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Volume 7, Issue 11
January 12, 2005

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CEE's Liu leads scientific delegation to Sri Lanka

Prof. Philip Liu, CEE, is leading a delegation of American scientists from the National Science Foundation's Tsunami Research Group and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) into the tsunami-ravaged areas of Sri Lanka, Jan. 9-16. The scientists will examine inundation areas, estimate wave heights, determine the precise arrival time of the tsunami, scour the area for geological evidence and sediment deposits and examine structural damage. As Liu explained, "The goal here is to obtain information to further our understanding of these waves, with the hope of improving predictive capabilities and help future development of tsunami warning systems."

Faculty awards and honors

Congratulations to faculty members in ECE -- Asst. Prof. Alyssa Apsel, Assoc. Prof. Kevin Kornegay, and Prof. Lang Tong -- who have all been awarded unrestricted gifts by Analog Devices in support of their research in 2005 and 2006. Their combined funding will amount to $130K over the next two years.

Felder to present Effective Teaching workshops

Join Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese professor emeritus of chemical engineering at North Carolina State University and nationally recognized speaker, on Thursday and Friday, January 20-21, 2005, for his highly acclaimed sessions on effective college teaching and mentoring of new faculty. "Effective College Teaching" will be offered as a one-and-a-half-day seminar, all day Thursday (8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m) and Friday morning (8:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.). On Friday afternoon (1:30-4:30), Felder will conduct a half-day session on "Helping New Faculty Members Get Off to a Good Start," which promises to be of benefit to senior faculty in their role as mentors, as well as to those new faculty "mentees" who are at the beginning of their careers. Workshop descriptions and evaluations can be found at:

Workshops will be held in Rm 465 Statler Hal. Continental breakfast and full lunch (12:30-1:30) provided on both days. There are spaces left in both workshops. Please RSVP to reserve a spot for one or both to Paula Solat, or 255-4847.

Felder's visit is co-sponsored by Assoc. Prof. Sheila Hemami, ECE, as part of her NSF-funded grant, "Workshop Series on Starting Successful Faculty Careers" and by Dean Kent Fuchs.

Faculty publications on display

A display of Cornell Engineering faculty publications has been installed in the Duffield atrium in the bookshelves in front of the entrance to CNF. We are pleased to have this opportunity to showcase our faculty's publications, and we encourage all faculty members to provide, if possible, a display copy of new books as they are published or otherwise to let us know of new publications in order to obtain a copy. The display is limited to books, and will not include journal articles or proceedings. Please send your books or questions to Marie Tischler in Engineering Communications and Media Relations, 259 Carpenter Hall, mt247 or 5-3981.

Getting Started workshops from CIT begin next week

Next week, January 17-20, Cornell Information Technologies is offering "Getting Started," a series of workshops designed to help you teach with technology. Offerings include:

* Blackboard - a course management tool for instructors who want to create web pages for their courses without the fuss of writing HTML code. Blackboard sites are accessible via any Web browser and have many useful administrative and interactive communication features which allow for on-line quizzes, discussion boards and collaborative group work. Learn the basics, and explore tools for collecting student work, giving quizzes, and posting grades online.

* PowerPoint - Discover some advanced features of PowerPoint

* Adobe Acrobat - learn to create PDFs

Cornell faculty, staff and TAs are welcome! View the complete schedule and register online at

Carpenter renovations affect hours, staff locations

A project to renovate portions of the second floor of Carpenter Hall began Friday, December 17, and will continue through approximately February 28. This has resulted in some temporary relocation of staff and also affects access to offices. Some items to note:

Rm 240 (conference room) will be used as the project staging area and will therefore be unavailable through project completion.

The Dean's office reception and waiting areas and the Dean's administrative staff, Debbie Guisado and Jocelyn Tubbs, have been temporarily relocated to 222 Carpenter Hall (in the east wing of Carpenter near Career Services). Michele Conrad, Nancy Jordan, and Renee Lobdell have been relocated to vacant office space in Ward Lab until project completion. Phone numbers remain the same.

Second-floor offices in Carpenter will be required to close at 4:30 p.m. daily through project completion to allow for construction to be carried out after hours.

Temporary signage will be installed to help building visitors find where they need to go. We regret any inconvenience.

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.