Students to design an app showing region’s Underground Railroad

ITHACA, N.Y. – Hiking the Cascadilla Gorge trail, the 25 students in this semester’s Underground Railroad seminar stopped at a bridge halfway down to talk about why water routes were important to escaping slaves. “Water would help them to know what direction they were heading, it would hide their scent if they were being followed […]

Vitamin E discovery in maize could lead to more nutritious crop

ITHACA, N.Y. – New research has identified genes that control vitamin E content in maize grain, a finding that could lead to improving the nutritional profile of this staple crop. Cornell University scientists and colleagues from other institutions combined different types of genetic association analyses to identify 14 genes across the genome that were involved […]

Avery August named vice provost for academic affairs

ITHACA, N.Y. – Avery August, Ph.D. ’94, professor of immunology and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, will join the Cornell administration as vice provost for academic affairs, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced Oct. 31. August will oversee faculty recruitment, development and advancement; department chair training; and selection of […]

Cornell research helping hemlocks survive in New York state

ITHACA, N.Y. – Efforts to battle an invasive forest pest just got a boost from a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation grant that enables Cornell Botanic Gardens to continue – and expand – its work to conserve hemlock trees that are foundational to the university’s campus and natural areas. Ecologists refer to hemlocks […]

Philly’s tax on soda made prices bubble up

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University economist John Cawley was at a research conference in Philadelphia when he happened upon a sweet natural experiment in the making. An expert in risky health behaviors linked to obesity, Cawley read a newspaper article about how an upcoming city tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would be challenging to implement in […]

Cornell University launches Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity

ITHACA, N.Y. – A $20 million gift from the Milstein family will launch the new Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and Cornell Tech that will pioneer a new approach to developing 21st century leaders and innovators. The program bridges two campuses to deliver a unique […]

New findings explain how UV rays trigger skin cancer

ITHACA, N.Y. – Melanoma, a cancer of skin pigment cells called melanocytes, will strike an estimated 87,110 people in the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A fraction of those melanomas come from pre-existing moles, but the majority of them come from sources unknown – until now. Cornell researchers […]

3-D scanning project of 20,000 animals makes details available worldwide

ITHACA, N.Y. – What began as a Twitter joke between two researchers has turned into a four-year, $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to take 3-D digital scans of 20,000 museum vertebrate specimens and make them available to everyone online. Cornell’s Museum of Vertebrates, with 1.3 million fish specimens, 27,000 reptiles and amphibians (called herps), […]

To keep Saturn’s A ring contained, its moons stand united

ITHACA, N.Y. – For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn’s moon Janus confined the planet’s A ring – the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA’s Cassini mission data, Cornell astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled. Without forces to hold the A […]

Shape-shifting octopus inspires 3-D morphing material

Media Note: Videos of the morphing materials can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/3dtexture. An interview and demonstration of engineering professor Rob Shepherd explaining the new work can also be viewed on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University engineering and physics team is using the octopus as inspiration for a method to morph flat […]