From the Vice Provost for Research

Cornell’s research enterprise continues to be very healthy and vibrant. Especially noteworthy is our success in major astronomy projects and in obtaining significant new grants in nanotechnology. Our research funding sponsored by external agencies increased by more than 12 percent. Additionally, major construction projects for the new life sciences initiatives are on track for scheduled groundbreaking in 2005.

Cornell’s astronomy projects, sponsored by NASA, culminated with two successful missions to Mars. Rovers, developed by Steven W. Squyres and James F. Bell, Astronomy, have been exploring the surface of Mars for half a year. Significant new results are being returned almost daily.

A major space telescope, developed over the past decade by James R. Houck, Astronomy, and his research team, was also launched this year. This new telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, is designed to peer into the infrared frequency spectrum. It is currently producing a remarkable amount of data about the origins of galaxies. The ability to see further into the infrared end of the spectrum will permit studies of the objects that are moving away from the Earth most rapidly. That is, objects at the edge of the universe.

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