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Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science Received a $1.4M NASA Grant to Study the Global Effects of Volcanic Ash on the Earth System

By: Erin Philipson

Every year at least 50 volcanic eruptions affect over 10% of the world’s population. Some eruptions like Pinatubo (1991) and Laki (1783) were so powerful that they globally impacted the climate of our planet. The interdisciplinary research team of Natalie Mahowald, Esteban Gazel, and Matthew Pritchard from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences received a $1.4M grant from NASA to study the global effect of volcanic ash on the Earth system. The project involves collaborators from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), among... Read more

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Cornell researchers will use artificial intelligence to develop next generation food systems

The AI Institute for Next Generation Food Systems, established in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, aims to meet growing food supply demands by using AI and bioinformatics to increase efficiencies across the entire food production system, from growing crops through consumption. Qing Zhao, the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering, is leading the Cornell team, with co-principal investigators Jayadev Acharya, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Martin Wiedmann, professor in the Department of Food... Read more

Engineered bacteria churn out cancer biomarkers

Researchers successfully engineered E. coli bacteria to produce O-linked glycoproteins – research that will illuminate the complex process of glycosylation and the role that protein-linked glycans play in health and disease. Read more

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Silvia Ferrari was elected a fellow of AIAA

Silvia Ferrari, John Brancaccio Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was elected an Associate Fellow for the Class of 2021 in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)! Ferrari was recently inducted into the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Read more about her research and accomplishments. Read more

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Mobile phone-based saliva test wins NIH prize

Cornell researchers’ concept for a mobile phone-based system to detect infectious diseases and nutritional deficiencies in saliva was awarded a $100,000 NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge prize. Read more