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Volume 3, Issue 10
December 20, 2000

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Admissions process for 2001 is underway!

The Engineering Admissions Office recently concluded the early decision process, beginning to build the class of engineering students who will enter the college as first-year students next fall. We are pleased to report that we had 434 Early Decision applicants, an increase of 28 percent, continuing the trend of high quality applicants. We are also pleased to note that 204 students -- 28 percent of next year's incoming engineering class -- were admitted, meaning that a substantial foundation of the class is now in place. The deadline for applications for regular admissions is January 1 and we will begin the selection process on January 2nd.

--Betsy East, Director, Engineering Admissions

Odysseus team chosen as finalist in Marsport competition

Cornell's Odysseus Space Exploration Research and Design Team was chosen as a finalist along with five other teams for the NASA Marsport Competition to design a cryogenics and consumables station for use on the surface of Mars. The Cornell group will present their final design in May to the head design engineers for the proposed Mars mission at Kennedy Space Center. Prof. Michel Louge, MAE, is advisor to the team. For more information, visit the Marsport web site ( and the Cornell team web site (

ABEN sophomore wins IBE poster competition

Kory Reed '03 ABEN won first place ($300) in the student poster competition at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Biological Engineering (IBE) in Seattle, Washington, on Oct. 11-12, 2000. His exhibit was entitled Antigen Specific Beads for Red Blood Cell Adhesion Studies.

College offers teaching workshops in January

The College of Engineering is pleased to offer two workshops on teaching enhancement in January 2001. Here's your chance to get a head start on your teaching skills before the spring semester starts!

1. Ideas for Teaching with the Web Tuesday, January 9th 9:30 AM - Noon Upson Computer Lab Through hands-on demonstrations, discover a variety of Web-based tools useful to enhance or supplement in-class teaching. Focus on choosing appropriate technologies to match specific teaching goals. Topics covered include course Web sites, animations, simulations, streaming media, on-line quizzes, student Web projects, and more. Learn how to design, facilitate, and manage on-line discussions with technology-based communication tools. Find out where to go at Cornell to get started using these resources in your own teaching. (Facilitators: Mike Tolomeo and Clare van den Blink, Academic Technology Center)

2. Teaching Effectiveness Workshop Tuesday, January 16th 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (breakfast and lunch provided) McManus Lounge, Hollister Through workshop presentations and discussions, improve your effectiveness as a teacher. Explore different learning styles and teaching strategies. Find out about active learning techniques: how they have been used in Engineering already and how to integrate them into your classroom. Focus on course planning, including developing syllabi, and evaluating student learning. Discover how to assess your own teaching, and where to go at Cornell to get feedback. (Facilitators: David Way and Susan Piliero, Center for Learning and Teaching)

Both courses are open to all engineering faculty members and graduate students. Faculty members are also encouraged to invite their course-affiliated TAs. Please RSVP to Susannah Hobbs ( to reserve a place or to request further information.

Grad research symposium planned for spring

Attention Graduate Students! The College of Engineering and EGSA are currently planning the first annual Engineering Graduate Research Symposium on campus this spring. The event will be held on Saturday, 31 March 2001, and will showcase graduate student research in both poster and oral presentation format. Abstract submissions should be written so as to be accessible to the general engineering audience. Accepted abstracts will be selected by a faculty program committee, and monetary prizes will be awarded to the best submissions. Stay tuned for more information and the call for abstracts in mid-January....

Engineering TA development workshops for spring

Calling all first-time and/or non-certified teaching assistants in the College of Engineering!

Here is your opportunity for networking with both new and seasoned teaching assistants prior to your first day in the classroom. An experienced group of graduate "TA Fellows" from a full-range of engineering fields will guide you through interactive workshops driven by actual case study from the College of Engineering. Our goal is to deliver a quality professional development opportunity that will assist you in your new role as teacher.

Need further motivation? The college would like to remind TAs and departments that all new and/or non-certified TAs must complete the College of Engineering TA Development Program OR the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program as a condition for receiving their TA salary. All new TAs (including those in the ITA Program) must attend the introductory session of the Engineering Program on Friday, January 19, 2001, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., beginning with registration in 155 Olin Hall. Rick Cleary, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in Engineering, will provide a welcome. A continental breakfast and mid-program luncheon will also be provided.

The full spring schedule is posted on the college web site at (Select "events, related sites" from the menu at right and choose Engineering TA Training Schedule from the list.) Any interested faculty members are also invited to participate in these opportunities.

--Pat Spencer, director, Office of Instructional & Research Support,

Duffield Hall featured in display, web site

Please be sure to stop by Day Hall in January; Engineering has reserved the display case for the month and will feature Duffield Hall. As an added bonus, we will also be the "featured site" on the Cornell homepage ( Be sure to check it out!

Where's the fall Engineering magazine?

Production of the fall issue of Cornell Engineering Magazine has been delayed as a result of staff changes in the office of Engineering Communications and Media Relations. We expect to distribute the issue on campus in January. Despite the delay, we think you'll find it worth waiting for! Features include: * an exploration of Prof. Paul Kintner's GPS research, * a peek over the shoulder of a Keck scholar in nanobiotechnology as he combines living and electronic systems, * a first-hand account of co-op experiences in real-world jobs, * and an "expose" of engineering alumni now "living a life of crime."

You'll also meet Terry Howley, whose volunteer projects in local elementary schools help children find their artist within, and Andrew McNiven, a scholar-athlete in ORIE who captains the men's varsity ice hockey team.

All this and much more -- Coming next month!

Rawlings praises Bruno biotechnology initiative

ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University President Hunter Rawlings Friday (Dec. 15, 2000) issued the following statement praising the announcement by state Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the Senate majority that they would be introducing a bold new plan to make New York state a leader in the emerging biotechnology industry:

"The entire Cornell community was thrilled yesterday by the news that Senator Bruno and his colleagues in the Senate majority had unveiled a comprehensive new program to stimulate the growth of life sciences industries in the state of New York. The proposed allocation of $150 million in state matching funds in support of basic research is an outstanding recognition of the vital partnership that must exist between the academic community and emerging businesses and industries in these fields. Their recommendations in support of biotech business development and targeted tax relief are similarly pathbreaking.

"As Senator Bruno recognizes, we are at the dawn of a revolution in the biological sciences. The discoveries being made today in university laboratories and commercial facilities will dramatically alter our understanding of these fields, and they hold out great promise for economic development across the state if we encourage these developments intelligently. Other states have already made significant commitments in this arena, and Senator Bruno's initiative, if adopted, will send a strong signal that New York state will take a leadership position in this most competitive but very exciting industry."

Info Update January schedule

Info Update will not be published on January 3, 2001; however, we will resume our regular biweekly publishing schedule on January 17.

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.