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Volume 4, Issue 11
January 16, 2002

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Thorp receives IEEE award

Jim Thorp, ECE, the C. N. Mellowes Professor in Engineering, received the 2001 Career Service Award from the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES) "for outstanding leadership and career service to the Power System Relaying Committee."

Kornegay to participate in Frontiers symposium

Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, has been invited to participate in the 5th German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium to be held in May 2002, which is sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The NAE holds an annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium that brings together 100 outstanding engineers from U.S. companies, universities, and government labs to discuss leading-edge research and technical work.

Ruppert presents short course

On Dec 13, Prof. David Ruppert, ORIE, gave a one-day short course on "Measurement Errors in Nonlinear Models" at the 57 Annual Deming Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. Fifteen statisticians, mostly from the biopharmaceutical industry, attended.

Resnick offers statistics tutorial

On December 10-16, Sidney Resnick, School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, gave a 5 hour tutorial as part of The Seminaires Europeen de Statistique. SemStat is a series of workshops for young researchers at the postdoctoral level under the auspices of the European Regional Committee (ERC) of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability. The latest SemStat on the topic of Extreme Value Theory and Applications was held under the auspices of the Stochastic Centre and the Department of Mathematical Statistics of Chalmers and Gothenburg University. The meeting took place at the Nordic Folk Academy in Gothenburg.

Measuring avalanche potential

Avalanche potential isn't much of a concern in Central New York, especially this winter, but in Utah, site of the 2002 Olympic winter games, too much snow can be deadly. Even venturing out on the mountain to evaluate the potential for disaster is risky business. Cornell Prof. Michel Louge, MAE, has developed a new field-portable tool that will make it easier and safer to predict avalanches. KTVX Channel 4 in Salt Lake City covered his tests at the mountain resort Alta in December; watch the news story on the Web at

Upcoming presentations in nanobiotechnology

The NBTC Technology Platform Series is presented on Tuesdays at noon in G01 Biotech Building. The lectures are free and open to the Cornell community; refreshments are served and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. For more information, visit

January 22
"Collagen Membranes on Silicon & Scanning Kelvin Probe Technology: Biological Applications?" Prof. Mike Spencer, ECE

January 29
"Optics, Electronics and Imaging - Getting Data from a Nanodevice." Warren Zipfel, Webb Research Group, AEP

February 5
"Molecular Sorting and Analysis in Nanofabricated Systems." Prof. Harold Craighead, AEP, and Interim Dean, College of Engineering

February 12
"Synapse Formation and Spatially Restricted Target Cues." Prof. Bruce Patton, Oregon Health & Science University.

Library offers workshops in Endnote, HTML

The Engineering Library is offering two short workshops later this month:

Using Endnote for Managing References
Monday, January 28, 2002, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

HTML Intro: Create Your Own Web Page
Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Both workshops take place in the ACCEL Blue computer room, Carpenter Hall. Register with Jill Powell,

For other library news, read the latest EMPSL STANDARD (Dec 01/Jan 02) online at EMPSL Standard is the newsletter of the Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Libraries

Contents: at Cornell
Chem 602 Information Literacy
Engineering Library Workshops
Spring Course Reserves
Engineering Library Instruction
New Library Resources
Intersession Hours
EMPSL People

New administrative manager in MSE

Julie Delay will join the College of Engineering on February 18 as administrative manager in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She has significant management experience as assistant director of administration and finance in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning and more recently as associate bursar at Cornell.

Cornellian on "The Weakest Link"

Engineering freshman Erica Kaplan has been selected to appear on NBC's "The Weakest Link." The show will be taped on January 18; we haven't yet learned when it is scheduled to be aired. But we'll keep you informed! Meanwhile, good luck, Erica!

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