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Connecting with Cornell is a publication featuring news from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.


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    Connecting with Cornell volume 22, issue 1-2 (2009)
    (Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2009)
    In this Issue: Research in Progress - 11 of Cornell' s young faculty talk with the editor about their research, exploring a broad range of topics and explaining how they got hooked on their fields; "Any Person ... Any Study" and the Lure of Research - Cornell provides many opportunities for undergraduate students to experience a variety of fields and perspectives, truly fulfilling Ezra Cornell’s famous goal of "any person ... any study"; Undergraduate Researchers Pick Applied and Engineering Physics - Kenneth Ferguson '11 and Nitin Malik '11 are two undergraduate researchers in the Department of Applied and Engineering Physics doing interesting work in the laboratories on campus; Why Cornell? - 11 young Cornell faculty reveal why they chose Cornell and would recommend it to other young innovators in their fields; Amplifying Science - Over the past decade, the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) has brought Cornell scientists and K-12 teachers together to improve science education; Salt Matters - SaltCheck Inc., an Allied Minds company that is based on Cornell research, is working to develop and commercialize an on-the-spot test to monitor salt excretion that closely mirrors salt intake for hypertension patients; Power in the Peel - When nearly 1,000 U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches settled in for the long flight to Beijing to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, each of them was provided with a supply of a new type of "functional food" called AppleBoost(TM) energy snack tubes; The Essence of Cornell - When we talk about Cornell, we can describe the institution in many ways. Cornell has a beautiful campus; it is diverse; it is Ivy League; it is an American university with a global scope; it is cutting-edge.
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 21, issue 1 (2008)
    (Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2008)
    One of Cornell’s greatest assets is its ability to foster an interdisciplinary research culture. That culture is seen at work in this issue of Connecting with Cornell as it spans the 230 miles between the Cornell-Ithaca and Weill Cornell Medical College campuses. What makes this issue special is that we see not only how Cornell faculty bridge the distance between the two campuses but also how the university nurtures collaborations and exciting new results unfold. Cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to teaching undergraduate and graduate students evolve as Cornell broadens its interdisciplinary culture. Surgeons and engineers look for solutions to problems such as wound healing and tissue engineering. Social scientists and physicians search for ways to help alleviate some of the problems in global health. Life scientists and physicians study some of the world’s most vexing diseases. Physicians and social scientists work on problems associated with aging. Engineers and radiologists concentrate on CT imaging as preventive measures for diseases. Cornell-Ithaca and Weill Cornell Medical College faculty develop new courses and research experiences for students on both campuses. As the Cornell faculty seek solutions to problems in human health, a new array of collaborations opens up new directions in research, teaching, and outreach for the benefit of human health.
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 20, issue 1 (Spring/Summer 2007)
    (Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2007)
    In this issue of Connecting with Cornell, researchers reveal much about things that fly. Faculty researchers tell us fascinating stories of their discoveries about how bats walk, how songbirds learn their songs, how dragonflies fly, the beauty of butterflies, the avian flu virus, and the benefits of using a certain species of wasp as a biological pest control. Student researchers tell us about their studies on the mating habits of butterflies and on mosquitoes as vectors of dengue fever and West Nile virus. They share how these research experiences broadened their academic experiences and helped with career decisions. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reaches out to the international community with many engaging activities and scientific resources. The Weill Cornell Medical College spins off a successful company that studies and applies metabolomics to better diagnostics and disease treatment. We also learn how Cornell is at the forefront of caring for animals in its research and teaching programs on the Ithaca campus.
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 19, issue 1 (Winter 2006): A Passion for Figuring Things Out
    (Cornell University Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2006)
    During late spring and summer of 2005, Editor Ernestina Snead talked with five scientists at Cornell about their work--their research and how they approach it; how and why they chose their fields; their passion for their work; frustrations and challenges; how they balance work and family; how they help to educate others about science and technology, whether undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctorate fellows, children, or the general public. Here are their stories--intriguing and inspiring--which put their research into the context of their lives.
