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Studying Biofuels at the Molecular Level for an Improved Energy Source

Dec 15, 2009

Studying Biofuels at the Molecular Level for an Improved Energy Source (see Page 3). "Any Person ... Any Study" and the Lure of Research is an article on Undergraduate Research in the publication, "Connecting with Cornell: NEWS from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research", Vol 22, No. 1-2 (2009) featuring Nitin Malik, an undergraduate student in Applied and Engineering Physics (AEM). Nitin is doing undergraduate research under the direction of Harold Craighead, AEM, and Larry Walker of BEE. Awarded a Hunter R. Rawlings III Presidential Research Scholars position, Malik found his research match in the combination of physics and biology, studying the molecular-level interactions of cellulase through a technique called Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FSC).

Professor Lars Angenent has coauthored a book

Dec 15, 2009

Professor Lars Angenent has coauthored a book Bioelectrochemical Systems: from extracellular electron transfer to biotechnological application. This book is part of the Integrated Environmental Technology Series. From the Foreword, "Energy and water supply are two of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the coming decades. The present efforts to develop strategies for the recovery of efficient usage of resources are, therefore, highly justified. Groundbreaking technology is needed to allow novel means of converting and conserving resources. Bioelectrochemical Systems fit within this endeavour." Professor Angenent held a book talk in Mann Library on February 25th.

Team considers how globalization will affect air quality

Dec 15, 2009

Professor Peter Hess is leading the effort for a suite of computer models to forecast regional air quality levels with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant. "The project is unique not only because of its interdisciplinary nature, but also because it will attempt to represent the effects of planning interventions at local and regional levels". The work will utilize Cornell's Institute for Computational Sustainability.

Both of BEE's undergraduate programs are in the top 10 rankings

Dec 15, 2009

Both of BEE's undergraduate programs are in the top 10 rankings of engineering programs in U.S. News & World Reports; Biological Engineering is #5 under "Biological and Agricultural Engineering Programs", and Environmental Engineering is #10, under "Environmental / Environmental Health".

Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dec 15, 2009

Professor Norm Scott has been appointed Chair of The National Academies' Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR). The BANR is "the major program unit of the National Research Council responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on issues of agricultural production and related matters of natural resource development, including forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and land and water use".

Congratulations to Professor Dan Luo

Dec 10, 2009

Professor Dan Luo has been invited to participate in the University of Illinois Distinguished Speaker Series. He will address the Nanotechnology Community of Scholars on December 10, 2009.

Nanotechnology Thought Leaders

Dec 6, 2009

Professor Dan Luo and his group were featured as one of the "Nanotechnology Thought Leaders" on the website "". is the number one Nanotechnology knowledgebase on the internet for translating and transferring Nanotechnology into the science, engineering and design community worldwide. is proven to be highly effective in connecting Buyers and Sellers of Nanotechnology, Nanotechnology related services and associated products and can provide a rich source of new customers to all our advertisers.

Professor Ashim Datta and Vineet Rakesh, Ph.D., BE'09, have coauthored a book

Nov 15, 2009

Professor Ashim Datta and Vineet Rakesh, Ph.D., BE'09, have coauthored a book An Introduction to Modeling of Transport Processes: Applications to Biomedical Systems. "Organized around problem solving, this book gently introduces the reader to computational simulation of biomedical transport processes, bridging fundamental theory with real-world applications."

Beth Ahner

Congratulations to Dr. Beth Ahner

Nov 15, 2009

BEE is pleased to announce that Dr. Beth Ahner has been promoted to Full Professor. Congratulations, Beth!

CALS Outstanding Alumni/Faculty/Staff Awards 2009

Nov 6, 2009

Professor Larry Walker has received a 2009 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award. The award recognizes "significant contributions in teaching, research, extension or administration". Awardees were honored at a reception and dinner November 6, 2009. Congratulations, Larry!

