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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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