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Volume 8, Issue 7
November 2, 2005

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Faculty and student awards and honors

Prof. John Hopcroft, CS, has been awarded the IEEE Harry M. Goode Award in recognition of his fundamental contributions to the study of algorithms and their applications in information processing. He will accept the award at a ceremony in Philadelphia on November 3, at which time he will be presented with a bronze medal and cash prize.

Asst. Prof. Thorsten Joachims, CS, earned the best paper award at this year's International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) for his paper, "A Support Vector Method for Multivariate Performance Measures." CS graduate students Alex Niculescu-Mizil earned a distinguished student paper award for "Predicting Good Probabilities With Supervised Learning" and Tom Finley was similarly recognized for his paper entitled "Supervised Clustering with Support Vector Machines."

In ECE, Assoc. Prof. Rajit Manohar, Asst. Prof. Anna Scaglione, Yao-Win Hong, PhD '05, and PhD candidate Birsen Sirkeci-Mergen received the Ellersick Award for their MILCOM 2005 paper, "Dense Sensor Networks that are Also Energy Efficient: When More is Less." Their paper was selected from more than 500 unclassified papers, which is an impressive achievement. The award was presented at the MILCOM 2005 Awards Luncheon on October 19.

BeneFair to be held November 10

All Cornell faculty and staff are invited to the Open Enrollment BeneFair to be held Thursday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in G10 Biotech. Benefit Services will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the various benefits offered to Cornell employees. Many health vendors, insurance and investment representatives, and staff from community outreach programs and services will also be available. All endowed and contract college staff and faculty will be receiving an Open Enrollment packet at their home addresses toward the beginning of November, with materials on these plans enclosed.

If you have any questions, please contact Benefit Services, 130 Day Hall, 5-3936, or e-mail

Join CIT list for service alerts

Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) has a mailing list called CIT-Alert-L to inform Cornell faculty, staff, and students about significant problems with computing services, phones, and AUDIX. It also provides advance notice of planned outages of services that will affect a large portion of the campus for several hours.

For example, CIT-Alert-L messages warn about:
* computer viruses/worms that are spreading on campus
* sustained problems with Cornell's connection to the Internet
* services that are being discontinued
* planned, extended outages of phone or AUDIX services
* planned, extended outages of heavily used CIT-supported services, such as e-mail, Who I Am, Oracle Calendar, the Library Gateway, and Just the Facts

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Varaiya to deliver ECE's Anthony Lecture

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is pleased to announce the William A. Anthony Lecture on the Future of Electrical and Computer Engineering to be held Tuesday, Nov 15, at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Phillips Hall:

Pravin Varaiya, Nortel Networks Distinguished Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, "Wireless Sensor Networks for Measuring Traffic."

Rudnick featured in EAS series today

Today's Earth and Atmospheric Sciences fall colloquium series features the following:

Nov 2: Roberta Rudnick, University of Maryland: "Removal of Lithospheric Mantle beneath the North China Craton: When, Where and How?"

All lectures are held 4:00 p.m. in 2146 Snee Hall, with refreshments available in the Snee Hall Reading Room beforehand.

Warnes 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.

Nov 2: Greg Warnes, Pfizer Global Research and Development: "Efficient and Adaptive MCMC by Coupling Multiple Samplers"

Enterprise Engineering features Heller, Carman

The Enterprise Engineering Seminar, sponsored by the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA), is open to all. Refreshments are available at 4:15 p.m.; the seminar begins at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Phillips.

Nov 2: David Heller '81 ME,president and CEO, Heller Industries: "Implementing Lean Manufacturing Methods in the Machine Tool Industry"

Nov 9: Robert G. Carman '69 ORIE, MBA '70, manager, planning and stewardship, ExxonMobil: "Information Technology in a Global Organization"

MSE hosts Stellacci, Ward

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering seminars are held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in 140 Bard. Refreshments will precede the seminars at 4:00 p.m. in the MSE Lounge, 260 Bard.

Nov 3: Prof. Francesco Stellacci, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT: "Supramolecular Self-Assembly: from Nano-Materials to DNA based Printing Techniques"

Nov 10: Prof. Michael D. Ward, University of Minnesota: "Probing Crystal Interfaces at the Nanoscale: From Crystal Growth to Kidney Stones"

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