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Volume 8, Issue 3
September 7, 2005

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Diversity Programs begins seminar series today

The Engineering Diversity Programs Office is sponsoring a series of seminars and workshops related to best practices in hiring diverse faculty. The first session will be held today (September 7) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in B-14 Hollister Hall. Cornell alumna Dr. Daryl Smith, professor of education and psychology at Claremont Graduate University, will be the guest speaker. Her talk is titled "Institutional best practices on diversifying the faculty."

This talk is open to the entire Engineering community. It will be of special interest to department chairs, search committee chairs, and anyone engaged in hiring faculty and staff.

Entrepreneurs Resource Expo set for September 15

Interested in starting a business? Have a great idea that you want to explore? Want to take a class to learn more about being an entrepreneur? This is your chance to connect with Cornell's resources for entrepreneurship and commercialization (and win free door prizes). From entrepreneurship classes to technology transfer to scientific resources and legal advice, you can meet with representatives from 20 organizations that can offer an array of educational and practical resources for students, faculty, staff, and alumni interested in entrepreneurship and business creation.

3rd annual Cornell Entrepreneur Resource Expo
Thursday, September 15
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Room G10 Biotechnology Building

Refreshments will be served! This event is free and open to the public! Attendees can sign up for our drawings to win free door prizes!

For more information, check the EPE web site (, call 255-1576, or e-mail

The office formerly known as LIFE

Engineering Learning Initiatives offers academic and extracurricular opportunities for engineering students that enhance the learning environment, support teaching excellence, and cultivate professional development. Engineering Learning Initiatives, formerly known as LIFE (Learning Initiatives for Future Engineers), administers the following programs to support its mission:

* Academic Excellence Workshops: small group, 1-credit, cooperative learning sessions for core engineering courses.

* Tutors-on-Call: free of charge peer tutoring in math, physics, chemistry, computer science, & distribution courses.

* Undergraduate Research Grants: undergraduate research funding awards for students and faculty.

* Engineering TA Development Program: training and certification for Engineering TAs.

* Cornell LeaderShape Institute: dynamic, interactive, six-day residential student leadership retreat.

Engineering Learning Initiatives is located in 167 Olin Hall. For more information, visit Please note the NEW email address,

Deadline approaches for implementing new Cornell logo

To All Members of the Cornell Community:

I want to thank you for your enthusiasm in adopting the university's visual identity program and logo, unveiled last October. Many units and programs began using the logo immediately, and others have made good progress toward that goal. During the past nine months, I have met with many of you to discuss details about logo use, and I know that you are working to develop creative, successful communication materials. Your efforts are resulting in a clear and consistent message from the institution about its strengths and achievements--thank you.

The transition time for incorporating the new visual identity into all communication materials is now nearing its end. By October 28, all Cornell units should be using the new logo. The Style Guide for Cornell's visual identity standards can be found at

I understand that switching to the visual identity program can be a huge task. If you need help, please contact my staff--we'll be happy to assist. For questions about print applications, contact Laurie Ray at; for questions about web applications, contact Diane Kubarek at

Thomas W. Bruce
Vice President
University Communications

SES juniors win NOAA scholarships

Two juniors in the Science of Earth Systems degree program in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Tess Brandon and Andrew Collier, have been awarded Hollings Scholarships by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is the first year that NOAA has awarded 100 of these scholarships, and Cornell was one of three schools to have three students receive awards out of the thousands of applicants. Brandon and Collier will each receive $8000 stipends per academic year to help cover educational expenses during their junior and senior years as well as 10-week paid internships at a NOAA laboratory during the summer of 2006. Cornell's other recipient is Sara Paddock, a biological sciences major with a concentration in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in the marine biology track.

Opportunity to showcase student teams

Calling all student team advisers: There is an opportunity coming up to showcase your team for Cornell alumni on Saturday, October 22, at a buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If your team would like to be featured, please reply to Marsha Pickens,, with the name of the team and at least one of the student names who will be with the poster or display. This information is needed as soon as possible; the deadline is Friday, September 9.

Koller to speak in CS Distinguished Career Lecture Series

On Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m., Daphne Koller from Stanford University will speak in G01 Biotech. Her lecture, titled "From distributed systems to systems biology (and other things)," will describe the gradual evolution of her career from working on distributed systems to focusing more and more on making sense of complex data in real-world applications such as machine perception and systems biology. The event is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and Women's Program in Computer Science. The talk will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Biotech Atrium.

For more information, visit

MSE hosts Rohatgi, Hsu in seminar series

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering seminars are held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. Speakers and locations for upcoming seminars follow:

Sep 8, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall: Prof. Ajeet Rohatgi, Georgia Institute of Technology, "The road to cost effective solar electricity: A solution to the energy and environmental problems." Refreshments at 4:00 PM in 260 Bard Hall Lounge.

Sep 15, 4:30 p.m., A106 Corson/Mudd Hall, Morrison Seminar Room: Prof. Shaw Ling Hsu, University of Massachusetts, "Biomass based polymers: Science and applications." This is a joint seminar between MSE and BEE. Refreshments at 3:45 PM in 260 Bard Hall Lounge.

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