News today tips the scales tomorrow

ITHACA, N.Y. – What’s in the newspaper today can predict how skinny or fat a country’s population will be tomorrow, says new research published in BMC Public Health by Brian Wansink, Professor and Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, and Brennan Davis, Associate Professor of Marketing from California State University at San […]

Michael I. Kotlikoff, dean of Vet College, named provost

ITHACA, N.Y. – Michael I. Kotlikoff, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine since 2007, will be Cornell University’s next provost, President Elizabeth Garrett announced today. Kotlikoff will assume the office Aug. 1. “Mike demonstrates deep knowledge of Cornell and has a superb record of accomplishments as a scholar and administrator, both here and […]

Astronomers bring a new hope to find ‘Tatooine’ planets

ITHACA, N.Y. – Sibling suns – made famous in the “Star Wars” scene where Luke Skywalker gazes toward a double sunset – and the planets around them may be more common than we’ve thought, and Cornell University astronomers are presenting new ideas on how to find them. Astronomers could discover a plethora of planets around […]

Is defeat sweeter than victory? Cornell researchers reveal the science behind emotional eating

ITHACA, N.Y. – Victory was sweet for the U.S. Women’s World Cup team 5-2 victory this weekend – but it’s a safe bet that the vanquished team from Japan was reaching for actual sweets after the stunning upset. Research by Cornell food scientists reveals how a person’s emotional state – particularly in the competitive, wide […]

Waiting to harvest after a rain enhances food safety

ITHACA, N.Y. – To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, according to new research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Rain or irrigation creates soil conditions that are more hospitable to Listeria monocytogenes, which when ingested may cause […]

$50M gift creates Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

A decade after its creation, Cornell University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering has received a $50 million endowment gift that will expand and elevate it as the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering. Representing the largest single philanthropic commitment by individual donors to one of the university’s colleges in Ithaca, the gift […]

Love, Factually: Cornell Gerontologist Finds the Formula to a Happy Marriage

ITHACA, N.Y. – With wedding season in full swing, America’s newlyweds stand to learn the most from the experts: older adults whose love has endured job changes, child-rearing, economic certainty, health concerns, and other life challenges. Filling our knowledge gap on finding a mate and remaining married, Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer completed the Cornell Marriage […]

Weighing yourself daily can tip the scale in your favor

ITHACA, N.Y. – For those wishing to lose weight and keep it off, here’s a simple strategy that works: step on a scale each day and track the results. A two-year Cornell study, recently published in the Journal of Obesity, found that frequent self-weighing and tracking results on a chart were effective for both losing […]

Astronomers create array of Earth-like planet models

ITHACA, N.Y. – To sort out the biological intricacies of Earth-like planets, astronomers have developed computer models that examine how ultraviolet radiation from other planets’ nearby suns may affect those worlds, according to new research published June 10 in Astrophysical Journal. Media note: A sample planet model can be downloaded at, “Depending on the […]

Mellon Foundation honors Philip Lewis with humanities grants to Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $275,000 to Cornell University in honor of Mellon Vice President Philip E. Lewis on his retirement from the foundation. The Society for the Humanities will receive $250,000 for improvements to the A.D. White House and Cornell University Library will receive $25,000 for […]