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 […]

NASA’s long-lived Mars Opportunity rover sets off-world driving record

ITHACA, N.Y. – NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after surpassing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving on the Red Planet since 2004. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover. A drive of 157 feet (48 meters) on July 27, 2014, put Opportunity’s total odometry […]

Cornell Tech VP Cathy Dove named president of Paul Smith’s College

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cathy Dove, vice president of Cornell Tech in New York City, has been named the 10th president of Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. The first female president of Paul Smith’s, she will begin her new position Sept. 1. As vice president of Cornell Tech since 2012, Dove has been responsible for […]

When you clean your plate, you just add weight

ITHACA, N.Y. – If you’re a member of the Clean Plate Club – you eat pretty much everything you put on your plate – you’re not alone.  A new Cornell University study shows that the average adult eats 92 percent of whatever is on his/her plate. “If you put it on your plate, it’s going […]

African American homeownership increasingly unstable

African American homebuyers more likely to transition from owning a home to renting than whites ITHACA, N.Y. – New forms of racial inequality make homeownership a risky investment for African-Americans, according to a new study by Cornell and Rice University sociologists. “Despite important movement toward racial equality in access to homeownership, there is growing racial […]

Oklahoma quakes induced by wastewater injection, study finds

Contact: Syl Kacapyr vpk6@cornell.edu 607-255-7701 ITHACA, N.Y. – The dramatic increase in earthquakes in central Oklahoma since 2009 is likely attributable to subsurface wastewater injection at just a handful of disposal wells, finds a new study to be published in the journal Science on July 3, 2014. The research team was led by Katie Keranen, […]

Study cracks how the brain processes emotions

Although feelings are personal and subjective, the human brain turns them into a standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations and even people, reports a new study by Cornell University neuroscientist Adam Anderson. “We discovered that fine-grained patterns of neural activity within the orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with […]