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Volume 4, Issue 18
April 24, 2002

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Craighead joins task force to counter terrorism

Interim Dean Harold Craighead, AEP, has been named to an American Physical Society task force on countering terrorism. "The events of recent months have shaken our nation," APS President William Brinkman says of the rationale behind forming the task force. "The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and the anthrax assaults in various locales, demonstrate the need for sustaining the strong partnership between science and government to ensure our national security." The fledgling group will hold its first meeting on May 3 at APS Headquarters in College Park, Maryland.

MSE is featured in display and on web site

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is featured in the Day Hall display case (where campus tours assemble) for the month of April. Be sure to stop by Day Hall before the end of the month and check it out! As a bonus, the topic of the monthly Day Hall display also enjoys the status of "featured web site" on the main Cornell homepage ( for the same month.

This is a great one-two punch for publicity and promotion of your group, department, activity, or event. But it requires advance planning since the display case is booked several months into the future. If you would like to sign up for a time slot in the Day Hall display case, contact

Reba McCutcheon '97,
Assistant Director
Campus Information and Visitor Relations
235 Day Hall
phone: 255-5026
fax: 255-5396

Display production is available from both Media and Technology Services and from University Publications Services. Please be sure to allow at least 3 to 4 weeks for production time.

Baeumner featured in Cornell Engineering magazine

The cover story in the spring issue of Cornell Engineering magazine, distributed last week, focuses on Asst. Prof. Antje Baeumner, BEE, and her research in biosensors. Other features include Asst. Prof. Francisco Valero-Cuevas's work in neuromuscular biomechanics; alumnus David Lederman's artificial heart research which produced the AbioCor heart; and M.Eng. students who worked with food science researchers to develop an online database for tracking pathogens.

And despite the lack of snow in central New York this year (this week notwithstanding), we nevertheless have our own avalanche expert right here on campus. Read all of this and more in the spring magazine. Bulk copies are delivered to Cornell engineering schools and departments and complimentary copies are also available in the magazine racks in the lobby of Carpenter Hall. Or peruse the online version at

Chronicle awards deadline: May 1

Just a reminder: notices were e-mailed to Engineering directors and chairs and their assistants earlier this month to report that the deadline for student awards and faculty teaching awards to be listed in the graduation issue of the Cornell Chronicle is May 1.

This is a great opportunity to recognize and honor outstanding faculty and students and to showcase our engineering award winners to the rest of the university.

What kind of awards are we talking about? For examples, check out the Chronicle graduation issues for the previous two years, online at:

Individuals who are coordinating the award lists for their departments should submit their materials to David Brand, senior science editor at the Cornell News Service, at If you have any questions, please direct them to him.

Grads can win a free T-shirt with survey!

Grad students: If you are planning to graduate between May and August this year, please fill out the graduate exit survey at

Because we know your time is valuable, the first 400 students who fill out the survey will receive a free graduate engineering alumni T-shirt. Your input is needed to continually assess the engineering graduate programs and identify areas for improvement. Thank you!

--Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education

April/May 2002 EMPSL newsletter now online

The April/May 2002 issue of the EMPSL (Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Libraries) Standard is now online. Read the latest news from the library at


MyContents: New Electronic Table of Contents Service
Full-Text e-Journal Listing
Find the Most Widely Read Journals through Journal Citations Reports
Creative Engineering Class Projects Improve Library Operations
Popularity of SciFinder Grows
Merck Index Online
New Color Net-Printer at Physical Sciences Library
EMPSL People

CU sweeps NASA's moonbuggy contest

An entry built by this year's team of student engineers navigated a rocky course at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., in 2 minutes and 33 seconds -- including assembly time -- to take first place in the national moonbuggy competition. Another Cornell vehicle, a rebuilt version of last year's entry, came in second despite frustrating obstacles. The competition included 77 teams of science and engineering students from high schools and colleges across the country.

Read the full report at

CEE bridge-building team advances to nationals

The ASCE Steel Bridge Team has placed third in the regional competition at Syracuse University and will advance to the national competition to be held during the ASCE national student conference at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in June. The conference will feature a number of events and activities in honor of the 150th anniversary of ASCE. Tim Bond is advisor to the ASCE student chapter.

Local robotics team takes silver medal in Canada

Code Red Robotics, a partnership of students from Cornell University, students from Ithaca High School, and local engineers, won second place at the Canadian regional F.I.R.S.T. competition in Misssissauga April 4-6. They have now advanced to the championship event held this week in Orlando.

Starting in January, each team has six and a half weeks to design, build, and ship a working robot that can accomplish the year's game challenge. This year, the challenge is to place soccer balls in transportable goals and move the goals into a scoring position on the playing field.

The purpose of F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to inspire enthusiasm and interest among youth in fields relating to science and technology. Code Red Robotics partners student mentors from Cornell with students from Ithaca High School. Additionally, engineers from Borg Warner Automotive and several other local companies bring their technical and engineering expertise to the team. The team was founded in 2001 and is competing in its second season. Read about last year's efforts in Cornell Engineering Magazine, spring 2001 (

Spring break - just for fun

Ever wondered what Cornell Engineering undergrads do on spring break to relax? You can find out with a visit to the Engineering home page (, where a rotating database of images serves up random snapshots of our engineers at play. Stop by -- you might see someone you know!

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.