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Volume 9, Issue 8
November 15, 2006

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Recent awards and honors in the Engineering community

Leslie Banks-Sills, adjunct professor of CEE at Cornell and professor of Solid Mechanics, Materials and Systems at Tel Aviv University, has been awarded the Diane and Arthur Belfer Chair of Mechanics and Biomechanics at Tel Aviv University.

Effective November 1, 2006, Sheila S. Hemami, ECE, was promoted to full professor. She is the first woman on the ECE faculty to achieve this rank.

Weiss committee looking for juniors

Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellowships are university-wide awards given to tenured faculty members who are outstanding teachers of undergrads. The Weiss nominating committee, which is responsible for reviewing nominations and forwarding names to the president for his selection, is looking for outstanding students of junior status to serve as members of the committee for the current academic year. Engineering faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate appropriate students to serve on the committee. An information form must be completed for each student nominated and submitted to Diane LaLonde, assistant to the Dean of the Faculty, 315 Day Hall, no later than December 1.

Download the nomination form

IGERT opportunities for grads

IGERT -- Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship -- is a program developed by the National Science Foundation to improve the graduate experience. IGERT provides interdisciplinary graduate training for students who wish to pursue careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, or technology. IGERT programs provide generous stipend ($30,000 per year) and tuition support. Approximately 20 new IGERT programs are funded each year, and there are now over 100 IGERT programs at universities across the United States.

IGERT PhD programs

Cornell Humanities book art project

Cornell art professor Buzz Spector will create a sculpture composed entirely of books on arts and humanities subjects written by Cornell faculty, staff, and students. The sculpture will be assembled in New York City in January, then reinstalled on campus in March.

Books eligible for the project can be in any area of the arts or humanities, broadly defined: biography, imagery, criticism, theory, plays, scripts, memoir, and the history of science. Scientific textbooks and books focusing entirely on scientific research are not eligible. Deadline for submission is Nov 20.

For more information or to loan a book for the project

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 vaccination clinic schedule

Mattin's to close early next week

Mattin's Cafe in the Duffield atrium will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 22. The cafe will reopen on its regular schedule on Monday, November 27.

Alumni group sponsors climate change presentation

The Cornell Alumni Association of the Ithaca Area is sponsoring a lecture titled Climate Change: The New Urgency of Emission Reduction and How to Make a Difference at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov 28, in B14 Hollister Hall. Sylvester Johnson IV, Ph.D. '92 AP, reviews the sources and consequences of climate change, including the trend toward increasing hurricane severity, methane feedback cycles, and the possible inundation of the coastal United States, then presents governmental and personal strategies for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Presented in association with the Museum of the Earth, this event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Dan Morris at 272-2122 or

Guest speakers and seminars

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

Nov 21
Davy E. Zoneraich, Esq., partner at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus P.A.: "Protecting Innovations Using Patents and Trade Secrets"

Nov 28
Dan Hammer, professor and chair, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania: title TBA

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

Nov 16
Carl J. Accettura, Kyowa Pharmaceutical Inc. and Global Pharma Consulting: "Creating Therapeutic Value with a Novel Drug Delivery System: The Inside Story of the Global Launch of Actiq for Breakthrough Cancer Pain"

Nov 30
Peter Doerschuk, professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University: title TBA

>>CAM Seminar
Fridays, 3:30 p.m. 253 or 655 Rhodes Hall
Refreshments following in 657 Rhodes Hall.

Dec 1 (Rm 655)
Katya Scheinberg, research staff member, IBM: "Developing Provably Converging and Practical Methods in Derivative Free Optimization"

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

Nov 20
Eugenia Kumacheva, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto: "Friction and Lubrications in Thin Layers of Polymer Gels"

Nov 27
Special Graduate Student Seminar
Eric Theisen, CBE, Cornell University: "Capillary Puddle Vibrations in Planar-Flow Melt Spinning"
Chongli Yuan, CBE, Cornell University: "Monitoring the Bending Stiffness of DNA"

Nov 29
Jerome Bibette, Laboratoire Colloides of Materiaux Divises, College of Industrial Physics and Chemistry (ESPCI-Paris, France): "Some Uses of Magnetic Filaments"

>>CS Colloquium

Nov 16, 4:15 p.m., B17 Upson Hall
Manuel Costa, Microsoft: "End-to-End Containment of Internet Worm Epidemics"

Nov 21, 4:15 p.m., 655 Rhodes Hall
Farnam Jahanian, professor, University of Michigan; founder, Arbor Networks: "A Perspective-Aware Approach to Internet Security in the Botnet Era"

>>EAS Seminar
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 2146 Snee Hall or 1102 Bradfield

Nov 15 (in Snee)
Lara Estroff, assistant professor, MSE, Cornell University: "Bio-inspired Growth of Crystals: Hydrogels and Self-Assembled Monolayers."

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

Nov 15
Chester (Chet) Huber Jr., president, GM Onstar: "Creating a Technology-based Consumer Business"

Nov 29
Sankar (Sandy) Narayan, MS '77 ME, business director, 3M, Latin America and Africa, Safety, Security and Protection Services Business: "Impact of Globalization on Technology Innovation"

>>MAE Colloquium
Tuesdays, 4:30 pm
Refreshments at 4:00, Upson Lounge

Nov 14, B17 Upson Hall
Ephrahim Garcia, associate professor, MAE, Cornell University: "Intelligent Design, Dynamics and Controls of Aircraft, Ground Vehicles and Cybernetic Organisms"

Nov 28, 111 Upson Hall
Julian Hunt, professor of climate modelling, Department of Space and Climate Physics, University College, London: "Disappearing Eddies -- The Missing Link in Turbulence Theory?"

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

Nov 21
Gennady Samorodnitsky, professor, ORIE, Cornell University: "Scaling Limits for Workload Process and Palm Calculus"

Nov 28
Jeannette Song, professor, Duke University, "Lead Times, Allocation Rules, and the Value of Component Commonality"

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

Nov 15
Howard Wainer, distinguished research scientist, National Board of Medical Examiners: "The Most Dangerous Equation"

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

Nov 15
Hugh Herr, assistant professor, MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology: "The Importance of Neuromechanical Limb Models in the Design of Leg Prostheses and Orthoses"

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