Deporting the American dream: Ejecting illegals drives foreclosures in Latino communities

Media note: Please find a high-definition video interview with Matthew Hall, a graphic summarizing his findings, as well as a copy of his paper “Deporting the American Dream: Immigration Enforcement and Latino Foreclosures,” at   ITHACA, N.Y. – Early in his presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would deport all of the estimated 11 […]

Berkeley soda tax fizzles out

ITHACA, N.Y. – The soda tax passed last fall by voters in Berkeley, California – the first such city ordinance in the country – has fizzled at raising retail prices for high-calorie sugary drinks by less than half the amount expected, according to a Cornell University and University of Iowa study. The law, which took […]

Study: 2 in 5 African-American women know a prisoner

ITHACA, N.Y. – African-American adults – particularly women – on average have a significantly larger share of their social circle behind bars than whites, according to the first national estimates of Americans’ ties to prisoners. The research, led by University of Washington associate professor of sociology Hedwig Lee and co-authored by Cornell University associate professor […]

Postal Service snooping highlights need for reform

Rick Geddes, expert on the U.S. Postal Service and Cornell University professor of Policy Analysis and Management, says that recent revelations about the postal service tracking the mail of citizens – sometimes without proper authorization – only accelerates the need for major postal reform. Geddes says: “Media reports about the U.S. Postal Service’s mail surveillance […]

African American homeownership increasingly unstable

African American homebuyers more likely to transition from owning a home to renting than whites ITHACA, N.Y. – New forms of racial inequality make homeownership a risky investment for African-Americans, according to a new study by Cornell and Rice University sociologists. “Despite important movement toward racial equality in access to homeownership, there is growing racial […]

Dangerous, underpaid work for the undocumented

ITHACA, N.Y. – Illegal immigrants don’t hold the most dangerous jobs in America. That kind of work pays a decent wage for the risk to life and limb, and undocumented workers are barred from those jobs. Yet there is plenty of hazard, risk and occupational injury for the uncounted millions of illegal immigrants doing the […]

NY ‘scaffold law’ endangers workers, drives up costs: study

ITHACA, N.Y. — New York state’s unique “scaffold law,” or Labor Law 240, designed to keep construction sites safe, is actually doing just the opposite: It is causing hundreds of injuries while costing the public millions of dollars. The scaffold law places liability for construction site injuries solely on the builder, and according to a […]

Young ‘pranksters’ skewed landmark sexuality study

ITHACA, N.Y. – The joke’s on a generation of human-sexuality researchers: Adolescent pranksters responding to the widely cited National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health in the mid-1990s may have faked nonheterosexuality. Preliminary results from the landmark study – known as “Add Health” – stunned researchers, parents and educators alike, recalls Cornell’s Ritch C. Savin-Williams, professor […]

Parents beware: There’s a hidden danger in Christmas lights

Joseph Laquatra, Cornell University professor of design and environmental analysis warns parents of a hidden danger in many Christmas lights, lead. Laquatra says: “Lead is in the PVC jacketing that connects Christmas lights to each other, because of this, strings of Christmas lights should be handled carefully. As very small amounts on lead can cause […]

Snipping away at SNAP

As families brace for cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) two Cornell experts offer unique perspective on how the changes could affect families and local communities.   Jamie Dollahite, professor at Cornell University, is an expert in nutrition education for limited resource audiences, Director of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program for […]