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Volume 8, Issue 5
October 5, 2005

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Faculty and student awards and honors

Dr. Kok Kwang Phoon, Ph.D. '95, Prof. Fred H. Kulhawy, and Prof. Mircea D. Grigoriu, all of CEE, will receive the ASCE Norman Medal for 2005 for their paper "Multiple Resistance Factor Design for Shallow Transmission Line Structure Foundations" published in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (ASCE) in September 2003. The Norman Medal is awarded for the best paper of the year, judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to engineering science.

Prof. Jim Engstrom, CBE, will be named a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society at their meeting in November. AVS Fellows are recognized for "sustained and outstanding scientific and technical contributions in areas of interest to AVS." Engstrom was cited for his "contributions to our understanding of the dynamics of gas-surface reactions and thin film deposition on surfaces using supersonic molecular beam techniques."

The Society of Biological Engineering has named Prof. Michael L. Shuler, BME, as the first recipient of the James E. Bailey Award for Outstanding Contributions in Biological Engineering. The award is endowed by Cytos Biotechnology and is given in memory of Professor Jay Bailey for his pioneering contributions in biotechnology. The award will be presented in November at AIChE's 2005 annual meeting in Cincinnati.

New funding process for student project teams

At the request of several department chairs, College of Engineering and academic department staff and directors have developed an annual registration and funding request process for all student project teams. The process and application materials are described at (select Registration and Funding Request from the menu).

The deadline for submission of applications is October 14. Any student project team (except undergraduate research groups working with a faculty member) that answers yes to any of the following questions is required to participate in this process:

* Participates in a competition
* Requires the use of space or equipment
* Requires funding from college or department(s)
* Involves more than 10 students

This announcement is also going to all undergraduate students via the Sundial newsletter and by e-mail to all known faculty team advisers. Please visit the web site for more information, and if you have questions, please contact Betsy East, assistant dean for student services, at

ASEE revitalizing Engineering and Public Policy Division

The American Society for Engineering Education is revitalizing its Engineering and Public Policy Division. As part of that effort, the division has issued a call for papers to be presented at the 2006 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition to be held in Chicago June 18-21. The conference will also include a business meeting for the division.

For more information, visit the ASEE conference "Calls for Papers" web site,, and select "Engineering and Public Policy."

Cornell Energy Information Fair to be held Oct 11

In the face of the increases in gasoline and heating fuel that have occurred and will continue to occur over the next few months, Cornell University will be holding its first-ever Cornell Energy Information Fair for academic and nonacademic staff, faculty, and retirees. The fair will take place Tuesday, October 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Barton Hall, during Fall Break, and will bring together area vendors, suppliers, and agencies knowledgeable about products and services related to energy efficiency. Already a number of vendors and agencies have signed on as exhibitors to be on-hand to answer questions about their products and ways to conserve energy.

For more information:

Fulkerson Lecture Series features Zipkin

The School of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering announces the twenty-first annual D.R. Fulkerson Lecture Series, a series of lectures to be presented by Paul Zipkin, the R. J. Reynolds Professor of Business Administration, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Monday, Oct 17
4:30 p.m. in B01 Sage Hall
"The Best Things in Life (Are) Were Free: On the Technology and Sociology of Transactions"

Tuesday, Oct 18
4:20 p.m. in 205 Thurston Hall
"Analysis and Comparison of Queues with Different Levels of Delay Information, Part I: Overview, Modeling Approaches, and Solution Methods" Refreshments: 258 Rhodes Hall, 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, Oct 20, 2005
4:20 p.m. in 205 Thurston Hall
"Analysis and Comparison of Queues with Different Levels of Delay Information, Part II: Comparison and Conflict" Refreshments: 258 Rhodes Hall, 3:45 p.m.

Organizer: Robin Roundy, 216 Rhodes Hall, 5-9137

Game designer shares insights

Ernest Adams, an independent game designer, writer, and teacher, working with the International Hobo design group, will present "The Future of Computer Entertainment, 2005-2050" on Wednesday, October 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 in room B17, Upson Hall. The free lecture is presented by the Game Design Initiative at Cornell, funded by several groups at Cornell, and open to the public. Registration is not necessary.

Adams will also present a game design workshop from 9:00 to 11:00 at Ithaca College in Park Hall, room 220, and again from 2:30 to 4:30 at Cornell in Upson Hall, room 111. This workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and students who are familiar with games and are interested in the design process. To register for the free workshop, please e-mail Kelly Patwell,, or Melissa Gattine,

For more information about the lectures and workshops, please contact David Schwartz,, 5-5395.

For more information about Adams, visit his web site:

Huang lectures in statistics seminar

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.

Oct 5: Yijian Huang, associate professor, Department of Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, "Errors-in-Covariates Effect on Estimating Functions: Additivity in Limit and Nonparametric Correction"

Peace Studies sponsors technology and security seminars

Cornell's Peace Studies Program seminars, focused on technology and security issues, are held on Thursdays at 3 p.m. 153 Uris Hall.

Oct 20: Jeffrey Sullivan, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, "From Aerial Torpedoes to Unmanned Aircraft Systems."

Nov 3: Lisbeth Gronlund, Union of Concerned Scientists, "The Constraints of Physics on Military Operations in Space."

Nov 17: Allison MacFarlane, MIT Security Studies Program, "The Faulty Concept of Weapons of Mass Destruction."

For more information on these seminars, contact George Lewis, 5-8914,

Research Connection @ Duffield

Don't have time to come to the library? The library comes to you with the Research Connection @ Duffield, a reference service offered in Duffield Atrium, Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

It can be a challenge to keep up with the developments in a field or to find the right information for research. Consult a librarian for custom solutions to your specific needs.

Contact the reference specialists at Duffield, at, or at the library:

Engineering Quad lawns temporarily unavailable

The Engineering Quadrangle north and south lawns will be unavailable for events from October 2005 through approximately May 2006. The new grass planted as part of the quadrangle renovation was never able to grow properly due to difficult weather conditions, so work is being done to rejuvenate the lawn. Please feel free to reserve the remaining lawn areas or terraces for your events. We regret any inconvenience this poses.

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