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Volume 7, Issue 2
August 25, 2004

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Call for Lemelson-MIT nominations

The Lemelson-MIT Program invites leaders from industry, research, academia and government to nominate candidates for the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The world's largest single cash prize for invention, the Lemelson-MIT Prize recognizes individuals whose ingenuity and innovation have made our society stronger, safer and healthier. Candidates for this award are identified by nomination only. Eligible candidates are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who hold at least two patents.

Nominations are also sought for the Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals whose pioneering spirit and demonstrated inventiveness throughout their careers have improved our society and inspired others. Once honorary, the award now includes a $100,000 prize. Candidates for this award are living role models in the fields of science, engineering, medicine and technology.

For nomination information, please visit the program web site,

$75K for nano business idea; deadline Sep 1

InTICE, the Institute for Technology Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University, in collaboration with the Northeast Ohio Nano-Network, is pleased to announce a National Nanotechnology Business Idea Competition that aims to shift thinking from the laboratory to the development of new products and services based upon nanotechnology.

Details, rules, and guidelines at

CUAUV finishes second

Congratulations to Cornell's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team, which placed second in this year's 7th International Autonomous Vehicle Competition in San Diego, July 28 - August 1, 2004. This was an outstanding finish for Cornell, as there were 17 out of 18 teams that made it into the water, including seven new teams. The final top finishers were: MIT, Cornell, and Ecole de Tech Sup. Cornell's second place finish was quite an accomplishment, especially for a group of first timers who completely rebuilt the submarine electronics infrastructure just prior to the competition.

Game design course is official

Cornell is offering its first official course in computer game design (CIS 300) this semester.

CIS 300: Introduction to Computer Game Design 4 credits, MWF 12:20-1:10, letter grade 218 Olin Hall for just Fri 8/27

CIS 300 is open to *all* majors, but everyone must have experience in art, music, writing, and/or programming. Participants will enjoy a new computer lab designed specifically for course use. Due to space constraints, however, there will be limited enrollment. Interested students are encouraged to come to the first meeting in 218 Olin Hall on Friday, Aug 27, to learn more - or visit the website:

4th gold for Williamson

Congratulations to Prof. Charles Williamson, MAE, who recently won the gold medal in laser sailing in the 2004 Empire State Games. Although Binghamton hosted the 2004 games, the sailing venue was Ithaca Yacht Club/Cayuga Lake, which put Williamson in familiar territory. This is the 4th year in a row that he has won gold in the laser class event.

Aziz to speak in August 26 seminar

Sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Prof. Michael Aziz, the Gordon McKay Professor of Materials Science at Harvard University, will present a lecture titled "Nanoscale Morphology Control Using Ion Beams." The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, August 26, at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard. Refreshments will precede the seminar at 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Duffield update: Finishing up atrium, opening cafe

Schedule: The Duffield Hall Atrium is in the final stages of construction and it is looking spectacular! In the coming weeks, contractors will be working on the final finishes, cleaning, and installation of furniture. The project team is working with the City of Ithaca and EH&S on final inspections required before the atrium can be opened. If all goes as planned, the Duffield atrium will open in mid-September and will include the premier of its new café. At that time we invite students and faculty to come sit in one of our study alcoves or many other gathering spaces, plug your laptop into one of the many dataports, and enjoy the very open and vibrant atmosphere while sipping on a latte or coffee.

Duffield Hall Cafe: The Duffield Hall cafe will feature made-to-order deli sandwiches and wraps, as well as your favorite hot beverages, coffee, cappuccino, lattes, espresso, smoothies, and more. For those on the go, there will be fresh, pre-packaged sandwiches, wraps, subs, and a variety of salads, all prepared in Cornell Dining's new commissary. The cafe will also offer fresh bagels and other assorted pastries and baked goods, fountain and bottled beverages, and a daily offering of 3 hot soups. For customers' convenience, the cafe will accept Big Red Bucks (part of the student meal plan), Meal Choice (staff meal plan; staff receive a 10% discount when using Meal Choice), credit cards, Cornell Card, and cash. Tentative hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday Friday; these are subject to change depending on business needs and volume.

--Amy K. Ritter, PE, Project Manager, Duffield Hall Project

Microscopy image competition winners announced

Winning images in the third annual Cornell University Microscopy Image Competition sponsored by the Cornell student chapter of the Materials Research Society and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are featured in the August 2004 MRS Bulletin, available online at

MSE is also showcasing the images on the department web site:

Savage receives EACE presidential citation

Mark Savage, director of Engineering Co-Op & Career Services, was presented the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Volunteers Award by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) at their recent annual conference in Pittsburgh. Savage also co-chaired the program committee (along with Nancy Dilthey of Cisco Systems, Inc.) for the 4-day conference, attended by nearly 400 college and employer career professionals. The program included 23 workshops, three keynote speeches, three Pittsburgh area site visits, and a new two-part Master's Series Roundtable program for seasoned professionals. Mary Ellen Buhl, assistant director of Engineering Co-Op & Career Services, also served on the program committee.

Staff Updates in Engineering

Engineering Co-Op & Career Services is pleased to announce the addition of Rebecca Rowley to its staff. Rowley will assist in all areas of Co-Op and Career Services, with particular emphasis on providing administrative support for the co-op program. Having previously served as a home health aide for Classen Home Health Care and as an administrative assistant for a variety of non-profit and religious organizations, Rowley brings a strong set of competencies to the College of Engineering. Originally from Oneonta, she holds a bachelor of arts degree in religion from Houghton College. Her contact information is rgr24, 255-3512, 201 Carpenter.

The LIFE program welcomes the addition of Amy Panebianco as the new administrative assistant. Panebianco has a strong and varied background that includes office management in the medical and non-profit sectors, community collaboration and event coordination, and legal research. She will begin training in the position next week and will come on board full-time on September 1. Panebianco succeeds Karen Crane, who recently transferred to Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development.

Engineering Admissions regrets to report the departure of office manager Jackie Martin . She has served the Cornell community for 23 years and is leaving to finish her master's degree.

Monica Ravas has been promoted to the office manager position in Engineering Admissions. Ravas has been working at Cornell for 18 years with the last 6 of those years here in Engineering Admissions. In her new position, she will be responsible for overall office management and she will work in the areas of data delivery and management, communications/mailings, selection, student management, and overall business operations.

Engineering Admissions also welcomes Judy Starr as the new administrative Assistant. Starr will serve as the first point of contact for visitors to the office, manage office travel arrangements and event planning (like Cornell Days), and maintain the office database through the evolution of prospective to incoming students. She has worked in the Dryden Central School library media center for the past 9 years and has spent her past 5 summers working in the Engineering Dean's office.

Reserving space in Duffield Hall

Duffield Hall includes four large atria and a variety of rooms for conferences, seminars, and colloquia. When construction is finished, many of these spaces will be available for use by Cornell University departments and Cornell University affiliated groups. While Duffield reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis, priority will given in the following order: College of Engineering events and Engineering departments, other Cornell departments, Cornell-affiliated groups sponsored by a Cornell department, and Cornell student organizations.

Space descriptions and guidelines for reservations are available online, (choose "Reservations for Events"). For additional information, e-mail or call 255-1441 and speak to the Duffield Hall coordinator, Cheryl Francis.

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