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Life sciences task force recommends solidifying areas of strength, coordinating curriculum, consolidating fields

The forum was the fifth of six public discussions about task force reports that address ways to strengthen the university while addressing the budget deficit.

Study: Females become sexual showoffs in cooperative breeding species

A new study suggests that females that breed in groups and find themselves under pressure to find a mate evolve the same kinds of embellishments as males do. (Dec. 9, 2009)

Life sciences task force calls for coordinated curriculum

A handful of faculty attended the informal Dec. 3 brown-bag lunch hosted by Provost Kent Fuchs to discuss the findings of the life sciences task force.

Ten grad students awarded life sciences fellowships

The Presidential Life Sciences Fellowships program is intended to help form integrative new disciplines within the life sciences and to expand and support students' interdisciplinary interests. (Dec. 1, 2009)

Toxin sensor made from a 'biobrick' takes bronze in international contest

A biosensor made from a common bacterium that can detect toxic metals in water won the Cornell Genetically Engineered Machines student project team a bronze medal at a recent competition. (Nov. 30, 2009)

New research offers clues to how shells grow in nature

Lara Estroff and colleagues have taken a deep, detailed look at the way lab-created calcite crystals, similar to those found in nature, grow in tandem with proteins and other large molecules. (Nov. 30, 2009)

Climate experts debate strategies for reducing atmospheric carbon and future warming

Reducing carbon dioxide to safe levels may require extracting carbon from the air, says Cornell climate researcher. (Nov. 25, 2009)

New map of variation in maize genetics holds promise for developing new varieties

New techniques may allow breeders and researchers to use this map of genetic variation to study and improve maize varieties. (Nov. 19, 2009)

Plant physiologist, conservationist Carl Leopold dies at 89

Carl Leopold joined BTI in 1977, where he researched seed physiology and desiccation processes for 25 years. (Nov. 19, 2009)