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Christopher Dunn to chair new national conservation group

Christopher Dunn, executive director of the Cornell Botanic Gardens, will be the inaugural chair of the new U.S. National Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Gifts create new Arts and Sciences professorships

Four new alumni gifts have helped the College of Arts and Sciences create three new professorships and fund a new graduate student position.

Lynden Archer to lead Cornell Energy Systems Institute

Lynden Archer, professor of chemical and biolomolecular engineering, is the new director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute.

French president taps climate scientist to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

Louis Derry, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, has won a grant from the French government to conduct climate research in France.

Leaf doctor makes the rounds

Leaf doctor is a free app developed by Cornell and University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers that analyzes a photograph of a damaged leaf or fruit and quantifies the percentage and severity of disease visible.

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Digital agriculture tech Adapt-N nets $1M Tulane prize

Adapt-N, a team from Cornell, was awarded the $1 million grand prize from the Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge Dec. 14 in New Orleans.

Students envision future of Hudson River town confronting flooding

Residents of Piermont, New York are facing climate change, as Hudson River flooding begins to encroach their waterfront streets. Cornell students provided concepts at an open house on how to handle it.

Northeast farmers weigh warm climate, drenched fields

Farmers in the Northeast are adopting production habits tailored to longer, warming climate conditions, but they may face spring planting whiplash as they confront saturated fields from heavy rain.

Climate scientists study the odds of a megadrought

Cornell climate scientists and their colleagues have developed a “robust null hypothesis” to assess the odds of a megadrought – one that lasts more than 30 years – occurring in the western and southwestern United States.