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Volume 4, Issue 3
September 12, 2001

In this issue:

Statement from President Hunter Rawlings

President Hunter Rawlings' statement on the tragedy and loss of life that occurred yesterday is online at Please visit the web site for a list of locations where assistance is available for members of the campus community as we copy with these tragedies.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Duffield construction details for Sept 10-24 available online

A detailed account of construction activities planned for the Duffield Hall project site has been sent to the Duffield mailing list (Duffield-L) and posted to the Duffield web site. If you do not subscribe to the mailing list, visit and choose "Current Issues" to read about work scheduled for the upcoming weeks.

To subscribe to the mailing list, 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).

Feedback from the community via the mailbox led the project team to install a bike rack at the north end of Phillips. Other useful feedback led the team to remind truck drivers that they could reduce noise by changing their driving techniques. Do you have suggestions about how the Duffield team can reduce the construction impacts? E-mail them ( with your ideas and they will try to implement them.

Mathematical Sciences grad seminars scheduled

Mathematical Sciences Graduate Student Seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in 655 Rhodes (refreshments at 3:30pm in 657 Rhodes).

For more information, see the following URL:

Contact Mason Porter ( for more information or to express interest in giving a talk during the Spring semester.

Register for fall workshops at the Engineering Library

Register for the following free workshops with Jill Powell,

Finding Electronic Journals and Books
_ Thursday, Sept 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
ACCEL Blue Computer Room, Carpenter Hall

How do you find out which journals and books are available electronically? This session will demonstrate accessing, printing, and emailing journal articles from subscription databases such as IEEE Xplore, Elsevier, ACM, and others. E-book publishers NetLibrary, Knovel and Books24x7 will also be discussed.

Using Endnote for Managing References
_ Thursday, Sept 13, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
ACCEL Blue Computer Room, Carpenter Hall

This class will teach you how to manage references with Endnote. It is especially useful for those writing research papers or theses with large bibliographies. Endnote is a reference database, bibliography maker, and online search tool.

NBTC Platform Series began this week

The Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) kicked off the NBTC Technology Platform Series for the Fall 2001 semester on Tuesday, Sept 11, with Professor Larry Walker from Biological & Environmental Engineering. The Platform Series is held every Tuesday at noon in G01 Biotech. The next Platform Series is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 18, with Dr. Michael Koonce, a cell biologist from the NYS Dept. of Health/Wadsworth Center in Albany.

For more information about the Technology Platform Series, please access the NBTC web site at

MAE prof featured on the Whitaker web site

Asst. Prof. Francisco Valero-Cuevas, MAE, and his research in the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory are featured on the front page of the Whitaker Foundation site. Visit and choose the "Thumbs Up" link, or go directly to the article at

Mechanical Engineering ranks third in citations

The Institute for Scientific Information has ranked Cornell's program in mechanical engineering at number 3 in the nation. The ranking is based on average citations per paper, among the top 100 federally funded U.S. universities that published at least 100 papers in ISI-indexed mechanical engineering journals between 1996 and 2000.

Top five were Stanford University, Brown University, Cornell University, Caltech, and Princeton.

For more information visit, the ISI web site,

Moon receives grant to study history of Reuleaux collection

Francis Moon, the Joseph Ford Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received a grant from the Humboldt Foundation of Germany to study the history of Cornell's famous collection of machine mechanisms. Cornell's first president Andrew Dickson White purchased this collection, numbering close to 250 cast iron and brass models, in 1882. Over a century later, Cornell's Reuleaux collection of kinematic models is one of the largest of its kind. Moon (Ph.D. 1968) has been acting as curator of the collection and is writing a book about the creator of the models, Franz Reuleaux (1829-1905). Today the Sibley School is hoping to build an endowment to preserve and display these historical models.

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.