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Professor Dan Luo

Dec 12, 2011

Professor Dan Luo was a plenary speaker at the Second Nano Today Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. His talk was entitled "Engineering DNA as Both Genetic and Generic Materials".

BEE students receive Global Fellows certificates

Nov 15, 2011

BEE students receive Global Fellows certificates: Rohiverth Guarecuco (Honduras, Volunteer), Allison Jagoe (Denmark, Study), Kelly McBride (UK, Study), Caitlin Anderson (Tanzania, Volunteer), Lawrence Withers (Kenya, Volunteer), and Charles Coombs (Germany, Study).\

Lauren Hodge worked with graduate student Kyle Delwiche

Nov 15, 2011

Lauren Hodge, a winner of Google's Global Science Fair, worked with graduate student Kyle Delwiche in Professor Todd Walter's lab to determine how pulverized pumpkin reacts to water contaminated with hard metals.

Artificial intestine could treat children's bowel condition

Nov 12, 2011

Professor John March and Professor David Hackam (Univ. of Pittsburgh) have been given a 2011 Hartwell Collaboration Award for their proposal "Generation of an Artificial Intestine for the Treatment of Short Bowel Syndrome in Children".

Alyssa Henning is now the AlumniGEM president

Nov 7, 2011

Alyssa Henning, BE'11, is now the AlumniGEM president. Her team won gold at the America's regional jamboree as well as the track award for the Best Manufacturing Project IN THE WORLD at the iGEM Championship Jamboree.

Law School to host international water conference Nov. 4-6

Nov 4, 2011

The "Water Scarcity and Policy in the Middle East and Mediterranean" brought scholars from Egypt, Tunisia, Greece, Spain, Lebanon, Ethiopia, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel together to discuss the growing water crisis in the region. BEE was a co-sponsor of this conference, through Professor Tammo Steenhuis

Four Cornell faculty win PECASE awards

Nov 3, 2011

Professor John March is a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, which is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career science and engineering professionals.

Kiln to make rural Kenyan village energy self-sufficient with agricultural boon

Oct 18, 2011

Professor Lars Angenent and his researcher Hanno Richter are working with an interdisciplinary team working on a slow pyrolysis unit that will be used to harness the power of organic material to fuel an entire village in Kenya. The project is funded by the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. The Angenent Lab has made progress in harnessing microbes to produce liquid fuel from the gases produced by slow pyrolysis.

Congratulations to Graduate Students

Aug 29, 2011

The Cornell University Iota Chapter of Alpha Epsilon has been awarded the New Project Seed Money Award and the Most Improved Chapter Award. Congratulations to Graduate Students Elliot Friedman, Sheila Saia, Marie Donnelly and the group as a whole for all their work!

ABET accreditation received

Aug 12, 2011

Seven College of Engineering undergraduate programs, including BEE's Biological Engineering and Environmental Engineering, have received ABET accreditation. This finding is the result of a review and inspection by ABET completed in Fall 2010.

Professor Norm Scott has retired

Aug 12, 2011

Professor Norm Scott, after 49 years of service to our department, has retired and been honored with Professor Emeritus status.

BEE Professor John March

Congratulations to BEE Professor John March

Jul 12, 2011

Congratulations to BEE Professor John March for his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure!

Building plasmonic nanostructures with DNA

Jun 12, 2011

This article, by Professor Dan Luo's group, has been published in the May edition of Nature Nanotechnology. Picture caption: A vast library of plasmonic atoms can be synthesized using wet-chemistry approaches; various DNA motifs can be created using DNA nanotechnology; the plasmonic atoms and DNA can then be used to rationally design and synthesize a range of plasmonic nanostructures.

Understanding synergy between two bacteria could improve fuel cells

Jun 9, 2011

See the Cornell Chronicle story on Angenent Lab Grad Student Arvind Venkataraman's work published in Energy and Environmental Science, "Metabolite-based mutualism between Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14 and Enterobacter aerogenes enhances current generation in bioelectrochemical systems". From the Chronicle article, "Like mutual back-scratching, two common bacteria involved in what was thought to be only a marginally important relationship actually help each other thrive when grown together in bioreactors".

Atkinson Center announces 10 new venture fund awards

Jun 1, 2011

10 interdisciplinary projects have been chosen for funding from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. The awardees include David de Villiers, BEE Research Associate, with colleagues Miguel Gomez (AEM) and Huaizhu Gao (CEE) for their project, "Developing a Soil-Based, Sustainable Specialty Crop Greenhouse Industry in the Northeast".

Merrill Awards salute top students' high school and Cornell teachers

May 15, 2011

Bernard Cammarata, BE'11, and Matthew Giambrone, BE'11, have been honored as 2011 Merrill Scholars. Both award winners have picked BEE Professor Kifle Gebremedhin as the "Cornell faculty member who most contributed to their university experience". The student's writeups honoring their high school teachers and Prof. Gebremedhin are available in the Event Program.

