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Genetic discovery can boost the provitamin A content of Africa's maize

A new study has identified a set of genetic variants in maize that accounts for levels of vitamin A precursors among varieties. The discovery could lead to at least tripling provitamin A levels in maize in Africa, where millions go blind due to vitamin A deficiency. (Jan. 17, 2008)

Cornell to share $5.5 million federal grant with Yale for study of major cereal crops

Cornell and Yale universities will share a $5.5 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation for research to better understand the biology of rice, maize and sorghum, among other crops. (Jan. 16, 2008)

Cornell to study garbage truck traffic in Tompkins County

At the request of the Upstate Citizens Safety Task Force, the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs will conduct a study on the impact of heavy trucks transporting garbage along New York State Route 89. (Jan. 10, 2008)

Cornell Cares Day unites students, alums for a day of community service

Alumni and Cornell students came together in 17 U.S. cities and in Shanghai, China, Jan. 5-6, for Cornell Cares Day, tackling community service projects and connecting with other Cornellians. (Jan. 9, 2008)

Students traveling to Honduras for AguaClara water project

Seventeen Cornell engineering students are traveling to rural Honduras this month to work on AguaClara, a project that brings clean drinking water technology to the Central American nation. (Jan. 8, 2008)

CU's newly patented purplish 'lily' blooms all summer long

Mauve Majesty is a new pink ornamental, developed by Professor Mark Bridgen and patented by Cornell, that can bloom all summer long in the cooler, northern states until the first hard freeze in the fall.

CU experts to give tips on keeping wild canines away

Coyotes, wolves and foxes are getting bolder in the Northeast, and Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a free video-linked workshop on how to cope with wild canines, Jan. 19. (Jan. 4, 2008)

CU offers weekend science workshops for K-12 teachers

The Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers is hosting its annual workshop series for K-12 teachers and students enrolled in college programs leading to certification in secondary education, Jan. 19-20. (Jan. 4, 2008)

Calling all birders: Help scientists investigate if changing bird patterns relates to changing climate

To see the effects of global climate change, scientists in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch say they need new and veteran participants alike to help count birds.