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Volume 2, Issue 8
December 8, 1999

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Invitation to the synchrotron 20th anniversary symposium

CESR/CLEO/CHESS will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a symposium on Friday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Proscenium Theatre at the Center for Theatre Arts. Speakers from Cornell and elsewhere will talk about the early days, the accomplishments of the last 20 years, and the prospects for the future --in accelerator physics, in e+e- physics at the b-quark threshold, and in x-ray science. At 3:30 p.m. there will be a panel discussion on "Basic Science and Society." Panelists include Congressman J ames T. Walsh (R-NY), Marvin Cassman, director of the National Institute for General Medical Sciences of the NIH, Jack Lightbody of the physics division of the NSF, and Cornell Provost Don Randel. The event is free and open to anyone interested in particle physics and accelerator and x-ray science.

George elected Fellow of AIAA

Albert R. George, the John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected to the grade of Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. AIAA Fellows are persons of distinction who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or technology of aeronautics or astronautics. As part of this honor, Prof. George will be recognized at the Honors Night Banquet held in conjunction with the Global Air & Space 2000 International Business Forum and Exhibition, May 10-12, 2000, in Arlington, VA.

Faculty committee explores bioengineering program

Dean John Hopcroft has formed a Bioengineering Steering Committee comprising faculty members from across campus to explore options for developing the bioengineering program. Committee members include Michael Shuler, chair (ChE), Ronald Hoy (Neurobiology and Behavior), Rick Cerione (Molecular Medicine and Chemical Biology), Carlo Montemagno (ABEN), Karl Niklas (Plant Biology), David Shalloway (Molecular Biology and Genetics), Harold Craighead (AEP), James Thorp (EE), Marjolein van der Meulen (MAE), James Gossett (CEE), and Michael Isaacson (AEP). The committee is charged to define the areas in which the bioengineering program should position itself, consider how bioengineering should be taught at Cornell, recommend an appropriate structure for the bioengineering program that meshes with the research and curricular foci, and identify potential fundraising opportunities.

CSE spring conference: The Broadband Revolution

Save the Date: April 14-15, 2000. The annual Cornell Society of Engineers conference this year is going to be more exciting than ever. Focusing on the topic of The Broadband Revolution, speakers will include Irwin Jacobs, founder of Qualcomm; Jack Scanlon, co-founder of Global Crossing; Mayo Stuntz, CEO of AOL; Ken Goldman, CFO of Excite@home; and others. All sessions will be open to faculty and students. There will be the annual awards banquet on Friday night, with the undergraduate research poster session. More details to follow.

--Marsha Pickens, Assistant Dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development,

Important reminder concerning 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 who are considering retirement should take this change in the phased-retirement program into account when making retirement plans.

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 The policy is also available on the web at: To further explore phased retirement or proceed with executing a phased-retirement agreement, faculty should talk to their department director or chair.

*Please see policy for qualification exceptions.

Need a speaker for your class?

We run a program of alumni speakers for engineering classes, and the faculty who have participated have, for the most part, been pleased with having these "voices from the real world" participate. If you have a class that would lend itself to having an outside speaker and you would like our help, please let us know what topics you would like to have covered, and we will work with you to place an alum in your class.

--Marsha Pickens, Assistant Dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development,

Cornell RoboCup team to play CMU at the Smithsonian

Cornell's defending world champion robot soccer team will face off against a team from Carnegie Mellon University at the Smithsonian Institution's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation on December 11. The teams will play two sets, at 1:30 and at 2:30. Carnegie Mellon was the dominant U.S. force in international robot soccer tournaments until Big Red, with Asst. Prof. Raff D'Andrea, MAE, as faculty advisor, swept the competition last summer in its first appearance at the international match. The Smithsonian event marks the first time that robot soccer teams have played each other in the U.S. and the first time the two U.S. teams have met head to head. The program is free and open to the public. Go Big Red!

For more information, check the December event calendar at the Lemelson Center,

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Fundraising for Duffield Hall is back on track

Fundraising for the Duffield Hall project has gotten back on track with the approval of the schematic designs. Vice President Inge Reichenbach has appointed a project team leader, Kathy Loehr Balada. The first meeting of the regrouped team was held last week, and solicitation strategies are being planned, with the development of naming opportunities being the first step. The fundraising feasibility study indicates that there are sufficient prospects among individuals, corporations, and foundations to meet the $53.5 million goal. The fundraising team includes Marsha Pickens and Jennifer Shea from the college, as well as their colleagues from the university development office. They would like to thank faculty members who have met with visiting prospects in the past, especially academic project leader, Clif Pollock. This kind of activity will increase as the fundraising campaign gets into high gear.

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