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Volume 4, Issue 2
August 29, 2001

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ECE's Haas elected a chair of the TCPC

Prof. Zygmunt Haas, ECE, was elected as a chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Personal Communications (TCPC). The charter of the TCPC committee is to sponsor publications, conferences, technical sessions, workshops, and other information exchanges on architectures, applications, systems, terminals and technologies to provide personal, location-independent communication and computing in voice, data and visual media. The areas of the TCPC interest include techniques for achieving portability, ubiquity and transparency in wireless networks, from the microcellular to the satellite networks, and integration with wired networks, through the use of narrowband and broadband communication technology. (For more information see:

Anonymous gift endows MAE directorship

Cornell recently received an anonymous gift to establish an irrevocable charitable gift annuity that will ultimately be used to endow the directorship of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in memory of S.C. Thomas Sze, Class of 1905. In recognition of this gift, and upon approval of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Sidney Leibovich, PhD '65, the incumbent director of the Sibley School, will be named as the first holder of the S. C. Thomas Sze '05 Directorship. A reception celebrating this endowment will be held in Upson Hall early in September.

After receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1905 as one of the university's first Chinese students, S. C. Thomas Sze returned to China and was responsible for the construction of several railway systems. He served as director of the Northwest Highway Administration and was on the board of directors of several financial and utility companies. Many descendents of the Sze family have graduated from Cornell since then.

ECE colloquiums listed for September

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has scheduled the following colloquiums for the month of September, to be held on Tuesdays in 101 Phillips Hall at 4:30 p.m., with refreshments available at 4:15 p.m. in the Phillips Hall Lounge.

Sept 4
John Belina, Director, ECE M.ENG. Program, Colloquium Orientation

Sept 11
Adrienne Hahn, Debra Park, IEEE, & John Saylor, director of Cornell's Engineering Library, "IEEE Overview."

Sept 18
Dr. Lih Lin, Tellium, Inc., "MEMS for Core Network Switching 3/4 Fantasy, Reality, and Perspective."

Sept 25
Prof. Naomi Halas, "Metal Nanoshells: shaping the flow of light one nanoparticle at a time."

Cornell child-care grant program announced

Cornell's Office of Human Resources has announced the establishment of the Cornell University Child Care Grant Program for faculty and staff. The program provides financial assistance to faculty and staff members who pay a large portion of their household income on legal child care. To ensure equity, a reasonable and standard cost for care may be applied in the processing of the application in some cases. Funds are available to benefits-eligible employees who have child care responsibilities for children ages 12 and under and meet eligibility requirements. Grants will be administered by the Day Care Council of Tompkins County and awarded by a Cornell oversight committee.

Eligibility requirements and applications will be available from August 27 to September 21 at or at Benefit Services in 130 Day Hall. Applications for the 2002 Calendar Year are due September 21, 2001.

For more information please contact the Day Care and Child Development Council of Tompkins County at 273-0259 or the Office of Workforce Diversity Equity and Life Quality at

Reminder: Orientation for new graduate students TODAY

Orientation activities for new graduate students in the College of Engineering are being held today (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."

Reminder: Ice cream social for new students TODAY

As part of Fall Orientation activities for incoming students, the College of Engineering is hosting an ice cream social today (Wednesday, Aug 29) in the Engineering Quad (behind Carpenter Hall) for new engineering students. All Engineering faculty and staff in positions that support students are strongly encourage to come and meet the newest members of our college community.

Sticker Shock: The rising costs of scientific journals

The Engineering Library invites you to visit Sticker Shock (, a web site that describes the high cost of engineering journals with respect to other materials (cars, jewelry, college tuition, vacations, etc.) There is also a display case in the Engineering Library on this same topic.

The library's intention in creating this exhibit is to inform the engineering community, in an eye- catching way, of the costs of scientific journals. Many library patrons are not aware of the amount of money the library, and therefore the university, spends on information resources such as the journals featured on this site.

The guiding principles behind this display can be found on the Association of Research Libraries Creating Change web site ( "to make scholarly research as accessible as possible to scholars all over the world, to their students, and to others who derive value from it."

New administrative manager in MAE

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has hired a new manager, Andy Vail. Andy brings with him several years of management experience, most recently with Boston University. Prior to that, Andy was the operations manager in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell.

Andy is located in 106 Upson Hall, 5-5949. His email address is

New assistant in AA&D

Kate Aks, administrative assistant to Marsha Pickens (Asst, Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development), is on maternity leave and Nancy Todd has joined the staff as her replacement. Nancy worked in the Law School alumni relations office through Reunion and most of the summer. She comes with over 15 years of related experience including work at Agnes Scott College, the College of William and Mary, and Christopher Newport University. A graduate of Goucher College and Lesley College Graduate School, her home is in Elmira. Nancy can be reached at 255-8299 or

Note to grad students on IU distribution

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