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Volume 9, Issue 14
February 21, 2007

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Work on integrating optical technology in future multicore chips by ECE professors José Martínez, Alyssa Apsel, and Dave Albonesi, and Ph.D. students Nevin Kirman, Meyrem Kirman, Rajeev Dokania, and Matt Watkins, has been selected to the 2007 IEEE Micro Top Picks in Computer Architecture. IEEE Micro selects annually a handful of "top picks" among all computer architecture papers published in top venues in the year before. Albonesi and Martínez each had one IEEE Micro Top Picks paper also in 2003.

Cornell research on social and information networks was recently featured in Science News Online, The two related pieces of research highlighted were by CS faculty and students Lars Backstrom, Prof. Dan Huttenlocher, Prof. Jon Kleinberg, and Xiangyang Lan (presented at KDD 2006), and by CS faculty Prof. Bill Arms, Prof. Dan Huttenlocher, and Prof. Jon Kleinberg, along with Sociology faculty members Prof. Michael Macy and Prof. David Strang (presented at the 2006 Conference on e-Social Science).

In addition to the CAREER awards announced last week, Asst. Prof. Bobby Kleinberg, CS, has also received a Faculty Early Career Development grant from NSF for his proposal: "Algorithms for Environments with Incomplete Information."

Prof. Fred Kulhawy, CEE, has been named the Southern Tier NYSSPE 2007 Engineer of the Year by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers; the award will be made at the Engineer's Week Dinner in Binghamton on February 22, 2007. 

Prof. Arnim Meyburg, CEE, was awarded the status of Life Member, ASCE, "with appreciation for a lifetime of dedication and service to the profession of civil engineering."

College revitalizes Committee on Emeritus Faculty Affairs

The College of Engineering has revitalized its Committee on Emeritus Faculty Affairs. The charge to committee is to advise the dean and the faculty on matters of importance to emeritus faculty. Members include:

  • Tobias de Boer (Chair)
  • Joseph Ballantyne
  • Donald Farley
  • Bryan Isacks

Additional information on the role of this committee can be found online.

Invention to Venture workshop comes to Cornell

Entrepreneurship@Cornell is hosting the first Invention to Venture (I2V) workshop for Cornell faculty on March 9, 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Statler Hotel. The one-day workshop in technology entrepreneurship is co-hosted by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIAA) and features expert speakers on life science and technology entrepreneurship, idea validation, business plan development, and many more topics aimed at moving ideas toward business creation.

Speakers include Kevin McGovern '70, Cornell's 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year; Alan Paau, Cornell's vice provost of technology transfer and economic development; Cornell faculty members, alumni, and special guests.

For more information on I2V and the NCIIA:

Mark your calendar to attend BOOM

BOOM (Bits On Our Minds) 2007, the annual research conference showcasing students' efforts and creativity in digital technology and applications, will be held February 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Duffield atrium. The event, hosted by Computing and Information Science and sponsored by Cisco, Credit Suisse, and FAST, is open to the public; members of the engineering community are encouraged to attend.

Mattin's Cafe posts new schedule

Deli hours for Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Hall atrium are now 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily (deli service formerly closed at 2 p.m.). The cafe is otherwise open for beverages and pre-packaged food items 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.

For spring break, Mattin's will close on Friday, Mar 16, at 2 p.m. and will operate the following week, Mar 19-23, on an abbreviated schedule of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Mar 26.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • AEP
  • Feb 21, 4:30 p.m., Schwartz Auditorium in Rockefeller Hall
    Henri Sack Memorial Lecture
    Jun Ye, Fellow of JILA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology and associate professor adjoint of the Department of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder: "The Art of Light-based Precision Measurement."

  • CAM Colloquium

  • Fridays, 3:30 p.m. 253 or 655 Rhodes Hall
    Refreshments following in 657 Rhodes Hall.

    Mar 2 (253 Rhodes)
    Ford Foundation Professor Joyce McLaughlin, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: "Creating a New Medical Diagnostic Tool by Imaging Shear Stiffness in Tissue"

  • CIS
  • Feb 21, 4:30 p.m., Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall
    Steven Sinofsky, AB '87, senior vice president, Windows and Windows Live Engineering, Microsoft: Topics include new technology developments, Cornell graduates whose careers have taken off, what some of the new hires from Cornell are up to.
    A public reception with refreshments will follow.

  • Enterprise Engineering Colloquium

  • Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips 101
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m.)

    Alan Rosenthal, '59 BEE '60, retired vice president, Bank of America: "The Arc of a Career: From Design Engineering to Financial Services and Beyond"

    Carl Accettura '75 ME, founder, Global Pharma Consulting: "Creating Therapeutic Value with a Novel Drug Delivery System: The Inside Story of the Global Launch of Actiq for Breakthrough Cancer Pain"

  • MAE Colloquium

  • Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., B11 Kimball Hall or 111 Upson Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15p.m. in Upson Lounge

    Mar 1 (special Thursday session), B11 Kimball
    Erica Takai, post-doctoral fellow, Cartilage Biology and Orthopaedics Branch, National Institute of Health: "Towards the Improvement of Bone: Exploration of Bone Cell Mechanotransduction and Intercellular Interactions"

    Mar 6, B11 Kimball
    Prof. Gerard Lachapelle, CRC/iCORE Chair in Wireless Location, Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary: "GPS Carrier Phase Measurements and High Accuracy Applications"

  • Statistics Seminar

  • Wednesdays, 4:00 P.M., 406 Malott Hall
    (Refreshments served afterwards in 301 Malott)

    Feb 21
    Jean Opsomer, director, Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology, and professor, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University: "Endogenous Post-Stratification in Surveys"

  • TAM Seminar

  • Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 205 Thurston Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 in 206 Thurston)

    Feb 21
    Assoc. Prof. Zoran Popovic, Department Of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington: "Towards a Generative Model of Animal Locomotion"

    Feb 28
    Asst. Prof. Daniel Forger, Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan: "Discovering the Dynamics of Mammalian Timekeeping"

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