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Robert H. Foote, Cornell cloning expert, to testify at NYS Senate hearing on March 13 in New York City

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Robert H. Foote, Cornell professor emeritus of animal science and one of the pioneers in cloning, will testify at hearings on cloning before the New York State Senate Committee on Investigation, at the State Office Building, 270 Broadway, New York City, on Thursday, March 13. The hearings begin at 11 a.m. State Sen. Roy Goodman (R-Manhattan), chair, will conduct the first such hearing to take place in a state legislature since Scottish scientists announced last month the successful cloning of a mammal -- a sheep.

Albert George, John Lumley and Kenneth Torrance are honored

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Three Cornell University faculty members in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering recently have earned honors. Albert R. George, the J.F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the 1997 recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aeroacoustics Award. John L. Lumley, the Willis H. Carrier Professor of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the AIAA. Kenneth E. Torrance, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell, has been selected as recipient of the Mu Tau Sigma Excellence in Teaching Award for the summer of 1996.

Nelson E. Roth is named associate counsel at Cornell University

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Nelson E. Roth, a partner in an Ithaca law firm and special prosecutor in the recent state police evidence-tampering investigation, has been appointed an associate university counsel in the Cornell University Counsel's Office. Roth, who has been a partner with the law firm of Barney, Grossman, Roth & Dubow since 1981, begins his new duties March 17, according to James J. Mingle, university counsel.

Five student workers in Cornell University Library receive Fuerst Awards

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Five Cornell University seniors have received Fuerst Outstanding Library Student Employee Awards for "exceptional performance, leadership and library service to the campus." At $500, the Fuerst Award is one of the largest awards given to Cornell student workers. The 1997 Fuerst Award winners and their majors, hometowns and libraries are: Eric Beveridge, history, DeSoto, Mo., Law Library; Kirsten Harhay, human development/family studies, Fairport, N.Y., Mann Library; Mohamed Nazri Omar, economics/government, from Malaysia, Management Library; Jeremy Pyper, Asian Studies, Montgomery, Ala., Olin Library; and Melinda Shaw, independent study, Agriculture/Life Sciences, Tully, N.Y., Olin.

United Pagan Ministries joins Cornell United Religious Work

ITHACA, N.Y. -- United Pagan Ministries (UPM), an interfaith religious organization, has joined the spiritual community of Cornell United Religious Work (CURW). In addition to full participation in the joint work of CURW to foster interreligious understanding and respect, UPM is dedicated to providing support, outreach and education regarding issues of importance to Pagans and Paganism, according to its spokespersons. CURW Director Robert Johnson said UPM met all criteria when it applied for membership last year, including participation of 10 full-time students; he supports its membership.

Cornell Trustees to meet in Ithaca March 13-14

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell University Board of Trustees will meet in Ithaca on March 13 and 14. The board of trustees will meet from 9 a.m. to noon and again from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 14, in the Marriott Amphitheater of the Statler Hotel. A 65-minute open session will be held at the start of the meeting. Topics will include a report on the creation of a universitywide Department of Statistical Science; a review of current and future use of information technologies on campus; an update on State University of New York (SUNY) budget discussions and discussion of statutory college tuitions; and the universitywide admissions and financial aid policy.

Cornell scientists are honored for their accomplishments

Two Cornell scientists have been honored for their work: Riccardo Giovanelli, professor of astronomy, in astronomy and Watt W. Webb, professor of applied and engineering physics, in microscopy.

President's Council of Cornell Women to meet for annual spring conference at Cornell on March 7-9

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Offering career networking for students and reviewing recent developments at their alma mater will be the focus of the annual spring conference of the President's Council of Cornell Women when it meets on campus March 7 to 9. "Opportunities and Choices: Women and the Changing Work Environment" is the title of the conference, the first session of which will feature a panel of university deans and directors describing recent changes at Cornell as the university adjusts to an environment of shrinking budgets. To be held in the Statler Hotel Amphitheater on Friday, March 7 at 4 p.m., "A New Paradigm -- The University as a Business" will have as panelists Francille Firebaugh, dean of the College of Human Ecology; Mary Opperman, associate vice president of human resources; Tom Dyckman, acting dean of the Johnson Graduate School of Management; and Fred Rogers, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Cornell student receives U.S. Army's Meritorious Service Medal

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Robert D. Ralyea, a U.S. Army chief warrant officer and a Cornell University graduate student in food science, was given the Meritorious Service Medal one of the Army's most prestigious peacetime awards on Feb. 25. Currently assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Department Student Detachment at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Ralyea now is living in Ithaca to attend Cornell as part of a student detachment and earn a master's degree.

State, federal emergency funds will help repair Cascadilla Gorge Path

A scenic commuting route and outdoor science classroom, the Cascadilla Gorge Path should re-open to the public this year with the award to Cornell Plantations of state and federal emergency repair funds.

Six original works slated for Cornell's Dance Concert '97, March 6-9

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The inspirations for the six original pieces to be performed at Dance Concert '97 at Cornell University are as varied as the performers themselves -- who include a veterinary student and recent high school graduate. Cornell's Department of Theatre, Film and Dance will present its annual dance concert this weekend in the Proscenium Theatre of the Center for Theatre Arts, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 6-8; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for the general public and are available at the Center for Theatre Arts Box Office; office hours are Monday through Friday, 12:30-5:30 p.m., and one hour before performances. For more information, call (607) 254-ARTS.

Cornell's Epoch has the most entries in prestigious O. Henry collection

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Epoch, a literary journal based in the English department at Cornell University for the past 50 years, will have four of its stories included in Prized Stories 1997: The O. Henry Awards, one of the nation's most prestigious collections of short fiction. This is the highest number of entries from any single publication, including The New Yorker (which has three winning entries). The Epoch pieces selected for inclusion are "The Balm of Gilead Tree," by Cornell's Robert R. Morgan, the Kappa Alpha Professor of English and an award-winning poet and novelist; "Dancing After Hours," by Andre Dubus, a renowned short-story writer from Massachusetts; "The Taxi Ride," by Patricia Elam Ruff, a fiction writer, commentator and lawyer; and "Catface," actually a suite of three short stories, by newcomer Arthur Bradford.