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January graduates saluted at intimate ceremony, reception

January graduates saluted at intimate ceremony, reception

December 23, 2014

A Dec. 20 Recognition Ceremony sent forth the January graduates, the first of Cornell's sesquicentennial year. read more

'Text overlap' clutters scientific papers, arXiv analysis finds

'Text overlap' clutters scientific papers, arXiv analysis finds

December 22, 2014

Computerized text analysis of scientific papers in the arXiv repository shows that many authors use text from previous papers of their own and others, not always with attribution. read more

Diverse ideas served up at first food systems summit

Diverse ideas served up at first food systems summit

December 19, 2014

Food industry professionals, retailers and suppliers gathered to learn a veritable cornucopia of ideas and concepts at the first Cornell Food Systems Global Summit on Dec. 8. read more

Multiferroic heroics put instant-on computing in sight

Multiferroic heroics put instant-on computing in sight

December 18, 2014

Researchers have made a breakthrough in nonvolatile memory and instant-on computing with a working, room-temperature memory device that switches with an electric field. read more

Robert Langer named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

Robert Langer named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year 2015

December 16, 2014

Inventor and MIT professor David Langer '70, who holds nearly 1,100 patents and founded more than 25 companies, has been named Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. read more

Carbon-trapping 'sponges' can cut greenhouse gases

Carbon-trapping 'sponges' can cut greenhouse gases

December 15, 2014

Cornell materials scientists have invented low-toxicity, highly effective carbon-trapping “sponges” that could lead to increased use of carbon-capture technology. read more

Computer scientist Eva Tardos honored as ICIAM lecturer

Computer scientist Eva Tardos honored as ICIAM lecturer

December 15, 2014

Éva Tardos, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science, has been honored with an invitation from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics to speak at its upcoming... read more

Tata-Cornell Initiative observes first year of research

Tata-Cornell Initiative observes first year of research

December 10, 2014

Celebrating its first year of research projects in India, the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative briefed faculty and students on drinking-water system projects, research on iron... read more

Cornell to buy all of proposed Black Oak Wind Farm's energy

Cornell to buy all of proposed Black Oak Wind Farm's energy

December 8, 2014

Making a stride toward reducing carbon emission, Cornell has agreed to purchase all electricity generated by the proposed Black Oak Wind Farm in Enfield, New York, a project which is pending... read more

Land use looms as large factor in global warming

Land use looms as large factor in global warming

December 3, 2014

For the world’s deteriorating environment, don’t blame burning fossil fuels exclusively. Land use and land cover changes contribute about 40 percent to “radiative forcing,” a key factor in global... read more

Seven on Cornell faculty named AAAS fellows

Seven on Cornell faculty named AAAS fellows

December 3, 2014

Seven Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. read more

University saddened by loss of student over Thanksgiving

University saddened by loss of student over Thanksgiving

November 28, 2014

President David Skorton issued a message of condolence following the death of Shannon Jones, a senior in the College of Engineering. A community support meeting will be held Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in... read more

Roller coaster fans form a club and win a prize

Roller coaster fans form a club and win a prize

November 26, 2014

A group students have formed a club dedicated to the engineering side of roller coasters and other amusement park rides, and earned a prize in the first annual Ryerson T.H.R.I.L.L. Invitational... read more

Engineering Diversity wins ABET Award

November 24, 2014

Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering "in recognition of sustained success in deploying integrated programs for faculty, pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students to increase the... read more

Iceland president: Green energy forges good business

Iceland president: Green energy forges good business

November 24, 2014

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the president of Iceland, told a Cornell audience how his country remade itself from one of Europe’s poorest into one now financially and environmentally secure. read more

Expert offers feasible, statewide green energy plan

Expert offers feasible, statewide green energy plan

November 20, 2014

Professor Emeritus Tony Ingraffea explained a statewide green energy plan in his keynote address at the President’s Sustainable Campus Committee annual summit Nov. 18, and winners of the Cornell... read more

Cornell Rewind: 'Above all nations is humanity'

Cornell Rewind: 'Above all nations is humanity'

November 20, 2014

Organized by Modesto Quiroga, Cornell’s Cosmopolitan Club first met Nov. 10, 1904, in Barnes Hall, with 60 students attending. For the next five decades, the Cosmopolitan Club fostered international... read more

Cornell-developed polymer has commercial debut

Cornell-developed polymer has commercial debut

November 20, 2014

The polymer, called polypropylene carbonate, is made using a class of catalysts that was invented in the lab of Geoffrey Coates, and further developed by the Cornell spinoff company Novomer. read more

Cornell engineers join $2M DARPA Robotics Challenge

Cornell engineers join $2M DARPA Robotics Challenge

November 17, 2014

Cornell engineers are adding their expertise in robot autonomy to the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a multi-year, international prize competition sponsored by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects... read more

AOL gift launches Connected Experiences Lab

AOL gift launches Connected Experiences Lab

November 13, 2014

A gift from AOL to Cornell Tech will fund the creation of the Connected Experiences Laboratory, or ConnX, aimed at exploring new technologies at the forefront of the digital age. read more

ORIE field member Jon Kleinberg named interim dean of CIS

ORIE field member Jon Kleinberg named interim dean of CIS

November 11, 2014

Provost Kent Fuchs has appointed Professor Jon Kleinberg ’93 interim dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science through December 2015, while Dean Haym Hirsh takes a personal leave. read more

