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Volume 3, Issue 21
June 20, 2001

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Duffield construction begins this month

The Duffield Hall Management Team has completed the bid review for the project, and a team from the contractors, the McCarthy/Welliver McGuire Joint Venture, will be on site this week (week of June 18) to begin planning and scheduling of the work activities with the Duffield team. Their proposed immediate scope of work is available online at

Tree cutting on the Engineering Quad will begin the week of June 25.

We will update you on construction activities via the project mailing list, Duffield-L, as more definite schedules become available. (See announcement in this newsletter for joining the mailing list.)

Hubbell named Dean of Students

I am pleased to announce that Professor Kent Hubbell will be the next Elizabeth C. and Robert W. Staley Dean of Students.

Kent has a long and distinguished career as an architecture professor both at Cornell and the University of Michigan, and he has a strong commitment to improving undergraduate education. He is currently chairing the Fraternity and Sorority Residential Initiative Committee.

Kent received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell in 1969, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1973.

Kent's five-year appointment becomes effective on July 1, 2001. I am looking forward to Kent's joining us and his working with the deans and associate deans as we focus on improving undergraduate education.

--Susan Murphy, Vice President, Student and Academic Services

Jim Bucko joins staff as facilities director

Jim Bucko has accepted the position of Director of Facilities for the College of Engineering and joined our staff as of June 11. Jim comes to us from Maintenance Management at Cornell where he has been a Project Manager for the past 12 years. Jim has a wide range of experience, including coordinating facilities projects for the university, colleges and departments. Many of you may already know Jim from his work with Engineering on various facilities related projects. Please join us in welcoming him to the college.

ChE's Carland represents college in purchasing project

Sally Carland, Accounts Representative, School of Chemical Engineering, recently represented the College of Engineering in a Web Requisition Design Focus Group. The group's efforts have resulted in a new on-line process to make purchase requisitions via the web. This process allows end users of goods and services to submit on-line, regular and blanket purchase order requests, have them approved, and then queued to office administrators for upload into the Automated Procurement and Payment System (APPS).

The advantages of using the web form and web req include:
* easier entry of requisition by a casual end user
* more accurate information entered into APPS without
"guesswork" from the administrative personnel
* automated email status updates to the requestor
* reduction in processing time.

Visit the Purchasing department home page at for more information or contact Sally Carland at 255-2071.

--Himani Mewar, Director of Finance and Budget

Odysseus team places second in Marsport Competition

The Odysseus undergraduate space exploration research and design team took second place at the Marsport Engineering Student Design Competition at Kennedy Space Center in May. Prof. Michel Louge is faculty advisor; Paul Germain is the team leader.

The team spent two semesters working on both a conceptual and detailed design of a Marsport Cryogenics and Consumables station.

For more information, visit the team web site at

HEV team places fifth in FutureTruck competition

Cornell's Hybrid Electric Vehicle team placed 5th in the second annual FutureTruck competition and won a $1,000 award for Excellence in Renewable Fuels (which is based on the Greenhouse Gas Impact score and a separate paper prepared for this award). Prof. Bob Thomas is team advisor; Benjamin Starkey is the team leader.

The FutureTruck competitive events and testing took place June 4-11, 2001 at the General Motors Milford Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan. Following the weeklong competition, vehicles moved to a finish line ceremony and media event on June 13 at the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, DC. Later that day, vehicles were on display at the U.S. Capitol Building where Members of Congress met with the university teams. The FutureTruck awards ceremony was held that same evening at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.

For more information, visit the team web site at

Nanobiotech symposisum in NYC on Friday

A symposium, Nanobiotechnology: Interfacing Nanoscale Technology with Biological Systems sponsored by the Nanobiotechnology Center, will be held June 22, 2001, at the Weill Medical College in New York. Topics to be included in this meeting:
* Novel approaches to biomolecular separation.
* Chemical and physical patterning at the nano- and micro-scale.
* The challenges of integrating living systems into nano- * and micro-fabricated devices.
* Developing dynamic systems for studying biology in real-time.

For registration and other information, contact Lorraine Capogrossi at 254-5393,,

Graphic software developed by CU students is available

Tech Soft America (TSA), a leading provider of core graphics component technology to the CAD/CAM/CAE industry, announced last week their Program, which offers the full HOOPS 3D Product Suite to nonprofit research and educational institutions free of charge. The Program will provide students, educators and researchers access to the engineering software industry's most powerful and popular graphics development components.

According to Rob Mazeffa '92 CS, co-founder and member of technical staff at TSA, "HOOPS itself was originally developed by students at Cornell University.

For more information, visit

Reminder: Send student verification requests to registrar

It has come to my attention that a company attempted to get an enrollment/degree verification from the National Student Clearinghouse in the last couple days. The student they are requesting information for has chosen to restrict their information at Cornell. The Clearinghouse refused to give the information so the company called our office twice to obtain the information and was refused both times. The company then called the department the student was enrolled in and was given the information by the department from their internal records.

Would you remind your departments that enrollment/degree verifications must be handled by our office or the college registrar's office's only. Our offices use the student information system, which clearly indicates when a record has been restricted. I suspect this student filled out an application for employment and indicated they would be graduating and what the degree and major was - however, when a record is restricted, this information cannot be verified.

Departments should NOT be verifying enrollment or degrees.

Let me know if you have questions.

Thank you,

--Tracey L. Thompson, Assistant University Registrar

East B-lot closed for modifications until August 10

The east half of the B-lot will be closed from June 11 to August 10. Bus routes will continue as scheduled with all B-lot pick-ups/drop-offs at the SW shelter. The SE and central shelters will be closed during construction.

Construction includes removal of small islands, rebuilding of the pavement, new drainage and lighting.

Direct questions about this project to Project Manager Kim Martinson, 5-9342,

For the latest information, see

Display space available in Carpenter Hall

The display cases in Carpenter Hall, coordinated by the office of Engineering Communications and Media Relations (ECMR), are available to college groups -- students, faculty, and staff -- to showcase college events and activities. ECMR will work with you to develop the display, which will remain in place for two months.

Space in the East Stairwell case is available beginning December 2001; this display is changed at the first of each even-numbered month.

Space in the lobby case is available beginning January 2002; this display is changed at the first of each odd-numbered month).

If your group would like to schedule a display, please contact Marie Tischler, Assistant Director, ECMR, at 255-3981 or

Join Duffield-L to get construction news

Construction of the Duffield Hall project gets underway this month. If you want to keep up with construction news and announcements, please join the Duffield Hall mailing list.

To subscribe, send an e-mail message to:
Leave the subject line blank; in the body of the message put:
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This list will be the only official channel for immediate distribution of Duffield news; no additional special mailings will be distributed. So please take a moment now to subscribe to the list so you'll be informed.

Information Update summer schedule

Info Update will be published monthly over the summer, so you may want to take a look at your calendar and let us know well in advance if you have events and activities that you want to publicize. The next publication date is July 18, with the standard deadline of 5 p.m. the preceding Monday. We will resume our biweekly publishing schedule for the fall semester beginning August 15.

If you have information to be distributed to the college community, send it to Please try to keep your submissions to about 100 words or less, perhaps by referencing a web site for more information.

Archives are online and searchable at (

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.