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Erich Mueller Receives The Robert A. and Donna B. Paul Academic Advising Award in the College of Arts & Sciences

After four years serving as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Physics, Prof. Erich Mueller receives the Paul Fellowships for Academic Advising in the College of Arts & Sciences. This award was established in 1992 to recognize faculty and lecturers to honor undergraduate advisers and/or mentors who positively impact the lives of Cornell students.

See the Paul Fellowships page for more on the accomplishments of Prof. Mueller.

Erich Mueller

Sol Gruner reflects on time at CHESS

Prof Sol Gruner wears many hats, including for the past 17 years that of director of the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). As of July 1 Prof Gruner will pass that hat to Prof Joel Brock of applied and engineering physics. In the June 12 article in the Chronicle Prof Gruner reflects on his time as CHESS director and looking forward to more time to dedicate to his research.

Sol Gruner and Joel Brock at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source

Paul McEuen talks Graphene and Nanotubes with Discover Magazine

In the summer 2013 issue of Discover Magazine Prof Paul McEuen, Director of LASSP and the Kavli Institute at Cornell, gives a Q&A on advances in nanotechnology.

Preview the article at

Carbon Nano Tube

Savage and Cohen find crystals that melt when cooled

John Savage and Itai Cohen have observed an unexpected phenomena in large crystals that melt as they are cooled. Savage, who led the study, is a former postdoc associate for Itai Cohen.

Read more in the Chronicle

Prof. Eun-Ah Kim Receives Early Career Research Program Award

Professor of physics, Eun-Ah Kim was recently named one of sixty-one selectees for an Early Career Research Program Award from the US Department of Energy. 770 scientists submitted proposals for the award, now in its fourth year. A press release from the DOE stated that the award “supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science.”

Prof. Kim was chosen by the Basic Energy Sciences office of the DOE for her proposal titled, “Emergence of High Tc Superconductivity Out of Charge and Spin Ordered Phases.”

Kim joined Cornell’s faculty in 2008 and is also the recipient of an NSF Career Award.

To read the full list of awardees, click here.

Communicating Science: A Kavli Workshop for Scientists

Update May 28, 2013 -
The Chronicle has posted: reflections on the workshop and reflections on the public talk.

Join Alan Alda, The Kavli Foundation, and the Center for Communicating Science for an innovative workshop, May 21-24, 2013, at the Kavli Institute for NanoScale Science at Cornell in Ithaca, NY.

As host of Scientific American Frontiers, Alan Alda interviewed 700 scientists around the world. Now he is helping scientists learn to communicate effectively with the public, including public officials, funders, employers, students, the media, and potential collaborators in other disciplines.

There will be a a public lecture May 22 on science communication will be at 7:30 p.m. in Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall. Free tickets are available starting May 10 in 420 Physical Sciences Building, 242 Carpenter Hall and 260 Roberts Hall.

Information and registration for the three day workshop can be found at the Kavli Institute at Cornell.