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The shape of water: When ag water management pays off

Farmers can get a significant payoff, especially when crop prices are high, by coordinating their water use with other farmers, according to new Cornell research.

4-H Thread Café opens to youth

The 4-H Thread Café, formed to teach knitting and crocheting skills to young people ages 10 or more, will begin Jan. 14. 

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Is seeing believing? Depends on photo quality, study says

On secondhand marketplaces like eBay, people trust online sellers who post their own high-quality photos of items for sale more than they trust those who use stock images or poor-quality photos, a Cornell Tech study has found.

Study creates roadmap for responsible geoengineering research

Senior engineering lecturer Douglas MacMartin has co-authored a study that suggests a protocol for geoengineering research and how it could ultimately impact public policy relating to climate change.

Professor Emeritus David Henderson dies in accident

Professor Emeritus David Wilson Henderson, whose commitment to mathematics education stretched into retirement, died Dec. 20 in Delaware, at age 79.

Avery August is building a pipeline for faculty diversity

Avery August, Ph.D. ’94, is a professor of immunology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the university’s vice provost for academic affairs and co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity, which spans the Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Using vibration to curb digital addiction

Cornell Tech researchers developed a tool that causes smartphones to vibrate when users exceed time limits on certain apps, reducing usage of the apps by 20 percent and helping people tackle digital addiction.

Chronicle writer, local folk legend Bill Steele ’54 dies at 86

Former Chronicle writer Bill Steele '54, a mainstay of the local folk scene whose 1969 song "Garbage!" was popularized by Pete Seeger, died at his home Dec. 17, at age 86. 

Professors, students laud active learning physics lab course

A physics lab course redesigned as an active learning course earned praise from participating professors and students at a December poster session displaying students’ final projects.

Documentary gives voice to Tanzanian cassava farmers, scientists

The viruses ravaging cassava farms in Africa, and efforts to combat them through plant breeding, are the subject of a new Cornell University documentary film produced by International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Cornell researchers join five-year USAID nutrition project

Cornell University researchers will collaborate on a new, five-year United States Agency for International Development flagship multi-sectoral project to combat malnutrition.

Kent Kleinman named provost at Rhode Island School of Design

Kent Kleinman, professor of architecture and the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of Architecture, Art and Planning from 2008 to 2018, has been appointed provost of the Rhode Island School of Design, effective March 1, 2019.