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Volume 3, Issue 2
August 30, 2000

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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:

Dear Members of the Engineering Faculty: I am writing to bring you up to date on the search for a new dean of Engineering. Thank you for the thoughtful messages you sent me over the summer about possible search committee members. I have now sent a list of fifteen faculty members to Charles Walcott, Chair of the Faculty Senate's Nominations and Elections Committee. Charlie expects that the committee will hold its first meeting during the first week of classes and has assured me that its members will act quickly to review and, if they wish, to add to the list of potential search committee members. I will make a final decision on the composition of the committee as soon as I have received feedback from Charlie and will constitute the final group right away. I expect that the committee will be in place and ready to begin its work sometime in the first two weeks of September. Please feel free to write in the meantime with any questions or suggestions you might have. I look forward to working with all of you on this extremely important search.


Biddy Martin, Provost

Hawkins to present entrepreneur lecture

Jeff Hawkins EE '79 and inventor of the PalmPilot has been named Cornell's Entrepreneur of the Year. The founder of Palm Computing and co-founder of Handspring, Hawkins will present the Entrepreneur of the Year 2000 Address on Sept 22 at 4 PM. in the Statler Auditorium. The event is free and open; all engineering students, staff, and faculty members are encouraged to attend.

Ober in the national news

From "Cornell in the National News," which is a newsletter from Vice Provost for University Relations Henrik N. Dullea offering a sampling of recent news stories about Cornell, we have this item:

"Professor Christopher Ober of Materials Science and Engineering describes the 'quiet revolution being brought about by the ability to manipulate materials, atom by atom,' in a science article in USA Today Aug. 15. Scientists are producing new super-durable plastic transistors, lasers and flat-panel displays."

(If you would like to subscribe to CU_NATIONAL_NEWS-L, send the following command to -- SUBSCRIBE CU_NATIONAL_NEWS-L Firstname Lastname -- but substitute your real name for Firstname Lastname.)

Reach engineering undergrads through The Sundial

The Sundial is a weekly electronic newsletter sent to all engineering undergraduates on Thursdays during the academic year. If you have an engineering event, announcement, or deadline you'd like undergraduates to know about, e-mail your text (please be brief) to Fran Shumway at ( by Wednesday at noon to make the Thursday edition.

The current edition is also now available online at

SPOOF event to feature student teams and organizations

SPOOF -- Student Projects & Organizations Outreach Fair -- will be held on Monday, Sept 11, 1-4 PM, on the Engineering Quad. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to stop in for goodies and high energy demos at this college-wide celebration and recognition of student teams and organizations. Information about how to get involved in these activities will also be available.

For more information about SPOOF, contact Regina Clewlow, chair, Engineering Student Leadership Council ( or Debra Guisado, Asst. to the Dean (

ECMR assistant director to join digital library project

Carol Terrizzi, assistant director of Engineering Communications and Media Relations, has accepted a position with the NSF National Science Digital Library Project at Cornell under the direction of Prof. William Arms, CS. As communication director she will establish and coordinate a communication program for the users of the library, the NSDL university collaborators, content providers, government agencies, and Cornell participants. She will also provide direction on aspects of project interface design and content.

Carol joined the college staff in 1998, but she's been a member of the engineering team since 1995, when she accepted a freelance assignment to become founding art director of Cornell Engineering Magazine. As a staff member, in addition to her responsibilities on the magazine, she also designed (and continued to improve) the current engineering college web site; she created the eye-catching exhibits in Carpenter Hall; and she was much sought-after as a participant in college projects and event-planning committees for her energy and creativity.

Congratulations and best wishes to Carol on this exciting opportunity!

Aks to join Engineering AA&D

I'm pleased to announce that Kate Aks will be joining our team as my administrative assistant starting Tuesday, Sept 5. Kate comes to us from the San Francisco area where she had been an account manager for JLM Consulting, the manager of Caledonia Kitchen in Sausalito, and the office manager for a lawyer since her graduation from Sarah Lawrence in 1991. A Buffalo native, she has come to Ithaca with her husband, Alan, a new JGSM student. In addition to her administrative experience, she is an artist and a gourmet cook! Please help welcome her to the College of Engineering.

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

Duffield EIS submitted to city board

The Duffield Hall draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted to the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board on August 7, 2000. The board will review the draft to determine whether it adequately meets the approved scope. As soon as the adequacy determination is made (which will probably be late September due to vacations and scheduling conflicts among board members), the document will be made available to the public for review. The Planning and Development Board will also schedule a special public meeting sometime in October to receive comments on the draft EIS and the site plan for Duffield Hall and the quadrangle reconfiguration.

When the adequacy determination is made, the draft EIS will be posted on the Duffield web site ( In the meantime, check out Frequently Asked Questions on the site ( for more information.

How will Duffield construction affect you?

The Duffield Hall Internal Communications Advisory Committee (ICAC) is developing a communications plan to keep members of the engineering community informed of construction activities at the Duffield site and to provide avenues for community members to ask questions, offer feedback, and get information about the project. Ideas under consideration range from posters and fliers, bulletin boards, and print media announcements to electronic mailing lists, web sites, and personal presentations. We are looking at a wide range of communication tools in an effort to reach every interested member of the community. We will begin implementing these tools as soon as possible so that community members can anticipate how and when their events and activities will be affected and will have time to plan alternatives as necessary.

We will continue to use this newsletter to keep you informed both of construction activities and of additional information resources as they are developed.

As part of this information effort, the Duffield Hall management team is offering to make a personal presentation about the project to interested engineering departments or organizations. Please contact Duffield project manager Bob Stundtner at 255-5381 or to schedule a time.

--Barbara Cain, committee chair

Note to grad students on IU distribution

We are still unable to obtain an updated list of engineering grad student e-mail addresses for distributing Information Update. So once again this issue has been distributed to the 99-00 list. We do expect to obtain a current list, but meanwhile, if you are no longer at Cornell and would like to be removed from the distribution, please feel free to let us know (

If you have graduated but would like to continue to receive this newsletter, please let us know that as well. We can move you from the grad student list to an individual request list.

--Barbara Cain, director, Engineering Communications and Media Relations

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.