Three-million dollar gift names the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center

ITHACA, N.Y. – Trustee Emeritus Martin Tang ’70 – a longtime supporter, volunteer and ambassador for Cornell – and his family have made a $3 million gift to name the Martin Y. Tang Welcome Center, renovating and repurposing the existing Noyes Lodge overlooking Beebe Lake. The gift, which comes from Tang and his sisters, Nadine […]

Statement of congratulations to ICSD Superintendent Luvelle Brown from Interim President Hunter R. Rawlings III

ITHACA, N.Y. – Today, I celebrate the news that Ithaca City School District (ICSD) Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown has been named the 2017 New York State School Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Brown is both a friend and a colleague, and his progressive leadership and collaborative spirit have resulted in a school district that is […]

Ellen and Gary Davis Immune Monitoring Core Established

Ellen and Gary Davis Immune Monitoring Core Established at Weill Cornell Medicine Foundational infrastructure to drive new advances in cancer immunotherapy launched with $2 million gift Portion of gift dedicated to establish key research collaborations between investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University in Ithaca NEW YORK – With the goal of advancing a […]

Cornell leads effort to train farmers on new produce safety rules

The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) announced the start of two national produce safety training programs designed to help the produce industry understand the critical role it plays in public health and prepare it to meet the new regulatory requirements in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. […]

Witchcraft collection offers new treats for Halloween

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Cornell Witchcraft Collection contains documents that are hundreds of years old, including witch-hunting manuals and pamphlets and minutes from 16th, 17th and 18th century European witch trials. In recent years, the collection has been augmented by a decidedly more modern artifact: the movie poster. “We decided to document the impact of […]

Eureka! Gender affects how we judge competence, genius

ITHACA, N.Y. – Think of the word “genius,” and a few images undoubtedly come to mind – perhaps a picture of Albert Einstein, of a scientist in a lab shouting “Eureka!” or of present-day theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Whatever mental picture is conjured up, chances are they all have one thing in common: The person […]

Senator O’Mara announces $1.2 million for the nation’s only quarantine research facility for potato pest Golden Nematode

Cornell and USDA researchers will be able to protect America’s leading vegetable crop from new threats thanks to new funding; updated facility will continue to be frontline defense in securing the country’s $3.8 billion potato sector   ITHACA, N.Y. – There’s nothing golden about the golden nematode. Currently quarantined to eight counties in New York […]

Q&A: How Twitter is giving us a peek inside your mind this election

Media Note: You can find a short video with Drew Margolin presenting his work at this link, and on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – Just like television shaped the Nixon-Kennedy race, the social media platform shows that new media matters in politics. Communication professor Drew Margolin studies human dynamics through social media. He has been tracking people’s […]

Chances are jumping spiders can hear what you’re saying from far away

Media Note: To view and download images and a video related to this research, visit You can also see the video on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – While jumping spiders are known to have great vision, a new Cornell University study proves for the first time that spiders can hear at a distance. The discovery […]

Teens light up cigarettes to slim down

ITHACA, N.Y. – Many doctors and public health experts assume that people smoke cigarettes simply because they’re addicted to the nicotine. But a Cornell University researcher and his colleagues have found that overweight and obese teens light up for a different reason: to lose weight. Among U.S. teens who are frequent smokers, 46 percent of […]