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Mother, daughter reindeer back on holiday duty after surgeries

A reindeer mother and daughter are ready for duty this holiday season following cataract surgery in late summer at the Cornell University Equine and Nemo Farm Animal Hospital.

Astronaut conducts Cornell experiment on space station

Orbiting 250 miles above the Earth on the International Space Station, astronaut and station commander Luca Parmitano on Dec. 10-11 conducted a Cornell-designed experiment that will help validate numerical models used for a number of industrial and geophysical applications.

CLASP participants connect through lifelong learning

Staff and student participants in the Community Learning and Service Partnership program attended a Dec. 12 luncheon in Warren Hall for a “midyear celebration of learning.”

Staff News

Collaboration yields insights into mosquito reproduction

Four Cornell researchers took a deeper look at mosquito reproduction with the goal of helping humans combat outbreaks of diseases such as dengue and Zika, which are worsening as the climate warms.

Smart intersections could reduce autonomous car congestion

Cornell researchers developed a first-of-its-kind model to control traffic and intersections in order to increase autonomous car capacity on urban streets, reduce congestion and minimize accidents.

Celebration marks prototype accelerator getting up to speed

Staff, university leaders, industry partners and government representatives attended a Dec. 5 celebration of the launch of the Cornell-Brookhaven ERL Test Accelerator facility, known as CBETA.

Things to Do, Dec. 13-Jan. 17

Events at Cornell this week and through the winter break include student film screenings, winter solstice celebrations, the Cornell Concerto Competition and Winter Employee Celebration.

Northeast ADA Center helps inform organization’s compliance

The Northeast ADA Center, in the ILR School’s Yang-Tan Institute, is partnering with Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes to help the organization create a more inclusive environment for its patients.

New podcast episode traces roots of educational inequities

“Segregated Education,” a new episode of the “What Makes Us Human?” podcast series from the College of Arts and Sciences, explains the history of educational inequities in the U.S.

Essentials

Students go all in at robotics competition

More than 100 engineering students let off some end-of-semester steam and tried not to blow any gaskets at the annual Robotics Day competition, held Dec. 10 in Duffield Hall atrium.

Students’ hot new ice cream offers pinch of cayenne

Sweet meets heat in “We Cayenne Change the World,” a rich, velvety chocolate ice cream, with a burst of cayenne pepper. Get an extra scoop, as it won Cornell’s annual Food Science 1101 final project.

Bill Macaulay, Lab of Ornithology benefactor, dies at 74

William E. “Bill” Macaulay, longtime benefactor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and passionate supporter of higher education, died Nov. 26 at the age of 74.