Senator Gillibrand invites Profs. Baeumner and Luo to her high-tech/innovation showcase

Oct 28, 2009

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand invited Profs. Antje Baeumner and Dan Luo to a high-tech/innovation showcase she hosted at the nation's capitol Wednesday, October 28, 2009. Senator Gillibrand spoke on the contributions of outstanding New York State scientists and entrepreneurs such as Baeumner and Luo as well as the contribution of many of the high-tech research institutions and companies in New York State. The showcase demonstrated ways BEE, Cornell University and other NY high-tech institutions and companies can and are driving economic growth and advancing technologies in New York State. important national issues such as health care, energy and education are being addressed by New York State. Congratulations to Antje and Dan.

Professor Doug Haith

Cornell Researchers examine sources of pollution

Oct 24, 2009

The Ithaca Times reports on a recent study by Professor Doug Haith, Sara Morey, BE-Bioenv'07, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, and other collaborators that models the input of phosphorus and nitrogen compounds into Cayuga Lake from the Cayuga Lake Watershed. Professor Haith and Professor Todd Walter were also contributors to "Phosphorus Inputs into Cayuga Lake", a 1/2 day conference sponsored by the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network on October 24th. See the Ithaca Journal article.

Nanobiotechnology Symposium

Professor Dan Luo was invited to speak at the 10th Annual Nanobiotechnology Symposium

Oct 19, 2009

Professor Dan Luo was invited to speak at the 10th Annual Nanobiotechnology Symposium held in G10 Biotech, Cornell University. His talk was entitled "Memories of DNA Nanomaterials".

BEE Emeritus Professor J. Robert Cooke has produced a book and CD

Oct 16, 2009

BEE Emeritus Professor J. Robert Cooke has produced a book and CD entitled "The Legacy of Dale R. Corson"

Quonset Huts Demolition

The Quonset Huts have been demolished due to age.

Oct 15, 2009

Going, going, gone. The Quonset Huts have been demolished due to age. The nearby Surge buildings, the 1912 "Farm Mechanics" buildings, had been condemned, and the decision was made to raze the entire NW corner at Campus and Judd Falls Road. The Quonset Huts were built in 1948, and were used for BEE (Ag Engineering) classrooms and lab equipment storage.

Microscopy and Imaging, Weill Hall

Nokyoung Park and Ed Rice are pictured on the front page of the Syracuse Post-Standard

Sep 26, 2009

Nokyoung Park and Ed Rice, members of Professor Dan Luo's MOLBEL lab, are pictured on the front page of the Sunday, July 26, 2009 Syracuse Post-Standard for an article on stimulus package money being used for research

BEE Emeritus Professor Bill Jewell was a consultant on an College of Architecture Seminar Project

Sep 16, 2009

BEE Emeritus Professor Bill Jewell was a consultant on an College of Architecture Seminar Project, "COMPONENT SYSTEMS: From Prefabrication to Operative Sustainability". The seminar has received a Faculty Innovation in Teaching award which will give sponsorship for the Fall 2009 semester. This work "is motivated by the belief that advances in technology and building systems can positively underpin a creative generative process of architectural design and consequently affect the quality of the built environment on multiple scales"

BEE is happy to welcome Adjunct Associate Professor Mingming Wu

Sep 15, 2009

BEE is happy to welcome Adjunct Associate Professor Mingming Wu. Her research interests are in the broad area of micro-scale biological and environmental engineering. Her lab currently focuses on microfluidics, cellular engineering, physical oncology and dynamic imaging. She comes to us from the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell. her research group is currently recruiting PhD students/postdocs on the subject of Microfluidics and Cancer Cell Migration. See more of what she does on her website.

Portable lab could improve disaster response, personalized care

Aug 16, 2009

Professor Antje Baeumner has been collaborating with Rheonix, Inc. "to develop a unique system called the Chemistry and Reagent Device (CARDTM) that can automatically perform virtually any manual bench-top laboratory function in an area about one-half the size of a standard business card".

Congratulations to Professor Todd Walter

Aug 16, 2009

Professor Todd Walter has won a Fall 2009 Faculty Innovation in Teaching Program award for his project, "Putting Interdisciplinary Watershed Education on the Map".

Professor John March's Research

Professor John March presented his preliminary research

Aug 15, 2009

Professor John March presented his preliminary research at the American Chemical Society conference in Washington, D.C. "If [the epithelial cells and the healthy bacteria] are already signaling to one another, why not signal something we want?" asks March.

