‘Likes’ less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose

ITHACA, N.Y. – How many likes did I get? The rush of self-esteem that comes with the ubiquitous thumbs-up of a ‘like’ has more people asking that question, as Facebook and other social media sites offer more ways for friends to endorse photos and posts. But one group seems immune to that rush: people with […]

Vijay Pendakur named Cornell University’s next dean of students

ITHACA, N.Y. – Vijay Pendakur, associate vice president for the Division of Student Affairs at California State University, Fullerton, has been named Cornell’s next dean of students. He will assume the post Jan. 3, 2017. Pendakur, a practitioner and scholar of diversity and inclusion work, currently leads student support units at Cal State Fullerton, including […]

Despite yuan’s meteoric rise, dollar will dominate

ITHACA, N.Y. – The international finance community is on the brink of what Cornell economist Eswar Prasad calls “a momentous event.” On Oct. 1, the International Monetary Fund will add China’s currency, the renminbi, to its elite basket of reserve currencies. This international stamp of approval means the renminbi – and its unit, the yuan […]

Exploration team shoots for the moon with water-propelled satellite

Media Note: To download video and images related to the Cube Quest Challenge, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/CornellCubeSat. ITHACA, N.Y. – A satellite propelled by the Earth’s most abundant natural resource? Yes, it’s true. Cislunar Explorers, a team of Cornell University students guided by Mason Peck, a former senior official at NASA and associate professor of mechanical […]

Book shares stories of ‘proud, popular’ young gay men

ITHACA, N.Y. – Upbeat books like “The New Gay Teenager” (2005) have made Cornell’s Ritch Savin-Williams the go-to advocate for gay teens all over America. Now Savin-Williams, professor emeritus of developmental psychology in the College of Human Ecology, continues a 40-year career of sexual-identity research with a new book, “Becoming Who I Am: Young Men […]

Johnson, Weill Cornell Medicine launch dual MBA/M.S.

Weill Cornell Medicine and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management today announced a new dual-degree program that will provide the next generation of health care leaders with a broad set of skills for success in a rapidly changing environment. Students participating in the two-year Executive MBA/M.S. Healthcare Leadership program will receive a Master […]

A nose by any other name would sound the same, study finds

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a study that shatters a cornerstone concept in linguistics, an analysis of nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages shows that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no matter what language they’re speaking. Published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the research […]

Peach-sized strawberry delivers huge dose of intense flavor

ITHACA, N.Y. – Strawberry fans, rejoice. The newest Cornell University strawberry variety concentrates intense flavor in a berry big enough to fill the palm of your hand. Topping out at over 50 grams, Archer, the latest creation from Cornell University berry breeder Courtney Weber, is comparable in size to a plum or small peach. But […]

Social media boosts remembrance of things past

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new study – the first to look at social media’s effect on memory – suggests posting personal experiences on social media makes those events much easier to recall. “If people want to remember personal experiences, the best way is to put them online,” said Qi Wang, the lead author of the […]

Early-onset spring models may indicate ‘nightmare’ for ag

ITHACA, N.Y. – Warm springs in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions – which create havoc for agriculture – may start earlier by mid-century if greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, according to a new Cornell University study published in Climate Dynamics. Very warm springs have been anomalies, but this new analysis of climate model […]