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Volume 3, Issue 19
May 9, 2001

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Symposium, reception to honor Dean Hopcroft

On May 24, the College of Engineering will host a special program in honor of John Hopcroft, who is leaving the deanship on June 30. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the presentations and the reception that will follow.

The symposium begins at 9 a.m. in 155 Olin with a welcome by Cornell President Emeritus Frank H. T. Rhodes. Bell Labs Fellow Margaret Wright will give the morning address at 10 a.m.; Charles Lee '61, CEO of Verizon, will deliver the afternoon address at 4 p.m. Faculty panels will be presented throughout the day, and President Rhodes will deliver closing remarks at 5 p.m.

The reception will be held in the Memorial Room at Willard Straight Hall and features remarks by Prof. Steve Strogatz, TAM; Susannah Hobbs, Ph.D. '00, founding president of EGSA, and others.

The complete agenda is online at

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

CCMR announces upcoming polymer symposium

The 12th Annual Polymer Outreach Program (POP) Symposium and Short Course, sponsored by the Cornell Center for Materials Research, will be held May 21-23, 2001, here on Cornell's campus. The symposium is open and free to Cornell alumni, faculty, staff, and students; however, registration is required.

The symposium will feature presentations by researchers from industry as well as Cornell faculty and students on their latest research in the dynamic and rapidly growing area of polymers. The symposium will also feature the 2001 Aggarwal Lectures series, sponsored by the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. This year's speaker is Professor Mitsuo Sawamoto from Kyoto University in Japan. The Short Course will cover innovations in polymer synthesis and characterization.

For further information on registration and the program, please visit the CCMR POP Web site at

For additional information, please contact the administrative coordinator, Liane Cooper (

Looking for TA fellows

Are you an experienced graduate teaching assistant in Engineering? Would you like to share your experience as a TA and get paid for it? Applications are being sought for TA Fellows for the 2001- 2002 Engineering TA Development Program.

* Develop and co-facilitate workshops for in-coming TAs
* Learn more about innovative teaching methods
* Receive training in workshop facilitation
* Earn a stipend of $1,400+

The position requires approximately 8 hours per week in July, August, and September. Applicants should enjoy teaching, be enthusiastic, and highly motivated, and applicants must have completed the Engineering TA Training Program at Cornell.

Send a brief description of your teaching experience and a statement of your interest in the program to Office of Instructional & Research Support, by May 11, 2001.

Closing of Ward Center and nuclear reactor announced

The Cornell University administration has announced its decision to decommission the TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor and to phase out activities at the Ward Center for Nuclear Sciences, where the reactor is housed. The small, 500-kilowatt reactor has been used for research and teaching.

The decision, by Cornell President Hunter Rawlings and Provost Biddy Martin, will be forwarded to the Cornell Board of Trustees for approval. The action follows a Feb. 6 recommendation by a committee of the University Faculty Senate, composed of faculty from a variety of fields, that the reactor and center, located on campus, be closed. In March, a Faculty Senate vote overturned that recommendation and sent the matter to the administration for a final ruling.

For more information, please see the full text of this news release from the Cornell News Service at

EMPSL Standard April/May 2001 issue now online

The April/May 2001 issue of the EMPSL Standard from Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Libraries is now on the web at

Table of Contents includes: Books, National Science Digital Library, How to Find Journal Abbreviations, Heat Transfer Textbook online, Nature Magazine, Scientific American, and EMPSL People. The latest news on a Nature subscription (and other journal publishers) is at .html

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AA&D's Cordes joins Hotel School

Lisken Cordes, the university special gifts officer who has been located in Carpenter Hall working on engineering-related activities for the past five years, has been promoted to director of development for the Hotel School. Sara D'Aprix, who has worked with the college for the past couple of years out of the Brown Road location, will be relocated to Lisken's office in Carpenter Hall. Please join me in wishing Lisken good luck in her new job, and in welcoming Sara to the college community.

Marsha Pickens, Assistant Dean, Engineering Alumni Affairs & Development

Getting Duffield construction news

Preliminary activities to prepare for the Duffield Hall construction project will begin on the Engineering Quad immediately after Memorial Day, and construction will begin in earnest the week of June 11, following Alumni Reunion Weekend.

You can take steps now to ensure that you receive all announcements issued regarding the construction project and that you have e-mail and web addresses bookmarked for more information.

If you want to receive announcements regarding Duffield construction, please join the Duffield Hall mailing list. This list will be the only official channel for immediate distribution of Duffield information, so join today if you want to be informed.

To subscribe, send an e-mail message to:
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Throughout the duration of the project, please send any questions or concerns that you have about the project or the construction to this address:

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Information Update summer schedule

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