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KickSat - DIY Satellites

KickSat - DIY Satellites

December 7, 2012

A Cornell-based project called KickSat is set to launch more than 200 tiny satellites, nicknamed "sprites," into low-Earth orbit as part of a routine NASA-administered mission in 2013 to the... read more

DOE funds biofuel reactor research

DOE funds biofuel reactor research

November 30, 2012

David Erickson and Largus Angenent have received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to work toward revolutionizing how biofuels are produced from algae. read more

Congratulations to Prof. Elizabeth Mills Fisher for being a recipient of the “2012 Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award”.

Congratulations to Prof. Elizabeth Mills Fisher for being a recipient of the “2012 Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award”.

November 20, 2012

Congratulations to Prof. Elizabeth Mills Fisher for being a recipient of the “2012 Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award”. Prof. Fisher was honored with the Dorothy G. Swanson Award, which is... read more

How to Sort Circulating Tumor Cells Part III: Microscopic Characterization

How to Sort Circulating Tumor Cells Part III: Microscopic Characterization

November 20, 2012

x-posted at Erica Pratt’s Blog Keywords CTC: Circulating tumor cell. Read about what they are and why they’re important here. Cell Fixation: Chemical preservation of a cell.... read more

Congratulations to Prof. Chung-Yuen (Herbert) Hui for being a recipient of the “2012 Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award”.

Congratulations to Prof. Chung-Yuen (Herbert) Hui for being a recipient of the “2012 Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award”.

November 20, 2012

Congratulations to Prof. Chung-Yuen (Herbert) Hui for being a recipient of the “2012 Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award”. Prof. Hui was honored with the Robert ’55 and Vanne’ 57 Cowe Award. read more

How to Sort Circulating Tumor Cells Part II: Immunocapture

How to Sort Circulating Tumor Cells Part II: Immunocapture

November 13, 2012

x-posted at Erica Pratt’s blog Keywords Antibody: A Y-shaped protein that binds to unique cellular targets (i.e. antigens). Read more about antibody function here. Aptamer: A peptide, RNA or... read more

How to Sort Circulating Tumor Cells Part I: Size

How to Sort Circulating Tumor Cells Part I: Size

November 9, 2012

x-posted at Erica Pratt’s blog Keywords Leukocyte: White blood cell. Erythrocyte: Red blood cell. Thrombocyte: Platelets, important in the formation of blood clots. Reynolds number: is the... read more

Prof David Erickson named Fellow of OSA

Prof David Erickson named Fellow of OSA

November 7, 2012

Congratulations to Prof. David Erickson on being elected as a Fellow of The Optical Society of America. Prof. Erickson is being recognized for being one of the co-founders of “Optofluidics”, a new... read more

Engineering Microfluidic Devices for Neural Culture

Engineering Microfluidic Devices for Neural Culture

November 6, 2012

We recently communicated our efforts toward the development and implementation of a novel neural cell culture device with spatiotemporal solute delivery. Our work, in collaboration with Gary Banker... read more

Why Study Circulating Tumor Cells?

Why Study Circulating Tumor Cells?

November 5, 2012

x-posted at Erica Pratt’s blog Keywords Metastasis: The spreading of the initial (primary) tumor to another site in the body (secondary tumor). Peripheral blood: Blood circulating through... read more

van der Meulen appointed as Associate Dean for Research and Grad Studies

van der Meulen appointed as Associate Dean for Research and Grad Studies

October 25, 2012

Prof Marjolein van der Meulen, Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering, appointed as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering read more

World's top cancer researchers meeting Nov. 8 at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City

World's top cancer researchers meeting Nov. 8 at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York City

October 17, 2012

NYC symposium to review latest cancer research advances read more

Visiting Scientist, Dr. Jeff Clune, discusses seemingly unnecessary developmental stages

Visiting Scientist, Dr. Jeff Clune, discusses seemingly unnecessary developmental stages

October 12, 2012

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeff Clune of Cornell University reveals why the biology of life often takes a winding path through seemingly unnecessary developmental stages. read more

Partnership to speed commercialization of ideas

Partnership to speed commercialization of ideas

October 10, 2012

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank said, "Staying on the cutting edge of innovation is critical to this nation's long-term competitiveness." read more

NASA Chief Technologies to Speak at Purdue Wednesday

NASA Chief Technologies to Speak at Purdue Wednesday

October 3, 2012

Chief Technologist at NASA, Mason Peck, will give a public talk Wednesday on the Purdue University campus. read more

Cornell a partner in $35M NSF research center

Cornell a partner in $35M NSF research center

September 21, 2012

Cornell physicists and engineers are lending their expertise in next-generation nanoscale electronics as part of a new NSF research center. read more

