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Volume 8, Issue 17
April 5, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. Muawia Barazangi, EAS, has been invited by the government of the United Arab Emirates to present a public lecture in the capital Abu Dhabi on April 19. His presentation, titled "Earthquakes in the Gulf Region: The Science Behind the Headlines," will focus on earthquake hazards of the region.

Asst. Prof. Matt DeLisa, CBE, has won a 2006 Young Investigator from the Office of Naval Research. His work concerns manipulating protein "machinery," specifically metabolic channels to synthesize certain key natural products.

Asst. Prof. Chekesha Liddell, MSE, has received an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award of $400,000 for her proposal, "Nonspherical, Active, and 'Inverted' Bases for Optimized Photonic Crystal Design."

Asst. Prof. Abe Stroock has been awarded a 2006 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant to support basic research in the physical and biological sciences as well as a 2006 Beckman Foundation grant for his work on the development of "Remodeable Microfluidics for the Study of Vascular Development".

Asst. Prof. Jeff Varner, CBE, has received a research grant from the Office of Naval Research. His work will focus on mathematical modeling of the impact of non-lethal explosure to microwaves.

Engineering conference scheduled for April 20-22

Venture capitalists, technologists, engineers, and intellectual property experts will explore Accelerating Innovation: Bringing Emerging Technologies to the Marketplace at a conference on campus April 20-22, sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association.

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any of the sessions of the conference. Please register online.

"Competition is increasingly global now, and speed to market is a major key to success and failure. In today's environment when not getting it right the first time can be very expensive, this knowledge becomes more important," said conference chair Ashok Bakhru, M. Eng. '65, president of ABN Associates, Lima, PA.

Topics include accelerating innovation through venture investment, protecting intellectual property rights, innovation in the mobile communications industry, and business transformation by way of information technology.

Speakers include: Jesse Jenner '69 EE, partner, Ropes & Gray; Shaygan Kheradpir, chief information officer, Verizon; Gretchen Knoell '81 ME, partner, Lake Street Capital, LLC; Doug Leone '79 ME, partner, Sequoia Capital; Mark Little, director, GE Global Research; Yrjo Neuvo '74 EE, senior vice president, Nokia Corporation; Padmasree Warrior, MS '84 ChE, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Motorola; Rebecca Robertson '82 ChE, partner, Versant Ventures; and a panel of representatives from Xerox, Kodak, and Agilent.

The conference features a faculty showcase of emerging technologies, with ten brief presentations by Cornell engineering faculty members.

Register online (choose "Conference" from the menu at the top):

Grants for Growth deadline

The Metropolitan Development Association has announced a second-round application deadline for its Grants for Growth program of 5 p.m., April 28. Grants for Growth is a unique seed program that offers matching funds up to $50,000 for innovative and economically beneficial partnerships between university and industry in Central New York. By seeding applied research relationships between university and industry, the program seeks to increase innovation and technology commercialization within the regional economy.

During the first round of funding, the advisory committee considered 18 first-round applications and chose to make 6 awards totaling slightly more than $240,000. All told, the winning projects offer the potential for more than 160 new high-value jobs, more than $17,000,000 in new revenue, and the creation of several new start-up companies.

For more information:

Statistics seminar features Penn State's Li

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.

Apr 5: Bing Li, professor, Department of Statistics, Pennsylvania State University: "A method for sufficient dimension reduction in large-p-small-n regressions"

Select Benefits deadline is April 30

April 30 is the last day to submit Select Benefits claims for services incurred during 2005. Mail the claim form and supporting documentation to: Aon Consulting, Flex Administration #00559-80, PO Box 2845, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27102, or use Aon's on-line system to submit claims.

For claims submission information, visit the Benefit Services web page:

Workshops and training opportunities for employees

Here are some of the upcoming professional development opportunities at the university for employees:

* Have You Wanted to Get a Cornell Graduate Degree? (Class 3266); April 3; 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 163 Day Hall; primary Staff Skill for Success: Self Development; Instructor: Maureen Brull, program manager life & education plans, Benefit Services; no charge

* Intro to Oracle Calendar (Class 3603) April 20; 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.; B04 CCC Bldg; no charge

For a complete listing of opportunities and for information on how to register for the courses listed above:

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