Winter Session Spotlight: Dr. Tom Silva on ‘Green World, Blue Planet’

Precollege’s most popular Winter Session course is Green World, Blue Planet (PLBIO 2400), taught by Tom Silva, winner of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for teaching. This three-credit online class begins Jan. 2.

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Einhorn Center announces new Engaged Faculty Fellows

Twenty-five faculty and academic staff from nine Cornell colleges and units are Engaged Faculty Fellows for the 2023-24 academic year, with projects dedicated to advancing community-engaged learning at Cornell and within their respective fields.

Local adaptation may buffer some birds against climate change

North American song sparrows may be more resilient to climate change thanks to a remarkable adaptation: a stunning range of body sizes found throughout the bird’s westernmost range.

Frank DiSalvo, Cornell Atkinson’s first director, dies at 79

Frank DiSalvo, a chemist-physicist who inspired hundreds of Cornellians from different disciplines to collaborate on environmental and sustainability problems, died on Oct. 27 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 79.

Honey-based beverage grabs grand prize at food hackathon

Students were tasked with addressing one of four challenges: creating new dairy products, coming up with more efficient food manufacturing processes, lessening the problem of food waste or creating products to increase knowledge and the use of honey and other bee-pollinated products.

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Better tech needed to increase soil organic carbon and crop yields

A new paper shows that promised yield increases at a global scale from increasing organic carbon in soils would be negligible with current technologies and optimal management practices. 

Microplastics’ shape determines how far they travel in the atmosphere

A Cornell collaboration developed a model to simulate the atmospheric transport of microplastic fibers and found that their shape plays a crucial role in how far they travel.

Underwater robot updates understanding of ice shelf crevasses

Crevasses play an important role in circulating seawater beneath Antarctic ice shelves, potentially influencing their stability, finds Cornell-led research based on first-of-its-kind exploration by an underwater robot.

Adding crushed rock to farmland pulls carbon out of the air

Adding crushed volcanic rock to cropland could play a key role in removing carbon from the air. In a field study, scientists at the University of California, Davis, and Cornell University found the technology stored carbon in the soil even during an extreme drought in California.

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