Skip to main content

In the News

Researchers from Cornell University plan to explore why some areas along the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone are hotbeds for earthquakes, while others are relatively quiet. Professor Geoff Abers comments on the similarity between the Kodiak region and Aleutian Islands. 

Denise Young Smith, executive-in-residence at Cornell Tech in New York City, says, “One woman is great, but one woman can’t do it; two sometimes can’t do it. But when you start to have three, when you start to have four, then you start to be able to shift the conversations that happen in those rooms.”

Cornell sociologist Daniel Lichter suggests that if the demographic profile of poverty remains constant, by 2050 over 70 percent of America’s poor will be from today’s minority groups. 

Opinion piece from Weill Cornell Medicine faculty members Mark M. Souweidane and Jeffrey P. Greenfield on allowing patients with a terminal diagnosis – who have run out of effective treatment options – access to a drug that might help, even without FDA approval.

Monday’s ruling means that companies can keep workers from launching class-action lawsuits over issues from wages and overtime pay to discrimination and sexual harassment. ILR professor Alex Colvin says this ruling illustrates that employees have fewer rights than they think.

As digital tools that gather cellphone data have multiplied in recent years, so have the options for people who abuse the technology to track others without consent. Cornell researchers found that of the nine companies with tracking services that they surveyed, eight allowed users to secretly track another person.

Eswar Prasad, a trade policy professor at Cornell University, said any effort to devalue the yuan could quickly backfire on China. In 2015 a substantial devaluation of China’s currency sparked a global market selloff and set off a wave of capital outflows that China spent around $1 trillion in reserves trying to halt.

ILR professor Ifeoma Ajunwa contrasts the way that the US and UK think about privacy. “The difference, of course, is that in the EU, because privacy is not predominantly viewed as a property right but rather as a human right, it merits governmental protection.”

Op-ed by Sebastian Dettman, a doctoral candidate in the College of Arts and Sciences, on the implications of Malaysia’s election results.

Coverage of recent research by ILR professor Ben Rissing which found that MBA applicants who receive an endorsement from alumni tend to be more active members of community and give more generously to the institution.

Eswar Prasad, a professor of trade policy at Cornell University, says “Trump may have recognized that backing off on ZTE clears the path for him to claim at least a partial victory in the US-China trade dispute based on the concessions the Chinese seem prepared to offer."

Research by psychology professor, Katherine Kinzler, shows that 12-month old babies prefer to eat a food when they see someone eat it who speaks their native language, as opposed to someone who speaks a foreign language.