Fuertes Observatory celebrates a century of scanning the cosmos

Media Note: To view and download images of Fuertes Observatory, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/FuertesObservatory. ITHACA, N.Y. – Fiery supernovae, delicate rings of ice, planet-hopping comets – visitors to Fuertes Observatory have seen them all. For 100 years, Fuertes Observatory has opened a window to the cosmos for the Cornell and Ithaca communities. On Nov. 17, the Cornell […]

One Health Day puts spotlight on need for environmental resilience

In honor of International One Health Day which is today, two Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine experts explain why there needs to be greater global effort to halt climate change, reduce toxins, and stop the irrevocable loss of the biodiversity. Alexander Travis is the associate dean for international programs and public health at the Cornell University College […]

Insectapalooza swarms campus Oct. 28

WHAT:          Insectapalooza 2017 to feature ‘Sounds of Insects’ showcase, live Anthropod Zoo, butterfly room, pollinator exhibit, cockroach races and hands-on learning activities WHEN:          Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE:        Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca VISUALS:     To view and download images from previous Insectapalooza events, visit https://cornell.box.com/v/insectphotos. MEDIA:         The event is free and open […]

Despite devastation from forest fires, ecosystems rise from the ashes

The California wildfires have left a trail of devastation in their wake, killing dozens of people and burning hundreds of acres across the state. Amanda Rodewald, an expert in wildlife ecology and conservation biology at Cornell University, says that ­­– as efforts continue to extinguish new fires and clean-up the environment – we must remember […]

‘Boos’ and don’ts: Halloween safety for your pet

Halloween is a festive time for many, but the season of tricks and treats may spook your pets. Dr. Bruce Kornreich, Associate Director of the Cornell Feline Health Center and veterinary cardiologist, and Dr. Brian Collins, head of the Community Service Practice at Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals, offer some tips and tricks to help […]

3-D scanning project of 20,000 animals makes details available worldwide

ITHACA, N.Y. – What began as a Twitter joke between two researchers has turned into a four-year, $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to take 3-D digital scans of 20,000 museum vertebrate specimens and make them available to everyone online. Cornell’s Museum of Vertebrates, with 1.3 million fish specimens, 27,000 reptiles and amphibians (called herps), […]

Halloween enthusiasts are in for optimal pumpkin season

Steve Reiners, professor of horticulture at Cornell University and a New York State vegetable industry expert, says the pumpkin crop this season is optimal due to the dry, warm weather throughout September. He also shares advice on how to pick the perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season. Bio: https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/stephen-reiners Reiners says: “When it comes to growing […]

Three tips for keeping Fido and Fluffy fit

Wednesday, Oct. 11 is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. Leni Kaplan, a companion animal veterinarian at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, explains the dangers of pet obesity and offers three tips to help your pet shed some weight. Bio: https://www2.vet.cornell.edu/research-departments/faculty/leni-k-kaplan-dvm-ms Kaplan says: “Obesity predisposes pets to a number of serious health conditions including arthritis/joint pain […]

Deer prefer native plants leaving lasting damage on forests

Media note: Photographs can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/DeerNativePlants. ITHACA, N.Y. – When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat native plants over certain unpalatable invasive plants, such as garlic mustard and Japanese stiltgrass. These eating habits lower native plant diversity and abundance, while increasing the proportion of plant communities made up of non-native […]

Rabies prevention is a matter of education, vaccination

Every nine minutes someone dies from rabies, the deadliest zoonotic disease on the planet. While most cases of rabies are found in Africa, India, and other parts of Asia, each year 30,000 to 60,000 people in the United States receive post-exposure preventive treatment. Leading up to World Rabies Day on Sept. 28, four Cornell University College […]