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Donald Holcomb, emeritus physics professor, dies at 92

Donald F. Holcomb, emeritus professor of physics and former chair of the Department of Physics and university trustee, died Aug. 9 at Kendal at Ithaca, at age 92. 

Creating open designs for complex computer chips

Christopher Batten, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and colleagues want to increase production of open-source computer hardware.

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Levitsky, Putnam, Quake elected professors-at-large

Political scientist Steven Levitsky, the Sundance Institute’s Keri Putnam and biomedical engineer Stephen Quake have joined the ranks of leading scholars and public intellectuals at Cornell as Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large.

Cryo-electron microscopy sheds new light on batteries

A collaboration involving researchers from physics and engineering used a new cryogenic microscopy technique to study the solid-liquid interface in lithium-metal batteries.

Campaign aims to bring climate science to every US high school

The Paleontological Research Institution and the university’s Sea Grant program raising funds to bring climate change science to every U.S. high school.

Former Cornell Provost Robert Plane dies at 90

Robert Plane, a professor emeritus of chemistry who served as the university’s provost during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s, died Aug. 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was 90.

Summer research programs intrigue diverse students

Visiting students representing the next generation of physicists got a taste of life as a researcher during a pair of eight-week summer programs hosted by the Cornell Laboratory for Accelerator-based Sciences and Education.

On-demand polymers may yield designer materials

The lab of Brett Fors, assistant professor of chemistry and chemical biology, has proposed a novel technique for creating designer polymers on demand. 

‘Toolkit’ aids sustainable manufacture of medicines

A new technique that combines electricity and chemistry offers a way for pharmaceuticals to be manufactured in an easily scaled-up and sustainable way.