Harry C. Katz named Cornell interim provost

ILR School dean to serve until provost is named in fall 2015  ITHACA, N.Y. – Harry Katz, the Kenneth F. Kahn Dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, has been appointed interim provost, Cornell President David J. Skorton announced Oct. 24. Katz will begin his new position Nov. 14, when Provost Kent Fuchs […]

Raymond Sponsors Cornell Electric Motor Team

GREENE, N.Y. — To encourage the next generation in power systems engineering and analog design, The Raymond Corporation is sponsoring Cornell University College of Engineering’s first Resistance Racing Electric Motor team, a new project team exploring electric vehicles. Along with a $1,000 donation to the college’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Raymond is offering […]

Reminiscing can help boost mental performance

To solve a mental puzzle, the brain’s executive control network for externally focused, goal-oriented thinking must activate, while the network for internally directed thinking like daydreaming must be turned down to avoid interference – or so we thought. New research led by Cornell University neuroscientist Nathan Spreng shows for the first time that engaging brain […]

Cornell chemists show ALS is a protein aggregation disease

Using a technique that illuminates subtle changes in individual proteins, chemistry researchers at Cornell University have uncovered new insight into the underlying causes of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Brian Crane, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, led one study and co-authored a follow-up on a spectroscopic method that detects subtle changes to copper-containing proteins in […]

USDA designates Cornell as obesity prevention hub

A new federally funded Cornell center will study how simple changes to schools, communities and workplaces could help people live healthier and boost the success of long-running nutrition education programs for low-income families. The Northeast Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence, based in Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences and funded by a […]

Cornell Police seek information after discovery of meth-making materials

ITHACA, N.Y. – On Sunday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. a concerned citizen notified a Cornell University Police officer of a suspicious backpack containing what appeared to be household chemicals sitting alongside the road in the 300 block of Maple Ave. in the Town of Ithaca. Upon closer inspection the officer determined the backpack contained materials […]

Video: Researchers record sight neurons in jumping spider brain

ITHACA, N.Y. – For the first time, a team of interdisciplinary researchers have made recordings of neurons associated with visual perception inside the poppy seed-sized brain of a jumping spider (Phidippus audax). Video: http://www.cornell.edu/video/vision-in-jumping-spiders/s252/e552 Though neurobiologists have tried for half a century to better understand the brains of jumping spiders, no one has succeeded. The […]

Cornell University severs business ties with JanSport

ITHACA, N.Y. – On Oct. 16, 2014, Cornell University President David J. Skorton sent a letter to Eric Wiseman, CEO of VF Corporation, severing the university’s business relationship with JanSport, the collegiate apparel manufacturer licensed by Cornell and owned by VF Corporation. In May 2014, Skorton asked VF to sign the Accord on Fire and […]

Blinded by non-science: Trivial scientific information increases trust in products

Beware of trivial graphs and formulas, warns new research from Cornell University. Published this week in Public Understanding of Science, the Cornell Food and Brand Lab study found trivial graphs or formulas accompanying medical information can lead consumers to believe products are more effective. “Your faith in science may actually make you more likely to trust […]

Partisan lenses: Beauty lies in your political affiliation

Have you ever noticed you find your candidate for political office more attractive than the opponent? New research from Cornell University shows you’re not the only one.   “We showed pictures of familiar and unfamiliar political leaders to voters in two different samples and found that familiarity and partisanship each significantly influenced how candidates were […]