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Volume 4, Issue 6
October 24, 2001

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Duffield Hall project to use blasting to remove rock

The McCarthy/Welliver McGuire joint venture and their excavator Paolangeli Contractor are busy with the last of the mass earth removals in preparation for the final rock removal at the Duffield Hall site on the Cornell Engineering Quad. Blasting techniques will be used to remove about 3,000 cubic yards of rock over a period of one to two weeks beginning perhaps as early as today (Oct. 24). Two time periods have been identified for blasting: 10:15 to 10:55 a.m. and 2:35 to 3:15 p.m. These times were selected to coincide with classes in session, which will minimize the number of pedestrians moving about the quad periphery. Blasting is scheduled to take place twice daily Monday through Thursday, but only the morning slot will be used on Friday to be sure there is ample time to complete the blasting process and secure the site for the weekend.

For news and updates on construction activities, subscribe to the Duffield Hall mailing list. To subscribe, send e-mail to with this message: SUBSCRIBE DUFFIELD-L FIRSTNAME LASTNAME, substituting your name for "Firstname Lastname."

If you have questions or need additional information, please visit the web site,, or contact the Duffield Hall project team at or 255-8951.

Name change approved for ChemE

A request by the School of Chemical Engineering to change the unit's name to School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has been approved by Dean Harold Craighead and Provost Biddy Martin and was presented to the Board of Trustees over the weekend.

Biomolecular engineering was defined at a 1991 National Institute of Health meeting as "research at interface of biology and chemical engineering and is focused at the molecular level."

The School of Chemical Engineering has had continuous research and teaching in biomolecular engineering since 1955; that activity has grown to a point where one-third of the faculty members have all of their research efforts in the biomolecular area and an additional one-third have a portion of their research interests in biomolecular engineering.

The School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is in the process of establishing a new biomolecular engineering track for students interested in emphasizing education in this area.

Five receive tenure appointments

At their recent meeting, the Cornell University Board of Trustees elected the following faculty members to appointments as associate professor with indefinite tenure, effective November 1, 2001:

* Manfred Lindau, Applied and Engineering Physics
* Louis Derry, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
* Marjolein van der Meulen, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
* Yuri Suzuki, Materials Science and Engineering
* Ron Elber, Computer Science

Shmoys named ACM Fellow

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has invited Prof. David Shmoys, ORIE, to become an ACM Fellow. The designation "ACM Fellow" is conferred on those who have distinguished themselves by outstanding technical and professional achievements in information technology and who are currently members of ACM and have been members for the preceding 5 years. The award recognizes members who make significant contributions to information technology and identifies persons who are available for expert advice, and who advance computer science and information technology as respected disciplines.

Fetters, ReVelle are Upson Visiting Professors

Dr. Lewis J. Fetters has been named a Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor, sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Fetters, who retired in August 2000 as a senior research associate at Exxon Research and Engineering, is a leader in the theory and practice of anionic polymerization. He is the author of more than 300 publications, a member of the Inventors Hall of Fame, and a fellow of the American Physical Society. During his residence, Fetters will give lectures and collaborate with faculty throughout the campus on teaching and research.

Prof. Charles S. ReVelle, from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, has also been named a Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor for 2001. Sponsored by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Revelle will speak on Thursday, October 25, at 4:30 p.m. in 366 Hollister Hall. His topic is "The Design of Nature Reserves: An Eco-Informatics Discipline in Development." Revelle received his doctorate in sanitary engineering from Cornell in 1967 and was a member of the faculty in environmental systems engineering from 1967 to 1970.

Belcher to speak at nanobiotechnology seminar

The student chapter of the Society for Biomaterials is hosting a seminar on Thursday, November 8, at 4:30pm in G10 Biotechnology Building. Dr. Angela Belcher from the University of Texas at Austin will be presenting "Biomolecular Recognition and Control of Semiconductor and Magnetic Nano Materials." A reception will immediately follow the seminar. This event is open to the entire Cornell community. Other sponsors of this event are the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Materials Science and Engineering, and the Nanobiotechnology Center.

ECE announces colloquium topics for November

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:

November 6, 2001
to be announced

November 13, 2001
Prof. David Hammer, ECE, Cornell University, "High energy density plasma research at Cornell."

Library newsletter now online

New from the Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Libraries (EMPSL): The Oct/Nov 2001 EMPSL Standard Newsletter is now available at

Sticker Shock: The Rising Costs of Scientific Journals
Wireless Networking in the Libraries
Matlab CIT Licensing Offer ($50)
Net-Print expands to EMPS Libraries
EMPSL Essentials brochure
IEEE Xplore New Features
Journal Citation Reports

For a paper copy, contact

MentorNet student deadline is October 31

MentorNet is a free electronic mentoring program for engineering and science students. Students may sign up to be mentored by a professional working in companies like IBM, Intel, AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, and Ford at MentorNet can help a student to:
* Learn more about working in the "real world"
* Find out about career and internship opportunities
* Gain access to professional networks
* Receive personal and professional encouragement and support
* Learn more about a field

The deadline is October 31. The sooner students sign up, the better the chance they will be successfully matched. Questions? Go to

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