Fast, efficient sperm tails inspire nanobiotechnology

Just like workers in a factory, enzymes can create a final product more efficiently if they are stuck together in one place and pass the raw material from enzyme to enzyme, assembly line-style. That’s according to scientists at Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health, the first team to recreate a 10-step biological pathway with all […]

Andy Noel to lead the Big Red for six more years

ITHACA, N.Y. – J. Andrew Noel, Cornell University’s Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education, will lead the Big Red for at least six more years. Vice President for Student and Campus Life Ryan Lombardi announced on November 28 Noel’s employment contract extension through June 2022. “I have full confidence that Andy will continue to […]

When judging other people, first impressions last

 ITHACA, N.Y. – A well-known saying urges people to “not judge a book by its cover.” But people tend to do just that – even after they’ve skimmed a chapter or two, according to Cornell University research. Vivian Zayas, professor of psychology at Cornell University, and her colleagues found that people continue to be influenced […]

Marine microalgae, a new sustainable food and fuel source

ITHACA, N.Y. – Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, as well as energy and food insecurity according to a study published in the journal Oceanography (December 2016). “We may have stumbled onto the next green revolution,” said Charles H. Greene, professor of earth […]

New and improved kale varieties coming to a store near you

Media note: Photos of some of the new varieties of kale along with the researchers’ favorite kale recipe can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/Kale ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University program is reimagining kale – its color, shape and even flavor – in a bid to breed the naturally biodiverse vegetable for consumer satisfaction. Traits of […]

Moral values influence level of climate change action

ITHACA, N.Y. – Two moral values highly rated by liberals — compassion and fairness — influence willingness to make personal choices to mitigate climate change’s impact in the future, according to a new multidisciplinary study by Cornell University researchers. The findings also suggest that a moral value rated more highly by conservatives – purity – […]

Martha E. Pollack named Cornell’s 14th president

Media note: High-definition still images and video from today’s press conference are available at https://cornell.box.com/v/pollackannounce. Additional information and background materials can be found at www.cornell.edu/president-search.   Martha E. Pollack named Cornell’s 14th president U. of Michigan provost to start April 17, 2017   ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell University Board of Trustees today unanimously elected […]

Buying experiences makes you more grateful, generous

Media note: Please find a copy of Jesse Walker, Amit Kumar, and Thomas Gilovich’s paper “Cultivating Gratitude and Giving Through Experiential Consumption” here. ITHACA, N.Y. – On Thanksgiving, many of us take a moment to reflect on what we’re grateful for — and we get notable rewards for doing so. Feeling gratitude leads to important […]

Lansing Community Library hosts Cornell outreach reps Nov. 8

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell’s Office of Community Relations (OCR) serves as a liaison between Cornell University and the community, and connects with area residents on “town-gown” questions and opportunities. OCR’s November office hours will be at the Lansing Community Library, 27 Auburn Road, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10-11 a.m. In addition to OCR staff, representatives from other […]

Soda tax falls flat

ITHACA, N.Y. – Four cities will be voting Nov. 8 on whether to tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Some proponents say the taxes would raise prices by exactly the amount of the tax, encouraging consumers to cut down on soda and improve their health. But research shows that prices might rise by only half […]