February 18, 2003
M. Swimmers End Season With Win
| February 18, 2003
This Saturday the men’s swimming and diving team defeated Brown 141-102, ending its regular season schedule with a record of 7-4 and 5-4 in the EISL. This was the Red’s second victory over the Bears in the past three seasons. The 7-4 mark is identical to last year’s, yet the team and head coach Joe Lucia believe that they can improve on their sixth place finish at the EISL Championships this year if they swim their best.
Saturday against the Bears, the Red won seven of 13 events, faring very well in the long distance events. Freshman Jared Levan took both the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle events. Classmates Chase Nielsen and Rich Logar rounded out the top placewinners in the 1000-yard event, giving the Red a sweep of the event. Senior diver Tim Lenz and fellow diver, freshman Tony Schultz, dominated the one and three-meter dives. Lenz took the one-meter while Schultz took the three-meter, and each took second in the other event.
The Red also fared well in the sprinting events. A trio of seniors, including Julian King, Charles Ernst, and Jeremy Sample, took second through fourth places, respectively, all finishing within a second of one another. More first-place finishes were recorded by junior Rob Payne in the 200-yard butterfly, freshman standout Stefano Caprara in the 200-yard free, and senior Danny Royce in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League consists of every Ivy League squad, along with Army and Navy. During the season the Red defeated EISL squads Penn, Army, Navy, Dartmouth, and Brown, and lost to Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and defending champion Princeton, which is the perennial powerhouse of the league.
The culmination of the season for Cornell will be March 6-8, when the Red travels to Long Island to face the stiff competition of the EISL.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro
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February 19, 2003
Dedicated Cornell Professor of electrical and computer engineering, Johann Peter Krusius, passed away this past January at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. Krusius, 58, had pancreatic cancer. Krusius, described as “quite a force” by Clif Pollock, director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1944. Character He was respected by many for his honesty and passion. “Peter was a blunt and direct person in a refreshing way, he was unafraid to ask the right questions,” Pollock said. Colleague and friend Prof. Dieter Ast PhD ’69 said of Krusius, “The longer you knew him, the better you liked him.” Ast also described Krusius as “pretty fearless.” He once signed a waiver in order to climb a dangerous trail in Rocky Mountain Park while attending a conference in Colorado. In 1975, Krusius graduated from the Helsinki Technical University with a PhD in electron physics. He came to Cornell in 1979 under a Fulbright Fellowship and in 1987, he became a full professor. In the four years between his graduation and arrival at Cornell, he conducted research at the Institute of Physics of the University of Dortmund, the Electron Physics Laboratory at Helsinki University of Technology, and the Semiconductor Laboratory at the Technical Research Center of Finland. Achievements According to his colleagues, Krusius was also a “great” faculty advisor in his years at Cornell. He gave a significant amount of his time to over 25 PhD students over the years. “He did a very good job with his students; they are every where in industry: IBM, HP, and Intel [among others],” Ast said. Krusius’ own work was also influential. “[Krusius] made a big impact on electronic packaging,” Pollock said. Electronic packaging is the process of protecting silicon chips so that they can be used in various electronic devices. Krusius possessed many patents for his work in this field. He was the Director of the Joint Services Electronics Program and Director of the Electronic Packaging Program. He was also a member of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 1996, Krusius co-founded Rainbow Displays, Inc. (RDI) of New York. The company, a joint project between Cornell faculty and former IBM executives, worked to create “seamless” tiled display screens that could be scaled up to make very large proportion flat screen monitors and display panels. Krusius designed and helped to develop much of the technology behind the company. Last year, Information Display magazine awarded its highest award, the Display of the Year Gold Award for 2002 to RDI for its display technology. According to Pollock, Krusius accepted his terminal cancer — he only learned of it in October, but was still optimistic. He still had things to do. “Not a trace of bitterness, he accepted it with grace,” Pollock said. He went through chemotherapy and never gave up hope; he was still doing work and making plans a week before his death. In his free time, Krusius enjoyed skiing and windsurfing. Although as Ast said, “Personally I don’t know when he did this. He was always working. He worked continuously around the clock.” The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has established a memorial website — http://people.ece.cornell.edu/krusius, where friends and family may share their feelings and memories of Prof. Krusius. One student on the site, Darian Muresan PhD ’02 said, “[Krusius] emphasized teaching and learning more than grades. He was a man of integrity and a lot of passion for his students. He will be missed greatly.” Another former student Hannu Tenhunen, now Dean of the School of Information Technology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), said, “Peter has inspired me and contributed to my life since my time as one of his students. When you have been standing on the shoulders of a giant, you can see longer.” Funeral services were held on February 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ithaca, where Krusius was an active participant. On February 24, at 4:30 PM a memorial service will be held at Anabel Taylor Chapel. Krusius is survived by his wife of 33 years, Eeva, and their three sons, Paul, Otto, and Leo. Archived article by Michael Margolis
February 19, 2003
Cornell University Environmental Health and Safety is currently implementing programs along with the city of Ithaca to reduce the number of false fire alarms around campus. “False fire alarm activations account for the bulk of alarm responses,” said Daniel Maas ’87, coordinator of Emergency and Event Management in Fire Protection and Emergency Services at Environmental Health and Safety. The Ithaca Fire Department, the Cayuga Heights Fire Department and the staff from Environmental Health and Safety respond to direct calls concerning fires, activated electronic fire alarms, medical emergencies and car accidents. Cornell students also play a role in the local fire department. “Cornell University students are bunkers in fire stations, especially in the Collegetown area. They are a good source of people power,” said John Gutenberger, director of Community Relations. Alert Statistics Between July 1, 2001 and June 1, 2002, the Cayuga Heights Fire Department and the Ithaca Fire Department responded to 578 fire alarms/medical emergencies/car accidents on campus or on the surrounding roadways. Of these 578 responses, Maas said, “there were 346 fire department responses to fire alarm activation’s. Of these, only 13 were caused by a fire, explosion or chemical emergency.” “In the 2001-2002 fiscal year Environmental Health and Safety responded to 43 incidents that were classified as fires,” Maas said. The top causes for these fires were outdoor cigarette disposal container fires, electrical or mechanical equipment fires, kitchen and cooking equipment fires and unauthorized outdoor open burning. Other incidents that Environmental Health and Safety has responded to have included vehicles on fire, a laboratory explosion fire, minor chemical fires in labs, burnt papers, a fraternity house porch fire, and fires in trash containers. Although there are many more false alarms than actual fires, multiple serious incidents have taken place. “This academic year we have already seen several significant fire incidents. In one incident in a fraternity a fire of electrical origin ignited a mattress and at another fraternity an individual set fire to a mattress. Fortunately, both incidents did not result in significant damage outside the room of the fire,” Maas said. Students also have reacted strongly to fire alarms. “The fire alarm in my dorm went off in the middle of the night. I thought it was a false alarm. This was the fourth of fifth time it had gone off in the middle of the night. Some of the other times it was because the boiler was overheating. This time, a pillow had caught on fire on the 3rd floor, the floor above me,” said Rachel Hubergsen ’06. Because most calls are false alarms, a reduction program has been implemented. “We’ve got a very active fire-alarm reduction program on campus,” said Ted Murray, associate director of Environmental Health and Safety and manager of Protection and Emergency Services. The department is currently testing various strategies to reduce the false alarms. One example is the Emergency Services Program, which has 6 members who “provide 24-hour response to fire alarms, fires, explosions, medical emergencies, safety complaints, odors, chemical incidents, and other emergency and not-emergency situations on campus,” Mass said. They also play a role in the inspection of equipment and training courses. “The large majority of false alarms are caused by equipment malfunctions — anything from playing basketball and hitting the alarm to dust getting into the equipment,” Gutenberger said. “Alarms caused by construction or other workers are a major source of alarms on campus,” said Maas. “The City of Ithaca recently enacted an ordinance that requires workers to take appropriate actions to prevent false alarms while they work.” The Office of Community Relations “makes contributions to the city of Ithaca for fire protection. In 2002, out of $650,000, $425,000 was given to fire services,” Gutenberger said. “Alarm response records are reviewed on a daily basis to look for trends in false alarms that may signal the need for modification of the fire detection for an area or space. This program has been a huge success and has significantly reduced alarms on campus,” Maas said.Archived article by Elisabeth Becker