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Volume 8, Issue 8
November 16, 2005

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Faculty awards and honors

CEE's Anthony Ingraffea, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, has been chosen to receive one of the three 2005 Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowships for effective, inspiring, and distinguished teaching of undergraduate students. The awards -- $5,000 a year for five years for each faculty member -- are named for Stephen H. Weiss '57, emeritus chair of the Cornell Board of Trustees, who endowed the program. They recognize excellence in teaching, advising and outstanding efforts toward instructional improvement and development

Each year the Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Association (which together represent about 25 percent of the students at Cornell) recognize one faculty member from each college for an Outstanding Faculty Award. Assoc. Prof. Brad Anton, CBE, won this year's award for the College of Engineering.

ECE's Prof. Zygmunt J. Haas and Visiting Professor Chuanyun Zou, won the "Best Paper Award" for their paper titled: "Optimal Resource Allocation for UWB Wireless Ad Hoc Networks," at the 16th International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC'05),} which took place in Berlin, Germany, September 11-14, 2005. The award was given at the conference banquet.

Prof. Zygmunt J. Haas, ECE, gave a series of talks on Ad Hoc Networking Technology as part of an IEEE/ComSoc Distinguish Lecturer Tour in several locations throughout Australia, including as a keynote speech of the 2005 Asia Pacific Conference on Communications.

Teaching and advising award winners honored

Teaching and advising award winners in the College of Engineering were honored at a luncheon earlier this week. The following are the recipients for this year's Excellence in Teaching awards:

Shivaun Archer, BME
Mark Campbell, MAE
Raffaello D'Andrea, MAE
Ashim Datta, BEE
Joe Halpern, CS
Jose Martinez, ECE
William Olbricht, CBE
Richard Rand, TAM
Ruth Richardson, CEE
Charles Seyler, ECE
Jayavel Shanmugasundaram, CS
Jery Stedinger, CEE
Wesley Swartz, ECE
Huseyin Topaloglu, ORIE
Ulrich Wiesner, MSE
Frank Wise, AEP
Chris Xu, AEP

Recipients of the James M. and Marsha D. McCormick Award for Outstanding Advising of First-Year Engineering Students are as follows:

David Caughey, MAE
David Hammer, ECE

Learn to pitch your business idea

"Start-up Cornell: Business Idea Pitch Practice," run by BR Ventures (the Johnson School's student-run venture capital fund), is a practice session held multiple times a year for aspiring entrepreneurs. Participants have 10 minutes to present their business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists and successful entrepreneurs and a live audience. Questions are invited, and the panelists offer critiques and advice on how to improve the pitches.

The first pitch practice of this academic year will be held Friday, November 18, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in B08 Sage Hall. Three groups of students will pitch their business ideas to Fred Beste from Mid-Atlantic Venture Fund, Jennifer Tegan from Cayuga Venture Fund, and a BRV fund manager.

* Watch others present their business ideasLearn to pitch your business idea
* Learn from the feedback provided by professionals
* Pick up business tips
* Network with others from outside your department

This program is open to the Cornell community and recommended for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate or undergraduate students with entrepreneurial interests. Refreshments will be served after the program.

Upcoming events for M.Eng. students

The Master of Engineering Student Association has planned several events for M.Eng. students:

Nov 18, 4:30 p.m. - Alumni Job Hunting Panel
155 Olin Hall
Come hear from seasoned professionals what has worked for them when looking for a job.

Nov 21, 6 p.m. - General Meeting and Awards Ceremony
101 Phillips Hall
Free food and cash prizes.

Award nominations:
Student Genius Award - Write a short essay (less than a page) explaining why either you or another MENG student is a genius.
Outstanding Faculty Award - Write a short essay (less than a page) explaining which faculty member contributed most to your experience this semester.

Send all essays via e-mail to

For more information:

Update on flu vaccine supply delays

Gannett Clinic has received only a portion of the doses of flu vaccine ordered, but they do expect to receive their entire supply of vaccine eventually.

Meanwhile, some walk-in vaccination clinics have been postponed; others may also be postponed. But vaccination appointments at Gannett ARE being scheduled. Please call 255-5155 to make an appointment.

The cost of flu shots for students is $20 (bursar bill, cash, check, or charge); there is no charge to faculty and staff as the shots are provided as an employee benefit.

Please check the Gannett website to review the current status of walk-in clinics and vaccine supply.

Mattin's Cafe posts holiday hours

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Hall atrium will operate on the following schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday:

Mon-Tue, Nov 21-22, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wed, Nov 23, open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thu-Fri, Nov 24-25, closed

Get ready for gaming!

David Schwartz, director of the Game Design Initiative at Cornell, reports that the Fall 2005 GDIAC showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 3-6 p.m., in 315/319 Upson Hall. They will be presenting 17 game development and research projects and the new GDIAC Intern outreach program.

Watch the web site for more information:

Kosorok 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 16: Michael R. Kosorok, professor of statistics and biostatistics, University of Wisconsin-Madison: "Large p small n asymptotics for statistical analysis of high dimensional data"

MSE hosts Kymissis

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 17: Dr. Ioannis (John) Kymissis, MIT: "Unconventional electronics: Past, present, and future"

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