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2015 Merrill Presidential Scholars

Published: 
Apr 27, 2015
Thalia Aoki, EnvE (CEE)’15, and Steven Tsai, BE’15, have been selected as 2015 Merrill Presidential Scholars.  They have named BEE professors Ludmilla Aristilde and Dan Luo, respectively, as the faculty member “who has made the most significant contribution to their college experience.”  More information on the prestigious Merrill Program is available here, http://www.alumni.cornell.edu/merrill/ .  Congratulations to all!
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CALS 2015 Student Awards

Published: 
Apr 27, 2015
The CALS 2015 Academic Excellence Award has been presented to David Streitman, BE'15, Steven Tsai, BE'15, and Ethan Keller, EnvE'15. Congratulations! Read more

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Winner

Published: 
Apr 15, 2015
Congratulations to Shoshana Das, BE'16, the 2015 Goldwater Scholarship recipient.  The scholarship is designed to "provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields."   Read more

CALS Leadership Transitions in 2015

Published: 
Apr 15, 2015
CALS leadership transitions in 2015 include Professor Beth Ahner's move to senior associate dean on July 1, 2015.  “I look forward to the challenges of a new role in CALS,” Ahner said. “It will be rewarding to work closely with the department chairs and leadership team to support the amazing work that goes on throughout the college.”  Congratulations! Read more

2015 CALS Outstanding TA

Published: 
Apr 15, 2015
Allison Truhlar, a grad student with Professor Todd Walter, has been selected as a CALS 2015 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.  Congratulations!

Fueling Classroom Curiosity

Photo: Robyn Wishna
Published: 
Apr 15, 2015
"In high school classrooms around the United States, a kit developed at Cornell and brought to market by the Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) is introducing students to the science of biofules."  The designer of the kit, BEE Senior Research Associate Corey Rutzke, is the director of the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Program.  Story by Alex Koeberle, PeriodiCALS Read more

Female reproductive tract assists swimming sperm

Published: 
Apr 14, 2015
A study asserts that, in the presence of a gentle fluid flow, the biophysics of the female reproductive tract – in particular, the grooves that line parts of it – critically assist sperm migration. Read more

2015 NSF Fellowship Winner

Published: 
Apr 10, 2015
Katy Hofmeister, a grad student with Professor Todd Walter, has won an NSF Fellowship for her project, “Improving Hydrologic Modeling Using a Community Science Network.”  Katy proposes to couple instrumented monitoring of stream discharge, soil moisture, and snow coverage of a stream network in central NY with a community monitoring effort. Greater understanding of how terrestrial water enters streams can improve agricultural management practices for nonpoint source pollution, while the community engagement component will evaluate “community science” contributions as a potential mechanism for expanding the national hydrologic observatory system.  Congratulations!

Professor Lindsay Anderson Receives NSF Career Award

Published: 
Mar 19, 2015
Professor Lindsay Anderson's project "Maximizing renewable energy integration: Optimal management of uncertainty with responsive demand" was selected for a 2015 NSF Career Award.  The project will 1) Build the tools to accurately describe intermittent renewable resources, such as wind and solar, to better characterize the uncertainties and interactions for tractable representation in stochastic optimization methods, 2) Characterize responsive demand resources across multiple time scales including characteristics, constraints and uncertainties of various classes, and 3) Develop the multi-period stochastic optimization framework that includes DR into a scalable security constrained unit commitment model by including dispatchable DR resources as stochastic constraints, with additional constraints on frequency and duration of response, and to ensure that the solutions generated are available in reasonable time frames to benefit power system operations.  See additional information in CALS Notes. Read more

2015 IBE BioExpo Research Symposium

Published: 
Mar 19, 2015
Congratulations to Lena Liu, Shiva Chettiar, Jeffrey Tokman, and Aditya Misra, the poster competition winners for the 2015 IBE BioExpo.  Richard Montagna, Senior VP for Scientific and Clinical Affairs, Rheonix, Inc. and Brian Kirby, Associate Professor, MAE Cornell, were the guest speakers for this year's event.  Thank you to Steven Tsai, Stephanie Cheng, and the IBE BioExpo Planning Committee!

Engineering grad programs rank in top 10 in U.S. News

Published: 
Mar 12, 2015
Several graduate engineering fields at Cornell are in the top 10 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 "Best Graduate Schools" rankings, released March 10. Cornell Law School was ranked 13th overall and Johnson was ranked 16th. Read more

Diabetes in rats treated with engineered probiotic

Published: 
Jan 27, 2015
In a Cornell study of rats, researchers engineered a common gut bacteria, which when taken orally, helped control diabetes with the body’s own insulin. The study was published Jan. 27 in the journal Diabetes. Read more

Reflections on an Academic and Commercial Career

Published: 
Dec 15, 2014
BEE Professor Emeritus Bill Jewell's book has been released by The Internet First University Press, with a companion oral history interview conducted by Professor Beth Ahner (to go to the interview, go to "BEE Department History" from the above link and search for "Jewel").  The material "traces the arc of his professorial career as a teacher and researcher. His early interests in environmental issues, under-girded by his early interests in utilizing higher plants as a remediation tool, led him to some unique areas of research and teaching interests. He was one of the early explorers of how to blend his academic interests in environmental and ecological engineering with an entrepreneurial direction. He reflects upon the joys and miseries associated with his pioneering work that straddles the two distinctly different cultures of academia and the world of commerce."  This work was assisted by Professor Emeriti Bob Cooke and Ken King. Read more

