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New metabolic discovery may inform heart disease, diabetes solutions

Science may be inching closer to thwarting obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, as Cornell biochemists have uncovered a key step in how the human body metabolizes sugar.

Plants use a common ‘language’ for emergency alerts

New research finds that, under threat, plants can communicate with one another in the form of airborne chemicals known as volatile organic compounds, which transfer information.

Precision Nutrition Symposium to foster intercampus research

Cornell will host a Precision Nutrition Symposium, Oct. 14-15, designed to foster the development of collaborative and multidisciplinary working groups from Cornell’s Ithaca and New York City campuses.

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Head of Ag and Markets hailed as Friend of Extension

Richard Ball, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets commissioner, was presented the Friend of Extension Award by Cornell Cooperative Extension at a ceremony Sept. 26 at Cornell’s Statler Hotel.

Agronomist Thomas W. Scott dies at 89

Thomas W. Scott, an emeritus professor of agronomy who specialized in soil fertility, died Aug. 22 in Ithaca. He was 89.

CCE podcast helps navigate industrial hemp issues

Larry Smart, professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, recently joined Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast series to discuss industrial hemp production in New York state.

LEAD New York founder James Preston ’50 dies

James Clarence Preston ’50, Ed.D. ’68, a former Cornell Cooperative Extension agent and a professor of rural sociology from 1968 to 1988, died Sept. 2. He was 92.

Six A.D. White Professors-at-Large elected

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, best-selling authors and a leader in global sustainable agriculture are among six newly elected Andrew Dickson White Professors-at-Large at Cornell.

Dairy startup gets NSF program funding, accelerator backing

A team of students who brainstormed their business idea – DairyX, a cloud-based dairy cow monitoring system – during the Digital Ag Hackathon has received NSF program funding and a spot in a New York City incubator.