January, 2017:  KIC Member and Physics Professor Sol Gruner works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of engineers and physicists to create the first self-assembled superconductor structure. Read the full article in the Cornell Chronicle.

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December, 2016: KIC Member and Professor of Physics Seamus Davis is among 25 Irish leaders who are at the top of the science and technology world, as recently named by SiliconRepublic.com. To read the entire SiliconRepublic article, click here.

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November, 2016: Paul McEuen, the John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science and director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, is heading Provost Michael Kotlikoff’s new faculty hiring initiative task force on nanoscale science and microsystems engineering (with co-director Professor David Muller). He spoke to the Chronicle about pushing nanoscience at Cornell to the next level, the challenge of recruiting midcareer faculty who bridge disciplines, “radical collaboration,” and the importance of asking, “What if?”

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David Muller, professor of applied and engineering physics (AEP), and grad student Pinshane Huang hold a 3D model of the atomically thin glass that earned them a spot in the 2014 Guiness Book of World Records.September, 2016: David Muller, KIC Co-Director and Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics, has been selected to receive the 2016 Peter Duncumb Award from the Microanalysis Society.  This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of microanalysis through technical accomplishment, leadership, and educational and professional activities.  The full award announcement is available on the Cornell AEP website.

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August, 2016: KIC member and MSE Assistant Professor Jin Suntivich and KIC Postdoctoral Fellow Chris Evans lay the groundwork for a chemical sensor on a chip that could be used in small portable devices to analyze samples in a lab, monitor air and water quality in the field, and perhaps even detect explosives. Their research was published in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Photonics. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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parpiaJune, 2016: In a paper entitled “Tunable phonon-cavity coupling in graphene membranes,” KIC member Jeevak Parpia and his graduate student describe the ability to use graphene’s tension as a  mediator between vibrational modes, allowing for direct energy transfer from one frequency to another. Read more at Phys.org news.

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Gruner detectorJune, 2016: At Cornell University, the Sol M. Gruner (SMG) detector group has developed and demonstrated a new type of imaging electron detector that records an image frame in 1/1000 of a second, and can detect from 1 to 1,000,000 electrons per pixel. This is 1000 times the intensity range, and 100 times the speed of conventional electron microscope image sensors. Gruner is a Professor of Physics and a member of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science. Read the full article at Phys.org.

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Shen Schlom May 2016May, 2016: A team led by Kyle Shen, Associate Professor of Physics, and Darrell Schlom, the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry, both members of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscale Science at Cornell, has shown the ability to alter the electrical properties of the unique material through the application of strain – stretching thin films of SRO on top of a single-crystal substrate. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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20160516GH - CU ENGINEERING, KAVLI INSTITUTE AT CORNELL, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science - WorkshopsMay, 2016: Actor and science advocate Alan Alda presented a public talk at Cornell’s Bailey Hall on May 16, 2016. His talk, “Getting beyond a blind date with science” emphasized the importance of conveying science and scientific research in plain language in order to be clear to the public. This lecture was sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and was part of an intensive three day faculty workshop on Communicating Science. Read more about the public talk in the Cornell Chronicle.

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Davis Nature 2016April, 2016: A state of electronic matter first predicted by theorists in 1964 has finally been discovered by KIC member Seamus Davis‘ research group and may provide key insights into the workings of high-temperature superconductors. Read more in the Cornell Chronicle (full article in Nature).

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Davis St Patrick awardMarch, 2016: Science Foundation Ireland presented its prestigious St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal to KIC member Seamus Davis on March 16th, 2016. The presentation was made by Charles Flanagan, Irelands’ minister for foreign affairs and trade, as part of St. Patricks’ Day celebrations in Washington, DC.  Full story in the Cornell Chronicle.

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cornell neurotechMarch, 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 only provided nominal funding for the monthly meetings, but since 2011 had also been pushing a much larger national research initiative to substantially invest in studies of the brain. Read more in the Cornell Engineering Magazine.

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Kavli Lecture DemaineMarch, 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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self-assembled-superconductor2_0February, 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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origamiJanuary, 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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