New US visa definition of family strict, but soft on sensibility

The State Department issued new immigration guidelines aimed at clarifying the Trump administration’s travel ban, which limits visas for citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries. The guidelines outline the meaning of “bona fide” relationship, one of the visa requirements for foreign visitors from those countries attempting to come to the U.S. Maria Cristina Garcia, professor […]

Senate GOP healthcare bill path to geographic inequality

Details of the Senate version of the GOP healthcare bill are prompting vigorous debate on the Senate floor and beyond. Jamila Michener, an expert on poverty and racial inequality and assistant professor of government at Cornell University, warns that the bill’s proposed cuts to Medicaid will imperil many Americans. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/jamila-michener Michener says: “The senate […]

Willing weather brings beautiful blueberries, superb strawberries this year

Marvin Pritts, a horticulture professor at Cornell University, explains how recent weather conditions have made this year promising for fruit growers. Bio: https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/marvin-pritts Pritts says: “We are experiencing a good strawberry crop and anticipate an outstanding blueberry crop. Blueberry fruits have a waxy skin that sheds water so they are much less susceptible to fruit […]

Senate GOP healthcare bill: expectations and implications

Senate Republicans this morning released a draft of their version of health care legislation to their members. The Senate version has several differences from the House healthcare bill, such as linking insurance subsidies to income instead of age. Cornell University experts are available for media interviews about how the bill will impact medical spending and […]

West Nile mosquitos are in NYC, start spraying and drain your backyards

The New York City Health Department has detected the first of the season’s mosquitoes with West Nile virus. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann is a Cornell University entomologist based on Long Island whose work focuses on integrated pest management. Although it’s still early in the season to know the full extent of mosquito trends this year, she advises […]

Whole Foods ripe for an Amazon purchase

Drew Pascarella, a lecturer of finance at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University explains why Amazon is the perfect suitor for cash flow-challenged Whole Foods Market. Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile?id=ddp4 Pascarella says: “This is a very smart deal. Whole Foods Market is a great brand and a good business, with a healthy […]

Trump OK for Dreamers to stay won’t protect parents

President Trump’s decision to reverse a campaign promise to repeal the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a relief for those children of undocumented immigrants. Maria Cristina Garcia, professor of History and Latino studies at Cornell University, says that Trump’s decision, while a relief to many DACA children, will not impact the status […]

Digital innovations drive future global agriculture

Global food systems are facing the challenge to feed a world population of 9.7 billion people by 2050 as land and water resources become diminished.  Joshua Woodard, assistant professor of applied economics and management and an expert in agricultural business and finance at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, says that […]

Innovations in food distribution key to cure malnutrition

Malnutrition’s triple burden of undernourishment, deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, and over nutrition impacts millions of people around the world. Miguel Gómez, professor of applied economics and management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, says that changes in the availability, variety and composition of foods in developing countries is a […]

Plants to beat the first summer heat

The National Weather Service warns of above-normal temperatures for the northeastern region of the United States through Thursday. Cornell University experts comment on the year’s first summer heat and explain how it may affect plants. Jessica Spaccio is a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University and recently helped create a tool […]