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C Dots

Cornell startup raises $44M to advance ‘C Dots’ biotech

By: Chris Dawson

Elucida Oncology, a biotechnology company based on C Dots – ultra-small nanoparticles developed at Cornell that show promise in identifying and fighting cancer – recently secured $44 million in financing, in addition to $28 million raised in 2018. Read more

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Score! Engineering startup wins NFL innovation competition

By: Erin Philipson

Organic Robotics Corporation (ORC), co-founded by Robert Shepherd, associate professor in the Cornell Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, won the top award at the NFL’s 1st and Future Pitch Competition in the Innovations to Advance Athlete Health and Safety category. The annual competition is in partnership with Amazon Web Services, Inc. and is designed to spur novel advancements in athlete safety and performance. ORC was founded in 2018 by Shepherd and former Ph.D. student, Ilayda Samilgil ’19. The company won $50,000 for its product, Light Lace™, designed to use light to... Read more

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Ultrawide bandgap gives material high-power potential

By: David Nutt

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. The collaboration was led by co-senior authors Debdeep Jena and Huili Grace Xing, both professors in electrical and computer engineering and in materials science and engineering. The team also included David Muller, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor in Applied and Engineering Physics, who... Read more

Greg Galvin

Inspired by his education, alumnus creates fast COVID-19 test

By: Syl Kacapyr

Entrepreneur Greg Galvin, M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’84, MBA ’93, didn’t factor the pandemic into his business plans for the year. He didn’t expect the shutdowns or the equipment shortages. And he didn’t plan on quickly pivoting his biotechnology company to provide a quick, accurate COVID-19 test that enabled Cayuga Health System to open one of the first drive-through testing sites in the nation. Read more

Chris Ober

Research Excellence Award given to Professor Ober

Congratutaltions to Professor Chris Ober for being awarded a 2020 Research Excellence Award. Research Excellence Awards were first established in 2015 to recognize the importance of leadership in innovative research. You can find the other 2020 winners here, along with past year's winners. Read more

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson featured in MATLAB File Exchange Pick of the week for Distance Learning

"We start Jr Lab with a review of statistics for determining a materials property using mass of M&Ms as an example. Since we couldn’t do it in the lab this year, I made an app that emulated 4 different balances and the statistics of randomly selected M&Ms along with a few outliers and broken ones. The students used this virtual opportunity to also think about which of the 4 balances was up to the task of accurately characterizing the property with the least expense. In addition to submitting a lab report on statistics, they wrote a “purchase order” proposal recommending which balance could be... Read more

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Collaboration sparks new model for ceramic conductivity

By: David Nutt

As insulators, metal oxides – also known as ceramics – may not seem like obvious candidates for electrical conductivity. While electrons zip back and forth in regular metals, their movement in ceramic materials is sluggish and difficult to detect. Read more

Lou Estevez

UD scientist ‘AIMMs’ for safer face masks

By: Thomas Gnau

MSE Ph.D. and University of Dayton scientist, Lou Estevez, has pioneered what the school says is a reusable self-disinfecting N95 mask concept — an idea so promising, the inventor has started a business to commercialize the technology. Find out more here: Read more