President Pollack’s 2017 Commencement Address

ITHACA, N.Y. – Good morning and congratulations! Class of 2017 and candidates for advanced degrees, we are so very proud of each and every one of you! Thank you all for being here. Special thanks to the Cornell Board of Trustees, and to Vice President Joe Biden, whose address yesterday set a new standard for […]

Cornell 2017 Graduation Weekend parking and bus information

Media note: Media members must RSVP to Lindsey Hadlock in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-6121 or lmh267@cornell.edu by Thursday, May 25 at 3 p.m. Media credentials will be distributed to those who have RSVP’d on Saturday between 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Schoellkopf Stadium Northwest Gate and Sunday 9 to 10 a.m. at […]

Obamacare support: When polls mention repeal it seals the deal

ITHACA, N.Y. – With the U.S. Senate set to take up debate on a new health care bill, Cornell researchers asked a simple question: Does the American public want former President Obama’s health care law repealed and replaced? It depends on how you ask the question. The researchers analyzed hundreds of national opinion polls from […]

Obesity is in the eye of the beholder: Cornell study

ITHACA, N.Y. – Doctors have a specific definition of what it means to be overweight or obese, but in the social world, gender, race and generation matter a lot for whether people are judged as “thin enough” or “too fat,” according to a new Cornell University study. “It looks like obesity is in the eye […]

In brain evolution, size matters – most of the time

ITHACA, N.Y. – Which came first, overall bigger brains or larger brain regions that control specialized behaviors? Neuroscientists have debated this question for decades, but a new Cornell University study settles the score. The study reports that though vertebrate brains differ in size, composition and abilities, evolution of overall brain size accounts for most of […]

Common sweetener in low-cal foods also a marker for weight gain

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new study has identified the sugar alcohol erythritol as a biomarker for increasing fat mass. In contrast to previous assumptions and research, erythritol can be metabolized by, and even produced in, the human body. Erythritol occurs naturally in a variety of foods, such as pears and watermelons, but in recent years […]

VIDEO: New fabric coating protects your clothes, and the environment

Media Note: See a demonstration video and hear from professors Emmanual Giannelis and Jintu Fan, at https://cornell.box.com/v/treatedfabric or on the Media Relations YouTube page. ITHACA, N.Y. – When you spill pasta sauce on your favorite shirt but there is no trace of it after being washed, you can thank oleophobicity, a resistance to oil commonly […]

Gerald Beasley named Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – Gerald R. Beasley, vice provost and chief librarian at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, has been named the next Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University. The appointment, effective Aug. 1, was made by Provost Michael Kotlikoff and approved by the Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees. […]

Opioid abuse drops when doctors check patients’ drug history

ITHACA, N.Y. – There’s a simple way to reduce the opioid epidemic gripping the country, according to new Cornell University research: Make doctors check their patients’ previous prescriptions. The most significant response to the opioid epidemic comes from state governments. Nearly every state now has a database that tracks every prescription for opioids like OxyContin, […]

Cornell researches black bear boom in New York

ITHACA, N.Y. – The black bear population in southern New York has grown and expanded its range since the early 1990s, which has led to increased encounters with humans. But details about bear populations in the state have remained understudied. New Cornell University research, published in the March issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management, […]