Annual Report FY 2004 - Research at Cornell
Alyssa B. Apsel, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and D. Tyler McQuade, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, were named two of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators in 2004 by Technology Review.
The Arecibo Observatory telescope, the largest and most sensitive single-dish radio telescope in the world got a new “eye on the sky,” the ALFA (Arecibo L-Band Feed Array), which enables large-scale sky surveys with unprecedented sensitivity and data collection seven times faster than before.
The Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR), in cooperation with statewide regional technology development centers and funded by the New York State Office for Science, Technology, and Academic Research offered the first round of exploratory grants to help New York State companies, particularly small companies, find company-Cornell technology connections based on company needs and what Cornell has to offer.
The American Chemical Society paid tribute to Jack H. Freed, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, for his scientific accomplishments. An issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, entitled the “Jack H. Freed Festschrift,” was dedicated to him.
Cornell dedicated the G-Line, a division of CHESS (Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source), which enables the design of new beam lines and the next generation of X-ray optics. It is the world’s only such center on the central campus of a major research university.
The National Science Foundation awarded Cornell’s Nanobiotechnology Center, the Sciencenter of Ithaca, and Painted Universe (a design and fabrication firm of Lansing, New York) $1.8 million to design and build an exhibition that will explain nanoscale science to children. The “Too Small to See” exhibit will take children and adults on a journey through the world of nanodimensions.
Committing $5 million over a period of five years, Cornell joined a nationwide consortium—National LambdaRail (NRL)—that owns and operates a fiber-optic networking infrastructure for scientific computer communication. This provides the university’s researchers with unprecedented high-speed connections and allows other upstate New York institutions to invest in and join the system.
The National Science Foundation awarded $4.2 million over two years to the research consortium directed by Steven D. Tanksley, Plant Breeding and Genetics,for a project to sequence all 12 tomato chromosomes.
William P. Thurston, Mathematics, won the 2005 American Mathematical Society (AMS) book prize for Three-Dimensional Geometry and Topology (Princeton University Press), which describes Thurston’s “geometrization program.” The book is celebrated as a work that “has played such an important and dynamic role in modern mathematics.”
An innovative PET “tracer” drug manufactured at Weill Cornell Medical College received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for use in diagnosing tumors, cardiovascular problems, and centers of epileptic activity in the brain using positron emission tomography (PET). The FDA’s approval of fludeoxyglucose F18 injection is the second such approval in the country for this type of radiopharmaceutical application.

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