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Volume 6, Issue 18
April 21, 2004

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Engineering students recognized in Goldwater competition

Mark Polking '05 MSE has won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This scholarship, open to sophomores and juniors, provides $7500 to students committed to a career as a scientist. Polking is one of 310 scholars selected this year from 1,113 science, engineering, and mathematics students. He is currently doing research with Professor Christopher Umbach involving nanoscale patterns on glass fracture surfaces.

Congratulations also to Lucy Cohan '05 ME and Andrei Garcia '05 MSE who achieved honorable mention in the scholarship competition.

Undergrad research poster session

Faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend the Spring 2004 Learning Initiatives for Future Engineers (LIFE) undergraduate research poster session, to be held on Wednesday, April 28, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in McManus Lounge, 166 Hollister Hall. This event will feature the work of those who received awards from LIFE during the Summer 2003, Fall 2003, and Spring 2004 sessions. With a number of outstanding participants on the program, we look forward to an evening that will illustrate the breadth and depth of undergraduate research in Cornell Engineering.

Light refreshments will be served.

TAM hosts Zhang, Greenberg, and Mickens

The Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics seminars are held on Fridays (except as noted) at 2:30 p.m. in 205 Thurston Hall. Refreshments will precede the seminars at 2:15 p.m. in the TAM Lounge, 206 Thurston.

Apr 23: Wendy Zhang, University of Chicago, "Viscous entrainment from a nozzle: singular liquid spouts"

Apr 29 (Thursday): James Greenberg, Carnegie Mellon University, "Congestion Redux" (Check TAM website for time and location.)

Apr 30: Ron Mickens, Clark Atlanta University, "A Perturbation Method for 'Truly' Nonlinear Oscillatory Systems"

MSE hosts Gleason, Joannopolous

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 29: Prof. Karen Gleason, MIT, "Polymeric Nanocoatings by Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition (HFCVD)"

May 6: Prof. John Joannopolous, MIT, "Enabling Anomalous Light Behavior with Photonic Crystals"

Guo 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 21: Asst. Prof. Xin Guo, ORIE, Cornell University " Bregman Loss Functions: optimality and applications "

Computational lecture features Belytschko

The 11th lecture in the Distinguished Lecture Series on Computational Materials and Engineering, sponsored by the Cornell Theory Center and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be held in McManus Lounge, 166 Hollister Hall, at 4:30 p.m. (refreshments provided at 4:15). The format is a one-hour lecture, followed by a 30-minute Q&A period.

Monday, Apr 26: Ted Belytschko, Northwestern University, "Arbitrary Discontinuities and Level Sets in Finite Elements Methods"

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 or unusual 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.

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.