3-D Printers for the Masses

3-D Printers for the Masses

September 17, 2012

"I wanted something that would allow undergraduates to try their own printer, try crazy materials, not worry too much if they blew up the printer," Prof Lipson said. "If they broke it, they could... read more

U.S. News ranks Cornell No. 1 in engineering physics

U.S. News ranks Cornell No. 1 in engineering physics

September 12, 2012

U.S. News ranks engineering science No. 1 in country; Cornell is No. 14 in QS World University rankings read more

Singular Sensations

Singular Sensations

September 11, 2012

Nature abounds with singularities. read more

Breast cancer progression prediction – New possibilities for the GEDI chip

Breast cancer progression prediction – New possibilities for the GEDI chip

August 27, 2012

As part of my Biomedical Engineering Immersion term this summer I stared a new project with Dr Linda Vahdat and Dr Maureen Lane at Weill Cornell Medical College. The idea is to use our already... read more

Campbell and Kress-Gazit's Autonomous Systems Lab designing automated functions for numerous robot platforms

Campbell and Kress-Gazit's Autonomous Systems Lab designing automated functions for numerous robot platforms

August 22, 2012

Students demo their high-level robotics projects from Cornell's Autonomous Systems Lab. read more

3D Printing and the amazing world of Hod Lipson

3D Printing and the amazing world of Hod Lipson

August 20, 2012

In this video, Prof Lipson explains what 3D printing is all about. read more

ACS Graduate Student Symposium on Characterization of Algal Lipids

ACS Graduate Student Symposium on Characterization of Algal Lipids

August 20, 2012

I was recently selected to organize and run a symposium at the ACS Spring 2013 National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the characterization of algal lipids. This selection is in response to... read more

Robotic gripper IP video to receive first place award

Robotic gripper IP video to receive first place award

August 15, 2012

The Global Polymer Innovation Expo will be held on August 27, 2012, in Columbus, OH. Inventors, John Amend and Hod Lipson will receive the first place award for the "best video". The competition was... read more

Cornell team racks up another win in RoboSub contest

Cornell team racks up another win in RoboSub contest

August 14, 2012

Cornell's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team first place in the 15th International RoboSub Competition, also winning a prize for technical merit. read more

Cornell connects Ithaca to Curiousity landing on Mars

Cornell connects Ithaca to Curiousity landing on Mars

August 13, 2012

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on August 6, 2012, more than 200 people viewed the historic landing of the Mobile Science Lab Curiosity on the planet Mars, at Cornell University’s Uris Hall via live feed... read more

Hadas Kress-Gazit wins DARPA Young Investigator award

Hadas Kress-Gazit wins DARPA Young Investigator award

August 13, 2012

Prof. Hadas Kress-Gazit has been awarded one of the 2012 DARPA Young Investigator Awards. The goal of the DARPA Young Faculty Award program is to identify and engage rising research stars in junior... read more

Michel Louge and students model the threat of avalanches

Michel Louge and students model the threat of avalanches

July 25, 2012

Using theoretical modeling, researchers have uncovered clues to the physical laws that govern how snow avalanches start, grow and move. read more

Researchers counter GPS spoof attacks

Researchers counter GPS spoof attacks

July 23, 2012

GPS researchers got to test their latest protections against GPS spoofing during a Department of Homeland Security-sponsored demonstration last month in a remote area of New Mexico. read more

Dave Caughey speaks about the future of aviation on BBC

Dave Caughey speaks about the future of aviation on BBC

July 11, 2012

David Caughey, Emeritus Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Cornell University, points out that the blended wing shaped aircraft is more energy efficient. read more

MAE alum Aubry named Dean of Northeastern's CoE

MAE alum Aubry named Dean of Northeastern's CoE

July 11, 2012

A widely respected scholar in the field of fluid mechanics, Aubry received her Ph.D. from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. read more

CUAir finishes second at international competition

CUAir finishes second at international competition

July 2, 2012

CUAir, Cornell University's Unmanned Air Systems Team, took second place at the 2012 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's Student Unmanned Air Systems competition in June. read more

Brian Kirby announces new advance in cancer treatment

Brian Kirby announces new advance in cancer treatment

June 29, 2012

A team of researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and Cornell's College of Engineering in Ithaca has built the chip into a device that captures an unprecedentedly high... read more

Campbell and students win Best Paper at 2011 AIAA GNC

Campbell and students win Best Paper at 2011 AIAA GNC

June 29, 2012

Professor Mark Campbell and his students won the AIAA Best Paper from the 2011 Guidance Navigation and Control Conference. The paper was entitled "Decentralized Information-Rich Planning and Hybrid... read more

Schumer expresses support for CHESS

Schumer expresses support for CHESS

June 19, 2012

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited campus June 18 with some welcome news: Cornell's world-renowned synchrotron X-ray facility will continue being funded. read more

