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Volume 5, Issue 13
February 12, 2003

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Memorial service for Krusius

A memorial service for Prof. Peter Krusius will be held at the Anabel Taylor Chapel on the Cornell campus, Monday, February 24, 2003, at 4:30 p.m. A reception in the Anabel Taylor Cafe will follow.

Krusius, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Cornell University and a co-inventor of an important new flat-screen television and video technology, died of cancer on January 30, 2003, at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. He was 58.

A brief biography is available online:

ECE group advances to phase 2 of contest

Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, ECE, and his students in the Advanced Integrated Microsystems (AiMs) research group, recently participated in Phase 1 of the SRC SiGe Design Challenge. One group placed third in the competition for their paper on "A 10 Gb/s Integrated Optical Transceiver" and has been invited to participate in Phase 2 of the contest.

The key objective of this contest is for university faculty and students to create novel circuit designs that demonstrate the value of using Silicon Germanium (SiGe) technology for integrated circuit design, with finalists to have their designs fabricated in the advanced 6HP SiGe mixed-signal technology. Sponsors for this contest include the Semiconductor Research Corporation, IBM Corporation, National Semiconductor Corporation, Cadence Design Systems Inc., and NurLogic Design Inc., in conjunction with MOSIS. The final awards will be made at SRC TECHCON 2003 in August 2003

For contest details:

Strogatz book garners media attention

"Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order" -- a new book by Prof. Steve Strogatz, TAM, coming out on March 5 -- is already garnering media attention. Strogatz will be speaking about the book with Alan Alda at the 92nd St Y in Manhattan on March 25, and it will be reviewed in the New Yorker, Discover, Popular Science, Nature, Science, and several others. News features related to the book are scheduled to appear in Nature and the New York Times as well.

Preview the book at Amazon: (search in Books for Strogatz)

New copyright information for all teachers

Prof. J. Robert Cooke, Dean of the Faculty, has recently distributed a memo from the Office of Counsel regarding new federal copyright legislation. This memo contains important information for all instructional personnel - students and staff in teaching positions as well as faculty. The memo is available online; please direct any questions to Associate University Counsel Patricia McClary.

Master of Engineering + M.B.A. = Opportunity!

A Knight Scholarship information session will be held Thursday, February 6. The meeting will take place in 131 Sage Hall and from 3 to 4 p.m. The Lester Knight Scholarship program is designed to assist and encourage Cornell engineering students and alumni in combining their engineering training with a business degree.

For more information please check:
or contact:
Office of Research, Graduate Studies, and Professional Education
College of Engineering, Cornell University
146 Olin Hall - 255-7413

CCMR announces 2003 NSF site visit dates

Cornell Center for Materials Research will host their NSF site visit April 9-10, 2003. This review, held only once every three to four years, is crucial to the future of the center. Since the CCMR faculty are spread across many departments and centers, they would appreciate cooperation in avoiding these dates for scheduling meetings involving Center members or resources, if that is at all possible. Please notify CCMR immediately if there are any major scheduling conflicts with these dates.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Lynda Keister at or 5-0634.

Workshops feature Linux, video production, more

Register for these Engineering Library workshops at or call 5-5598:
* Linux Install fest: Sat, Feb 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
* Linux/Unix Command Line: Wed, Feb 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
* Home Networking: Wed, Mar 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
* Video/Audio Production: Wed, Apr 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
* Image Editing: Wed, Apr 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Register for these workshops by e-mail to
* Endnote Intro: Organizing Your References: Fri, Mar 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
* Endnote Advanced: Problem Solving & Customization:
Wed, Mar 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

For complete descriptions:

MSE hosts Palffy-Muhoray, Bottomley

The Materials Science and Engineering Department will be hosting the following seminars on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard. Refreshments will precede the seminars at 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Feb 13: Prof. Peter Palffy-Muhoray, Kent State University, "Muscles, Motors and Liquid Crystal Elastomers."

Feb 20: Prof. Larry Bottomley, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Single Molecule Mechanical Testing (Fishin' for a Livin')"

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