Cornell’s sesquicentennial propels banner year in giving

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a banner year for fundraising, Cornell University raised $672.9 million in fiscal 2015 that ended June 30, vaulting the Cornell Now campaign above $6 billion and setting new records for dollars raised and participation. Cash giving to the university totaled $590.6 million, surpassing last year’s record $545.4 million. To date, the […]

Stiffer breast tissue in obese women promotes tumors

ITHACA, N.Y. – Women who are obese have a higher risk and a worse prognosis for breast cancer, but the reasons why remain unclear. A Cornell study published this month in Science Translational Medicine explains how obesity changes the consistency of breast tissue in ways that are similar to tumors, thereby promoting disease.   Media […]

Family farm managers earn less, but gain ‘emotional’ wealth

ITHACA, N.Y. – After hours harvesting forage, managing livestock and milking cows, new Cornell University agricultural economic research shows family members who work on the family dairy farm make $22,000 less annually than comparable hired managers, but are handsomely compensated with “socioemotional” wealth. “While $22,000 seems like a large penalty, there are nonfinancial rewards they […]

Campus Pride Index awards Top 25 spot to Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – For superb support, inclusion policies, counseling and campus safety, Cornell University has been awarded a top-25 spot in the Campus Pride Index – an online tool that allows prospective students and families to learn about LGBTQ-friendly campuses. “We are delighted to be recognized for our continued commitment to this work on campus,” […]

New York state cheeses earn blue ribbons, boost local economy

ITHACA, N.Y. – For three days in August, 10 cheese judges gathered at Cornell’s Stocking Hall to discern, savor and taste 230 cheeses to determine New York’s best for 2015. In a thrill for taste buds, the judges encountered cheddars, mozzarella, farmstead artisan, ricotta, smoky provolone and 15 other cheeses. The results will be announced […]

Biologist David Lodge named director of Atkinson Center

ITHACA, N.Y. – David M. Lodge, the Galla Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the first Francis J. DiSalvo Director of the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. His appointment will begin in May 2016 as the center celebrates its fifth anniversary as an endowed center. […]

Nano-style sheets may aid health, shield ecosystem

ITHACA, N.Y. – Microscopically, “nanomembrane” sheets made from nylon resemble a tangled web. The tiny iron oxide particles on the fiber surfaces can help clean toxic chemicals from water, but if the particles get separated from the web, they can become hazards themselves. In a new study, Cornell researchers examined these special nylon sheets – […]

The Statler Hotel completes final phase of major renovation, modernizing public spaces and guest bathrooms

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Statler Hotel – which operates in concert with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) on the Cornell campus – has completed a major renovation of its public spaces and 153 guest room bathrooms. This project represents the second and final phase of the most ambitious upgrade since the hotel […]

Berkeley soda tax fizzles out

ITHACA, N.Y. – The soda tax passed last fall by voters in Berkeley, California – the first such city ordinance in the country – has fizzled at raising retail prices for high-calorie sugary drinks by less than half the amount expected, according to a Cornell University and University of Iowa study. The law, which took […]

Cornell, Ithaca College offer masters program in ag education

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University and Ithaca College will offer a new Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program to help meet growing demand for qualified agricultural educators. Students in the graduate program will earn a degree in agriculture education from Ithaca College in collaboration with Cornell Connect, a program of the College of Agriculture […]