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Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao wins top prize at Atkinson Center's 2018 Trustee Council pitch and poster contest

Elvis Cao presents at Atkinson Center's Trustee Council pitch and poster contest

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao of the Erickson Lab won top prize and took home a $750 check in the Atkinson Center’s Ninth Annual 50-Second Sustainability Project Pitch and Poster Competition during the Trustee-Council Annual Meeting (TCAM) on Friday, November 2.

Armed with only one PowerPoint slide and given less than one minute to present, Elvis vied with his peers to see who can best communicate their work in the one field affecting the entire global community—sustainability research, to an audience of Cornell trustees and council members. Audience members were then be given a chance to snack, chat with the presenters, and review the project posters before casting their votes for who they believe best communicated their work.

Elvis Cao receives top prize from David Lodge, Atkinson Center Director
Elvis Cao receives top prize from David Lodge, Atkinson Center Director.

About the Atkinson Center:
The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future empowers students and faculty to think outside of their departments and across disciplines when it comes to tackling the world’s greatest sustainability challenges. By providing start-up funding for cross-college collaborations, urgent research, and partnerships with non-profits, government, and industry, the center supports the pioneering risk-takers at the very heart of radical collaboration.

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