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Cornell, ADC tackling rescue ropes issue for U.S. Navy copters

Cornell, ADC tackling rescue ropes issue for U.S. Navy copters

June 9, 2016

Researchers from Cornell and Advanced Design Consulting, Inc. of Lansing are partnering to develop synthetic ropes for use in hoist systems on U.S. Navy rescue helicopters. read more

Cornell, ADC tackling rescue ropes issue for U.S. Navy copters

Cornell, ADC tackling rescue ropes issue for U.S. Navy copters

June 9, 2016

Researchers from Cornell and Advanced Design Consulting, Inc. of Lansing are partnering to develop synthetic ropes for use in hoist systems on U.S. Navy rescue helicopters. read more

Gift establishes Tisch Professorship at Jacobs Institute

Gift establishes Tisch Professorship at Jacobs Institute

June 9, 2016

A gift from Andrew ’71 and Ann Tisch to Cornell University and the American Technion Society has created an endowed professorship at the Joan Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. read more

Goal of improved connectivity drives computer scientists

Goal of improved connectivity drives computer scientists

June 8, 2016

Cornell computer scientists are leaders in the emerging field of software-defined networking, which takes an open-source approach to network connectivity. read more

Engineered E. coli vesicles act as vaccine deliverers

Engineered E. coli vesicles act as vaccine deliverers

June 6, 2016

Antigen-coated membranes on the surface of E. coli bacteria cells serve as vaccine vehicles that were proven effective against a highly deadly pathogen, a Cornell-led research group has shown. read more

CHESS workshops in June to include annual users meeting

CHESS workshops in June to include annual users meeting

June 2, 2016

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source will hold its annual workshop in June, and will include the facility's annual Users' Meeting, slated for June 7-8 in the Physical Sciences Building. read more

Four on faculty receive Carpenter advising awards

Four on faculty receive Carpenter advising awards

May 31, 2016

Faculty members Sahara Byrne, (Kit-Yee) Daisy Fan, María Cristina García and James P. Lassoie received 2016 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards May 28. read more

Parity still far-off goal for women academics in STEM fields

Parity still far-off goal for women academics in STEM fields

May 26, 2016

Women haven’t reached parity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, but progressive policies could help, said Sharon Sassler at the Empowering Women in Science and... read more

6 Ph.D. students learn to commercialize their research

6 Ph.D. students learn to commercialize their research

May 26, 2016

Six engineering doctoral students will spend the summer and the fall semester exploring the potential to turn their research into a business as the first commercialization fellows. read more

Electrical properties of superconductor altered by 'stretching'

Electrical properties of superconductor altered by 'stretching'

May 26, 2016

A Cornell-led team of researchers has displayed the ability to alter superconductor strontium ruthenate's electrical properties through strain, or 'stretching', of a thin film of the material. read more

24 staff members graduate with higher ed degrees

24 staff members graduate with higher ed degrees

May 26, 2016

The accomplishments of 24 staff members who earned associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees through Cornell's Employee Degree Program or the Tuition Aid Program were celebrated May 24. read more

33 seniors honored as 2016 Merrill Presidential Scholars

33 seniors honored as 2016 Merrill Presidential Scholars

May 26, 2016

Thirty-three seniors from Cornell's seven undergraduate colleges are honored as Merrill Presidential Scholars in ceremony May 25 in Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room. read more

Brachman to lead Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

Brachman to lead Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

May 25, 2016

Cornell Tech announced May 25 that Ron Brachman, an internationally recognized authority on artificial intelligence, will join the campus as the new director of the Joan Irwin Jacobs... read more

Researchers span the universe at Sagan Institute coffee hours

Researchers span the universe at Sagan Institute coffee hours

May 20, 2016

Coffee hours at the Carl Sagan Institute have spurred multi-disciplinary talks among faculty members from 11 departments and five colleges and schools at Cornell. read more

Blocking 'fake engagement' to keep the count honest

Blocking 'fake engagement' to keep the count honest

May 19, 2016

Cornell computer scientists have developed software to detect fake postings to social media sites designed to artificially inflate the popularity of a page. read more

