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Cornell startup awarded $600K to improve food safety

Halomine, a Cornell-based startup developing cutting-edge technologies for the sanitation of food processing equipment, has been awarded $600,000 from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Students seek immigration detainee’s release

A group of Cornell students has launched a campaign to free a Salvadoran woman, whom they befriended through a class focused on refugees and immigration, from an immigration detention center.

Center’s grants seed diverse research in the social sciences

Grants awarded recently by the Cornell Center for Social Sciences seeded research projects on topics ranging from COVID-19 and policing to clean energy and product design, led by scholars from across the university.

Preparing for COVID-19 vaccination rollout

President Martha E. Pollack and Provost Michael Kotlikoff issued a statement Jan. 4 discussing vaccinations for the Cornell community.

Astronomers agree: Universe is nearly 14 billion years old

Astronomers, including Cornell’s Steve Choi, have used observations, plus a bit of cosmic geometry, to propose that the universe is 13.77 billion years old – give or take 40 million years.

Sex peptide causes female fruit fly’s gut to grow

A new study of the common fruit fly has identified a protein in the male’s seminal fluid that triggers the female’s midgut to expand after mating.

Data on armed conflict reveals patterns in violent chaos

A study of the size, duration and actors involved in more than 100,000 conflicts suggests a model that can make quantitative predictions about the structure of war on large scales.

Professor chases plastic all the way to Ultimate Hall of Fame

For more than two decades, Vivian Zayas '94, associate professor of psychology, chased Ultimate Frisbee from Cornell’s campus to international championships on the semi-pro club circuit, all the way to the Ultimate Hall of Fame, which inducted her in October. 

Cornell removing ash trees, as replanting effort launches

Cornell will be removing more than 1,700 of its ash trees infested by devastating emerald ash borer insects, mostly between January and March 2021, to reduce potential harm to people and property.

CALS dean advises on carbon removal strategies

Benjamin Z. Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, joined a panel helping to identify key pathways for terrestrial carbon dioxide removal that merit further investment.

Cathy Creighton ’87 to direct ILR’s Buffalo Co-Lab

Cathy Creighton ’87, who has served multiple roles with the ILR School’s Buffalo Co-Lab for more than a decade, will become its director on Jan. 1, 2021, succeeding Lou Jean Fleron.

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Physics without fear: a course for students across disciplines

Assistant professor Natasha Holmes redesigned her course Physics of the Heavens and Earth with innovative active learning activities so that non-majors could better understand the concepts.