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Mark Turnquist, engineering professor emeritus, dies at 67

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:12:06 EST

Mark Alan Turnquist, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell, died Dec. 5 at home in Falmouth, Maine. He was 67.

Cornell awarded $7M to lead transportation research center

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:12:46 EST

Cornell has been awarded up to $7 million over five years to lead a consortium of universities exploring new transportation innovations that limit adverse impacts on public health and the environment.

Engineers get under robot's skin to heighten senses

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:12:18 EST

A Cornell engineering group has devised a method for allowing strain and tactile sensing in a soft prosthetic hand, through the use of stretchable optical waveguides.

Study tracks stroke victim's restored communication ability

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:12:00 EST

A Weill Cornell Medicine study published Dec. 7 represents the first time scientists have captured the restoration of communication of a minimally conscious patient by measuring aspects of brain structure and function.

Dopamine reward helps songbirds learn to hit the right notes

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:12:00 EST

A Cornell study, published Dec. 9 in the journal Science, finds that the brain chemical dopamine plays an active role in teaching young birds to sing.

Scientists sweep stodgy stature from Saturn's C ring

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:12:30 EST

As a cosmic dust magnet, Saturn's C ring gives away its youth. Once thought formed in an older, primordial era, the ring may be but a mere babe – less than 100 million years old.

When wage earners are deported, Latinos lose their homes

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:12:00 EST

New research by demographer Matthew Hall shows an increase in deportations under President-elect Donald Trump would mean devastating losses to legal Latino homeowners – and the communities they live in.

Men are at risk of overeating in social settings, study shows

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:12:50 EST

A new study appearing in the Nov. 24 in Frontiers in Nutrition finds men are at particular risk of overeating in social situations.

Cornell-led report on electric grid helps spark NSF program

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:12:30 EST

A report on the future of the electric grid, co-authored by mathematics professor John Guckenheimer, has helped spawn a joint program of the National Science Foundation and the energy department.

Anthropologist explores decline of female genital cutting

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:12:00 EST

New research by anthropologist Saida Hodzic challenges the idea that cutting is intractable and analyzes what happens when such a practice ends. Her focus is on Ghanaian anti-cutting activists.

Cornell to host 2019 Science Olympiad national tourney

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:12:08 EST

Cornell has been selected to host the national 2019 Science Olympiad, which will bring 2,500 high school students from across the U.S. to a unique competition.

Geneva saves Cornell Orchards' cider season

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:12:18 EST

With the help of Cornell's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, cider pressed on campus is once again available to the Cornell community.

Saturn’s bulging core implies moons younger than thought

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:12:05 EST

New data from NASA’s Cassini mission reveals that Saturn’s bulging core and twisting gravitational forces offer clues to the ages of the planet’s moons. The moons are younger than previously thought.

Neuroimaging categorizes four depression subtypes

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:12:00 EST

Patients with depression can be categorized into four unique subtypes defined by distinct patterns of abnormal connectivity in the brain, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine.

Coffman named Tisch distinguished university professor

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:12:00 EST

Ronnie Coffman has been named the Andrew H. and James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor at Cornell.

Tanzania partners with Cornell-affiliated NextGen Cassava

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:12:41 EST

Tanzania recently became a partner of the Cornell-affiliated Next Generation Cassava Breeding project, joining Nigeria and Uganda in the effort to improve cassava breeding in Africa.

Tools accelerate plant breeding in developing countries

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:12:19 EST

Crop breeders in developing countries can access free tools to accelerate breeding crop varieties due to a collaboration among GOBII project at Cornell, the Boyce Thompson Institute and others.

Shoals Marine Laboratory inspires young scientists

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:12:54 EST

Active, immersive, hands-on, experiential learning is one of the best ways to recruit and retain students in STEM fields, and Cornell's Shoals Marine Laboratory has been doing it for 50 years.

Cornell Food Science declares 'Freedom of Peach' delicious

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:12:54 EST

Freedom of Peach, inspired by peach cobbler, won the annual Cornell contest to develop an innovative ice cream flavor Nov. 30.

Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:12:23 EST

Scientists at Cornell's Baker Institute for Animal Health mimiced the way sperm tail enzymes are attached to a solid support in an attempt to achieve the same efficiency on small man-made devices.

Natural nomads, leatherback turtles opt to stay in place

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:12:00 EST

Endangered leatherback sea turtles are known for their open-ocean migratory nature and nomadic foraging habits – traveling thousands of miles. But along the Mozambique coast, sometimes they stay in place.

Loucks honored with award for water systems study

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:12:00 EST

Professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering Daniel P. Loucks has been awarded the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Interntional Prize for Water, for his study of water resource management.

Researchers evaluate a program for boys to avert sexual violence

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:12:39 EST

A team from the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research is evaluating a curriculum for boys aged 12-14 that aims to keep them from committing sexual violence. The program will encourage boys to behave in prosocial ways.

Complications arise from mesh used in pelvic surgeries

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:11:03 EST

A synthetic mesh commonly used to treat urinary incontinence and weakening of female pelvis walls can lead to complications, new Weill Cornell Medicine research suggests.

Franklin Moore, engineering professor emeritus, dies at 94

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:11:00 EST

Emeritus professor Franklin Kingston Moore, who was awarded a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, died on Nov. 21 in Ithaca. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Moore was 94.