Portion of Tower Road on the Cornell campus closes for summer

ITHACA, N.Y. – Tower Road on the Cornell University campus will be closed from Garden Avenue to the Plant Science Building, from June 8 through Aug. 19, for a utilities and safety improvements project. The project will replace an aging steam line, repair utility vaults, expand the Cornell Information Technology infrastructure, and improve the safety […]

Ryan Lombardi named VP for student and campus life

ITHACA, N.Y. – Ryan T. Lombardi, vice president for student affairs at Ohio University, has been named Cornell’s vice president for student and campus life. Lombardi’s appointment was approved by the Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees, and he will assume his new position Aug. 1. As chief student affairs officer since 2012, […]

50 years later, recalling a founder of Head Start

ITHACA, N.Y. – Testifying before Congress in 1964, Cornell developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner urged lawmakers to fight “poverty where it hits first and most damagingly – in early childhood.” Intrigued by his work, Lady Bird Johnson invited Bronfenbrenner to tea at the White House, where he shared his findings on early childhood programs he had […]

N.Y. veggie growers plant cooperative fund to address challenges

ITHACA, N.Y. – There’s a new player at the table when it comes to supporting agricultural research in New York – and organizers are hoping their ante will encourage regional vegetable producers to place their bets on the industry’s future. Dubbed the “Agriculture Research Fund” by the group of processing vegetable growers from Western New […]

When flying, taste buds prefer savory tomato

ITHACA, N.Y. – If you’re planning to fly over the holiday, plan to drink some tomato juice. While examining how airplane noise affects the palate, Cornell University food scientists found sweetness suppressed and a tasty, tender tomato surprise: umami. A Japanese scientific term, umami describes the sweet, savory taste of amino acids such as glutamate […]

Institute for Pale Blue Dots renamed in honor of Carl Sagan

ITHACA, N.Y. – Carl Sagan longed to explore other worlds, to learn if they, too, contain life. A research institution devoted to the pursuit of this challenge, the Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dot and Beyond, was unveiled May 9 at Cornell University, Sagan’s teaching and research home for most of his career. The inauguration […]

VP Malina issues statement on Statler investigation

Joel Malina, vice president for university relations, issued the following statement May 4:  As has been widely reported, on the evening of March 25 or early morning hours of March 26, 2015, an individual or individuals entered the Statler Amphitheater and accessed a computer they were not authorized to access. Cornell University officials lodged a […]

New climate projections paint bleak future for tropical coral reefs

ITHACA, N.Y. – As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and severity of coral disease outbreaks, reports a team of researchers led by Cornell University scientists, published today (May 4) in Nature Climate Change. Download […]

End of Year Message from President David Skorton

Dear Cornell Community, As we begin the last week of classes on the Ithaca campus and my time as Cornell’s president draws to a close, I take this opportunity to thank faculty, staff, and students on all our campuses for your many and varied contributions to our university and for our work together over these […]

The key to reducing pain in surgery may already be in your hand

Imagine a hand-held electronic device – accessible, portable and nearly universal – that could reduce pain and discomfort for patients, and allow doctors the freedom to use less powerful and potentially risky medications to complement anesthesia. Now reach in your pocket, because chances are you already own one. According to new research from a team […]