$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 […]

Edward McLaughlin named interim dean of Cornell’s Dyson School

ITHACA, N.Y. – Edward McLaughlin, a distinguished expert in the efficiency of food distribution systems, will become the interim David J. Nolan Dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management starting July 1, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced June 21. A faculty member since 1983, McLaughlin is senior associate director of the […]

In doctors we trust – especially when they admit to bias

ITHACA, N.Y. – A doctor’s guidance may reassure us more than we realize –especially if she says she is likely to recommend treatment in her field of expertise, known as “specialty bias.” Doing research in a real-world health care setting, a Cornell expert and her colleagues have found that when surgeons revealed their bias toward […]

How the butterfly got its spots

ITHACA, N.Y. – By tweaking just one or two genes, Cornell University researchers have altered the patterns on a butterfly’s wings. It’s not just a new art form, but a major clue to understanding how the butterflies have evolved, and perhaps to how color patterns – and other patterns and shapes – have evolved in […]

Possibility of alien contact could be 1,500 years away

ITHACA, N.Y. – If you’re expecting to hear from aliens from across the universe, it could be a while. Deconstructing the Fermi Paradox and pairing it with the Mediocrity Principle into a fresh equation, Cornell astronomers say extraterrestrials likely won’t phone home – or Earth – for 1,500 years. “We haven’t heard from aliens yet, […]

The Atlantic Philanthropies makes new grants to Cornell University

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Atlantic Philanthropies, created by Charles F. Feeney ’56, made its very first grant in 1982 to Cornell University. By the end of this year, the foundation will conclude its grant-making, realizing the full impact of the foundation’s largesse within its founder’s lifetime and fulfilling Feeney’s commitment to “Giving While Living.” Among […]

‘Now-or-never bottleneck’ explains language acquisition

ITHACA, N.Y. – We are constantly bombarded with linguistic input, but our brains are unable to remember long strings of linguistic information. How does the brain make sense of this ongoing deluge of sound? In a new paper in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, “The Now-or-Never Bottleneck: A Fundamental Constraint on Language,” Cornell psychology professor Morten Christiansen and […]

Gift establishes Tisch Professorship at Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

NEW YORK – A gift from Andrew ’71 and Ann Tisch to Cornell University and the American Technion Society has created an endowed professorship at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. The Andrew H. and Ann R. Tisch Professorship will support the recruitment and retention of faculty who will drive the institute’s innovative […]

Exhibit offers Hudson riverfront defense against rising waters, climate change

To keep riverfront communities intact in the face of rising waters due to climate change, landscape architecture master’s students at Cornell University’s Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio are sketching sturdy, flexible concepts for the south bay riverfront in Hudson, New York. Concepts are collected in an exhibition, “Waterfront Futures: Designing Resilience for an Epoch of Rising […]

Consumers sour on milk exposed to LED light

Got LED light? Display cases and grocery stores increasingly do, and that’s bad news for milk drinkers. Cornell University researchers in the Department of Food Science found that exposure to light-emitting diode (LED) sources for even a few hours degrades the perceived quality of fluid milk more so than the microbial content that naturally accumulates […]