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 18, issue 1 (Fall/Winter 2005): Cornell Research From Basic to Applied
    (Cornell University Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2005)
    There are few universities anywhere in the world with the research scope of Cornell University. Cornell's record of practical research, a hallmark of the institution as conceived by Ezra Cornell, has served the university well, as much from the knowledge gained as from the training it affords students. Cornell's research, whether basic or applied, has anchored the university's programs in instruction and outreach and its tradition of research for the betterment of society
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 17, issue 2 (Winter 2004): Entrusted with a National Treasure of Transnational Significance, Cornell Orchestrates Celestially at the Arecibo Observatory
    (Cornell University Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2004)
    The Arecibo telescope is made up of a mosaic of nearly 40,000 aluminum panels with an overall bowl shape that is 305 meters (1,000 feet) in diameter. Imagine that the shape of the aluminum bowl is aligned in such a way that all the panels, of which it is made, keep it precisely spherical in shape to within about 1.5 millimeters (about the width of the lead in a pencil). This is the mechanical engineering achievement that the telescope represents.
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 17, issue 1 (Fall 2003): Cornell's Faculty of Computing and Information Science (CIS): Automating Intellectual Tasks
    (Cornell University Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2003)
    Computing and information science and its technologies have properties of a "meta-science": they accelerate discovery in all branches of inquiry. Computing technology has created a new branch of science and engineering in which computer simulation leads to new discoveries and designs. Information technology has altered the means of scholarly communication and research. Proof technology has made it possible to use computers in creating and confirming mathematical results to unprecedented levels of certainty. CIS has its own identity as a discipline. It is concerned with computation for its intrinsic value and includes the mature discipline of computer science. CIS is concerned with dynamic digital information resources such as the Web and includes the emerging discipline of information science. CIS is concerned with building virtual realities that have aesthetic as well as practical value and includes graphics, animation, and interactive entertainment.
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 16, issue 2 (Winter 2002-3): Seeking to Understand, Explain, and Improve Human Society, the Social Sciences at Cornell Are a Work in Progress
    (Cornell University Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2003)
    Heirs to a distinguished tradition of research, Cornell's social scientists today are presented with exciting opportunities and challenges as they seek to understand, explain, and, where possible, improve human society. These opportunities and challenges arise from a common source. Located in eight of Cornell's eleven colleges on the Ithaca campus, the faculty in the social sciences number between 400 and 500 at the professorial level alone. Faculty are found in the endowed, the state-assisted, and the professional schools. They engage not only in basic and applied research but also in a broad range of extension activities. Their interests are disciplinary and interdisciplinary, domestic and international. Their approaches are quantitative and qualitative: they overlap at one end with the natural and computational sciences and at the other with the arts and humanities. They are fully engaged with both of Cornell's dual, and occasionally dueling, personalities "elite" Ivy League institution and "Land-Grant" university of the State of New York.
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 16, issue 1 (Summer 2002): What Makes Cornell NanoSmart?
    (Cornell University Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2002)
    The Cornell faculty have proven that they can collaborate effectively in nanoscience and nanotechnology research. The success of several interdisciplinary faculty groups in winning support to carry out innovative work in the research centers described in this issue shows this. However, how did Cornell actually become nanosmart? A deeper question is: Why is Cornell able to collaborate so effectively across the disciplines? How did this develop, and why can Cornell do it? Does it happen spontaneously, and why does it happen when it does? How fragile is this culture, and how can Cornell sustain it? As a longtime faculty member at Cornell, my answer to these questions reflects a particular view of the history and the people who brought us to this point.
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    Connecting with Cornell volume 15, issue 2 (Fall 2001): Medical Research is Fused with Technology and the Basic Sciences on Cornell's Upstate New York Campuses
    (Cornell University Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 2001)
    Medical research at Cornell is not confined to the medical campus in New York City or to the field we call human medicine. It represents a much broader range of studies. The link between basic research in chemistry, physics, and biology and research in medicine is more direct than ever. With the sequencing of the human genome and the realization that we share a large fraction of genes with other mammals and organisms, these links will inevitable become even tighter. Also, research aimed at animal health can often lead to cures for similar human diseases. From the College of Engineering to the College of Veterinary Medicine, from the CHESS to the Cornell Theory Center, the existence on one campus of such a broad range of expertise and research facilities makes medical research more feasible and the results more rapid.