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Things to Do March 29-April 5, 2019

Events include a World Cinema film at Cornell Cinema, the final weekend of an exhibit at the College of Human Ecology, the Cornell baseball team’s home-opener on April 2, and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual open house.

First-year architects to breathe life into dragon

You need not imagine dragons: A 70-foot-long, large-tailed beast created by first-year architecture students will parade across campus March 29. Dragon Day has been a spring tradition for over a century.

Plant breeding student wins Three Minute Thesis contest

Graduate student Teddy Yesudasan’s presentation, “What Makes a Red Potato Red?” earned him first place and $1,500 in the fifth annual Three Minute Thesis contest, March 20 in Call Auditorium.

Study: Fungal disease decimates amphibians worldwide

A fungal disease that afflicts amphibians has led to the greatest loss of biodiversity ever recorded due to a disease, according to a paper published in Science.

Cornell creates Center for Social Sciences

The university has created the Cornell Center for Social Sciences, and a faculty implementation committee will make recommendations for the creation of an organizational structure integrating public policy areas and the creation of “superdepartments.”

Merged satellite, ground data may forecast volcanic eruptions

Cornell scientists have merged satellite data on volcanoes with ground-based detail to form a model for state-of-the-art volcanic eruption prediction.

Ascribe Bioscience receives NSF small-business grant

Ascribe Bioscience has become the first company based on technology developed at the Boyce Thompson Institute to receive a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant.

Ithaca roots growing in Africa

Cornell’s Institute for African Development, part of the Einaudi Center for International Studies, has created strong bonds with its alumni based on camaraderie, accomplishment and regular networking. 

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New method drives cellular HIV reservoirs to self-destruct

A research team led by David Russell from the College of Veterinary Medicine has pinpointed a novel angle of attack that could eradicate HIV reservoir cells – while leaving healthy cells untouched.  

The universe’s secrets are at your fingertips – just learn calculus

In his new book “Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe,” mathematician Steven Strogatz explores the history, big ideas and applications of a subject that is essential in everything from how smartphones operate to the latest innovations in medicine.

Student hospitality startups win $37.5K at competition

Five student teams pitched their hospitality-oriented startups at the ninth annual Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition March 16 in Statler Auditorium. 

Defining blameworthiness to help make AI moral

Researchers have developed a mathematical model to calculate blameworthiness on a scale from zero to one – a tool that potentially could be used to guide the behavior of artificially intelligent agents, such as driverless vehicles, to help them behave in a “moral” way.