Uber shuns civil society with bumbled response to strike

The ride-sharing service Uber has been at the center of much criticism after the company decided to break a taxi union’s strike against Trump’s immigration orders on Saturday, a move that is provoking continuing protests this week. Dania Rajendra, extension faculty at Cornell University’s Worker Institute, says Uber’s transparent attempt to profit from a demonstration […]

Want to help American business? Open America’s borders

Wesley Sine, professor of management and organizations at Cornell University, studies the emergence of new economic sectors and entrepreneurship. He says that if the Trump administration is seriously committed to small business creation, they should help immigrants – not antagonize them. Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile?id=wds4   Sine says: “It’s too bad that the administration is not paying […]

Immigration plan pushback must include undocumented workers

Shannon Gleeson, a Cornell University professor of labor relations and an expert on low-wage and immigrant labor, says that resistance to Trump’s pronouncements on immigration has focused on one subgroup of refugees while disregarding others – such as low-wage workers from Mexico and Central America, already deeply marginalized. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/shannon-gleeson   Gleeson says: “Immigration policy is […]

Migrating birds may bring bird flu to North America

Colin Parrish, John M. Olin Professor of Virology at the Baker Institute for Animal Health in Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, an expert on influenza viruses and the spread of the virus in animals, says the highly pathogenic influenza strain currently infecting wild birds and domestic poultry in several European countries could be transmitted […]

A look at the epic Blizzard of ’77, by the numbers

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of ’77. Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA-funded Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, looks back at what is considered one of the region’s snowiest seasons on record. Bio: http://www.eas.cornell.edu/people/research.cfm?netid=jlr98 Spaccio says: “On Jan. 28, winds were above 35 mph for nine consecutive hours and […]

Trump’s immigration policy profits few, hurts most

Maria Figueroa is chair of Cornell University’s Precarious Work Initiative, a research group that studies issues affecting low wage and contingent workers. She says Trump’s executive orders on immigration and border security are appalling, counterproductive and divisive. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/maria-figueroa   Figueroa says:   “The idea of building a wall to separate the United States from Mexico is […]

Cancelled climate conference casts dark clouds

Michael Hoffmann, professor of entomology and a fellow at Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, says cancelling conferences such as the CDC’s Climate and Health Summit negates a democratic and transparent process essential to science. Bio: https://entomology.cals.cornell.edu/people/michael-hoffmann   Hoffman says: “President Trump and his ‘climate change denier cabinet’ seem to be casting a dark […]

Automakers want tax credits, not a trade war

Arthur Wheaton, automotive expert and senior extension associate with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, says that Trump’s promise to rock the boat and help domestic companies may play well with the auto industry. Bio: https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/arthur-wheaton   Wheaton says: “President Trump campaigned on rocking the boat and dramatically changing global agreements. If changes are to be […]

Drone policy under Trump to follow Obama trajectory

Sarah Kreps, government professor at Cornell University and an expert in international security and use of drones, says that under Trump’s leadership, CIA chief Mike Pompeo is likely to continue drone policy established by the Obama administration. Bio: http://government.cornell.edu/sarah-kreps   Kreps says:  “Trump has given us no reason to think that his policies on drones would […]

Nature trumps politics when it comes to climate change

David Lodge, Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, says today’s announcement that the planet saw its third straight record-hot year serves as a warning to the new administration that without dramatic reductions in greenhouse gases the “inexorable march toward a warmer planet accelerate.” Lodge is also the current president […]