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MEDIA ALERT: Experts available on coronavirus

Cornell faculty members can speak about coronavirus from a variety of perspectives: the science and health implications of the disease, its impact on the global economy, the science of vaccines and impact on healthcare systems, labor and specialized industries, effects on countries around the world and the broader impact the crisis is having on our daily lives.

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Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, assistant professor of design and environmental analysis in the College of Human Ecology, uses textile techniques from knitting and weaving to make on-skin devices that also serve as high-tech forms of expression. Graduate students Kunpeng Huang ’21 and Heather Jin-Hee Kim are first authors on award-winning papers describing the research.Read the article in the Cornell Chronicle.

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Nikole Lewis, assistant professor of astronomy, says, “A lot of those iconic Hubble images are because you are seeing dust scatter light all over the place, which is beautiful. But it makes it really hard to study the stuff that is inside.” The new James Webb telescope will be able to peer through dust that can obscure stars. 


“The arrangement of the prints defies any practical explanation, such as walking, or any accidental explanation, such as falling,” says co-author of the study Thomas Urban, visiting scholar in the classics department. “They appear to have been carefully arranged, implying a deliberate choice was made in placing them this way.”

Eli Friedman, associate professor in the ILR School, says that the new push by the Chinese government for companies to unionize workers may leave many people out as they are not considered employees. 

This piece features field studies being conducted by Cornell research teams looking to find soil amendments that grab carbon from the air and trap it below ground. Dean Benjamin Houlton says, “As far as I can tell, ours is the largest-scale project of its kind, using this intensive sort of scientific approach.”

“Labor unions are a microcosm of the society we live in,” says Patricia Campos-Medina, executive director of The Worker Institute. “The same political divide we have right now exists within the rank and file of unions.” 

Douglas Kriner, professor in American Institutions, writes this piece about what 9/11 revealed about the President, Congress and war.