Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Nation to speak at Cornell

WHAT: “Standing Rock: The Violation of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights,” a seminar by David Archambault II, Chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Nation WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Room 146, Stocking Hall, Ithaca campus MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP […]

DeVos ‘choice’ plan robs the poor and gives to the rich

John Sipple, director of the New York State Center for Rural Schools and expert on education at Cornell University, says Trump’s pick for secretary of education – which the Senate is scheduled to confirm this afternoon – is pushing a plan that requires diverting federal money away from poor communities where promises for enhanced education […]

Vietnam capitalizes on climate change with shrimp

Michael Hoffmann, professor of entomology and a Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, says Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s decision to boost shrimp exports is a smart way to help Vietnam capitalize on climate change. In January, Hoffman led a team of students to Vietnam to study climate change and its implications, not […]

New high-pressure processor destroys foodborne pathogens

Media note: An animated graphic as well as additional photographs can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/HPP. A video of the researcher explaining the Hiperbaric 55 high-pressure food processor is available on YouTube. Cornell University food scientists are putting the squeeze on the microorganisms that spoil food and make people sick. With the installation of a new, commercial-scale high-pressure […]

Cornell to unveil nation’s first high-pressure validation facility for foodborne pathogens

  WHAT:          Cornell University and retired New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio unveil first high-pressure validation facility in the United States WHEN:          Tuesday, Jan, 31, 1 p.m. WHERE:        Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Food Science Building, 669 W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456   MEDIA:         Media members are asked to RSVP […]

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 […]

Pope spurs Republicans to shift climate views

After Pope Francis framed climate change as a moral issue in his second encyclical, conservative Republicans shifted and began to see environmental dilemmas in the same way, according to a new study led by Cornell University communication researchers. “When Pope Francis issued his encyclical paper in June 2015, he emerged as a strong advocate for climate […]

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 […]

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 […]

Say ‘chickadee’ – Merlin app now IDs birds from pics

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Merlin Bird Photo ID mobile app has been launched and, thanks to machine-learning technology, can identify hundreds of North American species it “sees” in photos. The app was developed by Cornell Tech and California Institute of Technology computer vision researchers in partnership with the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology and bird enthusiasts. Because Merlin Bird Photo ID […]