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 […]

Citizen-science pioneer, Project FeederWatch soars into 30th year

Media note: Two audio clips featuring conversations with citizen scientists and the founder of Project FeederWatch, as well as additional graphics can be downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/v/ProjectFeederWatch ITHACA, N.Y. – This winter, Project FeederWatch – a citizen-science program where participants track birds visiting their backyard feeders from November to April – celebrates its 30th anniversary. The […]

Robot enthusiasts coming to Cornell to connect to robotics community

WHAT: Roboticists gather for two-day robotic showcase, research meeting, and job fair WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29 to Sunday, Oct. 30 WHERE: Schwartz Auditorium, Rockefeller Hall, Cornell University MEDIA: The event is open to the public, but registration is required. Media members are asked to RSVP to Melissa Osgood in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-2059 […]

Space technology to jump light-years ahead thanks to ExoMars mission

Mason Peck, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, former NASA Chief Technologist and co-author of three books on planetary exploration and spacecraft mechanisms, says while the ExoMars mission will advance space technology needed to put humans on Mars, the mission to sustain an economy beyond Earth still faces financial hurdles. Bio: http://www.mae.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=mp336 […]

NSF grant to fund entrepreneurial growth, innovation

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Upstate New York Alliance for Entrepreneurial Innovation – a partnership of Cornell University, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University of Rochester – has been awarded $4.2 million from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program to lead entrepreneurship and commercialization support programs targeted at the scientific community through […]

Samsung’s battery woes began with a thinner ‘club sandwich’

In an announcement Thursday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Officials fear the mobile devices – specifically the phone’s battery – pose a serious fire hazard. Hector Abruña, the director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell University and an expert on lithium ion batteries, says […]

Despite recent incidents, driver-assist technology will save lives

Tesla Motors Inc. faces a lawsuit related to its Autopilot system, after reports surfaced that a man killed in a crash in China had activated the driver-assist feature of his car. Bart Selman, an artificial intelligence and computer science expert at Cornell University, says despite recent incidents, self-driving cars – much like commercial flights – […]

Exploration team shoots for the moon with water-propelled satellite

Media Note: To download video and images related to the Cube Quest Challenge, go to https://cornell.box.com/v/CornellCubeSat. ITHACA, N.Y. – A satellite propelled by the Earth’s most abundant natural resource? Yes, it’s true. Cislunar Explorers, a team of Cornell University students guided by Mason Peck, a former senior official at NASA and associate professor of mechanical […]

Annual hackathon event to feature sustainability innovations

WHAT: 450 college students from across the Northeast will showcase innovative sustainability projects at 2016 ‘Big Red Hacks!’ event on Cornell campus WHEN: Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. through Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Hacking will take place in Physical Sciences Building, closing ceremony Sunday in Kennedy Hall’s Call Auditorium MEDIA: The event is […]

Voter confidence will dwindle if Russian cyber threats continue

Russian hackers targeted voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona, according to the FBI. The most recent event is the latest cyber threat involving U.S. elections and party operations. Vitaly Shmatikov is a computer science professor at Cornell Tech whose research area includes security and privacy. He says the main danger of the election system […]