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Mark Turnquist, engineering professor emeritus, dies at 67

Dec. 9, 2016

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

Jamaica and music infuse Ishion Hutchinson's poetry

Dec. 9, 2016

Assistant professor of English Ishion Hutchinson discusses his writing, and the anguish of getting the music right,” for his new collection of poetry, “House of Lords and Commons.”

N.Y. brewers, growers bet the farm on fickle grain

Dec. 9, 2016

The challenges of growing market-grade malting barley, paired with the rising demands of the state's three-year old farm brewery law, dominated discussion at the Southern Tier Farm Brewery Summit.

Food justice class connects with local seniors

Dec. 9, 2016

Students in the class Race and Social Entrepreneurship: Food Justice and Urban Reform have been researching, reading about and discussing food policy, politics, access and sustainability in Ithaca.

Things to Do, Dec. 9-Jan. 20

Dec. 8, 2016

Events on campus and in Ithaca include exhibits at the Johnson Museum, Uris Hall and Mann and Olin libraries; a community-wide exploration of human origins, and the first Soup and Hope of 2017.

CIPA capstone projects foster change near and far

Dec. 8, 2016

Students and faculty packed the Dec. 5 Cornell Institute for Public Affairs capstone reception, at which master's degree students present final policy projects.

Bob Clark '51 bequeaths $3M for heavyweight rowing

Dec. 8, 2016

Cornell rowing alumnus Bob Clark '51 has bequeathed $3 million to establish an endowed fund to support the Big Red heavyweight rowing program.

Cornell awarded $7M to lead transportation research center

Dec. 8, 2016

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.

New theater with Cornell connections rises on Ithaca's inlet

Dec. 8, 2016

The new theater for The Cherry Arts being built on Ithaca's Cayuga Inlet will be a multidisciplinary locavore arts venue, and Cornell faculty members are deeply involved.

2017 Cornell United Way campaign passes halfway mark

Dec. 8, 2016

The 2017 Cornell United Way Campaign has passed the halfway mark of its $750,000 goal for the 2016-17 academic year.

Engineers get under robot's skin to heighten senses

Dec. 8, 2016

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

Dec. 8, 2016

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

Dec. 8, 2016

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

Dec. 8, 2016

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

Dec. 8, 2016

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.

2016 Flexible Spending Account reminders

Dec. 8, 2016

The deadline for submitting medical expenses for 2016 medical Flexible Spending Accounts is Dec. 16; Dec. 16 is also the deadline for contract college employees to enroll in a medical or dependent care FSA for 2017.

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

Dec. 8, 2016

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

Panel discusses past, present of populism

Dec. 8, 2016

Several Cornell professors participated in a Dec. 2 discussion titled Populists, Progressives and the Present at Cornell Law School.

Cornell-led report on electric grid helps spark NSF program

Dec. 8, 2016

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

Dec. 8, 2016

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.

Two humanists receive prestigious MLA awards

Dec. 7, 2016

Marilyn Migiel and Caroline Levine, faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be honored by the Modern Language Association at the group’s annual convention Jan. 7.

Cornell to host 2019 Science Olympiad national tourney

Dec. 6, 2016

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

Dec. 6, 2016

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

Dec. 6, 2016

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.

Apply for 2017 Internationalizing the Curriculum Grants

Dec. 6, 2016

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for 2017 Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum Grants, the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs announced Dec. 2.