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Volume 4, Issue 7
November 7, 2001

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Sass selected for Weiss fellowship

Prof. Stephen Sass, MSE, is one of three Cornell faculty members selected as the university's 2001 Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellows, recognizing effective, inspiring, and distinguished teaching of undergraduate students. The awards -- $5,000 for five years for each faculty member -- are named for the emeritus chair of the Cornell board of trustees, Stephen H. Weiss '57, who endowed the program. They recognize excellence in teaching, advising, and outstanding efforts toward instructional improvement and development. The appointed fellows are permitted to hold the title of Weiss fellow simultaneously with any other named professorship.

Westervelt named director of corporate and foundation relations

Abby Westervelt has accepted the position of director of corporate and foundation relations in the College of Engineering. Westervelt is completing her work with the Business Innovation Center and will join the college on December 3, 2001.

Westervelt's experience includes her current position as president of the Business Innovation Center, where she leads the collaboration between Tompkins County and Cornell to foster business creation. She held several positions at Corning Incorporated, received her B.A. in comparative literature from Princeton, and her M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.

Her office location will be 254 Carpenter Hall, phone 5-6135, e-mail

Hammer, Moody to speak at ECE colloquia

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 this month are:

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

November 20, 2001
Holiday break; no seminar.

November 27, 2001
John Moody, Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems, "Tongues: Prototype Speech-to- Speech Machine Translation System."

Michler's topic is digital mathematics knowledge base

On Thursday, November 8, Gerhard O. Michler, Essen University, presents a look into the future of a digital mathematics knowledge base: The "Electronic Mathematics Archiving Network Initiative" (EMANI). The initiative was recently announced by Springer Verlag, Tsinghua University Library (China), Gottingen State and University Library, and Cornell University. EMANI aims to ensure the preservation and dissemination of mathematical information for future generations. Methods for building a prototype of a distributed searchable, linked mathematical digital library will be explained. The lecture will take place at B17 Upson Hall from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Pay schedules affected by upcoming holidays

Upcoming employee holidays include Thanksgiving, November 22-23, and winter holidays, December 25-January 1. Pay schedules will be affected as follows.

Exempt staff:

The last payday for December will be 12/31/01. Direct deposits will be processed on schedule on 12/31/01. Exempt checks and direct deposit advices will be issued on 1/2/02.

Non-exempt staff:

Since Thanksgiving falls on a non-exempt payday, checks will be distributed the day before -- Wednesday, 11/21/01.

Duffield Hall blasting likely to continue through next week

The McCarthy/Welliver McGuire joint venture and their excavator Paolangeli Contractor began on October 24 using blasting techniques for the final rock removal at the Duffield Hall construction site. It is expected that the blasting will continue at least through the end of next week (November 16). For more information on the blasting process, visit the web site at

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