J.C. Seamus DavisSeptember, 2014: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected nineteen Moore Experimental Investigators in Quantum Materials, including KIC member J.C. Seamus Davis. Through grants to 11 universities around the United States, this five-year, $34.2M investigator program will allow outstanding physicists to pursue ambitious, high-risk research, including the development of new experimental techniques.  Read more in the Moore Foundation press release.

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An illustration of the nonreciprocity of the dynamics of light propagating in the forward (a) and the backward (b) direction.KIC member Michal Lipson demonstrates that light can be manipulated with optics the way electrons are controlled by a magnetic field.  These findings were published in a recent issue of Nature Photonics.  Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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3.Cohen_Covert Art v10August, 2014: KIC member Itai Cohen’s research into origami mechanics and reprogammable materials has led to articles this week in Science and the New York Times.

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oxide8-4August ,2014: KIC members Darrell Schlom, David Muller, Kyle Shen and Lena Kourkoutis use high-energy electron diffraction, x-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and quantum mechanical calculations to confirm that an extra layer of strontium oxide is needed in order to grow a perfect Ruddlesden-Popper film.  Their discovery was published in Nature Communications, Aug. 4.  Read more in the Cornell Chronicle.

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ralph spin torqueKIC member Dan Ralph has partnered with Penn State researcher Nitin Samarth to discover a novel approach to computer memory they call a “topological insulator.” Using the spin orientation of electrons their approach could lead to memory devices that are 10 times more efficient than any other known methods. This discovery was described in the July 24 issue of Nature.  Read more in Science Codex.

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Atoms of molybdenum (gray) and sulfur (yellow) are shown in a two-dimensional crystal formation. A laser hits the surface in a spiral, causing a valley current carried by an electron-hole pair, to move through the crystal.June, 2014: KIC members Paul McEuen, Jiwoong Park and Kin Fai Mak have tested molybdenum disulfide as a new semiconductor material, with the potential to create smaller, more efficient computers. Read more in the Chronicle and the June 27th article in Science.

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On a cancer cell, long glycopolymers result in an expanded membrane-extracellular matrix gap, clustering of integrins and membrane bending. These physical effects lead to cell signaling pathways for enhanced cell survival.June, 2014: Matthew Paszek, KIC Fellow and Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, led an important study on glycoprotein-induced cancer survival, published in Nature on June 25.  The study found that the polysaccharide coating of cancer cells is especially thick and pronounced.
Cornell Chronicle, June 25, 2014.

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superconductor-640pxMay, 2014: A team of Cornell researchers, including KIC member Seamus Davis, close in on the secret recipe for high-temperature superconductors. Their results were published in the May 8 issue of the journal Science.  Read more about their research in the Cornell Chronicle.

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An artist’s rendering of the thickness-driven, metal-insulator transition in sub-nanometer films of a lanthanum nickelate. Nickel atoms are shown in gold, oxygen atoms in white, and lanthanum atoms in red, and metallicity is achieved in going from two to three atomic layers.April, 2014: KIC members Kyle Shen, Darrell Schlom and Phil King and a team from Cornell and Brookhaven National Lab have discovered a new property of metal oxides that can act like a switch when the material is less than a nanometer thick.  The finding were published online April 6 in Nature Nanotechnology and will appear in the journal’s May issue. Read more in the Chronicle

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GrunertechApril, 2014: A technology developed by Cornell Scientists prepares proteins for X-ray crystallography has made its way into the world marketplace. The science behind the product was developed in the lab of Sol Gruner, KIC member and John L. Wetherill Professor of Physics. Cornell Chronicle, April 1, 2014.

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calculus fly March, 2014: KIC Member Itai Cohen investigates how flies recover to flight disturbances, concluding that a small group of fly neurons is actually “solving calculus problems.” Click here for the full New York Times article and related video.

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IMG_0356March, 2014:  A recent article focuses on how the 2013 KIC Science Communications Workshop with Alan Alda enabled scientists to take cues from actors “to keep audiences from snoozing.”  Aljazeera America, March 15.

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Dan Ralph

February, 2014: KIC Executive Committee member Dan Ralph was announced as one of 143 “Outstanding Referees of 2014” by the American Physical Society for his outstanding service to the physics community.  Download the full Press Release from APS.

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On December 2, 2013 KIC member and Professor of Physics Séamus Davis was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from the National University of Ireland. In presenting the award Chancellor Maurice Manning of the National University of Ireland described Davis as “one of the world’s most accomplished physicists.” Read more from the National University of Ireland.

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December, 2013: KIC Member and Cornell Professor of Physics Seamus Davis and Prof. Dung-Hai Lee of UC Berkeley have proposed a new theory unifying the odd behaviors of superconductors. Find out more in the Chronicle.
Read the full paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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