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Volume 3, Issue 15
March 14, 2001

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Update from the Provost on dean search

The following message was recently forwarded to members of the engineering faculty from Provost Biddy Martin:

March 8, 2001

Dear Members of the Engineering Faculty:

Last Friday I wrote you to let you know we would announce the short list of candidates for the deanship this past Monday. Unfortunately, two candidates contacted us at the beginning of the week to let us know that they were withdrawing their candidacy. One of our external candidates was offered the deanship at his home institution almost immediately after he informed the provost that he was a candidate for the position at Cornell. One of our internal candidates has decided that his research commitments make it impossible for him to serve a term as dean at this point. Our list of finalists now includes: Alice Agogino, UC-Berkeley; Daniel Hastings, MIT; Sid Leibovich, Cornell; Larry McIntyre, Rice; and, Clif Pollock, Cornell. Information about the candidates and the on-campus interview schedules will be available on the Dean Search Web Site later today or tomorrow.

The campus visits will begin after Spring break and extend into April. We have planned a number of different ways for faculty, students, staff, other deans, and alumni to meet and get to know the candidates. Your participation in the interviews is essential, not only so you can form an opinion about the candidates but also because you are critical to our efforts to recruit the best candidate for the job. The members of the search committee and I request that you send us your comments about the candidates after each visit and/or after all the candidates have gone through the interview process. You can send your letters by email to the Engineering search special mailbox which is a secure mailbox for my access only, eng_dean_search, and I will ensure that committee members receive your letters. Your input will be kept confidential. You should also feel free to write directly to me and to ask that your letter be read only by me.

Please feel free to let me or members of the search committee know if you have any questions about the process. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely, Biddy Biddy Martin, Provost Cornell University 300 Day Hall Ithaca, New York 14853 (607) 255-2364

Career award for Malliaras

Asst. Prof. George Malliaras, MSE, has received a Faculty Early Career Development Program grant from the National Science Foundation. The value of the NSF Career grant is $450,000 over five years.

Malliaras's previous research involved optoelectronic properties and device applications of polymers and small organic molecules. With the NSF grant, he will develop a research and education program in the area of organic semiconductor interfaces. The program, he believes, will advance fundamental understanding of organic interfaces and will provide a unique environment to prepare students for careers in the rapidly growing area of organic optoelectronics.

Math Sciences seminar seeking student speakers

The Mathematical Sciences Graduate Student Seminar Series (co-sponsored by CAM and IGERT) is seeking students to speak about their work. Information about this seminar series can be found at the following URL:

There are three open dates that need to be filled (see below). Contact Mason Porter ( if you are interested in speaking.

Upcoming schedule: Mar 29: Eric Phipps, CAM Apr 5: open Apr 12: Sam Browning, Chemical Engineering Apr 19: open Apr 26: "Quantum Chaos in Vibrating Billiard Systems", Mason Porter, CAM May 3: open

Conference: Creating Successful Technology-Based Businesses

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any of the sessions of the upcoming CSE (Cornell Society of Engineers) conference, April 5-7, entitled "Creating Successful Technology-Based Businesses." There is no cost for attending the sessions, but we do need to have you register. The program and registration can be accessed on the web at

This will be a great program, featuring a showcase of technology on Friday afternoon, with engineering faculty members and graduate students.

Any questions? Call Jeanne Subialka at 5-9920, jms20, or Marsha Pickens at 5-6094, mp26.

Galvin, Thompson to speak at manufacturing seminars

The Engineering Manufacturing Seminar (MAE 584, ORIE 894), sponsored by the Cornell Society of Engineers, is scheduled for Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in B17 Upson Hall with refreshments at 4:15 in Upson Lounge. The lectures are free and open to the public. Upcoming speakers are:

Thursday, March 8, 2001 Greg Galvin, PhD '84 MSE, MBA '93, president and CEO, Calient Optical Components "Micromachining and Micromanufacturing"

Thursday, March 15, 2001 Jack M. Thompson '73 ME, M.Eng. '74, senior design engineer, General Tool "Friction Stir Welding of the Space Shuttle Main Tank"

Thursday, March 22, 2001 Spring Break -- no classes

Dragon Day 2001: road closure, T-shirts

The annual Dragon Day Parade will be Thursday, March 15, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Vehicular access to central campus will be restricted and bus routes may be delayed or rerouted.

The Dragon route will be: - Leave Rand Hall around 1:00pm - Travel east on University Ave. - Turn right (south) on East Ave. - Turn right (west) on Campus Rd. - Turn right (north) on South Central walkway through Ho Plaza. - Enter the Arts Quad between Uris and Olin Libraries. - Proceed to the burn site on the south side of Sibley Hall.

The Cornell Police and Environmental Health & Safety ask the community to enjoy the festivities in a safe fashion. Please don't engage in behavior that might result in injury to yourself or others.

A map of the planned route can be seen at:

ALSO: The Phoenix Society will be selling Dragon Day t-shirts on the Engineering Quad today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is only $10. It's a great way to show your Engineering pride on Dragon Day!

McNiven '01 OR leads hockey team to Lake Placid

Congratulations to the Big Red men's varsity ice hockey team on defeating Princeton in the first round of playoffs last weekend. Led by one of Engineering's own, tri-captain Andrew McNiven '01 OR, Big Red will now advance to the semifinal round of the ECAC tournament, facing off against Harvard on Friday at 4 p.m. at the Olympic Arena in Lake Placid.

Panel explores new models of scholarly communication

Cornell University Library will host a panel presentation titled "Jumping Off the Page: New Models in Scholarly Communications" on Monday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

Moderated by university librarian Sarah Thomas, the panel will include Charles E. Phelps, provost of the University of Rochester; Janet H. Fisher, associate director for journals publishing at MIT Press; and Eberhard Bodenschatz, associate professor of physics at Cornell. The panelists will present their perspectives on the problems facing the paper-journal-based scholarly communications process and on the prospects for alternative approaches made possible by digital technologies.

For more information, please contact Martin Kurth at 255-6112 or

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