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Sustainable polymers center gets NSF renewal grant

Geoffrey Coates is leading a team of Cornell researchers working on the next generation of environment-friendly plastics as part of the Center for Sustainable Polymers, which received a five-year, $20 million grant renewal from the NSF.

Students hunt for maple seedlings in the name of science

Two CALS students worked with local landowners and conservationists in the forests of central New Hampshire this summer, helping communities cope with the decline of sugar-maple populations.

Global partnership plots path forward for Egyptian agriculture

An Egyptian delegation that included that country’s minister of agriculture gathered on campus in early August as part of the Cornell-led Center of Excellence for Agriculture in Egypt.

Atmospheric winds carry nutrients from Africa to Amazon

Buoyed by an atmospheric “superhighway,” smoke from lightning-sparked African savanna and forest fires deposit unexpectedly large amounts of nutrient-rich phosphorus in a river basin an ocean away.

Grants create engagement opportunities for students

The Office of Engagement Initiatives has awarded $1,307,580 in Engaged Curriculum Grants to 25 teams of faculty and community partners that are integrating community engagement into majors and minors across the university.

Alumni pitch green solutions in 76West energy competition

This year’s 76West Clean Energy Competition brought together 19 technology startups – including two led by Cornell alumni – to pitch their ideas to spur clean energy solutions in the Southern Tier.

Incubator helps students advance businesses over summer

Nine student teams stayed in Ithaca this summer to continue working on their business ideas, in areas such as machine learning and solar energy, through the Life Changing Labs summer incubator.

Global urban water scarcity endures as a ‘daily reality’

More than 40% of residents in 15 cities in the “global south” – developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America – still lack quality, affordable water that can be piped into dwellings.

Study: Fracking prompts global spike in atmospheric methane

As methane concentrations increase in the Earth’s atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new Cornell research published in Biogeosciences.