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Two years after the Paris climate accord was adopted, the French government is unveiling a list of 18 “laureates” who have won a “Make Our Planet Great Again” competition for research grants awarded for as long as five years. Lois Derry, professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science, is one of them.

Law professor and jury expert Valerie Hans is quoted in this story about the problem of jurors falling asleep during trials. Hans says that, in order to keep jurors alert, more courts could allow jurors to take notes during testimony – a practice some states previously banned because judges thought note-taking was distracting.

Showcased at the Dec. 6 Inside Cornell, this story explores the future of Hyperloop development. In the article, Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy director Rick Geddes breaks down the differences between financing and funding as it relates to building new infrastructure systems.

Maria Figueroa, a director of labor and policy research at the Worker Institute of Cornell University, is quoted in this article about wage theft in New York. Many construction workers, she says, are hired through informal agreements, and that makes them more susceptible to wage theft.

Q&A with philosopher Kate Manne about her latest book Down Girl, where she argues that misogyny is not about male hostility or hatred toward women — instead, it’s about controlling and punishing women who challenge male dominance.

One of the key parts of the GOP tax reform plan is a cut in the corporate tax rate from the current 35 percent to 20 percent. Bob Hockett, professor of finance at the law school, is quoted commenting on this provision.

Guillaume Lambert, an assistant professor of applied engineering physics at Cornell, is aiming to adapt how bacteria behave to fight superbugs. His research focuses on how to program good bacteria in the gut to single out superbugs, an approach he calls a “living diagnostic system.”

Janis Whitlock, a developmental psychologist at Cornell who focuses on adolescent and young adult mental health and sexual violence prevention comments on case of a high school boy charged with raping middle school girls in Detroit.

Dr. Joseph Safdieh, a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medicine, explains that Bell’s palsy is a temporary partial facial paralysis that occurs when the nerve controlling the facial muscles is inflamed. Safdieh also elaborates on possible causes Bell’s palsy and popular treatments.

Showcased at the October Inside Cornell, 15 Brooklyn students teamed up with Cornell researchers to collect environmental DNA from the Hudson River. When it comes to the role of NYC student scientists participating in the FishTracker project, CVM researcher Donna Cassidy-Hanley says, “They are a key part of this real research project.”
 

Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a $146 billion Puerto Rico recovery plan he says will allow renewable power sources such as solar and wind to provide about 70 percent of the island’s energy needs within the decade. “The case for renewables is that it’s the cheapest way to do it, and certainly the cheapest in the island’s isolated communities,” says economist Steven Kyle.
 

Michael Lynn, professor of food and beverage management who has studies tipping extensively, says “the more extraverted the personality traits of people in a country, the greater number of service providers they tip and the larger amount they tip." He also adds that social norms, differing wages, and whether service charges are customary also play a huge role.