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LEAD New York founder James Preston ’50 dies

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September 11, 2019
James Clarence Preston ’50, Ed.D. ’68, a former Cornell Cooperative Extension agent and a professor of rural sociology from 1968 to 1988, died Sept. 2. He was 92.

Former head of Nintendo is Dyson Leader in Residence

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September 11, 2019
Reggie Fils-Aimé ’83, retired president and COO of Nintendo of America, is returning to Cornell as the inaugural Leader in Residence at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

Interdisciplinary team gets $2M grant for bioenergy conversion

September 5, 2019
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded an interdisciplinary team of Cornell researchers $2 million to study the combination of inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles and bacterial cells for more efficient bioenergy conversion.

Deployment of plant genes critical to safeguarding wheat

September 4, 2019
To safeguard the world’s wheat crops, disease-resistance genes must be deployed in an informed way, according to Maricelis Acevedo, adjunct professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Botanic Gardens lecture explores Hundred Acre Wood

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September 4, 2019
In the first event of Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Fall Lecture Series, author Kathryn Aalto on Sept. 12 will discuss her book, “The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.”

CALS strengthens NYC connections with new grant projects

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August 27, 2019
Three collaborative New York City-based projects, designed to inspire cross-campus research partnerships, have been awarded grant funding totaling approximately $500,000 from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Michael Rosato: Creating a more sustainable and affordable future for New York growers

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August 23, 2019
Michael Rosato, a graduate student studying under the guidance of Steve Reiners, professor and chair of the horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, is evaluating the soil sulfur levels on vegetable farms across New York State and conducting sulfur fertilizer trails that have economically important crops for growers. 

Kids can test drive social media safely with new simulations

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August 21, 2019
Educators across the country can now use Cornell-designed interactive tutorials to teach elementary and middle schoolers how to participate positively in social media – while simultaneously learning to navigate some of its potential perils.

Grants create engagement opportunities for students

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August 20, 2019
The Office of Engagement Initiatives has awarded $1,307,580 in Engaged Curriculum Grants to 25 teams of faculty and community partners that are integrating community engagement into majors and minors across the university.

Cornell partners with Purdue on global food safety

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August 15, 2019
Cornell is teaming with Purdue University to establish the first Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety, which aims to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges in agriculture and food insecurity.

Startup works with Cornell AgriTech on mushroom burger

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August 13, 2019
Leep Foods, an upstate New York producer of specialty mushrooms, is working with the Center of Excellence at Cornell AgriTech to develop a blended burger using mushrooms and grass-fed beef.  

Cornell team fights invasive pest, supports NY berry industry

August 8, 2019
Cornell has the only comprehensive berry team in the Northeast, combining expertise in horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, agricultural economics, berry breeding and management for the benefit of New York state's $20 million berry industry. 

Study: Red or blue, Americans value effort to achieve success

August 7, 2019
According to new Cornell-led research exploring the foundations of morality, liberals and Democrats are far more inclined than conservatives and Republicans to believe in the importance of equity – the notion that some groups may need different opportunities to succeed based on their starting points, so that all have the same levels of success.

Partnership will advance food safety research in China

August 6, 2019
Cornell and China’s Hebei Qimei Agriculture Science and Technology Co. Ltd., have agreed to collaborate on microbial food safety research, via a $2.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Knowing berry pests’ varied diets may help control them

August 6, 2019
A Cornell study investigates for the first time what spotted-wing drosophila adults and larvae eat, and where they lay their eggs, when short-lived berries, their preferred foods, are not in season.

Schumer announces funding for hemp seed bank at Cornell

August 5, 2019
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Aug. 2 announced $500,000 in funding for the USDA establish the first industrial hemp seed bank in the U.S., co-located at Cornell AgriTech, which will be used to breed and study new hemp cultivars. 

Visa concerns deter foreign-born Ph.D.s from working in startups, study finds

August 5, 2019
Foreign-born Ph.D. graduates with science and engineering degrees from American universities apply to and receive offers for technology startup jobs at the same rate as U.S. citizens, but are only half as likely to actually work at fledgling companies, a Cornell study has found.

New lab opens at Cornell for invasive species research

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August 1, 2019
The new Golden Nematode Quarantine Facility will support scientists' cutting-edge research in the fight against nematodes - microscopic worms that threaten New York State's $54 million potato industry.

Genomic data show how fish fare in evolutionary rapids

August 1, 2019
Scientists have long suspected that rapid evolutionary change in fish is caused by intense harvest pressure. Now, for the first time, scientists have unraveled the genomic changes that caused it.

For Prabhu Pingali, India’s malnutrition puzzle is personal

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July 31, 2019
The founder of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, Prabhu Pingali, traveled to his native India to understand why malnutrition is so prevalent and to develop pathways to improve local nutrition.

Worm pheromones protect major crops, BTI scientists find

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July 25, 2019
Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute have found that compounds from microscopic soil roundworms could achieve this aim.

Workshop fuels discussion about biochar, NYS climate goals

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July 22, 2019
Cornell and the Atkinson Center helped organize a workshop, “Helping NYS address its climate goals through thermochemical conversion,” on July 16 to develop opportunities for New York to meet its climate goals.