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Volume 9, Issue 1
August 9, 2006

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Faculty and staff receptions for new undergrad and grad students

We invite all faculty and staff in the college to join us in welcoming and meeting our new engineering students and their families. We encourage you to attend the following college events:

Saturday, Aug 19
Welcome/Reception for new undergraduate students and their families with college faculty and staff
3-4 p.m., Duffield atrium

Wednesday, Aug 23
Barbecue for new graduate students with college faculty and staff
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Duffield Lacroute Plaza
(outdoor terrace between Duffield and Upson)

Wednesday, Aug 23
Ice Cream Social for new undergraduate students with college faculty and staff
2-3:30 p.m., Duffield atrium

Please join us for these events!

Fran Shumway, Engineering Advising
Jeff Newman, Engineering Research and Graduate Studies

Malliaras named CNF director

Vice Provost for Physical Sciences and Engineering Prof. Joe Burns has announced the appointment of Assoc. Prof. George Malliaras, MSE, as director of the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF), starting August 15. Don Tennant, now at Lucent Technologies, will begin as CNF director of operations on the same date. "These individuals were selected after the Search Committee and the CNF staff interviewed many strong candidates," Burns said. "George and Don will bring new energies and new ideas to CNF, a facility that is already thriving."

In making the announcement, Burns also thanked Prof. John Silcox, AEP, and Jurriaan Gerretsen, associate director of the Center for Nanoscale Systems, for serving as interim director and interim associate director (respectively) and expressed his gratitude for the contributions of both individuals in strengthening CNF.

Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Self-assembled DNA buckyballs, developed by Asst. Prof. Dan Luo, BEE, have been selected by the editors of R&D Magazine and MICRO/NANO Newsletter as one of the most innovative products of 2006 in their inaugural MICRO/NANO 25 Competition. All 25 of this year's winners are featured in the July 2006 issue of MICRO/NANO Newsletter and the August 2006 issue of R&D Magazine.

Prof. Sandip Tiwari, ECE, was named the 2007 recipient of the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award with the accompanying citation: "For pioneering contributions to nano-crystal memories and to quantum effect devices." The Brunetti Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of information storage with emphasis on technical contributions in computer data storage device technology.

Asst. Prof. Matt DeLisa, CBE, and Assoc. Prof. Rajit Manohar, ECE, have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's 12th annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium in Dearborn, MI, Sep 21-23. The event will bring together 81 of the nation's top young engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing cutting-edge engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines. The symposium provides an opportunity to share know-how from multiple fields and initiate collaborations that may one day solve complex problems.

Guest speakers and seminars

Thurs, Aug 24, 4:30 p.m.
MSE seminar, 140 Bard Hall
Prof. Zhenan Bao, Stanford University "Organic Thin Film Electronics"
(Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard.)

Wednesday, Aug 30, 4:30 p.m.
TAM Seminar, 205 Thurston Hall
Prof. Patrick Weidman, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder: "Model Equations for the Eiffel Tower Profile: Historical Perspective and New Result"
(Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston)

Thursday, August 31, 4:30 p.m.
MSE seminar, 140 Bard Hall
Prof. Nils Kroger, Georgia Tech: title TBA
(Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard.)

STATCOM provides statistical advice

Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) at Cornell is a student organization dedicated to providing free statistical advice and assistance for nonprofit and governmental organizations in Ithaca. STATCOM can provide assistance with planning of data collection, providing data management assistance, and data analysis.

Examples of services STATCOM can provide include:
* Designing and analyzing surveys
* Evaluating programs to see how effective they are
* Predicting demand
* Checking to see whether prior beliefs are supported
* Analyzing large data sets for patterns or associations in variables

Phone: 607 255-2326

Staffing updates

Shane Stennes, assistant director of human resources in Engineering, will be leaving Cornell to move to Minnesota with his partner Stacy, who will be attending law school in the fall. Shane's professionalism, knowledge, enthusiasm, and dedication have made him a tremendous asset to the College of Engineering and Cornell; he will be missed.

Debbie Moss joined the staff in Diversity Programs in Engineering on Monday, August 7, as administrative assistant/receptionist. Previously she worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County as the human ecology administrative assistant. Please join us in welcoming her to the college.

Using Cornell Calendar to publicize your event

The Cornell Press Relations Office is planning to re-launch its Tip Sheet -- a list of major campus events -- to be distributed to local and regional media on a weekly basis. The Tip Sheet will also be the content of a new weekly morning feature on WHCU Radio that will highlight a few of the most interesting upcoming events and happenings on campus.

Want your event considered for inclusion in Tip Sheet? The Press Office is planning to gather information for the Tip Sheet from the University Events Calendar. The calendar is a great way to promote your activities anyway, and the possibility that your event will be included in the Tip Sheet is an added bonus. To list an event on the calendar, go to the calendar page,, and click on "Add an Event."

Submitting announcements to Information Update

Please send your news notes to Announcements will be published no more than twice and should be limited to about a hundred words or less. The next issue of Information Update, published biweekly during the academic year and monthly in the summer, will be July 10, 2013. The deadline for submissions to this next issue is Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5 p.m. Information received after the deadline will be published in a future issue if appropriate.