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Overheard: Professor discusses psychedelic drugs on NPR

alex kwan in research lab

"In the last couple of years there has been a lot of public excitement about psychedelics. The scientists are catching on now that we just don't know much about what these compounds do," said Alex Kwan, associate professor of biomedical engineering, on NPR's All Things Considered. Read more about his research in the Cornell Chronicle.

Around Campus: Engineers rock

student plays guitar

After winning a battle of the bands contest, Cornell Engineering student band The Fuse earned the right to perform on Ho Plaza during Slope Day.

In The Field: Students test spacecraft with weather balloon

weather balloon filling up

Following a successful weather balloon test of their spacecraft electronics, Cornell students have begun building the final version of Alpha CubeSat – a small satellite that will carry a first-of-its-kind light sail, hologram-embossed solar panels and several other new techniques for deep-space travel.

Teaching Excellence: 'Passionate, incredible' faculty win teaching awards

professors shaking hands

Passionate, committed, encouraging, approachable, incredible – these are just a few of the adjectives used to describe faculty members receiving teaching and advising awards at the 2022 Cornell Engineering Fall Faculty Reception hosted Sept. 22 in the Statler Ballroom.

Trending: Dragon Day returns... along with the phoenix


Dragon Day made its triumphant post-pandemic return in April along with a Cornell Engineering tradition: the phoenix. A video showing the student-made dragon meeting the phoenix on Campus Road was one of @CornellEng's most popular Instagram posts of the year, reaching over 16,000 accounts.

Maker's Corner: Cornell, Afghan students collab on astromech droid

student building robot

Members of the Cornell Cup Robotics project team and the Afghan Dreamers all-girls high school robotics team collaborated to design a new feature for C1C0 - a Star War-inspired astromech droid that serves as “spokesdroid” for the Cornell Cup team at major public events - that will give the droid the ability to draw pictures. C1C0 already reads, responds to users' questions, navigates around workspaces, and uses its two arms to open doors and pick up objects.