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Volume 8, Issue 12
January 25, 2006

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Reminder: New distribution for Information Update

This January we began a new distribution method for Engineering Information Update. In the past, we have relied on contacts in the schools and departments of the College of Engineering to receive and re-distribute the dean's newsletter to their faculty and staff lists. We are now mailing directly to all faculty, staff, and graduate students in the college.

Please note: For the January distribution, we were unable to access faculty and staff addresses in Computer Science; we do expect to have them for the next issue. Meanwhile, we are mailing to "," which may cause duplication for faculty members from other schools and departments who are included on that CS list. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to have the issue resolved next time.

Problems or questions:

Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. Fred Kulhawy, CEE, has been selected by the Ithaca Section of ASCE as its 2005 Engineer of the Year. The presentation will be made on Feb. 1 at a dinner meeting in Binghamton.

Prof. Philip Liu, CEE, has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Fellowship is awarded to scientists who have attained acknowledged eminence in one or more branches of geophysics. The number of Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than 0.1 percent of the total membership of AGU.

Call for CAT and Innovation grant proposals

The Center for Life Science Enterprise has announced the 2006-07 call for proposals for both the annual Center for Life Science Enterprise (CAT) grants and the Innovation grants. Although the bulk of CAT funding will concentrate on collaborative applied research and technology transfer with industry that will lead to quantifiable economic impact in New York State, new faculty are encouraged to apply with projects that might be of future interest to industry.

Applications are due electronically on March 16. Awards will be announced April 25, and funding will begin July 1. Research areas of interest, instructions, and forms are available online:

Nominate a sophomore for CPRS membership

The Cornell Presidential Research Scholars (CPRS) program is soliciting nominations for second-semester sophomores to be CPRS members during their junior and senior years. A small number of spaces (likely no more than 10) will be available due to early graduation or students otherwise leaving the program.

Students must be nominated by a faculty member with whom they've worked for at least a semester. The eligible students are then invited to apply. If selected, the student will have a $4,000 research support account and annual need-based loan replacement of up to $4,000.

Students must have at least 3.0 GPA (cumulative); nominations are due February 10. For a nomination form and detailed instructions, e-mail Kristin Ramsay,, or call 5-8595.

Pre-Seed Workshop helps evaluate potential

Faculty and grad students interested in assessing the commercialization potential of an invention or research idea may want to participate in this spring's Pre-Seed Workshop.

The Pre-Seed Workshop (PSW) is a systematic approach to help researchers evaluate the commercialization potential of an invention and to provide essential information from the venture capital and business community for launching a start-up company.

PSW is a free program available to Cornell researchers and is underwritten by Cornell's Center for Life Science Enterprise and collaborating sponsors.

Additional information and the application form can be found at

or contact Abby Westervelt, 5-8483 or

CEAA engineering conference scheduled for April

The Cornell Engineering Alumni Association's annual engineering conference will be held on campus April 20-22, immediately following the spring meeting of the Engineering College Council. The theme of the conference is Accelerating Innovation, and the agenda features alumni speakers who are leading innovation in their companies, as well as Engineering faculty members and students. The schedule is available online:

CCMR announces contest winners

The Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) is pleased to announce the winners of its first Microscopy Image Contest. First place prizes were awarded to Judy Cha (AEP), Jeremy Steinbacher (CCB), and Jose Moran-Mirabal (AEP). Second place prizes were awarded to Peter Ercius (AEP), Scott Warren (MSE), and Gil Toombes (Phys).

The contest was introduced to highlight the quality and variety of research going on in CCMR's microscopy research facilities. More information about the center, the research that goes on there, and all the images that were entered in the contest can be found at Click on the link to Microscopy Image Contest in the left side column to see the images. Announcement about the timing of the next contest will appear in that location.

For additional information contact

BOOM '06 project submission underway

Project submission for BOOM 2006 (Bits On Our Minds), an annual event hosted by Computing and Information Science, is now underway. Engineering faculty members are asked to encourage their students to submit a project for this exciting showcase of student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications. It's a great opportunity for students to show off their work, as the event is attended by many prestigious visitors and faculty from across campus. BOOM '06 will be held March 8 in the Duffield Hall atrium, 4-6 pm.

For more information:

or e-mail

NSDL assists Katrina-affected teachers

In December 2005 the National Science Digital Library (, partially based in Cornell's Faculty of Computing and Information Science, launched a series of online professional development workshops for K-12 teachers and college/university faculty. The inaugural workshop was offered in partnership with the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) and focused on opportunities for K-12 teachers affected by this year's hurricane disasters to learn more about the high quality online resources available within the digital libraries.

Online resources, such as those offered by NSDL and DLESE, present one solution to the scarcity of textbooks and other basic teaching materials in affected communities.

For more information, contact Carol Minton Morris, NSDL communications director at or Susan Van Gundy, NSDL director of outreach and education at

MSE hosts Weitz and Wolf

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering seminars are held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard. Refreshments are offered at 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Jan 26: Prof. David Weitz, Harvard University, "Colloid science one particle at a time."

Feb 2: Dr. Dieter Wolf, Argonne National Laboratory, Materials Science Division, "Length-scale effects and screening in ionic materials by molecular-dynamics simulation."

Lavine lectures in statistics seminar

The Department of Statistical Science seminar series is offered on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in 406 Malott Hall; refreshments are served following the seminar in 301 Malott Hall.

Jan 25: Prof. Michael Lavine, Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences, Duke University, "Subjective likelihood for the assessment of trends in the ocean's mixed-layer depth"

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.