BE and EnvE Graduates win recognition.

May 15, 2011

Bernard Cammarata and Matthew Giambrone, BE'11, have received 2011 Merrill Scholars Awards. Andrew Chen, BE'11, is a Class of 2011 Banner Bearer and has received a CALS Academic Excellence award. Matthew Giambrone, BE'11, and Anthony Terrizzi, EnvE'11, have also received CALS Academic Excellence awards. Patrick Nadeau, EnvE'11, has received a CALS Academic Excellence in a Double Major award, (EnvE and SNES). Christine Pitner, BE'11, has received a Cornell Tradition Senior Recognition award. Allison Truhlar, EnvE'11, has received a Gates-Cambridge Fellowship, and an NSF Fellowship. Congratulations to all our 2011 graduates!

Researchers develop portable, quick and cheap test to detect deadly virus.

May 9, 2011

Christine Pitner, BE'11, who is doing her undergraduate research with Professor Antje Baeumner and Research Associate Katie Edwards on a highly sensitive antibody-recognition system, similar to a home pregnancy test, that yields a visible line when rotavirus is present in a fecal sample.

'DNAsomes' can deliver multiple drugs or genetic therapy

Apr 21, 2011

Professor Dan Luo and colleagues are using synthetic DNA to make nanoparticles, dubbed DNAsomes, that can deliver drugs and genetic therapy to the insides of cells. The work was reported in the Jan. 3rd issue of the journal Small

Roanna Ruiz receives Defense Department fellowship

Apr 20, 2011

Roanna Ruiz, a second year Ph.D. student in BME, has received a 2011 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. She is advised by Professor Dan Luo, and hopes to enhance point-of-care medical devices.

Taking out the ouch

Apr 15, 2011

Professor Antje Baeumner, with visiting graduate students Christian Willrodt and Vanessa Kurth, is collaborating with SensiVida Medical Technologies, Inc., West Henrietta, N.Y., on a painless glucose biosensor that provides more accurate results than currently available tests.

Kyle Delwiche

Congratulations to Kyle Delwiche

Apr 15, 2011

Congratulations to Kyle Delwiche for being awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Kyle's research interest is pollutant transport. She is a PhD student in the Soil and Water Lab working with Professor Todd Walter.

Lauren McPhillips

Congratulations to Lauren McPhillips

Apr 15, 2011

Congratulations to Lauren McPhillips for being awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Lauren's research interest is ecohydrology. She is a PhD student in the Soil and Water Lab working with Professor Todd Walter.

Congratulations to Sheila Saia

Apr 15, 2011

S&W PhD student Sheila Saia, who works with Professor Tammo Steenhuis, earned an honorable mention for her NSF fellowship proposal.

Congratulations to Lauren Matlock-Colangelo

Apr 15, 2011

Congratulations to Lauren Matlock-Colangelo, a PhD student in Professor Baeumner's Bioanalytical Microsystems & Biosensors lab, for her selection to a 2011 CALS Outstanding TA Award. Lauren is head TA for BEE2600.

Two juniors named Goldwater scholars

Apr 7, 2011

Randall Meyer, BE'12, and Rachel Perlman, SNES'12, have been named 2011 Goldwater Scholars. Randall, a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, investigates the pathology of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus in zebra fish. Rachel works in the Soil and Water lab.

Professor Michael B. Timmons will be an invited speaker at "The 12th Aquaculture Insurance & Risk Management Conference"

Mar 31, 2011

Professor Michael B. Timmons, our world renowned expert in recirculation aquaculture, will be an invited speaker at "The 12th Aquaculture Insurance & Risk Management Conference", 31st March – 1st April 2011, held in Cork, Republic of Ireland. Delegates come from the small but growing insurance market for aquaculture stock. Professor Timmons will address recirculation aquaculture and risk management. The area of RISK is one in which Professor Timmons is very much involved particularly with respect to design and distribution of risk for land-based recirculating systems. He brings extensive and rich instructional and research experience to this topic and a strong outreach program including work with freshwater tilapia and in-land saltwater shrimp operations. He has also had personal involvement with his family's 500 ton/year tilapia farm over a 12 year period.

Professor John March listens as Graduate Student Brian Buchanan explains his research

Professor John March listens to Graduate Student Brian Buchanan

Mar 15, 2011

Professor John March listens as Graduate Student Brian Buchanan explains his research on the hydrologic impact of roadside ditch networks at the 2011 BEE Graduate Research Symposium.

