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See how our current work and research is bringing new thinking and new solutions to some of today's biggest challenges.


A synthetic crystal.


Bacteria could extract elements for modern tech sustainably
Cornell researchers are engineering bacteria to solve challenges of extracting rare earth elements from ore; the substances are vital for modern life but refining them after mining is costly, harms the environment and mostly occurs abroad.
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Energy
A data center


Four Cornell faculty testified to the NYS Assembly Oct. 27 on how firing up once-shuttered carbon-based power plants – to process cryptocurrency – could pause environmental progress.
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Energy
An offshore wind farm


Cornell research shows how to make offshore wind farms more efficient in the face of impending rapid expansion, as the U.S. Department of the Interior plans leasing federal waters.
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Energy
  • Environment
Sheep in a solar field


As industrial-sized solar installations pop up throughout New York state, residents fear the loss of agricultural land. Lexie Hain ’99 has a simple solution: sheep.
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Agriculture
  • Animals
A headshot of Jingyue (Ellie) Duan


Academic focus: My academic focus is in understanding how epigenetics drives embryonic reprogramming, X chromosome dosage compensation, genetic imprinting and heat-induced responses. Research summary: Our research group uses genomics and...
  • Animal Science
  • Animals
  • Genomics

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Debisi Araba headshot


Perspectives in International Development Seminar Series: Spring 2021 The agri-food system of today will have to evolve to feed 10 billion people sustainably by 2050, and more beyond. What are the lessons from the past in exercising leadership...
  • global development
  • Department of Global Development
  • agriculture
A tractor at Cornell AgriTech.


Co-sponsored by Cornell CALS and the New York Farm Bureau The pandemic has had a devastating impact on many New York farmers. While the full economic impact of COVID-19 and USDA assistance is yet to be fully understood, this online forum...
  • food
  • Agriculture
  • Applied Economics