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Volume 8, Issue 21
June 14, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Diversity Programs in Engineering has announced the recipients of the 2006 Diversity Award for outstanding faculty involvement in diversity issues: Associate Professor Marjolein van der Meulen, MAE, and Professor and Director Lance Collins, MAE. The award carries a cash award of $3,000. Van der Meulen was cited in particular for her efforts in obtaining an NSF Advance grant for career development of women faculty in science and engineering. Collins was recognized for his work in recruiting students and faculty, establishing workshops for graduate students and junior faculty, and the establishment of the Minority Faculty Forum at a national level.

The Association of Computer Science Undergraduates has selected Prof. John Hopcroft, CS, as their 2006 winner of the Faculty-of-the-Year Award.

Invitation to reception for Marsha Pickens

Dean Kent Fuchs cordially invites all members of the Engineering College community to a reception to honor Marsha Pickens, Assistant Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development, upon her retirement after 24 years of dedicated service to Cornell.

Wednesday, June 21
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Memorial Room & Ivy Terrace, Willard Straight Hall
No RSVP is necessary

Cornell scores big in Small Times survey

Cornell appears in the top 10 in a series of rankings of university nanotechnology programs by Small Times, a trade magazine devoted to nanotechnology. Cornell was rated first for nanotechnology commercialization, second for facilities, fourth for nanotechnology research, and tenth for industrial outreach in rankings based on questionnaires sent to 50 universities.

Check the rankings online:

Staffing changes in Engineering

Alumni Affairs and Development

In addition to the retirement of Marsha Pickens announced earlier, there have been several changes in the staffing for the Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development group located in Carpenter Hall:

June Losurdo, who has been assistant director of alumni affairs and development in the college since August, has joined the Special Gifts team as an individual giving officer based in the College of Engineering. Losurdo has over 15 years of experience in working with organizations, volunteers, and alumni, in the fundraising and event planning arenas.

Jessica Traynor '96 succeeds Losurdo as assistant director. For the past two years, Traynor has been a member of the Major Gifts staff in the central AAD office at Seneca Place. Prior to that, she was a teacher in the E.A.C. Montessori School in Ithaca and has had other Cornell experience. As a student, she worked in Engineering Admissions.

Also new to Carpenter is Meadow Cropsey who is joining the Special Gifts team as administrative assistant, replacing Kristi Sopp, who is now working with Abby Westervelt in Corporate and Foundation Relations. Cropsey's work experience includes several positions where she served as a program coordinator, teacher, manager and trip leader. She earned a degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware in 2001.

Staffing in other offices

Rebecca Rowley is leaving Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services to become associate pastor at the Ithaca Vineyard Church. She will be performing community development and speaking engagements with organizations throughout Ithaca and abroad, working from an office on the Ithaca Commons. Rowley is already an ordained minister, so this move is very much in line with her long-term career goals and interests.

Jessica Best will be joining the college on June 19 as the director of administration for the School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and the Systems Engineering program. Best has more than ten years of experience in higher education administration including positions at Mercy College, Ithaca College, and most recently serving as director of fiscal and administrative affairs for New York University's School of Arts and Sciences.

Verne Thalheimer has been hired as the director of administration for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. For the past three years Thalheimer has been working as director of operations for the National Commission on Energy Policy. Prior to that he worked in various capacities for governmental organizations focused on the intersection between energy use and the environment. He will join the staff on June 19.

Wellness at Cornell: What's in it for you?

If you haven't heard about the healthy opportunities offered to employees by the Cornell Wellness Program, please join program director Beth McKinney for a one-hour information session in McManus Lounge (166 Hollister Hall) on Wednesday, June 28. Her presentation will be given at 11 a.m. and repeated at 1 p.m. the same day. No RSVP is required; please attend the session most convenient for you.

Paid membership in the wellness program provides a number of benefits -- such as access to fitness centers and exercise classes -- but over half of the Wellness offerings are free. McKinney's presentation will describe both options. Fitness opportunities are available for all levels of experience or ability.

If you have questions, please visit the Wellness website:

or contact Renee Lobdell

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