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Volume 4, Issue 16
March 27, 2002

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Rawlings announces retirement

In a letter to the Cornell community on March 15, President Hunter Rawlings announced plans to retire from the presidency in June 2003:

"At the end of June 2003 I intend to retire from the presidency and, after a brief sabbatical leave, to take up a faculty position in the Classics Department on a full-time basis. I entered academia 32 years ago eager to pursue scholarship and teaching, and after 15 years as a university president, I will be just as eager to return to the faculty next year. For the past two years I have immensely enjoyed teaching in the Classics Department ... and engaging in weekly faculty seminars with Cornell humanists and social scientists. I am a fervent admirer of our faculty and students and look forward to joining them in the next stage of my academic life. Cornell is a great intellectual community."

For our off-campus readers who may not have heard this news, the full story is online at

D'Andrea receives PECASE award

Assoc. Prof. Raffaello D'Andrea, MAE, has been awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE), the White House has announced. The award carries a five-year, $500,000 research grant to explore the control of interconnected systems. Matching grants from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research bring the total project funding to $1 million.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are in the early stages of establishing their independent research careers. Awards are given to researchers who have received their Ph.D. degrees within the past five years. The Clinton administration established the awards in February 1996 to recognize some of the nation's finest junior scientists and to maintain U.S. leadership across the frontiers of scientific research.

CS's Yona receives NSF CAREER award

The Department of Computer Science has received notification that assistant professor Golan Yona is among this year's recipients of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Awards.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards for new faculty members. The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Golan's proposal is entitled "CAREER: Global Self-Organization of all Known Proteins - Toward a Complete Map of the Protein Space."

Engineering presents "What Goes Wrong in Start-up Companies"

All faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend a very special college-sponsored public lecture, "What Goes Wrong in Start up Companies", by Rob Ryan, on Monday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. in 155 Olin Hall. Reception following.

Rob Ryan '69 founded Ascend Communications in 1989. He served as president, CEO, and chairman of Ascend, taking it public in May 1994 at $13 per share and then selling it to Lucent for $25 billion. In 1995 Rob and his wife Terry started Entrepreneur America. He is the author of "Lessons from Inside: Rob Ryan's High-Tech Boot Camp" (Harper-Business) and lectures nationally on entrepreneurship.

Looking for graduating seniors to feature

The Cornell News Service is looking for graduating seniors to profile in the Cornell Chronicle shortly before commencement. The idea of these articles is to profile unusual people whose interests and achievements are intriguing and colorful. According to David Brand, Senior Science Editor, "We are not necessarily looking for academically brilliant students but more for the Renaissance person with a distinct world-view. Examples might be students with a strong social conscience who are working with the disadvantaged or elderly; students who have written books or plays; students who have started companies or patented inventions. We encourage suggestions that aim more for the quirky than the A-achiever."

Please send your suggestions for an engineering senior to profile to: David Brand, Senior Science Editor, Cornell News Service,

CSE conference slated for April 11-13

Faculty, Students, Staff: If you have not signed up for the CSE conference, you still have time! The conference is April 11-13 and offers insights into areas that we expect to be the next big thing - the convergence of engineering and the life sciences. Featured speakers include the CEO of Dow Chemical, Michael Parker, and the inventor of the AbioCor artificial heart, David Lederman. For more information on "The Body is a Machine, the World is a System: the Convergence of Engineering and the Life Sciences" see the on-line brochure and registration:

Flemming to join Engineering AAD

Susan Flemming has accepted a position in Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development as administrative assistant, starting April 5. She has had three years experience, providing administrative assistance at a high level, both to the President of three companies in Maysville, Kentucky, and to the executive director of Ithacare/Longview. Prior to that she was an office manager for seven years. While living in Kentucky, she was active in the Younger Women's Club, chairing their annual charity ball and leading other civic activities. An Ithaca area native, she has a degree from TC3.

NSF is calling all scientists, engineers, and mathematicians!

The National Science Foundation is looking for volunteers to answer questions in an activity called "ASK A SCIENTIST OR ENGINEER." This online project allows students, parents, and educators the opportunity to ask specific science and technology questions online and have their questions answered by scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

The project is scheduled for the week of April 28 to May 4 to celebrate Global Science & Technology Week.

For more information, read the announcement online at or contact Janell Richardson, National Science Foundation, e-mail:, phone: (703) 292-8070.

Rock the vote

Employees probably have received by now their Employee Election Ballots in campus mail. We would like to encourage everyone to take the time to vote.

Joe Rowe, CEE's administrative manager, is campaigning for the position of Employee Trustee. You can read his statement online at

If you would like to meet the candidates in person, attend the Employee Trustee Candidate Forum scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room in Schoellkopf Hall.

Cornell is one of the few universities in the country with representatives from a variety of campus constituencies serving as full voting members of its 42-member board of trustees. The board includes two students, two faculty members and one employee.

Trustees help determine major policy directions of the university. Representation on the board gives students, faculty, and staff a voice in those decisions -- use yours: vote!

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