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Volume 6, Issue 3
September 10, 2003

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CS professors receive NSF CAREER Awards

Thorsten Joachims and Jayavel Shanmugasundaram, both assistant professors of computer science, are among this year's recipients of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Awards.

Joachims's research is in machine learning and statistical learning theory, with its main application in the fields of text mining and intelligent information agents. He has been awarded $400,000 for his work on "Improving Information Access by Learning from User Interactions," which will extend through 2008.

Shanmugasundaram's research is focused on internet data management, database systems, query-processing in emerging system architectures. He has been awarded $406,750 for his project "Towards Unifying Database Systems and Information Retrieval Systems," which will extend through 2008.

New director joins ECP

Rick Evans will join the college staff as director of the Engineering Communications Program this fall. Evans, who succeeds Steven Youra, holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M in sociolinguistics and literacy studies. He is currently co-director of the E. J. Faulkner Writing Lab and co-coordinator of the Communications Across the Curriculum Alternative at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

CTC offers cluster computing workshops

The Cornell Theory Center (CTC) will offer Introduction to Windows Cluster Computing on October 15-16, 2003. In addition to offering an overview of cluster computing and an introduction to serial computing at CTC, this year's program includes a new workshop on parallel computing. A CTC computing account is not required; participants may attend one or both workshops; and there is no charge for the workshop for Cornell students, faculty, and staff.

Both onsite workshops will include lectures and demonstrations. Each participant will have access to a laptop for hands-on exercises, and consulting assistance will be provided.

Registration is required by October 7, 2003. For online registration and complete details, visit

Engineering leaders to speak at EWF conference

Engineers Without Frontiers USA invites you to attend Bridging the Divide, the EWF-USA national conference hosted by Cornell University, September 17-20.

Students and professionals in the Ithaca-Cornell community are invited to participate in workshops and panel discussions and to hear from distinguished keynote speakers of diverse backgrounds who address the social, environmental, and technical issues of international development.

Highlights include public lectures by Patricia Galloway, president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and George Bugliarello, foreign secretary of the National Academy of Engineering

For more information or to register:

Faculty reception set for September 18

The College of Engineering Fall Faculty Reception will be held on Thursday, September 18, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca

Cornell President Jeff Lehman will attend and speak at the reception.

The Fall Engineering Faculty Reception is an opportunity to celebrate the start of the new academic year and for directors and chairs to introduce new faculty members.

Update from ECP: Whitney winner, technical-writing requirements

The Engineering Communications Program is pleased to announce the 2002-2003 winner of its annual award for excellence in writing. Nikki Graf '03 ME has been recognized with the $1000 Douglas Whitney '61 Award for her paper, A Study of the Biomechanics of Spondylolysis, which capped her semester-long research project in Engineering Communications 350.

Concise and up-to-date information about the college's technical-writing requirement is always available:

ECP web site

MSE seminars feature Manias, Cook

The Materials Science and Engineering Department will host the following seminars on Thursdays at 4:30 pm in 140 Bard. Refreshments will precede the seminars at 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bar.

Sep 11: Prof. Evangelos Manias, Pennsylvania State University, "Temperature-Responsive Polymers with Tailored Onset of Response: Using Physics to Guide the Design of Materials Synthesis & Properties"

Sep 18: Prof. Robert F. Cook, University of Minnesota, "Mechanical Stability and Characterization of Dielectric Thin Films"

ECE colloquium series to host Horowitz, Bishop

The Electrical and Computer Engineering colloquium series is held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Phillips Hall. Upcoming speakers are:

Sep 16: Prof. Mark Horowitz, Stanford University, EE&CS, "Computers, Performance & VLSI Scaling"

Sep 23: Dr. David Bishop, Lucent Technologies, title to be announced

Child care grant program provides subsidy

Cornell recognizes that the cost of quality child care can be a substantial burden to employees. In order to ease that burden, the university has committed to helping faculty and staff keep their children in quality care by subsidizing its cost through the Cornell University Child Care Grant Subsidy (CCGS) Program. The program helps Cornell employees pay child care expenses. The grant covers child care for work days, school holidays, summer vacations, and teacher work days.

For information about the application process, please visit the web site: ml

Workshop on building a parent network

Need help with child care? Find out about starting a parent network. The Engineering Diversity Office (146 Olin) recommends this workshop offered by Cornell's Organizational Development Services:

Life Cycles: Building a Parent Network (Class 2023); September 16; 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.; 170 Roberts Hall. No charge; space is limited.

You may register for workshops on-line:

Reminder: ORGSPE has moved to Carpenter Hall

The Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Professional Education --Mike Hayes, Mark Otis, and Dawn Warren-- has moved to 222 Carpenter Hall. The office phone number is unchanged (5-7413), although one extension, 5-2052, has been eliminated. The fax number is now 255-9606.

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