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Molecular study could improve climate change modeling

A team of chemists, including Cornell’s Paul Houston, has unveiled the mechanics involved in the interplay between sunlight and molecules known as “roaming reactions,” which could improve climate change modeling.

With COVID testing off to strong start, Cornell urges vigilance

Tests to date of more than 4,000 students, faculty and staff show a very low prevalence of COVID-19 as Cornell prepares to test thousands of returning students.

Book casts doubt on notion of ‘imperial presidency’

Despite weak constitutional checks and balances, public opinion represents a powerful check on presidents’ willingness to act unilaterally, according to a new book co-authored by Douglas Kriner.

Future Architect Award program champions diversity

The Cornell Future Architect Award summer program for rising high school seniors, in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, recently concluded its fifth year with virtual programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Roger Livesay, emeritus professor of math, dies at 95

G. Roger Livesay, professor emeritus of math in the College of Arts and Sciences, died Aug. 1 in Ithaca after a long illness. He was 95.

$7.2M grant funds exploratory research into Earth Source Heat

Cornell has secured a U.S. Department of Energy grant, expected to total about $7.2 million, which will fund exploratory research to help verify the feasibility of using a novel geothermal energy system to heat its campus buildings.

Cornell launches public health campaign

The campaign will reinforce the behaviors returning students, faculty and staff must practice to help prevent spread of COVID-19 this fall, including wearing face coverings, physical distancing and good hand hygiene.

Dyson student’s initiative supports Black-owned businesses

Empower is a newly created, student-led initiative that serves to connect Black-owned businesses with undergraduate student volunteers who offer their time and talent in support of business operations or projects.

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Harold Scheraga, protein chemistry pioneer, dies at 98

Harold A. Scheraga, the George W. and Grace L. Todd Professor Emeritus of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, who had a profound impact shaping the understanding of protein structure, died Aug. 1 in Ithaca. He was 98.

Credible assumptions replace missing data in COVID analysis

As a consequence of missing data on tests for COVID-19 infection and imperfect accuracy of tests, reported rates of cumulative population infection are lower than actual rates of infection.

Behavioral compact commits students to public health norms

The Cornell Student Behavioral Compact requires all students to abide by strict public health guidelines and participate in mandatory testing to help protect the campus and Tompkins County communities during the pandemic.

Cornell announces Student Behavioral Compact

In a message to students on the Ithaca campus, Vice President Ryan Lombardi outlined the components in the new compact, which they will complete before they can enroll in classes.