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Volume 5, Issue 7
November 6, 2002

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More AAAS Fellows

We reported last issue that Prof. Bart Selman, CS, had been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Since then, we've learned that two other members of the Cornell Engineering community were also honored as AAAS Fellows: Donald P. Greenberg, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Graphics and professor of architecture, computer science, and management: and Mary Sansalone, vice president for planning and vice provost for academic initiatives at New York University, formerly vice provost at Cornell and member of the CEE faculty.

Van Dover joins MSE

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to announce that Professor R. Bruce van Dover has joined the faculty. Van Dover comes to Cornell from a 21-year career at Bell Laboratories, most recently in Lucent Technologies/Agere Systems, with significant research accomplishments in the fields of superconducting, magnetic and electronic materials and devices. His current research foci include the growth and properties of magnetic, dielectric, superconducting, and optical thin films; fabrication and characterization of thin film devices; properties of magnetic and superconducting ceramics; and the development and use of high-throughput synthesis and evaluation of experimental strategies.

Zunger to present Johnson Lectures

MSE proudly presents the 2002 Herbert H. Johnson Memorial Lectures featuring Dr. Alex Zunger, from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Both lectures will be held in B11 Kimball Hall at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, "Understanding Semiconductor Quantum Dots"

Thursday, Nov. 21, "Quantum Architecture of Novel Solids"

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the Bard Hall Lounge (Rm 260) at 4:00 p.m. before each lecture.

Engineering Ethics seminar features Cornell economist

On Wednesday, Nov 20, the College of Engineering fall seminar series on Engineering Ethics will feature Robert H. Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and professor of economics in the Johnson Graduate School of Management.

The program, scheduled for 12:15 p.m. in 204 Thurston Hall, is open to the college community; lunch will be served.

Gottesfeld, Schadler scheduled for MSE seminars

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering 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.

Nov 7: Dr. ShimShon Gottesfeld, MTI MicroFuel Cells Inc., "Polymer Electrolyte and Direct Methanol Fuel Cells"

Nov 14: Prof. Linda Schadler, RPI, "Polymer Nanocomposites - Is Smaller Better?"

Enterprise Engineering features Berg and Gordon, Pak

The CSE Enterprise Engineering Seminar is held on Thursdays in B14 Hollister Hall from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with refreshments at 4:15 p.m. Upcoming lectures are as follows:

Nov 7: Jeff Berg '79 OR, M.Eng. '80, M.B.A. '81, COO, Pittiglio Raabin Todd & McGrath; and Patrick Gordon, MEng '88 EE, director, PRTM; "Case Study: IT- Enabled Product Development Improvement at a Communications Equipment Company"

Nov 14: James Pak M.Eng. '91 EE, director, yield and product engineering, AMD, "Cross-Disciplinary Nature of Semiconductor Yield Engineering"

Library newsletter now online

The Oct/Nov 2002 issue of the EMPSL STANDARD (newsletter of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences Libraries) is now available online at

Kinematic Models
Journal Cancellations
Borrow Direct
New Journal: Nature Materials
Mathematics Archiving
Endnote Workshops
Web-based reservations at ACCEL
EMPSL People

Flu shots available for students, staff, and faculty

Once again, Gannett Health Services is offering flu shots for the Cornell community. For students, the cost is $12, paid by cash, check, or bursar charge. For staff and faculty, flu shots are provided free as an employee benefit. (For dependents: must be at least 14 years of age and the cost is $12, cash or check.)

Flu shots are available by appointment or at walk-in clinics at several locations around campus. Two clinics are scheduled in Engineering:

208 Hollister Hall, Nov 8, 12 noon -1:30 p.m.
708 Rhodes Hall, Nov 12, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Other locations are listed online: If you plan to pay in cash at walk-in clinics, please have exact change.

If you're unable to attend a clinic, call 255-5155 to make an appointment at Gannett Monday through Friday, 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Operating status in inclement weather

Hoping for a snow day? As winter weather approaches, you may find this contact information useful for determining the operating status of the university:


Inclement Weather Phone (24 hours): (607) 255-3377

Electronic Mailing List: Univ-Closing-L is an electronic mailing list that distributes electronic notification of changes in the operating status of the university. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to The text of the message should read:
  (be sure to use your own first name and last name!)

To check bus service: The current operating status of each bus system is provided via the following telephone numbers:
  TCAT, 277-RIDE(7433)
  Chemung/Schuyler County Transit, 254-6791
  Cortland Transit, 254-6792
  Tioga County Public Transit, 254-6793
  Transportation Services 254-6794

A number of local television and radio stations also announce closings as soon as the information becomes available.

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.