Susan Murphy, Cornell University’s vice president for Student & Academic Services, announces her retirement

ITHACA, N.Y. – Susan Hills Murphy ’73, Ph.D. ’94 has announced her retirement as Cornell University’s vice president, Student and Academic Services, effective June 30, 2015, after more than 20 years of leadership in that role. President David Skorton will launch a national search for her successor later this fall. Murphy will remain at Cornell […]

Cornell University among those honored with HEED Award for diversity, inclusion efforts

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University has won the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity, the largest and oldest diversity publication in higher education, for demonstrating outstanding “efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion” throughout campus. The award recognizes colleges and universities that show measurable achievements in broadening […]

Video: Soft robot squirms over fire, ice, and withstands crushing force

ITHACA, N.Y. – Engineers have created a shape-changing “soft” robot that can tread over a variety of adverse environmental conditions including snow, puddles of water, flames, and the crushing force of being run over by an automobile. Videos: https://cornell.box.com/softrobot The engineers from Cornell and Harvard Universities will detail the robot in an upcoming edition of […]

Experiences make you happier than possessions – before and after

To get the most enjoyment out of our dollar, science tells us to focus our discretionary spending on experiences such as travel over material goods. A new Cornell University study shows that the enjoyment we derive from experiential purchases may begin even before we buy. This research offers important information for individual consumers who are […]

Green hotels lower environmental impact, increases profits

Hotels certified in the sustainable building program Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, helps the environment and boosts revenue for the hotel, according to a new Cornell University School of Hotel Administration study. By comparing 93 LEED certified U.S. hotels with a competitive set of non-certified hotels, the study found substantial increases in […]

Southwest may face ‘megadrought’ this century

Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade long drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a “megadrought” – one that lasts over 30 years – ranges from 20 to 50 percent over the next century. The study by Cornell University, University of Arizona […]

Pica in pregnant teens linked to low iron

ITHACA, N.Y. – In a study of 158 pregnant teenagers in Rochester, NY, nearly half engaged in pica – the craving and intentional consumption of ice, cornstarch, vacuum dust, baby powder and soap, and other nonfood items, reports a new Cornell study. Moreover, such teens had significantly lower iron levels as compared with teens who […]

Future phones to use blood and speech to monitor HIV, stress, nutrition

ITHACA, N.Y. – David Erickson, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, will receive a $3 million National Science Foundation grant over five years to adapt smart phones for health monitoring. Erickson will head a multidisciplinary team of investigators from Cornell, Cornell NYC Tech, Cornell Weill Medical College, the University of Maryland and […]

Daylight is the best medicine, for nurses

ITHACA, N.Y. – For the health and happiness of nurses – and for the best care of hospital patients – new Cornell research suggests exposure to natural light may be the best medicine. In a forthcoming Cornell study published in the journal Health Environments Research and Design, Rana Zadeh, assistant professor of design and environmental […]

Boor joins board of food, agriculture research foundation

ITHACA, N.Y. – Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a professor of food science, has been appointed to a five-year term on the inaugural board of directors of the new Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), an independent nonprofit corporation created under the 2014 […]