BEE Professor Peter Hess has received NSF funding for work towards understanding extreme pollution events within the context of the general circulation of the atmosphere. [Beatrice Jin, Cornell Research] Read more
John March promoted to Full Professor
Jan 4, 2017
Congratulations to our Department Chair, John March, on his promotion to Full Professor.
BEE 4590 Project Selection - NoBS
Dec 16, 2016
Synthetic cathinones, commonly referred to as "bath salts," are a class of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) intended to mimic popular drugs such as MDMA, methamphetamine, and cocaine, and whose prevalence is increasing at an alarming rate, especially among teens and young adults. As part of BEE4590 (Biosensors and Bioanalytical Techniques), students form (theoretical) companies to address and solve analytical challenges by designing novel biosensors while meeting their capstone design requirement. NoBS, formed by Matthew Gellert, Catherine Li, and Alyssa Hartkorn, designed a homogenous, impedimetric aptamer-based sensor for use in emergency response settings, which would allow for affordable quantitation of bath salts in blood samples. Their design was a self-enclosed device encompassing blood collection, a competitive assay format based on DNA aptamer recognition of "bath salts", manipulation of gold-coated magnetic beads for monitoring changes in conductance, and user-friendly readout of results. The simplicity of their device for the end-user would lead to the accumulation of data points sufficient to accurately identify concentration-specific symptoms, prevalence statistics, and generate more successful intervention protocols. The design and excellent pitch by NoBS led to their selection for funding (also theoretical!) by a panel of their peers.
A Cornell-led team has devised a method for measuring the mechanical force cells exert on their surroundings, which can help scientists design better biomaterial scaffolds for tissue engineering. Read more
NanoAgro 2016 Conference, Beijing, China
Nov 17, 2016
A team of researchers led by BEE Professor Emeritus Norm Scott brought Cornell nanoscale science to the 2016 Beijing conference. Professor Scott was a Keynote speaker, with plenary speeches by Professors Luo and Wu. Conference Website
BEE Professor Todd Walter spoke at the third annual Celebration of Our Agricultural Community series, sponsored by the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, NY. "We have opportunities to reimagine the system as a whole, and with that the potential for more positive solutions." Read more
Professor Emeritus Norm Scott talks for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, Nano Nuggets: short videos featuring experts, visionaries, and artists sharing their thoughts on nanotechnoogy. Professor Scott discusses how nanotechnology can revolutionize the agriculture and food system. Read more
The Fall 2016 PeriodiCALS Magazine article, "Charting New York's Milky Way", includes a discussion with BEE Professor Kifle Gebremedhin on heat stress in cows. “Knowing the genetics behind [the sweating] process, we can try to enhance the frequency of the sweat glands to help the animals sweat more,” Gebremedhin said. “There are also sweat glands that don’t sweat. Can we entice them and make these redundant glands sweat?” Read more