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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.

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.

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.

‘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.

Agronomist Madison Wright dies at 95

May 6, 2019
Madison J. Wright, professor emeritus of agronomy whose efforts helped establish soybean production in New York, died April 27 in Ithaca. He was 95.

Provost’s seminar celebrates innovation in teaching

The provost speaking with a faculty member.
May 2, 2019
Around 80 faculty and instructors joined Provost Michael Kotlikoff and the vice provost for academic innovation April 18 for lunch and conversation about innovation in teaching at Cornell.

$1.5M grant will link Dryden and Cornell trails

Map of Dryden Rail Trail
May 2, 2019
The Town of Dryden has been awarded a $1.5 million grant to help build a critical section of the 10.5-mile Dryden Rail Trail, including a proposed pedestrian bridge over Route 13, linking the proposed rail trail with Cornell Botanic Garden Natural Areas.

Facility upgrades invigorate immunology, cell research

Adam Wojno, director of the Flow Cytometry Facility, sets up samples in a cell sorter.
May 2, 2019
A collaboration between five colleges and a provost’s office investment of $2 million has led to a major revitalization of Cornell’s capabilities in flow cytometry, a vital part of cell research. 

Science, diversity celebrated at CALS Day

Baby lambs at CALS Day
May 1, 2019
CALS Day took on a festival atmosphere with more than 35 science exhibits, food, animals, tie-dye and music during a celebration of the diversity of the college’s research and people.

UV light may be ripe to replace chemicals in fungal fight

Powdery milder on a grape leaf
April 30, 2019
A team of researchers led by Cornell AgriTech’s David Gadoury has spent the last five years refining the science and applied technology behind using ultraviolet (UV) light to kill the fungi that cause powdery mildew. This year, the team will work with leading growers and extension divisions across the US to conduct nearly 20 trials with numerous crops.