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Reed awarded $1.4M grant to advance human-natural system modeling

A Cornell engineer is advancing the field of ‘multi-sector dynamics’ with a new $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that will focus on techniques for better projecting the outcomes of human interactions with the natural world.

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Immersive education: Oceanography lectures inspire new eCornell course

Attracting more than 1,000 students every fall, Intro to Oceanography is the largest course at Cornell. When Senior Lecturer Bruce Monger started recording the lectures for remote teaching, he partnered with eCornell and ended up developing a publicly accessible oceanography and climate sustainability course too.

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Borehole to reveal potential of geothermal heating

Cornell is moving forward, and underground, with plans to drill an observatory borehole to explore the viability – and ensure the safety – of using geothermal energy to heat the Ithaca campus.

Ultrawide bandgap gives material high-power potential

A Cornell collaboration has found a way to grow a single crystalline layer of alpha-aluminum gallium oxide that has the widest energy bandgap to date – a discovery that clears the way for new semiconductors that will handle higher voltages, higher power densities and higher frequencies than previously seen.

K. Bingham Cady, engineering emeritus professor, dies at 84

K. Bingham Cady, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, died Dec. 10 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He was 84.

Migrations initiative wins $5M Mellon grant for racial justice

The grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative will bring together scholars from across the university and beyond to study the links between racism, dispossession and migration.

DNA in water used to uncover genes of invasive fish

In a proof-of-principle study, Cornell researchers describe a new technique in which they analyzed environmental DNA – or eDNA – from water samples in Cayuga Lake to gather nuanced information about the presence of invasive round goby fish.

Forum to provide update on Earth Source Heat project

Cornell’s proposal to tap the Earth’s thermal energy to heat the Ithaca campus will be the focus of a virtual community forum, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m.

Organic matter, bacteria doom sea stars to oxygen depletion

New Cornell-led research suggests that starfish, victims of sea star wasting disease, may actually be in respiratory distress, as nearby organic matter and warming oceans rob them of their “breath.”