Iceland President Ólafur Grímsson to visit Nov. 20-22

Iceland President Ólafur Grímsson to visit Nov. 20-22

November 10, 2014

The president of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, visits campus Nov. 20-22. He will deliver a public lecture, “Iceland’s Clean Energy Economy – A Roadmap to Sustainability and Good Business,” Nov. 21... read more

New protocols aim to ensure diverse hiring pool for faculty

New protocols aim to ensure diverse hiring pool for faculty

November 10, 2014

The university is implementing new search accountability oversight measures to ensure that every search attracts a diverse pool of candidates. The measures are part of a multilayered strategy for... read more

Provost Kent Fuchs reflects on Cornell's future, and his own

Provost Kent Fuchs reflects on Cornell's future, and his own

November 6, 2014

In an interview with the Cornell Chronicle, Kent Fuchs outlines the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Cornell, and for all top research universities in the U.S., as he prepares to step... read more

Nominations sought for new provost fellowship

Nominations sought for new provost fellowship

November 6, 2014

Nominations of underrepresented tenured faculty as sought for the Public Voices Fellowship, a new initiative to increase the public impact of the nation’s top thought leaders. read more

Nominations sought for new faculty fellowship

Nominations sought for new faculty fellowship

November 6, 2014

Nominations of underrepresented tenured faculty as sought for the Public Voices Fellowship, a new initiative to increase the public impact of the nation’s top thought leaders. read more

Food systems global summit slated for Dec. 8

Food systems global summit slated for Dec. 8

October 30, 2014

Academic experts and industry insiders will gather at Cornell on Dec. 8 for a global summit to discuss new approaches to emerging food system challenges. read more

First human clinical trial of 'C dots' highlights their safety

First human clinical trial of 'C dots' highlights their safety

October 30, 2014

A first clinical trial of ultrasmall, multifunctional particles called "C dots" (Cornell dots) has deemed them safe for humans and cleared easily by the body. read more

ECE's David Albonesi to teach one of four new MOOCs offered for spring 2015

ECE's David Albonesi to teach one of four new MOOCs offered for spring 2015

October 29, 2014

With Cornell's four new MOOCs for spring 2015, students from all over the world can survey global hospitality management, tour technology inside your smart phone, fix ecologically broken places and... read more

Lena Kourkoutis wins Packard fellowship

Lena Kourkoutis wins Packard fellowship

October 27, 2014

The five-year, $875,000 award has gone to 18 of the nation’s most innovative early-career scientists and engineers. read more

'Eye in the sky' will bypass Internet traffic jams

'Eye in the sky' will bypass Internet traffic jams

October 24, 2014

Cornell researchers are building tools to help network operators see what's happening outside their own networks and send data over the best paths. read more

A fast track for data between Ithaca and New York City

A fast track for data between Ithaca and New York City

October 23, 2014

A new system will enable Cornell researchers to transfer large data files smoothly between the Ithaca and New York City campuses. read more

Mission Big Red Flag: Simulated flight, real sweat

Mission Big Red Flag: Simulated flight, real sweat

October 22, 2014

Flight simulators, programmed by a talented ROTC cadet, take Air Force One on a perilous mission. read more

Linear accelerator could improve X-rays, particle colliders

Linear accelerator could improve X-rays, particle colliders

October 21, 2014

Scientists at the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education have been working for the last decade on research and development of an Energy Recovery Linac as a new X-ray light... read more

Faculty apprise alumni on solving global challenges

Faculty apprise alumni on solving global challenges

October 21, 2014

Six Cornell professors – each with distinctive areas of study – provided 10-minute presentations on the university’s international impact at Bailey Hall on Oct. 17. read more

Synchrotron upgrade to make X-rays even brighter

Synchrotron upgrade to make X-rays even brighter

October 20, 2014

A major upgrade to compact undulators will make the quality of the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source's X-rays competitive with the world’s best synchrotron light sources. read more

Deans Boor, Collins, Knuth reappointed to second terms

Deans Boor, Collins, Knuth reappointed to second terms

October 17, 2014

CALS Dean Kathryn Boor, Engineering Dean Lance Collins and Vice Provost and Graduate School Dean Barbara Knuth have been reappointed to second five-year terms, Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs announced... read more

Alum urges students to drive clean tech revolution

Alum urges students to drive clean tech revolution

October 16, 2014

Venture capitalist Dan Miller '78 asked Cornell students to leverage their degrees in agriculture, engineering and business to become clean tech entrepreneurs in a campus talk Oct. 7. read more

Provost Kent Fuchs named president of University of Florida

Provost Kent Fuchs named president of University of Florida

October 16, 2014

Cornell Provost W. Kent Fuchs has been named the 12th president of the University of Florida, the UF board of trustees announced Oct. 15. He expects to begin his new position Jan. 1. read more

Fuchs will excel as UF president, Skorton says

Fuchs will excel as UF president, Skorton says

October 15, 2014

President David Skorton offers congratulations to Provost Kent Fuchs on his being named the next president of the University of Florida. read more

Two Cornell alumni win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Two Cornell alumni win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

October 8, 2014

Eric Betzig, M.S. ’85, Ph.D. ’88, and William Moerner, M.S. ’78, Ph.D. ’82, have shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for groundbreaking achievements in optical microscopy. read more

CHESS X-rays show how to grow crystals from crystals

CHESS X-rays show how to grow crystals from crystals

October 7, 2014

A collaboration between Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source and materials scientists has yielded greater understanding of what particular nanocrystals look like individually, and how they fit... read more

