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Volume 4, Issue 5
October 10, 2001

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Berger selected for Shannon Award

Prof. Toby Berger, ECE, was selected to receive the Shannon Award for 2002, the highest honor given by the IEEE Information Theory Society. Berger will be the Shannon Lecturer at the next IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, scheduled for July 2002 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

ABEN name change approved

Provost Martin has approved the department name change from Agricultural and Biological Engineering to Biological and Environmental Engineering.

Protter publishes "Probability Essentials"

Prof. Philip Protter, who is head of the Financial Engineering program for the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, has published a new book, joint with Jean Jacod, entitled "Probability Essentials." It appears in the Universitext series of Springer-Verlag.

CIT offers MATLAB special pricing for students

Cornell's software licensing program is offering an annual MATLAB license to students for just $50. This package includes MATLAB, Simulink, Signal Processing Toolbox, Control System Toolbox, Optimization Toolbox, Partial Differential Equations Toolbox, and Symbolic Math Toolbox.

Differences between the license and the MATLAB Student Version with Toolboxes:

* The Student Version costs $275. The license costs $50.
* The Student Version cannot be upgraded. If you buy MATLAB 6, you will still have to pay full-price for MATLAB 7. The license gives you the most current version of software each year.
* If you only need MATLAB for one course, buying a license lets you avoid the higher cost of owning the software.

For details, visit the web site:

ECE announces colloquium topics for October

The ECE Colloquium is held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Phillips Hall; refreshments are served at 4:15 p.m. in the Phillips Hall Lounge. Speakers and topics for the next weeks are:

Oct 16
Dr. Jeffrey J. Welser, IBM Microelectronics Division, "High Performance CMOS Design at IBM."

Oct 23
Mr. Scott List, Intel Corporation, "Silicon Technology: Scaling for the 2nd Half of the Decade."

MSE lists seminar series for October

MSE Seminars are held in Bard 140 at 4:30 p.m.; refreshments are served in the Bard Lounge at 4:00 p.m.

Oct 11
CANCELLED (Was to have been Dr. Juan Garces of the Dow Chemical Company, "Void Fraction and Synthesis of Porous Materials")

Oct 18
Prof. C. Daniel Frisbie, University of Minnesota, "Nanoprobing Electrical Transport in Organic Semiconductors."

Oct 19
Prof. Sossina M. Haile, California Institute of Technology, "The Science and Technology of Oxyanion Based Superprotonic Conductors."

Oct 25
Prof.Costas Soukoulis, Iowa State University, "Photonic Band Gap Materials: The Semiconductors of the Future?"

Hosting events planned for prospective students

The Engineering Admissions Office in collaboration with Minority and Women's Programs in Engineering is pleased to announce two upcoming fall programs.

1. On October 27, the annual "Hosting Day for Women" is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. High school women interested in Cornell Engineering are invited to register and attend this daylong program. Events are designed to provide an overview of the field of engineering, Cornell's engineering program, introduce students to professional opportunities available to engineers, and provide an opportunity to meet current Cornell engineering students.

2. From November 8 through November 10, under-represented minority students will attend the annual, engineering-specific Fall Hosting Weekend. Participants will be hosted by current engineering students, have an opportunity to meet engineering faculty and staff, tour the campus, participate in lab demonstrations, and get a glimpse into the engineering world at Cornell.

If you would like more information please contact the Engineering Admissions Office at 5-5008.

New telephone usage policy now online

The Cornell Policy Office recently announced that University Policy 3.19, Telephone Usage, has now been added to the Policy Office web site ( As a result of this policy, employees should now pay directly for personal long distance calls using prepaid calling cards, credit cards, operator-assistance, etc., rather than reimburse the university for these calls,

The new policy also eliminates the need for a signed statement by the employee on each month's phone bill. CIT will be reprogramming bills to remove the statement. According to policy director Beverlee Hughes, unit personnel should implement their own procedures to assure compliance with this policy as they do with all other university policies.

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