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New course empowers students to address diversity in STEM

The seminar explores the ways in which women, people of color and others have been marginalized in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and how to address exclusion.

Upside down can be right way for rhino transport

When moving endangered rhinoceroses in an effort to save the species, hanging them upside down by their feet is the safest way to go, new research from College of Veterinary Medicine has found.

Gut microbes in plant-eating ants help build tougher armor

Gut bacteria in a species of herbivorous ant play a major role in processing nutrients that allow the ants to build tough exoskeletons, an international team of researchers has found.

In memoriam: Marcia Greenbaum, ILR ’62

A true believer in mediation and arbitration techniques as a means of solving societal problems, Marcia Greenbaum’s work was felt across the nation and in Eastern Europe.

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Study: Did cobras first spit venom to scare pre-humans?

Researchers investigating the evolutionary origins of a novel defensive trait by snakes – venom spitting – offer the first evidence that snake venom evolution is associated with defense, rather than solely to help capture prey.

Computer model reveals how cortical areas develop and evolve

A new study uses computer modeling to show, for the first time, that the development and evolution of secondary visual cortical areas in the brain can be explained by the same process.

Lab of Ornithology to welcome new director in July

Ian Owens, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s deputy director, has been named the next executive director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He will take the helm of the 106-year-old institution on July 1.

Spring tweaks to COVID-19 plan are based on fall’s lessons

One unsung aspect of Cornell’s success in managing the spread of COVID-19 on campus has been a commitment to analyze and learn, to pivot and adapt. As a result, the university will implement tweaks to its COVID-19 response plan this Spring semester.

Early breeding reduced harmful mutations in sorghum

A new study found that harmful mutations in sorghum landraces – early domesticated crops – decreased compared to their wild relatives through the course of domestication and breeding.