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Volume 9, Issue 12
January 24, 2007

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Engineering faculty meetings set for February 6, May 8

The next College of Engineering Faculty Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall. A reception will follow the meeting.

The agenda includes:

* Systems Engineering MEng Distance Learning Proposal
* Engineering Curriculum Transformation Proposal
* Faculty Mentoring

Please also save the date for the final faculty meeting of the academic year to be held on Tuesday, May 8, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room.

Background reading materials for the February 6 meeting can be found online.

Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

AEP Adjunct Professor Don Bilderback has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for his contributions to synchrotron x-ray physics in the field of x-ray optics and to the development of cryogenic cooling.

"Biophysical and Structural Characterization of Polyethylenimine-Mediated siRNA Delivery in Vitro" published in Pharmaceutical Research and authored by Amy Richards-Grayson, Anne Doody, and David Putnam, BME/CBE, was ranked one of the Top 100 most downloaded manuscripts in the field of RNA-interference for 2006. The manuscript focuses on defining the structure/function relationships that correlate polymer composition and architecture to nucleic acid delivery. siRNA is a potentially new therapeutic drug class, and the Putnam research group focuses on developing safe and effective means by which to deliver them to predetermined target cells.

In addition to Scott Warren, MSE, whose award was announced last issue, BEE graduate student Soong Ho Um also received a Materials Research Society Silver Award for excellence in research and for participation in the fall MRS meeting held in Boston in November.

Two Cornell CS undergrads, Kelly Conway and Evan Herbst, received honorable mention for the 2007 Computer Resarch Association Outstanding Undergraduate Awards demonstrated excellence of computing research ability." Conway has conducted research with Assoc. Prof. Thorsten Joachims (CS) and Assoc. Prof. Michael Spivey (psychology). Evan Herbst has conducted research with Joachims and with Prof. Dan Huttenlocher, CS and Johnson School, at Cornell and several others outside of Cornell.

BOOM '07 project submission underway

Project submission for BOOM 2007 (Bits On Our Minds), an annual event hosted by Computing and Information Science, is now underway. Engineering faculty are asked to encourage their students to submit a project for this showcase of student efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications. It's a great opportunity for students to show off their work. BOOM '07 will be held February 28 in the Duffield Hall atrium, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

CNF hosts Junior FIRST LEGO League expo

The Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility is hosting a Junior FIRST LEGO League expo Saturday, Jan 27, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Duffield Hall Atrium.

Teams of kids, ages 6 to 9, have been working on LEGO models based on a science challenge related to nanotechnology. Come and see presentations on their work and participate in science-based hands-on activities geared for kids ages 5 to 12.

Expo sponsors include:
Duffield Hall
Nanobiotechnology Center
Ithaca Sciencenter

Symposium on commercialization for Cornell faculty

Entrepreneurship@Cornell is sponsoring a one-day seminar on March 9 titled Invention to Venture (I2V) for Cornell faculty. The symposium will feature Cornell and regional experts in the areas of life science and technology entrepreneurship, idea validation, intellectual property, Cornell resources, business plan development, finding the money, and plenty of time for networking. This event is a co-production of Entrepreneurship@Cornell and the National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance; the cost is $25.

To register or for more information:

Guest Speakers and Seminars

>>CAM Colloquium
Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall
Refreshments at 4:30 p.m. in 657 Rhodes Hall.

Feb 2
Ramit Mehr, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and Karolinska Institute, Sweden: "The Immune System - A Theoretician's View"


>>Communication Colloquium Series
Friday, Jan 26, 211 Kennedy Hall
Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science (2005): "Science at High Wind Speeds: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming"


>>EAS Seminar
3:30 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall
(Refreshments at 3:15 p.m. in the Snee Hall Reading Room)

Wednesday, Jan 31
Greg Dietl, The Paleontological Research Institution : "The Arms Race in the Fossil Record: Effects of a Regional Extinction Event on the Escalation of Predator-Prey Interaction"

Monday, Feb 5
Lindsay Schoenbaum, Ohio State University: "Climate-Tectonic Coupling: Erosion, Exhumation and High Topography in the Chinese Pamir"


>>MAE Colloquium Series
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall
(Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in Upson Hall Lounge)

Jan 23
Karen J.L. Burg, professor and Hunter Endowed Chair, Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University: "Ex Vivo Tissue Test Systems: Expanding the Domain of Regenerative Medicine"

Jan 30
Mark Rosheim, founder and president of Ross-Himes Designs: "Robot Evolution: The Development of Anthrobotics"


>>MSE seminar
Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., 140 Bard Hall
(Refreshments at 4:00 p.m. in 260 Bard)

Jan 25
Janelle Leger, University of Washington: "Optoelectronic devices based on a semiconducting polymer homojunction "


>>ORIE Colloquium
Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall
(Refreshments at 3:45 in 258 Rhodes)

Jan 30
Soumik Pal, visiting assistant professor, ORIE and Math Department, Cornell University: "Interacting Brownian Motions and the Distribution of Equity Capital"


>>TAM Seminar
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston Hall.

Jan 24
Mohammad Younis, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University: "Dynamics, Motion, and Reliability Issues of MEMS and Microsystems"

Jan 30
Isabelle Cantat, visiting professor, Physics Institute, University of Rennes, France: "Liquid foam rheology"


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