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Volume 9, Issue 6
October 18, 2006


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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Asst. Prof. David Putnam, BME, has been invited to join Bausch & Lomb's Vision Care Scientific Advisory Board. In this role, Putnam will advise the company in the area of biomaterials and biocompatibility as they relate to ophthalmic health care and drug delivery strategies.


Gender communication gap focus of Thursday talk

Vice Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development Bob Harris and Associate Dean for Diversity Zellman Warhaft invite members of the Engineering community to attend a seminar titled He Said, She Said: Bridging the Gender Communication Gap in Mentoring, on Thursday, Oct 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 101 Phillips Hall

Operating from a cultural perspective, Dr. Betty Farmer and Dr. James Manning, Western Carolina University, will explore gender communication differences in two key areas: listening and conflict resolution. Participants should leave the session with an increased awareness of and respect for gender differences as an important aspect of diversity. Such awareness and respect are essential precursors to the development of personal communication strategies that can bridge the gender communication divide.


JumpStart R&D Grants for Spring 2007

The Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO) is again partnering with the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), the Integrated Electronics Engineering Center at Binghamton University (IEEC), and the Center for Future Energy Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to connect Central New York businesses with the JumpStart Grant program.

JumpStart helps fund and create the initial collaboration between industrial partners and university researchers. Using funds from the New York State Office for Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), the program encourages the discovery process by matching cash and in-kind support from company recipients for projects of up to $15,000 of total value. Project funding covers resources such as faculty and their research staff, facilities services, and materials.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., November 13, for Spring 2007 semester projects.
http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/industry/jumpstart/


David Gross to give 2006 Bethe lectures

David J. Gross, the Frederick W. Gluck Professor of Theoretical Physics and director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, will give a public lecture on The Search for a Theory of Fundamental Reality as part of the 2006 Hans Bethe Lectures at Cornell.

The lecture will be held Wednesday, Oct 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall.

Gross won the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics (with David Politzer of the California Institute of Technology and Frank Wilczek of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the discovery of asymptotic freedom -- the phenomenon by which quark-quark subatomic particle interactions weaken as quarks approach one another inside atomic nuclei.

For more information:
http://www.physics.cornell.edu/physics/colloquia/bethe_lecture_2006.html


Guest Speakers and Seminars

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

Oct 19
Asst. Prof. David Erickson, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University: "Optofluidics for Biomedical Engineering"

Oct 26
Gretchen M. Piwinski, systems engineer-quality engineer, Abiomed: "The Technology Behind Heart Recovery and Heart Replacement"

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

Oct 23, Mon
Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey R. Errington, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Buffalo, The State University of New York: "Computational Studies of the Behavior of Fluids at Surfaces"

Oct 25, Wed
Prof. Eric Shaqfeh, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University: "Induced Charge Electrophoresis of Fibers for Microfluidic Applications"

Oct 30, Mon
Prof. Jerome Bibette, Department of Colloids and Divided Materials, Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) Paris, France: title to be announced

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

Oct 26
Prof. Alex Aiken, Dept of Computer Science, Stanford University: "Scalable Program Analysis Using Boolean Satisfiability"

Enterprise Engineering Seminar Series
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m., 101 Phillips Hall
(Refreshments at 4:15 p.m.)

Oct 18
James J. Kozuch â??72 ME, partner/attorney, Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd: "Intellectual Property Basics: Protection of Competitive Assets"

Oct 25
William J. Lloyd, CTO, Eastman Kodak Co and director of R&D: "An Overview of the Engineering Profession: Past and Present"

Environmental and Water Resources Seminar (CEE 601)
Thursdays, 366 Hollister, 4:30 p.m.

Oct 19
Asst. Prof. Donna Fennell, Dept of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers: "Making the Leap: Can Dehalorespiring Bacteria Be Used to Remediate PCDD/F- and PCB-Contaminated Sediments?"

Oct. 26
James Rottman, Science Applications Incorporated and adjunct professor, Dept of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California-San Diego: "Internal Gravity Waves in the Atmosphere and Oceans"

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

Oct 18 (Joint Statistics/Economics Seminar)
Assoc. Prof. Victor Chernozhukov, Department of Economics, MIT, "Quantile Curves Without Crossing"

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

Oct 18
Visiting Professor Daniel Bideau, University of Rennes, France: "Granular Compaction"

Oct 25
Roger French, Dupont Company: "New Perspectives on van der Waals-London Dispersion Interactions of Materials: Wetting, Graded Interfaces and Carbon Nanotubes"


Staff updates

Claire Benton joined the staff of Engineering Co-op & Career Services on October 16. She will assume the position of assistant director, previously held by Mary Ellen Buhl, who has transitioned to a half-time role (still in Co-op & Career Services) to assist students and develop a new employer base related to the Department of Statistical Science.

For the last two years, Benton has served as a career counselor at Vassar College, where she advised students, presented workshops, created publications, and performed outreach activities. Among previous positions, she has also served as a career development graduate assistant at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and as an employment specialist and career counselor at Jewish Vocational Services Centers in the Minneapolis area.

Benton holds a master'¢??s degree in counseling and psychological services from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and a bachelor'¢??s degree in Women's Studies from the University of Minnesota at Duluth.


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