Xu among scientists at White House BRAIN conference

Xu among scientists at White House BRAIN conference

October 6, 2014

Chris Xu, professor of applied and engineering physics, joined other academics and industry leaders at the White House Sept. 30 for a conference celebrating progress on the BRAIN (Brain Research... read more

'Data smashing' could unshackle automated discovery

'Data smashing' could unshackle automated discovery

October 2, 2014

Cornell computing researchers have come up with a new principle they call "data smashing" for estimating the similarities between streams of arbitrary data without human intervention, and without... read more

Computer science times are a-changing

Computer science times are a-changing

October 2, 2014

A panel of Cornell computer science veterans recalled what it was like to pioneer a new discipline, and predicted new things to come. read more

Welcome new members of the Cornell faculty, 2014-15

Welcome new members of the Cornell faculty, 2014-15

October 2, 2014

To help introduce new members of the university's faculty to the Cornell community, the Cornell Chronicle is publishing brief new-faculty profiles for the 2014-15 academic year. read more

Philanthropist Bill Gates helps dedicate CIS’s Gates Hall

Philanthropist Bill Gates helps dedicate CIS’s Gates Hall

October 1, 2014

On Oct. 1 Microsoft's founder and Cornell leaders dedicated the new building for Computing and Information Science. read more

Philanthropist Bill Gates helps dedicate CIS's Gates Hall

Philanthropist Bill Gates helps dedicate CIS's Gates Hall

October 1, 2014

On Oct. 1 Microsoft's founder and Cornell leaders dedicated the new building for Computing and Information Science. read more

JumpStart grants awarded to three New York state companies

JumpStart grants awarded to three New York state companies

September 29, 2014

Three New York companies are the latest recipients of Cornell Center for Materials Research JumpStart grants. read more

Computer Science to mark 50 years with three-day symposium

Computer Science to mark 50 years with three-day symposium

September 25, 2014

Cornell's Department of Computer Science will celebrate its 50th year with a series of events Sept. 30-Oct. 2, with many alumni attending. read more

Aerospace engineering professor Ephrahim Garcia dies

Aerospace engineering professor Ephrahim Garcia dies

September 24, 2014

Ephrahim Garcia, Cornell professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, died Sept. 10 at the age of 51. A celebration of his life will take place Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. in Anabel Taylor Chapel. read more

Aerospace engineering professor Ephrahim Garcia dies

Aerospace engineering professor Ephrahim Garcia dies

September 24, 2014

Ephrahim Garcia, Cornell professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, died Sept. 10 at the age of 51. A celebration of his life will take place Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. in Anabel Taylor Chapel. read more

Aerospace engineering professor Ephrahim Garcia dies

Aerospace engineering professor Ephrahim Garcia dies

September 24, 2014

Ephrahim Garcia, Cornell professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, died Sept. 10 at the age of 51. A celebration of his life will be held Nov. 7. read more

Nanoscale facility 'open for business,' leaders say

Nanoscale facility 'open for business,' leaders say

September 22, 2014

The latest and greatest scientific achievements at the nanoscale were on display at the 2014 Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility annual meeting, which featured a lineup of speakers in... read more

Bill Gates to visit Oct. 1 for dedication and conversation

Bill Gates to visit Oct. 1 for dedication and conversation

September 18, 2014

Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be on campus Oct. 1 to dedicate Bill & Melinda Gates Hall, the new Computing and Information Science building, and to engage in a public event... read more

Hackathon showcases smart content search engine

Hackathon showcases smart content search engine

September 15, 2014

Participants in Big Red//Hacks Sept. 26-28 will get access to a new smart content search engine in use by startup Speare, founded by Rahul Shah ’16. read more

Defying physics, engineers prove a magnetic field for light

Defying physics, engineers prove a magnetic field for light

September 11, 2014

Using an interferometer, Michal Lipson and colleagues have demonstrated an effective magnetic field for light. read more

Meeting for students, friends of Ephrahim Garcia set for 4:30

Meeting for students, friends of Ephrahim Garcia set for 4:30

September 11, 2014

A community support meeting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in McManus Lounge, Hollister Hall, following the death of Ephrahim Garcia, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. read more

Accelerated climate neutrality proposal presented to faculty

Accelerated climate neutrality proposal presented to faculty

September 11, 2014

At the Sept. 10 Faculty Senate meeting, the Climate Neutrality Acceleration Working Group presented its proposal to change the university’s climate neutrality target date to 2035 from 2050. read more

Art and nanotech converge in campus biennial

Art and nanotech converge in campus biennial

September 11, 2014

The Cornell Council for the Arts 2014 Biennial will showcase the work of artists, Cornell researchers and students in installations and events across campus all semester. read more

Cornell moves up a notch in 2015 U.S. News rankings

Cornell moves up a notch in 2015 U.S. News rankings

September 10, 2014

Cornell has moved up one spot in the annual college rankings from U.S. News and World Report, which places the university at No. 15, up from 16 last year, out of 280 schools that offer a wide range... read more

Student video games score on the national scene

Student video games score on the national scene

September 10, 2014

Games created by students in the Game Design Initiative at Cornell are winning attention in national game showcases. read more

Experiment makes energy savings a game

Experiment makes energy savings a game

September 10, 2014

An experiment in partnership with Con Edison this summer has shown that consumers might be willing to back off on their demand for electricity if there’s a game of chance involved. read more

Google-funded research will scan clothing and behavior

Google-funded research will scan clothing and behavior

September 8, 2014

Computer science researchers will use Google Glass to coach wearers on nonverbal behavior, and 3-D scans to create computer images of soft, deformable objects. read more

