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Three on faculty awarded DOE early career grants

Faculty members Greeshma Gadikota, Jared Maxson and Brad Ramshaw will receive at least $750,000 over five years to support their scientific endeavors.

Cornell partners with city to restore historic cemetery

Cornell University is contributing $75,000 toward the preservation and maintenance of the Ithaca City Cemetery, joining in a partnership with the city of Ithaca to help repair and restore hillside vaults at the 16-acre historic site.

Physicist offers new take on million-dollar math problem

Cornell mathematical physicist Andre LeClair, in research published in the Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, offers a possible path to a solution of the Riemann hypothesis, one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems.

Warrior-Scholar Project helps veterans adapt to demands of the classroom

The Warrior-Scholar Project, an academic boot camp and immersive college prep experience, brought 13 current and former enlisted service members to campus July 20-28.

Things to Do, July 31-Aug. 23

Events at Cornell include writer Joyce Carol Oates, free summer events, Science on Tap, an herb garden party and Staff Development Day.

Cornell to lead soil health conversation at Empire Farm Days

Cornell professor Harold Van Es and extension specialist Ryan Maher will help lead the conversation on soil health and preservation at Empire Farm Days, Aug. 6-8 in Seneca Falls, New York.

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TESS satellite uncovers its ‘first nearby super-Earth’

An international team of astronomers led by Cornell’s Lisa Kaltenegger has characterized the first potentially habitable world outside of our own solar system.

Alumna’s musical puts human stories of Hurricane Katrina on Ithaca stage

“Katrina, A New Musical,” co-written by alumna and former Cornell staff member Elizabeth Bauman ’73, opens Aug. 2 at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca. 

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For Prabhu Pingali, India’s malnutrition puzzle is personal

Prabhu Pingali, founder of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, is making progress in his quest to discover why 15% of Indians – nearly 200 million people – remain malnourished.

Theater alum debuts as director with DC movie, ‘The Kitchen’

Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Andrea Berloff ’95 makes her directing debut with “The Kitchen,” starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elizabeth Moss; it comes to theaters Aug. 9.

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Groundwater policies fire up air pollution in northwest India

A measure to conserve groundwater in northwestern India has led to unexpected consequences: Added air pollution in an area already beset by haze and smog.

Switzerland is most innovative, India making gains, according to index

The 2019 Global Innovation Index, co-published by the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, ranks the U.S. among the top five economies in the world. India made the biggest leap in the ranking.