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Awards fund innovations in digital agriculture

A drone
June 14, 2019
Projects ranging from a soil-swimming robot that can sense conditions in the root zone in real time to computational models that can predict produce spoilage received seed funds from the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture’s new Research Innovation Fund.

3M and Cornell Partner to Develop Environmental Monitoring Handbook

3M logo
June 13, 2019
3M Food Safety and CALS announce today they have collaborated – together and with a team of other industry experts – on a comprehensive handbook to help food and beverage manufacturers build and implement environmental monitoring programs.

Empire apple breeder Roger Way dies at 100

Roger Way
June 12, 2019
Roger Way, Ph.D. ’53, professor emeritus of pomology and world-renowned apple breeder, died June 2 in State College, Pennsylvania. He was 100 years old.

Grant writing course for female faculty tackles funding gap

Women junior faculty standing and smiling for the camera against a Cornell backdrop
June 11, 2019
To address a funding imbalance, the Cornell Women’s Grant Fellows Workshop aims to familiarize female assistant professors with the landscape of federal funders, program officers and grant applications, and to teach tips for writing a winning proposal.

Scientists discover key plant virus-insect virus interaction

A green peach aphid feeds on a husk tomato plant
June 11, 2019
Researchers in Michelle Heck’s lab at the Boyce Thompson Institute are working to better understand how plant viruses interact with aphids on a molecular level, which could lead to better pest-control methods.

Cornell improves global access to potato breeding material

June 5, 2019
Cornell plant breeders and geneticists, who’ve played a significant role in the improvement of the potato, are expanding their efforts as they make more wild potato seeds available to breeders around the world.

Eighteen receive Engaged Graduate Student Grants

Students sitting at a table recording their podcast
June 5, 2019
Eighteen Cornell doctoral students from 13 fields of study have received 2019-20 Engaged Graduate Student Grants to support community-engaged research relevant to their dissertations.

Alum who sounded climate change alarm featured at Reunion

Rafe Pomerance ’68
June 3, 2019
Rafe Pomerance ’68, who played an early, pivotal role in raising awareness about the threat of climate change, will participate in a June 8 Reunion panel, “Challenges and Opportunities for Reducing Climate Risks.”

Cornell to administer Grow-NY contest for food, ag startups

Justine Vanden Heuvel, associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, holds a drone in a local vineyard.
May 31, 2019
Grow-NY, announced May 31 by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will be one of the largest food and agriculture business competitions in the nation, supporting innovative startups in food production and agriculture.

Student Profile: Matt Boucher

Matt examines an apple affected by flies in a Cornell AgriTech lab with summer scholar, Rixsi Herrera.
May 29, 2019
Matt Boucher is a doctoral student in the field of entomology researching the role that flies have in the overall health of apple orchard ecosystems.

Smiles, sunshine, sweets and song punctuate Commencement

Nancy Ren, right, enjoys Saturday afternoon smiles with her parents Sharon Gu and Frank Ren, and sister, Lisa Ren on the Arts Quad.
May 26, 2019
As students began to line up for Cornell’s 2019 Commencement May 26, the morning skies that threatened rain gave way to rays of sunshine wriggling between the clouds. Smiles, pomp and circumstance followed.

Cornell to host national Science Olympiad

Test tubes
May 23, 2019
About 2,000 middle and high school students will show their science and engineering acumen at the 35th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, May 31-June 1 at Cornell.

New book a how-to for bringing stressed students to nature

Nature RX book cover
May 22, 2019
A new book, “Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health,” co-written by associate professor Don Rakow of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, explores how natural spaces can help with stress and depression.

Cornell to celebrate 151st Commencement

Soon-to-be Cornell graduates walk toward the Arts Quad to line-up for the procession in 2017.
May 20, 2019
Cornell President Martha E. Pollack’s Commencement address and the Senior Convocation address by science educator Bill Nye ’77 will highlight Cornell’s 151st Graduation Weekend, May 24-26.

Grants fund 15 community-engaged research projects

May 16, 2019
Student and faculty researchers and their community partners will use this year’s Engaged Cornell research grants to study Cornell’s socioeconomic impact on Tompkins County and other topics.

Mann award winner probes cell behavior

May 14, 2019
Jennie Sims, the recipient of the Mann Outstanding Graduate Student Award, is probing why, how and when a cell chooses to repair itself, which has implications in cancer research.

New signs highlight gorge dangers, delights

May 14, 2019
Resources abound – on Cornell’s Gorge Safety website, on signs along the Botanic Gardens’ trails and through the work of the gorge stewards – to help visitors safely explore and enjoy Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Natural Areas.

BTI pangenome may lead to tastier, heartier tomatoes

May 13, 2019
Researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute have collected the genome sequences of 725 different wild tomato types to create a pangenome, which will help breeders develop better strains.

Toxicology expert Donald Lisk dies at 88

Donald J. Lisk
May 9, 2019
Donald J. Lisk, M.S. ’54, Ph.D. ’56, professor emeritus of soil chemistry and toxicology and a champion of graduate education, died April 27. He was 88.

CUCE-NYC educator receives NYS Hometown Alumni Award

May 9, 2019
Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte ’72, a senior extension associate, director of community relations, and the family and youth development program leader for Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC, is the latest recipient of the Cornell New York State Hometown Alumni Award.

In first look at Facebook data, researchers to track patterns of fake news

Screengrab of Facebook website
May 9, 2019
A Cornell researcher is collaborating on an unprecedented study examining Facebook data to look for patterns in “problematic sharing” – posting links to stories that have already been flagged or proven false – to determine whether this activity spikes around elections or terrorist attacks.

Student research has CURB appeal

A male student presenting his research
May 9, 2019
The student-run symposium recognizes research achievement and provides a venue for undergraduates to communicate their work in a scholarly environment.

Cornell selects eight Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellow Manvendra Singh
May 9, 2019
The Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which attracts some of the world’s best young talent to Cornell, has chosen eight new fellows, including Manvendra Singh, a scientist at Max-Delbrueck Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany, sponsored by Cedric Feschotte, professor of molecular biology and genetics.

‘Know your purpose,’ speakers urge at OADI awards dinner

Clinton Ikioda ’19
May 7, 2019
The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives’ annual Honors Award Ceremony May 3 celebrated students, faculty, staff and alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, high academic achievement and strong community engagement.