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Volume 8, Issue 14
February 22, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Two members of Cornell's engineering faculty have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. They are Toby Berger, the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor of Engineering Emeritus, and Jean-Yves Parlange, professor of biological and environmental engineering. Election to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

Assoc. Prof. Marjolein van der Meulen, MAE, is featured in a new book, launched at the National Press Club yesterday, titled "Changing our World: True Stories of Women Engineers. Her profile, on page 14 in the Bioengineering chapter, describes her work in bone growth and development. A PDF of the book is available online:

At the Optical Society of America's conference on Advanced Solid-State Photonics held recently in Lake Tahoe, Ph.D. student Joel Buckley, AEP, received the award for Best Student Paper in the conference. Buckley works with Prof. Frank Wise.

Call for nominations for Messenger, University lectures

The University Lectures Committee is accepting nominations for the Messenger Lecture Series and the University Lectureship. Requests for funding are very competitive and nominators are urged to work well in advance in setting up projected dates. The Messenger Lecture brings to campus some of the world's foremost scholars; one lecturer delivers a series of three or six lectures each semester. The University Lectureship, the most prestigious forum that Cornell offers, is a single lecture, and approximately 12 University Lecturers are selected each year. Deadline for submissions is April 1 for events from September 1 to December 15; the deadline is October 1 for events from January 15 to May 15. Send nominations and inquiries to University Lectures Committee, 315 Day Hall, 255-4843.

NSF releases NSDL solicitation

NSF released the 2006 National Science Digital Library (NSDL) request for proposals on January 31, 2006. The program will accept two types of proposals: (1) From the current set of three tracks, Pathways, Services, and Targeted Research, the program will accept proposals only in the Pathways track. Pathways projects are expected to provide stewardship for the content and services needed by major communities of learners. (2) Requests for supplements to existing awards from other tracks within the NSDL program will also be accepted.

The program expects to make approximately 16 to 22 awards as follows: Pathways: 1 to 2 new awards, up to $2.25M each; Supplements: 15 to 20 new awards, up to $75K each.

Optional letters of intent are due on March 15. Full proposals are due on May 1. Read the full solicitation:

BOOM '06 set for March 8

BOOM (Bits On Our Minds) 2006, the annual research conference showcasing students' efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications, will be held Wednesday, March 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Duffield Atrium. The event, hosted by Computing and Information Science and sponsored by Bloomberg and Credit Suisse, is open to the public; members of the engineering community are encouraged to attend.

Mattin's Cafe announces hours for BOOM, spring break

Mattin's Cafe, located in the Duffield atrium, will close early, at 4 p.m., for the BOOM 2006 event on Wednesday, March 8.

Beginning Friday, March 17, and extending through spring break, March 20-24, the cafe will be operating on an abbreviated schedule of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mattin's will return to regular hours (7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mon-Thur; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fri) on Monday, March 27.

Chili Chats offer free lunch, discussion

The Employee Assembly cordially invites all staff to attend one of the upcoming Chili Chats. These free lunch and information gathering sessions offer employees an opportunity to share ideas and discuss how to improve the balance between work and leisure. Mary George Opperman, vice president for human resources, will be the guest speaker. Lunch menu includes vegetarian or beef chili, salad, bread, and beverages.

Choose a date and location for a Chili Chat that fits your schedule:

RSVP to 255-7075 or

Save the date to Bring a Child to Work

The Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity and Life Quality will be sponsoring the 10th annual Bring a Child to Work Day on April 27. Children (ages 8-16) can visit and learn about the world of work. This year, one of the new features will be on-line registration. More information will be announced as it becomes available.

MSE hosts Law and Feldman

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.

Feb 23: Dr. Matthew Law, University of California, Berkeley: "Oxide nanowires for photonics and photovoltaics"

Mar 2: Prof. Leonard C. Feldman, Vanderbilt University: "Solid state interfaces in the nano age"

Reiter 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.

Feb 22: Prof. Jerry Reiter, Duke University: "Handling confidentiality concerns and missing data simultaneously with multiple imputation"

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