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Ten grad students awarded life sciences fellowships

December 1, 2009

Cornell has announced that 10 new graduate students were selected for this year's Presidential Life Sciences Fellowships, a program intended to help form integrative new disciplines within the life... read more

Recent work featured on the cover of Integrative Biology

November 30, 2009

A recent Craighead Group paper on parylene peel arrays for cell patterning has been featured on the cover of Volume 1 Issue 10. read more

New research offers clues to how shells grow in nature

November 30, 2009

Single crystals of the mineral calcite -- the chief material in limestone -- are predictable, homogeneous and, well, a little boring.But scientists have long marveled at how biological crystals of... read more

Researcher works toward making biological imaging 1,000 times faster with stimulus grant

November 16, 2009

Fluorescence lifetime imaging is a useful but relatively complex technique for probing the local microenvironment of a fluorescent molecule. The method can be used to help determine biochemical... read more

Small optical force can budge nanoscale objects

November 16, 2009

With a bit of leverage, Cornell researchers have used a very tiny beam of light with as little as 1 milliwatt of power to move a silicon structure up to 12 nanometers. That's enough to completely... read more

Researchers find reliable, mess-free way to grow graphene

November 9, 2009

Single layers of carbon atoms, called graphene sheets, are lightweight, strong, electrically semi-conducting -- and notoriously difficult and expensive to make. read more

'Temporal telescope' compresses optical signals

November 3, 2009

Cornell researchers have developed an ingenious method to time-compress optical signals. The process could enable optical communication systems to carry many more bits per second or could also be... read more

Battling cancer with engineering: National Cancer Institute funds Cornell-led $13 million research center

October 27, 2009

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has funded the new Center on the Microenvironment and Metastasis, which will be headquartered at Cornell. The center will focus on using nanobiotechnology and... read more

Stimulus funds to pay for equipment at nanoscale facility

October 27, 2009

The Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) has received $1.38 million in federal stimulus funds to help with equipment upgrades.CNF is one of 14 members of the National... read more

Harold Craighead wins research honor from UPenn

October 21, 2009

The University of Pennsylvania's Nano/BioInterface Center has presented its annual Award for Research Excellence in Nanotechnology to Harold Craighead, Cornell's C.W. Lake Professor of Engineering. read more

Student inventions -- artificial tissue networks and a skull base sealer -- honored in competition

October 21, 2009

Using a cotton candy machine to make artificial tissues with an embedded vascular system and a skull base sealer to help surgeons repair holes in the base of the skull after surgery are two... read more

Piezoresistive transduction in multilayer polycrystalline silicon resonators

October 1, 2009

A new paper has been published by J. D. Cross et al. in the journal Applied Physics Letters. These resonators, fabricated from highly doped polycrystalline silicon layers separated by a dielectric... read more

'Time telescope' could boost web

September 30, 2009

Researchers have demonstrated a "time telescope" that could squeeze much more information into the data packets sent around the internet. read more

Researchers receive prestigious NIH grants

September 24, 2009

The Transformative R01 grants are awarded for "exceptionally innovative, high-risk and unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms." The... read more

A method for nanofluidic device prototyping using elastomeric collapse

September 15, 2009

A new paper has been published by S.-M. Park et al. in the journal PNAS, demonstrating a technique for nanofluidic fabrication based on the controlled collapse of microchannel structures. read more

Stimulus funds help synchrotron research, Energy Recovery Linac stay the course

September 14, 2009

The National Science Foundation is continuing its support of Cornell's world-renowned synchrotron X-ray research facility, thanks in part to federal stimulus funding.Nearly $19 million allocated this... read more

Carbon nanotubes could make efficient solar cells

September 10, 2009

Using a carbon nanotube instead of traditional silicon, Cornell researchers have created the basic elements of a solar cell that hopefully will lead to much more efficient ways of converting light to... read more

As Jefferson fellow, Paul Kintner to spend the year at the State Department

September 9, 2009

Paul Kintner, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will advise the U.S. government on global positioning systems (GPS), space weather, navigation satellite systems and other... read more

U.S. News & World Report ranks five CU programs in top 10

September 4, 2009

In its 2010 rankings, U.S. News and World Report ranks Cornell second in the category for undergraduate engineering science/engineering physics programs at doctorate-granting schools. read more

Labeling and purification of cellulose-binding proteins for high resolution fluorescence applications

September 3, 2009

A new paper has been published by Jose M. Moran-Mirabal et al. in the journal Analytical Chemistry, demonstrating a new protocol for labeling cellulases with three different fluorophores and their... read more

Parylene peel-off arrays to probe the role of cell-cell interactions in tumour angiogenesis

August 27, 2009

A new manuscript has been published by C. P. Tan et al. in the journal Integrative Biology. This work uses parylene as a stencil in order to pattern arrays of material which cells preferentially bind... read more

Synchrotron unveils long-hidden N.C. Wyeth painting

August 20, 2009

Stubborn layers of paint had kept them hidden for several decades, but the bluish, purplish and reddish hues of a 1919 painting by 20th-century artist N.C. Wyeth have finally come to light, thanks to... read more

