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Cornell nutrition division partners with World Health Organization

Feb 23, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – The World Health Organization (WHO) has named Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences a collaborating center, establishing the division as a research and training partner in WHO’s public health and nutrition policies. The partnership formalizes and deepens Cornell’s current collaboration with WHO in nutrition policy and guidance, said Patrick Stover, the division’s director […] Read more

Disease, warming oceans rock lobster and sea star populations

Feb 16, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Two new Cornell University studies show how diverse marine organisms are susceptible to diseases made worse by warming oceans. The first study warns that warm sea temperatures in 2015 may increase the levels of epizootic shell disease in American lobster in the northern Gulf of Maine in 2016. The second provides the […] Read more

Super Bowl won’t make you feel super, even if your team wins

Feb 5, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – With last year’s Super Bowl drawing in over 114 million viewers, you’d assume that much of the audience tuned in not just for the commercials, but for the enjoyment of the game. You’d be wrong, say communication researchers Drew Margolin, and Wang Liao, who have created a unique way to watch the […] Read more

Cluttered kitchens cause over-snacking

Feb 3, 2016
Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, ITHACA, N.Y. – A cluttered and chaotic kitchen can often cause out-of-control stressful feelings. It might also cause something else — increased snacking of indulgent treats. A new Cornell University […] Read more

Cornell University to establish an integrated College of Business

Jan 30, 2016
New College will cement the university’s position as a world-class center of teaching and research for business management and entrepreneurship ….. College will comprise the School of Hotel Administration, the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management ….. Collaborative consultation process will establish academic […] Read more

Transparency key in decision to label modified ingredients

Jan 12, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – Take a look at any food label and there’s a good chance all design elements, from the color palette to the smallest detail, were meticulously chosen. Now, amid public debate about whether food companies should list genetically modified (GM) ingredients on their labels, that same deliberative process may be crucial to the […] Read more

$10 million grant helps Cornell launch multi-institutional virtual research lab

Jan 7, 2016
ITHACA, N.Y. – The National Science Foundation today announced $30 million in new awards to three Expeditions in Computing projects, one of which has been awarded to Cornell University Computer Science Professor Carla Gomes, also with appointments in Information Science and the Dyson School and director of the Institute for Computational Sustainability. Each award will […] Read more

Addicted to Facebook: Four reasons we keep coming back

Dec 14, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – Admit it, you’ve thought about walking away from Facebook at one time or another. Perhaps you’ve gone so far as to shut down your account, swearing never to return, only to meekly log back in a week later. New research from Cornell Information and Science discovered four reasons it’s so hard to […] Read more

Southern Tier $500M economic award a boon for agriculture and region

Dec 10, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council has won $500 million over the next five years in New York’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced today. Cornell will be involved in about $100 million worth of key projects funded by the grant. The Southern Tier was one of three state […] Read more

Breaking bread with colleagues boosts productivity

Dec 7, 2015
Plenty of companies invest big money to provide their employees with upscale workplace eateries or at least catered meals. But are those companies getting a good return on their investment? According to a new Cornell University study, the answer is yes.   Media note: An informational graphic and additional details about this research can be […] Read more

$13.4 million grant will help combat malnutrition in India

Dec 3, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell University project to enhance access to nutritious food in India is set to grow thanks to a $13.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Funding to the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi) will allow the project to scale up its work promoting a more nutrition-sensitive food […] Read more

Men eat to excess when they need to impress

Nov 18, 2015
Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, ITHACA, N.Y. – Men have a reputation of doing just about anything to show off in front of women, no matter how seemingly absurd. That effort to impress apparently extends […] Read more

Sweet news for soda and coffee drinkers, stevia less bitter than before

Nov 11, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – Good news for consumers with a sweet tooth. Cornell food scientists have reduced the sweetener stevia’s bitter aftertaste by physical – rather than chemical – means, as noted in the Volume 197, Part A issue of the journal Food Chemistry. Cornell professor of food process engineering, Syed Rizvi, co-authored the research “Controlling […] Read more

Cornell, Environmental Defense Fund partner on environmental projects

Nov 9, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) announced four new research projects addressing pressing health and environmental issues Nov. 9. The projects mark the official launch of a new partnership between the two institutions made possible by a $1.7 million grant from Cornell alumnus and private […] Read more

Cornell study suggests soda, junk food not why we’re fat

Nov 5, 2015
Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at,   ITHACA, N.Y. — Indulgences like sodas and junk foods have long been blamed as the prime culprits responsible for worrying obesity trends across the United States. But a new analysis […]
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What’s on your kitchen countertop might predict your weight

Oct 20, 2015
A quick glance in a person’s kitchen might reveal more than just their taste in food. A new Cornell study suggests that the kinds of ready-to-eat foods left out on the countertop and other visible parts of the kitchen could also hint at the weight of the people there, especially for women. The study looked […] Read more

Overweight health bloggers perceived to be less reliable

Sep 24, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – A blogger’s weight affects her or his credibility with readers seeking food advice, according to a Cornell study published online and in a forthcoming print issue of the journal Health Communication. The study revealed that when a blogger is overweight, as shown in the blogger’s photo, readers are far more skeptical of […] Read more

State supports food processing tech with $600,000 in funding

Sep 15, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – At a Sept. 14 press conference, New York State Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-54th Dist., announced $600,000 in state funds to bring a new food processing technology to Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva, New York. The Hiperbaric 55, which captures fresh taste and extends shelf life while ensuring […] Read more

Cornell technology unearths historical artifacts in Jamestown graves

Sep 2, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University scientists joined a team of archaeologists to identify four high-status individuals, centuries after they were buried beneath a church. This archaeological saga began Jamestown, Virginia, in 2013, archaeologists digging beneath a church built in 1608 made a remarkable discovery in the chancel: four graves. The coffins were long gone, victims […] Read more

Family farm managers earn less, but gain ‘emotional’ wealth

Aug 26, 2015
ITHACA, N.Y. – After hours harvesting forage, managing livestock and milking cows, new Cornell University agricultural economic research shows family members who work on the family dairy farm make $22,000 less annually than comparable hired managers, but are handsomely compensated with “socioemotional” wealth. “While $22,000 seems like a large penalty, there are nonfinancial rewards they […] Read more