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The December 2008 Issue of Biotechnology and Bioengineering Cover

The December 2008 Issue of Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Dec 16, 2008
The December 2008 Issue of Biotechnology and Bioengineering features on its cover this image from Professor Larry Walker's Biofuels Research Laboratory. The accompanying article is entitled “Immobilization of Cellulose Fibrils on Solid Substrates for Cellulase-Binding Studies through quantitative fluorescence microscopy”. BEE and CoE colleagues Jose Moran-Mirabal (Postdoc), Navaneetha Santhanam (Grad Student), Stephane Corgie (Research Assoc) and Harold Craighead (CoE Professor) also contributed to the article.
Ornithopter Lipson Lab

Flapping-wing vehicle that hovers

Dec 10, 2008
Floris Van Breugel, BE'08, working with fellow student William Regan and Professor Hid Lipson, MAE, has come up with a simple, inexpensive flapping-wing vehicle that hovers as well as a hummingbird or a bumble bee Read more

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

Nov 16, 2008
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".

Congratulations to Professor Antje Baeumner

Nov 16, 2008
Congratulations to Professor Antje Baeumner on her well-deserved promotion to full professor!

Congratulations to Professor Norm Scott

Nov 16, 2008
Professor Norm Scott has been awarded a 2008 College of Engineering Teaching Award. Congratulations, Norm!

ABET accreditation

Nov 16, 2008
BEE and CEE's jointly offered undergraduate Environmental Engineering major went through the ABET accreditation process with an on-site evaluation in November 2008. We will receive formal notification of the evaluation results in July, 2009
Front Page of the New Faculty Orientation Brochure

BEE 'got press' in the New Faculty Orientation Brochure done by CALS

Nov 16, 2008
BEE 'got press' in the New Faculty Orientation Brochure done by CALS, November 2008. The front shows Professor Todd Walter's BEE3710 class and Todd is quoted on page 4; Professor Antje Baeumner is quoted on page 7. Also, BEE3710 was again highlighted, and BEE Professors Larry Walker, Lars Angenent, Antje Baeumner and Dan Luo were featured in CALS "Far Above... The Campaign for Cornell".

Professor Lou Albright was an invited speaker

Nov 7, 2008
Professor Lou Albright was an invited speaker at the Cornell Law School's Defining Sustainable Development: Land Use, Climate Change, and Water Resources Conference November 7 & 8, 2008. The conference brought professors, practitioners, students, and community leaders together to consider what sustainability really means and what role law may have in accomplishing sustainable development. Read more
9th Annual Nanobiotechnology Symposium

Professors Antje Baeumner and Dan Luo were invited speakers

Oct 27, 2008
Professors Antje Baeumner and Dan Luo were invited speakers at the 9th Annual Nanobiotechnology Symposium, October 27th, 2008 at G10 Biotech, Cornell University
The CSREES Partnership Award for Mission Integration

BEE's Soil and Water Lab has received The CSREES Partnership Award for Mission Integration

Oct 16, 2008
BEE's Soil and Water Lab has received The CSREES Partnership Award for Mission Integration. This award annually recognizes exemplary work from a team at a land-grant university or other cooperating institution or organization supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES). The Soil and Water Lab award is a recognition for outstanding achievements in mission integration. This involves implementation of a program or project which incorporates, in a meaningful way, full integration of research, education , and extension and exhibits an understanding of the complementary nature of these three functions. This is a significant honor and recognizes a program that has been extremely successful for a long period of time and in many different ways, including mission integration. Congratulations!

The November 2008 Issue of Nature Nanotechnology Cover

Oct 16, 2008
The November 2008 Issue of Nature Nanotechnology features on its cover this image from Professor Dan Luo's Molecular Bioengineering Lab. The accompanying article is entitled "Nanopatterning self-assembled nanoparticle superlattices by molding microdroplets" . BEE colleagues Wenlong Cheng (Postdoc), Nokyoung Park (Postdoc), Todd Walter (Professor), and Mark Hartman (Grad Student) also contributed to the article. Read more
Core Priorities

CALS Core Priorities

Sep 16, 2008
CALS Core Priorities, finalized Fall 2008, highlight the Walker Biofuels Research Lab in "Biofuels show promise for Renewable Energy Systems" and the Baeumner Bioanalytical Microsystems and Biosensors Lab in "Antje Baeumner teaches students to design biosensors".

Cornell Student Chapter of IBE

Sep 16, 2008
Thank you to the Cornell Student Chapter of IBE (Institute of Biological Engineers) for hosting the Fall 2008 IBE Regional Conference!

WE ARE #2!

