September 9, 2003
Johnson Brings Host
| September 9, 2003
Mario Kreutzberger, better known as “Don Francisco,” addressed a standing-room only crowd in Sage Hall yesterday afternoon at an event billed as “Latins, Latinos, and Hispanics: an Insider’s View of Rising Power.”
The event was sponsored by the Suter-Staley Endowment for Global Business Education, the Latin American Studies Program and the Latin American Business Association.
Kreutzberger is world renowned as the host of S
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September 10, 2003
Astronaut Ed Lu ’84 spoke from the International Space Station (ISS) high above North America to over 40 Cornell students, staff and faculty as well as elementary school children and some Ithaca residents last Tuesday in Barton Hall. For the brief 11 minutes while the station rushed through communication range, Lu answered 13 questions posed by Cornell students and faculty before losing satellite contact with the space station. The communication session was part of NASA’s Amateur Radio Onboard the International Space Station (ARISS) program, and members of the Cornell Amateur Radio Club (W2XCM) organized the contact. In May, ARISS representatives informed Mike Hammer, director of data management at Cornell’s College of Engineering and the radio club’s faculty adviser that Lu requested a contact with Cornell. “We went through an accelerated paper process,” said Hammer, “and had our first date for July, [but] then changed it for September because no students were around.” NASA announced the date of the contact two weeks before Sept. 4. During the event, Christopher Chase Million ’05, president of W2CXM, kept the radio antennas properly aimed during the space station’s high angled passage through Ithaca’s sky. Post-doctoral associate Wulf Tobias Hofbauer, chemistry and chemical biology, operated the radio and adapted the device’s frequency, as needed, to correct for doppler distortions. A powerful computer called Cubesat, running a program written by John A. Magliacane, called Predict, tracked the motion of the Space Station. Mike Nicolls grad established first contact with Lu and managed the questioning. W. Kent Fuchs, dean of the College of Engineering, welcomed Lu on behalf of the community saying, “greetings from beautiful Ithaca.” Chase Million followed with the session’s first question asking Lu to describe some of the experiments that are done in the station’s microgravity environment. Lu explained that he was involved in a variety of experiments ranging from basic physics to tests involving human health such as the improving exercise regimes to reduce bone loss. Prof. Carl Franck, physics also asked a question related to Lu’s experience: “What is the coolest tool you use up there and why is it your favorite?” Lu responded by describing a complex electrical drill that offers an enormous statistical output and a four foot long screw driver used to reach difficult to reach screws. Other questions were related to Lu’s experience at Cornell and his motivation to join NASA. Chenchow Yeoh ’05, asked Lu, “What inspired you to become an astronaut, with your background as an electrical engineer from Cornell?” Lu responded by saying that he had been interested in space flight since he was a small kid. He then said that his experience at NASA has been a “neat opportunity to blend together [my] science, engineering, and my love for aviation, all in one.” Wulf Hofbauer, chemistry and chemical biology, asked a more technical question relating to the vacuum outside the station. “With the ISS emitting a small amount of gases …, how good is the vacuum just outside the ISS?” Lu admitted that the “vacuum outside [the station] isn’t all that good and … it does emit a small amount of gas and particulate matter.” Lu explained that the dust outside the shuttle can sometimes be seen through the window when the sun shines on the station. The session with Lu ended abruptly while Lu responded to a question posed by Kevin Feeney, network engineer for CIT, asking how Lu handled reading materials and keyboards in outer space. Contact with the station was lost due to the earth’s curvature as the station continued on its orbital course. Organizers and questioners expressed great satisfaction over the communication with Lu. “During the event,” said Hammer, “I was nervous … it was a lot of work to set it up and a lot of things can go wrong.” Nonetheless, “everything went perfectly and I was more excited afterwards than I was before.” “I think it went great,” said Feeney, “the audio was extremely good; even better than I expected.” Organizers also described Lu’s personality positively. “Ed Lu is great at making these contacts,” said Million. “He is extremely personable and friendly,” said Hammer. Feeney said that Lu “seemed to really know his stuff; [his answers] were not a bland recitation of stuff.” Amanda Yu Fu, electrical and computer engineering, described Lu as “a hard working person,” a conclusion that she made from his reply to her question asking about the differences between being a Cornell Student and an astronaut. In the future, Hammer hopes to bring Lu to Cornell in person. However, another space contact is unlikely. “Communications slots are rare enough,” said Hofbauer. Lu graduated from Cornell with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a Merrill Presidential Scholar and a member of the Cornell wrestling team. In 1989, he received his doctoral degree in applied physics from Stanford University. He was a general aviation pilot for many years before finally applying to NASA. Prior to the current mission, Lu had flown into space twice on the Shuttle Atlantis. His present journey with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko began in April and is expected to end in late October. Archived article by David Andrade
