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Volume 5, Issue 9
December 4, 2002

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Reminder: Final Fulkerson lecture today

This afternoon Frank Kelly, FRS, of the University of Cambridge will present the last of three talks in the 2002 D. R. Fulkerson Lecture Series sponsored by the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Kelly is an internationally renowned expert on communications networks in both theory and practice. Today's lecture:

Dec 4, 3:30 p.m., 406 Malott: "Brownian network models of congestion at flow level" (joint with the Department of Statistical Science)

Further details at

High Jump - An outreach opportunity for faculty

Faculty members in the college have a unique opportunity to contribute to an existing academic enrichment program called High Jump that will help bring under-represented students to Cornell. Founded in 1989, High Jump is a tuition-free program for approximately 200 talented and motivated 7th, 8th, and 9th graders from inner city Chicago households with limited income.

This past summer Prof. Tony Ingraffea, CEE, and taught earthquake engineering to 60 rising 7th graders (all under-represented minority students) using a combination of web-based resources and hands-on testing and modeling using a shaketable.

Next summer the college would like to send three faculty members (funding is available). If you are interested, read more at or contact Tony Ingraffea directly (, 5-3336).

Boston firm names conference room for Gergely

In September 2002, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., an engineering consulting firm in the Boston area, moved to a new larger facility. The main conference room was named for the firm's founders, former MIT professors Howard Simpson, Werner Gumpertz, and Frank Heger. Employees voted to name the other conference rooms for notable civil engineers. Included in that group is the late Prof. Peter Gergely, who taught in Cornell's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering for 32 years. According to an announcement by SGH, "Dr. Gergely instructed Donald Dusenberry and James Parker, both principals of SGH. In addition, SGH has generously supported the Peter Gergely Seminar Endowment over the years."

The names of the honorees are displayed outside the conference rooms, and the firm plans to include a picture and brief biography of each.

Guidelines for holiday celebrations and displays

Lynette Chappell-Williams, director of Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity and Life Quality, and Andy Garcia-Rivera, director of Environmental Health and Safety, have provided a joint memo offering information for celebrating the holiday season in a safe way and in a way that is consistent with the university's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. The memo includes guidelines for fire safety, display of religious symbols, and inclusive seasonal displays. Please review this information if you have any questions regarding holiday displays:

Employee benefits deadlines are approaching

The open enrollment period for employee benefits began November 11. All faculty and staff should have received a benefits enrollment packet at their home addresses. If you have not received yours, please contact Benefit Services, 255-3936, For more information:

The deadlines for enrolling in Select Benefits, health, and dental plans are as follows:

Dec 6: Deadline for enrolling in Select Benefits Dependent Care Accounts (endowed and contract college)

Dec 6: Deadline for enrolling in, changing coverage, or dropping coverage in the Endowed Health and Endowed Dental Plans

Dec 31: Deadline for Enrolling in Select Benefits Medical Care Accounts (endowed and contract college)

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.