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Prince Charles gives Cornell reef research a royal shout-out

Research on how plastics adversely affect coral reefs received a royal shout-out from the Prince of Wales.

Essentials

Chemist Coates wins prize for best Science paper

Chemist Geoffrey W. Coates has received the 2017 Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the best paper published in Science.

Peggy Stevens nominated as a sustainability champion

Peggy Stevens, administrative assistant in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE), has been nominated as a sustainability champion for engaging faculty, staff and students for input on and participation in increasing office sustainability practices in Riley Robb Hall.

Pawprint

New grad housing is living lab for heat pump study

At the Maplewood Apartments project, now under construction, Cornell engineering students will deploy heat-pump monitors to study the system viability in a severe winter climate.

Land gift expands old-growth forest natural area

Cornell Botanic Gardens has expanded the Fischer Old Growth Forest Natural Area with a gift of 42 acres from Lenore and David K. Bandler.

Restoration ecology class surveys Lake Treman

Students in Tom Whitlow’s Restoration Ecology class spent the fall semester examining Lake Treman’s many components, and they worked with the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a plan for managing it.

New tool forecasts spring's arrival months in advance

Punxsutawney Phil – the prognosticating groundhog who famously foretells the arrival of spring – may need a new job. Cornell has unveiled a new web tool to determine the onset of spring.

An outdoor cat can damage your sustainability cred

A new study shows birders who allow pet cats out of the house are judged to be less concerned about the environment by other birders.

Oceanic plastic trash conveys disease to coral reefs

An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash – ubiquitous throughout the world’s oceans – intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef peril.

Bright LED dairy cases speed off-flavors in skim milk

As grocery stores save energy by changing their dairy cases from fluorescent to LED lighting, Cornell researchers have found that milk – particularly fat-free milk – becomes more susceptible to off-flavors from LED light than from standard fluoresence.

CORALS scholars to explore health of Pacific waters

This spring, six undergraduate students will toss away wool socks, surrender winter coats and flee the Northeast’s slushy roads to gauge ocean health along the Hawaiian and Washington state coasts.

Christopher Dunn to chair new national conservation group

Christopher Dunn, executive director of the Cornell Botanic Gardens, will be the inaugural chair of the new U.S. National Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.