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Volume 6, Issue 14
February 25, 2004

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CAREER award for Rana

Asst. Prof. Farhan Rana, ECE, has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award of $400,000 for his proposal, "Semiconductor Lasers for Generating High Energy Ultrashort (sub-50 fs) Optical Pulses: From Nanotechnology to Ultrafast Optics." The NSF program is intended to support the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating discovery process, in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning

Escobedo named Sloan Fellow

Asst. Prof. Fernando Escobedo, CBE, has been selected as a 2004 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. These awards are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science. Currently a total of 116 fellowships are awarded annually in seven fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics. The Sloan award recognizes Escobedo's outstanding contributions to novel algorithm development and scholarly scientific investigations in the area of molecular simulation.

Reminder: Call for nominations to TR100

Nominations are now open for the 2004 edition of the TR100, Technology Review's list of 100 young people whose contributions to emerging technologies are poised to profoundly influence our world. They are seeking the best young innovators in such fields as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, nanotechnology, telecommunications, and transportation.

Nominees should not turn 35 before October 1, 2004, and their work should exemplify the spirit of innovation. Technology Review will showcase all 100 in a special October 2004 issue and recognize them at a gala awards celebration at the Emerging Technologies Conference September 29-30, 2004.

The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2004. Online nomination form:

NIST announces competition for cost-sharing awards

The NIST Advanced Technology Program has announced a new competition for cost-sharing awards to single companies and industry-led joint ventures of up to $2M for up to 3 years to support high-risk R&D projects that accelerate the development of path-breaking new technologies important to the U.S. economy. The application deadline is April 14th. This can be a good source of funding for early stage companies. For on campus assistance with ATP grants, please contact Donna K. Chaudhuri at

Additional information: unding.htm

New web site for engineering history, ethics

The Bovay Program in the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering at Cornell has a new web site:

Created by post-doc Park Doing, the Bovay site notes activities of the program, provides resources and reports, and gives links to other sites.

Webb Group featured on three covers

Research by Prof. Watt Webb's group ( in AEP has been featured on three science journal covers in the past year: Journal of Neuroscience (Jan 28, 2004), Nature (Oct 23, 2003), and Science (Jan 31, 2003).

In addition, the Webb Group was cited by Chemical and Engineering News and by Science among their top ten advances of the year, and Prof. Webb has been selected as MIT's 2004 Lord Lecturer. The Richard C. Lord Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the MIT Department of Chemistry and the G. R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory to honor a scientist who has made important contributions to the field of spectroscopy.

BOOM 04 to be held Wednesday, March 3

Just a reminder that BOOM 2004 (Bits On Our Minds) will be held Wednesday, March 3, in Upson Hall (3rd, 4th, 5th floors). BOOM is a fair that showcases student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications. It is hosted by Computing and Information Science and includes disciplines throughout the University.

For more information:

Enterprise Engineering features McQueeney, Galvin

The CSE Enterprise Engineering Seminars are held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in B14 Hollister Hall. Refreshments are provided at 4:15 p.m.

Feb 26: David McQueeney, MS '84, PhD '88 Physics, vice president of technology assets, IBM Global Services, "The IBM Research Global Technology Outlook: Toward e-Business on Demand "

Mar 4: Greg Galvin, MS '82, PhD '84 MSE, MBA '93, president and CEO, Kionix Inc., "Micromachining and Micromanufacturing"

MSE hosts Black, Composto

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.

Feb 26: Dr. Chuck Black, IBM, "Application of Self-Assembling Materials to Microelectronics"

Mar 4: Prof. Russel J. Composto, University of Pennsylvania, "Functionalized Biomaterial Surfaces for Cell Adhesion"

Izem, Robins lecture in statistics seminars

The following Department of Statistical Science seminars are offered at 4 p.m. in 406 Malott Hall; refreshments are served at 3:45 p.m. in 301 Malott Hall.

Weekly series, Feb 25: Rima Izem, Department of Statistics and Operations Research,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Analysis of Nonlinear Variation in Curves, New Look at Genetic Tradeoffs"

Special Seminar, Mar 1: James Robins, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Harvard University, topic TBA

IBM guest speakers featured on Feb 26

Five researchers from IBM will be on campus Thursday, February 26, as guest speakers in a number of venues across the Engineering Quad. For speaker biographies and time, location, and abstracts of these talks: m

Chuck Black, research staff, "Application of Diblock Copolymer Thin-Film Self Assembly to Semiconductor Electronics"

William J. Gallagher, senior manager, Magnetronics, "Magnetic Tunnel Junctions and their Potential for a Universal RAM Technology"

David Jensen, MS '81, PhD '85 ORIE, senior manager, Applied Mathematics, "Enabling Applications on an Open Standards Based Grid"

David McQueeney, MS '84; PhD '88, vice president, Technology, IBM Global Services, "The IBM Research Global Technology Outlook: Toward e-Business on Demand"

Modest M. Oprysko, department group manager, Communications Technologies, "Next Generation High-Performance Link Technologies: Electrical, Optical and Wireless."

IBM will be hosting a reception for those attending any of the above talks at 5:30 p.m. in McManus Lounge, 166 Hollister Hall

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