Research Newly Funded/News Brief
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E: VP Research
Cornell faculty have proven that they can collaborate effectively
in nanoscience and nanotechnology research. The success of several
interdisciplinary faculty groups in winning support to carry out innovative
work in the research centers described in this issue shows this. However,
how did Cornell actually become nanosmart? A deeper question is: Why
is Cornell able to collaborate so effectively across the disciplines?
How did this
develop, and why can Cornell do it? Does it happen
spontaneously, and why does it happen when it does? How fragile is
this culture, and how can Cornell sustain it?
As a longtime faculty member at Cornell, my answer to these questions
reflects a particular view of the history and the people who brought
us to this point.