Two events will honor Africana Center’s history Homecoming Weekend

WHAT:          Screening of Willard Straight Hall takeover documentary and dedication ceremony to honor Africana Center’s history during Homecoming Weekend WHEN:          Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. WHERE:        Willard Straight Theater (Sept. 23), 320 Wait Ave. (Sept. 24) MEDIA:         The event is free and open to the public. Media members […]

Connecticut court order offers opportunity for equitable education

This week, a judge in Connecticut ordered state officials to develop plans for a major overhaul of its public education system, and said the state was “defaulting in its constitutional duty” to educate children in poor communities. Sofia Villenas, a professor of Anthropology at Cornell University who studies education, citizenship and social movements, says that […]

Fallout of Mexican minister sign of political failure, not power of Trump

During Wednesday night’s commander-in-chief forum, Donald Trump said the resignation of Mexico’s finance minister spoke to his foreign policy credentials. Gustavo Flores-Macías, professor of government at Cornell University and former director of public affairs in Mexico’s Consumer Protection Agency, says that the replacement of Mexico’s finance minister is far from a campaign victory for Trump. […]

China gets pass at G20 thanks to fluidity in the West

The G20 meeting – now underway in China – takes place in a world that is in an unprecedented degree of flux. Andrew Mertha, a Cornell University specialist in Chinese politics, says China is likely to get what it wants: an emphasis on economic issues. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/mertha/ Mertha says: “For the G20 Summit, China’s leaders […]

US unlikely to take a strong stance against Duterte

For the first time, President Obama is scheduled to meet with Philippine’s newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte at next week’s G20 summit. Duterte has been widely condemned for his hard line campaign against drugs. Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says despite previous criticism by the U.S. […]

Militarization of Japan sign of Asia turning inwards

Japan’s defense ministry on Wednesday requested a record increase in spending for armed forces, the latest in a series of moves by Japan’s government to bolster the country’s militarism. Annelise Riles, professor of Far East legal studies at Cornell’s Law School and anthropology at Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences, says that much like in […]

Babies chew on subtle social, cultural cues at mealtime

ITHACA, N.Y. – At the dinner table, babies do a lot more than play with their sippy cups, new research suggests. Babies pay close attention to what food is being eaten around them – and especially who is eating it – according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. […]

Forget the moon. Future travel plans could include trips to Proxima Centauri, says Cornell astronomer

Lisa Kaltenegger, director of Cornell’s Carl Sagan Institute, is available for independent comment on today’s European Southern Observatory (ESO) announcement regarding a small planet around the flare star Proxima Centauri in the habitable zone. Kaltenegger, who did not take part in the study, is an expert on habitability and how to spot it on other […]

Male frogs have sex on land to keep competitors away

ITHACA, N.Y. – When it comes to the birds and the bees, frogs are remarkably diverse: They do it in water, on land and on leaves. Researchers have assumed that natural selection drove frogs to take the evolutionary step to reproduce on land as a way for parents to avoid aquatic predators who feed on […]

Clinton overcome first impressions to win voters

Melissa Ferguson, a professor of psychology at Cornell University and expert on how people form and change our first impressions of others, says if Hillary Clinton wants to draw former Bernie Sanders and sway independents and moderate voters, she will need to correct myths and show voters something new about who she is. Bio: http://www.fergusonlab.com/   […]