Chances are you don’t remember what you just retweeted

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a digital world where information is at your fingertips, be prepared to hold on tight before it slips right through them. Research at Cornell University and Beijing University finds retweeting or otherwise sharing information creates a “cognitive overload” that interferes with learning and retaining what you’ve just seen. Worse yet, that […]

Junk-food junkies go healthy when rewarded

ITHACA, N.Y. – Healthy eating habits are more important than ever, with advocates calling for fast-food restaurants, schools and food providers to promote the sale of salads and vegetables as alternatives to burgers and fries. According to new Cornell University research, the most effective strategy for influencing such healthy food choices is not calorie counts […]

White House names Cornell prison educator a ‘Champion of Change’

Media Note: To download pictures of Rob Scott at the White House, go to: https://cornell.box.com/v/RobScottCPEP ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) executive director Rob Scott has been named a Champion of Change by the White House for giving prison inmates a fair chance at earning a college degree. He was recognized at an […]

Presidential search underway at Cornell University

ITHACA, N.Y. – The search for Cornell’s 14th president has officially begun with the formation of a Presidential Search Committee, chaired by trustee Jan Rock Zubrow ’77, that plans to be as inclusive and thorough as possible. Zubrow led the search committee two years ago that recommended Elizabeth Garrett as the university’s 13th president. Garrett […]

Cornell inducts China Advisory Board

Media note: Please find photos of Laura Spitz, vice-provost for international affairs at Cornell University, welcoming members of the new board here. ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University inducted seven members of its inaugural Cornell-China Advisory Board in a ceremony on April 2 at the Rosewood Hotel in Beijing. The role of the board members is […]

Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats

ITHACA, N.Y. – In the face of scientific dogma that faults the population decline of monarch butterflies on a lack of milkweed, herbicides and genetically modified crops, a new Cornell University study casts wider blame: sparse autumnal nectar sources, weather and habitat fragmentation.     Media note: A video of the researcher explaining the findings is […]

Kenneth Miranda of the IMF named Cornell’s chief investment officer

ITHACA, N.Y. – Kenneth Miranda, director of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) investment office, has been selected as Cornell’s chief investment officer, Provost and Acting President Michael Kotlikoff announced today. Miranda will manage Cornell’s $6 billion investment portfolio and lead the Office of University Investments, starting July 1. Director of the IMF’s investment office since […]

Don’t count on strangers in medical emergencies, especially if you’re African-American

Media note: to download the paper, please follow this link. ITHACA, N.Y. – So long, good Samaritans. In the first study of its kind, Cornell sociologists have found that people who have a medical emergency in a public place can’t necessarily rely on the kindness of strangers. Only 2.5 percent of people, or 1 in […]

‘Weirdest martensite’: Century-old smectic riddle finally solved

ITHACA, N.Y. – Using the latest computer game technology, a Cornell-led team of physicists has come up with a “suitably beautiful” explanation to a puzzle that has baffled researchers in the materials and theoretical physics communities for a century. Physics professor James Sethna has co-authored a paper on the unusual microstructure of smectics – liquid […]

Surface mutation lets canine parvovirus jump to other species

ITHACA, N.Y. – Canine parvovirus, or CPV, emerged as a deadly threat to dogs in the late 1970s, most likely the result of the direct transfer of feline panleukopenia or a similar virus from domesticated cats. CPV has since spread to wild forest-dwelling animals, including raccoons, and the transfer of the virus from domesticated to […]