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Discussing Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn would not be shut down for 15 months, Lance Collins, dean of Cornell University’s College of Engineering, says the repairs won’t be a “quick fix.” 

In this op-ed, Jonathon Schuldt, associate professor of communication at CALS, discusses his recent research on U.S. public concern about the climate. He finds that attitudes have increasingly polarized by partisan identity. 

Eswar Prasad, trade policy professor at Dyson, discusses blockchain’s potential to transform the worlds of finance and central banking. “Central banks will need to innovate and adapt to changing financial technologies,” he says. “Their biggest asset is the trust that households and businesses have in them.”

Cornell University College of Engineering Dean Lance Collins accompanied Governor Andrew Cuomo on their second late-night tunnel tour of the month Wednesday, visiting Amtrak’s Hudson River tubes to see how their damage compares to the damage in the East River L train tunnel.

A 2017 study co-authored by Miguel Gomez, associate professor of applied economics and policy at Dyson, for Fair Trade USA placed the average cost of coffee production at $1.40 a pound. Coffee prices have been below that price for 20 straight months, the longest stretch since 2008, according to FactSet data.

Amanda Rodewald, a CALS professor and director of conservation science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, discusses the rule that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers just signed, which will revise the definition of the ‘waters of the United States’ in ways that will substantially restrict the waterways protected as part of the Clean Water Act. 

Scientists have mixed feelings about the term self-awareness, for which they don’t agree on a definition. Paul Sherman, professor emeritus of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, suggests a spectrum of “self-cognizance” that ranges from brainless reflexes to a humanlike understanding of the self.

Cornell Tech, a graduate school on Roosevelt Island in the East River, started with just seven students in 2013. Since then, it has become one of the most visible symbols of New York City’s booming technology sector – and a major selling point in the bid to persuade Amazon to build a headquarters in Queens. Josh Hartmann, the chief practice officer at Cornell Tech, says technology-focused schools are an integral part of what he called a “virtuous cycle” that drives New York City’s tech industry.  

Cornell University has been researching hemp, including how attractive its pollen is to honeybees, which pathogens attack it and medicinal uses. Joe Wakshlag, an associate professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Larry Smart, a horticulture professor at CALS, discuss their hemp research.

“Taking aim at smaller targets is ironically a positive sign that Beijing does not want the Huawei arrest to derail the truce in US-China trade tensions,” says Jessica Chen Weiss, a China expert at Cornell University.

In the Ford case, Kevin Clermont, a law professor at Cornell University, says the victims would have a “real problem” to overcome the U.S. statute of limitations in a civil lawsuit, which usually allows claims only up to six years.

“After Congress struggled to understand how Facebook operated, and thus what its responsibilities ought to be, we should expect even more confusion in testimony from Google,” says professor of communication Drew Margolin. “Social networks sites are a recent invention, but the basic concept of what they do is intuitive to human beings, whereas search engines are much more complex, which makes their public responsibility much harder to gauge.”