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Volume 3, Issue 5
October 11, 2000

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NRC announces associates programs

Researchers and graduate students, please note: The National Research Council is pleased to announce the Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs for 2001. Application materials and additional information regarding the programs, laboratories and their locations, and areas of research can be found their Web site ( Prospective applicants are invited to contact the NRC directly if additional assistance is required. E-mail; write Associateship Programs - TJ 2114, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20418; phone: 202-334-2760; fax 202-334-2759

ORISE offers research opportunities

Hands-on research opportunities in state-of-the-art national laboratories across the country as well as tuition funding are available to students and faculty through the science and engineering education programs administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). ORISE administers approximately 100 internship, fellowship, scholarship, and research participation programs for multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Environmental Protection Agency. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the ORISE Educational Opportunities Web page (

CAM/IGERT seminar series announced

Starting this semester, there is a new CAM/IGERT graduate student seminar series. It takes place Thursdays at 4 p.m. in 655 Rhodes Hall with refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in 657 Rhodes. The URL describing these talks as well as the purpose behind them is Upcoming seminars include:

Oct 12: Duncan Calloway, TAM, "Network robustness and fragility: Percolation on random graphs"

Oct 26: Debra Goldberg, CAM

Two more volunteers are needed for this semester and plenty of volunteers are needed for next semester. Contact Mason Porter ( to volunteer to talk or to obtain more information about this seminar series.

Whitt to deliver Fulkerson lectures

The School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering announces the D.R. Fulkerson Lecture Series for fall 2000 presented by Dr. Ward Whitt, AT&T Fellow, AT&T Labs-Research. His lectures will be as follows:

"Experiencing Statistical Regularity" Monday, Oct 16, 4:30 p.m., B17 Upson

"The Distance Between Two Stochastic Processes" Tuesday, Oct 17, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson

"Heavy-Traffic Limits for Stochastic Fluid Networks" Wednesday, Oct 18 (joint with Statistical Sciences), 3:30 p.m., 251 Malott Hall

Dr. Whitt holds a 1969 Ph.D. from the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell and an undergraduate A.B. degree from Dartmouth. For more information, visit his web page (

ORIE in the news

Prof. John Muckstadt, the Acheson-Laibe Professor of Business Management and Leadership Studies in ORIE, has been cited in an August 14 Fortune Magazine article on America's Elite Factories for helping to rejuvenate the Aeroquip Group and for initiating and executing "...what later became known as the Cornigan process, a contraction of "Cornell" and "Michigan". The article can be accessed on the Web at oc

Mark Eisner, associate director of ORIE, was cited in the July 31 Hudson Valley Business Journal for giving an overview of e-business developments and implications at a meeting hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Orange County Partnership. The goal of the meeting was to facilitate discussion among educational institutions, government agencies, and private businesses on how they can work collectively to take advantage of the opportunities and challenges posed by the rapidly expanding use of the Internet and the e-economy.

Is the Java book you need checked-out? Try ebooks

The Cornell University Library offers access to NetLibrary, a collection of some 1500 electronic books, accessible from the Engineering Library homepage. Now we have a 30-day trial subscription (good until November 2) to EarthWeb's ITKnowledge Academic, another eBook publisher of full-text books in the information technology field, including computer manuals and source code on such topics as Java and Perl (

Unlike NetLibrary, there are no restrictions on the number of simultaneous readers of any given book with ITKnowledge. These high-use books are often checked out of the library.

Let us know if you like this service! Send comments to Engineering Library Director John Saylor (

Cornell Fund, ACCEL partner for participation

The Cornell Fund's Paid Student Phonathon Program has partnered with ACCEL (the Academic Computing Center in the Engineering Library) to share the Blue Room (104 Carpenter Hall) in the Engineering Library. The Cornell Fund has provided eight additional computer stations that ACCEL will use during the day for instruction and training. The Cornell Fund phonathon program will use the facility Sunday through Thursday nights throughout the academic year.

Students in the phonathon program make calls to keep Cornell Alumni connected to the university, educate them about the importance of annual alumni giving, and ask for their support to the Cornell Fund. Money raised helps support annual financial needs of the university such as financial aid, faculty programs and support, library acquisitions, laboratory equipment, and general operating expenses. Visit the alumni Web site for more information about the Cornell Fund (

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

Duffield Hall Update and Information Sessions

A copy of the draft Environmental Impact Statement is now available in the Carpenter Hall Engineering Library for your review. It is also available online (

Two more community information sessions are scheduled during which project team members will provide updates on topics including construction plans, estimated timetables, traffic, and quad renovations. These details are not final, and feedback from community members is important during this stage to ensure concerns are noted and resolved.

In addition to learning more about the new building and quad plans, you are encouraged to attend one of the sessions if you are responsible for classroom and class scheduling, event planning, and/or assisting students.

Friday, Oct 13, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Phillips Hall Lounge (Rm 231) Thursday, Oct 26, 2:30-4:00 p.m., 310 Rhodes

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.