ExxonMobil Foundation gives $447,046 to Cornell

ExxonMobil Foundation gives $447,046 to Cornell

May 19, 2016

The ExxonMobil Foundation has given Cornell $447,046 through its Educational Matching Gifts Program. read more

Alda: Convey science clearly to reveal its beauty, poetics

Alda: Convey science clearly to reveal its beauty, poetics

May 18, 2016

Actor, director, writer and champion of science Alan Alda provided a communication mandate May 16 at Bailey Hall for Cornell's faculty and researchers: Use plain language to be clear. read more

Bioactive macrocycle shows promising antibacterial activity

Bioactive macrocycle shows promising antibacterial activity

May 17, 2016

Cornell researchers have developed an efficient method for the assembly of biologically compatible, antibacterial synthetic macromolecules, the composition of which can be precisely adjusted. read more

Emeritus engineering professor Tobias de Boer dies at 85

Emeritus engineering professor Tobias de Boer dies at 85

May 12, 2016

Emeritus professor Tobias de Boer, who taught mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell for more than 50 years and served as associate director of the Sibley School for nine years, died on May... read more

Cornell Council for the Arts supports 40 new projects

Cornell Council for the Arts supports 40 new projects

May 12, 2016

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) has awarded grants supporting 40 projects in the arts to be presented on campus in academic year 2016-17. read more

Cornell and Iceland team to model geothermal energy

Cornell and Iceland team to model geothermal energy

May 12, 2016

With an aim to create clean, renewable geothermal energy projects, and to cooperate in research and education, Cornell and Geothermal Resource Park Iceland have signed a memorandum of agreement. read more

Virtual reality game debuts at May 20 GDIAC Showcase

Virtual reality game debuts at May 20 GDIAC Showcase

May 12, 2016

Everyone is invited to play computer games created by Cornell students at the annual Game Design Initiative at Cornell showcase May 20 in Carpenter Hall. read more

Students promote new entrepreneur resource

Students promote new entrepreneur resource

May 12, 2016

Three student fellows recently joined the staff of Blackstone LaunchPad and are already offering innovative programming for entrepreneurial Cornell students. read more

Students gain insight on 'eye-opening' tour of Japan

Students gain insight on 'eye-opening' tour of Japan

May 5, 2016

Twenty-one students from across campus traveled to Japan on a a winter break study tour funded by the Japanese government as a cultural exchange exposing American students to the country. read more

Cornell Fulbright students to span the globe in 2016-17

Cornell Fulbright students to span the globe in 2016-17

May 5, 2016

Fifteen Cornell students received Fulbright U.S. Student Awards to conduct research or teach abroad in 2016-17, according to the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. read more

Minglin Ma wins Hartwell award for diabetes work

Minglin Ma wins Hartwell award for diabetes work

May 3, 2016

Minglin Ma, assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, has won a Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award, worth $300,000 over three years. read more

Made better through science: Calcite tuned to be mollusk-tough

Made better through science: Calcite tuned to be mollusk-tough

May 2, 2016

A Cornell-led international team of researchers has developed a way to harden natural calcite by a factor of two or more through the addition of amino acids aspartic acid and glycine. read more

Rawlings Scholars' research ranges from earworms to robots

Rawlings Scholars' research ranges from earworms to robots

April 26, 2016

From creating well-mannered robots to updating weed field guides to understanding why catchy songs turn into earworms, students showed their 2016 Senior Expo research projects April 21. read more

The language of persuasion

The language of persuasion

April 26, 2016

Analysis of online arguments shows that the right timing and choice of words make it easier to win. read more

CCMR highlights advances in electron microscopy

CCMR highlights advances in electron microscopy

April 22, 2016

The Cornell Center for Materials Research Symposium will show such innovative uses of electron microscopy applications as tracking crystal growth, finding the 3-D structure of molecules and mapping... read more

Actor, communicator Alan Alda to lecture, give workshops

Actor, communicator Alan Alda to lecture, give workshops

April 21, 2016

Actor, director and writer Alan Alda will return to campus May 16-18 and will deliver a lecture on ways to effectively communicate science so anyone can understand it. read more

Work of undergrad researchers spans many fields

Work of undergrad researchers spans many fields

April 21, 2016

With a record-breaking number of students unveiling their research at the 31st annual Spring Research Forum, hosted by the CURB, the world’s future looks full of solutions. read more

