Perdue must be voice of reason in Trump cabinet

David Wolfe, professor of horticulture, climate change expert and a Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, says while Sonny Perdue has the pedigree appropriate with the position of Secretary of Agriculture, the confirmation hearings must provide clarity on how influential he will be in providing a well-balanced, science-based viewpoint to the Trump […]

H1-B visa overhaul robs US of future tech leaders

Greg Morrisett, dean of Cornell University’s Computing and Information Science, says Trump’s immigration policies hinder high-skilled workers’ entry into the country and will affect creation of future STEM jobs. Bio: http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~jgm/   Morrisett says: “Steve Jobs’s father immigrated from Syria. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, immigrated from India. Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, immigrated from […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cornell professors comment on Trump’s presidency

  Working-class Trump supporters need better jobs, unions’ help Ileen Devault, professor of labor History at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations who studies the history of the working class in America and author of “Sons and Daughters of Labor,” explains why a key to unifying the nation must involve elevating workers into a […]

US must end booming immigration detention business

Maria Cristina Garcia, an expert on immigration reform and professor of history at Cornell University, says reports that the Department of Homeland Security might soon run out of money to detain illegal immigrants should be a sign that the government must stop paying for private facilities and choose cheaper alternatives to detention instead. Biography: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-garcia.php   Garcia […]

Panel to debate key presidential election issues Sept. 26

WHAT: “Educate the Vote: Presidential Election 2016” will feature live academic debate among prominent political scientists and policy experts WHEN: Monday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Media members must RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media […]

U.S. administration must do more to facilitate travel to Cuba

Maria Cristina Garcia, an expert on immigration reform and professor of history at Cornell University, says the administration must take more steps – like allowing the use of U.S.-based credit cards and withdrawals from ATMs – to facilitate travel to Cuba. Biography: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-garcia.php Garcia says: “The Obama administration’s announcement that it will allow U.S. citizens […]

Cornell scholars speak out on Pope’s visit

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Sept. 21, 2015 Cornell experts analyze the social issues Pope Francis is expected to address on his U.S. visit Pope Francis will make his first trip to the United States this week, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. He is expected to address income inequality, climate change, […]

Cornell experts comment on Pope’s visit

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE Sept. 21, 2015 Cornell experts analyze the social issues Pope Francis is expected to address on his U.S. visit Pope Francis will make his first trip to the United States this week, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. He is expected to address income inequality, climate change, […]