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Volume 9, Issue 7
November 1, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Engineers for a Sustainable World has awarded the Cornell-based AguaClara its Best Project Award. The project, which was competing against several sustainability programs across the nation, received the award at the ESW Conference in Iowa City last month. AguaClara -- Spanish for clear water -- involves engineering students who research and design the technologies and then train Hondurans to build and operate the water treatment plants. The project is coordinated by senior lecturer Monroe Weber-Shirk, CEE.

Asst. Prof. Dan Luo, BEE, has garnered a 2006 Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation, recognizing his research in nucleic acid engineering. He plans to use most of the grant to fund one graduate and one undergraduate student to work with him on nucleic acid engineering research. The balance will fund materials and supplies as well as travel costs for the students to attend professional conferences.

Faculty publications on display

Cornell Engineering faculty publications are displayed in the Duffield atrium in the bookshelves in front of the entrance to CNF. We are pleased to have this opportunity to showcase our faculty's publications, and we encourage all faculty members to provide, if possible, a display copy of new books as they are published or otherwise to let us know of new publications in order to obtain a copy. The display is limited to books, and will not include journal articles or proceedings. Please send your books or questions to Nancy Gehres in Engineering Dean's Office, 244 Carpenter Hall, 5-0880, or

Flu shots available on campus

For your convenience, Gannett Health Services brings flu shots to the campus. For students the charge is $25 (payable with bursar billing, exact change, or checks). For faculty and staff, flu shots are provided at no cost as an employee benefit from the University; just present your Cornell ID.

The flu vaccination clinic schedule, including locations on the Engineering Quad, is available online. The web site also offers tips for identifying and preventing the flu.

Flu Clinic Schedule

Guest speakers and seminars

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

Nov 7
Prof Richard E. Waugh, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester: "Mechanochemistry of Neutrophil Adhesion: Force, Molecular Mobility, and Chemokine Dynamics"

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

Nov 2
Kenneth W. Wang, Hybrid Silica Technologies Inc.: "Applying Lessons Learned in Corporate Finance to a Local Startup"

Nov 9
Bob Funari, chairman and CEO, Crescent Healthcare: "Bringing About Positive Change Through Technology"

CAM Seminars

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

Nov 3 (Rm 253)
Prof. Jonathan D. Victor, M.D., Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Medical College: "Neural Coding and Representation of Visual Information"

Nov 10 (Rm 253)
Steve Olson, freelance writer: "In Search of our Common Ancestors"

ChemE 790 Seminars

Nov 6, 4:00 p.m., 165 Olin Hall
Dr. Yi-Ju Chen, 454 Life Sciences Corp., "Massively-parallel Genome Sequencing in Microfabricated Picoliter Reactor"

Nov 9, 4:30 p.m., 155 Olin Hall, Raymond G. Thorpe Lecture
Rebecca B. Robertson '82 ChE, Versant Ventures, "The Value in Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

CS Colloquium

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

Nov 2
Prof. David Kotz, Institute for Security Technology Studies, Dartmouth College: "Secure Context-sensitive Authorization"

Nov 9
Prof. Michael Kearns, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania: "Two Economic Models of Network Formation"

MAE Colloquium Series
Tuesdays, 4:30 pm, B17 Upson Hall

Nov 7, Lindseth Lecture
Assoc. Prof. Clare M. Rimnac, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University: "The In Vivo Performance of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Components in Total Joint Replacements"

MSE Seminar

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

Nov 2
Please note: Prof. Ian Robertson's talk, originally scheduled for this date, had to be postponed. The Nov 2 speaker will be a grad student from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Speaker and topic to be announced.

ORIE Colloquium

Tuesdays, 4:15 p.m., 253 Rhodes Hall
(Refreshments at 3:45 in 258 Rhodes)

Nov 7 (Joint with Department of Statistical Science)
Prof. Tilmann Gneiting, Department of Statistics, University of Washington, "Strictly Proper Scoring Rules, Prediction and Estimation"

Nov 14
Prof. Dimitris J Bertsimas, MIT, "Prediction of Health Care Costs via Data-mining and Algorithmic Discovery of Medical Knowledge"

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

Nov 1
Prof. Brian D. Marx, Department of Experimental Statistics, Louisiana State University: "Multidimensional Penalized Signal Regression"

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