New food institute blends academic, industry partners

New food institute blends academic, industry partners

September 4, 2014

The Cornell Institute for Food Systems Industry Partnership Program offers a new public-private partnership that brings together Cornell’s food science faculty and staff with industry scientists,... read more

Hovering drones adapted for photo lighting

Hovering drones adapted for photo lighting

September 3, 2014

Small flying robots can replace light stands for a photo shoot, automatically adjusting their position for the best effects. read more

Faculty engage students in 'Learning Where You Live'

Faculty engage students in 'Learning Where You Live'

August 27, 2014

Biomedical engineering faculty members Chris Schaffer and Nozomi Nishimura are joining students at Donlon Hall this year and are teaching new 'Learning Where You Live' courses. read more

Skorton to new students: 'Discover what excites you'

Skorton to new students: 'Discover what excites you'

August 26, 2014

President David Skorton welcomed the Class of 2018 at the Convocation for New Students and Families at Schoellkopf Stadium Aug. 23. read more

Study: Southwest may face 'megadrought' within century

Study: Southwest may face 'megadrought' within century

August 25, 2014

Due to global warming, the chances the Southwest suffers a decadelong drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts up to 35 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent... read more

'Robo Brain' mines the Internet to teach robots

'Robo Brain' mines the Internet to teach robots

August 25, 2014

A giant database gathered from the Internet will help robots function in the human world. read more

For a healthier you, let your smartphone call it in

For a healthier you, let your smartphone call it in

August 21, 2014

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $3 million grant to a multidisciplinary group of Cornell researchers who are developing a device to help you track your health right in the... read more

New tool identifies therapeutic proteins in a 'snap'

New tool identifies therapeutic proteins in a 'snap'

August 20, 2014

Cornell chemical engineers offer a powerful new tool for direct study and subsequent engineering of enzymes involved in glycosylation. read more

Cornell Tech's Manohar helps design IBM 'brain chip'

Cornell Tech's Manohar helps design IBM 'brain chip'

August 13, 2014

The design methodology of a new IBM computer chip inspired by the human brain was pioneered by Cornell Tech’s Rajit Manohar. read more

To bolster lithium battery life, add a little salt

To bolster lithium battery life, add a little salt

August 13, 2014

Striving to achieve safer, longer-lasting batteries for the modern world’s trappings – automobiles, cell phones, computers, autonomous robots – Cornell chemical engineers have added salt to their... read more

Ingested nanoparticles may damage liver

Ingested nanoparticles may damage liver

August 11, 2014

A recently published study shows that nanoparticles injure liver cells when they are in microfluidic devices designed to mimic organs of the human body. read more

CUAUV again takes top spot at RoboSub competition

CUAUV again takes top spot at RoboSub competition

August 11, 2014

The Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team took home the top prize at the 17th Annual International RoboSub Competition, July 28-Aug. 3 in San Diego, Calif. read more

To watch DNA unwrap, blank out the proteins

To watch DNA unwrap, blank out the proteins

August 11, 2014

Biophysics is a science of shapes – the shapes of molecules like DNA as they wrap and unwrap around protein cores, for instance. Cornell researchers have unveiled a new method for observing such... read more

In low gravity, scientists search for a way to sauté

In low gravity, scientists search for a way to sauté

August 7, 2014

Cornell researchers who conduct space food research have been studying how to fry foods on the zero-G airplane. read more

Grad student aims to improve particle accelerators

Grad student aims to improve particle accelerators

August 6, 2014

New interdisciplinary research on photocathodes by physics graduate student Siddharth Karkare has the potential to dramatically improve accelerator performance. read more

Liners can protect pipelines during earthquakes

Liners can protect pipelines during earthquakes

August 6, 2014

Cornell civil engineers have found that retrofitting pipelines with flexible tubular membranes saturated with thermosetting resin could prevent earthquake damage to seismically vulnerable pipelines... read more

Lynden Archer receives chemical engineering award

Lynden Archer receives chemical engineering award

August 6, 2014

Professor Lynden Archer has received the 2014 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. read more

Ashim Datta to lead food safety simulation project

Ashim Datta to lead food safety simulation project

August 6, 2014

A $683,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support a project aimed at integrating the power of computer simulation with the teaching of food safety principles. read more

The perfect atom sandwich requires an extra layer

The perfect atom sandwich requires an extra layer

August 4, 2014

Cornell materials scientists have discovered the trick of growing perfect films of oxides called Ruddlesden-Poppers. read more

Groundwater is safe in potential N.Y. fracking area

Groundwater is safe in potential N.Y. fracking area

July 29, 2014

Two Cornell hydrologists have examined drinking water in a potential hydraulic fracturing area in New York’s Southern Tier, determining that it is safe to drink and within federal guidelines. read more

Cruising high seas, engineers detect fake GPS signals

Cruising high seas, engineers detect fake GPS signals

July 28, 2014

For four days in late June, Cornell researchers tested the newest version of their GPS ‘spoofing’ detector, which allows them to differentiate between real or fake GPS signals. read more

New class of materials could power memory devices

New class of materials could power memory devices

July 24, 2014

A new phase of matter known as topological insulators, until recently known only for esoteric quantum-mechanical properties, might have a practical use in controlling magnetic memory and logic... read more

Researchers answer 'provocative question' on breast cancer

Researchers answer 'provocative question' on breast cancer

July 22, 2014

Researchers at Cornell and Weill Cornell Medical College have received a $1.34 million grant to study whether obesity, a known risk factor for breast cancer, changes breast tissue in a manner similar... read more

