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Hand reaching for blueberries

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Philosophy on Main Street

Shaun Nichols, professor of philosophy and director of the cognitive science major in the College of Arts and Sciences, compares high-minded philosophical systems to the ways people approach everyday problems. Like picking wild blueberries.
Christine Bacareza Balance

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Filipino Performance Culture

Christine Bacareza Balance explores the rich milieu of the arts and of sensational politics in Filipino culture and history.
Two people study at a table, seen from above

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A Big Red Undergraduate Journal

Victoria Alkin gathered a team of students and supporters to create CURJ, a publication dedicated to research by Cornell undergraduates.
drawing of exoplanet

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Peering through alien atmospheres

Jonathan Barrientos is exploring the possibility of life on Earth-like planets beyond our solar system, called exoplanets.
Illustration of a telescope in space

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Glowing Planets and Chemical Fingerprints

Nikole Lewis will be one of the first to characterize distant exoplanets using infrared data from the newly launched James Webb Space Telescope.
Golden DNA double helix

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DNA Shredder for Gene Therapy

Ailong Ke explores the naturally occurring CRISPR-Cas3 system and its potential to treat human disease at the genetic level.
solar panel

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Transforming solar energy with solution-processed materials

Thin-film solar cells made from solution-processed crystalline materials are promising alternatives to silicon wafers, the core component that converts light into electricity in most solar panels today.
pixelated image of grey and blue texture

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New superconducting interfaces for quantum technologies

Potential applications of this research include high-performance topological quantum computers, quantum information processing, high-sensitivity sensors, and perfect spin filters.
Gloved hand holding a test tube in a lab

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Molecular Engines for Drug Synthesis

Doctoral student Sophie Bender modifies enzymes—complex, machine-like biomolecules—to create precision tools for difficult chemical reactions.
Child holding toy camera

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WARNING: Parents on Social Media

A study of "sharenting" for a Spring 2020 interdisciplinary class project changed the academic trajectories of three Cornell undergrads.
Ezinwa Osuoha

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A Corallary to War

Did racism and a fractured political landscape make the United States more vulnerable to COVID-19? Undergraduate researcher and McNair Scholar Ezinwa Osuoha '22 compares disease outbreaks in different nations.
Stone fireplace, lively flames

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Smell and situation, entangled in our brains

With an award from the National Institutes of Health, a team of Arts & Sciences researchers is investigating neurological links between smell and context—like location.
Colored oblong cells against a black background

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Mapping RNA Regulation in Human Immune Cells

With an award from the National Institutes of Health, Hojoong Kwak, molecular biology and genetics, will research mechanisms that regulate gene expression.
Glass beaker

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Highly Selective, Energy-Efficient Chemical Separations

With a CAREER award, Phillip J. Milner, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is developing sponge-like crystalline materials known as metal-organic frameworks (MOF).
Michelle Wang

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Forces That Drive the DNA Highway

Motor proteins carry out vital biological processes as they travel along our DNA strands. Michelle Wang investigates the mysteries of how they move.
root

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Tiny spores full of promise

Eileen Tzng, an undergraduate in the Pawlowska lab, is intent on understanding the relationship between fungal spores and the bacteria they harbor.
Kyle Shen

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Engineering novel hybrid superconductors

The Shen lab leverages unique experimental capabilities to detect and investigate systems in which superconductivity may be fragile or exist only at surfaces or interfaces.
rat

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Looking for love, finding TNT

African pouched rats have an extraordinary talent for finding land mines. Alexander Ophir explores why they are so good at detecting explosives.
Alex Townsend

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Computing with rational functions

Rational functions are a mainstay of computational mathematics. As a result of recent breakthroughs, however, rational functions are now poised to become a central computational mathematics tool
Blue oblong shapes (bacteria magnified)

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Moonlighting proteins

Brianna Johnson ’21, who has had her own battles with diseases caused by microscopic organisms, found a passion for trying to understand their impacts and intricacies through biological sciences research.