Eleven inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Eleven inducted into Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

April 20, 2016

Nine Cornell doctoral candidates, one postdoc and a professor were inducted into the Cornell chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. read more

Cornellians to advise Starshot exploring Alpha Centauri

Cornellians to advise Starshot exploring Alpha Centauri

April 18, 2016

Cornell faculty and alumni are helping to advise Breakthrough Starshot - a $100 million research and engineering project aiming to demonstrate proof of concept for light-propelled nanocrafts that... read more

Equine Design wins Student Business of the Year by a nose

Equine Design wins Student Business of the Year by a nose

April 18, 2016

Caitlin Parrucci '15, M.Eng. '16, is founder of Equine Design, winner of the 2016 Student Business of the Year. Her device tracks a horse's water intake, a key indicator of equine health. read more

Operations Research school to celebrate its 50th April 15-16

Operations Research school to celebrate its 50th April 15-16

April 14, 2016

The Operations Research and Information Engineering program, in the College of Engineering, celebrates its 50th anniversary with two days of guest speakers, panel discussions and food. read more

Campus events will discuss diversity, education, politics

Campus events will discuss diversity, education, politics

April 14, 2016

Several events on campus this month provide an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, visitors and the local community to engage in conversations around diversity, politics, higher education and... read more

Surface mutation lets canine parvovirus jump to other species

Surface mutation lets canine parvovirus jump to other species

April 14, 2016

A multidiscipline research team has identified a mutation on the protein shell of canine parvovirus that helps it to transfer and infect wild forest-dwelling animals, including raccoons. read more

Ithaca, Pittsford score in high school programming contest

Ithaca, Pittsford score in high school programming contest

April 13, 2016

Two teams from Ithaca High School took first and third place in Cornell's annual high School Programming Contest, which drew 19 teams from acrosss the state. read more

Argentina National Academy of Sciences inducts Suzanne Kay

Argentina National Academy of Sciences inducts Suzanne Kay

April 12, 2016

Suzanne Mahlburg Kay, professor of geological sciences, now shares a prestigious honor with Charles Darwin - a formal induction into the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina. read more

Max Zhang helps sustainable communities grow greener

Max Zhang helps sustainable communities grow greener

April 12, 2016

From studying smog along Beijing's streets to improving how interstate highways clear exhaust to electrifying New York City parking spaces, engineer Max Zhang adds verdancy to vibrant communities. read more

Diverse faculty shift national discourse one op-ed at a time

Diverse faculty shift national discourse one op-ed at a time

April 11, 2016

Women and underrepresented minority faculty members have been publishing opinion pieces and other articles in the mainstream media, thanks to support from the Public Voices Fellowship. read more

Two student teams tie in business plan competition

Two student teams tie in business plan competition

April 6, 2016

Two student teams' presentations were so strong that judges of the Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition declared a tie. Both teams will be awarded first-place prize money of $25,000. read more

Business competitions highlight student ideas

Business competitions highlight student ideas

April 5, 2016

Would-be student entrepreneurs from across campus are spending some of their spring break polishing their pitches for the Big Idea Competition. read more

Celebration draws Cornellian business leaders April 14-15

Celebration draws Cornellian business leaders April 14-15

April 5, 2016

More than 700 alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff are expected to attend Celebration, Entrepreneurship at Cornell's annual business conference, April 14-15 on campus. read more

Engaged Cornell graduate grants fund 10 Ph.D. students

Engaged Cornell graduate grants fund 10 Ph.D. students

April 4, 2016

Engaged Cornell has awarded its first Engaged Graduate Student Grants to 10 doctoral students, who are working with community and commercial partners on research projects for their dissertations. read more

Pre-Seed Workshop helps turn scientists into entrepreneurs

Pre-Seed Workshop helps turn scientists into entrepreneurs

March 29, 2016

The Pre-Seed Workshop, sponsored by the Cornell Center for Life Science Enterprise, offers scientists guidance on how to move their technologies and inventions from the lab to the marketplace. read more

