Eating more foods with choline during pregnancy could boost baby’s brain

ITHACA, N.Y. – When expectant mothers consume sufficient amounts of the nutrient choline during pregnancy, their offspring gain enduring cognitive benefits, a new Cornell University study suggests. Choline – found in egg yolks, lean red meat, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts and cruciferous vegetables – has many functions, but this study focused on its role in […]

Hyperloop in NYC – Is it the future of transportation, and when will it arrive?

Transportation policy and infrastructure experts will meet with journalists to discuss the latest development timelines, challenges and breakthroughs surrounding Elon Musk’s Hyperloop ambitions  WHAT:          Journalists are invited to get on the inside track of the development of Hyperloop technology. Three experts from the national Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) will answer technology, policy and infrastructure […]

Food, family, forecast: Countdown to Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving around the corner, Cornell University experts offer advice for a safe and stress-free holiday, including directions on how to safely cook your turkey, get along with (and perhaps even learn from) your family and what to expect weather-wise. — Proper planning and attention to detail are important for the preparation of a safe […]

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 […]

Here’s why Girl Scouts shouldn’t feel threatened by new Boy Scouts ruling

The Boy Scouts of America has announced plans to admit girls starting next year, and to establish a new program for older girls. In a strongly worded statement, the Girl Scouts of the USA condemned the Boy Scouts move to include girls, telling news outlets that “instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement […]

Post mortem of Chicago’s repealed soda tax

This week, the Cook County’s Board of Commissioners voted to repeal their tax on sugar-sweetened beverages by a vote of 15-1. This is the latest twist in a multi-year back-and-forth battle between soda tax advocates and opponents. John Cawley, professor in the department of policy analysis and management at Cornell University, is studying the impact of the soda […]

Runway show to auction 100-year old, historic fashion collection

WHAT:          Exclusive, historic fashion collection featuring designers like Donna Karen and Yves St. Laurent to be featured at runway show and silent auction WHEN:          Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. WHERE:        The Prince George Ballroom, 15 E. 27th Street, Flatiron District MEDIA RESOURCES:       Images of the collection can be viewed and downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/fashioncollection. […]

‘Union Made’ exhibit showcases labor, fashion history

 ITHACA, N.Y. – The College of Human Ecology and the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation & Archives will celebrate 20th-century fashion trends alongside the history of organized labor and union garment labeling in an exhibition opening Aug. 31. “Union-Made: Fashioning America in the 20th Century” is a collaboration between the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection and the Kheel […]

Why playtime could help your preschooler perform better in math and science

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell researchers are working with Head Start Centers and day schools in New York City on early-intervention work to promote development of spatial skills and language acquisition in preschoolers. Marianella Casasola, associate professor of human development and a faculty fellow of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research in Cornell University’s College of Human […]

Here’s how Hyperloop technology will transform transportation

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk made headlines this week when he tweeted that he’d received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop between New York and Washington D.C., with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Professor Rick Geddes is the founding director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy at Cornell University. Geddes also serves on the […]