North Atlantic right whale's prospects tied to climate

North Atlantic right whale's prospects tied to climate

July 22, 2014

A pleasant scientific surprise: The North Atlantic right whale population – once projected for extinction – exhibited an unexpected increase in calf production and population size during the past... read more

Global warming culprit-nations likely to change by 2030

Global warming culprit-nations likely to change by 2030

July 16, 2014

While developed countries have long been blamed for Earth’s rising greenhouse gas emissions, Cornell researchers now predict when developing countries will contribute more to climate change than... read more

Wastewater injection induces Oklahoma earthquakes

Wastewater injection induces Oklahoma earthquakes

July 8, 2014

The dramatic increase in earthquakes in central Oklahoma since 2009 is likely attributable to subsurface wastewater injection at a handful of wastewater disposal wells, finds a study published in the... read more

Four of 10 wells forecast to fail in northeastern Pa.

Four of 10 wells forecast to fail in northeastern Pa.

June 30, 2014

About 40 percent of the oil and gas wells in parts of the Marcellus shale region will likely leak methane, says a Cornell-led research team that examined well records in Pennsylvania. read more

Move over, silicon? New transistor material tested

Move over, silicon? New transistor material tested

June 27, 2014

For the ever-shrinking transistor, there may be a new game in town. Cornell researchers have demonstrated promising electronic performance from a semiconducting compound called molybdenum sulfide. read more

CUAir scores big at autonomous flight competition

CUAir scores big at autonomous flight competition

June 26, 2014

CUAir took first in flight/mission and second place overall at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s 12th annual Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition, June 18-22. read more

BEST program gives Ph.D.s insights into nonacademic jobs

BEST program gives Ph.D.s insights into nonacademic jobs

June 25, 2014

The Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program, which offers career resources about non-academic jobs, is now available to all Cornell Ph.D. students and postdocs. read more

Fracking flowback could indirectly pollute groundwater

Fracking flowback could indirectly pollute groundwater

June 25, 2014

The wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during... read more

Francis Moon publishes history of innovation book

Francis Moon publishes history of innovation book

June 23, 2014

Francis Moon, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering Emeritus, has published his ninth book, "Social Networks in the History of Innovation and Invention." read more

Cornell Tech will be 'land grant' school for NYC

Cornell Tech will be 'land grant' school for NYC

June 13, 2014

The growth of Cornell Tech over the next few years will be exciting to watch and in many ways similar to what we see on the Ithaca campus, but with a novel approach, a Reunion audience was told June... read more

Atkinson Center awards $1.4 million to new projects

Atkinson Center awards $1.4 million to new projects

June 10, 2014

Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future gives $1.4 million from their Academic Venture Fund to 12 new scientific projects. The awards were culled from a record-setting 49 proposals. read more

National panel urges 'putting human boots' on Mars

National panel urges 'putting human boots' on Mars

June 10, 2014

After 18 months of deliberation, the Committee on Human Spaceflight – co-led by a Cornell professor – issued a report June 4 on whether Earth-bound humans should continue exploring space. The... read more

Geothermal heat pumps keep cell tower cool

Geothermal heat pumps keep cell tower cool

June 9, 2014

In collaboration with Verizon Wireless, Cornell engineers are testing a geothermal heat pump system to control the climate of a cellular tower shelter on campus. read more

Cornell partners with Incodema3D for START-UP NY

Cornell partners with Incodema3D for START-UP NY

June 4, 2014

Ithaca-based Incodema3D is among the first companies approved for START-UP NY tax benefits and other incentives, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo June 4. read more

Making a covert channel on the Internet

Making a covert channel on the Internet

June 3, 2014

By modifying timing on the picosecond level, Cornell researchers send undetectable high-bandwidth messages. read more

Two student teams win ECE innovation awards

Two student teams win ECE innovation awards

June 3, 2014

Teams Pulso and Saund were the spring semester's ECE Innovation Award winners. read more

'Critical zone' study expands with $1.4M NSF award

'Critical zone' study expands with $1.4M NSF award

June 3, 2014

The study of what earth scientists call the “critical zone” – the area where rock, water soil, organisms and the atmosphere meet – is expanding with a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant. read more

Greg Fuchs receives DOE early career award

Greg Fuchs receives DOE early career award

June 2, 2014

Greg Fuchs, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics, has received a Department of Energy early career research award. read more

Nanoscale short course offered June 3-6

Nanoscale short course offered June 3-6

May 28, 2014

The Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility will offer a comprehensive, three-day course June 3-6, on broad topics of nanotechnology. read more

Cornell Tech grads solve problems large and small

Cornell Tech grads solve problems large and small

May 27, 2014

Six exploratory startup projects were showcased May 16 during Cornell Tech's third Open Studio. read more

Top seniors honored as 2014 Merrill scholars

Top seniors honored as 2014 Merrill scholars

May 27, 2014

On May 21, the Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honored 33 outstanding graduating seniors and the high school teachers and university faculty members who made important contributions to... read more

Students relish waning hours of Graduation Weekend

Students relish waning hours of Graduation Weekend

May 25, 2014

On a blissfully perfect, cloudless Sunday, Cornell University graduated its 146th class May 25. Seniors assembled to hug, shed tears, share joy and walk in procession to Schoellkopf Stadium. read more

Panelists discuss paths to success for women in academia

Panelists discuss paths to success for women in academia

May 22, 2014

Panelists offered advice on pathways to success during the May 20 Empowering Women in Science and Engineering symposium. read more

