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Volume 2, Issue 20
June 14, 2000

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Preliminary biomedical proposal is successful

I am happy to report that our preliminary proposal to the Whitaker Foundation for a Leadership-Development Award to establish a new school of biomedical engineering was positively reviewed. Cornell has been invited to submit a full proposal due August 15, 2000.

--John Hopcroft, Dean of Engineering

New endowed chair established in Engineering

The BP Amoco Chair in Honor of H. Laurance Fuller has been established by H. Laurance Fuller '60 BchE '61. In announcing the endowment, Fuller said, "I had the good fortune to receive a superb undergraduate education in Chemical Engineering at Cornell." He explained that the intention of establishing the chair was to enable the school to further extend its performance and reputation to the very highest level. The first holder of the chair has not yet been named.

July 1 deadline for faculty phased retirement

Beginning July 1, 2000, the university phased retirement program for faculty will no longer be available to those who are 71 years of age or older. Faculty members who are considering retirement should take this change in the phased retirement program into account when making retirement plans. If you are 71 years of age or older and are considering phased retirement, please contact your department director or chair immediately, as you must have an approved phased retirement agreement in place before July 1, 2000.

Phased retirement allows faculty to transition to full retirement by reducing their effort while continuing some benefits, such as retirement contributions, at the full-time equivalent rate. If you are considering retirement, have questions about the phased retirement program, or would like to obtain copies of the documents describing the benefits and eligibility requirements, please contact Debbie Philip at 5-6050 or

Memorial service planned for Weiss

Lionel Weiss, Professor Emeritus in the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, died suddenly on May 23. He was 76 years old. His death is a huge loss and comes as a shock because Lionel always seemed to have twice as much energy and vitality as anyone else.

A memorial service is being planned with the family for August 27, 2000 at 3 PM. For further details, contact the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering by phone 607 255-4856, e-mail or consult our web site,

--Sidney Resnick, Director School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering

(Editor's note: Read the full report of Prof. Weiss's career in the June 8 Cornell Chronicle,

Utilities project affects vehicle and ped traffic

The Campus and Hoy Road utilities replacement project will relocate steam, chilled water, and potable water on Hoy Road, Campus Road, and the Engineering Quad.

Campus Road will be closed between Hoy Road and East Avenue from June 12 to August 15. Pedestrian traffic will be affected on the Engineering Quad from June 12 to October 10. Additional information describing the scope and schedule will be posted in all buildings adjacent to the projects.

For information on construction and road closings this summer, see

FutureTruck awards to be broadcast live via the Web

The FutureTruck 2000 project, sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy, brings together Cornell and 14 other top engineering schools to create greener vehicles. Each team is taking a brand new Chevy Suburban SUV and re-engineering it for maximum fuel efficiency and minimum greenhouse gas impact.

The competition and judging began at GM Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, AZ, on June 8. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 10 pm (EDT) on Thursday, June 15, and will be Webcast live from the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix. Bill Nye '77 ME, the well-known television science program host, will serve as master of ceremonies.

This first-of-its-kind presentation is made possible through Internet broadcasting solutions and tools provided by the newest major sponsor of FutureTruck 2000--Yahoo Inc. The live Webcast can be reached at

If you plan to tune in on Thursday evening, you may want to visit the Web site earlier to check compatibility and download the appropriate software if needed.

Engineering Library announces summer workshops

The Engineering Library will offer the following workshops this summer. All classes are hands-on and will take place in the ACCEL Blue Room on the second floor of the library in Carpenter Hall. Complete descriptions are at

Searching the New Cornell Library Catalog The library is getting a new web-based catalog on June 26. Come learn how to use it! Wednesday, June 28, 2:30-4:00 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2:30-4:00 pm (Repeated) Please register for this class with Jill Powell,

Using Endnote to Manage Bibliographic Citations Friday, June 30, 2:30-4:00 pm Please register for this class with Jill Powell,

Introduction to Library Research: Finding Electronic Journals, Patents, Standards, and Technical Reports Thursday, July 6, 2:30-4:00 pm Please register with Marianne Hansen,

HTML Intro: Creating a Web Page You will design a web page with graphics, lists, links, and tables. Thursday, July 27, 2:30-4:00 pm Please register with Marianne Hansen,

Information Update summer schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Info Update is published monthly over the summer, so you may want to take a look at your calendar for the summer and let us know well in advance if you have events and activities that you want to publicize. The next issue will be distributed on July 12, with the standard deadline of 5 p.m. the preceding Monday. We will resume our biweekly publishing schedule for the fall semester beginning August 16.

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.