Cancer cells' ability to self-repair may spawn new treatments

Cancer cells' ability to self-repair may spawn new treatments

March 24, 2016

A Cornell research group led by associate professor Jan Lammerding is studying how cancer cells' ability to repair themselves after deformation could lead to new approaches in diagnosis and treatment. read more

Metal-foam hybrid has potential in soft robotics, aeronautics

Metal-foam hybrid has potential in soft robotics, aeronautics

March 21, 2016

The lab of engineering professor Rob Shepherd has developed a hybrid material featuring soft metal and porous elastic polymer foam that could be used to make a morphing airplane wing. read more

Enzyme inhibitor looks promising against many forms of cancer

Enzyme inhibitor looks promising against many forms of cancer

March 21, 2016

A Cornell multi-site research team has developed a chemical compound that shows promise as a oncoprotein inhibitor with broad anti-cancer activity and little effect on non-cancerous cells. read more

Cornell Engineering's graduate school programs ranks among the best in the nation

March 18, 2016

Cornell’s graduate school programs in engineering rank among the best in the nation, according to 2017 rankings released March 16 by U.S. News & World Report. Overall, Cornell’s graduate engineering... read more

'Sticky waves': Molecular interactions at the nanoscale

'Sticky waves': Molecular interactions at the nanoscale

March 10, 2016

The wave-like behavior observed in electron cloud fluctuations challenges the widely held belief that van der Waals interactions, ubiquitous in the natural world, are particle-like in nature. read more

Two women faculty receive inaugural Schwartz awards

Two women faculty receive inaugural Schwartz awards

March 8, 2016

Two researchers have received inaugural awards from the Schwartz Research Fund for Women in the Life Sciences, endowed by Joan Poyner Schwartz ’65 and Ronald H. Schwartz ’65. read more

Cornell looks to make PARADIM shift with $25M NSF grant

Cornell looks to make PARADIM shift with $25M NSF grant

March 4, 2016

Cornell is leading the Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials... read more

Light-up skin stretches boundaries of robotics

Light-up skin stretches boundaries of robotics

March 3, 2016

A Cornell team led by assistant professor Rob Shepherd and graduate student Bryan Peele has developed a stretchable electroluminescent skin with potential applications in soft robotics. read more

In staving off climate change, social landscape adjusts

In staving off climate change, social landscape adjusts

March 2, 2016

At the intersection of activism and academia, a climate change and clean energy panel Feb. 26 gave details of environmental urgency and impending social refinements. read more

'Function after failure' in bone translates to engineering strategy

'Function after failure' in bone translates to engineering strategy

February 29, 2016

A study reveals that the material heterogeneity of cancellous bone prevents cracks from propagating and turning into breaks, and could have implications in engineering as well as medicine. read more

High schoolers beat undergrads, grads at Make-a-thon

High schoolers beat undergrads, grads at Make-a-thon

February 25, 2016

Students from majors such as computer science, biology, business, policy analysis and engineering and high school students came together Feb. 20-21 to participate Cornell's first Make-a-thon. read more

Senior group is guiding Cornell's climate actions

Senior group is guiding Cornell's climate actions

February 25, 2016

President Elizabeth Garrett formed the Senior Leaders Climate Action Group last November to focus on improving climate trends by spurring cross-disciplinary solutions on campus and globally. read more

Two on faculty receive Presidential Early Career Awards

Two on faculty receive Presidential Early Career Awards

February 24, 2016

Two faculty members received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young science and engineering professionals. read more

Quantum dot solids: This generation's silicon wafer?

Quantum dot solids: This generation's silicon wafer?

February 24, 2016

A Cornell research group led by associate professor Tobias Hanrath has assembled quantum dots into ordered, 2-D superlattice nanocrystals, with potential for breakthroughs in optoelectronics. read more

Researcher's chiral graphene stacks break new ground

Researcher's chiral graphene stacks break new ground

February 22, 2016

The research group of Jiwoong Park has developed a chiral thin film through rotational stacking of two-atoms-thick graphene sheets, the first such exploration of chirality at the nano scale. read more

Cornellians illuminate world's scientific strides

Cornellians illuminate world's scientific strides

February 18, 2016

A platoon of Cornell faculty contributed to the mix of eminent global researchers at the 2016 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. read more