'Hallucinating' robots arrange objects for human use

'Hallucinating' robots arrange objects for human use

June 15, 2012

Cornell researchers have taught robots to imagine where humans might stand, sit or work in a room, and place objects where they are likely to be used. read more

Squyres takes another plunge as a NASA aquanaut

Squyres takes another plunge as a NASA aquanaut

June 11, 2012

Mars scientist Steve Squyres is serving on the crew of the 16th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, a two-week undersea training mission off the Florida Keys. read more

Steve Pope awarded 2012 AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award

Steve Pope awarded 2012 AIAA Propellants and Combustion Award

June 7, 2012

The award is presented for outstanding technical contributions to aeronautical or astronautical combustion engineering. read more

Cornell Mars Rover Team takes 3rd in the University Rover Challenge

Cornell Mars Rover Team takes 3rd in the University Rover Challenge

June 7, 2012

The CMR's goal is to build an innovative Mars rover prototype while fostering creativity and intellectual growth. read more

Prof Kirby demos device that removes living tumor cells from blood

Prof Kirby demos device that removes living tumor cells from blood

May 23, 2012

This new, microfluidic device allows doctors to monitor drug response at the cellular level, in real time, in order to tailor cancer therapies to the individual. read more

Prof. Louge to deliver keynote address at 2012 Multiphase Flow Workshop

Prof. Louge to deliver keynote address at 2012 Multiphase Flow Workshop

May 22, 2012

May 21-24, 2012 organized by the US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory's (NETL) at the National Research Center for Coal & Energy (NRCCE), Morgantown, WV. read more

Cornell's 144th Graduation Weekend, May 26-27

Cornell's 144th Graduation Weekend, May 26-27

May 22, 2012

Cornell's will celebrate its 144th Graduation Weekend. The Senior Convocation Address will be given by Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, May 26. read more

NYC tech campus finds temporary home at Google

NYC tech campus finds temporary home at Google

May 22, 2012

On May 21 Google CEO Larry Page, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President David Skorton announced Google's plan to provide initially 22,000 square feet of its Eighth Avenue building to Cornell free of... read more

Prof. Erickson's Optofluidics named Philly start up of the year

Prof. Erickson's Optofluidics named Philly start up of the year

May 15, 2012

The Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) has recognized Optofluidics as Philadelphia’s 2012 Life Sciences Start-up of the year at is 19th annual Enterprise Awards. read more

CEAA awards announced

CEAA awards announced

May 10, 2012

The Cornell Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) recognized outstanding students, faculty, and staff at its annual awards banquet April 19. read more

Teaching robots to use the universal gripper

Teaching robots to use the universal gripper

May 8, 2012

Cornell researchers have created an algorithm to guide autonomous robots in grasping odd shapes. read more

Baja racing team places first at competition

Baja racing team places first at competition

April 26, 2012

The Cornell Baja SAE Racing Team, which designs, builds and races off-road vehicles, took first place at an international competition April 22. read more

Prof. Avedisian gives Rohsenow Lecture at MIT

Prof. Avedisian gives Rohsenow Lecture at MIT

April 20, 2012

Professor Thomas Avedisian gave the Rohsenow Distinguished Lecture at MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department on April 20, 2012. His presentation was entitled “Liquid Fuel Combustion in an Evolving... read more

$10M gift boosts undergraduate education in Engineering

$10M gift boosts undergraduate education in Engineering

April 19, 2012

John A. Swanson '62, M.Eng. '63, has committed $10 million to boost undergraduate education in the College of Engineering - including its experiential learning opportunities. read more

Cornell Engineering launches leadership program

Cornell Engineering launches leadership program

April 19, 2012

The College of Engineering is launching a new undergraduate leadership program with a recent anonymous gift of $700,000 from an alumnus. read more

Three faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Three faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 18, 2012

Steven Strogatz, Thomas Gilovich and Dr. Joseph Fins have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, along with Sanford Weill '55, chair of the Board of Overseers of Weill... read more

Steven Strogatz elected AAAS Fellow

Steven Strogatz elected AAAS Fellow

April 17, 2012

Prof. Steven Strogatz has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. read more

Olivier Desjardins partners with GE to design better aircraft engines

Olivier Desjardins partners with GE to design better aircraft engines

April 17, 2012

Prof. Desjardins uses Large Eddy Simulation to model and optimize fuel injector designs. read more

MAE sophomore Mike Nevinger earns All-America honor at NCAA Tournament

MAE sophomore Mike Nevinger earns All-America honor at NCAA Tournament

April 13, 2012

Mike Nevinger, an MAE sophomore, muscled his way to a seventh place All-America honor at 141 pounds. read more

