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Liquid crystals give red blood cells mechanical squeeze

Researchers led by Nicholas Abbott, a Tisch University Professor in the Robert F. Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, created a way of using synthetic liquid crystals to squeeze red blood cells and gain new insight into individual cells’ mechanical properties. Read more

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Cornell’s Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Eliminates GRE Requirement

By: Erin Philipson

Both graduate fields in Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences have announced that they will be dropping the requirement for the general GRE test. This impacts the fields of Atmospheric Sciences and Geological Sciences. The change in admission process will be effective for the fall 2021 application cycle for all graduate and professional degree programs in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. During 2020, faculty began a new holistic review of applicants to the MS and Ph.D. programs. “In the first round of review, we hid the GRE scores but evaluated the candidates using all of the... Read more

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Fengqi You wins College of Engineering Teaching Award

Professor Fengqi You has won the Mr. & Mrs. Richard F. Tucker Excellence in Teaching Award. The award was presented at the Fall 2020 Faculty Reception, hosted (virtually) by the College of Engineering at Cornell University. Professor You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering and Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow in the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The complete list of winners is provided here: Recipient Department Donor Ilana Brito BME Robert '55 and Vanne '57 Cowie David Bindel CS James and Mary Tien Guillaume Lambert AEP Dorothy... Read more


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