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Curbing diesel emission could reduce big city mortality

By: Blaine Friedlander

U.S. cities could see a decline in mortality rates and a related beneficial reduction in health care costs through midcentury if federal and local governments maintain stringent air pollution policies and diminish concentrations of diesel freight truck exhaust, according to Cornell research published in the journal Environment International. “The U.S. must reduce emission in the transportation sector. By improving air quality through better policies and technology in the freight transportation sector, we can breathe better and save lives,” said senior author Oliver Gao , professor of civil and... Read more

Cornell partners with MTA to jump-start transit innovation

The “New Day at the MTA” conference, co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and the Empire State Development Corporation, explored solutions for an aging transit system that moves 8.6 million people a day. Read more

Welcome, Greeshma Gadikota, new Assistant Professor

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to introduce Greeshma Gadikota, CEE’s new Assistant Professor and Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow. Greeshma Gadikota was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s early career program. Melanie Lefkowitz writes in the Chronicle article, Three on faculty awarded DOE early career grants , "Gadikota will use the funds to pursue her research in developing clean methods for storing and delivering energy, while simultaneously converting the carbon dioxide created in energy production to a useful, environmentally harmless solid.... Read more

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Reed selected as AGU 2019 Paul A. Witherspoon Lecturer

Patrick Reed , the Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was selected as the 2019 Paul A. Witherspoon Lecturer by the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world's largest Earth and space science society. The Witherspoon Lecture Award recognizes significant and innovative contributions in hydrologic sciences by a mid-career scientist, which includes the awardee’s research impact, innovative interdisciplinary work, application of research to socially important problems, and inspired and dedicated mentoring of young... Read more

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'The Bridge' tackles growing need for resilient infrastructure

The severity and far-ranging consequences of megadisasters are establishing a new normal for natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and wildfires—and a corresponding challenge to the engineering profession to help develop the resilient infrastructure needed to reduce their impact, writes Tom O'Rourke in the latest issue of The Bridge , a publication of the National Academy of Engineering. O'Rourke, the Thomas R. Briggs Professor of Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is guest editor for the July 1, 2019, issue, which tackles the rapidly growing need for... Read more

Awards fund innovations in digital agriculture

Projects ranging from a soil-swimming robot that can sense conditions in the root zone in real time to computational models that can predict produce spoilage received seed funds from the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture’s new Research Innovation Fund. Read more

Oliver Gao, front, and Shuai Pan pore over research that shows that by replacing at least 35% of Houston’s gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040, Houstonians could breathe easier.

Electric vehicles would be a breath of fresh air for Houston

By: Blaine Friedlander

The American Lung Association’s 2019 “ State of the Air ” report released in April ranked Houston ninth nationally for worst ozone pollution and 17th for particle pollution. But Cornell researchers express hope for the future of Houston’s breathable air: By replacing at least 35% of Houston’s gasoline cars and diesel trucks with electric vehicles by 2040, Houstonians could breathe easier, live longer and enjoy a better economy. “The built environment plays a significant role in affecting our daily life and health,” said H. Oliver Gao , professor of civil and environmental engineering and... Read more