2012 Kavli Prize- NanoscienceMay 31: The 2012 Kavli Prize Laureates in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience were selected for making fundamental contributions to our understanding of the outer solar system, the differences in material properties between nano- and larger scales, and how the brain receives and responds to sensations such as sight, sound and touch.  Seven scientific pioneers receive the 2012 Kavli Prize.

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May 31, 2012: Cornell alumnus Winfried Denk, Ph.D. ’90, co-inventor of two-photon microscopy, has received the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience. Denk was cited for two imaging techniques that have helped answer questions about how information is transmitted from the eye to the brain, according to the Kavli Prize citation. Cornell Chronicle, June 22, 2012

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May, 2012: Abe Stroock, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Member of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, has published results in the May 28 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that could lead to new techniques in regenerative medicine and better drug delivery strategies. Read the full PNAS article here (cover story, June 12th edition).  The Cornell Chronicle highlights Stroock’s work in the May 29th issue.

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A three-dimensional rendering of the measured (solid dots) anisotropic energy gap structure Δ on the three hole-like bands at T = 1.2 K.May, 2012: J.C. Séamus Davis, Professor of Physics and Kavli Institute at Cornell Member, and his group have designed and conduced experiments to measure the role played by electron magnetism in an iron-based superconductor. To read the full article in Science, click here. Cornell Chronicle coverage can be found here.

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May, 2012: Dan Ralph, Professor of Physics and Kavli Institute at Cornell Executive Committee Member, has recently demonstrated the power of the spin Hall effect in the metal tantalum to generate spin currents intense enough to induce efficient spin-torque switching of ferromagnets at room temperature.  To read the article in Science, click here. The Cornell Chronicle article can be viewed here.

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February 7, 2012: The University of Tokyo (Todai) announced today the establishment of an endowment by The Kavli Foundation for the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU).
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November 28, 2011
David Muller, co-director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science and Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics was elected American Physical Society Fellow in Material Physics with the following citation: For pioneering contributions to the development of electron energy loss spectroscopy as a quantitative tool and its application to unraveling connections between changes in electronic-structure and macroscopic behavior.

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October 3, 2011
Cornell scientists Salman Avestimehr, David Erickson, John C. March and Kyle Shen are recipients of this year’s Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) — the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career science and engineering professionals. Full article…

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A bioreactor with an open pond like this one, which uses photosynthesis to make fuels, could be improved with the use of optofluidic technologies. Sept. 12, 2011: The ability to manipulate light and fluids on a single chip, broadly called “optofluidics,” has led to such technologies as liquid-crystal displays and liquid-filled optical fibers for fast data transfer. David Erickson, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science Member, details the inherent challenges of upscaling optofluidic chips to deliver enough energy to make a difference, in a Nature Photonics Review article published online Sept. 11. Cornell Chronicle 9/12/11.

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June 6, 2011
At the White House today, President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office with the seven U.S. recipients of the 2010 Kavli Prizes to recognize and honor their seminal contributions to the three fields for which the Prizes are awarded — astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Full article.

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KIC director elected to the National Academy of Sciences

May 5, 2011

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Physicists measure current-induced torque in nonvolatile magnetic memory devices

March 9, 2011

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KIC Postdoctoral Fellows: Call For Nominations KIC POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS are high-profile, two-year postdoctoral positions with significant independence and resources.

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Carbon nanotubes could be ideal optical antennae. Just as walkie-talkies transmit and receive radio waves, carbon nanotubes can transmit and receive light at the nanoscale, Cornell researchers have discovered.

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Nano Meets Astro: A conversation with MacArthur Grant Recipients Michal Lipson and Nergis Mavalvala

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    Other Kavli Institutes in Nanoscience:

    Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology (KNI)

    Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University of Technology (TU-Delft)

    Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology at Harvard University (KIBST)

    Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley (ENSI)

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