Skorton announces directive to reform purchasing system; could yield savings of up to $40 million

President David Skorton has committed to developing sweeping changes in the way Cornell buys goods and services. Vice President Joanne DeStefano will lead the effort, which will save up to $40 million a year. (Oct. 8, 2009)

U.S. ambassador to Libya urges greater engagement with North African dictatorship

Gene Cretz, the first U.S. ambassador to Libya in more than 36 years, discussed diplomacy and U.S.-Libyan relations with about 100 students and faculty members in the Plant Sciences Building Oct. 7. (Oct. 8, 2009)

Many factors involved in predicting and preventing workplace violence

Nellie J. Brown, director of the ILR School's Workplace Health and Safety Programs, discusses how to keep the workplace safe and prevent on-the-job violence. (Sept. 29, 2009)

Fabrics that fight germs and detect explosives go to market

Two Cornell researchers have launched iFyber LLC, which markets fabrics with embedded nanoparticles to detect explosives and dangerous chemicals or to serve as antibacterials for hospitals. (Sept. 21, 2009)

Regulatory reform vital for financial stability, panelists say

Panelists spoke on the causes and possible outcomes of the financial crisis Sept. 15 in a debate that is part of Cornell's Foreign Policy Initiative led by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. (Sept. 17, 2009)

Four professors collaborate with small businesses in JumpStart program

Four New York small businesses have been selected to receive technical assistance from Cornell faculty under the JumpStart program. (Sept. 11, 2009)

Visiting sociologist: People lose intimacy by outsourcing personal services

Arlie Hochschild, a University of California-Berkeley sociologist who spoke on campus Sept. 3, said many people outsource personal services. The result is estrangement and isolation. (Sept. 9, 2009)

Students team up with Nike to study running apparel

Professor Susan Ashdown and a class of 10 apparel design students set up a study that used the College of Human Ecology's 3-D body scanner to assess the fit and wear of Nike running garments. (Sept. 1, 2009)

Novelist and Law School alum Eisler: Ask the right questions; don't tease the polygraph operator

Author and alumnus Barry Eisler made a case for curiosity, persistence, fear of failure, and the notion that a law degree can lead to careers far beyond the scope of the traditional practicing attorney. (Aug. 31, 2009)