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Breakthrough telescope in Chile renamed for benefactor alum

The powerful new telescope being built for a high-elevation site in Chile by a consortium of U.S., German and Canadian academic institutions, led by Cornell, has a new name: the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope.

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New app a lifeline for eggplant farmers in Bangladesh

A new app co-developed by Cornell researchers is expected to streamline information-sharing, during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, for farmers in Bangladesh growing genetically engineered eggplant.

Democracy 20/20 webinar to assess ‘deep state’

The fourth event in the Democracy 20/20 webinar series, “Destroying or Deploying the ‘Deep State’,” Sept. 18 from 2–3:15 p.m., will examine how the capacity and professionalism of the federal government has fared over the past four years.

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Project to examine digital agriculture from many angles

Jaron Porciello in the Department of Global Development is exploring barriers to the widespread adoption of digital agriculture tools through a grant from USAID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Giving to Cornell surges despite challenging times

Alumni, parents, and friends came together to support Cornell students and stay connected during fiscal year 2020 despite numerous challenging factors, including a global pandemic and economic crisis.

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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.

China’s green plan displaces villagers, forces inequity

As China creates more green space near its cities, the modernization plan – relocating 250 million rural villagers into urban centers by 2025 – has a dark side: socioeconomic inequity.