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Volume 8, Issue 16
March 22, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Adjunct Professor Leslie Banks-Sills, CEE, has been selected for honorary membership in the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS). Honorary memberships recognize individuals "who have made outstanding original technical contributions to fracture mechanics and good service to the international fracture mechanics community." The award will be presented to Banks-Sills by ESIS president Professor Alberto Carpinteri in July in Alexandroupolis, Greece, at the 13th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics.

Prof. Christopher K. Ober, MSE, has been selected to receive the American Chemical Society 2006 Award in Applied Polymer Science sponsored by Eastman Chemical. He is cited for "his exceptional ability to craft unique polymer architectures having practical applications in solving timely and important environmental, microelectronic, and biological problems." The award will be presented at the ACS annual meeting next week in Atlanta. An all-day symposium in Ober's honor will be held March 28, with Ober as the final presenter.

Rich Robbins, director of Engineering Advising, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Academic Advising Association. He will assume this leadership role at the end of the NACADA national conference, which will be held in Indianapolis in October, and will serve in the position until October 2009. The board of directors establishes the vision, strategic plan, special initiatives, and policies of the association.

ACSW seeking nominations for Cook Awards

Cornell's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (ACSW) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development are seeking nominations for the 13th annual Cook Awards. The Cook Awards honor students, faculty, and staff members for their commitment to women's issues and for improving the climate for women at Cornell. The deadline for nominations is March 31. For information on the awards and the nomination process, visit the ACSW web site:

Trolley Bridge will be closed

The Trolley Bridge, which spans Cascadilla Creek between Bard Hall and Collegetown, will be closed to all pedestrian traffic from April 3 through August 12 to facilitate the construction of a new bridge.

For a map of the Trolley Bridge area and information on all campus construction projects for summer 2006:

MIT's Kording to speak on Friday

Konrad Kording, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, will speak on Friday, March 24:

12:30 p.m. "Which problems are being solved by the nervous system?" A106 Corson Hall (Morrison Room, Corson-Mudd)

3:30 p.m. "Movement as an optimal decision process." 204 Thurston Hall

Financial Engineering seminar features Stein

Financial Engineering (FE) Seminars will feature Harvey Stein of Bloomberg on Thursday, March 30, at a special seminar at 3 p.m. Details will be announced; please check the Financial Engineering seminars link for updates:

MSE hosts UT-Austin's Loo

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.

Mar 30: Prof. Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, University of Texas at Austin: "Solution-processable organic conductors and semiconductors: Viable materials for thin-film electronics"

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