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Faculty team wins NYC sustainable design competition

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:02:00 UTC

A collaborative exhibition project created by four faculty members featuring reused grain silos will be installed on Governors Island in New York City this summer.

‘Arabic Movie’ explores Israeli cultural phenomenon

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:02:00 UTC

Israel and Egypt were at war in 1968, but every Friday night families across Israel gathered in their homes to watch Arabic-language Egyptian movies.

Scientists, wildlife DJ, hip-hop archivists create 'BeastBox'

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:02:00 UTC

“Beastbox,” a free online game, takes sound clips from real wild animals and allows users to mix and match them into an endless variety of beats, breaks and drops.

Team wins international competition merging fashion, science and technology

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:02:00 UTC

Three graduate students won an award for their garment concepts using technology geared toward the fitness and gaming communities.

Infant skull binding may have conveyed privilege in ancient Andes

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:02:00 UTC

In a new study, Matthew Velasco, assistant professor of anthropology, explores how head-shaping practices in Peru hundreds of years ago may have enabled political solidarity while furthering social inequality in the region.

Einaudi Center, Keio University join forces on cyber research

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:02:08 UTC

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and Keio University in Tokyo has signed an agreement to work on cybersecurity together.

For girls who mature early, psychological problems last into adulthood

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:02:18 UTC

Early development may place girls at higher risk of mental health problems, both in adolescence and in adulthood, according to a new study by Jane Mendle, associate professor of human development.

Augmented Reality takes 3-D printing to next level

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:02:16 UTC

Researchers are taking 3-D printing and 3-D modeling to a new level by using augmented reality to allow designers to design in physical space.

Former NBA player talks athletes and activism Feb. 27

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:02:02 UTC

Former NBA player Etan Thomas will discuss athletes and activism in a campus talk Feb. 27.

Sociologists to explore end-of-life care in Feb. 23 talk

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:02:10 UTC

Sociologists Holly Prigerson and Libby Luth will speak on psychosocial influences on end-of-life care on campus Feb. 23.

Prince Charles gives Cornell reef research a royal shout-out

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:02:40 UTC

Research on how plastics adversely affect coral reefs received a royal shout-out from the Prince of Wales.

Things to Do, Feb. 16-23, 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:02:12 UTC

Events this week include the Banff Mountain Film Festival, better botanical images through technology, Darwin Days, an Ai Weiwei documentary on refugees and migration, and a classic Yiddish tale in music and dance.

Inaugural Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows selected

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:02:00 UTC

Molecular biology and genetics researcher Chih-chun Lin is the first of 10 newly appointed Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows to arrive on campus.

Book introduces uncertainty into understanding power

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:02:50 UTC

“Protean Power: Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics,” a new book co-edited by Peter Katzenstein and Lucia A. Seybert, Ph.D. ’12, argues for a new approach to international relations.  

ILR School senior steers upstate town’s future

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:02:34 UTC

Alex Hammond '18 commutes from the ILR School to his hometown in northern New York, where he was elected town supervisor.

Students clear mud, debris from storm-ravaged homes in Puerto Rico

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:02:40 UTC

Over winter break in January, 14 Cornell Tradition undergraduates traded creature comforts for work gloves to help clean up homes in Puerto Rico, which is still reeling nearly five months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.

e-SHOP adds Amazon as supplier

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:02:00 UTC

Cornell's e-SHOP users now are able to buy from Amazon for Business, Procurement and Payment Services has announced.

Institute nurtures promising social scientists with ‘dream’ semester

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:02:50 UTC

Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences is once again offering the university’s most promising young social scientists time, money and resources to concentrate on their research.  

Chemist Coates wins prize for best Science paper

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:02:00 UTC

Chemist Geoffrey W. Coates has received the 2017 Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the best paper published in Science.

New website helps students ‘experience’ Cornell

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:02:00 UTC

The Cornell Student Experience Initiative aims to connect students with thousands of opportunities beyond the classroom. A new website will help them easily find programs for international study, research, fellowships, community-engaged classes and more.

New funding supports cassava development in Africa

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:02:00 UTC

Cornell will expand efforts to deliver improved varieties of cassava to smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa with $35 million in new funding.

Historian Margaret Washington in PBS film Feb. 19

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:02:06 UTC

Margaret Washington, professor of history, is featured in the new PBS documentary film, “’Tell Them We Are Rising’: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities.”

Sarah Gould wins Opperman Award for Staff Advocacy

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:02:00 UTC

Sarah Gould, senior administrative manager for the Department of Natural Resources, became the second recipient of the Opperman Award for Staff Advocacy Feb. 8 in Emerson Hall.

PMA professor directs international play at The Cherry

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:02:39 UTC

“Rule of Thumb,” an international theater production directed by Beth F. Milles, associate professor of performing and media arts, opens Feb. 23.

New book examines Plato's view of human motivation

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:02:00 UTC

In “Plato’s Moral Psychology: Intellectualism, the Divided Soul, and the Desire for Good,” philosophy professor Rachana Kamtekar examines Plato’s approach to human motivation.

Catherine Bertini to give Wolitzer seminar Feb. 15

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:02:00 UTC

Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the U.N.'s World Food Program, will deliver the Joyce Lindower Wolitzer ’76 and Steven Wolitzer Nutritional Seminar Thursday, Feb. 15.

