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Volume 23 / No. 1 / 2012
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Ways of Seeing


Tsuhan Chen, Electrical and Computer Engineering


A Conversation with Jon M. Kleinberg, Computer Science

Field and Cutting

A Conversation with David J. Field and James E. Cutting, Psychology


J. C. Séamus Davis, Physics


A Conversation with Michal Lipson, Electrical and Computer Engineering


David A. Muller, Applied and Engineering Physics


Maria Y. Park, Art

Van Clief-Stefanon

A Conversation with Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon, English


Michelle D. Wang, Physics


A Conversation with Scott C. Blanchard, Physiology and Biophysics


Douglas S. Scherr, Urology


Chris B. Schaffer, Biomedical Engineering


Andrew G. Clark, Molecular Biology and Genetics

In this Issue
CornellResearch in Progress
We present some of Cornell’s most dynamic and extraordinary faculty on the theme, ways of seeing.
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Ashley Woo ’12Through the Lens of an Undergraduate Writer
“My intent while writing the story had been to get into the mind of a middle-aged korean man and spend time there. That was all,” explained Woo, the american-born korean writer. “I wanted readers to understand more, but not jump to a conclusion.”
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Professor Jonathan Butcher, Alyssa Henning, and Michael JiangAgents for Seeing
Contrast agents, which allow us to see inside living tissue, are not only crucial to imaging techniques, but also to extending the life of laboratory animals.
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3D visualization of the internal structure of a Gar fishSeeing DNA and Beyond
The BRC Imaging Facility provides many ways of seeing, from real-time movies of the heart beating in a living mouse, to images of paperthin structures lying underneath the skin of a tomato, to detailed three-dimensional digital reconstructions of the exoskeleton of trilobites embedded in fossils that are hundreds of millions of years old.
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Frank WiseLaser Focused
“To get from a solid-state laser to the same performance in fiber, there are some major scientific challenges,” Wise remarked, “And that’s what attracts us. It takes new concepts in pulse formation to make a stable pulse of very high energy that will propagate in fiber.”
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Claire Cardie, Appinions, Inc.Through the Lens of Opinions
In the past year, Appinions expanded its services into the social networking space. It released its influencer services to find and track those individuals who are most likely to influence a trend, idea, product, or brand.
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BuhrmanVisualizing the Invisible
Cornell research is not only at the cutting edge that now enables us see the once invisible, but also in consistently sharpening the clarity of our vision of both the physical universe and the richness of human interactions.
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