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Richard Edward Furnas
Mathematics Department
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14850
ref2@cornell.edu
(607) 255-4658

Professional Preparation

  • Cornell University Cum Laude, Biology B.A. 1973
  • University of Alaska Mathematics M.S. 1975
  • University of Alaska Biology M.S. 1975
  • Goethe Institute, Staufen Germany German Language Study Mittel 1976
  • Universitaet Goettingen, Germany Math and Ecology Audit 1976
  • Cornell University Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. 1981

Appointments

  • 1981–present Teaching Faculty, Department of Mathematics, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • 1985-present Sole Proprietor, Microcomputer Power (Ithaca, NY)

Publications (most relevant to proposal)

  • Gauch, H.G., & Furnas, R. E. (1991). Statistical analysis of yield trials with MATMODEL. Agronomy Journal, 83, 916-920.
  • Furnas, Jr. T. C., Kunts, G. S., Furnas, R. E. (1982). Use of Toroidal Monochromators in hybrid XRF system improve effectiveness tenfold. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, special issue, 245-249.
  • Furnas, Jr. T. C., Lambert, M. C., Furnas, R. E. (1981). Use of Toroidal Monochromators in hybrid XRF system to obtain increased effectiveness ratios. Advances in X-Ray Analysis, 25, 59-62.
  • Furnas, R. E. (1975). A comparison of vegetation sampling techniques and Classification of Satellite data. Masters Thesis. University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Publications (other)

  • Furnas, R. E. (1981). A resource theory of self-thinning in plant populations. Ph.D. Dissertation. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • Furnas, R. E. (1973). Toward a general theory of Species Diversity. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Synergistic Activities

  • Statistical Analysis and Computer Support. Sole proprietor, Microcomputer Power. Microcomputer Power specializes in software for data analysis in Ecology. Provide problem domain expertise, as well as software application and computer technical support to over 3000 customers worldwide. Also provide software design advice and implementation suggestions to developers in The Netherlands and the Czech Republic. (1985-present); Support judicious use of technology in teaching and learning. Instructional Technology Office, Department of Mathematics, Cornell University (2007-present).
  • Mathematical and Statistical Applications. Provide Mathematics tutoring and application advice to members of the Cornell Community including undergraduate and graduate students as well as occasional faculty members in Math, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology. Mathematics Support Center, Cornell University (1981-present).
  • K-12 Outreach. Technology support of Mathematics Department Outreach and K-12 Education Coordinator at Cornell University (2006-present).

Collaborators and Other Affiliations

Collaborators:
Cajo J. F. ter Braak (Biometris, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands); Mary Ann Huntley (Cornell University); Petr Smilauer (University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic); Maria Terrell (Cornell University)
Graduate%NBSP:Advisors:
Peter L. Marks (Professor Emeritus, Cornell University), Steve F. MacLean (Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Barbara Lando (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Family

  • Parents:
    • Dr. Thomas C. Furnas, greatest Dad in the World; inventor of numerous designs in the fields of X-Ray Diffraction, X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy, and High Voltage connectors. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
    • Judith Louise Furnas, world's greatest Mom to all six kids. Helpmeet to Dad. Personification of MomNet: "keeping the Furnas sibs informed about each other".
  • Siblings:
    • George: Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan
    • Bill: Engineer, Emhardt Glass, Elmira, NY
    • Malou: Chemist with Baxter International, now on disability with multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome.
    • Tom: CTO with National Public Broadcasting, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Ebie: Consultant to Greater Cleveland Growth Association. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Wife: Louise, (m. 17 Apr 1982)
    • Music Teacher, Fall Creek Elementary -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Son: Andy, (b. 10 Mar 1988)
    • Currently Rotary Exchange Student in Germany.
    • Accepted, Brown University 2006. Deferred until Fall 2007.
      -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Son: Ben, (b. 30 Oct 1984)
    • Cornell Class of 2006, Double Major in Economics and Government.
    • Currently works in Washington, D.C. at The Center For American Progress writing for http://www.miccheckradio.org
      -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Volunteer Work

  • Cayuga Nature Center:
    • Taxidermist
    • Wild Foods
    • Technology Guy: Network; Computers (Mac, PC, Linux); Phone System; Web Services
    • Treasurer, Board of Directors
      -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Alternatives Venture Fund: Board of Directors 2000-present. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Alternatives Federal Credit Union: Supervisory Committee 1983-1985
  • Alternatives Federal Credit Union: Board of Directors 1987-1989, President, 1988.
    -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Entrepreneurial Efforts

