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Volume 3, Issue 3
September 13, 2000

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Kay to receive GSA award

The Geological Society of America has announced that it will present its Distinguished Service Award to Prof. Suzanne Mahlburg Kay, EAS, at the GSA Annual Meeting in Reno in November. This award recognizes individuals for exceptional service to the society.

Reminder: Fall Faculty Reception and Awards Ceremony

Engineering faculty members should have already received an invitation to the Fall Faculty Reception and Awards Ceremony to be held Sept 19, 4:30 p.m., in Rm B10, Biotechnology Building. Programs will be available at the event with an updated list of faculty awards and honors received for the period July 1999 through June 2000. Faculty members should RSVP to Karen Nelson, or 5-4326 by Sept 14.

Facilities director to join Boston firm

Beginning Sept 25, John Benson will be joining Flansburgh Associates Inc., a 100-person architecture and planning firm in Boston, started in 1963 by Cornell grad Earl Flansburgh. John will assume the role of director of planning, a position that includes leadership in providing services to institutions of higher education.

John has served as director of facilities for the college since 1996. During that time he has overseen and provided expertise on a significant number of facilities projects for the college.

Congratulations and best wishes to John as he begins this exciting new adventure.

Hobbs joins dean's office staff

Susannah Hobbs has joined the dean's office as a professional development associate. She will be working part-time for a year to assist in developing and implementing professional development- related programs for faculty, graduate students, and staff. Susannah will spend time working from two offices, 252 Carpenter Hall and 146 Olin Hall.

Several of the items Susannah will first focus on are: Assisting Assoc. Dean Mike Kelley in developing and instituting an ongoing faculty leadership development program. Working with EGSA on a college-wide graduate student research display/presentation event. Assisting Mike Hayes in the new Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education on developing materials to assist fields in providing graduate student appointment letters and in developing training for graduate field assistants. Advising on and facilitating the next step of safe haven training for graduate students, staff, and faculty.

Susannah came to Cornell in 1996, completed her M.Eng. in 1998 and her Ph.D. in August, both in civil and environmental engineering. We are delighted to have her joining our staff.

--Cathy Long, Assistant Dean, Engineering Administration, Planning and Facilities

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.

Homecoming 2000 tailgate party

Members of the engineering community are invited to attend the college's tailgate party at Homecoming 2000 on Saturday, Sept 23, at 12:30 on Kite Hill in back of the stadium. Cornell Society of Engineers board members and other alumni will be there, too. Look for the college banner and we'll see you there!

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

Information Science Works-in-Progress seminars

Information science is a rapidly growing area at Cornell. A variety of projects in areas such as digital libraries, web information systems, and electronic publishing are currently being undertaken in colleges and units throughout the university. The Information Science Works in Progress seminar will provide an ongoing vehicle for sharing and dissemination of information about these projects and explore common interests. These are informal presentations with the emphasis on "works in progress" rather than work completed. All seminars will take place in 5126 Upson from 3 to 4 p.m. Upcoming presentations:

Date: September 21 Topic: Evaluation of Nomadic Computing in Teaching Experiments Presenter: Assoc. Prof. Geri Gay, Human Computer Interaction Group

Date: October 5 Topic: National Science Digital Library Presenter: Prof. Bill Arms, Computer Science

ECP announces student prize winners

The Engineering Communications Program (ECP) is pleased to announce the winners of annual student prizes for excellence in communications for 1999-2000:

The Roger K. Berman '70 EE Prize for Oral Presentation was established in 1993 by Roger's widow, Alice, to honor her late husband's memory and to recognize students who develop superior oral presentation skills through the ECP. Each winner receives $125. Winners are: Daniel Bakken '01 ChE, Martha Delcampo '00 CE, Lisa Joslin '01 ABEN, David Wei Feng Li '02 EE, and Ben Greenblatt '00 EE

The Thomas S. Foulkes '52ME Prize for Collaborative Communications recognizes superior student teamwork on an Engineering Communications project. Funding is provided by the Adelphic Cornell Education Fund, with the support of alumnus Robert Maroney '72 EE. This year's prize is $200 per team member. Winners are: Mark A. Golkowski '02 EE and Troy Alan Zezula '01 CE, for their project: "The Role of the Submarine in Naval Warfare" and Babak Farhad '00 CE, Christopher Wendell '00 CS, Erin Diann Russell '00 CE, and Kimberly Anne Virtanen '00 ABEN, for their project: "Ben & Jerry's as a Socially Responsible Company"

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