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Volume 2, Issue 6
November 10, 1999


In this issue:


Psiaki receives AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics best paper award

Prof. Mark L. Psiaki, MAE, was recently selected to receive the best paper award for the 1998 AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, which took place in Boston in August 1998. Selected from among 75 papers presented at the conference, the award-winning manuscript was entitled "Autonomous Orbit Determination for Two Spacecraft from Relative Position Measurements." It analyzes a novel system concept for estimating the absolute orbits and positions of two spacecraft using only a time series of measurements of the relative position vector from one spacecraft to the other.


Biophysics seminar features Rockefeller's Tom Muir

Dr. Tom Muir from the chemistry department at Rockefeller University will be the featured speaker at the Biophysics Seminar on Wednesday, November 10, at 4:30 p.m. in 700 Clark Hall. Dr. Muir will speak on "Expressed Protein Ligation: A new tool for studying protein structure and function." (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m.)


WES geotech director to deliver Schiffman lecture

Dr. W. F. Marcuson III, director of the Geotechnical Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Miss., will deliver the Robert L. Schiffman '44 Lecture on Thursday, November 11, at 4:30 p.m. in 255 Olin Hall. Dr. Marcuson will speak on "Soil Mechanics and U.S. National Defense: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship." (Refreshments at 4:00 p.m.)


Lim selected for Whitney writing prize

Wei Shyan Lim '01 CE has won the 1998-99 Douglas Whitney Prize for writing excellence in engineering communications. Each year, instructors of ENGRC350 select the best papers from their sections for this competition. Whitney, a Cornell engineering alumnus and practicing lawyer, selects the winner(s) from this group. In his letter, Whitney calls Lim's project on Intelligent Transportation Systems "one of the best papers I have reviewed for the Whitney prize competition over the years." The prize includes a cash award of $1,000.


Duffield model to be on display

Later this month --probably by the end of next week-- a model of the proposed Duffield Hall, with an accompanying description of its architectural features, will be on display for a limited time in the Engineering Library. Interested members of the engineering community are invited to stop in for a look.


Be sure to read your benefits package

Have you looked at the VERY large packet that you received regarding Benefits Open Enrollment? Although the package may seem overwhelming, it's critical that everyone read the materials, as this year there are actions that employees MUST take for continuation of certain benefits. The Open Enrollment period ends December 10. If you have questions, please contact the Benefit Services Office at 5-3936, or attend one of the following:

Friday, November 12 Benefit presentations in B09 Sage Hall 1:30-3:00 p.m. Health and Life Insurance Presentations 3:00-4:00 p.m. Dental Insurance and Select Benefits

Wednesday, September 17 12:00-3:00 p.m. Engineering Benefit Information Table McManus Lounge, Hollister Hall (Staff from Benefits Services will be there to answer your questions and to help you with the open enrollment process. Private consultations available.)


Fall issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine

The fall issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine will be available in early December. Articles feature research by Carlo Montemagno, ABEN; the Cornell LeaderShape Institute; a kindergarten outreach project by emeritus professors Sam Linke and Chuck Wharton, EE; and an introduction of Prof. Tim Healey, new associate dean for undergraduate programs. We also cover news briefs and items of interest from around the engineering quad -- meet the place kicker for the Big Red football team, John McCombs '00 ORE; learn about the newest student team on the quad: BRAIN; take a reunion row with the 1949 crew team; get down and dirty on a mastodon dig. Copies of the magazine are distributed to the engineering community and will also be available in the magazine racks in the lobby of the Engineering Library.


Looking for a few good photo ops

As the end of the semester approaches, many classes will be scheduling tests and demonstrations of final projects. Please keep in mind: the Office of Engineering Communications and Media Relations is always looking for photo opportunities. We have many uses for photos of students engaged in active, hands-on projects--such as publication in Cornell Engineering Magazine, the engineering web site, college promotional brochures, posters, and displays. If you are planning a classroom or lab activity that would provide an interesting or unusual visual setting--of students working together on a project, for example, or demonstrating their individual projects--please let us know. Call Carol Terrizzi at 255-3981 . We need about a week's notice to schedule a photographer.


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