2005-2006 Distinguished Alumni Visitors

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Bill Robison '60
Livermore National Laboratory

Renowned biophysicist Bill Robison spent 3 days on the Hilltop in March 2006. Robison, Cornell Class of 1960, served as Scientific Director of the Marshall Islands Dose Assessment and Radioecology Program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California for nearly a quarter of a century. During his visit, he presented a public lecture,“Dose Assessment And Radioecology At A Former Nuclear Test Site.” Additionally, Dr. Robison visited courses in Environmental Politics and Astrophysics.

Robison's time on campus offered unique insights into the 1970s Marshall Islands clean up project. His professional work includes extensive research on the environmental and human impact of the H-bomb tests on several of the islands during the 1950s.

Visit date: March 13-14, 2006

 
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Sydney Smith Hicks '69
Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Metavante Corporation

Sydney Smith Hicks ’69 is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy for Metavante Corporation in Dallas, Texas. Metavante offers banking and payment technology solutions to financial services firms and businesses worldwide. Hicks is a senior executive with expertise in strategic planning, economic forecasting, and new product marketing. Her accomplished career also includes work with VECTORsgi, Inc., NationsBank, and the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas and in St. Louis. Hicks received her BA in Economics from Cornell College, and an MA and Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Hicks' 4-day visit included a pizza dinner with Economics and Business students, a reception for women entrepreneurs, visits to the Money & Banking course in economics and business as well as a Programming Language course in computer science, and an evening of s'mores with Kappa Theta actives. While on campus, Dr. Hicks also gave a public lecture on "Strategic Planning and Business: Taking Time for the Future."

Visit date: May 15-18, 2006

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Jason Kolowski '98
New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Jason Kolowski '98 is a forensic scientist with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City. Kolowski has extensive experience working in forensic biology and with mitochondrial DNA. As a medical examiner in New York City, he was intimately involved with forensic recovery efforts with the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and with the crash of American Airlines flight 587 in Queens. Kolowski is also often called to testify as an expert witness in criminal court investigations.

During his week-long stay at Cornell, Kolowski served as a guest lecturer in a Chemistry course on forensic science team-taught by Professors Teague and Liberko. As part of the course, he accompanied students on a field trip to the state of Iowa's crime laboratory in Ankeny. Kolowski also shared his insights into careers in forensic science during an afternoon reception and gave a public lecture entitled "Aftermath: Forensic Science and the 2001 New York City Disasters."

Kolowski's visit was co-sponsored by Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare and the Department of Chemistry.

Visit date: May 22-26, 2006