GUEST ROOM | From One Wilderness to Another

Though I am in a different hemisphere altogether, I can still sense the frenzy of Orientation week that Ithaca bursts with every August. As a faithful columnist, an ardent alumna and a fervid fan of Cornell, I could not resist writing another column. It is kind of a plot twist after the tearful final column I wrote in May, but the Associate Editor pardoned my inconsistency. For those beginning their gamble on the Hill and for those worried about how fast their prescribed four years are flying, this may be important. After graduation, I took up a job as Research Associate in public policy in the developing world.


Two Cornell Alumni Successfully Petition for Trustee Candidacy

“Getting on the ballot is a great success,” Monger said. “That in itself is a big statement by Cornell alumni. But there is still the big challenge ahead of getting the word out to the Cornell Alumni that it is important for them to take the time to vote when they receive their ballot.”


Cornell Alum Earns Prize for Research in Physical Science

Mohammad Hamidian Ph.D. ’11 was named the 2016 winner of the Lee-Osheroff-Richardson Science Prize for his discovery of new forms of electronic matter at the nanoscale and at extreme low temperatures, according to a University press release. The award, sponsored by Oxford Instruments NanoScience, promotes and recognizes the work of young scientists in physical sciences research, according to the Oxford Instruments website. Hamidian will receive $8,000 and the opportunity to attend the 2016 American Physical Society conference later this month, according to the website. Hamidian is particularly commended for his research in the technology of scanning tunneling microscopy that allow operation at ultra-low temperatures, the University said. At Cornell, Hamidian worked under Prof. J.C. Séamus Davis, physics, who he said provided him with “excellent mentoring and guidance to ask the significant questions in science, develop the necessary tools to explore those issues and think deeply about their implications.”
Hamidian invented techniques that allowed him to search for states of electronic quantum matter that only occur at extremely low temperatures, according to the University.

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Alumni Startup Creates World’s First Smartphone Glucose Meter

Fathi Abdelsalam MPA ’13 and his colleagues at AkibaH — a Silicon Valley startup  specializing in utilizing data science has created the world’s first smartphone glucose meter. The meter, GluCase, utilizes smartphone technology to provide information to diabetes patients about their glucose levels. “By seamlessly integrating a glucose meter, test strips and lancets into a smartphone case, it eliminates the need for a person with diabetes to carry bulky meters, test supplies and logbooks,” Abdelsalam said. The project founders said that the name, AkibaH comes from ‘akiba haiozi’ — a Swahili proverb that meaning “a person with foresight will always know prosperity.”
“AkibaH focuses heavily on machine learning for personalized, data-driven care to empower patients,” Abdelsalam said. “As you increase the size of relevant data, you’ll begin to unlock extraordinarily insightful correlations among many different lifestyle factors.”
The founders created GluCase to simplify a traditionally bulky and burdensome glucose meter into a form that could fit onto the back of a smartphone and appeal to a large audience, Abdelsalam said.

Cornell Donations Rise by $44.5M In F.Y. 2014-15

Philanthropic donations to Cornell increased by $44.5 million — about eight percent — from $546.1 million to $590.6 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year, according to the Council for Aid to Education. The council, which conducts an annual survey to calculate donations, ranked Cornell as the fifth university to receive the most donations, behind Stanford, Harvard, the University of Southern California and the University of California, San Francisco. Nationally, colleges raised a record $40.30 billion, which is the highest since the inception of the survey in 1957, according to the council. Frederick Van Sickle, vice president of alumni affairs and development, said the increase in donations is due to the vibrancy of Cornell’s alumni community. “Cornell is blessed with a passionately supportive alumni community that responded to the University’s needs and aspirations through the record setting and just-completed Cornell Now campaign,” Van Sickle said.