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CIS series looks at emergence of intelligent machines

Feb. 24, 2017

A CIS Seminar Series on the Emergence of Intelligent Machines will address a wide range of topics and questions raised by artificial intelligence. The lectures are scheduled for Monday evenings through May 1.

Alain Seznec, former dean and university librarian, dies at 86

Feb. 24, 2017

Alain Seznec, emeritus professor of Romance studies, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and former University Librarian, died at home in Ithaca Feb. 21. He was 86.

New tool gives apple farms hope in fight against spring freezes

Feb. 24, 2017

This February's warm weather is nice in the Northeast, but apple farmers may pay a price if winter roars back. To help growers assess temperatures, Cornell has developed a new Apple Freeze Risk tool.

Report in progress on admissions, financial aid policy options

Feb. 24, 2017

A draft report on admissions and financial aid policy options is moving forward with upcoming presentations planned to gather input from academic leaders and undergraduate students.

Things to Do, Feb. 24-March 3, 2017

Feb. 23, 2017

This week on campus, Cornell Chorus hosts a women's choral conference with a keynote by Maggie Wheeler; The Godfather, It and other classics at Cornell Cinema; and The Vagina Monologues.

Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service celebrates 45 years

Feb. 23, 2017

A new website has been launched to recognize the 45-year anniversary of Cornell’s Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service, one of the nation's oldest peer-counseling programs in higher education.

Discovery of genetic mutation may boost cancer therapies

Feb. 23, 2017

A newly discovered type of genetic mutation in cancer cells may provide clues about the disease's origins and offer new therapeutic targets, according to research from Weill Cornell Medicine and the New York Genome Center.

Polymer additive could revolutionize plastics recycling

Feb. 23, 2017

A Cornell research group, led by chemistry professor Geoffrey Coates, has developed a multiblock polymer that has the potential to improve the way 78 million tons of plastics are recycled each year.

Students re-create music, vibe from jazz's earliest days

Feb. 23, 2017

Five undergraduates will recreate the making of the first jazz record and a performance by its creators on Feb. 26, the 100th anniversary of the recording session by The Original Dixieland Jass Band.

Sociologist discusses links between breastfeeding, fertility

Feb. 23, 2017

Vida Maralani, associate professor of sociology, focused on her research on breastfeeding and fertility at a Feb. 14 lunch series by the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

Hospitable language inspires trust in Airbnb customers

Feb. 23, 2017

Cornell researchers will present a paper on how Airbnb profiles are perceived in the context of a sharing economy that goes beyond their gut feelings if someone is trustworthy or not.

ILR course readies students to mediate campus disputes

Feb. 22, 2017

Students will be able to take a joint ILR-Cornell Law School course that trains them to mediate disputes on campus starting this fall.

Group develops deep, noninvasive imaging of mouse brain

Feb. 22, 2017

Using a laser technology he developed at Cornell, physics professor Chris Xu and collaborators report sharp imaging of a subcortical region of the brain, using novel three-photon microscopy.

North Korean escapee lifts the veil on his closed nation

Feb. 22, 2017

On Feb. 16, a standing-room-only crowd in Myron Taylor Hall was granted a glimpse of North Korean life when defector Mr. Kim told about his life and escape to the United States.

Teach-in on Islam urges public to fight travel ban

Feb. 22, 2017

Hundreds of members of the Cornell and Ithaca community attended a teach-in on the topic of the diversity of Islam Feb. 17 on campus.

Climate change in Vietnam spurs students to speak up

Feb. 22, 2017

Ten students from across Cornell spent two weeks of their winter break on a journey through Vietnam, listening to farmers and community members and seeing the effects of climate change firsthand.

Cornell inaugurates new seed systems initiative in Nepal

Feb. 22, 2017

More than 200 farmers, representatives from Cornell's Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat project and the Nepal government gathered for the inauguration of the Seed Systems for Nepal initiative Jan. 23.

Rural sociologist Harold Capener dies at 97

Feb. 22, 2017

Professor Emeritus Harold Rigby Capener, Ph.D ’51, who chaired the Department of Rural Sociology from 1966 to 1976, died Oct. 13, 2016. He was 97.

Patrizia McBride explores montage and storytelling

Feb. 22, 2017

In a Chats in the Stacks at Olin Library on Feb. 15, German studies professor Patrizia McBride discussed her latest book, The Chatter of the Visible.

Cornell helps Fijians use eyes in the sky for climate studies

Feb. 21, 2017

To help Fijian scientists track oceanic climate change for their islands in the sun, Cornell's Bruce Monger unveils eyes in the sky: satellite remote sensing.

Faculty, staff discuss travel ban at forum

Feb. 21, 2017

Students and faculty gathered to discuss immigration policy Feb. 15, particularly the travel ban prohibiting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming to the United States for 90 days.

Cornell Tech app tracks bikers, reduces urban congestion

Feb. 21, 2017

As part of Cornell Tech's Product Studio course, four Class of 2017 students developed technology to predict and avoid traffic jams via an app.

Salmonella food poisoning could damage your DNA

Feb. 21, 2017

Salmonella food poisoning wallops you for several days, but new research by Cornell food scientists indicates that some of its serotypes – variations of the bacterial species – can have permanent repercussions. It may damage your DNA.

Brito, Lambert, Yapici, Lancaster receive Sloan Fellowships

Feb. 21, 2017

Cornell assistant professors Ilana Brito, Guillaume Lambert, Kyle Lancaster and Nilay Yapici have been awarded Sloan Foundation Fellowships, which support early career research and education.

International collaboration results in play about borders

Feb. 20, 2017

A play titled Root Map, developed in Cornell's Bodies at the Border distance learning class, is an international collaboration of academics and artists from around the world.