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Volume 6, Issue 12
January 28, 2004

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Nelson appointed Upson Visiting Professor

David R. Nelson '72, Ph.D. '75, has been appointed the Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor, anticipated for the Fall 2004 semester.

Nelson is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and professor of applied physics at Harvard. His research focuses on collective effects in the physics of condensed matter.

The Upson visiting professorship was established in 1966 through the bequest of the widow of Maxwell M. Upson, an 1899 Cornell engineering graduate and a member of the Cornell board of trustees for 35 years.

Friday is college deadline for ERC proposals

As a reminder, the ERC internal competition proposal(s) are due to my office on Friday, January 30th.

You can access the ERC information on the ORGSPE website by visiting ( ).

If you have questions please feel free to call.

--Mike Spencer, Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies and Professional Education

Two faculty members receive Lockheed Martin grants

Two faculty members in the College of Engineering have received $50,000 awards under the 2004 Lockheed Martin University Research Grants Program.

Alyssa B. Apsel, the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received an award for her project "Resonant Monolithic Photodetectors and On-Chip Waveguides for Integrated Optoelectronics."

Mark Campbell, assistant professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received an award for his project, "Cooperative Information Seeking for Uninhabited Vehicles."

According to L/M's Nader Mehravari, " It is very unusual for the corporation to award more than one grant to a given university per year. Moreover, this is the third year in the row that a Cornell faculty has received one of these grants from Lockheed Martin. Professor Tom Avedisian [MAE] was the recipient in the past two years."

ISST major approved

We have received news that the proposed new undergraduate Engineering major in Information Science, Systems and Technology (ISST) has been approved (registered) by the State Education Department. The new major in the College of Engineering, a joint offering of ORIE and CS with sponsorship by CIS, studies the design and management of complex information systems.

Associate Dean Gries and I thank all the faculty and staff involved for investing their time and help in developing this important new undergraduate major, with particular appreciation to Prof. Claire Cardie (CS) and Prof. David Shmoys (ORIE).

--Kent Fuchs, Dean of Engineering

Nominations for Weiss Fellows due March 3

The deadline for nominations for Cornell's 2004 Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellows Award is March 3. The awards -- $5,000 for five years for each faculty member -- are named for the emeritus chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees, Stephen H. Weiss '57, who endowed the program. They recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching, advising, and outstanding efforts toward instructional improvement and development. Typically three awards are given each year. Nominations are accepted from junior and senior students, faculty members, and other members of the academic staff. The nomination letter should be accompanied by an additional supporting letter from a faculty member as well as letters of support from six undergraduate students. Letters should be addressed to: Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellows Committee, 315 Day Hall.

IWT announces opportunities

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has announced three award and scholarship opportunities:

$10,000 Anita Borg Award for Social Impact This award identifies achievements by an individual or team who has increased the positive impact of technology on the lives of women.

$10,000 Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership This award celebrates outstanding women technical leaders.

Two $10,000 scholarships for women in CS These scholarships will be awarded to female students graduating in 2005 - one to an undergraduate student and one to a master's student.

All have deadlines upcoming in March. For complete details and application procedures, please visit The Institute for Women and Technology is an advanced research, development, advocacy and action organization. The institute seeks to catalyze R&D initiatives throughout industry, academia, government and the non-profit sector that fully engage women in all phases of their work.

MSE hosts Garofalini, Auciello

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering seminars are held 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.

Jan 29: Prof. Stephen H. Garofalini, Rutgers University

Feb 5: Dr. Orlando Auciello, Argonne National Laboratory

Booth lectures in statistics seminars

The Department of Statistical Science seminar series is offered on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in 406 Malott Hall; refreshments are served at 3:45 p.m. in 301 Malott Hall.

Jan 28: Jim Booth, University of Florida, "Monte Carlo Approximation and the Bootstrap"

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.