Sep 16, 2008
WE ARE #2! BEE has been ranked #2 in the field rankings in the US News and World Report's "Specialty Rankings: Undergraduate Engineering Specialties: Agricultural", (Ag Engineering and Bio Engineering are a combined field). See rankings here. Cornell's Engineering College is #8 overall, with Cornell University as a whole coming in as #14
Water in Greece

Professors Tammo Steenhuis and Gail Holst-Warhaft spent time this summer in Greece

Sep 4, 2008
Professors Tammo Steenhuis and Gail Holst-Warhaft spent time this summer in Greece, discussing necessary cultural changes for solving water problems that have plagued the region for decades, including illegal well drilling. The trip is a spinoff from the class they co-teach, BEE 7540, Water and Culture in the Mediterranean: A Crisis? Related Cornell Chronicle Stories: May 2008 March 2007 Read more

Congratulations to Jeff Rudnik, BE'08, and Morghan Transue

Jul 16, 2008
Congratulations to Jeff Rudnik, BE'08, and Morghan Transue, BE'08, for first place awards in the NABEC student poster competition. Their posters, entitled "A sustainable building of the Town of Caroline" and "Energy independent Caroline: Wind power feasibility study for preliminary development" have been invited to be presented at the Aberdeen MD, NABEC-ASABE conference.
Professor Dan Luo

Disease Detectors

Jul 16, 2008
Professor Dan Luo is featured in Episode 21 of the USDA CSREES The Science of Small: Exploring the new frontiers of nanotechnology "The nano world offers exponential surface area upon which to work. Land-grant university researchers are learning how to manipulate matter like never before": [Pictures and videos by Patrick Holian, USDA CSREES] Nano barcodes that expose harmful bacteria offer a cost-effective early-warning system to ensure a safer food.
Professor Todd Walter in Following the Flow

Following the Flow

Jul 16, 2008
Professor Todd Walter is featured in Episode 21 of the USDA CSREES The Science of Small: Exploring the new frontiers of nanotechnology "The nano world offers exponential surface area upon which to work. Land-grant university researchers are learning how to manipulate matter like never before": [Pictures and videos by Patrick Holian, USDA CSREES] Tracking underground water flow paths with breakthrough micro-technology can reveal elusive, non-point source pollution

BEE Board

Jul 16, 2008
BEE is happy to announce that Professor Dan Aneshansley has been selected as our new department Chair. He will be assisted by Professor Beth Ahner, who has been named Associate Chair. Thank you to Professor Mike Walter, who is stepping down after 14 years as department Chair. Other administrative changes in the department: Professor Beth Ahner was selected as Associate Chair, Professor Antje Baeumner was selected as Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Mike Walter was selected as Director of Undergraduate Programs, and Professor Lynne Irwin was selected as Department Extension Leader.

Professor Lou Albright and Dr. Francis Vanek have published a book

Jul 16, 2008
Professor Lou Albright and Dr. Francis Vanek, CEE/MAE, have published a book, Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation. Their book "presents a systems approach to future energy needs. This unique guide explores the latest technology within each energy systems area, the negative impacts from energy consumption, and the ways in which a portfolio of new technologies can address these problems".
Professor Lars Angenent

Welcome to Professor Lars Angenent

May 16, 2008
BEE is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the Renewable Energy Systems search with the hire of Professor Lars Angenent. Professor Angenent’s main research interests are Bioenergy and Biofuels. He is internationally known for his research on optimizing anaerobic fermentation processes to grow microorganisms that convert waste to energy. His research ranges from basic to very applied. Improving the performance of digesters and microbial fuel cells is an area of his work that has potential for immediate applications. See the Angenent Lab website for more detail of who Professor Angenent is and why we are so excited to have him at Cornell. He will be starting his position in BEE in Fall 2008. He and his wife Ruth (who will be an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology) are moving here from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Welcome, Lars!

Congratulations to Ashish and to all of our Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

May 16, 2008
BEE grad student Ashish Dhall received, from Associate Dean Viands, a "golden apple" for being chosen BEE's Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant for the 2007/08 academic year. Congratulations to Ashish and to all of our Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Assistants for jobs well done.

Congratulations to Professor Kifle Gebremedhin

May 16, 2008
Professor Kifle Gebremedhin was recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award. Congratulations, Kifle!
Nansen Yu

Congratulations to Nansen Yu

May 16, 2008
Congratulations to Nansen Yu, BEE '08, for his second place finish in IBE's Bioethics essay contest. Nansen traveled to Chapel Hill, NC, to present his paper at the IBE annual meeting

Congratulations to Professor Jean-Yves Parlange

May 16, 2008
Professor Jean-Yves Parlange was selected to receive a Brown University Engineering Alumni Medal. Congratulations, Yves!

