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Volume 8, Issue 19
May 3, 2006

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Engineering faculty meeting Monday, May 8, at 4 p.m.

The final College of Engineering Faculty Meeting for this academic year will be held on Monday, May 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room at Willard Straight Hall. A reception will follow the meeting.

The agenda includes:

* End of academic year celebration
* An entertaining and provocative talk by Professor Robert Frank titled
  "Do We Try to Teach Our Students too Much?"

All Engineering faculty members are encouraged to attend.

Tardos named chair of Computer Science

Prof. Eva Tardos has accepted the position of chair of the Department of Computer Science for a five-year term beginning July 1. A member of the Cornell faculty since 1989, Tardos is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and of INFORMS. Her research focuses on design and analysis of algorithms and algorithmic game theory, with an emphasis on problems in combinatorial optimization and network problems. Tardos succeeds Prof. Charles Van Loan, who served seven years as chair of the department.

Congratulations to Eva and many thanks to Charlie for his outstanding leadership of Computer Science.

Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Prof. Bob Buhrman, AEP, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, nominated by academy member Prof. Watt Webb, AEP. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an international learned society composed of the world's leading scientists, scholars, artists, business people, and public leaders. Nominees for election to the academy pass through a rigorous election process. Their selection is an indication of the high regard in which they are held by those in their field and beyond.

Senior lecturer David Lipson, BME, has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Senior Member is the highest professional grade for which application may be made. The member must have been in professional practice for at least ten years and have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years.

Senior lecturer Monroe Weber-Shirk, CEE, has been named a Kaplan Distinguished Faculty Fellow by Cornell's Public Service Center. He was nominated for his contributions to the Engineers for a Sustainable World-Cornell course and program. The award comes with $5000 to enable the fellow "to further develop an ongoing community-based learning/research project, to initiate a new effort, or to seek institutionalization of a service-learning course."

Composites scholarship offered

The Gary B. Multanen/Composites Manufacturing Magazine Applied Research Student Scholarship is offered to graduate and undergraduate students participating in composites-related research. One winning candidate will receive a $1,000 award, have his or her research published in Composites Manufacturing Magazine, and receive an all-expense-paid trip to the American Composites Manufacturers Association's (ACMA) COMPOSITES & POLYCON 2006 conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 30.

Download a pdf of the eligibility requirements and application form:

CEAA awards students and faculty

The Cornell Engineering Alumni Association presented their annual faculty and student awards at last week's awards banquet during the CEAA engineering conference:

Student Team Award: CUSat

Student Group Award: IEEE

Individual Undergrad Research Award: Denine King, CBE

Academic Achievement Award: Matthew Ulinski, MAE
(Given to astaff member or non-tenure track faculty member for enhancing undergraduate education outside the classroom)

Tau Beta Pi Excellence in Teaching Award: Prof. Steven Strogatz, TAM
(Given to a faculty member selected by engineering students for exemplary teaching)

GDIAC showcase set for May 10

The Game Design Initiative at Cornell University (GDIAC) is hosting a Public Computer Game and Game Technology Showcase in 361 Upson Hall on Wednesday, May 10, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Spring semester projects will be on display, and all games will be available to download for free from the GDIAC website shortly after the showcase.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science. GDIAC also acknowledges funding this semester from The Intelligent Information Systems Institute and support from the Cornell Engineering Communications Program, Cornell's SciCentr, and the Cornell University Library.

For more information:

Looking for suggestions of special seniors to profile

Each May, the Cornell Chronicle features profiles of selected graduating seniors in the commencement issue. The Cornell News Service is soliciting recommendations for seniors to profile, and they are looking for individuals who are not necessarily your top scholars, but "quirky, adventurous people." If you know of an outstanding senior, someone who deserves special recognition for something out of the ordinary -- perhaps in their character, community service, outside interests, or chosen career -- please send those ideas to Bill Steele,, at the Cornell News Service. Recommendations are needed ASAP.

See last year's profiles for examples:

May 8 is deadline for awards to be submitted

In case you missed the announcement in the April 13 issue: The Cornell Chronicle will publish, in the May 25 edition, the names of students and faculty members who have won Cornell college or academic department awards for the 2005-06 academic year. This is a great opportunity to recognize and honor outstanding faculty and students and to showcase our engineering award winners to the rest of the university.

What kind of awards are we talking about? For examples, see last year's list: (page 14)

Submission instructions updated May 8: Individuals who are coordinating the award lists for their departments should submit their materials -- listing the names of the awards, the award winners, and prizes (if applicable) -- online at The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 8.

Statistics seminar features Genton

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.

May 3: Marc G. Genton, associate professor, Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University: "Statistical Modeling and Inference Under Selections"

Wellness and professional development guidelines announced

The College of Engineering is pleased to announce the creation of guidelines providing release time and funding for non-academic staff for participation in wellness and professional development activities. Complete information on what is provided can be found online:

Information available on courses and workshops for employees

To assist Cornell staff, faculty, and supervisors with choosing workshops, courses, and resources that enhance skills for success and other specific skills, two documents are available in PDF: the Resource Guide, developed by Organizational Development Services, and the SkillSoft Guide.

Both are available on Cornell's Human Resources web site:

Reminder: Mattin's Cafe closing early on Friday

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Hall atrium will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 5, which is Slope Day. Regular hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Summer hours for the cafe, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be in effect from May 19 through Aug 23.

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