NSF funds automated program synthesis project

NSF funds automated program synthesis project

April 9, 2012

Cornell robotics researcher Hadas Kress-Gazit is part of a five-year, $10 million National Science Foundation project to make computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive. read more

Joseph A. Burns elected new dean of faculty

Joseph A. Burns elected new dean of faculty

April 5, 2012

Burns will succeed William Fry, professor of plant pathology, who will step down June 30 after serving since 2008. read more

University faculty to elect new dean

University faculty to elect new dean

March 19, 2012

Running for the position of dean of the university faculty are Joseph Burns, engineering and astronomy, and Risa Lieberwitz, labor and employment law. Voting closes March 30. read more

Silicon Valley alumni hone in on design for future

Silicon Valley alumni hone in on design for future

March 19, 2012

Some 500 people gathered for Cornell Silicon Valley's March 14 event to hear about designing for the future. It featured 20 speakers, including Cornell President David Skorton. read more

Mason Peck writes for the White House Blog

Mason Peck writes for the White House Blog

March 15, 2012

NASA Supports Technology Breakthroughs, Small Businesses and the American Economy read more

U.S. News ranks seven grad specialties in top 10

U.S. News ranks seven grad specialties in top 10

March 15, 2012

U.S. News and World Report ranked Cornell's materials science and engineering graduate program in the top ten in the nation. read more

Prof. Peck to testify before congress on NASA R&D

Prof. Peck to testify before congress on NASA R&D

March 5, 2012

To see the webcast of this hearing before the US Senate follow the link. read more

Robot assembles truss structures autonomously

Robot assembles truss structures autonomously

February 27, 2012

The prototype robot can autonomously traverse and manipulate a 3-D truss structure, using specially designed gears and joints to assemble and disassemble the structure as it climbs. read more

Robotic gripper can now throw things

Robotic gripper can now throw things

February 27, 2012

The Cornell-developed robotic gripper that already boasts Internet fame and imitation has evolved: Now, it can throw things by using air pressure to launch objects forward. read more

Team lead by Powell and Psiaki Launches Northen Lights GPS Rocket

Team lead by Powell and Psiaki Launches Northen Lights GPS Rocket

February 22, 2012

The project, in its third and final year, was initiated by the late Paul Kintner, Cornell professor of electrical and computer engineering, who served as the mission's principal investigator during... read more

Prof. Peck in the NYT - NASA needs a space broom

Prof. Peck in the NYT - NASA needs a space broom

February 21, 2012

“NASA is taking it very seriously,” said Mason A. Peck, chief technologist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. read more

3D printing can revolutionize the future

3D printing can revolutionize the future

February 17, 2012

Going forward, lack of human imagination appears to be the only limitation for 3D printers. The Fab@Home team at Cornell, for instance, is pursuing the ability to manufacture, on a single 3D printer... read more

It shoots, it scores!?

It shoots, it scores!?

February 16, 2012

To show off, CCSL's robot hand can play basketball, toss bolts and springs into boxes, and hit the bulls-eye in darts. read more

Mitch, Dougherty and Psiaki on GPS Jamming - GPS World

Mitch, Dougherty and Psiaki on GPS Jamming - GPS World

February 9, 2012

Ph.D. candidates Mitch and Dougherty, along with Prof. Psiaki get the January 2012 GPS World cover. read more

An Israeli professor's 'Eureqa' moment

An Israeli professor's 'Eureqa' moment

February 3, 2012

Haaretz: Haifa-born Prof. Hod Lipson and his colleagues have created a computer program that generates mathematical formulas which explain various scientific phenomena. In essence, he argues, it can... read more

Print your own counterfeit sneakers?

Print your own counterfeit sneakers?

February 1, 2012

MailOnline: As Pirate Bay starts offering 'blueprints' of 3D objects to 'steal,' MAE Prof. Hod Lispon sees a big future for 3D printing. read more

Prof. Garcia named ASME Guggenheim Award board member

Prof. Garcia named ASME Guggenheim Award board member

January 30, 2012

Prof. Ephrahim Garcia has been appointed the representative from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to the Daniel Guggenheim Medal Board. Dr. Garcia will server on the board from Oct. 1st,... read more

Frequently asked questions about CornellNYC Tech

Frequently asked questions about CornellNYC Tech

January 26, 2012

CornellNYC Tech is generating interest - and questions - from around the community. Tech campus proposal leaders will answer questions at a forum Feb. 3, and the Chronicle periodically will run an... read more

Volunteers sought for simulated Mars mission

Volunteers sought for simulated Mars mission

January 26, 2012

Cornell is working with the University of Hawai'i-Manoa to conduct a three-year NASA study on the diets and food issues of six volunteers who spend four months in a simulated Mars habitat. read more