Skip to main content

In This Section:

Volume 7, Issue 15
March 9, 2005

In this issue:

BOOM 2005 is today

BOOM 2005 (Bits On Our Minds) will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today in the Duffield Hall atrium. BOOM is an annual fair that showcases student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications. The event is hosted by Computing and Information Science and includes disciplines from throughout the campus. We hope to see you there!

Faculty awards and honors

Prof. Ken Hover, CEE, has been named the 2005 recipient of the Robert E. Philleo Award presented by the Concrete Research Council of the American Concrete Institute. The Philleo Award was established in 1992 and is given in recognition of outstanding research in the concrete materials field or for outstanding contributions to the advancement of concrete technology through application of the results of concrete materials research. Hover will receive the award on April 17 during the ACI convention in NYC.

M.Eng./MBA scholarships available for undergrads and alumni

The Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Professional Education is hosting an information session on the Lester Knight Family Scholarship Program on Wednesday, March 9, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., in 218 Olin.

The Knight Family scholarship program provides financial support to assist and encourage Cornell engineering students and alumni who are interested in combining their engineering training with a business degree. Three options are available: the Alumni Knight Scholarship, the Undergraduate Knight Scholarship, and the Six-year Knight Scholarship.

For more information

Open access advocate to speak at CU

Peter Suber, senior researcher of the Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition (SPARC) and a leading advocate for open access publishing of scholarly work, will speak on "What can universities do to promote open access?" on Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m. in G10 Biotechnology Building. All university faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available, beginning at 9:30. The lecture is sponsored by Cornell University Library.

For more information:

New resource for biological data

Asst. Prof. Golan Yona, CS, and his colleagues have developed "Biozon," a new knowledge resource of heterogeneous biological data. Informally, Yona describes it as "Amazon and Google, combined together and applied to the diverse biological knowledge domain."

Biozon merges the holdings of more than a dozen molecular biology collections, including SwissProt, KEGG, PDB, BIND, and others, and augments this data with novel in-house derived data such as sequence or structure similarity, predicted interactions, and predicted domains. Currently, Biozon holds more than 60 million biological documents and 2.5 billion relations between them. Biozon allows complex searches on the data graph and uses similarity relationships to extend query results to similar biological entities. Biozon can also rank results, the same way Google ranks web documents.

For more information:

Learn to pitch your business idea

"Start-up Cornell: Business Idea Pitch Practice" offers an opportunity to watch others present their business ideas to representatives from venture capital and learn from the feedback provided by professionals. Panelists include Judith J. Albers, Trillium Group, and Tony Eisenhut '88, Kensa Group. The event will be help on March 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Ramin Parlor Room, Sage Hall.

This program is recommended for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate or undergraduate students with entrepreneurial interests.

Menn lectures in statistics seminar

The Department of Statistical Science Statistics Seminars are held weekly on Wednesdays in 406 Malott Hall at 4:00 p.m. Refreshments are served following the seminar in 301 Malott.

Mar 9: Dr. Christian Menn, visiting scientist, School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University," Smoothly Truncated Stable Distributions, Garch-Models, and Option Pricing"

MSE hosts McCreary, Obrzut

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 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Mar 10: Michael McCreary, E Ink Corporation, "Paper-Like Electronic Displays"

Mar 17: Dr. Jan Obrzut, NIST, "Novel Properties of Nanotube-filled Polymer Materials "

Robbins lectures in CTC series

The Cornell Theory Center Distinguished Lecture Series on Computational Materials and Engineering presents Mark Robbins, Johns Hopkins University, whose topic is "Contact and Friction: Connecting Atomic-Scale Interactions to Macroscopic Behavior." The lecture, scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in 166 Hollister Hall (McManus Lounge), is open to the Cornell Community. Refreshments at 4:00 p.m.

Mattin's Cafe has reduced hours over break

Cornell Dining has announced changed hours for Spring Break at Mattin's Café in Duffield Hall. Hours from Friday, March 18, through Friday, March 25, will change to 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cafe will return to regular hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, March 28.

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.