Companies Explore New Drilling in N.Y.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that about 70,000 wells have been drilled in the state, 14,000 of which are active. More and more landowners are permitting drilling companies to explore the trillion-cubic-feet of natural gas deposit in the Marcellus Shale formation — the marine sedimentary rock prevalent throughout New York.

KyotoNOW! Urges That University Consider Energy in Election

Prior to the Educate the Vote panel at Bailey Hall last Friday, members of the KyotoNOW! were on the Bailey Plaza campaigning for “Green Jobs Now” and calling for young voters to pledge to make energy policies a top priority in the upcoming election.
The purpose of Green Jobs Now is to get voters to discuss the potential to revitalize our economy with clean, safe and just green jobs that lift people out of poverty.
“We are trying to make clean energy and green jobs a part of the debate and a part of what people think about when they search for [their] candidate’s policies,” Kimberly Schroder ’09, tabling chair for the Power Vote campaign said, standing next to a poster, which read in bold green letters “GREEN JOBS … helping the environment and our economy.”

Cornell Honors Douglas Lowe ’11

Yesterday evening, family members, friends and peers gathered at the Chapel at Anabel Taylor to pay tribute to Douglas Lowe ’11, who died tragically this past summer while swimming in Fall Creek Gorge.
This summer he was enrolled in a three-week summer class. On June 12, while swimming at Fall Creek gorge, he slid off a smooth rock and was caught in a swirling pool of water. He was pronounced dead and his body was recovered that same day.
Lowe — a Jackie Robinson Scholar and a Cornell Tradition Fellow — was accepted to Cornell when he was 16. He dedicated most of his free time to volunteer work, jazz and dancing.
“There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child,” said Susan Murphy ’73, vice president of student and academic services.

Weill Hall on Track for Official Oct. Opening

High-tech shared research facilities and innovative laboratories are just a few of the features the newest addition to the Biology Quad and the most technologically advanced research facility on campus, Weill Hall, sports. The building is set to officially open on Oct. 16, although some labs opened during the summer.
The establishment of a life science research facility has been “the highest priority for [the] University’s presidents since the early ’90s,” said Susan Henry, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Until recently, the structure was called the Life Sciences Technology Center, but the name was changed after the Weill family’s $50 million donation to the building.

Profs Consider Reality Of Climate Commitment

When President David Skorton signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment last year, he joined administrators from other institutions in an effort to enact climate change action and strive to make Cornell a carbon neutral institution. As a result, some members of the Cornell Community were charged with the responsibility of overseeing the agreement.
President’s Climate Commitment Implementation Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Climate Neutrality currently act as liaisons between researchers on sustainable energy and Skorton. Members of these committees include students, professors and University staff.

Provost Names Five Distinguished Faculty

Last week, five faculty members were added to the list of yearly recipients of the Provost’s Awards for Distinguished Scholarship in recognition of their outstanding research and scholarship and the hope of keeping them at the University.
The sum of $30,000 was awarded to this year’s winners: Professors Charles Brittain, classics and philosophy; Carlos Bustamante, biological statistics and computational biology; Jonathan Kirshner, government; Hod Lipson, mechanical and aerospace engineering; and Michelle Wang, physics.
According to Provost Biddy Martin, every year the deans of the academic units nominate faculty members, and the provost’s staff makes the final selections.

Engineers Host Conference on Alternative Sustainable Energy

“Green is becoming everyone’s favorite color … green power, green building, green chemistry …”
Such was the comment made by Dr. Jeff Tester ’66, professor of chemical engineering at MIT’s Laboratory for Energy and the Environment, at the 25th Annual College of Engineering Alumni Association Conference held at the Statler Hotel this weekend. 300 people participated in the event whose theme was “Sustainable Energy Systems: Investing in Our Future.”
The event constituted a series of talks given by prominent figures, who have dedicated their time offering working solutions that are economically viable and environmentally friendly.

BioExpo Links Students to Industry Leaders

“Integrating Biological and Environmental Engineering Research with Industry” was the theme of this year’s Bioengineering Exposition held Wednesday in Duffield Atrium. The event was hosted by Cornell’s chapter of the student-run organization, the Institute of Biological Engineering, which seeks to stimulate curiosity in the field of biological and environmental engineering.