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The ‘first-gen’ experience at Cornell

Cornell's commitment to accessibility means new and increased efforts to support first-generation students. Throughout Cornell’s history, many of its students have been the first generation in their families to earn a baccalaureate degree.

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‘Minecraft’ modification lets builders show off architectural flair

To harness a video game's educational potential, Cornell computer scientists have developed a modification to 'Minecraft' that uses artificial intelligence to tell players whether their buildings fit into certain architectural styles, and offers ideas for how the structures could be improved.

Using smartphone cameras to track alertness

Cornell researchers developed a tool that tracks alertness by measuring pupil size, captured through a burst of photographs taken every time users unlock their smartphones.

Digital agriculture initiative to tackle food security challenges

In response to the call to action for feeding an ever-growing global population, the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture is taking a multidisciplinary approach to the complex challenge. 

New data science, computational biology departments span colleges

The university is launching two new multicollege departments – one in statistics and data science, and one in computational biology – to meet evolving research needs, encourage collaboration, and improve the quality of teaching and learning in these increasingly essential fields.

Portal connects Pollack to Afghan girls who code

On Oct. 5, President Martha E. Pollack and other campus leaders talked to representatives of a school in Herat, Afghanistan, that teaches girls to code and create apps.

Symposium examines the potential of machine learning in health care

The Sept. 27-28 symposium “Bridging the Divide: Machine Learning in Medicine,” held at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, brought together researchers and clinicians from Cornell’s Ithaca campus and Weill Cornell Medicine to discuss recent work and initiate collaborations in the field of machine learning in medicine. 

Health tech pioneer Deborah Estrin named MacArthur fellow

Deborah Estrin, professor of computer science at Cornell Tech and of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded a 2018 MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her innovative work using mobile devices and data to address social challenges.

Speed Conference at Cornell Tech examines the pace of a digital world

The Sept. 28-29 Speed Conference, part of Cornell Tech’s new Digital Life Initiative, drew faculty from New York City and Ithaca to explore how humans can keep up with computers’ speed.