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“Self-driving car technology has made incredible advances over the last five years. Vastly improved vision technology combined with inputs from other sensors are getting us close to full autonomy," explains Bart Selman, professor of computer science at Cornell University. "However, we don't yet know whether we can reach the level of safety of a human driver within the next three to five years."

Inviting Wizkid to play Coachella last year was important, says Catherine Appert, assistant professor in Cornell University’s department of music and global hip hop cultures scholar. “The U.S. pop scene is becoming more open to artists from around the globe,” she says. “African artists themselves are being respected and valued.”

“This legislation will radically change the energy footprint of the built environment and will pay off in the long run with energy costs expected to rise and new business opportunities that will be generated by this forward thinking and radical policy,” says Timur Dogan, an architect and building scientist at Cornell University. 

Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack discusses lessons from the Cornell Tech project and offers three pieces of advice for Virginia Tech’s team. “Who cares that in the past, that wasn’t how it had been done?” Pollack says. “Be open-minded.”

“It was something that was really spectacular,” says Laurent Ferri, a curator in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections at Cornell University, who notes that the 12th-century oak framing was called “the forest” for the immense volume of wood that it encompassed.

Cornell University Provost Michael Kotlikoff contends in this op-ed that a group of highly valuable, highly deserving students remains poorly considered among the nation’s elite colleges. “The near-absence of undergraduate veterans at our most selective institutions is a great loss — both for the veterans who are excluded from this valuable learning environment, and for our other students, who would benefit from exposure to individuals with markedly different experiences,” he says.

“Those conservation efforts are benefiting birds, sure. But they’re also benefiting many other species that are using coastal habitats, and they’re also benefiting people,” says Amanda Rodewald, an ornithologist and professor at Cornell University. Doing away with the fines “actually could be putting other communities at risk from storm surges and other negative environmental impacts,” she adds.

Awais Khan, associate professor of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology at CALS, led research that examines the role of soil, weather, fungi and bacteria in recent cases of rapid apple decline. He found that severe cold followed by drought could have weakened the trees, leaving them susceptible to pathogens or boring-insect infestation.

Ray Jayawardhana, an astrophysicist and dean of the college of arts and sciences at Cornell, reflects on yesterday’s unveiling of the first image of a real-life black-hole. “The transformation of the black hole from a mathematical oddity, emerging from Einstein’s theory of general relativity, to an observable fixture of the cosmos is a testament to humanity’s collective intellectual prowess, relentless curiosity and dogged perseverance,” he writes.

“What could possibly be the most optimistic, best-faith reason for an employer to know how many high-risk pregnancies their employees have? So they can put more brochures in the break room?” asks Karen Levy, an assistant professor at Cornell Tech who has researched family and workplace monitoring. “The real benefit of self-tracking is always to the company,” Levy says.

“She got roundly criticized by the left for going too far, and roundly criticized by immigration hawks by not going far enough,” explains Steve Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell Law School. “I don’t wish that job on anybody,” he says.

One of the study's authors, Kyle Horton, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, calls Chicago, Houston and Dallas "hotspots of migratory action," adding, "they are sitting in this primary central corridor that most birds are moving through spring and fall."