A Cause in Common - Type 2 diabetes

Published: 
Nov 14, 2014
"A Cause in Common," an article in the Fall 2014 PeriodiCALS magazine, discusses Professor Minglin Ma's Protective Packaging, and Professor John March's Enlisting the Intestine as part of CALS efforts towards bolster prevention and develop novel treatments of Type 2 diabetes.  (See article beginning on page 14 of the embedded link). Read more

Milestones and Marvels: Celebrating Cornell University's Sesquicentennial

Published: 
Nov 14, 2014
"Milestones and Marvels," an article in the Fall 2014 PeriodiCALS magazine, includes notes from BEE:
Professor Dan Luo's 2006 "First DNA-based hydrogel for applications including controlled drug release and tissue engineering."
Professor Todd Walter's 2000 "Cornell faculty help develop the internationally recognized New York City watershed protection plan, assuring a quality water supply for more than 9 million customers."
Professor Jean Hunter's 1997 "NASA grant to develop meals astronauts can prepare from a limited set of crops to be grown hydroponically in space."
(See article beginning on page 20 of the embedded link). Read more

My Cornell Story: Michelle R. Adelman, ABEN'89

Published: 
Nov 14, 2014
"My Cornell Story," an article in the Fall 2014 PeriodiCALS magazine, highlights the amazing journey of ABEN graduate Michelle Adelman, '89, from Ithaca to NYC to Botswana, Africa.  Her tagline "I cannot make this stuff up" leads into a fascinating story.  (See article beginning on page 40 of the embedded link). Read more

Inside Cornell NYC Event

Published: 
Aug 11, 2014
Apollo Arquiza and Bryan Caldwell, researchers working with Jean Hunter's Mars Space Food project, presented their research at the Inside Cornell NYC event on August 7.  Thank you to Syl Kacapyr of the Cornell Press Relations Office for organizing the event.  The How We'll Cook Breakfast on Mars FastCoExist article, linked here, was written from the event. Also, see the videotaped event. Read more

Fracking flowback could indirectly pollute groundwater

Published: 
Jun 25, 2014
The wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during accidental spills, research shows. Read more

Top seniors honored as 2014 Merrill scholars

Published: 
May 27, 2014
On May 21, the Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honored 33 outstanding graduating seniors and the high school teachers and university faculty members who made important contributions to the students' lives. Read more

BEE Grad Students land 7 NSF fellowships

Award winning Grads
Published: 
Apr 2, 2014
Congratulations to the BEE 2014 NSF Grad Fellowship winners:  David Flannelly (Aristilde), Juan Guzman (Angenent), Lauren Harroff (Angenent), Leo Kucek (Angenet), Erin Menzies (Todd Walter), Kristy Perano (Gebremedhin), and Amy Pochodylo (Aristilde). Read more

Star faculty shine at CALS Faculty Idol

Published: 
Mar 20, 2014
Seven College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty members participated in an event created as a fun way to get to know young faculty, including BEE's Minglin Ma, and their research March 19. Read more

Engineering, science grad programs ranked in top 10

Published: 
Mar 11, 2014
Eight of Cornell’s graduate engineering fields, three computer science specialties and five other science areas were ranked in the top 10 in U.S. News and World Reports’ 2015 “Best Graduate Schools,” released March 11. Cornell Law School earned the top spot for its diverse student body. Read more

Algae Promises Greener Energy

Published: 
Feb 13, 2014
BEE Professors Beth Ahner and Lars Angenent's work with DOE/Cellana is featured in a Cornell Atkinson Center blog by Lauren Chambliss. Read more

Professor Roger Spanswick dies at 74

Published: 
Feb 13, 2014
Roger Morgan Spanswick, professor of biological and environmental engineering in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, died Feb. 12 in Ithaca at age 74. Read more

CALS Notes - Faculty Focus - Minglin Ma

Published: 
Nov 13, 2013
Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages. Minglin Ma, a new assistant professor of biological and environmental engineering, is hoping to package cells in novel ways to provide new therapies for diseases like Type 1 diabetes and cancer. Read more

Waste heat could keep cows cool and comfortable

Published: 
Oct 22, 2013
To help farmers keep dairy cows cool, Cornell engineers are collaborating on a research project, based on the concept of conductive cooling, that could provide an alternative to fans, misters and sprinklers. Read more

What’s for dinner on Mars?

Published: 
Aug 21, 2013
Six "astronauts" just completed a four month food study in a simulated Martian base on the slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. Read more

Device mimics cancer cell environment

Published: 
Jul 16, 2013
In an effort to save lives, Cornell bioengineers are examining ways to fully understand how cancer metastasizes, or moves from one place to another in the body. Read more

New climate change minor covers science and solutions

Published: 
Jan 9, 2013
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and dozens of courses at Cornell explore the many facets of a warming world - from impacts on farming and food, to sustainable energy to replace fossil fuels, to the slow response of governments worldwide. Read more