AI-generated empathy has its limits

Researchers from Cornell Tech, Cornell and Stanford University found that, despite their ability to display empathy, conversational agents such as Siri do poorly compared to humans when interpreting and exploring a user’s experience.

Big Red Ventures shares portfolio updates at Annual Meeting

Big Red Ventures (BRV), Cornell University’s early-stage venture capital fund run by MBAs and other graduate students, presented its portfolio and announced a new investment during the Annual Meeting on April 18 at Cornell Tech. 

Around Cornell

Common type of fiber may trigger bowel inflammation

Inulin, a type of fiber found in certain plant-based foods and fiber supplements, causes inflammation in the gut and exacerbates inflammatory bowel disease in a preclinical model, according to a new study.

Four Cornell professors elected to national academy

Mario Herrero, Timothy Ryan, M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’89, Steven Strogatz and Peter Wolczanski are Cornell’s 2024 electees to the National Academy of Sciences, the academy announced April 30 at the close of its 161st annual meeting.

Prevalent heart conditions may differ in low, high-income nations

Early onset heart failure is alarmingly common in urban Haiti – over 15-fold higher than previously estimated – according to a study conducted by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers in partnership with the Haitian medical organization GHESKIO.

NYS solar work: Good for climate, but are they good jobs?

A report from the ILR School’s Climate Justice Institute finds significant issues in New York state’s solar construction workforce, including transience, uncertain benefits and racial pay disparities.

Solving the riddle of sphingolipids in coronary artery disease

Weill Cornell Medicine investigators have uncovered a way to unleash in blood vessels the protective effects of a type of fat-related molecule known as a sphingolipid, suggesting a promising new strategy for the treatment of coronary artery disease.

Celebrating ‘quiet greatness,’ Cornell Tech dedicates Feeney Way

Cornell celebrated the life of Charles F. “Chuck” Feeney ’56, founding chairman of The Atlantic Philanthropies, during an event April 19 at Cornell Tech to commemorate the university’s most generous donor and officially name the main thoroughfare of the New York City campus in his honor.

Immunologist receives biomedical research award

Ashley Nelson, assistant professor of immunology research in the Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine, has received a 2023 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award from The Hartwell Foundation.