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Brothers’ nonprofit feeds hungry in native Puerto Rico

Héctor Ibáñez ’20 and his brother, Joey Ibáñez ’23, have started a nonprofit, A Comer Puerto Rico, that has helped feed more than 13,000 people and continues to distribute food weekly in their homeland.

Revised tree ring data confirms ancient Mediterranean dates

Sturt Manning, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Classical Archaeology, is leading investigations into the timelines of ancient events, using tree ring data to refine the widely used radiocarbon dating method.

Cornell to host virtual global wheat conference in October

Scientists will gather virtually Oct. 7-9 for the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative’s virtual technical conference to discuss strategies to safeguard the health of wheat, one of the planet’s most important food sources.

Researchers help inform cassava breeding worldwide

Scientists in Cornell’s NextGen Cassava project have uncovered new details regarding cassava’s genetic architecture that may help breeders more easily pinpoint traits for one of Africa’s key crops.

ILR grad Dustin Liu ’19 named UN youth observer

Former Cornell student trustee Dustin Liu ’19 has been named the ninth annual U.S. youth observer to the United Nations. Liu will represent young Americans at the 75th U.N. General Assembly.

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A&S dean Ray Jayawardhana awarded Carl Sagan Medal

Ray Jayawardhana, the Harold Tanner Dean of Arts and Sciences and professor of astronomy, has been awarded the 2020 Carl Sagan Medal by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.

Faculty inform WHO’s COVID-19 and breastfeeding guidelines

Cornell researchers are leading a review on the risk of coronavirus transmission through breast milk intake and breastfeeding, to inform WHO guidelines during the pandemic.

Lee Teng-hui, Ph.D. ’68, former Taiwan president, dies at 97

Lee Teng-hui, Ph.D. ’68, the first popularly elected president of Taiwan, who helped guide the island toward prosperity and democracy, died July 30 in Taipei. He was 97.

Literary scholar Jonathan Culler elected to British Academy

Jonathan Culler, the Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature, has been elected to membership in the British Academy.