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Brian Richards shows how to use the digital microscope

Soil and Water Lab acquires Digital Microscope

Dec 17, 2006
Members of BEE's Soil and Water Group showed off the department's new digital Hirox KH-7700 microscope. Brian Richards and Tammo Steenhuis along with Anthony Hay demonstrated the cutting edge technology of this amazing device. In addition to conventional 2D imaging, the microscope can scan a specimen, store the data digitally and then render the image in 3D onto an LCD. The researcher can then zoom and rotate the 3D model so it can be viewed from any angle. The advantage of this type of microscopy is a better assessment of the actual structure of soils and other specimens. Presently the microscope is helping the group study colloidal transport to ground water. With a maximum magnification of 7000x (based on a 15" LCD image), it is easy to view and record the 5 micron diameter particles as they move through porous media. Funding for the microscope was provided by a USDA project grant as well as CALS and the Cornell Biocomplexity & Biogeochemistry Initiative.

Professor Dan Luo wins federal research agency Early Career award

Oct 12, 2006
Cornell researcher Dan Luo, whose work in nucleic acid engineering is changing the way scientists look at DNA, has garnered a prestigious 2006 Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), recognizing his research. Luo, assistant professor of biological and environmental engineering, will use the award to fund education.