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Volume 6, Issue 17
April 7, 2004

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Merrill Presidential Scholars announced

Six engineers will be among the group of students honored this year as Merrill Presidential Scholars representing the top 5 percent of Cornell's 2004 graduating class. The students are chosen by deans of each of the seven undergraduate colleges for outstanding academic achievement, strong leadership ability, and potential for contributing to society. Merrill Scholars from the College of Engineering are:

Joshua Conlon, MAE
Joseph Cua, CEE
Paul George, ECE
Eric Margelefsky, CBE
Scott Nolan, MAE
Sara Parker, MSE

These students will be invited to a lunch with President Lehman, where they will recognize an individual from their high school and one from Cornell as being influential in their lives.

Stroock wins ONR award

Asst. Prof. Abe Stroock, CBE, has been awarded a 2004 ONR Young Investigator award, one of only 26 in all branches of physical science and engineering in the country.

Stroock's project on vascular materials will develop principles and methods for making synthetic materials with embedded vascular systems. For ONR, his work could find application in novel heat pipes for wearable heat transfer systems and new materials to control the chemistry at bio-synthetic interfaces, for example, the development of a vascular wound dressing for treating severe burns and wounds.

The ONR program is "intended to confer honor on outstanding new faculty members at U.S. universities, to support their research, and to encourage their teaching and research careers. Awardees are selected on the basis of past performance and the quality and creativity of their research proposals."

Lagoze wins Kilgour Award

Carl Lagoze, senior research associate in Computing and Information Science, is the winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology for 2004. The award is sponsored by Online Computer Library Center Inc. and the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association. The award is given to a person who has amassed a significant body of research in the field of library and information technology. Lagoze will be accepting the award at the LITA President's Program in June at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

New director of Engineering Advising

Richard (Rich) Robbins, who holds a Ph.D. in social psychology, will be joining the College of Engineering as director of advising on Monday, May 10. Robbins was the coordinator of academic advising at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, for five years and most recently was the director of the Undergraduate Academic Services Center at West Virginia University. He's very involved in NACADA (the national advising association), serving as the chair of the NACADA Assessment Seminar Curriculum Committee and presenting at their national and regional conferences. His program at Washburn won a NACADA Outstanding Institutional Program Award.

GE's CEO to give Hatfield lecture

Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric Company, is the Cornell University 2004 Robert S. Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education. He will present a public address titled "The Innovation Imperative" on Thursday, April 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium of Kennedy Hall. The event is free and open.

Upson Professor to speak on climate and energy

The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is pleased to announce Professor J.C.R. (Julian) Hunt's visit to Cornell as the Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor, College of Engineering.

Hunt is professor of climate change at University College, London. His talk, "Climate and Energy: Policy Innovations and Research Development in Britain and Europe" will be presented on Thursday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. in B11 Kimball Hall. The talk is open to the public.

Hunt will be visiting Cornell through April 13 and will contribute expertise in the area of energy and the environment by participating in meetings and discussions throughout his stay. He can be reached during his visit at 254- 7402, 146 Upson Hall. He will return to Cornell in mid-July for one month.

Chicago's Winstein to present Bethe Lectures

Bruce D. Winstein, the Samuel K. Allison Distinguished Service Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago, will present the 2004 Bethe Lectures:

Physics Colloquia:
Apr 12, 4:30 p.m.: "The Allure of the Neutral Kaons"
Apr 19, 4:30 p.m.: "Searching for Patterns in the Polarization of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation"

General Public Lecture:
Apr 14, 7:30 p.m.: "Startling Revelations about Our Universe"

All lectures will be held in the Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall. The Bethe Lectures, established by the Cornell Department of Physics and the College of Arts and Sciences, honor Hans A. Bethe, Cornell professor emeritus of physics, whose description of the nuclear processes powering the sun won him the Nobel Prize in physics in 1967.

Enterprise Engineering features Dawson

The CSE-sponsored Enterprise Engineering Seminars are held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in DeFrees Auditorium (B14 Hollister Hall). Refreshments are provided at 4:15 p.m.

Apr 8: Chet Dawson, MS '70 MSE, Sony Music, "From CD to DVD to Blue Ray, How the Product and Process is Evolving

Apr 15: Seminar participants are encouraged to attend the Hatfield Lecture: Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman & CEO, General Electric, "The Innovation Imperative. (See details earlier in this newsletter.)

MSE hosts Folks, Reynolds

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.

Apr 8: Dr. Liesl Folks, Cornell University, "Materials challenges for hard disk drives"

Apr 15: Prof. John R. Reynolds, University of Florida, "Variable Band Gap Conjugated Polymers: Controlled 'Color States'"

Berndt lectures in statistics seminars

The Department of Statistical Science Statistics Seminars are held weekly on Wednesdays in 406 Malott Hall at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments are served at 3:45 in 301 Malott.

Apr 7: Asst. Prof. Antje Berndt, ORIE, Cornell University "Measuring Default Risk Premia from Default Swap Rates and EDFs"

CSE Conference set for April 15-17

The Cornell Society of Engineers (CSE), the college's official alumni organization, is holding its on-campus conference April 15-17 on the theme "Energy Demand and Sustainable Development: Pathways to Economic, Social & Environmental Improvement."

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the sessions. There is no charge to attend, except for meals, but you do need to pre-register.

For more information or to register online, visit the CSE website:

Call for faculty and student awards

In case you missed the announcement in the recent issue: The Cornell Chronicle will publish, in the May 27 edition, the names of students and faculty members who have won Cornell college or academic department awards for the 2003-04 academic year. This is a great opportunity to recognize and honor outstanding faculty and students and to showcase our engineering award winners to the rest of the university.

What kind of awards are we talking about? For examples, check out the Chronicle graduation issues for previous years, online at:

Individuals who are coordinating the award lists for their departments should submit their materials -- listing the names of the awards, the award winners, and prizes (if applicable) -- to Karen Walters, Cornell News Service, Surge 3,, by May 7. If you have any questions, please direct them to her.

Chronicle seeking special seniors

Each May, the Cornell Chronicle features profiles of selected graduating seniors in the commencement issue. The News Service is beginning to solicit recommendations for seniors to profile, and they are looking for individuals who are not necessarily your top scholars, but "quirky, adventurous people." If you know of an outstanding senior, someone who deserves special recognition for something out of the ordinary - perhaps in their character, community service, outside interests, or chosen career -- please send those ideas to David Brand,, at the Cornell News Service. Recommendations are needed by the end of April.

ECMR Looking for a few good photo ops

As the academic year draws to a close, testing and demonstrations of final projects will begin in many engineering classrooms and labs. Engineering Communications and Media Relations is always looking for photo opportunities. We have many uses for photos of students engaged in active, hands-on projects--such as publication in Cornell Engineering Magazine, the engineering web site, college promotional brochures, and newsletters. As an added bonus, when University Photo captures great pictures of your classroom activity, those photos are then available to university designers as well. Perhaps you'll find yourself featured in such publications as the admissions viewbook or the university web site.

If you are planning a classroom or lab activity that would provide an interesting visual setting--of students working together on a project, for example, or demonstrating their individual projects, or using specialized equipment--please let us know. Call or e-mail Marie Tischler at 255-3981, We need about a week's notice to schedule a photographer. If it's too late this time, tell us anyway so we can put it on the schedule to check back with you next semester or next year.

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