Cornell Prof. Suzanne Mettler Awarded Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Prof. Suzanne Mettler Ph.D. ’94, the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions in the Department of Government —  and a leading scholar in American political institutions — was among 167 scholars, artists and scientists awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation on April 16. The Guggenheim Fellowship program is intended to help scholars work with as much creative freedom as possible. This year roughly 3,000 people applied. It provides grants to selected individuals for six to twelve months of time, which they can spend in any matter they deem necessary to their research. Since its establishment in 1925 to 2018, the fellowship has awarded $360 million to 18,000 individuals.

Cornell Researchers to Head Center on the Physics of Cancer Metabolism

Grim statistics reveal just how debilitating breast cancer can be. According to the American Cancer Society, over 230,000 women were diagnosed with the disease in the United States in 2013. Forty thousand of these cases were incurable. There is good news, however. Over the past 20 years, advancements in the disease’s treatment have been consistent.

Prof Awarded $10M Grant for Computational Sustainability Work

The National Science Foundation awarded a $10 million Expeditions in Computing grant to Prof. Garla Gomes, who plans to create a new subfield of computer science. The grant, which supports “interdisciplinary, multi-investigator research teams working on transformative computing and technology” is one of the largest grants in the computer science industry. “It was truly exhilarating to receive the news of our award,” Gomes said. While this grant is much larger than the standard grants NSF awards, Gomes said she has been awarded the grant once before. To Gomes and her team, the award serves as proof to the successes they achieved with the first NSF grant.

$500M State Grant Will Enable New Cornell Projects

Cornell University will become involved in multiple projects backed by a $500 million grant from the New York Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Dec. 10. The Southern Tier region, which includes Tompkins County and Cornell University, will receive $100 million each year for the next five years “to support critically needed investments in the economic health of [the] region,” according to President Elizabeth Garrett. “The upstate revitalization strategy puts a focus on the colleges and universities of the region.” —Mary Opperman
Garrett spoke of how the plan will focus on the Southern Tier’s “culture of scientific and economic innovation” and how it will benefit the region. “The plan’s focus on advanced manufacturing and transportation assets leverages the strengths of engineering programs at Cornell and Binghamton, and builds upon the region’s long and storied manufacturing history,” Garrett said in the statement.