Here’s why run-down schools trigger low test scores

ITHACA, N.Y. – Social scientists have known for several years that kids enrolled in run-down schools miss more classes and have lower test scores than students at well-maintained schools. But they haven’t been able to pin down why. A Cornell University environmental psychologist has an answer. Lorraine Maxwell, an associate professor of design and environmental […]

Solving the Mesopotamia timeline puzzle with tree-rings and radiocarbon research

ITHACA, N.Y. – Tree-ring dating and radiocarbon research led by Cornell University archaeologist Sturt Manning has established an absolute timeline for the archaeological, historical and environmental record in Mesopotamia from the early second millennium B.C. Manning, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology and director of the Cornell Tree-Ring Laboratory, resolved how to more accurately […]

New initiative aims to protect birds on private lands

Media: To view and download images and graphics, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/landtrust. ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance are partnering to help protect birds on private lands. The goal of the new Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative and associated website (birdtrust.org) is to improve conservation for declining species by […]

Chemical trail on Titan may be key to prebiotic conditions

ITHACA, N.Y. – NASA’s Cassini and Huygens missions have provided a wealth of data about chemical elements found on Saturn’s moon Titan, and Cornell scientists have uncovered a chemical trail that suggests prebiotic conditions may exist there. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, features terrain with Earthlike attributes such as lakes, rivers and seas, although filled with […]

Cornell ‘cosmic archeologist’ will study Juno mission mysteries starting July 4

Media Note: To access the full NASA Juno mission online press kit, click here. Any press inquiries on July 2, 3 or 4 should be directed to the NASA Juno newsroom at (818) 393-9011. ITHACA, N.Y. – On July 4, the veil over Jupiter’s mysteries will be ripped away with the arrival of NASA’s Juno […]

Blue-collar training in high school leaves women behind

ITHACA, N.Y. – What’s the best way to prepare high schoolers for jobs in the 21st century? Education leaders and the general public have been debating this question with more heat in recent years, clashing over whether to focus on college preparation or vocational training, especially training linked to blue-collar jobs. The way the pendulum […]

Mutant enzyme study aids in understanding of sirtuin’s functions

ITHACA, N.Y. – The enzyme sirtuin 6, or SIRT6, serves many key biological functions in regulating genome stability, DNA repair, metabolism and longevity, but how its multiple enzyme activities relate to its various functions is poorly understood. A team of Cornell University researchers, led by Hening Lin, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, has devised […]

Key to chronic fatigue syndrome is in your gut, not head

Physicians have been mystified by chronic fatigue syndrome, a condition where normal exertion leads to debilitating fatigue that isn’t alleviated by rest. There are no known triggers, and diagnosis requires lengthy tests administered by an expert. Now, for the first time, Cornell University researchers report they have identified biological markers of the disease in gut […]

Social interaction powers language learning game

ITHACA, N.Y. – Games are usually more fun when you play with other people, but if you’re playing an educational game, interacting with other players may help you learn more, according to Cornell research. Using a language-learning game called “Crystallize,” created by Erik Andersen,assistant professor of computer science, and his students, researchers found that when players are […]

$2.3M grant funds app creation to diagnose diseases

ITHACA, N.Y. – The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded to Cornell University a four-year, $2.3 million grant to develop FeverPhone, which will diagnose six febrile diseases in the field: dengue, malaria, chikungunya, typhoid fever, leptospirosis and Chagas’ disease. Faculty members David Erickson and Saurabh Mehta will […]