Detection of prostate specific antigen with nanomechanical resonators

August 18, 2009

A new paper has been published by P. S. Waggoner et al. in the journal Lab on a Chip, demonstrating the detection of prostate specific antigen, a biomarker used for prostate cancer detection. The... read more

Prion Protein detection in serum using micromechanical resonator arrays

August 15, 2009

A new paper has been published by Madhukar Varshney et al. in the journal Talanta, demonstrating the detection of Prion proteins in serum using secondary mass labeling. read more

Three faculty members invited to National Academy of Engineering symposium

July 2, 2009

Three Cornell faculty members from among the nation's "brightest young engineers" have been invited to participate in the 2009 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Sept. 10-12, at the National... read more

Micromechanical drumhead resonators for pressure sensing

June 22, 2009

A new paper has been published from D.R. Southworth et al. entitled, "Pressure dependent resonant frequency of micromechanical drumhead resonators," in Applied Physics Letters. These devices were... read more

Cornell team shares in grant to see how graphene can replace silicon in microchips

May 19, 2009

Silicon has been the main ingredient in microchips since they replaced vacuum tubes in electronics. But the common element graphene, found in pencils, may one day supplant silicon on the... read more

Metal sheets with DNA framework could enable future nanocircuits

May 19, 2009

Using DNA not as a genetic material but as a structural support, Cornell researchers have created thin sheets of gold nanoparticles held together by strands of DNA. The work could prove useful for... read more

DNA molecules engineered to detect pathogens

May 19, 2009

First, Cornell researchers created DNA "bar codes" -- strands of the genetic material that quickly identify the presence of different molecules by fluorescing. Now, they have created new DNA... read more

New paper published on high-Q, in-plane resonators operated in air

May 19, 2009

Recent results showing that side-to-side vibration of nanomechanical resonators feature high quality factors at atmospheric pressures have been published by P. S. Waggoner et al. in the Journal of... read more

CU, Ireland nanoscientists to co-host workshop in Dublin

May 18, 2009

Cornell's Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) and colleagues in Ireland are co-hosting an International Workshop on Nanotechnology Enabled Sensors and Diagnostics, June 4-5 at Dublin City University,... read more

Recent research selected for inclusion in the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology

May 15, 2009

A paper recently published by P. S. Waggoner et al., High-Q, in-plane modes of nanomechanical resonators operated in air, has been chosen for virtual publication in the May 18th issue of the Virtual... read more

The Harry Potter effect: Cornell researchers experiment with making objects 'invisible'

May 12, 2009

Somewhat the way Harry Potter can cover himself with a cloak and become invisible, Cornell researchers have developed a device that can make it seem that a bump in a carpet -- or, indeed, any flat... read more

Small Times again ranks Cornell among top 10 nanotechnology institutions

May 11, 2009

Small Times magazine's annual rankings of institutions for nanotechnology research and innovation have once again placed Cornell in the top 10 of each of six categories. read more

Stimulus money will fuel energy research and add jobs

May 7, 2009

Cornell researchers have won federal stimulus funding for three projects that will help meet the nation's future energy needs, with additional state support for one project. The proposals are the... read more

Lois Pollack seeks answers to questions at the forefront of molecular biology

May 1, 2009

Lois Pollack loves to build tools. One of her favorites is a paper-thin purple square of silicon, less than an inch across, with channels thinner than a human hair. "This is one of the earlier mixers... read more

Recent aptamer publication featured as "Hot Article" by RSC

April 28, 2009

A recently published paper from S.-M. Park et al. in Lab on a Chip DOI:10.1039/b819905a has been featured on the Royal Society of Chemistry website as a "Hot Article." This work describes a... read more

Putting the squeeze on an old material could lead to 'instant on' electronic memory

April 16, 2009

The technology of storing electronic information -- from old cassette tapes to shiny laptop computers -- has been a major force in the electronics industry for decades.Low-power, high-efficiency... read more

Sugar-based microfluidics paper featured on cover of Soft Matter

April 7, 2009

A recently published paper from Leon Bellan et al. using cotton candy to form dense microfluidic channels for artificial tissue in Soft Matter DOI:10.1039/b819905a has been featured on the front... read more

Funding renewed for national nanotechnology network

March 9, 2009

A high-profile consortium of nanotechnology research centers, of which Cornell is the lead institution and a founding member, has received a five-year renewal grant from the National Science... read more

Relationship Between the Design and Sensitivity of Resonant Sensors

March 9, 2009

A new paper has been published by Philip S. Waggoner and Harold G. Craighead in the Journal of Applied Physics, DOI:10.1063/1.3079793, looking into how resonator design affects the detection... read more

Cotton Candy Can Help Labs Grow Tissue, featured in Discovery News

February 25, 2009

In an effort to improve the relatively thick artificial tissue implants, a cotton candy based approach has been developed to form a widespread and interconnected network of microfluidic channels.... read more

Nanotech facility receives five-year renewal grant from NSF

January 20, 2009

Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) has received another five years of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).The facility, which is the flagship of Cornell's... read more

Carbon nanotube 'ink' may lead to thinner, lighter transistors and solar cells

January 8, 2009

Using a simple chemical process, scientists at Cornell and DuPont have invented a method of preparing carbon nanotubes for suspension in a semiconducting "ink," which can then be printed into such... read more