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Volume 8, Issue 15
March 8, 2006

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Farewell message from Marsha Pickens

Colleagues: After 24 years at Cornell in the Alumni Affairs and Development division, 18 of which were spent in the College of Engineering, I have decided to retire on June 30, 2006. I love Cornell and, most particularly, this college; however, I am ready for a change in my life. For the next four months, I will work as hard as I know how to make sure the college is well positioned for the upcoming Campaign. After that, I have told the dean that I will consider consulting assignments to ensure a smooth transition. The search for my successor is beginning, and the position will be posted shortly. We'll work toward having some overlap between me and the new person, and there is a good team in place for the college. Right now, my plans are to remain in Ithaca, so I will be seeing you all from time to time in the future. Thanks for all the friendship and support over the years.

--Marsha Pickens

Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Assoc. Prof. David Muller, AEP, has been selected to receive the 2006 Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America. This award is given to an outstanding young scientist under the age of 40 who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in microscopy and microanalysis. It will be presented at the 64th annual meeting of MSA this summer in Chicago.

BOOM is today

BOOM (Bits On Our Minds) 2006, the annual research conference showcasing students' efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications, will be held today (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

Faculty may apply for undergraduate research support

Engineering Learning Initiatives has received a $90K grant from Intel Corporation to support up to 50 undergraduate research projects in Intel's areas of interest over the Spring and Summer 2006 terms. Faculty members doing research related to the semiconductor or information technology industries are encouraged to apply now for summer grants to support student researchers with a stipend of $2500.

The program is open to all engineering undergraduate students with the permanent right to work in the U.S., but requires that a large proportion of the student grant recipients are underrepresented minorities (African-American, Hispanic, Native American) or women. Annual renewal of the Intel grant will be contingent upon the ability to meet Intel's diversity requirements, so faculty members are especially encouraged to recruit women and minority students to take advantage of this opportunity. Intel would like to fund individual students over multiple terms; so, once in the program, students will have the opportunity to continue to receive ongoing funding during their time at Cornell.

Suggested research topics:

Application process:

Faculty and students encouraged to join MentorNet

MentorNet, the E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science, has an urgent need for tenured faculty members to become mentors in its Academic Career E-Mentoring Program.

MentorNet and Diversity Programs in Engineering also invite Cornell undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and junior faculty members to sign up as proteges for MentorNet's one-on-one Industry or Academic Career E-mentoring Programs.

How do you sign up?

Go to and follow this 2-step process: 1. Join the Community: Click on "Join" and register. 2. Create a One-on-One Program profile: Sign in to the community and follow the One-on-One Mentoring Program links and create a protege or mentor profile.

For more information, visit

or contact Sara Hernandez in Diversity Programs in Engineering:

CCMR announces second Microscopy Image Contest

The Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) announces its second Microscopy Image Contest. The contest highlights the variety and quality of research going on in the center. The contest is open to any user of the CCMR facilities, and any image taken on an electron, optical, or scanning probe microscope within CCMR is eligible. Faculty approval is required since all submissions will be posted on the CCMR website and/or used in CCMR brochures. The submission dates are March 20th to April 14th.

More details about the contest and CCMR can be found at

All entries must be submitted to

Questions? Contact

Xerox CTO discusses "Investing in Innovation"

Sophie Vandebroek, Ph.D. 91 EE, Xerox chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group, will be speaking on "Investing in Innovation" in the Enterprise Engineering Seminar on Wednesday, March 15, at 4:30 p.m. (refreshments at 4:15) in 101 Phillips Hall. Members of the Engineering community are encouraged to attend.

The Enterprise Engineering Seminar, sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA), features engineering alumni who discuss their experiences in business and industry.

Staff opportunity for CPR training

The College of Engineering is providing an opportunity for staff members to receive Red Cross Adult CPR Certification Training. The training is free to participants; however, registration is required as class size is limited to 15 people. Class times and locations are as follows:

Mar 29, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m., Hollister Hall (McManus Lounge, Rm 166)
Apr 26, 12:30 - 5:00 p.m., Teagle Hall (Rm TBA)

To register, send e-mail to Renee Lobdell ( indicating which training session you would like to attend. You will receive a follow-up confirmation notice of successful registration. Classes fill up fast, so please don't delay. If you have questions, contact Lodbell at 254-6387.

Reminder: Upcoming schedule for Mattin's Cafe

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

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.

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.