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  • The Appel Institute for Alzheimer’s Research at Weill Cornell Medical College was established with a $15 million donation from Helen and Robert Appel. The institute will unite researchers and clinicians from Cornell’s Ithaca and New York City campuses to study the disease. Researchers in neurology, neurogenetics, biochemistry, and microbiology will work to gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, to develop treatments, and ultimately to find a cure.
  • Cornell’s Department of Music received its largest gift to date of $6.5 million from the estate of alumnus Sidney T. Cox to support the performing ensembles, concerts and lectures, and graduate education in musicology, composition, and performance practice.
  • To support the Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration received its largest gift ever of $15 million, given by Leland and Mary Pillsbury to encourage and provide guidance for students in entrepreneurial studies, enabling innovation and new business formation in the hospitality industry.
  • Cornell’s Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) prototype was granted $12 million by New York’s Empire State Development Corporation to help support the engineering design of the ERL.
  • DNA buckyballs created by Dan Luo, Biological and Environmental Engineering, were named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2006 by R&D magazine.
  • A new species of fish, Ogilbia suarezae, was named for Susan S. Suarez, Biomedical Sciences, 30 years after her master’s thesis, published in the Bulletin of Marine Science in 1975, described a close relative, O. cayorum, of the newly discovered species. Resembling a willow leaf, the species is a small, yellow, live-bearing fish of the Caribbean.
  • To continue sequencing the tomato genome and create a database of genomic sequences and information on the tomato and related plants (Solanaceae family, which includes the potato, eggplant, pepper, and petunia), the National Science Foundation awarded Cornell University and the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research $1.8 million. The work is part of the International Tomato Sequencing Project, a collaboration with researchers from nine other countries.
  • Founder of the arXiv, an online science archive, Paul Ginsparg, Physics, received the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition for Networked Information, the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE.
  • Larry P. Walker, Biological and Environmental Engineering, received a $10 million New York State grant to upgrade Cornell’s industrial biotechnology laboratories for advancing technologies that convert perennial grasses and woody biomass to ethanol.
  • Arecibo Telescope discovered a never-before-seen radio emission-line spectrum from the Crab Nebula pulsar.
  • Mildred E. Warner, City and Regional Planning/ Development Sociology, received a $1.2 million grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to further the work of the Linking Economic Development and Child Care project, which she directs. The three-year grant is in partnership with the Alliance for Early Education Finance, Smart Start National Technical Assistance Center, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

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