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Unplugged: Students build green trailer to energize tools

Around campus academic quads and residential areas, in the thick of autumn’s red and yellow leaves, soon there’ll be something green: a new tool-toting, solar power-generating trailer.

Device tracks house appliances through vibration, AI

To boost efficiency in typical households, Cornell researchers have developed a single device that can track 17 types of appliances using vibrations.

In face of crisis, equitable farming systems grow in Nigeria

As millions of Nigerian farmers flee the militant group Boko Haram, a Cornell-trained Nigerian scientist is providing support to create a more profitable, equitable future – especially for the many farmers who are women.

Two doctoral candidates named Borlaug Scholars

Jenna Hershberger and Ella Taagen, doctoral candidates in plant breeding, are among 10 graduate students nationwide who’ve been selected as National Association of Plant Breeders Borlaug Scholars.

Twenty new Engaged Faculty Fellows named

Twenty faculty members from eight colleges have been named Engaged Faculty Fellows, committed to advancing community-engaged learning and scholarship at Cornell and within their academic disciplines.

Lost frogs rediscovered with environmental DNA

Scientists have detected signs of a frog listed extinct and not seen since 1968, using an innovative technique to locate declining and missing species in two regions of Brazil.

Massive, indeed: Shark MOOC has attracted thousands

In five years, a massive open online course on sharks developed by Cornell and the University of Queensland and offered through edX has wildly exceeded expectations.

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USDA grants to fund studies of plant viruses, insecticides

Two Cornell research teams, studying crop viruses and insecticides’ physiological effects on insects, have received grants totaling nearly $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Pollack, August give update on racial justice initiatives

University officials outline progress on efforts to support and strengthen the community and create a more just and equitable Cornell.

A&S ‘Racism in America’ webinar series launches Sept. 16

Amid calls to address racism in the United States, the College of Arts and Sciences is launching a yearlong webinar series, “Racism in America.” The series kicks off Sept. 16 with “Policing and Incarceration.”

‘Adaptive testing’ quickly IDs infections within social circles

The aggressive approach, which supplements other campus efforts to slow the virus’s spread, expands testing to those who may not meet the definition of a close contact.

Cornell opens Fall 2020 semester

The first day of fall classes found students returning to a new kind of campus, one that is quieter, less crowded and very different from the one they left back in March.