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Newswise: Wheat Expert Calls for Global Unity to Avert Future Hunger Crises
Released: 26-Jul-2019 12:25 PM EDT
Wheat Expert Calls for Global Unity to Avert Future Hunger Crises
Cornell University

A global alliance of countries and research institutions, including Cornell University, committed to sharing plant genetic material, has secured food access for billions of people, but a patchwork of legal restrictions threatens humanity’s ability to feed a growing global population. That jeopardizes decades of hard-won food security gains, according to Ronnie Coffman, international professor of plant breeding and director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Released: 31-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Economic Uncertainty Fueled Fed Hold on Interest Rates
Cornell University

Economic uncertainty fueled Fed hold on interest rates

Released: 27-Nov-2018 4:05 PM EST
With InSight on Mars, Scientists Feel Earthly Relief, Get to Work
Cornell University

After cruising for 205 days over 301 million miles, NASA’s InSight spacecraft – a mission designed to probe beneath the surface of Mars – landed flawlessly Nov. 26 at Elysium Planitia. Cornell University’s Don Banfield felt earthly relief.

Released: 14-Jun-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Martian Dust Storms Ravage Rovers, Impact Future Mission Models
Cornell University

Don Banfield, a senior research associate specializing in planetary sciences at Cornell University, monitors dust storms and atmospheric science on the red planet. He says it's important to consider the risks associated with dust storms, like the one that has silenced the Opportunity rover, when designing future missions to Mars.

Released: 15-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Maximize Memorial Day festivities: Food safety made palatable
Cornell University

Robert Gravani, food safety expert and professor emeritus of food science at Cornell University, says that there are several steps that people can take to make summer picnics safe.

Newswise: Rescued Raptors a Reminder Household Toxins Still Threaten Beloved Birds
Released: 1-Feb-2018 3:30 PM EST
Rescued Raptors a Reminder Household Toxins Still Threaten Beloved Birds
Cornell University

Two local raptors made unexpected recoveries this month following exposure to common and deadly man-made toxins: lead and rodenticide.

Newswise: Cornell Tech Has Heightened Entire University’s Reputation, Dean Says
Released: 21-Dec-2017 1:05 PM EST
Cornell Tech Has Heightened Entire University’s Reputation, Dean Says
Cornell University

Cornell Tech, which moved into and dedicated its new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City just three months ago, is not only continuing to grow into its new space, but also has heightened excitement and interest in Cornell University and its campuses across the board, said Dan Huttenlocher, the Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean of Cornell Tech.

Released: 19-Sep-2017 12:05 PM EDT
Cornell Digital Ag Program Integrates with John Deere Operations Center
Cornell University

When farmers log into Ag-Analytics.Org, they can easily and securely integrate their data with the John Deere Operations Center with a few clicks. This allows farmers to securely use their high-resolution agriculture data in real time to extract more useful operations information with Ag-Analytics’ apps and tools

Released: 9-Aug-2017 3:05 PM EDT
Invasive Gobies May Change Oneida Lake’s Complexion - Again
Cornell University

Oneida Lake, a kissing cousin to New York’s Finger Lakes, may soon get an environmental makeover due to another in a series of invasive species bringing havoc to the body’s ecosystem and disturbing its recreational waters.

Released: 3-May-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Ticks
Cornell University

As the warm weather of spring rolls across the Northeast, ticks are becoming more active. The following Cornell University experts offer an assessment of the 2017 tick season. All are available for comment.

Released: 31-Jan-2017 4:05 PM EST
Migrating Birds May Bring Bird Flu to North America
Cornell University

Colin Parrish, John M. Olin Professor of Virology at the Baker Institute for Animal Health in Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, an expert on influenza viruses and the spread of the virus in animals, says the highly pathogenic influenza strain currently infecting wild birds and domestic poultry in several European countries could be transmitted to birds in North America as migratory flyways of some European and North American wild bird species overlap in the northern reaches of Canada.

Released: 8-Dec-2016 12:05 PM EST
Pro-Fracking Pruitt 'Shocking' Choice for EPA Head
Cornell University

Robert Howarth, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University and faculty fellow in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, has studied global warming for 40 years, particularly the impact of methane gas emissions on the environment. He says as Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt must discontinue his promotion of fossil fuel use, and take proactive steps to avoid irreversible, catastrophic global warming that would place the food supply of the world at some risk, potentially leading to unprecedented wars.

