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Sam Furness, a BE Senior, will be a CALS Symbol Bearer at commencement in May.

May 7, 2019

Sam Furness, a BE Senior, has been selected as the CALS Symbol Bearer for May Commencement 2019! As the Symbol Bearer, Sam will have the honor of carrying the CALS symbol banner and leading the college procession with Dean Boor.

Aaron LaViolette, a BE senior, will be a CALS Degree Marshal at commencement in May

May 7, 2019

  Aaron LaViolette, a BE senior, has been selected as one of two CALS Degree Marshals for May Commencement 2019! As a Degree Marshal, Aaron will have the honor of representing all undergraduate degree recipients in CALS and leading the college procession with Dean Boor.

BEE Postdoc Alexa Schmitz receives the Cornell Energy Systems Institute Postdoc Fellowship

Apr 24, 2019

Alexa Schmitz, a postdoctoral fellow in Biological and Environmental Engineering has received the Cornell Energy Systems Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her work on biological mining of rare earth elements with Professor Buz Barstow, an Assistant Professor in BEE. Rare earths are critical ingredients in sustainable energy technologies including wind turbines, electric vehicles, batteries and high-efficiency lighting. Rare earths are dispersed in the Earth’s crust and extracted from large volumes of ore that often also contain radioactive elements. Current extraction methods require high temperatures and harsh solvents and produce large quantities of toxic waste, posing serious environmental risks. Alexa aims to develop engineered microbes that can extract REEs from ore at room temperature and pressure in benign solvents. 

CESI postdoctoral fellowships are high-profile postdoctoral fellowships designed to attract the best and brightest young researchers in energy science, engineering, and materials to Cornell.  The goal  is  to  create  a  cohort  of  independent  scholars pursuing  frontier  research  in energy. The CESI Fellowships are two-year appointments and provide up to 50% of the cost associated with sponsoring a postdoctoral scientist at Cornell, with the faculty advisor providing the other 50%. CESI Fellows will also receive lifetime memberships in the Society of Cornell Fellows, along with the participants in other names prestigious and competitively awarded Cornell postdoctoral fellowships.
 

Incoming BEE grad student Sean Medin receives the Cornell Presidential Life Science Fellowship

Apr 24, 2019

Sean Medin, an incoming graduate student in Biological and Environmental Engineering has received the Cornell Presidential Life Science Fellowship (PLSF). Sean will pursue graduate research in biological mining of rare earth elements with Professors Buz Barstow, an Assistant Professor in BEE, and Mingming Wu, a Professors in BEE. Rare earths are critical ingredients in sustainable energy technologies including wind turbines, electric vehicles, batteries and high-efficiency lighting. Rare earths are dispersed in the Earth’s crust and extracted from large volumes of ore that often also contain radioactive elements. Current extraction methods require high temperatures and harsh solvents and produce large quantities of toxic waste, posing serious environmental risks. Sean aims to develop engineered microbes that can extract REEs from ore at room temperature and pressure in benign solvents. 
 
PLSFs are among the most prestigious awards offered for graduate study by Cornell University. The Cornell Presidential Life Science Fellowships were created through the New Life Sciences Initiative to select for graduate students who would bridge across disciplines and eventually help form the new disciplines of life sciences which are expected to emerge in the next decade. The process identifies students who we believe have the potential to shape the future of life sciences research and education and to take advantage of the novel research/learning structure available at Cornell. 
 

BEE Grad Student Debmalya Gosh selected as an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant

Apr 23, 2019

Debmalya will be recognized by CALS on Friday, May 10, 2019 at an awards ceremony.

Prof. Jean Hunter receives Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award

Apr 19, 2019

All, Please help me to congratulate Professor Jean Hunter as she has received the news from President Pollack that she has received the University’s Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award!
 
As most of us know this award is well deserved and we are very lucky to have Jean in our department helping students to grow academically and personally and helping them make the most of their opportunities at Cornell. She is an excellent role model for students and colleagues, alike. Congrats to Jean! John  
 

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