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October. 26. 2016

Amanda Bares won Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition prize at OSA

Congratulations to Amanda Bares, a 6th year PhD student in the lab, for winning an Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition prize at the Optical Society of America, Frontiers in Optics conference last week in Rochester, NY. Her paper, “Hyperspectral Imaging in Live Mouse Cortex Using a 48-Channel Multiphoton Microscope,” was chosen as a finalist during the paper review process. Finalists were judged on their conference presentation “based on their work’s technical advances and value to the technical community of interest, and their skill of public presentation.

August. 3. 2016

Chris Schaffer, Cornell University, USA, discusses the research he is working on to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.

Chris recently discussed some of our ongoing work using optical techniques to determine the cause of reduced brain blood flow in Alzheimer’s disease.

Link to video at The Optical Society

April. 24. 2014

New Cornell program to advance science policy profiled

Cornell’s new Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was profiled in Science Careers. One track in Cornell’s BEST program focuses on science policy and is led by Chris Schaffer.

April. 24. 2014

Schaffer to serve on UFC

Chris Schaffer was elected by the faculty to serve on the University Faculty Committee. This committee serves as a primary liaison between the university administration and the faculty and also acts as the executive committee for the faculty senate (where Chris is also serving as a senator). Chris’s term will begin this summer and run through 2017.

March. 21. 2014

Calvin wins a poster prize!



Calvin Kersbergen presented at the annual Cornell BioExpo poster competition for the lab’s research on manipulating capillary plug rate through depletion of leukocytes in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. BioExpo is a research symposium that celebrates biological and biomedical research performed by undergraduates and masters of engineering students on campus and is organized by the Institute of Biological Engineers at Cornell. His poster, “Stalled blood flow in cortical capillaries, caused by recurrent plugging by leukocytes, contributes to brain blood flow reductions in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease,” placed 2nd in the poster competition, winning a $250 cash prize!

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April. 24. 2014 | root

Chris Schaffer named OSA/SPIE Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow

Chris will spend his sabbatical next year in Washington, DC working as a Congressional Science Policy Fellow. This program is organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the fellowship Chris received is jointly funded by the Optical Society of America and SPIE. Chris will be placed in the office of a representative or senator and will provide advice, from the perspective of a professional scientist, on science policy issues, education, health care, climate change, energy, and other pressing policy problems. An article in the Cornell Chronicle and a press release from the OSA each discuss Schaffer’s upcoming fellowship.

April. 24. 2014 | root

Liz Wayne honored for outstanding dedication to promoting women in science

Liz Wayne is one of eight recipients of the 2013 Cook Award. The Cook Award is named in honor of the late Constance E. Cook, Cornell’s first woman vice president, and the late Professor Emeritus Alice E. Cook, founding member of the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. The Award honors individuals who deserve recognition for their commitment to women’s issues and their contributions for changing the climate for women at Cornell. Liz was nominated by Dr. Sheri Notaro in acknowledgement of her achievements and contribution to the Cornell community. In particular, for organizing the Northeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics. The awards ceremony will be held February 28th, 2013.

April. 24. 2014 | root

Two new papers detail impact of microhemorrhages on the brain

In two new papers that appeared this week, the Schaffer-Nishimura lab continues to increase our understanding of how bleeds from small blood vessels impact the health and function of nearby brain cells. A short review paper that appeared in the journal Stroke outlines differences in impact of a clot or hemorrhage to a small blood vessel in the brain, emphasizing the greater destruction caused by occlusions and the potential role of inflammation in driving cognitive dysfunction after microhemorrhage. An original article that appeared in PLoS ONE shows that microhemorrhages cause a temporary loss of the ability of nearby neurons to respond to a peripheral stimulus, but that these cells recover normal function in the hours after the injury. Together these articles advance our understanding of how small brain bleeds may contribute to cognitive decline.

April. 24. 2014 | root

New Cornell Program to Advance Science Policy Profiled

Cornell’s new Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was profiled in Science Careers. One track in Cornell’s BEST program focuses on science policy and is led by Chris Schaffer.

April. 24. 2014 | root

Schaffer’s science policy course highlighted by AAAS

A blog post on the AAAS Member Central website describes the goals of Chris Schaffer’s new science policy course, BME 4440 Science Policy Bootcamp: From Concept to Conclusion. This course is being offered for the first time this Fall, with an enrollment of about 20 undergraduate and graduate student scientists.