  • Microcomputer Power: Provides specialty software for data analysis in Ecology, since 1987. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Ithaca Laminating: Provided thermal plastic laminating services on paper. Batch service, since superceded by offerings from Kinko's and others. No longer in business. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Time and Temperature: (607) 277-2772 since 1980 -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Employment

  • Teaching Associate: or assorted other monikers Cornell University 1981-present -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

8/21/80-5/27/81 Lecturer (50%) who
1/8/81-5/27/81 LSC & Math Teaching Associate (25%) AND Math MSC Lecturer (25%) who
8/20/81-1/6/82 Teaching Associate (50%) AND Lecturer (17.5%) who
1/7/82-5-26/82 Teaching Associate (50%) AND Lecturer (17.5%) who
8/19/82-1/5/83 Teaching Associate (25%) AND Lecturer (25%) AND (E&S) Teaching Associate (50%) who
1/6/83-5/25/83 Teaching Associate (50%) AND Lecturer (35%) who
8/18/83-5/23/84 Teaching Associate (100%) who
8/16/84-5/22/85 Teaching Associate (75%) who
8/15/85-1/1/86 Teaching Associate (100%) who
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8/14/86-5/20/87 Lecturer (100%) who
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8/13/87-5/18/88 Teaching Associate (100%) who
8/11/88-5/17/89 Teaching Associate (100%) who
8/10/89-5/16/90 Teaching associate (75%) who
5/17/90-8/8/90 Visiting Fellow (75%) who
8/9/90-5/15/91 Teaching Associate (75%) who
5/16/91-8/7/91 Visiting Fellow (75%) who
8/8/91-5/13/92 Teaching Associate (75%) who
5/14/92-8/5/92 Visiting Scholar (75%) who
8/6/92-5/12/93 Teaching Associate (75%) who
5/13/93-8/4/93 Visiting Scholar (75%) who
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  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: Cornell University. 1977-1980.
    • Mathematics and some Ecology courses. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Scientific Drawing: Summer of '75. Denver, Colorado.
    • Pen and Ink drawing of charts and graphs for publication. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • National Park Service: Summer 1973. Field Assistant. Seward Peninsula and South slope of the Brooks Range.
    • Chukchi-Imuruk Biological Survey
    • Kobuk Dunes Survey. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Bureau of Industrial Wastes, City of Cleveland: Summer '69.
    • Performed various tests of water chemistry using Standard Methods.
    • Tests included COD, BOD, Coliform Count, Lipids, Dissolved Solids, Ash, Dissolved Oxygen, Nitrates, Nitrites. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship: 3 years, 2 at University of Alaska 1973-75, 1 at Cornell 1976-77 -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • National Merit Scholar -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Early Acceptance, Cornell University: Admitted to Cornell University from Junior Year in High School -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Continuing Education

  • Independent Studies: Computer, Networks, Security, CGI, programming and scripting tweaks. FIXME -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Blackboard training: FIXME -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • MacHack: 1996-2004 -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Ph.D. Work

  • Thesis Topic: A Resource Theory of 3/2 Thinning -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Cornell University, January '81 -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Language Studies

  • German: '75-'76
    • 6 months intensive language study at the Goethe Instute, Staufen im Breisgau, Germany.
      • Grundstufe I
      • Grundstufe II
      • Mittelstufe
    • Gasthoerer at University of Goettingen, Spring term, 1976
      • Ecology
      • Paleoecology
      • Phytosociology
      • Spectral and Harmonic Analysis -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Russian: 1 year undergraduate study. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Latin: Grades 7-11 -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • French: Grades 4-5 -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Master's Degree Work

  • MS Mathematics: University of Alaska '75
    • Coursework Master's Degree. Emphasis on Abstract Algebra and Mathematical applications in my Biology Thesis. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • MS Biology: University of Alaska '75
    • Thesis Title: A comparison of vegetation sampling techniques and Classification of Satellite data -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Undergraduate Education

  • Advisor: Peter L. Marks.
    • Set up his lab to perform Chemical Oxygen Demand Analysis on water samples from Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.
    • Performed such analyses for several years. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Toward a General Theory of Species Diversity -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • BA Cum Laude in Biology with distinction in all subjects Cornell University '73
    -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

Early Years

  • Assistant to Taxidermist, Cleveland Museum of Natural History: as teenager, helped prepare mounts as well as developed improved methods for skull preparation and dry preservation of soft-bodied insect larvae.. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Animal Caretaker, Cleveland Museum of Natural History: as teenager. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Northwestern School of Taxidermy: Taxidermy correspondence course. -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Future Scientists Program Cleveland Museum of Natural History -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
  • Plant Project Grade 4 -- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007

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-- DickFurnas - 01 Apr 2007
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