Ithaca College’s Gerald Hector named vice president for financial affairs at Cornell University

ITHACA, N.Y. – Gerald Hector, vice president for finance and administration at Ithaca College, has been named Cornell’s new vice president for financial affairs, Joanne DeStefano, executive vice president and chief financial officer, announced today. He will join Cornell Aug. 1. Hector will be a member of DeStefano’s senior team, developing and monitoring university financial […]

Teen health depends on location, location, location

Media note: Visit to find PDF copy of Alvarado’s research papers. ITHACA, N.Y. – The real estate maxim about the importance of location is true for teenagers too. Their intellectual and physical health depends on location, location, location. Teens in disadvantaged neighborhoods face a higher risk of obesity and reduced cognitive ability, according to […]

Cornell senior receives inaugural award for leadership and innovation

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University senior Millie Kastenbaum has been named the inaugural winner of the Cornell Division of University Relations’ Campus-Community Leadership Award. The honor will be presented on an annual basis to a graduating senior who has shown exceptional town-gown leadership and innovation. Kastenbaum was instrumental in launching and chairing the Cornell Student […]

Kate Walsh is interim dean of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration

ITHACA, N.Y. – Kate Walsh, MPS ’90, associate professor of organizational management, has been named interim dean of the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced today. Walsh will begin a two-year term July 1. She succeeds Michael Johnson, the Bradley H. Stone Dean of SHA, whose term ends June 30. “Kate has […]

Ancient tsunami evidence on Mars reveals life potential

ITHACA, N.Y. – The geologic shape of what were once shorelines through Mars’ northern plains convinces scientists that two large meteorites – hitting the planet millions of years apart – triggered a pair of mega-tsunamis. These gigantic waves forever scarred the Martian landscape and yielded evidence of cold, salty oceans conducive to sustaining life. “About […]

Researchers Nudge Healthy Food Selection in Food Pantries

Grocery stores have long deployed insights from behavioral economics to influence the purchase of targeted foods. But can similar tactics work in community food panties to nudge clients to make healthier food choices? Researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have uncovered ways to do just that. Prioritizing the placement of healthier options and […]

$25M gift supports new MBA center in Ithaca’s Collegetown

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management has boldly expanded its footprint in recent years with the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA in New York City and the Cornell Tsinghua MBA/FMBA in Beijing. Now, thanks to the generosity of staunch supporter and longtime adviser David Breazzano, MBA ’80, the school is expanding […]

Maize genome ‘dark matter’ discovery a boon for breeders

ITHACA, N.Y. – For astronomers, “dark matter” is the largely hypothetical substance that accounts for approximately 85 percent of the matter in the universe. Now, plant scientists have discovered a different kind of “dark matter” in the maize genome: a tiny percentage of regulatory DNA that accounts for roughly half of the variation in observable […]

Hunting for hidden life on worlds orbiting old, red stars

ITHACA, N.Y. – All throughout the universe, there are stars in varying phases and ages. Planetary diversity suggests that around other stars, initially frozen worlds could be the size of Earth and provide habitable conditions once the star becomes older. The oldest detected Kepler planets (exoplanets found using NASA’s Kepler telescope) are about 11 billion […]

School lunch subsidy could boost local farms, economies

ITHACA, N.Y. – If New York state lawmakers were to provide a subsidy of 5 cents per school lunch just one day per week for the purchase of local fruits and vegetables, it would likely provide a financial boost for New York farmers and local economies. The finding is according to a recent report, “The […]