Physicist Richard L. Liboff dies at 82

Physicist Richard L. Liboff dies at 82

May 22, 2014

Richard L. Liboff, Cornell professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, died March 9 in New York City at age 82. read more

New device isolates most aggressive cancer cells

New device isolates most aggressive cancer cells

May 22, 2014

A Cornell cancer research team has invented a microfluidic device that isolates only the most aggressive, metastatic cancer cells. read more

Actor Ed Helms to help celebrate Cornell graduation

Actor Ed Helms to help celebrate Cornell graduation

May 20, 2014

Cornell's 146th Graduation Weekend highlights include the Senior Convocation Address by actor Ed Helms, who portrayed the fictional alumnus Andy Bernard '93 on TV's 'The Office,' and President David... read more

Undergrad-built aircraft to defend world title June 18

Undergrad-built aircraft to defend world title June 18

May 20, 2014

Cornell Unmanned Air Systems, an undergraduate project team that designs, builds and programs completely autonomous planes, will defend its world championship title at the Student Unmanned Air... read more

Engaged Learning + Research Faculty Fellows named

Engaged Learning + Research Faculty Fellows named

May 15, 2014

Eleven faculty members from nine Cornell departments have been named Engaged Learning + Research Faculty Fellows for 2014. read more

CCMR symposium to explore nanoscale spin

CCMR symposium to explore nanoscale spin

May 14, 2014

Recent advances in measuring and controlling nanoscale spin systems is the theme of this year’s Cornell Center for Materials Research symposium, May 20. read more

X-rays, computer simulations reveal crystal growth

X-rays, computer simulations reveal crystal growth

May 14, 2014

Cornell scientists used a very tiny, extremely bright X-ray beam to make high-speed movies of how spreadable organic molecules formed crystal lattices at the nanoscale. read more

Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns

Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns

May 13, 2014

As the shale gas boom continues, the atmosphere receives more methane, adding to Earth’s greenhouse gas problem. A Cornell ecology professor fears that we may not be many years away from an... read more

First cohort of International Faculty Fellows chosen

First cohort of International Faculty Fellows chosen

May 8, 2014

Faculty members Andrea Bachner, Victoria Beard, Saurabh Mehta and Daniel Selva will start three-year terms this summer as Cornell’s first cohort of International Faculty Fellows with the Mario... read more

New battery test center adds zip to New York economy

New battery test center adds zip to New York economy

May 7, 2014

Replacing the gasoline economy with better batteries may be accelerated thanks to unique battery testing capabilities at Cornell, and anchored by a new testing and prototyping center that the... read more

Impressive finishes for steel bridge, concrete canoe teams

Impressive finishes for steel bridge, concrete canoe teams

May 6, 2014

Both Cornell teams showed major improvement over last year, with the canoe team's second place overall finish propelling them to the national competition in June. read more

Lehman Fund makes seven awards for China study

Lehman Fund makes seven awards for China study

May 6, 2014

The Jeffrey S. Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China has made grants to Cornell faculty members and graduate students to support collaborative research projects. read more

Student-developed water monitor gets EPA support

Student-developed water monitor gets EPA support

May 5, 2014

A proposal to develop a portable, affordable turbidimeter, a tool for measuring water quality, has won a $90,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet... read more

Student projects that feed poor, instill pride earn awards

Student projects that feed poor, instill pride earn awards

May 2, 2014

Three student projects address social needs or problems in the Ithaca community were awarded Robin Appel Humanitarian Awards April 25. read more

Student magazine reports on undergrad research

Student magazine reports on undergrad research

May 1, 2014

At the 13th annual release party April 30 for The Research Paper, a student-run magazine that highlights the research achievements of Cornell undergraduates, several students discussed their research... read more

Eel expert Bowser wins distinguished EPA award

Eel expert Bowser wins distinguished EPA award

April 28, 2014

For freshwater environmental education projects and for helping save the American eel throughout the New York City region, Chris Bowser, an extension support specialist for Cornell’s New York State... read more

Cracker-sized satellites launch into orbit

Cracker-sized satellites launch into orbit

April 24, 2014

After years of planning and several last-minute delays, about 100 Cornell-developed mini satellites demonstrating space flight at its simplest have launched into orbit and are now circling Earth. read more

Engineering students prep for canoe, bridge contests

Engineering students prep for canoe, bridge contests

April 23, 2014

Fourteen schools will visit Ithaca April 24-26 for the 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Conference, which features the concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions. read more

Fuchs, Greene, Feeney elected to arts and sciences academy

Fuchs, Greene, Feeney elected to arts and sciences academy

April 23, 2014

Provost Kent Fuchs and Harry Greene, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Chuck Feeney '56 have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. read more

Roseanna N. Zia wins young investigator award

Roseanna N. Zia wins young investigator award

April 23, 2014

Roseanna N. Zia, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is among this year’s Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award Program winners, announced earlier this month. read more

Cornell's chemically engineered cars win again

Cornell's chemically engineered cars win again

April 22, 2014

Cornell engineering students won the Northeast Regional Chem-E-Car competition with model cars controlled entirely by chemical reactions. read more

Errant methane plumes detected over Marcellus wells

Errant methane plumes detected over Marcellus wells

April 21, 2014

Using an airplane to detect greenhouse emissions emanating from freshly drilled shale gas wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus basin, Cornell and Purdue scientists have found that leaked methane is more... read more

Corporate greening starts with trained students

Corporate greening starts with trained students

April 21, 2014

Cornell students are learning how to arrive at the 'triple bottom line' – fusing profits, people and the planet – to run a smart but green business. read more