Released: 17-Oct-2016 5:05 PM EDT
Witchcraft Collection Offers New Treats for Halloween
Cornell University

The Cornell Witchcraft Collection contains documents that are hundreds of years old, including witch-hunting manuals and pamphlets and minutes from 16th, 17th and 18th century European witch trials.

Released: 2-Sep-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Mapping Alaska and the Arctic: Researcher Available to Discuss Project Announced Today by White House
Cornell University

Michael Willis is an earth and atmospheric sciences research associate at Cornell University and a member of the research team for ArcticDEM – a project announced today by the White House that will develop a high-resolution topographic map of the Arctic that, for the first time, will provide consistent coverage of the entire region to better monitor the effects of climate change. He is available to answer questions about the project, his work and the Arctic region in general.

Newswise: Narrow View of Sexuality Is Outdated
Released: 28-Mar-2014 9:30 AM EDT
Narrow View of Sexuality Is Outdated
Cornell University

Brenda Marston, curator of the Human Sexuality Collection – celebrating its 25th anniversary – in Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, says children who are being told to change their personalities to match gender stereotypes – like the girl who was ordered to stop acting like a tomboy by Timberlake Christian School earlier this week – is an example of society’s outdated view of sexuality.

Released: 31-Oct-2013 8:00 AM EDT
NSA Snooping? Surveillance-Free Cell Technology Within Reach
Cornell University

Stephen B. Wicker, electronic surveillance and privacy expert, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University and author of “Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy,” discusses how technology, social trends and government policy have opened the floodgates for surveillance and eroded privacy worldwide.

Released: 1-Aug-2013 2:00 PM EDT
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to taste SnapDragon and RubyFrost
Cornell University

After years of development and consumer testing as “NY1” and “NY2” Cornell University and New York Apple Growers have given the hottest new apples in the Empire State names worthy of their unique assets: SnapDragon and RubyFrost.

Released: 26-Jul-2013 3:00 PM EDT
Abe’s Nostalgia Rings of Imperialism and Cold War Rhetoric
Cornell University

Cornell University Asian Studies Professor Naoki Sakai, an expert on Japanese history and nationalism, warns that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be leading Japan back into international isolation and Cold War policies

Released: 26-Jul-2013 12:00 PM EDT
Arctic Methane: Spend Now, or Risk Paying Later
Cornell University

Professor Paulette Clancy, associate director of the Energy Institute at Cornell University, comments on the economic and environmental dilemma presented by the findings of this week’s study in the Nature that warned of a massive methane release as Arctic ice sheets recede.

Released: 15-Apr-2013 2:00 PM EDT
Wine and Wildlife Lovers, Fear Not – There's Still Room Enough for Everyone
Cornell University

A new study of climate change and wine grapes published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences paints a dire picture for wine grapes and wildlife. Two Cornell University experts urge lovers of both not to panic. With some thoughtful adaptation, there’s still a plenty of room and resources for everyone.

Newswise: Valentine’s Lesson From the Sea: Sing to Be King Fish
Released: 11-Feb-2013 12:00 PM EST
Valentine’s Lesson From the Sea: Sing to Be King Fish
Cornell University

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Andrew Bass, professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, is available to discuss the Plainfin Midshipman – a vocalizing fish that hums love songs to attract its female counterpart to den-like nests beneath rocks.

Released: 7-Feb-2013 1:50 PM EST
Boston, Providence, Hartford Set for Possible Snow Records
Cornell University

Jessica Rennells, climatologist with the NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, discusses potential record-breaking snowfall that could hit New England on Friday and Saturday.

Released: 3-Jan-2013 12:45 PM EST
For Most of Northeast, 2012 Was a Scorcher for the Record Books
Cornell University

Samantha Borisoff, a climatologist in Cornell University’s Northeast Regional Climate Center, is reviewing temperature data for 2012 from throughout the 12-state region. She has discovered that for most major sites – including Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia and New York City – it was the hottest year ever recorded.

Newswise: Here’s Your Chances for a White Christmas and a Dry New Year’s Eve
Released: 18-Dec-2012 2:00 PM EST
Here’s Your Chances for a White Christmas and a Dry New Year’s Eve
Cornell University

Samantha Borisoff is a climatologist in Cornell University’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science and at the NOAA-supported Northeast Regional Climate Center. She examined 50 years of weather data and calculated the chances for a white Christmas and a dry New Year’s Eve for various cities throughout the United States.

Released: 20-Nov-2012 11:00 AM EST
After Icy Start, 2012 Was a Good Year for Colorful Cranberries
Cornell University

Justine Vanden Heuvel is a an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University and a former cranberry specialist at the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham, Mass. She comments on the challenges and triumphs of the 2012 cranberry season.

