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Using microbes, scientists aim to extract rare-earth elements

A U.S. Department of Energy agency has awarded $1 million to Cornell researchers, who are using programmed microbes to mine rare-earth minerals used in consumer electronics and advanced renewable energy.

Religion: less ‘opiate,’ more suppressant, study finds

Rather than making people less political, religion shapes people’s political ideas, suppressing important group differences and progressive political positions, according to sociologist Landon Schnabel.

Michael Morley, emeritus professor of math, dies at 90

Winner of the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research for his advances in mathematical logic and model theory, Michael Morley was also a devoted advisor of Cornell students. He died Oct. 11.

Cornell Leadership Sessions: family resources, limiting travel

In the fourth Cornell Leadership Sessions series video, President Martha E. Pollack and Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Mary Opperman discuss StayHomecoming, available family resources and the importance of avoiding unnecessary travel to curb the spread of COVID-19.

CCE helps Buffalo get school food truck rolling

With help from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Buffalo City School District unveiled a new Farm to School food truck, which will bring locally-sourced hot food to inner city families.

Baby bobcat rallies after hip surgery

Dottie, a 3-month old bobcat, came to Cornell Animal Hospital for hip surgery after her keepers think she fell in her enclosure. She is recovering well.

Cornell United Way drive kicks off; needs greater due to virus

The Cornell United Way Campaign – the campus drive to support the United Way of Tompkins County by raising funds for local community members in need – launches Oct. 15 and runs through December.

Fossil footprints tell story of prehistoric parent’s journey

Human tracks at White Sands National Park record more than 1.5 kilometers of a journey and form the longest Late Pleistocene-age double human trackway in the world.

Wilkerson to discuss ‘Racial Moment of Truth’ in CCSS lecture

Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns” and “Caste,” will deliver the Cornell Center for Social Sciences’ annual Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

Summer interns discuss storytelling project in CCE podcast

This summer, three Cornell student interns worked with New York State 4-H youth on a Rural Storytelling Project, a virtual program for kids across three New York counties that culminated with a virtual showcase of youth storytelling talent.

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Zhang helps NYS to go solar, avoid land-use conflicts

Engineering professor Max Zhang has been awarded a NYSERDA grant to determine efficient solar farm array configurations so the state can avoid land-use conflicts or spoiling precious agricultural space.

StayHomecoming 2020 brings Big Red spirit online

Thousands of alumni, parents, students and friends from around the globe participated in StayHomecoming week events Oct. 6-10, an entirely online event for the first time.