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Volume 9, Issue 18
April 18, 2007

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Remembrance Gathering for Virginia Tech

Dear Friends,

The tragic events this week have touched all of us, especially in the College of Engineering where there are strong ties to the campus and the people of Virginia Tech. We share in the grief of the family and friends of the victims.

President Skorton has also extended his sympathy to the Virginia Tech community ( and has announced a gathering for reflection and remembrance on the Cornell campus, 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in Sage Chapel. Those of you who would like to take that opportunity to honor our Virginia Tech friends are welcome to attend.


Kent Fuchs

Tonight: Another Day in the Frontal Lobe

A University Lecture tonight in the Statler Auditorium at 8 p.m. features Dr. Katrina Firlik, neurosurgeon and clinical assistant professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, in a lecture titled "Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside." Host for this evening's lecture is Prof. Steven Strogatz, TAM.

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation; the lecture is free and open to the public.

Apply now for a Fulbright Scholar faculty award

The 2008-2009 U.S. Fulbright Scholar application cycle has just opened. There are many opportunities for scholars in the field of engineering. Awards are available for lecturing, a combination of lecturing and research, or research. Complete application materials are due at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) by August 1, 2007. Please note that U.S. citizenship and a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree are required. For specific award information and to apply please visit the Web site

Call for awards for commencement Chronicle

The Cornell Chronicle will publish on May 24 (the Thursday before Commencement weekend) the names of students and faculty members who have won Cornell college or department awards for the 2006-07 academic year. Notices and lists of awards will only be accepted online. Please use the online form at and enter the names of the awards, award winners and prizes (if applicable). The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 7.

For examples of the kinds of awards to be submitted, please see last year's Chronicle: (Choose the May 25, 2006, issue and review the awards beginning on page 13.)

GDIAC showcase set for May 9

It's that time again! The Game Design Initiative at Cornell will host a computer game and game technology showcase on Wednesday, May 9, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in 319 Upson Hall. The public is invited to play and learn about this semester's exciting batch of new games and research projects

This event is sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, in connection with Computing and Information Science, the Cornell Engineering Communications Program, and the Cornell University Library.

Take a Survey, Enter to Win $100!

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries are asking for your help in planning library services that better suit your needs. The libraries are evaluating their Research Connection @ Duffield service (located in Duffield atrium), which attempts to bring reference and information services to faculty, students, and staff at the point of need.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and you will be automatically entered in a drawing to win $100! The drawing will take place on May 9, 2007, and the winner will be notified by e-mail.

The survey is available online at or in paper in the Engineering Library or Duffield Hall atrium (look for the red boxes). Send any questions to

Staffing update

Julie Newhouse (, 254-6139), an individual giving officer, has recently joined the Engineering Alumni Affairs and Development team at Carpenter Hall. Newhouse has worked at Cornell University for more than six years, all within the Alumni Affairs and Development Division. Prior to joining the Engineering team, she was an individual giving officer focusing on the College of Human Ecology and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Newhouse graduated from Purdue University in 1989 with a degree in management.

Guest speakers and seminars

  • BME/BEE 501 Seminar
  • Thursdays, 3:35-4:25 p.m., 255 Olin Hall

    Sep 6
    Bob Funari, Chairman and CEO, Crescent Healthcare, TBA

    Sep 13
    Professor Hyun Joon Kong, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign,
    "Design of Synthetic Extracellular Matrix to Regulate Non-Viral Gene Delivery"

  • BME 790 Seminar
  • Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30, 155 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 4:15 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)

    Sep 5
    Summer Immersion Term Experiences at Weill presented by the Department of Biomedical Engineering PhD Summer Immersion students

    Sep 12
    Prof. David Boas, Optical Imaging Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital, TBA

  • CAM Colloquium
  • Fridays, 3:30 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall

    Sep 7
    Anna Gilbert, University of Michigan: "(Fast) Algorithms for Compressed Sensing"

    Sep 14
    Assoc. Prof. Xin Guo, ORIE, Cornell University: "Several mathematical issues in information-based credit risk analysis"

  • ChemE 790 Seminar
  • Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
    (Refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)

    Sep 10
    Prof. James R. Swartz, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University: "Engineering Cell-Free Biology for Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines"

    Prof. Anand R. Asthagiri, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology: "Quantitative Variations in Molecular Networks and the Emergence of Multicellular Phenotypic Diversity"

  • CS Colloquium
  • Thursdays, 4:15 p.m., B1 Upson Hall

    Sep 6
    Salton Series Lecture
    Tom Leighton, MIT/Akamai Technologies: "The Akamai Story: From Theory to Practice"

  • Enterprise Engineering Seminar
  • Wednesdays, 101 Phillips Hall
    (Refreshments precede the seminar at 4:15)

    Sep 5
    Michael S. Rolband '80 CE, MEng '81, MBA '82, president of Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc: "The Engineering and Business of Restoring Wetlands and Streams

    Sep 12
    Christopher Mazzei '95 ORIE, firector of Americas Strategy, Ernst & Young: "An Engineer's Role in Corporate Strategy: Helping the Organization Make Better Decisions"

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

    Sep 13
    Prof. Sergei Sheiko, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: "Adsorption-induced Mechanochemistry of Branched Macromolecules"

    Sep 20
    Prof. Michael Wasielewski, Northwestern University: "Self-assembled Organic Materials for Solar Energy Conversion"

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

    Sep 5
    Asst. Prof. Richard Hennig, Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University: TBA

    Sep 12
    Rohan Abeyaratne, MIT: TBA

    Submitting announcements to Information Update

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