Allison Danner

Green With Envy

Aug 15, 2009

See the Cornell Engineering Magazine's article on BEE and CEE's newly accredited environmental engineering program. Cover picture is of Allison Danner, CE/EnvE '09, advised by Professor Todd Walter.

Cornell University President David Skorton visited Bahir Dar University

Jul 16, 2009

Cornell University President David Skorton visited Bahir Dar University, Uganda, Africa to speak at the graduation of the first class of Cornell's Master of Professional Studies degree program. The program was developed by Professors Tammo Steenhuis and Alice Pell, and concentrates on international agriculture and rural development, with a specialization in watershed management

clinical rotations

Erin King during clinical rotations

Jul 16, 2009

Erin King, BE'04, is pictured here on her clinical rotations at Weill Medical School, NYC.

BRL Ribbon Cutting

Biofuels Research Lab Officially Opens

Jun 23, 2009

The ribbon cutting for the Riley Robb Hall Biofuels Research Lab was held on June 23, 2009. Pictured is Kevin McCabe, Kevin McGlaughlin, Professor Larry Walker, Dean Susan Henry, Patrick Hooker (Commissioner of the NYS Dept of Agriculture and Markets), and President David Skorton.

Julie, Mike and President Skorton

Congratulations to Julie Leviter

Jun 16, 2009

Julie Leviter, BE'09, received a 2009 Merrill Presidential Scholars Program Award. She selected Professor Mike Walter as the Cornell faculty member who most significantly contributed to her college experience. Here are Julie, Mike and President Skorton at the convocation dinner.

Cornell Reunion 2009

Jun 4, 2009

Cornell Reunion 2009 was the weekend of June 4-7. Professor Larry Walker gave a talk entitled "Managing Diversity and Complexity in the Evolving Biofuels Industry" as the guest speaker for the Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture in the Call Alumni Auditorium. A large group of BEE alumni (one of the tour groups is pictured above) met in Riley Robb Hall for lunch and a tour of the Biofuels Research Lab (renovation 2008), the Soil and Water Lab (renovation 2008) and the Biological Engineering Labs (renovation 2005). We will make the tour an annual event, so be sure to let us know if you will be here for the next reunion weekend!

Article on-line Nature Materials

May 19, 2009

The May 3, 2009 on-line Nature Materials includes the article "Free-standing nanoparticle superlattice sheets controlled by DNA" from Professor Dan Luo's Molecular Bioengineering Lab. BEE colleagues Wenlong Cheng (Research Associate), Michael Campolongo (PhD Candidate), and Shawn Tan (PhD Candidate) also contributed to the article

CALS News Cover

See the Spring 2009 edition of CALSNews for the following articles:

May 16, 2009

"The Complex World of Water" Discussing CALS water experts and their work, including Professor Todd Walter's work with saturated sites near the NYC watershed. "End Note" Featuring Professor Larry Walker and Vice Provost Steve Kresovich, discussing the new Biofuels Research Laboratory.

Ramya Tadipatri

From the Spring 2009 edition of the Cornell Engineering Magazine:

May 16, 2009

"Ramya Tadipatri, BE'10, helped Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Claudia Fischbach-Teschl investigate how the microenvironment of bone affects breast cancer cells that metastasize to it." "The spread of cancer causes degradation to the bone, much like osteoporosis does", RT, BE10

Article in on-line Nature Nanotechnology

May 3, 2009

The May 3, 2009 on-line Nature Nanotechnology includes the article "Multifunctional nanoarchitectures from DNA-based ABC monomers" from Professor Dan Luo's Molecular Bioengineering Lab. BEE colleagues JB Lee (PhD Candidate), Young Hoon Roh (PhD Candidate), Hisakage Funabashi (Research Associate), Wenlong Cheng (Research Associate) and Pichamon Kiatwuthinon (PhD Candidate) also contributed to the article.

Peter Asiello

Congratulations to Peter Asiello

Apr 16, 2009

Congratulations to Peter Asiello, a graduate student in the Baeumner Lab, for winning an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award for the 2008/09 academic year. Peter TA'd for Professor Antje Baeumner's BEE 2600 class.

