USDA designates Cornell as obesity prevention hub

A new federally funded Cornell center will study how simple changes to schools, communities and workplaces could help people live healthier and boost the success of long-running nutrition education programs for low-income families. The Northeast Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence, based in Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences and funded by a […]

Cornell Police seek information after discovery of meth-making materials

ITHACA, N.Y. – On Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. a concerned citizen notified a Cornell University Police officer of a suspicious backpack containing what appeared to be household chemicals sitting alongside the road in the 300 block of Maple Ave. in the Town of Ithaca. Upon closer inspection the officer determined the backpack contained materials […]

Video: Researchers record sight neurons in jumping spider brain

ITHACA, N.Y. – For the first time, a team of interdisciplinary researchers have made recordings of neurons associated with visual perception inside the poppy seed-sized brain of a jumping spider (Phidippus audax). Video: http://www.cornell.edu/video/vision-in-jumping-spiders/s252/e552 Though neurobiologists have tried for half a century to better understand the brains of jumping spiders, no one has succeeded. The […]

Cornell University severs business ties with JanSport

ITHACA, N.Y. – On Oct. 16, 2014, Cornell University President David J. Skorton sent a letter to Eric Wiseman, CEO of VF Corporation, severing the university’s business relationship with JanSport, the collegiate apparel manufacturer licensed by Cornell and owned by VF Corporation. In May 2014, Skorton asked VF to sign the Accord on Fire and […]

Blinded by non-science: Trivial scientific information increases trust in products

Beware of trivial graphs and formulas, warns new research from Cornell University. Published this week in Public Understanding of Science, the Cornell Food and Brand Lab study found trivial graphs or formulas accompanying medical information can lead consumers to believe products are more effective. “Your faith in science may actually make you more likely to trust […]

Partisan lenses: Beauty lies in your political affiliation

Have you ever noticed you find your candidate for political office more attractive than the opponent? New research from Cornell University shows you’re not the only one.   “We showed pictures of familiar and unfamiliar political leaders to voters in two different samples and found that familiarity and partisanship each significantly influenced how candidates were […]

Wobbling of a Saturn moon hints at what lies beneath

ITHACA, N.Y. – Using instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft to measure the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn’s regular moons, a Cornell University astronomer publishing in Science, Oct. 17, has inferred that this small moon’s icy surface cloaks either a rugby ball-shaped rocky core or a sloshing sub-surface ocean. “After carefully examining Mimas, we […]

Lena Kourkoutis awarded 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Los Altos, Calif. – Today, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation named 18 of the nation’s most innovative early-career scientists and engineers as recipients of the 2014 Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering. Each Fellow will receive a grant of $875,000 over five years to pursue their research. Among the winners was Lena Kourkoutis, Assistant […]

Study reveals how deadly MERS virus enters human cells

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have uncovered details of how the deadly Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) enters host cells, and offer possible new avenues for treatment. The study, appearing online this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, discovered that a common protease enzyme known as furin activates the […]

eCornell names Paul Krause CEO

ITHACA, N.Y. – eCornell, Cornell University’s wholly owned online education company, has appointed Paul Krause as its next CEO, effective this month. The former CEO of Element K, an online learning company based in Rochester, New York, Krause replaces Chris Proulx, who is leaving eCornell after 10 years to lead an international organization that provides […]