Town-gown awards honor food-related community partnerships

The 12th annual Cornell Town-Gown Awards – also known as the TOGOs – celebrated cooperation between the university and the greater Ithaca community at a virtual ceremony held Nov. 19.

ProAgni awarded $1M Grow-NY top prize

ProAgni was one of eight finalists to take home prize money during the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit, held Nov. 15-16 at the Oncenter in Syracuse and virtually. The competition is funded by Empire State Development and administered by Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement.

Cornell, global partners discuss the next ‘grand challenge’

More than 300 faculty, staff and students from Cornell and the new Cornell Global Hubs gathered Nov. 16-17 to discuss ideas for the next universitywide Global Grand Challenge.

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Student prods COP27 to include youth in climate solutions

Kehkashan Basu, an MBA student at the Johnson School, hopes to kindle positive global change. She moderated the first roundtable meeting between government officials and youth at COP27.

To prevent the next pandemic, restore wildlife habitats

Preserving and restoring natural habitats could prevent pathogens that originate in wildlife from spilling over into domesticated animals and humans, according to two new companion studies.

Autonomous robots to help modernize grape, wine industry

The robots will roll through vineyards and gather data to allow breeders and growers to evaluate their crop leaf by leaf, in real time, down to the chemical level.

Innovative financing supports regenerative agriculture

A new project will directly pay farmers for the ecosystem services they provide, such as cleaner water, healthier soils and increased biodiversity.

Professor tells COP27 to move faster on energy transition

At COP27 meeting in Egypt, Engineering Professor Semida Silveira delivered a United Nations working group statement to accelerate global net-zero carbon emissions principles.

Local floodplain home buyouts can inform federal plans

Cornell researchers compared federal floodplain home buyout policies with regional programs, showing that local strategies may make these acquisitions more equitable and effective.