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Literary icon Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, dies at 88

Nobel Prize-winning author and alumna Toni Morrison, M.A. ’55, who was also an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell from 1997 to 2003, died Monday, Aug. 5, in New York City. She was 88.

Yang-Tan Institute to aid justice-involved youth with disabilities

The Yang-Tan Institute has received a $1.5 million grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council to build a statewide community of practice to support justice-involved youth who have disabilities.

Partnership will advance food safety research in China

Cornell and China’s Hebei Qimei Agriculture Science and Technology Co. Ltd., have agreed to collaborate on microbial food safety research, via a $2.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Knowing berry pests’ varied diets may help control them

A Cornell study investigates for the first time what spotted-wing drosophila adults and larvae eat, and where they lay their eggs, when short-lived berries, their preferred foods, are not in season.

Visa concerns deter foreign-born Ph.D.s from working in startups, study finds

Foreign-born Ph.D. graduates with science and engineering degrees from American universities apply to and receive offers for technology startup jobs at the same rate as U.S. citizens, but are only half as likely to actually work at fledgling companies, a Cornell study has found.

ILR program fellows spend summer with NYS lawmakers

The ILR Buffalo Co-Lab instituted a new program this summer called Working on Democracy: Buffalo Summer Fellowships with NYS Legislators, in which three undergraduates worked on projects with state lawmakers.

Water quality projects receive $1M in USDA grants

Cathy Kling, professor in the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, is collaborating on two projects, funded by the USDA, that will evaluate the economic impact agricultural pollution has on rural communities in the Midwest.  

Study finds racial bias in tweets flagged as hate speech

Tweets believed to be written by African Americans are much more likely to be tagged as hate speech than tweets associated with whites, according to a Cornell study analyzing five collections of Twitter data marked for abusive language.

Baskin wins young investigator award for lipid research

Cornell chemical biologist Jeremy Baskin has been recognized for his innovative work with a Walter A. Shaw Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 

Schumer announces funding for hemp seed bank at Cornell

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Aug. 2 announced $500,000 in funding for the USDA establish the first industrial hemp seed bank in the U.S., co-located at Cornell AgriTech, which will be used to breed and study new hemp cultivars. 

Genomic data show how fish fare in evolutionary rapids

Scientists have long suspected that rapid evolutionary change in fish is caused by intense harvest pressure. Now, for the first time, scientists have unraveled the genomic changes that caused it.

DOE funds to help researchers reveal mysteries of magnetic materials

Gregory Fuchs, associate professor of applied and engineering physics, has been awarded a three-year grant to develop his pioneering technique for observing tiny magnetic structures, and to apply the technique to explore their little-known properties.