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Sontag Foundation grants $1.2M for brain cancer research

Marcos Simoes-Costa in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Dan A. Landau with Weill Cornell Medicine have both been awarded $600,000 from the Sontag Foundation to advance their research into brain cancer.

Study: Air pollution laws aimed at human health also help birds

U.S. pollution regulations meant to protect people from dirty air are also saving North America’s birds, according to a new study conducted by scientists at Cornell and the University of Oregon.

Poultry biotech startup wins $1M Grow-NY top prize

Soos Technology, a poultry biotechnology startup based in Israel, won the $1 million grand prize in the Grow-NY competition, a global challenge focused on strengthening food and agriculture innovation in upstate New York.

Five faculty members elected AAAS fellows

Five Cornell faculty members have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.

‘Writers & Poets’ faculty reading series begins Nov. 30

Faculty in the Creative Writing Program recorded short videos throughout the fall 2020 semester, each reading a selection from their own work, which will be released beginning Nov. 30.

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Worm-like, soil-swimming robots to measure crop underworld

A Cornell project funded by two separate three-year grants will develop worm-like, soil-swimming robots to sense and record soil properties, water, the soil microbiome and how roots grow.

‘Fairmandering’ draws fair districts using data science

A new mathematical method developed by Cornell researchers aims to inject fairness into the fraught process of political redistricting.

Black in Immunology Week: Discovery needs diversity

Black in Immuno, a grassroots movement started by early-career Black scientists in 2020, is mobilizing scientific communities to support and promote Black immunologists. Their efforts are in full swing for Black in Immunology Week, Nov. 22-28.

Hold still, big cat: Vaccination could save Siberian tigers

New research out of the College of Veterinary Medicine has revealed that vaccination of endangered Siberian tigers is the only practical strategy to protect these big cats from potentially deadly canine distemper virus.

2020 TOGO awards recognize community as ‘a place of heart’

The 10th annual Cornell Town-Gown Awards – known as the TOGOs – took on the warmth of camaraderie as three community partners were recognized in a virtual event Nov. 21 for their neighborly teamwork.

Panel: Segregation still ‘in force’ in US schools, neighborhoods

In the second “Racism in America” webinar, presented Nov. 19 by the College of Arts and Sciences, a panel of four Cornell faculty experts discussed discrepancies in education and housing.

Researchers identify genetics behind deadly oat blight

A multi-institution team co-led by a Cornell researcher has identified the genetic mechanisms that enable the production of a deadly toxin called Victorin – the causal agent for Victoria blight of oats, a disease that wiped out oat crops in the U.S. in the 1940s.