Category Archives: News

March, 2015: Cornell Neurotech—a joint initiative launched in 2015 by Cornell Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences—aims to build powerful new tools that can be used to map the individual cells and complex neural networks that change from moment-to-moment within the brain. The group was encouraged by Paul McEuen, co-director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell—which not […]

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March, 2016: Erik Demaine (MIT) will present the 2016 Kavli Lecture on “Replicators, Transformers, and Robot Swarms: Science Fiction through Geometric Algorithms.”  Tuesday, March 8th, 4:00pm. 120 Physical Sciences Building. Lecture series hosted by the Kavli Institute at Cornell. Download seminar notice with full abstract.

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February, 2016: KIC member Sol Gruner is part of a collaboration that has created the first self-assembled, three dimensional gyroidal superconductor, which may lead to entirely novel property profiles of superconductors. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle and the Daily Sun. Read the full article in Science Advances.

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January, 2016: KIC member Itai Cohen‘s origami research is prominently highlighted in the latest issue of “What’s happening in the Mathematical Sciences” journal, published by the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Read more about how the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding is going high-tech on the AMS website.

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December, 2015: KIC members David Muller and Lara Estroff have uncovered the process by which mollusks manufacture nacre-commonly known as mother of pearl. This knowledge could lead to new methods of synthesizing a variety of new materials. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle and in Nature Communications.

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November, 2015: Neil Lin and Itai Cohen, along with researchers from the University of Edinbugh, have come up with a unique experiment to explain why shear thickening happens. Read more in the Chronicle or the Synopsis or the full article in Physical Review Letters.

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July, 2015: Physicists in the McEuen research group use the principles of kirigami to manipulate graphene, laying the groundwork for future nano-machines. Both Co-Directors of KIC, Paul McEuen and David Muller, contributed to the July article in Nature. Read more and see videos of the graphene kirigami in action in the Cornell Chronicle.

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July, 2015: Trapping vortices key to high-current superconductors. KIC member Seamus Davis and researchers from Cornell, Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories have found that irradiation can create nanometer-sized defects that trap swirling eddies in the flow of electrons, keeping them out of the way so more current can flow. They reported their discovery in the May […]

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June, 2015: Uyen Nguyen’s origami art is part of a VOGEL collection that features creased textiles. For info on the collection see https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/send-vogel-to-vancouver-fashion-week–3#/story. Nguyen works in KIC member Itai Cohen‘s research group studying the mechanical properties of Origami and designing materials with tailored mechanical properties. Read more in the  Aug. 4th Cornell Chronicle article.

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June, 2015: Cornell chemist and KIC member Jiwoong Park has received a Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award. The highly competitive program supports research teams working in more than one traditional science or engineering discipline to accelerate breakthroughs in basic research. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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April, 2015: Cornell Chemistry Professor and KIC member Jiwoong Park has demonstrated a way to create a new kind of semiconductor thin film that retains its electrical properties even when it is just atoms thick. Read more about the Park group growth technique for molybdenum disulfide in the Cornell Chronicle.

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April 2015: The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has named three Cornell faculty members, including KIC Director Paul McEuen, among its 197 new fellows for 2015.  The fellows are among “The world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic, business and philanthropic leaders.” Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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March 2015: Postdoctoral fellow Tsevi Beatus, working with KIC member Itai Cohen, associate professor of physics, and John Guckenheimer, professor of mathematics, have discovered that flies stabilize themselves during flight using a control reflex that’s among the fastest in the animal kingdom. Their results were published March 11 in Royal Society Interface.  Read more in […]

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March, 2015: KIC Member Itai Cohen and his research group have found that the square twist origami fold produces a distinct snapping between folded and unfolded states, like a light switch. By applying this to a gel polymer the isize of a speck of dust, they are developing the foundation for origami-inspired materials and microscopic machines. Read more […]

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February, 2015: KIC Member Kyle Shen‘s group offers insight on how different “knobs” can change material properties in ways that were previously unexplored or misunderstood. Studying strontium iridate the researchers were able to flip it from behaving like metal to a semiconductor by applying spin-orbit interactions or changing molecular bond angles. Read more in the […]

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