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Congratulations to Todd Walter

Dec 16, 2007
Professor Todd Walter has been awarded a 2007 College of Engineering Teaching Award. Congratulations, Todd!

Professor Larry Walker receives New York State grant money

Dec 14, 2007
George Pataki approved funding for New York State Biofuels/Industrial Biotechnology Sector Development and Life Sciences Research Investment. Funding will be used to assist Cornell University with costs associated with: Research aimed at the development of economically viable methods for producing biofuels through "industrial biotechnology", or the exploitation of enzymes, microorganisms, and plants to produce energy, industrial chemicals and consumer goods. It will allow the construction of a pilot-scale facility to produce ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks such as perennial gasses and willow. In this effort, Cornell is an academic partner with the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.

Cornell was mentioned in Reader's Digest's November 2007 edition

Nov 16, 2007
Cornell was mentioned in Reader's Digest's November 2007 edition, "Why didn't I think of That? 33 Great Ideas from around the world" for Professor Antje Baeumner's, and others, work on "Germ-Detecting Wipes"

See the Summer 2007 edition of the Cornell Engineering Magazine for the following articles

Sep 17, 2007
"Twice Honored" Discussing Professor Antje Baeumner's two recent awards, a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship and a Mercator Guest professorship. "Advance'ing Women" Discussing Professor Beth Ahner's recent receipt of a Research Initiative Award from the National Science Foundation. "BEE History" Discussing Professor Emeriti Ron Furry's new book "A Pioneering Department - Evolution from Rural Engineering to Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, 1907-2007".

Congratulations to Professor Larry Walker

Sep 17, 2007
Professor Larry Walker has accepted an invitation to be a member of the Advisory Board for the Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy. The Forum was created to ensure that renewable energy, sustainability, and conservation are top issues in the 2008 Presidential elections. The nonpartisan forum - to be hosted by Google at their corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California - will bring together the 2008 Presidential Candidates to generate discussion and foster innovation.

Professor Antje Baeumner's CD4 Initiative with the Gate's Foundation is showpieced

Jun 27, 2007
Professor Antje Baeumner's CD4 Initiative with the Gate's Foundation is showpieced in the June 27th, 2007 Ithaca Journal. Professor Baeumner is working to develop a quick, simple, and cheap immune-system test for people in the developing world. "When patients are infected with HIV/AIDS, the number of circulating CD4 T-cells drops significantly," explains Professor Baeumner. "If they get the appropriate retroviral treatment, their life span can be increased by many years. CD4 counts assist in the decisions on when to initiate and when to stop the treatment, which makes this test so important. Currently, most people ... have no access to detection technology". The CD4 Initiative is a consortium of researchers and industry led by the Imperial College in London.

Congratulations to Professor Kifle Gebremedhin

Jun 19, 2007
Professor Kifle Gebremedhin has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Professor Gebremedhin is being honored for his "outstanding contributions in teaching and research in the area of agricultural structures and environment. He is nationally recognized for diaphragm design research,including testing a full-scale post-frame building, and development of interactive computer software called METCLAD, which enables engineers to take advantage of the available stiffness of a building through diaphragm action in their designs". Professor Gebremedhin was inducted at a ceremony on June 19, 2007, during the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Congratulations, Kifle!

The May/June 2007 Edition of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

May 17, 2007
See the May/June 2007 Edition of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation to read "Colloidal transport" by Brian Richards, John McCarthy, Professor Tammo Steenhuis, Anthony Hay, Yuniati Zevi, and Annette Dathe. Also, in the same edition, is an article "Managing variable source pollution in agricultural watersheds" by Z. Qiu, Professor Todd Walter, and Christine Hall.

Professor Beth Ahner has been granted a Research Initiative Award

May 17, 2007
Professor Beth Ahner has been granted a Research Initiative Award from the Cornell ADVANCE Center. The Center seeks to promote leadership positions for women scientists and engineers and to institutionalize best practices, policies and programs across colleges as they pertain to women faculty.

The Spring 2007 edition of the Cornell Engineering Magazine for the following articles

May 17, 2007
"In Their Back Yards" Discussing Professor Steenhuis' Soil and Water group's environmental consulting work with TCE and Ithaca's South Hill. "A Simple Test" Discussing Professor Baeumner's CD4 Initiative with the Gate's Foundation. "Imaging Science" Wenlong Cheng, from Professor Luo's MOLBEL Lab, is a first-place winner in the NSF-funded Cornell Center for Materials Research fourth microscopy imaging contest. "Maintaining Mobility" Suneth Attygalle, BEE '07, was a member of the assisted walker team whose design project is showcased in this article.

The Spring 2007 edition of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences NEWS for the following articles

May 17, 2007
"Dan Luo: The X,Y,T's of Nucleic Acid Engineering" Discussing Professor Luo's "way with DNA, transforming it into building materials to construct biocompatible hydrogels and nanobarcodes". "Harvesting Heavy Metals" Discussing Professor Ahner and other's "exploring the potential of plants to clean up polluted soils".

