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Volume 6, Issue 19
May 5, 2004

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CEE's Cowen receives Guggenheim

Assoc. Prof. Todd Cowen, CEE, was one of three Cornell faculty members to win a Guggenheim Fellowship award for 2004. Guggenheim Fellowship award decisions are based on the recommendations of hundreds of expert advisers and the approval of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's board of trustees. Winners are selected based on distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.

Cowen, director of the DeFrees Hydraulics Laboratory at Cornell, will use his fellowship award to study turbulence and sediment transport processes in the region of the beach where the sea meets the land and, thus, is alternatively dry and wet.

Parks wins IEEE medal

Prof. Thomas W. Parks, ECE, is the co-recipient (with Prof. James H. McClellan, George Tech) of the 2004 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal, which will be presented at an IEEE Awards Meeting to be held in Kansas City on June 19.

The Kilby Medal was established by the IEEE Board of Directors in 1995 and is presented for outstanding achievements in signal processing. The award consists of a gold medal, bronze replica, certificate, and a cash honorarium.

Downey joins Co-op and Career staff

Christa Downey has joined the Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office as assistant director (replacing Deborah Worley). Downey comes from SUNY Albany, where she spent the last four years as an academic advisor. In that role, she also published a New Transfer Student Guide and developed a Student Learning Outcomes Guide. Downey also taught business math at Hudson Valley Community College.

Downey has served as a resident director at Western State College (Colorado) and at Miami University (Ohio) and has served as a graduate career advisor at both the Oxford and Hamilton campuses of Miami University. She holds an MS degree in college student personnel from Miami University and a BS degree in industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University. Downey's contact information: 255-0115;

Burt recognized as outstanding advisor

During an awards ceremony on April 27, RJ Burt, assistant director of Women's Programs in Engineering, was recognized as one of four "Outstanding Advisors" by the Cornell University Student Activities Office and the Office of the Dean of Students for her outstanding contributions to the Cornell Community. The award was made by Vice President Mary George Opperman.

Co-op and Career Services cited in professional journal

The following quote is from the article, "An Employer's View of Career Services" in the Spring 2004 edition of the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Journal (p. 41)

"The career services organization is a critical link between student and employer....Cornell University's Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services department exemplifies a model career services organization. Focusing on student and company needs, the staff creates an efficient, well- focused environment. Whether it's schedule manipulation to help a student, setting up student resume critiquing sessions prior to career fairs, or just supporting the student through the interview process, the staff treats the Cornell student as their customer. In the same light, the staff recognizes the importance of on-campus company representation, and goes out of its way to ensure employer needs are met." --Greg McClure, Raytheon campus manager at Cornell University

Computer game open house set for May 12

Would you like to play some games and learn about game design? Nearly 80 Cornell students from several departments and local youth have created some amazing works this semester. Students from engineering, art, music, computer science, and other fields all worked in collaborative teams to design computer games and develop projects. You're invited to come check it all out!

Place: Upson Hall, 315 & 319 (CSUG Lab), Cornell University
Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Time: 3:30-6:30 PM
Sponsors: Microsoft and The Department of Computer Science
Contact: David I. Schwartz,, 607-255-5395

For more information about The Computer Game Design Initiative at Cornell and links to all projects:

Cornell Co-Sponsors Environmental Career Fair

Cornell Career Services co-hosted an environmental career fair at Columbia University, in conjunction with the Yale School of Forestry and Columbia University's Master in Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy and The Earth Institute. Over 35 diverse organizations were present to discuss careers and job opportunities with 400+ undergraduate and graduate students. The organizations ranged from Environmental Engineering firms to City of New York, Parks and Recreation and US EPA - Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Mary Ellen Buhl co-coordinated logistics with the other representatives from Yale and Columbia, with the assistance of Katrina Overton (BEE), Jo-Lynn Buchanan, Maria Montesano, and students Janine Yeah (SWE) and Claudia Bermudez (IBE). Career Services chartered a bus to take interested Cornell students to the event in New York City.

For more information about participants and employer contact information: nyccareerfair/companies.html

Yu 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.

May 5: Cindy Long Yu, Statistics Graduate Student, Cornell University " MCMC Analysis of Time-Changed Levy Processes of Stock Return Dynamics "

Last call for awards lists and special seniors

Reminder: the Cornell Chronicle needs your departmental lists of student and faculty award winners for the academic year by May 7. Send information to Karen Walters, Cornell News Service,

The Chronicle is also looking for your recommendations for graduating seniors to be profiled in the commencement edition. Send information to David Brand, Cornell News Service, (This information should have been provided by the end of April; if you send your recommendation TODAY, there might still be a chance to have your senior featured.)

Full announcements on these two opportunities have been posted in the past two issues of Info Update. Please refer to the Info Update Archives,, for April 7 and April 21 for more information.

Information Update schedule

Please note: The May 19 issue will be the last regular biweekly issue of Info Update for this academic year. The newsletter is published once a month in June and July and will resume biweekly publishing in mid-August.

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