ARRA - Recovery Act

Research Highlights from the Cornell Chronicle

  • USDA adopts Cornell-developed VIVO to network scientists
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will be the first federal organization to use VIVO, a Web application conceived and developed at Cornell, to help scientists network and find potential collaborators. (Oct. 28, 2010)
  • Computer graphics to help streamline green building design
    Supported by federal stimulus funds, an interdisciplinary research group is creating computer simulation software that would allow architects to employ sustainable design principles from day one. (Sept. 29, 2010)
  • DOE names graduate fellows in sciences
    Three Cornell graduate students have received Department of Energy fellowship awards, which are designed to strengthen the nation's scientific workforce. (Aug. 23, 2010)
  • Biotechnology training supported by stimulus funding
    The Medical and Industrial Biotechnology Program, which graduated its first group of 10 students this year, has received a three-year, $700,000 NSF grant to grow the program. (June 23, 2010)
  • Stimulus money funds research on beam brightness
    Determining the brightness limits of electron beams in X-ray synchrotron radiation facilities will be the focus of a five-year research project by assistant professor of physics Ivan Bazarov. (Feb. 15, 2010)
  • Recovery act funds computer power supply research
    Cornell researchers led by Alyssa Apsel, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, are sharing a $685,000 Department of Energy grant to design power supplies for multicore systems. (June 8, 2010)
  • ARRA funding supports new nanomaterials research
    Direct assembly of nanomaterials for highly efficient energy conversion will be the goal of a five-year, $750,000 project led by Cornell researcher David Erickson. (Feb. 15, 2010)
  • Two faculty members get grant for disaster planning
    Researchers will develop mathematical representations of strategic interactions between building owners and insurance companies in the aftermath of a natural disaster. (Jan. 26, 2010)
  • Psychologists develop tools to predict cognitive impairment
    Psychologists Charles Brainerd and Valerie Reyna are looking for ways to identify people at risk for developing cognitive impairment - early on, when chances for successful intervention are highest. (Jan. 25, 2010)
  • Evans studies stress, poverty, brain development
    Environmental psychologist Gary Evans is examining whether being under chronic stress or having less responsive parents can lead directly to differences in brain structure and function in adulthood. (Jan. 25, 2010)
  • 'Robotic Scientist' to track drug abuse traces
    An artificial intelligence that can automatically plan and execute experiments may soon provide new insights into the biology of addiction to drugs and alcohol. (Jan. 8, 2010)
  • Supercomputer offers MATLAB capability
    The Cornell Center for Advanced computing has deployed A 512-core parallel cluster running the scientific language MATLAB as an experimental resource on the TeraGrid. (Jan. 7, 2010)
  • Search engines that learn from searchers
    New research aims to create search-engine software that can learn from users by noticing which links they click and how they reformulate their queries when the first results don't pay off. (Jan. 7, 2010)
  • Will a carrot or a stick prompt purchase of more carrots?
    Would a so-called Twinkie tax help curb obesity rates? Should shoppers who buy healthy goods earn rebates? A new study will seek to unravel the likely implications of legislative attempts to promote healthy eating. (Dec. 17, 2009)
  • Stimulus grant will improve physics arXiv
    Stimulus funding will enhance Cornell's e-print arXiv of scientific papers to help users identify a work's main concepts, see research reports in context and easily find related work. (Nov. 17, 2009)
  • Stimulus money to improve biological imaging
    Professor Warren Zipfel hopes to make fluorescence lifetime imaging up to 1,000 times faster and simpler to implement. (Nov. 16, 2009)
  • Researchers find a weak link in cancer cell armor
    Professor Robert Weiss has found that when two particular genes are inhibited, cancer cells are destroyed at a greater rate. The study is published in the Nov. 9 issue of PNAS. (Nov. 10, 2009)
  • Stimulus funds aid study of spinal cord injury recovery
    Ronald Harris-Warrick, Cornell professor of neurobiology and behavior, is using stimulus money to study locomotion that may lead to cures for spinal cord injuries. (Nov. 4, 2009)
  • Researcher studies blood vessels that feed tumors
    Federal stimulus funding helps Cornell researchers create tiny 3-D models of tumors to mimic conditions necessary for the development of vascular systems by tumors. (Nov. 2, 2009)
  • ARRA funds help nanoscale facility with equipment
    The Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility has received $1.38 million in federal stimulus funds to help with equipment upgrades. (Oct. 27, 2009)
  • ARRA research funding brings millions to Cornell
    The Ithaca campus has received 121 ARRA research awards, totaling $99,671,305, and Weill Cornell Medical College has received 63 awards totaling $21, 997,971, creating and retaining nearly 200 jobs. (Oct. 21, 2009)
  • Stimulus funds support creation of thin electronics
