Professor Receives Award for Genome Research

Buckler’s research has given rise to developments such as biofortified maize with fifteen times more Vitamin A than standard varieties. This maize is used in Zambia to combat Vitamin A deficiency and food insecurity.


Cornell Health Experts to Conduct Zika Study for World Health Organization

Global health experts Prof. Julia Finkelstein, epidemiology and nutrition, and Prof. Saurabh Mehta, global health, epidemiology and nutrition, will lead an international team of researchers studying the risk of transmitting the Zika virus through breastfeeding, according to a University press release. The World Health Organization will use the team’s research to inform its guidelines for feeding infants during a Zika outbreak, the University said. This announcement came shortly after the professors, with Susannah Colt grad and other WHO researchers, released a study on May 2 that was unable to determine if breastfeeding alone can transmit the virus, the University reported. The study concluded that “more evidence is needed to distinguish breastfeeding transmission from other transmission routes [around the time of birth],” such as labor and pregnancy. Researchers have nevertheless established that Zika — a mosquito-borne infection — is “associated with an increase in central nervous system malformations and newborn microcephaly cases,” the study said.

A model illustration depicts a connected quantum dot solid. The bright blue line represents an electron moving through the structure.

Connecting The Quantum Dots: Cornell Researchers Step Towards Better Electronics

When the first silicon chip was made, few envisioned that it would lead to smart phones. So pointed out Prof. Tobias Hanrath, material sciences and engineering, when discussing his and graduate student Kevin Whitham’s, work that could have applications ranging from improved electronic devices to helping solve the world’s energy crisis. What’s helping to potentially solve such big issues? The answer may not be big at all. Hanrath and Whitham’s work revolves around crystals called ‘quantum dots,’ which are so tiny that it would take about 200,000 dots to fit the width of a human hair.