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The pressure to publish before earning a doctorate has been gradually building for decades, but the dismal job market since the Great Recession has amped it up. ILR professor Ronald Ehrenberg says the bigger demands necessitate extra time to finish degrees and place more demands on departments too.

Ecology and evolutionary biology professor Drew Harvel searches out animals that match handcrafted glass masterpieces to gauge the health of ocean invertebrates.

Human resource management professor Jamie Perry comments on the potential positive results from a one-time training session. eCornell’s diversity training program that Lisa Nishii created is mentioned as a way for executives to take steps toward improving their company culture.

Communications professor Brooke Erin Duffy says the feminized nature of social media employment is connected to its “characteristic invisibility, lower pay, and marginal status” within the tech industry. Duffy believes the influx of women in these roles is the reason salaries and status remain low.

Researchers from Cornell University plan to explore why some areas along the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone are hotbeds for earthquakes, while others are relatively quiet. Professor Geoff Abers comments on the similarity between the Kodiak region and Aleutian Islands. 

Denise Young Smith, executive-in-residence at Cornell Tech in New York City, says, “One woman is great, but one woman can’t do it; two sometimes can’t do it. But when you start to have three, when you start to have four, then you start to be able to shift the conversations that happen in those rooms.”

Cornell sociologist Daniel Lichter suggests that if the demographic profile of poverty remains constant, by 2050 over 70 percent of America’s poor will be from today’s minority groups. 

Opinion piece from Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members Mark M. Souweidane and Jeffrey P. Greenfield on allowing patients with a terminal diagnosis – who have run out of effective treatment options – access to a drug that might help, even without FDA approval.

Monday’s ruling means that companies can keep workers from launching class-action lawsuits over issues from wages and overtime pay to discrimination and sexual harassment. ILR professor Alex Colvin says this ruling illustrates that employees have fewer rights than they think.

As digital tools that gather cellphone data have multiplied in recent years, so have the options for people who abuse the technology to track others without consent. Cornell researchers found that of the nine companies with tracking services that they surveyed, eight allowed users to secretly track another person.

Eswar Prasad, a trade policy professor at Cornell University, said any effort to devalue the yuan could quickly backfire on China. In 2015 a substantial devaluation of China’s currency sparked a global market selloff and set off a wave of capital outflows that China spent around $1 trillion in reserves trying to halt.

ILR professor Ifeoma Ajunwa contrasts the way that the US and UK think about privacy. “The difference, of course, is that in the EU, because privacy is not predominantly viewed as a property right but rather as a human right, it merits governmental protection.”