room

Apr 27, 4:30 p.m., Engineering Manufacturing Seminar, B14 Hollister Nayla Rizk '80 OR, director, high tech practice, Spencer Stuart "What an Exec Search Firm Looks For in Employees for High Tech and Manufacturing Jobs"

Apr 27, 4:30 p.m., MSE Seminar, 140 Bard Hall Shenda Baker, University of Massachusetts: "Manipulating Diblock Copolymers at Interfaces" Refreshments: 4:00 p.m., Bard 260-Lounge

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