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Quick Fact The number of graduate students enrolled in organized research in fall 2009 was 1


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ARRA—Recovery Act

Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)—also known as the economic stimulus package—was enacted in February 2009, Cornell has received funding for an array of projects, from research on tuberculosis to energy. Cornell’s ARRA-supported research will not only lead to innovations and discoveries, but also create and retain jobs, upgrade research facilities and equipment, and train graduate students—and thereby contribute to economic growth.
ARRA Projects Include
  • $17.5 million to establish the Energy Materials Center, directed by Hector D. Abruña, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, to concentrate on energy materials—fuel cells, batteries, solar photovolataics, and catalysts—boosting energy research and jobs;
  • $937,000 to Gerald Feigenson, Molecular Biology and Genetics, for studying cholesterol in cell membranes;
  • $1.5 million to Shu-Bing Qian, Nutritional Sciences, to study the accumulation of misfolded proteins in cells, a leading cause of neurodegenerative disorders and other human disease;
  • $19 million to support the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) and the planned Energy Recovery Linac;
  • $600,000 to David G. Russell, Microbiology and Immunology, to study how the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis survives inside human cells and feeds off lipids, leading to the development of tuberculosis therapies;
  • $2.3 million to fund the dissertation research of 95 PhD students in 30 different disciplines;
  • $750,000 to Olena K. Vatamaniuk, Crop and Soil Sciences, to determine how a gene (HMT-1) works to allow humans to detoxify heavy metal exposure, using the worm C. elegans as a model;
  • $633,000 to help a Cornell interdisciplinary group create tiny 3-D models of tumors to help researchers understand how tumors create blood vessels that facilitate tumor growth.
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