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Queens building aims to ease housing, health crisis in NYC

The Tree of Life Center – with 174 units, community and retail space, and a full-service health center and dental clinic – opened on Dec. 9 in Jamaica, Queens.

Barley and malt summit hails new Cornell-bred barley varieties

Farmers, brewers, distillers and researchers gathered for the sixth annual Empire State Barley and Malt Summit, to celebrate successes and plan for the future of New York’s growing craft brewery and distillery industries.

Florida Field Course benefits biology students, study finds

Participation in the immersive Florida Field Course led to positive professional outcomes, higher rates of publications, and faculty positions at research institutions, according to a new study from Cornell ecology and evolutionary biology researchers.

How much money is too much for obesity treatments?

A new generation of effective weight loss drugs is now available in the U.S., but the drugs’ high cost highlights a reality hurting the nation’s economy and those who want to shed pounds: Obesity is expensive, and so are the treatments.

Eminent astronomer Riccardo Giovanelli dies at 76

Riccardo Giovanelli, professor emeritus of astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences and a former leader at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, died Dec. 14 in Ithaca after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 76.

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Shielding likely reduced COVID exposure for pregnant people early in pandemic

Those already pregnant at the beginning of the pandemic had a 50% lower exposure to SARS-CoV-2 compared with those who became pregnant after the pandemic began and the general population, Weill Cornell researchers and colleagues found.

December graduation celebrates unique paths to Cornell education

On Dec. 18 in Barton Hall, more than 700 recipients of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored at the university’s 20th recognition ceremony for December graduates, held in-person for the first time since 2019.

Top stories of 2022: COVID solutions, student heroics

The first recorded proof of a bird not seen for 140 years, a gut bacteria that could regulate cholesterol and a senior who risked his own life to rescue a man from an oncoming subway train were among the most-read Cornell Chronicle stories of 2022.

Lyrebird vocal diversity reduced in fragmented habitat

The Albert’s lyrebird is a talented mimic, but as its rainforest habitat in Australia shrinks, so does the number of sounds that the bird can produce, degrading lyrebird culture.

Mouse pups cry for help most urgently while active

Cornell researchers found a link between the rate of ultrasonic vocalizations in mouse pups and their activity levels, which is important for understanding mouse models of communication disorders, including autism spectrum disorder. 

There grows the neighborhood: partnership with the Sweet Water Foundation transforms students’ understanding of urban renewal

Students traveled to Chicago and Detroit this semester for a series of critical collaborations, co-led by the Sweet Water Foundation and AAP faculty, illuminating pedagogical and regenerative principles of neighborhood development through real-world, hands-on experiences.

Around Cornell

Who is Horatio and why should you hire him?

The 17th episode of the Startup Cornell podcast features Jared Karson ’13, co-founder and CFO of Horatio. 

Around Cornell