Cornell synchrotron receives $100M in NSF support

Cornell synchrotron receives $100M in NSF support

April 21, 2014

Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source has received its requested National Science Foundation grant renewal in full, $100 million over five years, securing the national X-ray facility’s near-term... read more

See spots glow: Camera system aids cancer clinical trial

See spots glow: Camera system aids cancer clinical trial

April 17, 2014

An optical camera system integrated with Cornell-developed fluorescent nanoparticles called C dots is being used in a second FDA clinical trial. read more

Conference aims to hook girls on science, math

Conference aims to hook girls on science, math

April 16, 2014

The Expanding Your Horizons Conference April 12 brought middle school girls to campus to be exposed to science and math careers. read more

Ninth AguaClara water plant in Honduras opens

Ninth AguaClara water plant in Honduras opens

April 15, 2014

With the inauguration of another student-designed AguaClara water treatment plant in Honduras, 36,000 Hondurans and counting have access to clean water. read more

'Sustainable shale development' chair speaks April 15

'Sustainable shale development' chair speaks April 15

April 9, 2014

Jared Cohon, board chair for the Center for Sustainable Shale Development and president emeritus of Carnegie Mellon University, will share insight into incorporating diverse, impassioned opinions to... read more

Tiger beetle's chase highlights mechanical law

Tiger beetle's chase highlights mechanical law

April 9, 2014

The tiger beetle, known for its speed and agility, does a stunningly optimal reorientation dance as it chases its prey at blinding speeds, Cornell mechanical engineers have observed. read more

ExxonMobil Foundation gives $467,000 to Cornell

ExxonMobil Foundation gives $467,000 to Cornell

April 7, 2014

The ExxonMobil Foundation has given Cornell $466,555 through its Educational Matching Gifts Program. read more

A rite of spring takes wing

A rite of spring takes wing

March 28, 2014

Cornell celebrated Dragon Day, a project by first-year architecture students preceding the exodus from the Hill for spring break, with a minimalist silver-and-green dragon in a parade across campus. read more

BOOM offers a glimpse of computing future

BOOM offers a glimpse of computing future

March 27, 2014

The 17th annual Bits On Our Minds exhibition shows off student computing projects from games to robotics, as faculty and potential employers look on with interest. read more

The 'bricycle' dilemma - to steer or balance?

The 'bricycle' dilemma - to steer or balance?

March 27, 2014

Cornell's three-wheeled vehicle shows what it would be like to ride a bike in zero gravity and offers insights into the design of narrow, leaning vehicles proposed to ease traffic congestion. read more

Girl Scouts explore science, earn badges on campus

Girl Scouts explore science, earn badges on campus

March 24, 2014

At a March 22 workshop aimed to encourage grade-school girls to pursue science and technology, Girl Scouts decoded secret messages and investigated a scene to earn scouting detective badges, among... read more

Bill Gates to attend dedication of Bill & Melinda Gates Hall

Bill Gates to attend dedication of Bill & Melinda Gates Hall

March 19, 2014

William H. “Bill” Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be on campus for the Oct. 1 dedication of Bill & Melinda Gates Hall. read more

Ethics contest revolves around Twitter and privacy

Ethics contest revolves around Twitter and privacy

March 13, 2014

A student team that devised a plan to sell certain public tweets to Google and Microsoft has won first prize in the university’s second annual Stephen S. J. Hall Ethics Case Competition held March 7... read more

BEST program will train Ph.D.s for nonacademic careers

BEST program will train Ph.D.s for nonacademic careers

March 13, 2014

With so few available academic jobs, Cornell will start a NIH-funded pilot program to help train life sciences graduate students and postdocs for nonacademic positions. A kickoff event is March 18. read more

Peck receives NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal

Peck receives NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal

March 11, 2014

Mason Peck, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, who served as NASA’s chief technologist from January 2012 to December 2013, has received the agency’s Distinguished Public... read more

'Neurodinners' offer smorgasbord of research ideas

'Neurodinners' offer smorgasbord of research ideas

March 6, 2014

Two neuroscience graduate students have created regular cross-campus events at which to share and discuss varied research in their field. read more

Engineered molecules tag proteins for destruction

Engineered molecules tag proteins for destruction

March 5, 2014

Engineered molecules called ubiquibodies can mark specific proteins inside a cell for destruction, paving the way for new drug therapies or powerful research tools. read more

Tiny tool measures heat at the nanoscale

Tiny tool measures heat at the nanoscale

February 26, 2014

Cornell researchers have developed a new way to precisely measure the extremely subtle movement of heat in nanostructures. read more

Four on faculty receive NSF CAREER awards

Four on faculty receive NSF CAREER awards

February 26, 2014

Olivier Desjardins, David Steurer, Ross Tate and Roseanna Zia have received NSF CAREER awards. read more

Nanoparticle networks' design enhanced by theory

Nanoparticle networks' design enhanced by theory

February 26, 2014

A new study provides a deeper understanding of block copolymer nanoparticle self-assembly processes, paving the way for their entry into many applications, from electrocatalysis in fuel cells, to... read more

Jacobs Institute at Cornell Tech launches postdoc program

Jacobs Institute at Cornell Tech launches postdoc program

February 24, 2014

The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech has announced that six postdocs are joining the campus for the first Runway Program, a new model for technology... read more

Hi-tech fixes for climate change, fish tracking

Hi-tech fixes for climate change, fish tracking

February 20, 2014

Cornell oceanographer Charles Greene will give two presentations at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, Feb. 23-28 in Honolulu, on marine algae and tracking fish populations. read more

