CALS in Conversation

periodiCALS, Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2016

“With CRISPR, literally overnight what had been the biggest frustration of my career turned into an undergraduate side project. It was incredible.”

Robert Reed, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, in ScienceNews on the impact of new gene editing technology, which includes the exploratory work on TAL effectors  by Adam Bogdanove, professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, and his team.

“Our work demonstrates that the gut bacterial microbiome in chronic fatigue syndrome patients isn’t normal and provides further evidence against the ridiculous concept that the disease is psychological in origin.”

Maureen Hanson, professor of molecular biology and genetics, in The Washington Post explaining the implications of her work on chronic fatigue syndrome and the microbiome.

“What’s great about these findings, other than having a scientific reason to blast tunes at work, is that happy music has the power to make the workplace more cooperative and supportive overall.”

Brian Wansink, professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, in the Cornell Chronicle, in a story on the teamwork-boosting effect of upbeat songs including “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Yellow Submarine.”


“On the one hand, women are no less likely to receive financing offers relative to men…On the other hand, when they do receive financing, female entrepreneurs receive less, and give up more equity in exchange. And this difference results not from differences in prior performance, but merely because women ask for less…Women who ask for more are just as likely to get funding as their male counterparts. In other words, ask for more and ye shall receive.

Sharon Poczter ‘01, assistant professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, in The Hill, discussing new research in the financing of female entrepreneurs.

“Texting will still be used, for example, to arrange logistics and meetings. At the same time, sharing information like news has increasingly migrated towards sharing videos rather than newspaper articles. If you want to read something that’s investigative, I think you’re still more likely to sit down and read something, put it down, and pick it back up later rather than pause a video for two days and then pick it back up again.”

Drew Margolin, assistant professor of communication, speaking with Tech Minute on changing social media trends.

“Even though people might have a job right now, their long-term outlook is not security, it’s insecurity. There’s a group of people who are feeling very secure, they’re creative people, they have jobs they love. And there are other people who are not doing well – they lost their job in the factory or they have a roofing business. They used to make $100,000, now they’re making $30,000.”

Thomas Hirschl, professor of development sociology, in Forbes, commenting on poverty rates in the 2015 census data and his new Poverty Risk Calculator.