Nostril swab best way to test for COVID-19, study finds

Nasopharyngeal swabs – taken from far back inside the nostril – were found to be more effective at detecting COVID-19 than saliva tests or swabs just inside the nostril or under the tongue.

How to get people to follow the rules: lessons from the pandemic’s ‘great experiment’

When a deadly global pandemic broke out, compliance — the act of following rules — became critical. Yet many people didn’t adhere to the rules. Professor John, from the Cornell Law School, explains how getting people to work together and follow rules takes careful thought and planning, and that compliance inside businesses and organizations is essential to accomplishing just about anything.  

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Students want some online learning features in ‘new normal’

While they value in-person interactions, undergraduate students want to keep some of the adaptations developed during online teaching, including online assignment submission and digital question answering, survey research finds.

Partnerships fuel COVID testing lab’s success

Robust collaboration between community partners and Cornell has resulted in more than 2 million COVID-19 tests, saving lives throughout the Finger Lakes region.

Veterinarian ecologist to bolster pandemic prevention efforts

Scholar who studies cross-species pathogen spillover to join the College of Veterinary Medicine and become a Cornell Atkinson Scholar.   

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Misperceptions can threaten scientific advancement

Misperceptions of marginalized and disadvantaged communities’ level of concern regarding COVID-19 and other issues could undermine cooperation and trust needed to address collective problems, according to new Cornell-led research.

Children’s stress declined with vaccine rollout

Adult vaccination rates and social determinants of health – the social and economic conditions in which families live and work – have played an important role in children’s mental health during the pandemic, according to a new study led by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

Pandemic worsened inequality for migrant fishers

The pandemic has exacerbated problems facing international fishing industry workers including a decline in employment due to temporary port closures, wage theft, lack of personal protective equipment and their exclusion from pandemic relief programs.

Expanded virtual outreach draws diverse Class of 2026

In its third application cycle shaped by COVID-19, Cornell has attracted record interest, admitting a talented, diverse Class of 2026 from a broader range of places than ever before.