Sun powers complex cancer test for remote regions

Sun powers complex cancer test for remote regions

February 20, 2014

From the sun, a solution: Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have remodeled an energy intensive medical test – designed to detect a deadly skin cancer related to HIV... read more

Cornell researchers share insights at AAAS

Cornell researchers share insights at AAAS

February 19, 2014

Several Cornell researchers shared findings and insights from their respective fields at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Chicago, Feb. 12-17. read more

Think to act: Brain signals move paralyzed limbs

Think to act: Brain signals move paralyzed limbs

February 18, 2014

Maryam Shanechi is bringing brain-machine interfaces to the next level: Instead of signals directing a device, she hopes to help paralyzed people move their own limb, just by thinking about it. read more

Lipson talks about the future of 3-D printing

Lipson talks about the future of 3-D printing

February 17, 2014

The promise and peril of 3-D printing, and particularly, the printing of electronics and other active, integrated systems, was the topic of a Feb. 14 American Association for the Advancement of... read more

Scientists jump start New York businesses

Scientists jump start New York businesses

February 17, 2014

Supported by New York state, the National Science Foundation and Cornell, the CCMR Industrial Partnerships Program has been helping companies develop and optimize new products since 2001. read more

Jon Kleinberg receives Technion's Harvey Prize

Jon Kleinberg receives Technion's Harvey Prize

February 14, 2014

The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology has awarded the Harvey Prize for outstanding efforts in the areas of science, technology, human health and peace to computer scientist Jon Kleinberg. read more

Professor Roger Spanswick dies at 74

Professor Roger Spanswick dies at 74

February 13, 2014

Roger Morgan Spanswick, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died Feb. 12 in Ithaca at age 74. read more

Engineering saves $15,000 in energy competition

Engineering saves $15,000 in energy competition

February 13, 2014

The College of Engineering avoided $15,000 in energy costs through an energy-saving competition held last semester. read more

Jery Stedinger elected to National Academy of Engineering

Jery Stedinger elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 12, 2014

Jery Stedinger, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. read more

Facebook tells the computer who you love

Facebook tells the computer who you love

February 12, 2014

Computer analysis of Facebook connections can identify which friend is the romantic partner. read more

Strogatz wins AAAS public engagement award

Strogatz wins AAAS public engagement award

February 5, 2014

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Cornell's Steven Strogatz the recipient of the 2013 AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award for his “exceptional commitment to and... read more

Hip-hop engineer talks tech careers at STEM event

Hip-hop engineer talks tech careers at STEM event

February 3, 2014

Sound engineer for highly successful recording artists Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton spoke Feb. 1 at the STEM Men of Color “Access to Knowledge and Empowerment” Symposium. read more

Two studies look to improve hurricane warnings

Two studies look to improve hurricane warnings

February 3, 2014

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Sea Grant has funded two Cornell projects to help officials improve coastal hazard warnings for residents in New York, New Jersey and... read more

Students invent 'Aura' musical instrument

Students invent 'Aura' musical instrument

January 30, 2014

Engineering students build an electronic instrument that lets them shape music with their hands. read more

New smartphone app helps keep students safe

New smartphone app helps keep students safe

January 30, 2014

A free smartphone app, ResCUer, connects users to police, taxis, friends and other safety resources with just a few taps on a smartphones. read more

Thermostat setbacks over holiday lead to fiscal bonus

Thermostat setbacks over holiday lead to fiscal bonus

January 28, 2014

By turning down temperatures and unplugging electric devices over the holidays, the Cornell campus combined to save 1,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide from getting pumped into the atmosphere. read more

JanFab gives student-engineering teams a leg up

JanFab gives student-engineering teams a leg up

January 23, 2014

Combine 80 Cornell students from five engineering project teams. Blend in the frenetic vibrancy of Santa’s workshop, sift in esprit de corps of Slope Day and simmer in the serenity of the winter... read more

Cornell's new Gates Hall is not what it seems

Cornell's new Gates Hall is not what it seems

January 23, 2014

Cornell's Bill and Melinda Gates Hall, home of Computing and Information Science, opened for business this week. The building features "curved lines intersecting with linear angles, lots of glass and... read more

With 10 years as Martians, rovers unveil true grit

With 10 years as Martians, rovers unveil true grit

January 17, 2014

Cornell professor Steve Squyres and Bill Nye provide key lectures at the “Opportunity: Ten Years on Mars” event Jan. 16 at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. read more

Campus mourns death of Milica Mandic '14

Campus mourns death of Milica Mandic '14

January 15, 2014

Susan Murphy, vice president for student and academic services, issued a statement to the Cornell community on the death of Milica Mandic '14. read more

Museum recalls wondrous feats in roving red planet

Museum recalls wondrous feats in roving red planet

January 13, 2014

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington has opened a new exhibit “Spirit & Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars,” a retrospective that recounts the Mars mission and the... read more

Bacterial food web may be key to cystic fibrosis

Bacterial food web may be key to cystic fibrosis

January 10, 2014

A common pathogen that can lay dormant in healthy individuals becomes virulent in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients, and Cornell biological engineers think they might know why. read more

Metastatic cancer cells implode on protein contact

Metastatic cancer cells implode on protein contact

January 6, 2014

By attaching a cancer-killer protein to white blood cells, Cornell biomedical engineers have demonstrated the annihilation of metastasizing cancer cells traveling throughout the bloodstream. read more