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Volume 6, Issue 4
September 24, 2003

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AEP well-represented in TR's top 100 innovators

The October issue of Technology Review includes their list of "100 of today's most exciting young innovators: the lab dwellers, visionaries, and dealmakers whose work will utterly transform our world in the years to come." The School of Applied and Engineering Physics has a faculty member, an alumnus, and a former postdoc all listed in the Nanotech category this year. Congratulations to:

Assoc. Prof. David A. Muller, Cornell PhD '96, former student of Prof. John Silcox Stephen Turner, Cornell PhD '00, former student of Prof. Harold Craighead Jordan Katine, former postdoctoral associate in Prof. Bob Buhrman's group

TR's complete list is available online:

Stroock receives Dreyfus award

Abraham D. Stroock, assistant professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is the recipient of a 2003 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award. The new faculty awards program, sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, was established in 1979 to provide funding for new faculty members at the start of their research and teaching activities. A key feature of the award is an unrestricted research grant that is awarded when the new faculty member formally begins the first-year appointment. In general, fifteen awards are made each year based on institutional nominations.

Morgan to deliver Hatfield lecture

James C. Morgan ('60, BME '62, MBA '63), chairman, Applied Materials Inc., is the Cornell University 2003 Robert S. Hatfield Fellow in Economic Education. Come hear his address, "The Networked, High-Tech Economy: New Systems Require New Thinking," on Thursday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium of Rockefeller Hall. He will be introduced by Cornell's president, Jeffrey S. Lehman

Morgan is author of "Cracking the Japanese Market: Strategies for Success in the New Global Economy." His vision and industry leadership earned him the 1996 National Medal of Technology. He serves as vice chair of the President's Export Council, the national advisory body on international trade.

Wicker's team awarded $2.5M from NSF

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million Information Technology Research Grant to a Cornell group for the development of "Self-Configuring Sensor Networks for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Recovery." The project team, led by Prof. Steve Wicker, ECE, includes molecular biologists, device physicists, telecommunications engineers, information theorists, game theorists, and civil engineers. The focus of the research effort will be the development of self-configuring wireless sensor networks that can quickly and reliably determine the location of survivors and the presence of toxic chemicals, biohazards, extreme heat, and radiation at disaster sites. The goal is to more quickly rescue survivors while protecting the lives of rescue personnel against unseen dangers. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Wadsworth Laboratories at the New York Department of Health.

NSF awards grant to probability groups

The probability groups in Math (R. Durrett, G. Lawler and L. Saloff-Coste) and ORIE (P. Protter, G. Samorodnitsky, and S. Resnick) at Cornell have jointly received a substantial five-year grant from the Infrastructure Program at the National Science Foundation. In addition to grad student support, workshops, and summer school, the grant will also provide for a visiting position for the 2004-2005 academic year, and one or more visiting positions in subsequent years. This can provide money to supplement a Sloan fellowship or sabbatical, full support for an assistant professor, or with a course or two of teaching for an associate or beginning full professor. For more information, contact Rick Durrett (; deadline for 2004 applicants is January 1.

Valero-Cuevas, MAE, receives awards for biomechanics

Asst Prof Francisco Valero-Cuevas, MAE, has received the Post-Doctoral Young Scientist Award of the American Society of Biomechanics. The award was presented at the society's annual meeting on Sep 19.

Valero-Cuevas has also received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his proposal, "Educational Program in Neuromuscular Biomechanics & Uncovering the Neuromuscular Biomechanics of Dexterous Manipulation." NSF established the Career awards to emphasize the importance the foundation places on 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.

Hunt to lead climate change discussions

The Engineering community is invited to two discussion sessions led by Prof. J.C.R. Hunt, University College London and Mary B. Upson Visiting Professor, Cornell University College of Engineering:

Monday, September 29
Climate Change: Current Scientific Views and Predictions
4 p.m. - 5 :30 p.m. McManus Lounge, Hollister Hall

Wednesday, October 1
Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation
4 p.m. - 5 :30 p.m. Upson Hall Lounge

Please read the announcement for more information and contact Prof. Sid Leibovich,, if you have any questions.

CEE's Upson Professor presents lecture

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Hillel Rubin, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, as the 2003-2003 Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor.

Dr. Rubin will lecture on "Water Resources Scarcity Associated with Groundwater Quality Deterioration" on Thursday, Sep 25, at 4:30 p.m. in 366 Hollister Hall; refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in 368 Hollister.

The Upson Visiting Professorship was established in 1966 through the bequest of the widow of the late Maxwell M. Upson, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell in 1899.

MSE hosts Yang, Bennett

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 4:00pm in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Sep 25: Prof. Yang Yang, UCLA, "High performance organic bistable and memory device"

Oct 2: Dr. Kristin Bennett, US Department of Energy, title to be announced

Enterprise Engineering lecture features Gray

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.

Sep 25: Charles A. Gray '60 ChE, vice president for technology, Cabot Corp., "Becoming a Performance Materials Company: Some Learnings"

Oct 2: see Hatfield lecture

Ruppert, Strawderman lecture in statistics seminars

The Department of Statistical Science seminar series is offered on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in 406 Malott Hall; refreshments are served at 3:45 p.m. in 301 Malott Hall.

Sep 24: David Ruppert, School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell, "Semiparametric Modeling, Penalized Splines, and Mixed Models"

Oct 1: Rob Strawderman, Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology, Cornell, "The accelerated gap times model"

Please see the Department of Statistical Science web page for further details:

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