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Cornell’s state-of-the-art particle accelerator, recently in danger of closing, gets long-term federal funding

ITHACA - Cornell’s High Energy Synchrotron Light Source (CHESS) Lab will receive $100 million in funding over the next five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The CHESS Lab, home of one of only two high-energy synchrotron X-ray sources in the entire country, has played a pivotal role in a multitude of medical discoveries and scientific breakthroughs, including the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

“The National Science Foundation’s commitment of $100 million over five years for Cornell’s CHESS lab means the long-term future of the lab and its state-of-the-art particle accelerator is secure, and that we were successful in making the lab a national priority,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who announced the funding.

"The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source is a tremendous asset, not just to Cornell but to the nation,” said Cornell president David Skorton. "For over three decades, CHESS has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments, including Nobel Prize-winning science in chemistry and development of new technologies that are being built into accelerators around the world.”

CHESS Director Joel Brock said, “This award will enable CHESS to continue to support innovative research programs in critical areas including better batteries, materials for fuel efficient aircraft, and designer drugs for human health.  Equally important, the next generation of critically needed scientists will gain invaluable hands-on experience and training with state of the art facilities. Senator Schumer is a strong supporter of frontier scientific research.  His support of the National Science Foundation enables research in New York State and across the country that advances knowledge and has the potential to address some of the pressing problems facing society.”