Alabi, Ananth, Hartley, Keranen, Singh win NSF CAREER Awards

Alabi, Ananth, Hartley, Keranen, Singh win NSF CAREER Awards

February 8, 2016

Five Cornell assistant professors have been honored by the National Science Foundation with Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards, with funding totaling more than $2.5 million. read more

Room-temperature lithium metal battery closer to reality

Room-temperature lithium metal battery closer to reality

February 3, 2016

A Cornell team led by Lynden Archer, head of the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering, has engineered a lithium metal battery based on crosslinked hairy nanoparticles. read more

Cornell names Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in recognition of the leadership of philanthropist

Cornell names Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in recognition of the leadership of philanthropist

February 2, 2016

A combined $50 million commitment from Robert F. Smith '85, founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, and the foundation of which he is a founding director will support chemical and... read more

Cornellians to share scientific studies at AAAS meeting

Cornellians to share scientific studies at AAAS meeting

February 2, 2016

Cornell faculty and students will be among thousands of scientists representing an array of research to swarm Washington, D.C., Feb. 11-15 for the annual AAAS meeting and exposition. read more

First self-assembled superconductor structure created

First self-assembled superconductor structure created

January 29, 2016

A Cornell team has created the first self-assembled three-dimensional superconductor, another step toward creation of a material that could act as a superconductor at or above room temperature. read more

Cornell names Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in recognition of the leadership of philanthropist

Cornell names Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in recognition of the leadership of philanthropist

January 29, 2016

A combined $50 million commitment from Robert F. Smith '85, founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, and the foundation of which he is a founding director will support chemical and... read more

University shines at Cornell Day in Albany Jan. 26

University shines at Cornell Day in Albany Jan. 26

January 28, 2016

New York's land-grant university brought its message of education, discovery and engagement to the state capital Jan. 26 for Cornell Day in Albany, and took the opportunity to show off its diverse... read more

Cornell-led team creates gallium nitride power diode

Cornell-led team creates gallium nitride power diode

January 19, 2016

A team led by Cornell professor Grace Xing has created gallium nitride power diodes capable of serving as building blocks for GaN switches, with many possible power and electronics applications. read more

Cornellians named to Forbes 30 under 30 list

Cornellians named to Forbes 30 under 30 list

January 15, 2016

Weill Cornell Medicine doctoral candidates Kaitlyn Gayvert and Neel Madhukar have been named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of young change agents in 20 professional fields. read more

Cornell boasts leading cybersecurity research group

Cornell boasts leading cybersecurity research group

January 13, 2016

Four Cornell computer scientists - Ari Juels, Rafael Pass, Thomas Ristenpart and Vitaly Shmatikov - are members of a new cybersecurity, privacy and cryptography reach group at Cornell Tech. read more

Proteins seek, attack, destroy tumor cells in bloodstream

Proteins seek, attack, destroy tumor cells in bloodstream

January 12, 2016

Using white blood cells to ferry potent cancer-killing proteins through the bloodstream, Cornell researchers have confirmed a new way to kill metastatic cancer tumors. read more

Proteins seek, attack, destroy tumor cells in bloodstream

Proteins seek, attack, destroy tumor cells in bloodstream

January 12, 2016

Using white blood cells to ferry potent cancer-killing proteins through the bloodstream, Cornell researchers have confirmed a new way to kill metastatic cancer tumors. read more

McGovern incubator embraces Embark and Ecolectro

McGovern incubator embraces Embark and Ecolectro

January 11, 2016

Cornell's McGovern Center for Venture Development welcomed two start-up companies Jan. 7 to its incubator space: Ecolectro and Embark Veterinary. read more

Three Cornellians among inaugural Schwarzman Scholars

Three Cornellians among inaugural Schwarzman Scholars

January 11, 2016

A new program modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship will include three Cornellians among its 111-member inaugural class: Juliana Batista ’16, Atticus DeProspo ’15 and Andrew Schoen ’12. They were chosen... read more

Not far away: Using the force to halt heart malformation

Not far away: Using the force to halt heart malformation

January 4, 2016

Cornell biomedical engineers have found natural triggers that can override developmental, biological miscues – research that could reduce the chance of congenital heart defects. read more