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Volume 5, Issue 22
July 16, 2003

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Big Red RoboCup team wins again

Big Red's RoboCup team successfully defended their title, bringing home their fourth world championship. Big Red bested the University of Queensland (Australia) RoboRoos in the title game, 1-0, in the small-size robot soccer league at RoboCup2003 held in Padua, Italy, July 5-11. This is the fifth time Cornell has participated in the competition and their fourth world championship. Assoc. Prof. Raff D'Andrea, MAE, is the faculty advisor.

Staff changes in Engineering Admissions

Scott Campbell, acting director of Admissions, will be leaving the Engineering Admissions office to pursue a Ph.D. in the Department of Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Scott's last day in the Engineering Admissions Office will be August 15. Scott has been a key contributor to the success of the office over the past 5 years. We wish him all the best as he returns to life as a graduate student!

As we send Scott off, we will also be welcoming Mark Spencer to the position of director of admissions for the College of Engineering. Mark comes to Cornell from Vassar College where he served as assistant, senior assistant, and associate director of admissions for the past 9 years. During Mark's tenure at Vassar, he developed the student ambassador program, managed the senior intern and tour guide training programs, supervised Vassar's communications plan, developed and utilized technology to recruit prospective students, and orchestrated a variety of prospect programs. Mark holds a BA in Political Science and an MS in Education from Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta respectively. Mark will begin on August 6.

CS undergraduate wins Intel student research grant

Computer Science major Eugene Lee '04 was awarded a research grant based on a project supervised by Asst Prof Kavita Bala, CS and Program of Computer Graphics. His proposal, titled "Hardware Acceleration of the Edge-and-Point System for Interactive Rendering," is a hardware-based extension to Bala's SIGGRAPH 2003 paper on the edge-and-point rendering system.

The Intel Student Research Contest (ISRC) grants awards to students for research projects to be conducted at their school. Students work with a professor at their own college or university and consult with Intel researchers on their project. At the end of the research period, the students travel to Intel to present their results before a panel of experts and meet with senior Intel researchers.

More information on the award is available at

"Celebrate Cornell Faculty" web site now online

Cornell is now embarking on a $200 million effort to support faculty by raising funds for faculty endowments. As part of that effort, the "Celebrate Cornell Faculty" web site ( has been launched by Alumni Affairs and Development.

The site's content pays tribute to the excellence and achievements of the faculty. In addition, alumni who visit the site can post stories about their experiences with Cornell faculty and how their relationships with faculty have positively affected their lives. They also can send an electronic greeting card to share a personal thank-you with faculty members.

This new site should generate a great deal of interest and traffic, and play an important role in helping Cornell to advance efforts to provide enhanced support for faculty and the work they do.

If you have comments or questions about the site, please direct them to Joe Zappala, director of communications, alumni affairs and development, at

Handicapped-accessible entrance to Phillips temporarily unavailable

The temporary handicapped-accessible entrance that was installed at the north end of Phillips Hall off Campus Road was removed starting Monday, July 14, 2003, to make way for the new permanent handicapped entrance. The new entrance will be completed prior to the start of the Fall '03 semester. During the period from now to the end of August, Phillips Hall will no longer have a handicapped-accessible entrance. The facility coordinator has indicated to the Duffield Hall Project Team that there are currently no students, staff, or faculty in Phillips Hall that require a handicapped entrance during this six week period. If an accessibility need arises during this period of time, please notify the project team ( for help with special arrangements.

New website launched for Biomedical Engineering Program

Cornell's Biomedical Engineering (BME) Program has recently launched a new web site, designed and produced by Cornell's Web Production Group. Enhanced features and functionalities showcase the dynamic nature of the field of Biomedical Engineering. Individual faculty members participating in the BME Program and their schools and departments may want to add a link to the new site from their own home pages:

New travel policy online

A new Cornell travel policy (University Policy 3.2) has recently been released. According to Joshua Adams, manager, University Policy Office: This new policy incorporates the older University Policy 3.2.1, Travel (Endowed Funded) and University Policy 3.2.2, Travel (Statutory Funded). The new document is shorter, much clearer, and comes after months of hard work by individuals in the Division of Financial Affairs and many partners throughout the university community. It contains information on General Considerations, Payment Methods, Travel Advances, Documentation, Reimbursement, Insurance, and Tax, and directs you to the new Division of Financial Affairs web site and all that it offers.

Please take a few minutes to look over this important new university policy. It is available at :

ORGSPE moves to Carpenter Hall

The Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Professional Education has moved to Carpenter Hall. Their new office space will ultimately be 222 Carpenter Hall; however, they will be temporarily located in the Engineering Career Services suite (Mike Hayes - 205A, Mark Otis - 204A, and Dawn Warren - 206A).

Mike's and Mark's telephone numbers will remain the same, and the main office line will be unchanged (5- 7413). One extension, 5-2052, has been eliminated. The fax number is now 255-9606.

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.