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Active Learning Initiative funds nine projects

Innovative projects to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning in nine departments have received funding administered by Cornell’s Active Learning Initiative.

Study probes effect of virtual reality on learning

An exercise in learning phases of the moon conducted by the Virtual Embodiment Lab showed no real difference in learning between VR, hands-on and computer simulation methods. 

To conserve energy, AI clears up cloudy forecasts

A machine learning model trained with years’ worth of forecast and weather data predicts the accuracy of the weather forecast – the basis of a system that can reduce buildings’ energy usage by up to 10 percent.

Nanoscale guitar string ‘executes a complex dance’

A nano-sized guitar string vibrates and crackles in an unexpectedly organized and intricate way, according to researchers who devised a way to listen to a nanoscale guitar for the first time – and then played the Cornell alma mater on it.

Good vibrations: New display shows Earth’s quakes, quivers

An LED display on the first floor of Snee Hall offers a modern way to monitor all of Earth’s quakes and continental gurgles – in real time.

‘Deep tech’ innovations require industry partnerships

Creating new opportunities for industry partnerships and increasing engagement with the world beyond the lab could help researchers make a broader impact and meet grand challenges, said speakers at the “Deep Tech Eats Social Media for Lunch” panel, held Jan. 28 in the Upson Hall lounge.

A first: Cornell researchers quantify photocurrent loss in particle interface

A group led by Peng Chen has, for the first time, quantified the current loss that occurs in particle-to-particle interfaces in solar panels, which could inform future designs.

Charting a ‘map’ for determining negative thermal expansion

Negative thermal expansion, or NTE, is a rare but important phenomenon, and Cornell researchers have developed a better “map” for finding NTE in materials.

Program advances art of team building around the world

The Cornell Alliance for Science’s Global Leadership Fellows program teaches teams how to function across differences, so that workers can thrive in a culture of trust and respect.