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Volume 6, Issue 9
December 3, 2003

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Putnam joins Controlled Release editorial board

Asst. Prof. David Putnam has been invited to join the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Controlled Release, which is published by Elsevier and is the highest ranked journal in the field of drug delivery. Putnam, a member of the faculty in chemical and biomolecular engineering and in biomedical engineering, is the youngest person to be named to the journal's editorial board.

Newsday quotes Draper, Thorp on deregulation

Cornell Engineering experts weighed in on deregulation and the August blackout in a November 17 story called "Deregulated Power Grid Presents Own Challenge." The story quoted the testimony to a Congressional committee of E. Linn Draper '70 Ph.D., CEO of American Electric Power, and also provided comments from ECE's Jim Thorp, the C. N. Mellowes Professor in Engineering, who has made an extensive study of New York's grid.,0,49051 55.story

Thorp's colleague in ECE, Prof. Bob Thomas, has been working this fall with DOE and the US-Canada Power System Outage Task Force, which recently released an interim report on "Causes of the August 14th Blackout in the United States and Canada."

Computer game exhibit set for December 10

This fall, Rama Hoetzlein '01 (CS, Arts), visiting lecturer Rajmohan Rajagopalan (Math, CS), and Asst. Prof. David Schwartz (CS) led an interdisciplinary, experimental course in computer-game design as part of the Computer Game Design Initiative at Cornell University.

Students will showcase their games at an open house on Wednesday, December 10, 3:30-6:00 p.m. in 319 Upson Hall. Games will be available for playing at the open house and (at the end of the semester) for downloading from the website below.

This event is free and open to the campus and community. For more information, read the announcement online,, or visit the project website:

OSP begins electronic distribution of award notices

On Thursday, December 4, Cornell's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will begin electronic distribution of award notification for grants from federal agencies. This will replace distribution by campus mail.

Electronic distribution will come in the form of an e-mail to the principal investigator, CoPI(s), department contact(s), sponsored funds accounting, and others as needed. The e- mail will include an attachment of the OSP award summary sheet and the award notification from the sponsor. All of the award distribution attachments will be immediately accessible from the Sponsored Portal and permanently saved as a historical archive.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the OSP user support staff at

UPS and Airborne are preferred suppliers

One of the recommendations that came out of the college work force planning exercise was that use of Cornell preferred suppliers, Airborne and UPS, for overnight express mail/carrier services will result in lower costs. For help and information on using these preferred suppliers, please consult Cornell Purchasing Services web site:

Airborne: UPS:

Additional information on procedures for using UPS (including campus drop box locations) is available from the college Finance and Budget page on the Engineering Intranet: (Choose: UPS Information)

Levina lectures in statistics seminar

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 Hall.

Dec 3: Liza Levina, Department of Statistics, University of Michigan, "The benefits of assuming independence in classification when there are many more variables than observations."

Enterprise Engineering features Taylor-Pearce

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.

Dec 4: Modupe Taylor-Pearce MEng '96 ORIE, vice president of operations, KN Logistics, "Raising the Bar: Improving Operational Performance in a Global Logistics Company"

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.