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Study: Rethink immigration policy for STEM doctorates
The new Biden administration backs policy reform aimed at achieving that end, which was part of bipartisan legislation proposed more than a decade ago. But progress has been stalled by broader concerns about visas – particularly the temporary H...
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Applied Economics
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Intro to Oceanography: The virtual edition
Taught by Bruce Monger, senior lecturer in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, a shared unit between the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the era of COVID-19 and remote teaching...
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Environment
  • Planet
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Appearance, social norms keep students off Zoom cameras
When the semester shifted online amid the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, instructor Mark Sarvary, Ph.D. ’06, and his teaching staff decided to encourage – but not require – students to switch on their cameras. It didn’t turn out as they’d hoped...
  • Behavior
  • Communication

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Proteins unspool DNA so cells can take on unique properties
New research reveals how proteins, called “pioneer transcription factors,” help turn on key genes that give cell types their unique properties and functions. These pioneer factors, it turns out, help unspool tightly wound coils of DNA so that...
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Biology
  • Genetics
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Early breeding reduced harmful mutations in sorghum
A new comparative study investigates whether the same patterns found in maize occurred in sorghum, a gluten-free grain grown for both livestock and human consumption. The researchers were surprised to find the opposite is true: Harmful mutations...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Agriculture

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Microbiology Chair Esther Angert joins CALS senior leadership team

“CALS is in a unique position to help the world navigate global challenges, leveraging our commitment to purpose-driven science and impact for the 21st century, the solutions century,” Houlton said. “We are delighted to have Esther Angert join...

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Fish
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‘Apple Commons’ licks ice cream contest competition
Your mind wanders, enjoying a dreamy vanilla base that features apple, cinnamon, maple and tiny chunks of graham cracker. It’s just like fresh, warm apple pie à la mode – only everything is frozen. You’re going to need a bigger waffle cone. In...
  • Food Science
  • Food
  • Dairy
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New committee drives diversity, equity and inclusion at Cornell AgriTech
At Cornell AgriTech, CALS’ preeminent center for agriculture and food research in Geneva, New York, the success of research and extension activities are also shaped by a diversity of faculty, staff and students. Their unique perspectives enable...
  • Cornell AgriTech
  • School of Integrative Plant Science

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Migrations initiative wins $5M Mellon grant for racial justice

Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge, part of Global Cornell, has won a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative that will bring together scholars across the university and beyond to study the links between racism, dispossession and migration.

  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
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Community remembers undergraduate student, artist and activist KAR Robison
Robison originally attended Baylor University, where they took courses in pre-medicine, philosophy and African studies. They went on to work in the field of sustainable food marketing in both San Diego and New York City for nearly 20 years...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Natural Resources and the Environment