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Atkinson Center awards $1.4 million to new projects

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Jun 9, 2014
Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future gives $1.4 million from their Academic Venture Fund to 12 new scientific projects. The awards were culled from a record-setting 49 proposals.

Cornell faculty share ideas on The Hill

Published: 
Jun 9, 2014
Fourteen Cornell faculty members are contributing columns to The Hill, a widely read policy website in Washington, D.C. Several columns have already appeared, offering faculty an opportunity to influence government decision makers.

New school positions plant and soil science for the future

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Jun 6, 2014
Five departments in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – Plant Biology, Horticulture, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Crop and Soil Sciences, and Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology – have been consolidated into the School of Integrative Plant Science.

'Critical zone' study expands with $1.4M NSF award

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Jun 3, 2014
The study of what earth scientists call the "critical zone" – the area where rock, water soil, organisms and the atmosphere meet – is expanding with a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant.

Irish potato famine pathogen originated in Mexico

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Jun 2, 2014
Settling a long-established debate over the origin of Phytophthora infestans – the pathogen that led to the Irish potato famine in the 1840s – plant scientists now conclude from genetic analyses that it came from Central Mexico and not the Andes.

Top seniors honored as 2014 Merrill scholars

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May 27, 2014
On May 21, the Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honored 33 outstanding graduating seniors and the high school teachers and university faculty members who made important contributions to the students' lives.

Findings may advance iron-rich, cadmium-free crops

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May 27, 2014
With news reports of toxic cadmium-tainted rice in China, a new study describes a transporter in Arabidopsis that holds promise for developing iron-rich, but cadmium-free crops.

Students relish waning hours of Graduation Weekend

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May 24, 2014
On a blissfully perfect, cloudless Sunday, Cornell University graduated its 146th class May 25. Seniors assembled to hug, shed tears, share joy and walk in procession to Schoellkopf Stadium.

Stem cell research on campus grows after $3M boost

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May 21, 2014
As part of its mission to promote cross-campus interactions to enhance training in stem cell biology at Cornell, the Cornell Stem Cell Program held a daylong retreat May 17 on campus.

Institute for the Social Sciences grants awards

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May 20, 2014
From conducting archaeological research in the Republic of Armenia to exploring how rumors spread through Twitter, the Institute for the Social Sciences' small grants program funded 22 faculty members' projects for the 2013-14 year.

Actor Ed Helms to help celebrate Cornell graduation

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May 20, 2014
Cornell's 146th Graduation Weekend highlights include the Senior Convocation Address by actor Ed Helms, who portrayed the fictional alumnus Andy Bernard '93 on TV's 'The Office,' and President David Skorton's Commencement Address.

Algal genes may boost efficiency, yield in staple crops

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May 15, 2014
New research has taken a step toward employing genes from blue-green algae to improve staple crop photosynthesis – a potential improvement that could boost plant efficiency and increase yields.

Reunioners can revel in new ice cream flavor

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May 13, 2014
For their 60th reunion, David and Mary Call helped create a new flavor of ice cream at the Cornell Dairy Bar. Big Red Reunion Revel features a white chocolate, cherry swirl and chocolate chunks.

Control methane now, greenhouse gas expert warns

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May 12, 2014
As the shale gas boom continues, the atmosphere receives more methane, adding to Earth's greenhouse gas problem. A Cornell ecology professor fears that we may not be many years away from an environmental tipping point – and disaster.

Einaudi Center announces spring grants

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May 12, 2014
The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies has awarded 11 seed grants and 11 small grants to faculty from five Cornell colleges in its spring 2014 grant competitions.

Grants further environmental policy research

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May 12, 2014
Two USDA grants are furthering the research of Cornell professors Harry de Gorter and Mildred Warner into the effects of environmental policy on biofuels and development.

Cheers to better beer foam!

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May 7, 2014
Cornell food science research reveals the secret to a foamy head on beer: plenty of lipid transfer protein No. 1.

Threats seen to 3 billion birds in vast Canadian forest

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May 6, 2014
A new report calls for saving half of the 1.5 billion acres of North America's boreal forest – one of the world's last great forests – to protect the habitat for more than 300 migratory bird species.

Lehman Fund makes seven awards for China study

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May 6, 2014
The Jeffrey S. Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China has made grants to Cornell faculty members and graduate students to support collaborative research projects.

UV-B light zaps cucumber disease

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May 5, 2014
A new study by scientists at Cornell and in Norway finds that UV-B light suppresses cucumber powdery mildew; less use of fungicides may result from the finding.

New website links land owners and seekers

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May 4, 2014
The new website Finger Lakes LandLink seeks to link small-scale farmers with landowners to put more land in the region into agricultural production and support the local food economy.

Student magazine reports on undergrad research

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May 1, 2014
At the 13th annual release party April 30 for The Research Paper, a student-run magazine that highlights the research achievements of Cornell undergraduates, several students discussed their research with the Cornell community.

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