    Cornell scientists have invented a reliable way of processing organic devices with a patent-pending process called orthogonal lithography. (Oct. 20, 2009)
  • Tuberculosis researcher gets boost from ARRA funds
    Microbiologist David Russell was awarded more than $600,000 in federal stimulus funds as he races to better understand how the bacterium that causes tuberculosis survives inside human cells. (Oct. 15, 2009)
  • Stimulus funding to study genetics of fruit fly
    Charles Aquadro, professor of molecular biology and genetics, researches how fruit flies provide clues to humans' own genetic footprints of adaptation.(Oct. 12, 2009)
  • Professor uses video games to explore facets of autism
    Matthew Belmonte, assistant professor of human development, is looking for order behind the many behavioral and physiological features of autism. (Oct. 12, 2009)
  • Self-driving car will get smarter with stimulus funding
    Cornell's self-driving car - and Segways - will soon become safer and more talented, as a test bed for new research in robotics and artificial intelligence. (Oct. 5, 2009)
  • Stimulus funding to study detoxifying heavy metals
    With stimulus package funding, soil scientist Olena Vatamaniuk is studying a worm model system for clues into how humans might detoxify heavy metals. (Sept. 30, 2009)
  • Five faculty receive NSF early career awards
    Five more Cornell faculty members have received Faculty Early Career Development Awards from the National Science Foundation, some with federal stimulus funding. (Sept. 28, 2009)
  • Roald Hoffmann explores novel chemical properties
    The chemistry Nobel laureate has received an extra year tagged onto his regular three-year research grant, thanks to federal stimulus funds. (Sept. 28, 2009)
  • $2.3 million stimulus grant funds grad student research
    Cornell doctoral candidates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields have secured $2.3 million in research funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (Sept. 28, 2009)
  • Faculty researchers win prestigious NIH grants
    Two researchers have received five-year, $2.5 million Director's Pioneer Awards from the National Institutes of Health, and three other major grants were awarded to faculty members. (Sept. 24, 2009)
  • $19M in stimulus funding supports synchrotron research
    Nearly $19 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is supporting the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, Cornell Electron Storage Ring and the planned Energy Recovery Linac. (Sept. 14, 2009)
  • Five faculty members receive NSF early career awards
    Rachel Bean, Peter Diamessis, Matthias Liepe, Anders Ryd and Kyle Shen have received National Science Foundation Early Career Development Awards to fund specific research projects. (Aug. 27, 2009)
  • Energy research is vital for economy, Gov. Paterson says
    N.Y. Gov. David Paterson met with President David Skorton and education and industry leaders to highlight his support for collaborative research and Cornell projects funded by the federal stimulus package. (Aug. 27, 2009)
  • $3.2M grant to train students to tackle poverty issues
    A new Cornell program funded by the National Science Foundation will train graduate students to use interdisciplinary approaches to tackle food systems problems that contribute to extreme poverty. (Aug. 26, 2009)
  • Stimulus funds used to study disease resistance
    Using fruit flies as a model, entomologist Brian Lazzaro will study connections between the immune system and other physiological processes in determining resistance to infectious disease. (Aug. 24, 2009)
  • Some mice stem cells divide in unexpected ways
    Using new genetic tools, Cornell researchers have found that some stem cells in mice behave dramatically different than in fruit flies, where most of the pioneering stem cell work has been conducted. (Aug. 14, 2009)
  • Three USDA units at Cornell to receive $925,000
    Three USDA labs at Cornell - the Holley Center for Agriculture and Health in Ithaca and the Plant Genetic Resources Unit and Grape Genetics Research Unit in Geneva - will share $925,000 for upgrades. (June 30, 2009)
  • Cornell to buy MRI scanner for Ithaca campus
    The medical imaging device, which should be up and running by fall 2011 thanks to a $2 million federal grant, will allow researchers to delve into new areas, ranging from the biological processes to tissue engineering. (June 9, 2009)
  • Stimulus grants boost energy research and jobs
    Cornell researchers have won federal stimulus funding for three projects that will help meet the nation's future energy needs, with additional state support for one project. (May 7, 2009)
  • Competition is on for federal stimulus funding
    Cornell has submitted 58 proposals for a piece of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the federal stimulus package, and 40 more are in the pipeline, says Vice Provost Bob Buhrman. (May 7, 2009)
  • U.S. Sen. Gillibrand hosts economic roundtable
    In her first visit to Cornell as New York's junior U.S. senator, Kirsten Gillibrand pledged to advocate for the university's agriculture and veterinary programs as a way of revitalizing New York state's economy. (April 8, 2009)
  • CU will play role in global energy future, Clancy says
    Speaking to the President's Council of Cornell Women March 7, Professor Paulette Clancy reviewed the many ways that Cornell is contributing to the sustainable energy field. (March 10, 2009)