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Volume 3, Issue 9
December 6, 2000

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ORIE Ph.D. grad receives Optimization Prize

Kevin Wayne, a 1999 Cornell ORIE Ph.D. working with Prof. Eva Tardos, won the 2000 INFORMS Optimization Prize for Young Researchers for his paper, "A Polynomial Combinatorial Algorithm for Generalized Minimum Cost Flow." Kevin is now at Princeton University in the Department of Computer Science.

Korlach wins best student paper award

Jonas Korlach, a fourth year Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Prof. Watt W. Webb in the Field of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, won the award "Best Student Paper" at the 6th International Workshop on "Single Molecule Detection and Ultra Sensitive Analysis in the Life Sciences" on September 29, 2000 in Berlin, Germany. Undergraduate and Ph.D. students were invited to participate in this contest. Korlach won with the talk "A New Strategy for Sequencing Individual Molecules of DNA," by J. Korlach, M. Levene, S.W. Turner, D. Larson, M. Foquet, H.G. Craighead, and W.W. Webb. The prize was 1500 DM.

Keep on Truckin' lecture cancelled

The lecture by Chip McClure '75 ME, president of Detroit Diesel Corporation, scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, December 7,) has been cancelled.

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Of interest to ChemE majors

CHEM 602 Information Literacy For The Physical Scientist Spring. 1 credit. Lec, T 4:45-6:00. L. Solla.

This once-a-week, one-credit course may be of interest to chemical engineering majors doing research. Chem 602 is an introduction to information research methods, including use of paper and electronic databases in chemistry, physics, and engineering. Information resources are demonstrated as a method to critically evaluate the success of research projects. The course web page has a detailed syllabus at Register via course enroll. For more information, contact Leah Solla at the Physical Sciences Library,

Sibley School announces appointment of Swanson director

Dr. Rajesh Bhaskaran has been appointed director of the Swanson Engineering Simulation Program in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Rajesh received his B.S. in 1989 in aerospace engineering from IIT, Madras, worked as a research scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization, and then received his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University in 1996. After that, he worked as a staff scientist at Beam Technologies and as a research associate here at Cornell.

Says Prof. Sid Leibovich, Sibley School director, "We expect him to provide outstanding leadership in this important new initiative that we believe will become a model for the country."

Duffield Hall update

The City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, November 28, to accept the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Duffield Hall project, which means the environmental review is almost complete. The board must still vote on a statement of findings for the project before it can begin reviewing the proposed layout and design, a process that could begin at the board's Dec 19 meeting.

Pending successful completion of the approval process, construction of the project will begin on the Engineering Quad in late spring 2001.

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