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Volume 9, Issue 19
May 2, 2007

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

On January 1, Peter Doerschuk began a five-year term as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing which is a leading journal in the area of signal-processing aspects of image processing, imaging systems, and image scanning, display, and printing. The focus of his editorial activities is medical and biological imagine manuscripts. This appointment shows the high regard his peers have in Peter's judgement and abilities.

Lydia Contreras, 4th year PhD student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Dr. LaShanda Korley, postdoctoral associate in chemical and biomolecular engineering, were third place runner ups for the 2007 James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial Understanding and Harmony. Contreras and Korley created a new Graduate Women's Group to "foster a safe and supportive environment in which to address issues pertaining to women in academia and to enhance the quality of life of graduate women within the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering." Initially focused in Chemical Engineering, the group quickly embraced women professionals in other departments, drawing together minority and international women, and promoting community among women professionals within the College of Engineering.

Moataz Gadalla, triple major in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biology, was selected by the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering to receive the 2007 Baccalaureate Student Award from the American Institute of Chemists Foundation. This award recognizes "a student's demonstrated record of ability, indication of leadership, and professional promise."

Adam Gross, ChE senior, is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Scholar Award, sponsored by the Twin Tiers division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. This award is given for "outstanding scholarship and leadership in campus, community, and professional activities."

Debra Audus, ChE senior, received the 2007 Rohm & Haas/Rodriguez Outstanding Student Award in Polymers and Electronic Materials in recognition of her "sustained excellence in research on polymeric nanofibers, leadership in the graduate polymers course, and contributions as a teaching assistant in the core freshman and junior courses."

Oluwaseun Smith, ChE senior, was honored by the School of Chemical & Biomolecuar Engineering with the School's Outstanding Service Award for his continued support to the Director and to the faculty to improve the professional and social community of the School.

Engineering faculty meeting Tuesday, May 8, at 3:30 p.m.

The final College of Engineering Faculty Meeting for this academic year will be held on Tuesday, May 8, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room at Willard Straight Hall. A reception will follow the meeting.

The agenda includes:

* End of academic year celebration
* Faculty Mentoring and Recruiting

All Engineering faculty members are encouraged to attend.

Mattins closing early on Slope Day

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield Hall atrium will close at 2 p.m. on Slope Day, Friday May 4.

Apply now for a Fulbright Scholar faculty award

The 2008-2009 U.S. Fulbright Scholar application cycle has 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.

Fulbright 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 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.)

online form

Chronicle archive

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 (CIS), 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 or in paper in the Engineering Library or Duffield Hall atrium (look for the red boxes). Send any questions to


Guest speakers and seminars

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering Special Graduate Student Seminars
  • Monday May 7, 165 Olin Hall
    Refreshments at 3:30 p.m. in 128 Olin Hall)

    4:00 p.m.
    Gretchen J. McAuliffe: "Development of In Vitro Models of the Gastrointestinal Tract"

    4:30 p.m.
    Tobias D. Wheeler: "The Negative Pressure-Driven Transport of Water in Synthetic Trees"

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

    May 3
    Prof. Paula Hammond, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT: "Multifunctional Hybrid Nanomaterials via Electrostatically Driven Assembly Processes"

  • Media, Science, and Technology Communication Colloquium Series
  • Friday, 1:30-3:00 p.m., 211 Kennedy Hall
    Refreshments will be provided.

    May 4
    Asst. Prof. Matthew C. Nisbet, School of Communication, American University : "Framing Science: The Road to 2008 and Beyond"

  • Statistics Seminar
  • Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 406 Malott Hall
    (Refreshments afterwards in 301 Malott)

    May 2
    Assoc. Prof. Steven J. Schwager, Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology, Cornell University: "Global Assessment of Contaminants and Risk-Benefit Analysis for Farmed and Wild Salmon"

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

    May 2
    Asst. Prof. Pradeep Guduru, Division of Engineering, Brown University: "Biologically Inspired Wavy Surface Adhesion"

    May 9
    Prof. Peter Doerschuk, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University: "Challenges in the computational structural biology of viruses"

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