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Two bacteria allow spittlebugs to thrive on low-nutrient meals

A new study examines the symbiotic relationship between two types of bacteria and spittlebugs that helps the insect live on very low-nutrient food.

Ezra magazine’s online spring issue touts research, innovation

In the online-only spring issue of Ezra, Cornell University’s magazine, read about how collaborating across disciplines to tackle the grand challenges facing humanity is intrinsic to Cornell’s approach to research innovation.


‘Bending’ to create homemade musical instruments

Students in the Bending Instruments course let their imaginations run free in creating unique musical instruments, using what they had on hand while sheltering at home.

Collegetown council’s message: We’re all in this together

The Collegetown Neighborhood Council held a COVID-19-themed virtual meeting May 26 that included community updates and details about planning for the return of students this fall.

Judges who’ve served with women more likely to hire women

Economists Eleonora Patacchini and Marco Battaglini found that federal appellate judges, who are randomly assigned to judicial panels, are more likely to hire women to court clerkships after serving on panels with female colleagues.

Maureen Waller receives 2020 Engaged Scholar Prize

Maureen Waller, professor of policy analysis and management in the College of Human Ecology, is the recipient of Cornell’s fifth annual Engaged Scholar Prize.

Saving the planet, one shade-grown cup at a time

Ecologist and conservation biologist Amanda Rodewald studies birds and the ecosystems on which they depend, looking for the best outcomes for people and the planet. This approach turned her attention to coffee farms.

Augmented reality can improve online shopping, study finds

An augmented reality tool used during online shopping, which allows users to see the garment on themselves, makes people more likely to want to purchase it, according to new Cornell-led research.

Study uncovers gender roles in physics lab courses

Despite great strides in modernizing physics labs, often by removing rigid structures to give students more independence, gender roles are still present in these spaces through imbalances in lab work.

Orchestra students mentor young musicians remotely

Cornell classes were held remotely this spring, but 10 members of the Cornell Orchestra are still meeting weekly by Zoom with their mentees – orchestra students from Cayuga Heights Elementary School.

Alan Merten, former Johnson dean, dies at 78

Alan G. Merten, who served as the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management from 1989 to 1996, died May 21 in Naples, Florida, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 78.

Freedom on the Move digital archive adds K-12 lessons

Freedom on the Move, an online collection devoted to fugitives from slavery in the 19th century, has developed a series of lesson plans to make its crowdsourced database accessible to K-12 teachers and their students.