Tracy Cheung

Congratulations to Tracy Cheung

Apr 16, 2009

Congratulations to Tracy Cheung, BE'09, for her 1st place win in the IBE poster contest at the annual meeting in Santa Clara, CA. Tracy, Kamil Bojanczyk, BE'09, and Naweed Paya, BE'09, represented the Cornell Chapter of IBE at the meeting. All three students received John W. Layer Memorial Fund awards for help with their travel expenses.

Congratulations to Richard Durst

Apr 13, 2009

BEE Adjunct Professor Richard Durst has been selected for inclusion in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) gallery of Distinguished Scientists, Engineers and Administrators. Professor Durst has also been nominated by the US National Academy of Sciences to serve on the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's Chemical Research Applied to World Needs Committee, and is currently serving as president of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (SEAC).

Riley-Robb Biofuels Research Lab

Apr 1, 2009

The Riley-Robb Biofuels Research Lab was above the fold in April 3, 2009 edition of the Cornell Chronicle. The story, "New Cornell biofuel lab focuses on process of turning bales into barrels" includes a quote from Professor Larry Walker, "Other schools have bits and pieces of the process or specialize in pretreatment, chemical conversion or cell wall analysis. In this lab, we can do it all".

Article in on-line Nature Materials

Apr 1, 2009

The March 29, 2009 on-line Nature Materials includes the article, "A cell-free protein-producing gel" from Professor Dan Luo's Molecular Bioengineering Lab. BEE colleagues Nokyoung Park (Research Associate), Soong Ho Um (PhD Candidate), Hisakage Funabashi (Research Associate) and Jianfeng Xu (Research Associate) also contributed to the article.

Monica Jackman

Congratulations to Monica Jackman

Mar 16, 2009

Congratulations to Monica Jackman, BE'10, For receiving a Cornell Engineering Alumni Association Undergraduate Researcher award. She won for her research project with the Baeumner Lab on biosensors for rotavirus detection in feces.

2009 IBE BioExpo Program

2009 IBE BioExpo

Mar 5, 2009

BEE would like to extend a huge Thank you to the 2009 IBE BioExpo planners: Henry Zeng, Ramya Tadipatri, Amy Munson, Robin Zhou, and Naweed Paya. And Congratulations to this year's poster winners: First Place-Christine Kowalczewski and Caroline Yoo; Second Place-Tracy Cheung; Third Place-Jui Pandya

Genetically Engineered Machines

Feb 17, 2009

Naweed Paya, BE'09, and Alyssa Henning, BE'10, are among the founders of the project team Genetically Engineered Machines. The team will be completing a synthetic biology project by the end of summer 2009 and will participate in the annual worldwide iGEM competition held at MIT. The competition requires designing and building useful biological devices using a library of existing standardized parts (called BioBrick standard biological parts).

USAirways Magazine

The USAirways Magazine highlighted Ithaca in an article

Feb 16, 2009

The USAirways Magazine, February 2009, highlighted Ithaca in an article "Business Outlook: ITHACA Economic Development". Featured in the article was Professor Larry Walker's Biofuels Research Lab, on page 100.

Congratulations to Professor Larry Walker

Feb 16, 2009

Professor Larry Walker was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering "In recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Medical and Biological Engineering".

Professor Peter Hess

Congratulations to Associate Professor Peter Hess

Feb 16, 2009

BEE is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Peter Hess has been awarded tenure. Congratulations, Peter!

Congratulations to Richard F. Vincent

Jan 16, 2009

Outstanding Alumni Awardee: Richard F. Vincent. Richard Vincent, ABEN'58, currently a member of the BEE Advisory Council, was awarded a 2008 Outstanding Alumni award from CALS. From his award bio, "Vincent always makes it a priority to serve as a leader nationally for his profession, locally for his community, and wherever he is for Cornell. He is known for his sense of humor, vast knowledge in many fields, generosity, deep and sincere passion and friendship". Dick was a wrestler during his years at Cornell, and is in the Big Red Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the 2007 National Wrestling Hall of Fame as the Outstanding American from New York.