Released: 20-Nov-2012 11:00 AM EST
Holiday Travel Outlook: Caribou for Snow, Vegas for Sun
Cornell University

Jessica Rennells, a climatologist with the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, offers a look at your chances for enjoying – or driving through – a wet or white Thanksgiving holiday.

Released: 15-Nov-2012 1:15 PM EST
Threatened Black Friday Strike at Wal-Mart Could Be a Game Changer
Cornell University

A strike planned by Wal-Mart workers on one of America’s busiest shopping days has significance on many levels, according to Cornell University ILR School labor experts Ken Margolies, an associate in The Worker Institute in New York City; and Kate Bronfenbrenner, ILR’s director of Labor Education Research in Ithaca.

Released: 14-Nov-2012 3:15 PM EST
Prediction Never Easy, Particularly with U.S. Energy Production
Cornell University

Jefferson W. Tester is a professor of sustainable energy systems and the associate director of Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. He comments on the report released this week predicting the U.S. could become the world’s top oil producer by 2017.

Released: 2-Nov-2012 2:35 PM EDT
Data Mining a Major Challenge to Personal Privacy
Cornell University

Dawn Woodard, a professor or Operations Research and Information Engineering who teaches courses on data mining, comments on privacy and data brokers in the wake of House and Senate investigations into data brokerage firms.

Released: 18-Oct-2012 3:00 PM EDT
Stuck with a Halloween Story? Cornell Experts Offer Some Treats
Cornell University

From black cats bringing good fortune to super-sweet pumpkin crops and the history of horrifying words and imagery, several Cornell University experts are available to help you find new ways to explore this ancient holiday.

Released: 11-Oct-2012 1:10 PM EDT
With Salmonella, Safe Food Begins with Clean Packing Houses
Cornell University

Robert Gravani is a professor of food science whose research includes production agriculture, food processing and consumer protection. He comments on the FDA’s report that inspectors found unclean conditions at an Indiana farm linked to salmonella-tainted cantaloupe.

Released: 11-Oct-2012 1:00 PM EDT
Choose and Prepare Rice Carefully to Ease Arsenic Concerns
Cornell University

John Duxbury, a professor of soil science and international agriculture at Cornell University, has studied arsenic contamination of soils. He has developed water management strategies to reduce arsenic toxicity related to arsenic content of rice grain.

Released: 11-Oct-2012 1:00 PM EDT
Religious Identify May Be Waning, but It Still Drives Some Voters
Cornell University

Thomas Hirschl, a Cornell University professor of development sociology, is the lead author of a recently published study that examines religious polarization among American voters. He comments on a Pew survey released this week noting a rapid shift in religious identity in the U.S.

Released: 11-Oct-2012 12:45 PM EDT
The Lesson From Wyoming Fracking Data: Local Practices Matter
Cornell University

Brian Rahm is a researcher at the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University whose expertise includes the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing on surface and ground water. He comments on the recent release of EPA data from drinking water tests near hydraulic fracturing sites in Pavillion, Wyo.

Released: 5-Oct-2012 12:55 PM EDT
Facebook and Twitter Are Rewriting the World We’Ve Always Lived In
Cornell University

This week, the social media world reached two milestones: Facebook announced it reached 1 billion active users, and pop icon Lady Gaga became the first to amass 30 million followers on Twitter. Jeff Hancock, a professor of communication and of computer and information science, sees good news in the rise of both.

Released: 2-Oct-2012 2:25 PM EDT
It’s Car-Deer Collision Season: Slow Down to Reduce the Damage
Cornell University

The NHTSA says about 1 million deer-car accidents occur on each year, killing 200 people and causing about $1 billion in vehicle damage. Cornell experts in both animal-human interactions and highway safety are available to discuss this dangerous annual peak, and how drivers can increase their odds of arriving safe and sound this fall.

Released: 2-Oct-2012 2:25 PM EDT
It Had Its Challenges, but 2012 Was a Very Good Year for NY Wines
Cornell University

Cornell University, New York’s Land Grant university, has several teams of researchers and extension specialists working to support the state’s growing wine industry. These experts say it was a challenging year for the region’s vineyards and bottlers, but that 2012 should prove to be a very good year.

Released: 1-Oct-2012 1:40 PM EDT
Cornell English Professor Reflects on the Death of Former New York Times Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger
Cornell University

Daniel R. Schwarz, Cornell professor of English, reflects on the death of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (1926-2012), who was the New York Times’ publisher from 1963-92. Schwarz wrote the recently published book, “Endtimes? Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009” from Excelsior Editions of SUNY Press.