Professor Antje Baeumner awarded two awards

May 17, 2007
Professor Antje Baeumner awarded both the Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship, March 2007, and the Mercator Fellowship from the German National Science Foundation, May 2007 Professor Baeumner will use these fellowships for her research project "in vivo imaging of cancer cells using nanovesicles" during her 2007/08 sabbatical at University of Dortmund, Germany.

Congratulations to Dan Luo

May 17, 2007
Professor Dan Luo has been granted a Cornell 2007 Provost's Award for Distinguished Research from Provost Biddy Martin. This award is intended to recognize distinguished research by outstanding tenured faculty early in their careers, and allows the university to recognize its own talent. The award includes $30,000 in research funding. Congratulations, Dan!

Professor Norm Scott has been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

Apr 24, 2007
Professor Norm Scott has been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. He was recognized at the Dean's Awards Reception in the Carrier Ballroom on April 24th, 2007. Professor Scott's accolades from Dean Susan Henry: "Norm was a pioneer of biological engineering in the 1960s when as an agricultural engineer he obtained an NIH grant to conduct research on thermoregulation in animals. In 15 years of college and university administrative positions, he remained a national leader in biological engineering. He was the first faculty member of his department to be honored by election to the National Academy of Engineers. As chair of the BEE department, Norm transformed what was once called “Agricultural Engineering” into a major emphasis on biological engineering, which has become a model for the profession. The biology-based undergraduate engineering curriculum that is taught at Cornell today had its genesis with several of Norm’s courses in the 1960s and 70s. As Associate Dean and Director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, he helped expand research funding from a heavy reliance on Federal Formula Funds to support by major external funding. He made major contributions towards establishing the National Research Initiative. As Cornell’s Vice President of Research and Advanced Studies, he had responsibilities for management of seven major national NSF Centers. Along with the Dean of Engineering, Norm has also provided the leadership in establishing three fundamental research areas – genomics, advanced materials, and information technology. When he was president of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Norm and others transformed this society into one with a more contemporary vision. He was instrumental in establishing the Institute for Biological Engineering and served as one of its first presidents. Since he returned to active faculty status in 1998, Norm quickly become a leader in research on integrated energy systems for rural communities, focusing on using dairy waste as a source of energy by generating electricity from biogas. His research and educational collaborations also have involved universities in China. In teaching, Norm developed a distance learning course, BEE 299 – Sustainable Development, which attracts more than 200 students per year. Mike Walter, BEE department chair, states “There are very few faculty members who have served full time in college and university administration in positions near the top who could, or even would, return to undergraduate teaching with such enthusiasm, initiative, and creativity.”

Professor Antje Baeumner was recognized by the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society

Apr 20, 2007
Professor Antje Baeumner was recognized by the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society as Professor of the Year at the College of Engineering's CEAA Engineering Conference Awards Banquet, April 20, 2007. The award was announced by Tam Trinh, '07 President, and Cindy Chong '07, Vice President, TBP. Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to recognize students of distinguished scholarship and exemplary character. This is a student-nominated award. Congratulations, Antje!

Professor Larry Walker was recognized by the Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering

Apr 19, 2007
Professor Larry Walker was recognized by the Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Engineering at Michigan State University with a Distinguished Alumni Award on April 19, 2007. This award is for "outstanding achievement in professional and civic endeavors". Congratulations, Larry!
Professor Tammo Steenhuis' graduate students

Professor Tammo Steenhuis' graduate students are pictured in the Cornell Chronicle

Mar 17, 2007
Professor Tammo Steenhuis' graduate students are pictured in the Cornell Chronicle article, "Nor any drop to drink: Cornell faculty and students to meet in Cairo on water shortages in Mediterranean region".

Professor Antje Baeumner has been named a finalist

Mar 17, 2007
Professor Antje Baeumner has been named a finalist in the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists competition. The Blavatnik Awards "recognize the achievements of young scientists and engineers who have contributed significantly to interdisciplinary research". Finalist status includes a $5,000 research award, the winner will receive an additional $25,000. The winner will be selected at the Academy's Science & the City Gala on November 12, 2007.
MOLBEL Lab

Wenlong Cheng received first-place

Mar 9, 2007
Wenlong Cheng, a grad student in Professor Dan Luo's MOLBEL lab, received a first-place win in the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) fourth microscopy imaging contest. Wenlong's image shows gold nanoparticles assembled using DNA Read more

Professor Antje Baeumner's Lab recognized

Mar 7, 2007
Professor Antje Baeumner's Lab recognized in Provost's March 7, 2007 Academic State of the University Address.

BEE receives New York State grant money

Jan 22, 2007
BEE receives New York State grant money for Biofuels and Industrial Biotechnology. Articles in January 22, 2007 Ithaca Journal and Cornell's Chronicle.