‘Exotic’ material is like a switch when super thin

ITHACA, N.Y. – Researchers from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. Ever-shrinking electronic devices could get down to atomic dimensions with the help of transition metal […]

Banning chocolate milk backfires

To some, banning chocolate milk from elementary schools seemed like a good idea, but new Cornell University research shows that removing chocolate milk from school menus has negative consequences. “When schools ban chocolate milk, we found it usually backfires. On average, milk sales drop by 10 percent, 29 percent of white milk gets thrown out, […]

First metritis vaccine protects dairy cows

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell scientists have created the first vaccines that can prevent metritis, one of the most common cattle diseases. The infection not only harms animals and farmers’ profits, but also drives more systemic antibiotic use on dairy farms than any other disease. The new vaccines prevent metritis infection of the uterus from taking […]

Upstate cities battle toward recovery – and offer roadmap for the region

ITHACA, N.Y. – Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica exemplify the economic challenges cities throughout New York continue to face. But there’s a silver lining even here – as Cornell University researchers working with leaders in each of these cities have uncovered lessons that can help other municipalities, large and small, around the state. “Fiscal stress […]

Search for Cornell University’s 13th president is underway

ITHACA, N.Y. – The search for Cornell University’s 13th president is underway, with the formation of the Presidential Search Committee and plans to make the process exhaustive and inclusive. “This is going to be a great search,” said Jan Rock Zubrow ’77, chairman of the Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees, who recently […]

Cornell University statement on deer management practices

MEDIA NOTE: As previously planned, on Thursday, March 27, Cornell University concluded its deer management efforts under our current New York State Department of Environmental Conservation nuisance permit. Cornell’s deer management committee will begin its routine review of recent efforts, and an analysis regarding the current cycle’s effectiveness – including on-campus goals as well as […]

People unwilling to swallow soda tax, size restrictions

ITHACA, N.Y. – Those hoping to dilute Americans’ taste for soda, energy drinks, sweetened tea, and other sugary beverages should take their quest to school lunchrooms rather than legislative chambers, according to a recent study by media and health policy experts. Soda taxes and beverage portion size restrictions were unpalatable to the 1,319 U.S. adults […]

Paul Streeter named Cornell University’s vice president for budget and planning

ITHACA, N.Y. – Paul Streeter, assistant dean for finance and administration at the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named Cornell University’s new vice president for budget and planning, effective April 1. His nomination was approved March 26 by the Executive Committee of the Cornell Board of Trustees. Streeter succeeds Elmira Mangum, who is leaving […]

Eyes are windows to the soul – and evolution

ITHACA, N.Y. – Why do we become saucer-eyed from fear and squint from disgust? These near-opposite facial expressions are rooted in emotional responses that exploit how our eyes gather and focus light to detect an unknown threat, according to a study by a Cornell University neuroscientist. Media note: Images, video and research paper available at: https://cornell.box.com/EyeEvolution Our […]

Dry future climate could reduce orchid bee habitat

ITHACA, N.Y. – During Pleistocene era climate changes, neotropical orchid bees that relied on year-round warmth and wet weather found their habitats reduced by 30 to 50 percent, according to a Cornell University study that used computer models and genetic data to understand bee distributions during past climate changes. In previous studies, researchers have tracked […]