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Volume 7, Issue 7
November 3, 2004

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Lumley awarded honorary doctorate

John Lumley, Willis H. Carrier Professor Emeritus in MAE, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Poitiers in Poitiers, France, recognizing his "exceptional achievements in the field of fluid mechanics and worldwide influence in mechanical engineering." The diploma was awarded at a formal ceremony on October 19 where Lumley was introduced by Jean-Paul Bonnet, vice president of Poitiers's scientific committee, who proposed Lumley's nomination.

The French government does not normally allow any individual to receive more than one honorary doctorate from the entire national university system; however, this is the second time that Lumley has been so honored.

NYSTAR Faculty Development Awards announced

The New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) has selected Cornell to receive two Faculty Development Awards totaling nearly $1.5 million. The first award of $749,400 will support Kelvin Lee, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Cornell proteomics program, in developing nanotechnologies for protein analysis and to apply novel methods for the quantification of protein expression profiles to identify the biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease. The second award of $748,900 is to recruit a scientist who will use nanoscience and nanotechnology to develop new ways to deliver drugs to patients.

Xerox chief engineer to speak on Innovation and Intrapreneurship

Sophie Vandebroek, Ph.D. '91 EE, chief engineer of Xerox Corp. and vice president, Xerox Engineering Center, will speak on campus Thursday, Nov 4, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in 101 Phillips Hall. Her topic is "Innovation & Intrapreneurship in Large Corporations: Skills Students Should Develop in College To Meet the Needs of a Competitive and Global Technological Workforce."

This lecture is part of the Enterprise Engineering Seminar series sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association. Members of the engineering community are encouraged to attend.

SpaceX founder featured in EPE lecture series

At 32, Elon Musk has already launched two successful online startups. But it's on a rocket that his reputation may ultimately ride. Musk, founder, chairman, and CEO of SpaceX ( and co-founder of PayPal, will speak in the Moses and Loulu Seltzer Speaker Series sponsored by Cornell's Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise Program on Thursday, November 11, 3:45-4:30 p.m. in Statler Auditorium, followed by a reception from 4:30-5:00.

Ware to deliver the 2004 Thorpe Lecture

Robert Ware, senior process technologist in the Engineering Division of the Rohm and Haas Company, will be on campus Thursday, November 18, to deliver the eleventh Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His talk is titled "Process Innovation in Specialty Materials Design and Manufacture for a Sustainable Future" and will be presented in 155 Olin Hall at 4:30 p.m. There will be a reception prior to the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the Fred H. Rhodes Lounge, Olin Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Thorpe Lecture was established in 1989 by alumni and friends to honor Thorpe on his retirement after 39 years on the Cornell faculty. Thorpe, now professor emeritus of chemical engineering, twice received the College of Engineering's Excellence in Teaching Award. He continues to serve the engineering college as senior faculty adviser in the college advising office.

Klingenberg presents statistics seminar

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

Nov 3: Bernhard Klingenberg, Williams College, Mass., "Regression Models for Discrete-Valued Time Series"

ASEE section conference to include student competitions

The ASEE St. Lawrence Section Conference, to be held April 8-9, 2005, at Binghamton University, will include two student competitions.

There will be a Build competition, in which student teams will be presented with a problem and required to solve it under a specified set of conditions, and a Paper competition. The deadline for team registration for the Build competition and abstract submission for the Paper competition is December 13.

For details:

If you have any questions, please contact either Sharon Fellows ( or William Leonard (

Faculty members, please spread the word among your students and encourage them to participate. And be sure to put this meeting on your own calendar, too -- April 8-9, 2005, at Binghamton University!

New Cornell logo and identity guidelines

The new university logo and identity system are launched! Please visit the Cornell University Identity Guidelines web site,, for downloads and instructions for use.

We have been assured that plans are underway to provide an array of templates to download for letterhead, envelopes, business cards, and other items; however, the templates won't be available for a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, if you have questions or need more information regarding the logo and its use in print or on the web, check the contact page of the Identity Guidelines web site for e-mail and phone numbers of appropriate staff members.

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