Released: 27-Sep-2012 6:00 AM EDT
God and Country: Some Voters More Polarized Over Religious Views
Cornell University

Thomas Hirschl, a Cornell University professor of development sociology whose research focuses on social class differences, is the lead author of a study that examines religious polarization among American voters. He comments on those findings, and their implications for the 2012 presidential race.

Released: 25-Sep-2012 4:55 PM EDT
Inspire or Rot: School Lunch Guidelines Will Fail if Youngsters Are Not Motivated
Cornell University

David R. Just and Brian Wansink, co-directors of the Cornell University Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition and professors of marketing, discuss the difficulties that some schools are having in implementing new federal school-lunch nutrition guidelines. NOTE: More information about school-lunch nutrition is available at:

Released: 19-Sep-2012 1:20 PM EDT
Farm Bill Failure a Danger to Farmers, Researchers and Taxpayers
Cornell University

Congress has less than two weeks to act before the current five-year-old Farm Bill expires. Cornell University has experts available to talk about the implications of failing to pass a new Farm Bill, or of unwisely reconciling the Senate and House versions.

Released: 18-Sep-2012 12:00 PM EDT
Hard Summer Will Make 2012 a Bad Year for Fall Foliage
Cornell University

Karl Niklas, Cornell University professor of plant biology whose research focuses on the relationship between plants and the physical environment, predicts a weak year for leaf watchers, and for those who depend on that seasonal tourism.

Released: 18-Sep-2012 12:00 PM EDT
Time Will Tell if Fast Food Giants Are Ready to Battle Obesity
Cornell University

Jeff Niederdeppe is a professor of communication who explores the effects of mass media on health behavior and social policy. He welcomes the move by McDonald’s to post calorie information, but calls on the fast food giant to lead the way toward changes that will have broader health benefits.

Released: 14-Sep-2012 10:45 AM EDT
Chicago a Test Case in Battle Against Testing That Misses the Mark
Cornell University

John Sipple, a professor of Development Sociology whose research focuses on the responses of public school districts to changes in public policy, talks about the real stakes in the Chicago teachers strike.

Released: 15-Aug-2012 10:40 AM EDT
Pioneering eBird Citizen-Science Program Tops 100 Million Observations
Cornell University

Late last week, a 12-year-old boy near Vancouver sighted an American Robin and submitted the 100 millionth observation to eBird. Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon, eBird is an online application for birders to record their checklists, and for scientists to collect a massive database of citizen-science observations.

Released: 27-Jul-2012 10:00 AM EDT
Greenland Ice Melt Highlights Record-Breaking 2012 for Arctic
Cornell University

Charles H. Greene, a professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University, a fellow at Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and an expert on oceans, climate and Arctic ice, comments on this week’s news of a stunningly rapid thawing of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Released: 25-Jun-2012 11:25 AM EDT
Supreme Court Decision on Arizona Immigration Law Increases Pressure on Congress to Pass Comprehensive Reform
Cornell University

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-3 decision today striking down most of Arizona’s controversial immigration law intensifies the immigration debate and could be a factor in this year’s presidential election, according to Cornell law professors Michael Dorf and Stephen Yale-Loehr, who are available to discuss the decision with members of the media.

Released: 25-Jun-2012 8:00 AM EDT
Cornell Legal, Political and Social Policy Experts Available to Talk on Florida v. HHS
Cornell University

Sometime next week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, a legal and political lightning rod that will determine the constitutionality of President Obama’s landmark health reform legislation, and could help decide who will occupy the White House next January. Several Cornell University scholars – in fields ranging from constitutional law and presidential politics to how people make health care choices – are available to speak with members of the media.

Released: 22-Jun-2012 2:05 PM EDT
Arctic Development Troubling, but Sanctuary Must Respect Indigenous Peoples
Cornell University

At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro this week, Greenpeace and launched a campaign to preserve the Arctic as a global sanctuary. Two Cornell University professors, whose expertise encompasses Arctic ecology and ecosystems as well as its indigenous peoples, are available to talk about the potential impacts of this effort.

Released: 15-Jun-2012 1:45 PM EDT
Immigration Policy: Cornell Experts Available to Discuss Today’s White House Announcement
Cornell University

In light of today’s White House announcement that the U.S. will stop deporting certain young, illegal immigrants, Cornell University has made two experts available for media interviews via phone, ISDN or on-campus television studios.

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