Cornell-led project to improve grapes gets big boost

Breeding the next great grape is getting a boost thanks to new funding for a Cornell-led project that uses genomic technology to create varieties that are more flavorful and sustainable. The project, VitisGen2, is a collaboration of 25 scientists from 11 institutions who are working in multidisciplinary teams to accelerate development of the next generation […]

Geologists seek answers with largest deployment of seismometers along Alaskan Peninsula

  ITHACA, N.Y. – Using a fleet of airplanes, ships and intrepid scientists, Cornell is leading the largest single deployment of seismometers along the Alaskan Peninsula – a $4.5 million endeavor that geologists from across the country hope will solve long-standing mysteries about the region and the planet. “This is something I’ve wanted to see […]

Twitter followers use friendships to fight fake news

ITHACA, N.Y. – New Cornell University research offers hope that fake news and false rumors that reverberate around the Internet can be quashed. When Twitter users tweet a false rumor, they are more than twice as likely to accept correction if it comes from a mutual follower – someone they follow who also follows them […]

Deforestation long overlooked as contributor to climate change

ITHACA, N.Y. – When it comes to tackling climate change, the focus often falls on reducing the use of fossil fuels and developing sustainable energy sources. But a new Cornell University study shows that deforestation and subsequent use of lands for agriculture or pasture, especially in tropical regions, contribute more to climate change than previously […]

Study: Drug may curb female infertility from cancer treatments

ITHACA, N.Y. – An existing drug may one day protect premenopausal women from life-altering infertility that commonly follows cancer treatments, according to a new study. Women who are treated for cancer with radiation or certain chemotherapy drugs are commonly rendered sterile. According to a 2006 study from Weill Cornell Medicine, nearly 40 percent of all […]

Fungal spore ‘death clouds’ key in gypsy moth fight

ITHACA, N.Y. – A fungus known to decimate populations of gypsy moths creates “death clouds” of spores that can travel more than 40 miles to potentially infect populations of invasive moths, according to a new Cornell study. That’s good news as gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) caterpillars ravage the leaves of forest trees – especially oak and […]

Dark-skinned whites arrested more than those with lighter skin

ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University study found that black men, no matter how dark or light their skin, get arrested at the same rate, but darker-skinned white men are more likely to be arrested than those with lighter skin. The study draws on a persistent stereotyping phenomenon – which social psychologists have known for […]

‘Union Made’ exhibit showcases labor, fashion history

 ITHACA, N.Y. – The College of Human Ecology and the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives will celebrate 20th-century fashion trends alongside the history of organized labor and union garment labeling in an exhibition opening Aug. 31. “Union-Made: Fashioning America in the 20th Century” is a collaboration between the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection and the Kheel […]

Right whale deaths may be a casualty of climate crisis

ITHACA, N.Y. – In and around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where five Canadian provinces converge, a string of North American right whale deaths occurred throughout this summer. For scientists like Cornell University’s Charles Greene and Erin Meyer-Gutbrod who study these animals, the whales may represent another casualty of the ongoing climate crisis impacting the […]

Inaugural address of Cornell President Martha E. Pollack

Media Note: A link to a video of President Martha Pollack’s Installation Ceremony, including her inaugural address, is available here. Additional information on the Installation Ceremony is available here. The following address was delivered by Martha E. Pollack in Ithaca, N.Y. during her inauguration as President of Cornell University on Aug. 25, 2017. Thank you, Chairman Harrison. I […]