December graduation celebrates unique paths to Cornell education

On Dec. 18 in Barton Hall, more than 700 recipients of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees were honored at the university’s 20th recognition ceremony for December graduates, held in-person for the first time since 2019.

Three years late, food science make-up lab is sweet as sugar

Among all the missed experiences of spring 2020, first-year food science majors lost one more: the opportunity to make candy in a lab. They created gummy worms and candy bars a thousand days later.

Cornell increases aid for all students with financial need

In 2023, Cornell will increase university grant aid for all undergrads who qualify for financial aid, thanks to the success of the “To Do the Greatest Good” campaign.

ILR student spurs minimum wage hike back home

Casey Platkin ’26 advocated for a minimum wage increase in California’s San Mateo County, where thousands of low-wage workers will see bigger paychecks.

Feeding apple waste to chickens may boost their health

An apple a day may keep the veterinarian away. Juice, pulp and other waste from Empire apples, when injected into chicken eggs before hatching, show signs of boosting the animal’s health.

Recalling Renaissance, honeycomb ice cream charms judges

For their ice cream final project, students in Cornell’s introductory food science class – this year sweetened by a Renaissance theme – harkened back 500 years to explore flavors from antiquity.

Doctoral student co-authors global plastics declaration

Cornell doctoral candidate Bethany Jorgensen co-authored the 2022 Lanzarote Declaration – a synthesized wish list of action in anticipation of a U.N. treaty on global plastic pollution in 2024.

‘Doggles,’ booties keep student’s service dog safe in the lab

Multiple faculty and staff collaborated with Genesis Contreras ’24 to allow her service dog, Nugget, to work alongside her in the lab. 

Cube crazy: Simple strategy pays off in robotics final

Simplicity was a winning strategy for a trio of engineering students in the annual Cornell Robotics Competition, held Dec. 1 in the Duffield Hall atrium.