Congratulations to Lauren Matlock

Mar 15, 2011

Graduate Student Lauren Matlock, Baeumner Lab, won 1st Place in the graduate poster competition at the 2011 Annual IBE Conference for her poster entitled "Investigation of functional electrospun nanofibers as bioseparators in microfluidic channels". Congratulations, Lauren!

Poster Final

The 9th Annual IBE BioExpo was held Wednesday, March 2nd

Mar 2, 2011

The 9th Annual IBE BioExpo was held Wednesday, March 2nd in the Duffield Hall Atrium. Congratulations to the poster award winners: The 1st Place Zuckerman Prize for Excellence in Biological Engineering went to Brian Kwee, ChemE'12, for his poster, "Effect of Dimensionality, Integrin Engagement, and Oxygen Concentration of Tumor Gene Expression". 2nd place went to Kathy Chou, BE'11, for her poster, "The Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency on Histomorphometry and Strength of Rat Vertebrae". 3rd place went to Alyssa Henning, BE'11, for her poster, "In Vivo Imaging of Avian Embryos via Micro-Computed Tomography".

Complete Streets

On the road - 'Complete Streets' seminar teaches New Paltz conveyance skills

Feb 17, 2011

See the New Paltz Times story on the workshop given by Extension Associate Lois Chaplin. A 'complete street' would have access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles and motorists of all ages and abilities. It would have a comprehensive, integrated network.

Educators will be trained in ways to teach about biofuels, thanks to $5 million grant

Feb 15, 2011

See the Cornell Chronicle story on the 5-year professional development grant awarded to BEE Senior Research Associate Corey Rutzke. Dr. Rutzke is the director of the Northeast Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Program and will host workshops at Cornell to train science teachers so they in turn can incorporate lessons and hands-on activities about bioenergy and products made from algae, willow, switchgrass, soybean oil and other feedstocks into their middle school, high school and college classrooms.

Congratulations to Professor Lars Angenent

Feb 15, 2011

Congratulations to Professor Lars Angenent who has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the Microbial Biotechnology journal. MBT, launched in 2008, was created to publish papers of original research reporting significant advances in any aspect of microbial applications. Prior to the launch of this journal, the field of microbial biotechnology had no dedicated high profile vehicle to disseminate the top research and promote the field.

Professor Emeritus David Ludington '56.

Feb 15, 2011

It is with sadness but with many great memories that BEE says goodbye to Professor Emeritus David Ludington, who passed away this month. Dave's distinguished 35+ year career is legendary, he joined our faculty in1959 in what was then our Department of Agricultural Engineering, until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1995. Dave will be especially remembered as a loyal and dedicated colleague and for his early work in studying poultry waste disposal. Dave worked for many years on a wide variety of energy conservation and dairy engineering projects. Dave was regarded with the greatest admiration and affection by countless friends and former students and colleagues.

Comparative constraint-based model development for thermophilic hydrogen production

Feb 15, 2011

This article by Sarah Munro, Ph.D.'10, Professor Larry Walker's Biofuels Research Lab, et. al., has been printed in the Peer Review: Original Research section of Industrial Biotechnology, Volume 7, Number 1, February 2011. The cover image is from Sarah's graduate research, "Metabolic network model. Image of the Thermotoga neapolitana metabolic network model generated with the biological network visualization program Cytoscape".

Scientists devise artificial intestine to help engineer disease-fighting gut bacteria.

Feb 15, 2011

See the Cornell Chronicle story on the research ongoing in BEE Professor John March's lab, creating a biological model of a human colon. Carcinoma cells from a colon cover fabricated fingerlike structures mimicking the intestinal villi. In a human small intestine, villi cover the surface of the lumen and are locations where fluids and nutrients are absorbed. This method will allow construction of in vitro tissue models with physiologically realistic geometries at microscale resolutions and will change the way drug delivery and other small scale physiological processes can be studied. See also Making a better artificial intestine, , in the Los Angeles Times HEALTH section. Postdoc Jong Hwan Sung is the first author of their publication, Microscale 3-D hydrogel scaffold for biomimetic gastrointestinal (GI) tract model, , Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 389-392.

Brewery waste is scientific fodder for producing liquid biofuels

Feb 15, 2011

See the Cornell Chronicle story on the research ongoing in BEE Professor Lars Angenent's lab studying how the microbes in large bioreactors produce methane from brewery waste. They hope to "use their new knowledge to shape these microbial communities so they will produce liquid biofuels and other useful products". Research Associate Jeffrey Werner is the first author of their publication, Bacterial community structures are unique and resilient in full-scale bioenergy systems, ,10.1073/PNAS.1015676108, published online before print.

Dan Luo

Congratulations to Professor Dan Luo

Jan 15, 2011

Congratulations to Professor Dan Luo on his promotion to Full Professor!