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Volume 9, Issue 5
October 4, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Jon Kleinberg, CS, recently received the 2006 Rolf Nevanlinna Prize for his "deep, creative and insightful contributions to the mathematical theory of the global information environment." The prize has been awarded every four years since 1982 by the International Mathematics Union in recognition of the most notable advances made in mathematics for the information sciences.

DNANO Systems, a start-up company co-founded by Asst. Prof. Dan Luo, BEE, to translate and commercialize Luo lab's inventions and technologies, has won second place at the 4th Purdue University Life Sciences Business Plan Competition ($20,000 in cash and $8,000 in services).

David Porter '08 ME and Kevin Graf '07 ECE were selected as 2006-07 recipients of the Frank and Rosa Rhodes Scholarships for their contributions to the college through academic achievement and leadership.

Symposium to honor Isacks

A symposium titled "Subduction, Orgeny and the Surface of the Earth" will be held Oct 8-10 to honor retiring plate tectonics pioneer Prof. Bryan Isacks, EAS. Isacks joined the Cornell faculty in 1971; he served as chair of the geology department from 1994 to 2003 and was a major force in the merging of earth and atmospheric sciences departments.

More information on the symposium:

CU Advance Center direction - Clarification

As reported in a previous issue of info Update, the National Science Foundation has awarded Cornell $3.3 million over five years to increase the recruitment, retention, and promotion into leadership positions of women in engineering and the sciences. The award will create a new office called the CU-Advance Center. Assoc. Prof. Sheila Hemami, ECE, will initially serve as programming director of the CU-Advance Center; Assoc. Prof. Marjolein van der Meulen, MAE, will direct in the second half of the grant. Assoc. Prof. Shelley J. Correl (Sociology), will serve as co-director.

Biological and Biomedical Symposium set for Oct 10

The 4th Annual Biological and Biomedical Sciences Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Oct 10, at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Lecture Hall 1. The program is as follows:

9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Graduate Student Presentations

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Buffet Lunch (Hagan Room)

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Douglas D. McGregor Research Lecture Speaker Dr. Yixian Zheng, Department of Embryology, Carnegie Institution in Washington; adjunct associate professor, Department of Biology, The John Hopkins University; and investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will speak on "Spindle morphogenesis beyond the microtubule cytoskeleton"

For more information: CVM Office of Graduate Education, jsl62 or 3-4448

Presentation on undergrad teaching and research

The Cornell University teaching community and all those with an interest in undergraduate teaching and research are cordially invited to a lecture titled From Dialogue to Impact: Enhancing Campus Collaboration in the Service of Student Learning and Engagement to be presented by Elizabeth Dupuis and Patricia Maughan, project director and project manager, of the Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Oct. 5
1:30-2:00 p.m. Reception
2:00-3:00 p.m. Lecture
G10 Biotech

This presentation will focus on UC Berkeley's Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship for Undergraduate Research, a four-year, grant supported initiative that focuses on large enrollment and high impact undergraduate courses. The 30-minute presentation will be followed by a period for questions and discussion.

The presentation is sponsored by Cornell University Library's Priority Implementation Team on Information Fluency and Academic Assembly. For more information, please contact Kornelia Tancheva at 255-3774 or

Guest speakers and seminars

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

Oct 5
Asst. Prof. Minah Suh, Neurological Surgery, Weill Medical College: "New Ways to Diagnose and Treat Neocortical Epilepsy"


BME 790 Seminar
Tuesdays, 4:30 p.m., 165 Olin Hall

Oct 3
Prof. Todd Przybycien, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University: "Towards a MEMS Membrane-based Acoustic Biosensor"

Oct 17
Assoc. Prof. Natacha DePaola, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: "Flow Regulation of Gap Junctional Communication and the Functional Compartmentalization of Vascular Endothelium"


CBE 790 Seminar
Mondays, 4:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall

Oct 16
Prof. Darrell H. Reneker, Department of Polymer Science, University of Akron: "Electrospinning and Nanofibers"


CS Colloquium
Thursdays, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall

Oct 5
Prof. Craig Chambers, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington: "Extensible, Modular Software Units"


Financial Engineering Seminar
Fridays, 12:15 p.m. 253 Rhodes Hall

Oct 6
Asst. Prof. Jianfeng Zhang, Department of Mathematics, University of Southern California: "Continuous-Time Principal-Agent Problems with Moral Hazard and/or Adverse Selection"


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

Oct 5
Dr. Adele Boskey, Hospital for Special Surgery: "New Insights into the Mechanism of Biomineralization"

Oct 19
Prof. Darrell Schlom, Dept of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University: "A Thin Film Approach to Engineering Functionality in Oxides"


Statistics Seminar
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. 406 Malott Hall

Oct 4
Asst. Prof. Ruriko Yoshida, Department of Statistics, University of Kentucky: "Barvinok's Enumeration Algorithm and its Applications to Statistics"


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

Oct 4
Assoc. Prof. Duane Storti, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle: "Adventures with Vertebrates and Invertebrates: Jellyfish, Surgical Patients and University Administrators"

Oct 11
Prof. Carl Hopkins, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell: "Electrical Communication in Fish: The Neural Basis for Temporal Encoding of Social Communication Signals"

NYC Credit Suisse invitation to grad students

Credit Suisse invites Ph.D. and master's degree students in their final or penultimate year in a quantitative field such as mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, operations research, econometrics, economics, or quantitative finance to attend a presentation in New York to learn about full-time and summer opportunities. Prior knowledge of finance is not required.

Oct 11
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
One Madison Avenue (auditorium)

An informal reception will follow the brief presentation and panel discussion. Students may bring their resumes. Please RSVP to Cover letters and resumes for full-time and summer opportunities may be sent with the RSVP. Please include name and school in the subject line.

Nano and Giga Challenge scholarships available

Nano and Giga Challenges 2007 is pleased to offer ten competitive scholarships to U.S. graduate students to cover travel costs for attending and presenting at the conference next March. Selected applicants will receive a total of $700: $200 will pay for registration and $500 will be received upon arrival at the conference to cover part of the travel costs.

The deadline for applications is November 1. For more information on awards and to register:

Intel grant provides upgrade for DPE study lounge

Diversity Programs in Engineering received a $15,000 grant from Intel to upgrade computer workstations in Olin Hall B-55, the DPE study lounge. All of the current monitors were replaced with new LCD screens and nine of the computers will be replaced with new equipment and software. A new printer will also be added to the lounge. All of the upgrades will be completed by Friday, Oct 6.

Staffing update

On Monday, October 2, Cindy Grey joined the college administration as receptionist and administrative assistant in the dean's office. A graduate of Cornell's College of Human Ecology, Grey was previously program coordinator for the ZAP Program, a Cortland County teen pregnancy prevention program. While a student she also worked at Northeast Pediatrics and Greek Peak.

Staff networking opportunities in October

The Cornell University Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity and Life Quality invites you to attend staff networking events. The Sharing Our World series is an opportunity for staff to come together to network with colleagues and allow new staff to make connections to the larger Cornell community. The setting is informal and the goal is that professional and personal relationships are cultivated at these events.

For questions or to RSVP, e-mail Connie Park or call 5-3224. Connie Park

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