September 10, 2003
Late last night, the Tompkins County Board of Elections announced that Carolyn Peterson (D-4th Ward) won the Democratic primary with 799 of the 1645 votes cast, 48.6 percent of the vote. Peterson will be on the Democratic side of the ballot for Mayor of the City of Ithaca on Nov. 7. Peterson, who has also won the Working Families Party’s nomination, will face Lt. John Beau Saul ’97, a police officer who has gained the endorsement of both the Republican Party and the Independent Party. She will also be running against Paul Glover, the Green Party candidate, and founder of Ithaca Hours and Ithaca Health Fund. If elected, she will be the first woman to serve in Ithaca as mayor. Carolyn Peterson was joined by family and friends at the Laborers Local 589 Union where the results were announced and celebrated. As votes came in, supporters kept track of the results, cheering when the final numbers were tallied. “This is a good day for Ithaca,” said Gui Gerard, an Ithaca resident. “I am so happy and so thankful for the number of people who have helped on this campaign,” Peterson said as she arrived at the site and was greeted by cheering fans. Peterson attributed her victory to the way in which her campaign was run, which included walking throughout Ithaca during the summer to meet voters. “I used an old fashioned door-to-door campaign,” she said. Laughing, Peterson added, “what a long summer it has been.” According to Peterson, the message she sent to voters was the reason for her success. “I think our message resonated with voters … we’re looking for some change in City Hall,” she said. Peterson expressed an interest in hearing constituent concerns through public comment and open forum discussions. She added that in addition to larger issues that affect the city of Ithaca, she was also interested in learning about “the smaller pieces that affect our constituents,” including construction and neighborhood issues. Peterson said that the next two months before the general election will be spent talking and listening to more voters. “We have thousands of voters who have not had the chance to vote in this election, and those are the voters we are going to go out and meet.” She added, “I look forward to the next two months and the chance to move forward in a positive direction.” Peterson’s supporters included family, friends, council members and Cornell students among others. Gayraud Townsend ’05 and Michael Taylor ’05, Cornell students who are running for Ithaca City Common Council, both attended the celebration to support Peterson. Both students have worked with Peterson on the Collegetown Common Council. As results from each of the wards were tallied, Taylor remarked that there was a low turnout in the fourth ward, which includes Collegetown. Taylor explained, “that’s because we didn’t have time to register students.” Taylor said that he and others will be working to register as many students as possible before the general election in November. “Students can expect to see a lot of us,” Taylor said. “Expect a much higher turnout in the general election,” he added. David P. Marsh, the Business Manager for the Local 589 Union, said that the Union endorsed Peterson for a number of reasons. “We endorsed Carolyn after interviewing the three candidates,” Marsh said. At the time, candidate Paul Glover was not running in the race. Marsh said that Union members were “most comfortable with Carolyn” because of her experience and the issues that she promoted. “She has a good track record of being committed to working families and union values,” Marsh said. Eric Lerner Ph.D. ’75 came in second place with 482 votes, 29.3 percent. “Looks like a loss,” Lerner said on his way to congratulate Peterson on her victory. Lerner added that it was too late to seek a third party nomination, putting him effectively out of the race. Saul came in third place with 364 votes, 22.1 percent. However, unlike Lerner, Saul has received the endorsement of other political parties, and will still appear on the ballot in the general election. “I’m disappointed that I’m not the Democratic Party’s choice but I’ll continue to be on the ballot in November,” Saul said. “I’m really happy with the coalition that we’ve formed and a lot of people who have joined us — they say that they want us to end partisan bickering.” The polling for the closed primary took place at ten separate locations throughout the City of Ithaca. These locations included Class of 1922 Hall, RPCC, the Bell-Sherman Annex, Alternative Community School, Titus Towers Two, South Hill School, Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Tompkins County Public Library, #9 Fire Station and Fall Creek School. Of the 5,462 registered Democrats eligible to vote in the primary, 30.1 percent participated. Saul noted this as a factor in his defeat. “I’ve been talking about the decline of civic involvement in Ithaca and we still have a ways to go to get our friends and our neighbors active in our community again. These are really disappointing voter turn out numbers. Our strength is in the folks that are below the political radar, the non-politicians. We’re not politicians; we’re ordinary folks who see a better way,” he added. Archived article by David Hillis