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In the past few years, technology has cut the wires that once tied us to our technology. Cellular phones, wireless Internet "hot spots," and palm-sized computers allow us to access a wealth of information from virtually anywhere in the world. At Cornell, a group of undergraduate research assistants is working to broaden the influence of wireless technology. They are working with Johannes E. Gehrke, Computer Science, on the Cougar Project to improve wireless devices that mine and monitor the material world. The Cougar System is a distributed database system for sensor networks and is part of the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) SensIT program.
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The undergraduate research experience is often stereotyped as an activity conducted within the confines of libraries and labs and the associated paraphernalia of bulky books and test tubes. However, the eighteenth annual Undergraduate Research Forum, hosted by the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB), portrayed participation in university research as exciting as life itself. Keynote speaker Robert C. Richardson, 1996 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics and Cornell's Vice Provost for Research, highlighted Cornell's major research endeavors both on and off campus; and students from a variety of disciplines showcased unique and thought-provoking projects during a poster session. CURB's Spring Forum proved that research transcends the boundaries of the university and has a home in the real world.
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