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Volume 5, Issue 3
September 11, 2002

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Reflections on 9/11

The university is hosting a series of events this week to commemorate Sept. 11; the College of Engineering encourages your support of and participation in these events. The principal commemoration of the event will be today from 12:20 to 1 p.m., with an outdoor, nondenominational memorial convocation at the A.D. White House gardens. (Bailey Hall is the alternative, inclement weather site.) During the morning, the Cornell Chimes will toll at 8:46 a.m. and five times thereafter, to commemorate each of the four airplane crashes on Sept. 11 and the time when each tower fell at the World Trade Center There will also be a faculty panel, free and open to the public, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium of Kennedy Hall featuring President Hunter Rawlings, moderator; and faculty members Shawkat M. Toorawa, Walter F. LaFeber, and Michele Moody-Adams. In addition, "An Interfaith Vigil of Remembrance and Hope" will be held in Sage Chapel at 7 p.m.

Rawlings releases statement on unionization vote

Last week Cornell President Hunter Rawlings issued a statement to the campus community about graduate student unionization, which said in part: "This summer we concluded an agreement with a group wishing to represent Cornell graduate students through a union, and I think it important to inform our entire community about the agreement and its implications for a graduate student election scheduled for this fall. This is a serious matter not only for our graduate students, but also for the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student body. It is essential that all Cornellians educate themselves about the issues involved in this election. I will in this letter outline what happened this summer, what will occur this fall, and the administration's view of the choice confronting our graduate students."

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Engineering Ethics seminars begin September 18

The College of Engineering will sponsor a fall seminar series on Engineering Ethics. Invited speakers will address basic issues such as: What is Ethics? How is Ethics related to Engineering? Is there anything unique to Engineering Ethics (compared with business ethics and medical ethics)? Also the teaching of engineering ethics and the way it could be included in the curriculum, as well as the ABET requirements, will be addressed.

The Seminar on Engineering Ethics will be held on Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. in 204 Thurston Hall. Following are the speakers scheduled to date:

Sep 18, Prof. Michele Moody-Adams, Cornell professor of philosophy and director of the Program on Ethics and Public Life

Oct 2, Prof. Arne Vesiling, Bucknell University

Oct 9, Prof. Deborah Johnson, University of Virginia

Oct 30, Prof. Daniel Vallero, North Carolina Central University

Nov 20, Prof. Robert Frank, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell

The program is open to the college community; lunch will be served.

Library posts list of titles to be cancelled

John Saylor, director of the Engineering Library, has posted a list of 111 serial titles (representing almost $113,000) targeted for cancellation unless library patrons recommend otherwise. The list, with a brief explanation, is at These titles, which have been reviewed by the Library Faculty Committee, were selected based on their high cost per use as measured in 2001.

It is not too late to keep a title from being cancelled, but the deadline for your input is 5 p.m. Friday, September 13. Please direct comments, questions or suggestions to Saylor at, phone 5-4134.

Lockheed Martin Day set for September 19

On Thursday, September 19, Lockheed Martin will be hosting Lockheed Martin Day in the ballroom of the Statler Hotel. Lockheed Martin Day is a special on-campus event in which the corporation showcases the width and breadth of the products and technical opportunities it offers. Akin to a technical trade show, not a recruiting event, the LM exhibitors will represent a wide variety of Lockheed Martin business locations and product lines from aeronautics to systems integration to nuclear research. The event is only held once every five to six years per campus. The exhibits will be open to the campus from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

M.Eng. research opportunity at CHESS still available

As announced in August, the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is starting a collaboration with the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory and industry to make dynamically bendable multilayers capable of focusing extremely intense x-ray beams. The help of several Master of Engineering students is needed. This project requires an interest in experimental science, a steady hand, patience and responsibility, a familiarity with computers including basic programming skills, knowledge of physics, chemistry, and mathematics at the junior-year level, and a desire to work and communicate with experienced staff scientists at CHESS. If you're qualified and interested, find more details and contact information at

Smith serves as acting director of Advising

Kerwin-Michael Smith, who has been with the College of Engineering for a year as the assistant director of Advising, is now the associate director of Advising. Through the 2002 summer, Kerwin-Michael functioned as the director. He and the administrative staff of Advising successfully organized the pre-section of the incoming class of 2006 and superbly orchestrated a series of orientation events. Until a permanent director of advising is hired, Kerwin-Michael will continue to act as the director. Dan Maloney Hahn remains on- board, but in order to devote himself to academic counseling rather than administration, he has chosen to be reclassified as a senior academic advisor. Please continue to direct academic advising questions to either Dan Maloney Hahn or Kerwin-Michael Smith, but please direct administrative communications to Kerwin-Michael at or 255-7414.

Child Care Grant Subsidy applications now online

Cornell recognizes that the cost of quality child care can be a substantial burden to employees. In order to ease that burden, the university has committed to helping faculty and staff keep their children in quality care by subsidizing its cost through the Cornell University Child Care Grant Subsidy Program. The grant covers child care for work days, school holidays, summer vacations and teacher work days. Information about the program and applications for the 2003 Child Care Grant Subsidy are available on-line:

If you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact Ayanna Hughey, program manager of Diversity and Life Quality Programs, at, or Lynette Chappell-Williams at

Singhl, Feibelman to speak at MSE colloquia in September

The fall 2002 Materials Science and Engineering seminar series is held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard Hall. Members of the Engineering community are invited to attend. Upcoming lectures are as follows:

Sep 19: Dr. Subhash C. Singhal, Battelle Fellow and director, Fuel Cells, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "Solid Oxide Fuel Cells For Stationary, Transportation and Military Applications"

Sep 26: Dr. Peter Feibelman, Surface and Interface Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories

MentorNet now accepting applications for mentors

MentorNet, the Presidential award-winning e-mail-based mentoring network, is now accepting applications from professionals in engineering and science fields who would like to serve as mentors to some of the best and brightest female college students in the country. MentorNet expects to match nearly 4,000 community college, four-year college, and graduate-level women studying engineering, science, or math with men and women professional scientists and engineers for year-long e-mail mentoring relationships. This will mark the sixth consecutive year of growth for the MentorNet program. The deadline for applications (accepted online at is October 31.

Machine Shop hosts open house September 25

The College of Engineering Machine Shop, formerly the Advanced Design and Fabrication Facility (ADFF), in B25 Upson Hall is hosting an open house on Wednesday, September 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to showcase their capabilities. Their staff of experienced machinists can work with faculty, staff and students on design, machining, and welding to turn ideas into reality. For parts or materials, the Machine Shop has a long list of vendors to help fulfill your needs. Stop by the open house for coffee, donuts, and bagels and discover what the Machine Shop can do for you. For more information, contact Jim Bucko, college facilities director and manager of the Machine Shop, at B25 Upson, 255- 8112, or

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