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Volume 4, Issue 1
August 15, 2001

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Valero-Cuevas receives Whitaker grant

Asst. Prof. Valero-Cuevas, MAE, was one of 25 researchers named to receive grants for biomedical engineering research from The Whitaker Foundation. The grants are designed to help promising new investigators establish their research careers. The foundation holds three competitions annually and currently supports 300 researchers at colleges and university in the US and Canada. Valero-Cuevas was awarded $239,992 for his project "A Hybrid Cadaveric/Optimization Simulation of Static Force Production in the Paretic and Post-Operative Thumb. Read more about his work at and more about The Whitaker biomedical grants at

Two honors for Kornegay

Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, has been invited to join the 2002-03 Defense Science Study Group for the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). IDA is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to promote national security and the public interest and whose primary mission is to assist the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, and defense agencies in addressing important national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise.

Kornegay is also the recipient of a 2001-02 IBM Faculty Partnership Award. This award is intended to recognize and foster novel, creative work as well as strengthen the relationship between leading universities and the IBM technical community.

Grads: Explore careers in bioscience

The 2001 Bioscience Careers Conference entitled Visions for the Future will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave (at 34th St), New York, NY, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 from 8:30 am to 5 p.m.

The post-genomics era will provide a wealth of career opportunities for students with biosciences and engineering education. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are invited to attend this unique conference which will discuss the ever-growing need for well-trained science professionals in a diverse range of careers.

The event is free, but web-based registration for limited seating is required by Monday, August 20. For program details and to RSVP, visit the web site at Sponsor is the New York State Center for Biotechnology.

Upcoming Duffield Hall construction activities

For the period 8/13 to 8/27/01:

The highest priority over the next two weeks is to get classrooms, labs, and offices on the west side of the north wing of Phillips Hall ready for beneficial occupancy on the first day of classes (8/30). These rooms must be separated from construction activities by a temporary, two hour, fire- rated wall assembly. The wall isolates occupants from visual distractions, noise, and other impacts from the construction of Duffield right on the other side of the wall.

While it is unfortunate that the temporary wall eliminates all the windows, this inconvenience brings with it a completely new heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. This is of particular benefit to the lecture rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Phillips Hall that have never had air conditioning. Cornell's own shops have been working for the past two months to install the $1 million HVAC system. They are on schedule for the start of the semester.

Out on the quad, the McCarthy/Welliver McGuire joint venture is continuing to install the shoring system that will allow the safe mass excavation for Duffield. Wood shoring is being placed between "H" beams that were placed in holes drilled down to bedrock and back filled with grout.

The long stretches of white plastic being set up on the site serve to contain the removal of asbestos from abandoned utilities in the quad. The asbestos removal is designed and monitored by Cornell's Environmental Health and Safety.

Watch the construction activities on the quad from the project web cam at Contact the project team with questions and concerns by writing to The Cornell project office is located in 217 Phillips Hall, 255- 8951.

Please let the Duffield team know how it's going for you. The project team welcomes feedback about all negative impacts from the construction activities. If they can adjust the work to lessen the impact, they would like to do that.

Periodic notices such as this will be posted in Information Update; however, if you want to be sure you receive all announcements related to the Duffield Hall/Pew Quadrangle construction project, please join the Duffield Hall e-mail list, Duffield-L. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to Leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message, put: Subscribe Duffield-L Firstname Lastname (substituting your name for Firstname Lastname).

RoboCup team places third

Cornell's RoboCup team placed third in their third trip to the International RoboCup Competition held this year in Seattle, August 6-11, and sponsored by SGI, Sony, and the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science. Asst. Prof. Raff d'Andrea, MAE, is the faculty advisor.

The team advanced unbeaten to the semi finals of the tournament, where they lost 1-0 to the Portuguese team of 5DPO. They then won a very exciting match against the German FU-Fighters 6-5 to capture third place. For a full account of their trip to the tournament and a roster of participating students, please see their web site at

Let's welcome our new students

The College of Engineering will be hosting Fall Orientation for incoming Engineering freshmen and transfer students from Saturday, August 25th, through Wednesday, August 29th. See the full schedule of orientation events (PDF version) at All Engineering faculty and staff in positions that support students are strongly encouraged to participate in these events.

Your attendance is particularly important at the following two events which give new students and their families an opportunity to meet faculty and staff:

Saturday, August 25
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Engineering Reception for New Students and Parents
Engineering Quad (behind Carpenter Hall)

Wednesday, August 29
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social for New Engineering Students
Engineering Quad (behind Carpenter Hall)

We look forward to seeing you there.

Orientation for new grads

Orientation activities for new graduate students in the College of Engineering will be held on Wednesday, August 29, sponsored by the Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education and the Engineering Graduate Student Association. For more information, visit the ORGSPE web site at and look for "Programs and Events."

Editor's Note: Please pass this information along to your incoming new graduate students, since we do not yet have new grad addresses for Info Update.

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.