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'Who owns nature?' is focus of April 1-2 conference at Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Experts with a wide variety of perspectives at an April 1-2 conference at Cornell University will attempt to answer the question: Who should rightfully profit from biotechnology's exploitation of the "intellectual property" of nature? The two-day conference, titled "Owning Nature: Biotechnology, Biodiversity and Bioassets," is organized by the university's Governance and Nature Working Group and is sponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies; Cornell Research Foundation; Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development; Center for the Environment; and the Office of the University Provost.

Cornell undergraduate David Liben-Nowell receives Churchill scholarship for graduate study at Cambridge

David Liben-Nowell, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a 1999 Winston Churchill Foundation scholarship providing for one year of graduate study at Churchill College of Cambridge University in England.

Anthropologist Brackette F. Williams will give Flemmie Kittrell Lecture on U.S. ethnic relations, March 29

Anthropologist Brackette F. Williams, a 1973 Cornell alumna and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award, is slated to give the College of Human Ecology's annual Flemmie Kittrell Lecture.

Veterinary College Open House at Cornell is set for April 10, 1999

Back by popular demand is Open House at the College of Veterinary Medicine, scheduled this year for Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daniel Kleppner of MIT to give Bethe Lectures at Cornell

Daniel Kleppner, the Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give the 1999 Bethe Lectures in physics March 29 through April 7 on the Cornell campus.

United Nations expert on Iraq's biological weapons program to speak at Cornell

David Kelly, an expert on biological warfare with UNSCOM, the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq, will discuss Iraq's biological weapons program at the auditorium in the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) on the campus.

How tiny plastic balls in turbulent water might one day result in improved weather forecasting

Think of scenes from the movie "Twister." Tornado chasers load up their trucks with ping-pong-ball-sized spheres and head for a twister. The spheres are then released into the storm's vortex, resulting in the transmission of valuable scientific information on tornadoes' actions to the chaser's computers.

Twice-engineered bacteria scavenge heavy-metal pollutants and hold them for recycling, Cornell biotechnologists report

Biotechnologists at Cornell have engineered a strain of bacteria with two environment-saving abilities: To soak up heavy-metal pollutants, such as mercury, and then to sequester them for recycling. Now the researchers are ready to begin field trials of a system that should reduce water and soil contamination to the parts-per-trillion level.

Restaurateurs want to compost food scraps, Cornell students' survey finds, so test of compost-powered greenhouses will begin

A recycling plan devised by Cornell students, with assistance from community members and waste-management experts, would save restaurant scraps from the garbage can and send them to the compost pile. The resulting compost could boost community greenhouse-gardens.

Water treatment invention cleans up pesticides efficiently, inexpensively and on-site, Cornell researchers report

A new Cornell invention can clean up waste water from pesticides and textile processing on-site efficiently, inexpensively and without some of the problems of current technologies, say two Cornell environmental chemists.

Synthesized spider venom could one day save stroke or smoke-inhalation victims from brain damage, Cornell chemist says

A new chemical isolated from spider venom might one day prevent human brain cells from dying after being deprived of oxygen for short periods, a Cornell chemist believes. In a talk today (March 23) at the American Chemical Society national meeting at the Anaheim Hilton.

American Indian Program will host presenters from across the country at the third annual Wordcraft Circle Conference

Native writers, storytellers and filmmakers from across the country will meet at Cornell University April 2-3 for the third annual Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Conference.