To dye for: Exhibit showcases naturally tinted textiles

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:02:44 UTC

An opening for "Quiet Labor," an exhibit featuring naturally dyed textiles, garments, and artworks by participants in the Cornell Natural Dye Studio, took place Feb. 7 at the Cornell Botanic Gardens Nevin Welcome Center and will run until June 25.

Pop-up portal preview coming March 7

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:02:50 UTC

An inflatable portal offering immersive conversations with other portal users all over the world will be on campus March 7 in the Biotech atrium.

Spatial memory allows hummingbirds to rule the roost

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:02:00 UTC

For a Costa Rican hummingbird, the long-billed hermit, mental prowess holds an edge over physical flamboyance.

Apply for 2018 Perkins Prize through Feb. 26

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:02:53 UTC

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 26 for the annual James A. Perkins Prize for Interracial and Intercultural Peace and Harmony, established and endowed by Trustee Thomas W. Jones ’69.

Student Child Care Grant funding to increase $100,000

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:02:00 UTC

The annual budget for Cornell’s Student Childcare Grant Program benefiting students with families will increase by $100,000 for fiscal year 2019, Dean of Students Vijay Pendakur announced.

Visiting scholar’s opera premieres in Hong Kong

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:02:16 UTC

“Mila,” a chamber opera with music by Eli Marshall, visiting music faculty member, premiered in Hong Kong.

Things to Do, Feb. 9-16, 2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:02:47 UTC

Events this week include jazz concerts by Alicia Olatuja and campus and Ithaca ensembles; Darwin Days talks; Valentine's Day films, Oscar nominees and a documentary on Bill Nye '77. 

Laura Lewis speaks of tug of two worlds

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:02:06 UTC

Laura Lewis, Ithaca Common Council, spoke of the influence in her life of two worlds – of the family she grew up in and of the career in student and community service she has pursued since her undergraduate years – Feb. 1 at Soup & Hope.

Smart herbs, weather app among Engineering Innovation winners

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:02:49 UTC

Thirty-three teams entered the Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition; prizes were awarded in three categories.

Concert, contest highlight February CARE Fund drive

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:02:39 UTC

This month two events are raising money to support the Emergency Cornellians Aiding and Responding to Employees (CARE) Fund, which helps Cornell employees experiencing an unexpected major financial crisis.

Students have eye-opening experiences on Cuba trip

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:02:00 UTC

Eleven Cornell students traveled to Cuba over winter break, getting a glimpse of the island nation from the inside.

Land gift expands old-growth forest natural area

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:02:57 UTC

Cornell Botanic Gardens has expanded the Fischer Old Growth Forest Natural Area with a gift of 42 acres from Lenore and David K. Bandler.

ILR researchers demystify disability stats

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:02:00 UTC

Researchers at the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability released the Disability Statistics Status Report Jan. 30, revealing 41 million noninstitutionalized people are living with disabilities.

Host-microbe institute poised to expand

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:02:00 UTC

The launch of its Undergraduate Research Experience proved to be a highlight of the Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions' inaugural year.

Snakes act as 'ecosystem engineers' in seed dispersal

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:02:00 UTC

New research reveals that snakes might play a key – and previously unsuspected – role in dispersing plant seeds.

Two alumnae named 2019 Schwarzman scholars

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:02:00 UTC

An-Chi “Angela” Dai ’15 and Kelly McClure ’16 have been selected to join the third class of Schwarzman Scholars, a program that sends young leaders to Beijing for a year of master’s degree study.

Interested in social entrepreneurship? Become a 'change-maker'

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:02:51 UTC

Cornell delegates to the Clinton Global Initiative University presented their commitments to action at a pitch competition Jan. 31.

Book explores Alexander Kluge's literary experiments in futurity

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:02:00 UTC

Leslie Adelson has written “Cosmic Miniatures and the Future Sense: Alexander Kluge's 21st-century Literary Experiments in German Culture and Narrative Form.”

New 'Tomato Expression Atlas' dives deep into the fruit's flesh

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:02:00 UTC

Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have mapped genes in the Tomato Expression Atlas.

What makes us human isn't just our genes, but how we regulate them

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:02:02 UTC

A new study proves what scientists have long suspected: what makes us human isn’t just our genes, but how we regulate them.

Joe Thomas named interim dean of Cornell SC Johnson

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:02:00 UTC

L. Joseph Thomas has been appointed interim dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, following the Jan. 30 resignation of Soumitra Dutta. Thomas, who was dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management 2007-12, will lead the college until a permanent dean is appointed.

Hackathon inspires solutions for animal health - and sticky dog poop

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:02:49 UTC

A spray that prevents feces from clumping on long-haired dogs won the 2018 Cornell Animal Health Hackathon, co-hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

Things to Do, Feb. 2-9, 2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:02:00 UTC

Events this week include a Schubert recital with Malcolm Bilson, Ariana Kim and Shin Hwang; a Black History Month film series, and exhibitions and talks with alumni architect William Lim and artist Doug Hall.

CIS professor teaches ethics in data science course

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 18:02:12 UTC

Solon Barocas, assistant professor of computing and information science, is teaching about bias and discrimination in machine learning this fall.