Renowned mathematician Eugene Dynkin dies at 90

ITHACA, N.Y. – Eugene Dynkin, renowned mathematician and professor emeritus at Cornell University, died Nov. 14 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 90. “A worldwide leader in probability theory and a superb lecturer who dazzled generations of students, Eugene Dynkin served the Department of Mathematics with passion for over 30 years,” said […]

Searches begin for provost, student and campus life VP

ITHACA, N.Y. – The university has launched searches for a new provost and vice president for student and campus life, with the formation of search committees and the selection of search firms. The committees will work to develop position descriptions that incorporate ideas solicited from campus stakeholders on the desired characteristics and competencies for each […]

Densovirus named top suspect in devastating sea star wasting disease

Since 2013, millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin; a disease researchers say could trigger an unprecedented ecological upheaval under the […]

Cornell’s rare corpse plant to bloom … again

Though a rose smells sweet no matter what it is called, Cornell’s rare corpse plant stinks like rotting flesh in spite of its many names. Also known as titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), the plant bloomed for the first time in March 2012, attracting more than 10,000 visitors over five days and is expected to bloom […]

Cornell Engineering among 2014 ABET diversity award winners

Baltimore, MD — ABET, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs, is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of its prestigious Claire L. Felbinger Awards for Diversity: Cornell Diversity Programs in Engineering, Purdue Women in Engineering Program, and Eugene M. DeLoatch, Ph.D. The awards were conferred at the ABET Annual Awards Banquet […]

Primordial galaxy bursts with starry births

ITHACA, N.Y. – Peering deep into time with one of the world’s newest, most sophisticated telescopes, astronomers have found a galaxy – AzTEC-3 – that gives birth annually to 500 times the number of suns as the Milky Way galaxy, according to a new Cornell University-led study published Nov. 10 in the Astrophysical Journal. Images: […]

Jon Kleinberg named interim dean of Computing and Information Sciences at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University Provost Kent Fuchs has appointed Professor Jon Kleinberg interim dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Science (CIS) through December 2015, while Dean Haym Hirsh takes a personal leave. “I appreciate that Jon has agreed to assume the interim deanship,” said Fuchs. “CIS will benefit from his perspective as […]

Cornell is first among adoption-friendly education institutions

ITHACA, N.Y. – For the eighth year, Cornell University has been recognized by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, moving into first place among educational institutions on the organization’s 2014 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces list, based on its employee adoption benefits. “Cornell’s commitment to diversity and inclusion provides the foundation for our strong focus on addressing […]

Study Highlights Prevalence of Mistreatment Between Nursing Home Residents

Resident-to-resident elder mistreatment affects nearly 20 percent of residents Inappropriate, disruptive, or hostile behavior between nursing home residents is a sizable and growing problem, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University. The study found that nearly one in five nursing home residents were involved in at least one negative and […]

Gut bacteria: How genes determine the fit of your jeans

Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a Cornell-led study published today in the journal Cell. By studying pairs of twins, researchers identified the Christensenellaceae bacterial family, which is highly heritable and more common in lean individuals. Moreover, a member […]