September 4th, 2008

I should just let this one speak for itself...

Among the many other people of last name "Webb" in the Cornell directory is a professor by the name of Watt W. Webb. I found out about him long ago when I was working for Cornell Information Technologies and, bored between phone calls, I would sometimes look up various potentially funny netIDs in the directory just to see if they existed. You know, like god1, ass6, bad1. Dr. Webb was of the "www" series, which has great geek appeal, plus we share a last name, so could it get any better?

Anyway, today I got an interesting e-mail from somebody in some grant processing office at Cornell who somehow grabbed the wrong "Webb" e-mail address from the directory. As I then wrote in a forward to some friends (who promptly "congratulated" me), "Looks like I've won a research grant from Cornell! I am, as you know, all about Nascent Dynamic Intermediates in Amyloid Aggregation."

I did reply to the original e-mail, of course, to ensure that the office is aware of the mistake so it can resend to the real Dr. Webb.

Hi Laura,

Although I appreciate this magnanimous offer, I am not the Watt W. Webb you speak of, and I don't know the first thing about Nascent Dynamic Intermediates in Amyloid Aggregation. I'm just a lowly Class of 2003 A&LS alum who happens to share a last name with the Principal Investigator in question.

- Mike

Dear Dr. Webb,

The Office of Sponsored Programs has received an amendment for your project “Nascent Dynamic Intermediates in Amyloid Aggregatio “. Your Grant and Contract Officer (GCO) will review this amendment to ensure its acceptability. If there are any issues associated with budget revisions, compliances, or other matters that need to be addressed prior to acceptance, your GCO will contact you directly.

Once your amendment is accepted, you will receive an email message. New grant accounts, if needed, can be requested through the Sponsored Projects Portal . If you have any questions about this award, please contact your GCO.

Best wishes for continued success with your project,


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: PI: WEBB, WATT
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 21:09:18 -0400 (EDT)

Principal Investigator: WEBB, WATT W
Project Title: Nascent Dynamic Intermediates in Amyloid Aggregation
Institution: Cornell University
Award Issue Date: 08/26/2008

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