Congratulations to Professor Tammo Steenhuis

May 16, 2008
Professor Tammo Steenhuis has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. To be elected a Fellow is "a special tribute for those who have made exceptional scientific contributions ... the candidate must have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences". Congratulations, Tammo! Read more
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry Cover

Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry features

May 16, 2008
The May 2008 Issue of Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry features on its cover an image from the Baeumner Lab: "six Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts imaged using Differential Interference Contrast microscopy to view their contents". Professor Antje Baeumner contributed to the issue as a guest editor, and lab members Sam Nugen (Research Associate) and John Connelly (Grad Student) contributed a review article and paper, respectively

Congratulations to Professor Dan Luo

May 16, 2008
Professor Dan Luo was recognized by the Center for Life Science Enterprise with a 2nd Place Award ($1000 for travel) in the Public Engagement and Science Communication Symposium. The awards were given to faculty, in a poster contest, on the basis of who best communicated their research to a general audience. There were over 100 participants. Congratulations, Dan!
A Life to Remember

Margaret presented her book "A Life to Remember"

May 16, 2008
BEE Emeritus Professor Robert Lorenzen's wife, Margaret, presented her book "A Life to Remember" to the department at a lunch event in May, 2008. A copy of the book is also in the Cornell Library. Thank you, Margaret! Read more

BEE grad student Timothy Vadas is part of a Cornell team

May 16, 2008
BEE grad student Timothy Vadas is part of a Cornell team creating a blueprint for Tompkins County to identify and reduce its carbon footprint.

Professor Ashim Datta presented at the Cornell Center for Learning and Teaching Faculty Seminar Series

May 16, 2008
Professor Ashim Datta presented at the Cornell Center for Learning and Teaching Faculty Seminar Series on "Enhancing the Learning Experience in a Technical Course through Increased Interaction".

Congratulations Mike Walsh

May 9, 2008
BEE grad student Mike Walsh has been elected to serve as student trustee on the Cornell Board of Trustees. Mike is also a student representative on the President's Climate Commitment Implementation Committee (PCICC), a group working towards CU carbon neutrality. Congratulations, Mike! Read more

Congratulations Dan Luo

Apr 16, 2008
Professor Dan Luo has been selected for the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He was recognized at the CALS Dean's Awards Reception in April 2008. Congratulations, Dan!

Congratulations to Professor Larry Walker

Apr 16, 2008
Professor Larry Walker was selected by Michigan State University for their College of Agricultural and Natural Resources Distinguished Alumnus Award. Congratulations, Larry!
2008 BioEngineering Expo

2008 BioEngineering Expo

Mar 16, 2008
Thank you to everyone involved in the 2008 BioEngineering Expo! See the follow up articles in the Cornell Daily Sun and the Chronicle.

Congratulations to BEE Graduates!

Mar 16, 2008
Jason Belsky, BE'08, has been selected as a Class of 2008 Banner Bearer. He is also on the CALS Academic Excellence listing along with Katie Hansen, EnvE'08. Floris Vanbreugel, BE'08, has been recognized with a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence and is a Merrill Scholar. Floris has also been awarded Hertz and NSF Fellowships, a major accomplishment. Jason Kahn, BE'08, is also a Merrill Scholar. Congratulations Jason, Katie, Floris and Jason!
BRL Lab

Construction has begun!

Mar 6, 2008
Professor Larry Walker's state-of-the-art Biofuels Research Lab (BRL) will be housed in the Riley Robb Hall East Wing. The BRL is highlighted in the "Climate Health" article in the Spring 2008 CALS News. See also the excellent article in the Cornell Daily Sun, "Cornell to Launch New Biofuels Lab". Read more

Congratulations to Rachel Dunn

Feb 16, 2008
BEE Grad student Rachel Dunn has won a Fulbright Fellowship to support her work on integrated water management in Thailand. Congratulations, Rachel!

Congratulations to BEE undergrads Katie Cumnock and Jason Kahn

Feb 16, 2008
Congratulations to BEE undergrads Katie Cumnock and Jason Kahn for being initiated into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Fall semester 2008!

Congratulations to Professor Lou Albright

Feb 16, 2008
Professor Lou Albright was inducted into the Rural Builder Hall of Fame at their annual Frame Building Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Rural Builder is a business magazine for rural contractors. The magazine gives this award annually to professionals in recognition of leadership, foresight, and outstanding contributions to the rural construction industry. This year Professor Albright was selected for this honor for his work with rural buildings, particularly his pioneering work in the 1970s related to environmental controls for animal facilities and greenhouses. Congratulations, Lou!
Lou Albright

Congratulations to Professor Lou Albright

Jan 24, 2008
Professor Lou Albright was highlighted in a January 24, 2008 Ithaca Journal Article "USDA Provides Seed Money". Picture caption: "Professor Louis Albright stands behind 11-day-old Butter head lettuce at Cornell University. Albright has developed systems to grow plants in predictable ways using measured amounts of light and nutrient inputs. Albright will use his systems to assist CEA Systems, an East Hill-based company, in their research under a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture".