Cornell News Wrap

May 27 - June 2, 2016


  • Spraying pesticides over wetlands will not stop the spread of the Zika virus, entomologist Laura Harrington told NPR.
  • This Associated Press story quoted Nicholas Schiff, a professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine, who said tests must be developed that encourage early diagnosis and promote proper care of brain illnesses.
  • Kevin J. McGowan, a crow expert at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology helped explain why a crow stole a knife from a crime scene in this Washington Post story.
  • From the Cornell Broadcast Studio, Thomas Seeley, a professor of biology, explained to Public Radio International why he likes watching bees and offered tips to avoid getting stung.
  • An automated workforce isn’t beyond the realm of possibility, said Lee Adler, a labor and civil rights expert in this Christian Science Monitor piece.
  • CIS professor Emin Gün Sirer is one of three researchers who called for a moratorium on proposals to prevent losses to the Distributed Autonomous Organization (DAO) – a new crowdfunding project that’s raised more than $150 million but may create loopholes for scammers that could lead to major security issues. Quartz covered the story.
  • All Africa opinion column by Edward Mabaya, an agricultural economist and associate director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture & Development, talked about how the rumor of an imminent shortage of cooking oil in major retail outlets in Zimbabwe is now causing a shortage.
  • A study by ILR’s Elena Belogolovsky and Peter Bamberger of Tel Aviv University, featured in the Wall Street Journal found that pay secrecy was associated with decreased performance.
  • CALS’ Adam Brumberg talked with NPR about the subtle forces that affect your appetite.
  • During the Vietnam War the government mobilized work teams to construct earthen dikes along major canals in the Mekong Delta to keep the salt water out and to foster better conditions for rice growing, Timothy Gorman, a graduate researcher in Development Sociology, told the New York Times.
  • Work by A&S faculty Josh Donlan and Harry Greene to crystallize now extinct ‘megafauna’ is referenced in this BBC story about work being done to bring animals such as the giant wombats of Australia and various species of elephant back from extinction.
  • This Times of India story highlighted the new 3-D print system developed by CIS grad student Huaishu Peng and other Cornell researchers. A similar study was published in GizMag.
  • Milkweed is widely planted to slow the butterflies' decline, but CALS graduate student Hidetoshi Inamine explained to NPR and Tech Times the cause for the population decline is much more complicated.
  • Weill psychology professor Peggy Drexler debated who should be blamed for the death of the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in this CNN opinion piece.
  • The Washington Post interviewed Professor Sergio Garcia-Ross on the fallout following the resignation of the RNC’s director of Latino outreach.
  • Poll numbers from Cornell’s Roper Center for Public Research were used in this Forbes story to help explain who most millennials support in the Presidential election.
  • School of Hotel Administration marketing professor Chekitan Dev talked to the New York Times about ways hotels are fighting for brand recognition and customers by reconfiguring rooms.
  • Linen feels good in hot weather due to its unique chemical and cell structures that gives it high moisture absorbency, said Kay Obendorf, professor of fiber science and apparel design at the College of Human Ecology in this Wall Street Journal piece.

May 20 – 26, 2016


  • Weill’s Peggy Drexler penned this CNN opinion column about the five stage grief process facing the families and friends of passengers on board EgyptAir Flight 804.
  • Even the simplest forms of inconvenience affect consumption, says David Just, a professor of behavioral economics who studies consumer food choices in this Washington Post article.
  • Mike Lynn, a professor of consumer behavior at the School of Hotel Administration, told the Los Angeles Times diners routinely disregard the tip they'll leave when judging a restaurant's prices. Thus, if a restaurant has a no-tipping policy but 20 percent higher menu prices, it will be seen as a lot more expensive than a restaurant with 20 percent lower prices but where a 20 percent tip to the server is customary.
  • The pay gap between men and women is much greater in white-collar than blue-collar jobs. Francine Blau, professor of industrial and labor relations and professor of economics, helps explain why in this NPR’s On Point episode.
  • This Associated Press story featured CHE’s Tom Brenna discussing how anti-doping researchers were able to determine that some Russian athletes were using drugs during the Sochi Olympics.
  • From the Cornell Broadcast Studio, Anurag Agrawal, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, told Public Radio International saving the monarch will require more than just planting milkweed.
  • Mother Nature Network featured a piece on CALS’ Anurag Agrawal recent study suggesting monarchs' misfortune goes well beyond milkweed loss.
  • CIS professor Ross Knepper, who has studied robot and human interaction, talked with MarketWatch about the future role of robots in the retail and restaurant industries. Knepper argues that it’s more realistic to think robots will be more like “human assistants than human replacements” in restaurants in the coming decades.
  • In this Bloomberg piece, Economist Eswar Prasad commented on Obama’s promise to be tougher on China.
  • Urologist Bejamin Choi explained to Men’s Fitness how to keep your body hydrated and recognize signs of trouble during the summer heat.
  • History professor Barry Strauss used the fall of Athens to explain the consequences of too much nationalism in politics in this Wall Street Journal opinion column.
  • Whenever something seems designed to take our freedoms away or restrict us, we get angry and push back said David Just, a professor of economics in this NBC News story.
  • Tom Pepinsky, a southeast Asian expert in the A&S, told Time lifting the arms embargo in Vietnam is all about China.
  • The Atlantic wrote a piece about new research from sociology professor Laura Tach which shows the importance of microenvironments.  
  • Economist Eswar Prasad told the Wall Street Journal the uneven and haphazard approach to making the exchange rate more flexible highlights the tensions between the government’s desire to free up markets and its tendency to override markets when they do not produce the results it wants.
  • Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine told Voice of America, advanced cancer patients “remain unaware of basic information about their illness or its treatment.”
  • Smithsonian covered a story about a team of scholars – led by A&S’ Edward Baptist - who are collecting and digitizing advertisements placed by slaveholders searching for runaway slaves.
  • The relationship between retirement and life satisfaction is a complicated one because people who retire because of health problems or because they were forced to do so may have a difficult time, says CHE’s Karl Andrew Pillemer in this USA Today story.
  • Marketplace covered a story showing researchers at Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab found that apple consumption jumped 70 percent when the fruit was sliced.
  • Contrary to what many parents tell their children, talent and hard work are neither necessary nor sufficient for economic success economist Robert Frank told MarketWatch.
  • John Cawley, professor of policy analysis and management, helped explain the statistics behind why people are weighing more than ever in this CNN article.
  • Entomologist Laura Harrington was interviewed again this week about the Zika virus by NPR and CNY Central

May 13-19, 2016

Hunting for hidden life on worlds orbiting old, red stars: Astronomers Lisa Kaltenegger and Ramses Ramirez’s new study about how life in the solar system will look after the sun becomes a red giant was a hot topic in the news this week. Outlets covering the research included Forbes, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Gizmodo, Pulskosmosu (Poland), El Correo (Spain), Christian Science Monitor, and

Traces of Ancient Tsunamis Discovered on Mars: Visiting scientist in A&S Alberto Fairén was featured in dozens of outlets for his research on the way ancient tsunamis shaped the surface of Mars. Fairen’s research has been published in more than 30 outlets including Voice of America, El Mundo, Newsweek, Gizmodo and The Washington Post.

Science Friday: NPR’s Science Friday featured two segments focused on Cornell, including Tom Seeley (A&S) talking about watching wild bees and Drew Harvell (CALS) on Cornell’s collection of ultra-accurate glass models of marine life. Scientific American and NPR also wrote a piece about Drew Harvell.


$25M gift, Collegetown expansion: The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management will expand into Collegetown, thanks to a $25 million gift from a Cornell University alumnus. Outlets that covered the gift announcement include Bloomberg, The Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe Washington Times and The Associated Press; as well as local pieces in the Cornell Daily Sun and the Ithaca Journal.



  • Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, told Bloomberg universities would completely fall apart without the graduate student labor force. 
  • Contrary to what many parents tell their children, talent and hard work are neither necessary nor sufficient for economic success said economist Robert Frank in the New York Times Magazine.
  • The executive branch has, over time, found plenty of ways around enforcing or defending laws it doesn't think pass legal muster, said law professor Mike Dorf in this Washington Post piece.
  • Tarleton Gillespie, an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Communication commented on the news that Facebook curators manipulate the site’s trending feature in this Wall Street Journal article.
  • Michael Dorf, a constitutional law professor at Cornell Law School, told the Chicago Tribune the justices are trying to hide since there’s a vacancy, extraordinary inaction by the Senate, and a presidential campaign that is highly unusual.
  • Uber argued in this New York Times article, not tipping offers other benefits for both drivers and riders by citing two articles by the School of Hotel Administration: one that suggested that the “connection between service quality and tip sizes is tenuous at best,” and another that found there may be a “race effect on tipping."
  • This Washington Post opinion column by Lisel Hintz, a postdoctoral fellow at Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, talked about the refugee crisis in the Middle East.
  • Dyson’s David Just told The New York Times Budweiser’s decision to go political is a shocking move. 
  • "By having this all in one place, it becomes quite obvious that we're observing something quite different from what we had been observing 10 years previously," Geoffrey Abers, director of graduate studies for geological sciences told Christian Science Monitor about the increased earthquake activity in Texas.
  • This CNN opinion column by assistant professor of psychology Peggy Drexler discussed the Calvin Klein ad campaign featuring Klara Kristin that has caused controversy. 
  • Gavin Sacks, associate professor of food science told NBC News, what commonly happens in lavor mashups (re: Orange Crush and Root Beer Pop-Tarts) is that one company may provide the other with some flavoring agents as a starting point.
  • Crain’s New York Business did a Q&A with Dr. Laurie Glimcher who will step down as dean of Weill Cornell Medicine to head up the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School.
  • Huffington Post opinion column by CHE’s Marianella Casasola talks about why it is important for parents to not have their kids play apps. 
  • Glenn Altschuler told the Singapore Times Trump's unorthodox campaign has sealed the nomination without building up the traditional apparatus that a candidate would need for the larger contest to come. He was also quoted in a second Singapore Times.
  • Even though money is covered in bacteria, there’s a low risk of becoming sick from touching it, Christopher Mason, an assistant professor in the department of physiology and biophysics told MarketWatch.
  • Christopher Anderson, a faculty member at the School of Hotel Administration told The New York Times that sites like Tingo and tripBAM that automatically rebook reservations at a lower price pose a bigger threat to hotels because they artificially inflate the cancellation rate.
  • Behavioral scientist Brian Wansink said people make like 200 food decisions a day in this Atlantic article.
  • CALS’ Mark Sorrels told the Associated Press the new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine about genetically modified crops is "very well balanced, accurate, and reiterates much of what has already been published many times.” David Stern, president of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell, also commented on the study for NBC News saying the new report will not end the debate over genetically modified crops.
  • Wall Street Journal covered research by ILR’s Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn which showed gender disparities in income are greater in many white-collar U.S. professions than blue-collar and don’t lend themselves to legislative remedies.
  • MarketWatch wrote a piece on ways to decrease rat populations which featured Matt Frye, an educator with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program. 

May 6 – 12, 2016:

Opinion Columns:

  • Several Cornell faculty members published opinion columns this week including:
  • This Washington Post opinion column by Peter Enns looked at the ways crime and imprisonment are linked, and why the prison population has soared as crime rates drop. 
  • Catherine Reyes-Householder, a PhD candidate in department of government, wrote an opinion column for the Washington Post about why politicians promise gender-balanced cabinets.
  • The Hill opinion column by Maureen Hanson, professor of molecular biology and genetics discussed the need for improved medical training.
  • Josh Brooks, of the Law School, wrote a piece about ‘Notice and Consent’ lawmaking that was published in the NY Law Journal.




  • Engineering’s Katie Keranen called the earthquake increase “unprecedented” in this CBS 60 Minutes piece about the high incidence of earthquakes in Oklahoma, where oil and gas production is injecting vast amounts of wastewater into the earth. 
  • Anurag Agrawal talked with Public Radio International about how more than just milkweed is causing the decrease in monarch populations. 
  • The lessons learned from the failed deal between Office Depot and Staples will reverberate across Corporate America as it sends a signal that you got to take seriously the risk of a government action,  George Hay, a professor at Cornell Law School, told CBS News.
  • David Just, a professor of behavioral economics told CNBC that the focus on breakfast being the most important meal has made it a comfort food that's found a perfect fit in our increasingly busy and less formal lives. David Just was also featured in an NBC Nightly News story saying people have a very hard time processing a lot of information when it comes to what foods are healthy.
  • Johnson’s Robert Frank told Bloomberg BNA people do not appreciate the role random chance has on one’s life. This story was also reprinted in Chicago Tribune.
  • Tom Pepinsky talked about the Philippine elections and the road ahead for Rodrigo Duarte in this Guardian article.
  • The transit of Mercury will last for seven-and-a-half hours said Lisa Kaltenegger, director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell, in this Time feature.
  • This CNN opinion column by Weill Psychology professor Peggy Drexler talked about why Trump has not been shy about pointing out his wife's beauty.
  • Dr. Hediyeh Baradaran, a chief resident in the radiology department of Weill Cornell Medical Center, was given credit for partially diagnosing a medical problem highlighted in the New York Times’s ‘Well' blog.
  • The Washington Post published a piece that referenced a Cornell study that found restrictions on e-cigarette sales to youth actually increase teen smoking rates.
  • This Huffington Post opinion column on by Durba Ghosh, associate professor of history, talked about why the democratically elected Indian government should stop resorting to colonial-era laws to suppress political dissent.
  • Serge Belongie, a professor of computer science at Cornell Tech, told Voice of America we've only scratched the surface of image recognition's potential.  
  • Fast Company covered a new study from researchers at Cornell, which shows there are systematic disparities in mobile service quality, and these are divided along income lines.
  • Lakes in Turkey may be salty but it remains to be seen whether these lakes will prove useful for studying the kinds of organisms that might have lived in watery environments on early Mars said CAS’ Jonathan Lunine in this New Scientist feature.
  • Christian Science Monitor covered a Cornell study that estimates invasive plants and animals cost the U.S. more than $120 billion per year in damages and expenses associated with control and management. 
  • Economist Eswar Prasad told the Wall Street Journal it is not clear if the threat of heightened bilateral engagement and surveillance by itself will help alter the policies of U.S. trading partners.
  • One of the enemies of happiness is adaptation said psychology professor Thomas Gilovich in this Huffington Post article.
  • The New York Times featured a study by the Community and Regional Development Institute at Cornell University estimated that roughly 75 percent of farmworkers in New York are undocumented.
  • Amos Grunebaum, director of obstetrics at Weill said there is no evidence that delivering underwater has any benefits in this Reuters article.
  • Overweight or obese women who shed excess pounds before they become pregnant can lower the likelihood of having an obese child, noted Joachim Dudenhausen, a researcher at Weill in this Fox News piece.
  • Trending algorithms can identify patterns in data, but they can’t make sense of it, Tarleton Gillespie, an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Communication told the Wall Street Journal.
  • Carl Sagan Institute director Lisa Kaltenegger commented on a NASA announcement that the Kepler space telescope has discovered more than 1,200 new planets beyond the solar system. Kaltenegger was quoted in Nature and the Los Angeles Times.
  • The Washington Post covered a story on the impeachment of Brazil’s president, featuring Lourdes Casanova from Johnson Graduate School and Kenneth Roberts from College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Liz Szabo with USA Today worked with CALS’s Laura Harrington after the fall Inside Cornell D.C. event  to develop graphics to explain the lifecycle of the Aedes aegypti – the mosquito known for carrying the Zika virus. ¿


April 29 – 5, 2016:

Wright claims he’s Bitcoin creator - experts fear an epic scam:

CIS professor Emin Gün Sirer calls Craig Wright’s claim to be the Bitcoin creator a deliberate attempt to deceive. Sirer’s quote was printed in Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Verge, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and ABC News.



  • This New York Times opinion column by Katherine Kindler, an associate professor of psychology and human development, and Justine Vanden Heuvel, an associate professor in the viticulture and enology, debated if cultural attitudes toward wine affect our propensity for problem drinking.
  • Astronomer Albeto Fairen said the Argyre basin offered a unique opportunity to study whether life could evolve on Mars in this Daily Mail article.
  • The starlings that were brought to the U.S. became quite aggressive and are able to survive and thrive in a wide range of habitats, Walt Koenig, a senior scientist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology told Mother Nature Network.
  • Michael Lynn, a professor of consumer behavior and marketing argued that tipping is primarily driven by motivations to: (1) help servers, (2) reward service, (3) gain or maintain future preferential service, (4) gain or maintain social esteem (approval, status, and/or liking), and (5) fulfill felt obligations and duties in this Chicago Tribune article. He was also quoted in the New York Post.
  • This Scientific American story mentioned a review by molecular biologist Ruth Ley examining three recent genetic microbiome studies: a large twin study; a genome-wide association study; and an examination of 200 Hutterites, members of a religious community similar to the Amish.
  • A study from Cornell found evidence that many Ph.D. students pursue post-docs as a “default” option after graduate school, or as part of a “holding pattern” until the job they want is available. Inside Higher Ed and New York Times published articles about this study.
  • From the Cornell Broadcast Studios in Collegetown, Steve Kyle, professor of macroeconomic policy talked with CCTV about the implications of the U.S. GDP numbers released last week. 
  • Economist Eswar Prasad told the Wall Street Journal, the treasury’s new criteria should ease some of the political pressure on the administration over exchange-rate policy. 
  • On the Inside Higher Ed Academic Minute, Chris Hernandez, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, delved into how bones heal themselves and return to their original function, which could give machines in faraway places a chance to last longer without replacement parts.
  • William Reisacher, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Weill answered a few questions about New Yorkers and allergies in this New York Times piece.
  • A new study showed retweeting or otherwise sharing information creates a “cognitive overload” that interferes with learning and retaining what you’ve just seen continues to gain media interest. Tech Times and Daily Mail published stories about the research.
  • Amanda Rodewald, director of conservation science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, debated why some politicians now seem to believe that a strong America is not compatible with a clean, safe and sustainable America, in this Hill opinion column.
  • Huffington Post covered a new study from researchers at Cornell University which states low-income neighborhoods, even in densely populated regions, tend to have worse mobile phone coverage than wealthier areas.
  • Director of the Institute for Pale Blue Dots, Lisa Kaltenegger, told National Geographic whether life would thrive on the surface of a frozen world, and if it could have started in the first place, are the open questions that make our search interesting.¿
  • The Guardian published a story on how anti-inflammatory corticosteroid joint injections are perfectly legal in racing, but questions over their usage have prompted calls for stricter regulations. A recent review of the New York State Gaming Commission and Cornell University postmortem examinations over the last three years revealed how 45 percent of horses that died while racing suffered fatal injuries of the fetlock (ankle) joint.
  • Theoretical physicist Csaba Csaki told CBS News if the news of a new particle is true, then it would possibly be the most exciting thing in particle physics during his career.
  • Blockchain protocols are a new class of protocols that are extremely resilient to attack – they gain that resiliency by virtue of being decentralized, said Emin Gun Sirer, associate professor of Computer Science in this Fox News piece.
  • Kate Bronfenbrenner, a labor professor told Bloomberg BNA that the Verizon strike is an emotional one partly because workers sacrificed time with their families to work long hours repairing damaged operations caused by Hurricane Sandy, and now are angry that Verizon is going back on its pledge to invest in its copper lines.
  • Ithaca Journal wrote an article about Cornell Prison Education Program executive director Robert Scott having been recognized by the White House.
  • Linguist Sally McConnell-Ginet told the New York Times the phrase “I feel like” cripples our range of expression and flattens the complex role that emotions do play in our reasoning. 
  • Temporary and part-time workers in fields such as janitorial services, home health care, and security have been organizing for at least 30 years, said Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research in this USA Today piece.
  • Coverage continued with this Washington Post story on Cornell professors Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn’s findings that women were paid 79 cents for each dollar a man was paid. Even after adjusting for type of job, industry, experience, location and education, the gap remained 92 cents for each dollar.
  • Adam Seth Levine, a political scientist, was quoted in Vox saying there is evidence of momentum that alters perceptions of electability among voters.
  • Having a positive attitude could be evolutionarily advantageous, according to the release of Shimon Edelman’s research on happiness and evolution. The Cornell broadcasting studios produced a short video to accompany his research and The Australian and Daily Mail also published stories about said research.

April 22 – 28, 2016

Opinion Columns:

Several Cornell faculty members published opinion columns this week including:

  • New York Times: Column by Peter Lazes, director of the Healthcare Transformation Project and Programs for Economic Transitions, discussed what should be done to retain American jobs.
  • Fortune: Tom Schryver, executive director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at the Johnson Graduate School of Management offered some tips for maintaining a successful startup.
  • New York Times: Richard Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry and the director of the psychopharmacology clinic at Weill, penned opinion column about the hidden dangers of drug ads.
  • Time: Adam Seth Levine, assistant professor of government, explained how big the national debt really is and suggests ways the number should be conveyed to the public.
  • Vox: Robert Frank, the Henrietta Johnson Louis professor of management and professor of Economics at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management, exxplains how to get the wealthy 1 percent to pay more taxes.



  • In this Forbes piece, business professor James R. Detert analyzed reasons behind why many employees are afraid to speak up.
  • CALS’ Michael Mazourek told The Wall Street Journal, some fruits and vegetables have smells and others don’t due to which animals interact with the plants to spread their seeds.
  • Richard Isaacson, the director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill, told the New York Times, depriving your brain and body cells of certain types of brain-healthy fats may be detrimental to your memory.
  • Richard Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill told Time, the new research combining nutrient supplements with depression drugs is showing promising results to increase effectiveness.
  • The Huffington Post published a story about CAS’ Erin York Cornwell’s new research which shows fewer than 3 in 100 people received help — or even comfort — from bystanders in a public health emergency.
  • From 3.5 million to seven million people nationwide are estimated to have chronic hepatitis C, said Brian Edlin, a professor at Weill in this Wall Street Journal piece.
  • This New York Times story about how the 1 percent is segregated from other financial classes used graphics from a March 2016 paper by Kendra Bischoff, a professor of sociology at Cornell, demonstrating the accelerating geographic isolation of the well-to-do — the upper middle and upper classes.
  • Samantha Boardman, a clinical instructor in psychiatry and assistant attending psychiatrist at Weill, told The Wall Street Journal we could all use more sleep at night.
  • Bloomberg covered Cornell Tech’s unveiling of its inaugural Master of Laws in law, technology and entrepreneurship class of 15 students this fall. The students, who mostly will be U.S. lawyers already, will take classes and also will work in teams to counsel entrepreneurs.
  • Judith Peraino, a professor of musicology, told AFP Prince was one of the first male artists to welcome women musicians in his bands.
  • ILR's Samuel Bacharach cautioned procrastinators that the stress of lingering deadlines often leads to anger in this Globe and Mail piece.
  • The Sapayoa is so different from other perching birds that it is currently placed in its own family, Sapayoidae, but relatively little is known about its natural history said CALS’ Benjamin Van Doren in this Discovery feature.
  • There’s something romantic about the idea of Cassini sailing on forever, but it’s trapped in Saturn orbit and can’t roam the cosmic void, said CAS’ Jonathan Lunine in this New Scientist piece.
  • History professor Ed Baptist, argued Andrew Jackson should have contested the Indian Removal Act in this Associated Press story.
  • We do not have good examples of gender-sensitive planning in the U.S., said Mildred Warner, a planning professor with AAP in this Huffington Post article.
  • Karl Pillemer, professor of human development, was quoted in Cosmopolitan stating estimated 20 to 30 percent of siblings have a relationship that's congenial but distant.
  • Scott McLemee reviewed "Life Beyond Boundaries: A Memoir,” by professor emeritus of international studies Benedict Anderson in this Inside Higher Ed piece.
  • Professor of finance Andrew Karolyi told the New York Times hedge fund herding is not going away anytime soon.
  • A recent paper by ILR’s Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn covered in this Newsday article, suggested a continued and especially important role for work force interruptions and shorter hours in explaining gender wage gaps in high skilled occupations.
  • Kevin McGowan from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology told the Huffington Post studying the bird cognition and the differences in brain structure and function between birds and mammals is important research.
  • Stephen Master, a professor of clinical pathology at Weill says doctors and their patients credit the numbers that come out of screening tests with more accuracy and predictive power than they deserve in this Chicago Tribune piece.

April 15 – 21, 2016:

Good Reasons Not To Use Shortened URLs: Researchers at Cornell Tech published a report on some of the privacy concerns around link shorteners, explicitly the ones generated by Google and Microsoft using’s shortening tool. Links to sometimes-sensitive documents at Google Maps and Microsoft’s OneDrive were shortened into six-character URLs, which means anyone could stumble upon those links by randomly exploring those character combinations. Stories about this new research was published in various outlets including WIRED, Motherboard, Gizmodo, Tech Times, and Forbes.

Harriet Tubman replaces Alexander Hamilton: This Associated Press story about the decision to have Harriet Tubman replace Alexander Hamilton on the $20 bill quoted Riché Richardson, associate professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center. The story was publshined in over 500 outlets including The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune.

The disturbing racial bias in who we help when they need it most: Discovery featured a story about a recent study by CAS’ Erin York Cornwell showing a mere 2.5 percent of people, or one in 39 cases, received assistance from strangers before EMS personnel arrived on the scene. Daily Mail, the Washington Post and Politico also published stories about this research.



  • ILR’s Kate Bronfenbrenner talked with CBS News about Verizon’s relationship with its unionized workforce, as it relates to the workers’ recent decision to go on strike.
  • Barbara Knuth, senior vice provost and dean of the graduate school, discussed with the New York Times how many older students – especially women – are coming to Cornell to receive their Ph.D. The number of new female doctoral students age 36 or older was 44 percent higher last year than in 2009. 
  • This Washington Post opinion column by Gustavo Flores-Macias, an assistant professor of government, and Sarah Kreps, an associate professor of government, speculated if people knowing the true cost of war would change people’s attitudes toward war. 
  • Laura Harrington, professor and chair of Cornell's Department of Entomology, told USA Today bugs are already emerging from their egg, pupal or larvae stages in the Mid-Atlantic states, but it will take a while longer for them to crawl out farther north. Harrington was also quoted in WIRED explaining analyzing the blood inside mosquitos could help us learn more about their feeding patterns. 
  • This Wall Street Journal opinion column by Samantha Boardman, a clinical instructor in psychiatry and assistant attending psychiatrist at Weill, stresses the importance of maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
  • Robert Hockett, the Edward Cornell Professor of Law at Cornell Law School told Reuters the most likely source of another major financial crisis (and worse) is China. 
  • The New York Times wrote an article about the growing number of wineries in New York and how Cornell has helped create a variety of grape vines that thrive in New York weather. 
  • Gail Saltz, associate professor of psychiatry at Weill, told CNN, there have been great leaders who were not great parents as well as great parents who were less-than-stellar leaders.
  • Jed Stiglitz, an assistant professor at Cornell Law School told Christian Science Monitor guidance documents are really important for the day to day operations of immigration agencies and a decision limiting when such documents can be used really discourages agencies with providing guidance to the public, and also makes it harder for agencies to manage themselves.
  • Andrew Farnsworth, a migration expert at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, told the Washington Post birds use a tremendous number of cues to figure out where they are and how they get to where they are going.
  • This New York Times story revealed how three-quarters of the billion dogs on the planet are not pets. Work by CVM biologist Adam Boyko to compile DNA from village dogs around the world is referenced.
  • Risa Lieberwitz, a professor of law and chair of the AAUP report committee, commented on AAUP’s Faculty Against Rape plans in an Inside Higher Ed article saying: "As the AAUP draft report explains, universities should effectively address and prevent problems of sexual harassment while fully protecting academic freedom and due process."
  • WAMC featured a piece about how a team of Cornell scientists worked to crack the problem of how to breed peregrine falcons in captivity and then restore them to the wild. 
  • Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr told the Daily Times (Pakistan) the U.S. Supreme Court case about immigration could have wider repercussions by indicating how the Supreme Court views executive actions in general and could redefine the balance of power between Congress and the president.
  • Data collected by Cornell's Roper Center helped to explain America’s long history of resisting civil rights protesters in this Washington Post piece.
  • Sarah Kreps, a professor who studies unmanned aircrafts, told Reuters, activists and investigators have focused on covert air operations in places like Pakistan and Yemen, leaving Afghanistan as really a blind spot for drone analysis.
  • Cornell University named Kenneth Miranda, director of the International Monetary Fund’s investment office, to run its $6 billion endowment. Around 300 outlets (mostly investment publications) published stories about the appointment. Outlets include: Bloomberg, Yahoo!Chief Investment Officer, Ithaca Journal, and Pensions & Investments
  • Chris Mason, a geneticist at Weill told the Washington Post the new data showing a link between oral bacteria and pancreatic cancer has important implications for understanding the genesis of cancer and the interaction between human cells and other microbial or viral organisms in or around us.

April 8 – 14, 2016:


  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured a recent study out of the Food & Brand Lab that offered some insights into why we feel the need to heap so much food on our plates.
  • Discovery and Tech Times story published stories about how biologist replaced a missing egg with a foster chick.
  • Tasha Lewis, a professor in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design explained to NPR how fashion has evolved over the last decade and has become more disposable.
  • LiveScience covered engineering’s Rob Shepherd’s new creation – a metal-foam hybrid m
  • aterial that can be heated in order to change its shape, then cooled to regain stiffness.
  • The Atlantic published a story about two Cornell instructors who brought their college courses to the inmates at the Auburn Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison, in upstate New York.
  • This New York Times opinion column by Julilly Kohler-Haussmann, an assistant professor of history, discussed if African Americans endorsed the 1994 crime bill – a popular topic in the 2016 presidential race.
  • Morgan Freeman talked with CAS’ Kim Haines-Eitzen about the different meanings of “end of days” and “666” in this National Geographic broadcast. National Geographic and Huffington Post also published stories about the episode.
  • Lynn Stout of Cornell Law School talked with John Yang on PBS NewsHour about investment bank Goldman Sachs becoming the last big institution to settle with the federal government for its role in the 2008 financial crisis.
  • The Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post covered research by two Cornell economists, Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn, found 51 percent of the difference in the compensation of women and men is related to the fact that female workers are more concentrated in underpaid sectors, like nursing or education, and in lower-level roles. The Wall Street Journal also reference their study in a story about Hillary Clinton joining the U.S. Women’s Soccer league’s call for equal pay.
  • Arthur Wheaton, a director at the Worker Institute, told Bloomberg union membership gives Volkswagen’s U.S. employees a voice for the first time in the company’s labor decisions through works councils.
  • This Atlantic column by Robert Frank, professor of economics, examined how luck plays a bigger role in economics than some think.
  • Nutritionist Tom Brenna commented in Forbes on some new data on vegetable oil and heart health revealing some disturbing trends – vegetable oil may not be as healthful as we thought. Brenna also talked with Huffington Post.
  • Economist Eswar Prasad told Bloomberg authorities in China and India need to fix the problem before it starts to have a major impact on their economies.
  • Risa Lieberwitz, a professor of labor and employment law at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, told Bloomberg the growth of charter schools as venues for private sector union organizing is related to a broader trend toward privatization of formerly public entities and subcontracting of public services.
  • Law School professor George Hay told CBS News the Halliburton deal is particularly remarkable, and absent an enormous amount of divestiture, there was never a chance that was going to happen.
  • Smithsonian published a story about Bill Alder’s extensive collection of hip-hop artifacts. Today much of his collection is part of Cornell’s Hip-Hop Collection.
  • According to CAS’ David Pizzeria’s new research, covered in this Times of India piece, people who hold onto moral absolutes are more trusted and more valued as social partners, suggesting that people gauge others' trustworthiness based on their moral judgments.
  • Richard Friedman, director of the pharmacology clinic at Weill, made the case that those with ADHD are especially novelty-seeking in this New York Magazine piece.
  • Economist covered research by SHA’s Judi Brownell, which states that female executives think corporate travel contributes to their professional advancement, provides freedom from daily routines and widens their worldview.
  • International Business Times covered the story about Breakthrough Starshot – a $100 million research and engineering program aiming to demonstrate proof of concept for light-propelled nanocrafts. KickSat, developed by the Space Systems Design Studio at Cornell, are the size of computer chip with a gyroscope, radio, microcontroller and an attached antenna that will be used to help deploy the Starshot.
  • A new study by CALS’ Alon Keinan featured in Science introduced the concept of a virus-fighting protein in humans and other primates which triggers an explosion in genetic mutations that may have sped up the evolution of our species.


April 1 – 7, 2016

Condor Cam:
The Washington Post, CNET, Live Science and Yahoo! News published stories about the Live Cam hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology showing a condor nest at Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in Ventura County, California.

Alberto Fairén from the astronomy department said Argyre displays a collection of landscape features that are promising from an astrobiological point of view, including hydrothermal deposits, pingos (mounds of dirt-covered ice fed by water) or ancient glacier deposits. CBS News, Tech Times and Yahoo News all featured interviews with Fairén.


  • Dean Laurie Glimcher wrote an opinion column for The Wall Street Journal about how a more complex cancer research consent process will make it harder for patients and researchers to contribute to science.
  • Food and Brand Lab’s David Just commented on NBC Nightly News about a new study that shows activity equivalent calorie labels could help people better track their health. His interview was also featured on The Today Show.
  • This Forbes opinion column by Lutz Finger, Data Scientist in Residence at Cornell Tech, discussed racial injustice in New York City. 
  • Forbes featured an article about Engineering’s Rob Shepherd new material that can change color on demand, while also being incredibly stretchy. 
  • This Huffington Post opinion column by Matthew P. Brennan, emeritus professor of city and regional planning, conveyed how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders should discuss incoming inequality. 
  • The Hill featured an opinion column by David Wolfe, professor of plant and soil ecology in the school of integrative plant science and chair of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future's Climate Change Consortium, expressed how carbon farming is a smart solution for mitigating climate change. 
  • Bloomberg produced a story about CVM’s Adam Boyko's work (along with his brother, Ryan) to find DNA clues about the history and evolution of dogs.
  • CALS’ Jeremy Searle told BBC the new work on red deer DNA was "absolutely fascinating" but cautioned that there are other explanations for the genetic uniqueness of the ancient outer-island deer.
  • Johnson’s Kathleen O’Connor wrote a Forbes opinion column highlighting how women must manage networks deliberately, take an effective approach towards negotiating, and hear ‘no’ as ‘not yet’ in order to be successful in business.
  • Economist Eswar Prasad discussed what he's most concerned about, China's yuan policy and the outlook for the economy. He spoke to Bloomberg's Rishaad Salamat on "Asia Edge." 
  • This Fortune column by Tom Schryver, executive director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at the Johnson Graduate School, stressed the importance of networking and working with others.
  • Sherri Kimes, professor of operations management at the School of Hotel Administration told The Washington Post the idea of paying for reservations is unappealing for customers.
  • Huffington Post opinion column by Edward Mabaya, an agricultural economist, examined how people should reimagine seed development to assist with world hunger. 
  • ¿This CNN column by Weill’s Peggy Drexler questioned if the people of Alabama will vote to impeach Gov. Robert Bentley in the wake of the latest political sex scandal to consume the media waves.
  • Cornell law professor Lynn Stout debunked the idea that corporate law mandates shareholder primacy in this Fortune article.
  • Daniel Barone, a sleep expert at Weill told CBS News people should aim to get the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night of sleep each night and make sure your sleep times are very consistent.
  • Initiative For Cryptocurrencies & Contracts (IC3), an initiative of faculty members at Cornell University, Cornell Tech, and UC Berkeley, has released a position paper that says that the bitcoin block size could scale up to 4MB without affecting decentralization. EconoTimes covered the story.
  • Economist Eswar Prasad told Financial Times  India has a long list of incomplete or unattempted reforms. 
  • This Huffington Post opinion column co-wrote by Linda DePaolis, a freshman studying Economics, proposed the best approach to advocate for all women is in a substantive and collective way.
  • Ari Juels, a Cornell Tech professor and member of the Cornell Tech Security Group, told Politico the Panama cyber attack with bring awareness around the sensitivity of data held by law firms and their lack of good operational security staff.
  • Zika and Ebola get all the headlines, but pathogens that threaten livestock and crops could be even more dangerous for humans. Microbiologist and Immunologist James Casey told The Atlantic there are already a lot of ways our food system is in danger – like crowding the species, greed, market conditions, and ineffective biosecurity.
  • The Cornell Lab of Ornithology told Smithsonian, birds already on their epic spring migration include pectoral sandpipers, great egrets, ospreys, western kingbirds, scissor-tailed flycatchers and brown thrashers.
  • As presented in this Wall Street Journal article, economists at Cornel have found about 8 cents of the pay gap remains unexplained, but is often attributed to discrimination.
  • Law professor Bob Hockett talked about the impact of Bernie Sanders' anti-trade message in economically ravaged areas in Upstate New York in this New York Times article. Hockett is also quoted in this CBS 6 Albany political story.
  • Jordan Matsudaira, a professor of policy analysis and management, reminded parents and students to not just look at graduation rates when choosing a STEM major, but to also look at what happens to students after they enroll in this Time piece.
  • Researchers no longer believe that depression is solely caused by low levels of serotonin or other signaling molecules in the brain, said Richard Friedman, a psychiatrist at Weill in this Nature article.
  • Peter Enns spoke with WRNN-TV about his new book Incarceration Nation.

March 25 – 31, 2016

Vegan Genes:
A new study by CHE’s Tom Brenna and CALS’ Alon Keinan showing populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations carry a genetic mutation, which raises the risk of cancer and heart disease was a hot topic in the news this week. Over 100 outlets including, Discovery, The TelegraphInternational Business Times, The Washington Post, Times of IndiaNew York Post, Cosmopolitan and Daily Mail published stories about this study.



  • SHA's Michael Lynn talked with PBS NewsHour about why people should or should not tip.
  • According to a recent study by Cornell researchers featured in the Christian Science Monitor, even when women are performing the same jobs as men, their pay is unlikely to be the same, primarily due to gender bias. Bloomberg Business also published a story about this research. 
  • This Scientific American story covered research of Engineering's Katie Keranen, which determines the cause of frequent earthquakes in Oklahoma. FOX News featured a similar story, which highlighted seismologist Rowena Lohman’s findings the increase of earthquakes around Oklahoma.
  • Matt Frye, an urban entomologist at the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program explained in this New York Times piece why mice populations increase so quickly and how landlords can stop the takeover.
  • In this Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, Economist Eswar Prasad commented on India’s economy. 
  • Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor, said in this New York Times article, once one entertains the idea that ‘this seems like a good investment,’ the processing of relevant information narrows considerably — and in a direction that leads to overconfidence.
  • Sarah Kreps’ CNN column discussed China’s entry into the military drone market.
  • Adam Seth Levine, an assistant professor of political science told The Hill making New York state a republican state would be a difficult task for any politician.
  • The term "All Natural” is just a marketing ploy cautioned Mick Bessire, an agricultural educator in this Huffington Post piece.
  • Shaun Steigman, a pediatric surgeon at Weill explained in this New York Times article what is involved with an inguinal hernia correction.
  • Neuroscientists from Weill found that by tweaking the gut microbiota of mice it's possible to reduce the amount of brain damage incurred following a stroke. Motherboard and Scientific American both covered the research.
  • Kevin McGowan, an ornithologist at the Lab of Ornithology told NBC News populations of eagles are probably at a 100-year high.
  • Tom Schryver, executive director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, wrote this Fortune column about how to avoid hiring the wrong people.
  • Biologist Laura Harrington told USA Today how Aedes aegypti (the mosquito that carries the Zika virus) has evolved to live among people.
  • Food packages featuring huge bowls of cereal with milk or mounds of chips with dip can actually make us eat more, said researchers at the Food and Brand Lab in this Today Show feature.
  • Manfred Elfstrom, a researcher who studies the Chinese labor movement, told CNN it's been easy for local governments to blame NGOs for worker activism even though the number of these groups is relatively small.
  • Gavin Leighton, postdoctoral researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, told Newsweek why events like when pitcher Randy Johnson hit a bird with a pitch is extremely rare. 
  • Safety will remain a big question for consumers because many of them aren’t likely to be familiar with genetically engineered food ingredients, said William Lesser, a professor at Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in this Guardian piece.
  • Jens David Ohlin, an associate dean at the Law School, told The Washington Times the new media environment has been difficult for Obama.
  • This Wall Street Journal story about university programs catering to adults that combine instruction and sightseeing referenced the Cornell Adult University program.
  • Professor Peng Liu was quoted in WalletHub’s article about 2016's best and worst cities to be a real estate agent.
  • Angela Cornell, director of the Labor Law Clinic told The Christian Science Monitor the justices' views can be so divergent that it's very likely we'll see more cases with a 4-to-4 split.
  • Economist Eswar Prasad said tough talk on trade is an easy way to distract attention from taking on difficult domestic challenges in this New York Times piece.

March 18 - 24, 2016:


  • SHA’s Alex Susskind explained the economic benefits of St. Patrick’s Day for restaurants and bars in this Forbes article.
  • This New York Times column by CALS’ Tom Hirschl revealed his new research that calculates a person’s probability of becoming poor. Salon also published a story about his research.
  • New York Times referenced a new study from researchers at Cornell who found that the difference between the occupations and industries in which men and women work has recently become the single largest cause of the gender pay gap, accounting for more than half of it. CBS News and Chicago Tribune also published similar stories.
  • Economist Eswar Prasad said in this Washington Post article that the increased aggressiveness by Chinese companies is reflective of the government’s policy.
  • Alan Hedge, a design and environmental analysis professor told MarketWatch a lot of companies make the mistake of teaching people how to use new agronomic equipment but not why they’re using it.
  • This Huffington Post story about new research by Jonathon Schuldt, an assistant professor of communication, showed minorities are often underrepresented in positions of environmental leadership. 
  • Alexander Lees, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, told the Washington Post there are lots of people going out and doing consulting work or work with individual dams in the Amazon, but there was no overarching review on the effects.
  • David Just, a professor of behavioral economics told the New York Times whenever you have labels like ‘healthier’ or ‘reformulated,’ people are looking for the absence of a taste they really like.
  • Huffington Post featured a 20-year study conducted by psychology professor Thomas Gilovich that concluded people  who spend money on experiences, not things, are happier.
  • From Cornell’s broadcast studios, Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development talks with NPR's Robert Siegel talks about her research into the social skills developed by children raised in multilingual environments versus monolingual environments.
  • Discovery featured a piece about new research by Rob Shepherd (engineering) developing a metal-foam compound that can change shape then reform itself into a rigid structure. Daily Mail and Gizmodo also featured similar stories.
  • This Hill opinion column by Cynthia Reinhart-King, an associate professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering, expressed the need for continued cancer research funding. 
  • The Cornell Lab of Ornithology warned people in this Chicago Tribune article to clean bird baths every day to ensure no mosquitos can reproduce in the water.
  • Sheri Lynn Johnson, a death penalty expert at the law school, told the Associated Press building a case for intellectual disability involves showing that the person has trouble performing simple life tasks.
  • Andrew Farnsworth from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology explained why storks in Portugal and Spain are forgoing their annual migration to Africa to pig out in landfills in this Smithsonian feature.
  • CHE’s John Cawley told CNBC that $315 billion dollars is spent treating obesity in the United States every year – 21 percent of medical care costs.
  • Stephani Robson, a senior lecturer at the School of Hotel Administration explained why there are fewer workers at a microhotel than a traditional hotel in this New York Times article.
  • Weill’s Dylan Gee told PBS NewsHour medications currently used to treat anxiety disorders are often informed by studies of the adult brain, and kids are not mini-adults. 
  • Deborah Estrin, a professor of computer science at Cornell Tech, told the New York Times the development of software models using mobile sensor data has been hindered because of the absence of labeled data sets and the lack of a community effort to do that in an ethical, efficient way.
  • Law school’s Stephen Yale-Loehr explained Merrick Garland’s position on immigration in this Univision piece.
  • China Daily quoted Peng Liu, a professor at the School of Hotel Administration saying he doesn't expect Marriott to engage in a bidding contest. He was also quoted by China Topix
  • In this Marketplace article, CHE’s Rick Geddes said the days when a person could start off in the postal service and be assured that for the next 30 years they were going to have this pretty steady job, doing kind of the same thing, is probably over.
  • Hadas Kress-Gazit, a roboticist and mechanical engineering professor said robots must have a body and the ability to change something in the world around you in this Atlantic article.
  • Research by sociologist Laura Tach assessing family structure – specifically, what impact the absence of a father figure has on children – is referenced in this New York Times story. 
  • Laboratory of Ornithology researcher Eduardo Inigo-Elias, a veteran of efforts to work with Cuban researchers, talked to Scientific American about what improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba could mean for science and conservation.  
  • Daily Mail featured Sarah Kreps, an associate professor in the department of government and an expert in drone warfare, and her warning that following the road to autonomy will lead to security problems.
  • Jatin Joshi, a pain specialist at Weill told Reuters the current treatments for back pain are not as effective as we believe them to be.
  • Chekitan Dev, a professor of marketing and branding at the School of Hotel Administration debated the benefits and risks of allowing hotel guests bring their pets in this New York Times article.
  • Behavioral economist David Just, told Bloomberg it is extremely unusual to see a state setting the course for a large company.

March 11 – 17, 2016

Economist Eswar Prasad explained to Reuters, Business Standard and Fortune how the shift in global economic circumstances is the cause of emerging markets policymakers’ frustration. Prasad also commented in two New York Times pieces, one on how China’s bank balance sheets may look prettier but nothing fundamental has changed, and another on Trump’s proposed trade policies.


Time and The Wall Street Journal both talked with Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics, this week about Caesar’s leadership style. Barry Strauss discussed the downfall of Julius Caeser with Fareed Zakaria on this CNN newscast and how it applies to the presidential election. 




  • In this Christian Science Monitor piece, Bart Selman from the department of computer science explains how far fewer humans will be required to do certain jobs due to increased robotic technology.
  • Karen Pinkus, incoming chair of the Faculty Advisory Board at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future was quoted in this Christian Science Monitor article stating geoengineering needs to be part of the climate change discussion.
  • This Hill opinion column by Mostafa Minawi, an assistant professor of History, discussed the dangers of the refugee crisis in Europe.
  • Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology, is quoted in this Scientific American feature, declaring methane is an incredible problem and something that really needs to be addressed to reach the Paris target.
  • CNN published a piece in which A&S’ Barry Strauss said Putin's strategic goal had been to weaken NATO by presenting Moscow as a more reliable regional power than Washington in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.
  • Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development, explained in this New York Times article the benefits of being bilingual. This opinion column was the most e-mailed New York Times story over the weekend.  
  • New Scientist ran a story on graphene origami and Itai Cohen was quoted saying folding rules are the same at the macro scale or the micro scale. A similar story also ran in Gizmodo.
  • Washington Post published a story about Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly which featured a psychology professor Carolyn Zerbe Enn saying women had to invent a feminist psychology – which starts with the belief that women aren't inherently crazy — to combat myths, which were used to push daughters and wives into submission.
  • Andrew Farnsworth of the Lab of Ornithology says it's exciting to consider how changes in behavior may affect the future population of birds in this National Geographic feature. Farnsworth was also quoted in this Christian Science Monitor piece commenting on how fuel load of a particular bird changes how long they can fly.
  • Eli Friedman, an assistant professor at Cornell University who studies labor relations in China, said the Chinese government is moving in a broadly pro-capital direction which would be a disaster for Chinese workers in this Wall Street Journal article. He also commented on the growing cost of labor in China in this New York Times article which was also printed in The Boston Globe
  • Stereotypes about men and women may creep into the hiring process, says Francine Blau, an economist who studies wage disparities in this Washington Post story.
  • Jeff Niederdeppe, a communication professor and co-author of a recent study on public opinion on policies to reduce soda consumption, says the biggest challenge to the proposed soda tax in Philadelphia is likely to come from the beverage industry in this Bloomberg BNA article. CHE’s John Cawley also commented on the budget levy, stating there is no question sugary soft drinks damage your health, but is the budget levy isn’t best way to tackle the problem in this Guardian piece.
  • Alison Maresh, an expert on pediatric ear, nose and throat medicine at Weill is quoted in this Yahoo!News story saying getting follow-up treatment for the newborns who don't pass their hearing screening is the missing part of care.
  • Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development, is quoted in this MarketWatch piece explaining his findings that elders often regretted not traveling more while they were young.
  • ILR’s Seth Harris said the proposed bill in California is a dramatic departure from traditional labor law in this Los Angeles Times story.
  • This BBC piece quoted research by CHE’s Nicholas Sanders showing an increase in crime following a time change.
  • ILR’s Ron Ehrenberg, said Bernie Sanders’ free education plan won’t affect the ability of lower income students to get higher education in this Washington Post article.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education opinion column by law professors Sherry Colb and Michael Dorf asked readers if animal-rights activists care more about the well-being of nonhuman animals than about the survival of tiny humans.
  • Adam Seth Levine, a political scientist, said in this Vox story that politicians can use momentum to gain needed wins. 
  • A recent paper by Cornell University economists referenced in this Wall Street Journal article suggests that discrimination likely accounts for about 8 cents of the pay disparity.
  • The fact that the House got ahead of Obama doesn't surprise Cornell Law professor Jens David Ohlin, who said in this Washington Post piece that Monday's vote was yet another example of Congress trying to exert its influence over the president on foreign affairs. 
  • The Cornell Sugar Maple Research & Extension program said in this CBS News feature there is no direct scientific evidence that maple syrup is healthier than white sugar.
  • Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab is quoted in the Seattle Times stating the average person makes more than 200 food decisions each day.
  • Lakhdar Brahimi, former UN envoy and current Einaudi Center fellow, speaks about the Syrian conflict in this Al Jazeera article.
  • Dr. Vicki Bogan was featured in WalletHub’s recent piece about 2016's property taxes by states.


March 4 – 10, 2016

Artificial Stretchy Skin

Rob Shepherd’s latest work, an artificial skin that stretches and glows has been covered by many outlets including Christian Science Monitor, DiscoveryWashington Post, NatureMarketPlace and Gizmodo. Shepherd also spoke with BBC’s Naked Scientists about his research.



  • PBS Newshour covered research of associate professor of healthcare policy and research at Weill, Tara Bishop, which showed effective treatment of any chronic illness requires working with patients beyond single visits. The story was also picked up by NPR.
  • Coverage of Drew Harvell’s research showing a correlation between warming seas and diseases continued with this National Geographic piece.
  • Psychology professor at Weill Peggy Drexler debated if Bernie Sanders was sexist when he interrupted Clinton's interruption of him by waving his finger and saying, "Excuse me, I'm talking” in her CNN opinion column.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf wrote an opinion column for Huffington Post about the Federal Reserve. 
  • The Washington Post featured a piece on sociologist Thomas Hirschl and his research on how likely you are to become poor based solely on your age, education, race and marital status.
  • Coverage of Shami Chatterjee’s research which shows an explosion is not needed to create a fast radio bursts, continued to gain media attention with these ABC News and USA Today features.
  • Sarah Kreps, associate professor in the department of government said, it's clear that China is not bound by the same set of international standards when it comes to drone sales in this CNBC article.
  • CALS’ Kevin Kniffin talked with BBC’s Food Chain about how coworkers eating together can boost productivity.
  • Alan Hedge, director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory, offered advice in this Time story, on how to improve your posture.
  • Shahrad Taheri of Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar in Doha, told Reuters teens who routinely do not get enough sleep on school days, never truly "make up for it" – even after sleeping later on weekends and vacation days.
  • Constitutional law professor Michael Dorf told Bloomberg BNA an official is immune from suit under Section 1983 unless he has violated a statutory or constitutional right that was clearly established at the time of the challenged conduct.
  • This Wall Street Journal piece referenced a study by CALS’ Bill Lesser showing GMO labeling will cost a family of four around $500 a year.
  • Stephen Wicker, professor of computer engineering, told the Times of India he is not sure there is much room for compromise from a technical perspective in the debate over Apple’s right to not assist law enforcement with unlocking phones.
  • James Detert, a professor of management told Globe and Mail that employees often feel uncomfortable going to their supervisor’s office as it reminds staff of the hierarchy of the office.
  • Bloomberg reported on Cornell researchers who found when chocolate milk is replaced with plain skim milk, milk sales fell almost 10 percent and that students wasted about 40 percent of the milk they purchased. 
  • Economist Eswar Prasad told The Wall Street Journal the fact that the U.S. has been able to delink its own economic prospects from those of almost the entire rest of the world is quite remarkable.
  • Forbes covered the fairy-wren research released last week on reduced risk of infidelity when pairs of males and females sang together.
  • Evolutionary biologist Mariana Wolfner explains how semen positively effects female flies in this National Geographic story.
  • Government professor Suzanne Mettler argued that tax expenditures create a submerged state that detaches the public from policy making, thus enabling governments of the right and left to pursue ideological agendas without public push-back in this Globe and Mail article.
  • Atkinson’s Robert Howarth said shale gas is environmentally worse overall than coal in this Washington Post article.
  • An opinion column by Kevin Gaines on racial divisions was published in Ebony.

Feb. 26 – March 3, 2016:


  • Christian Science Monitor wrote about Quantum dots, a technology brimming with promise but held back by hurdles in the research, took another bound forward in their efforts to break free and revolutionize the electronic landscape thanks to researchers at Cornell.
  • Michael Farrell, director of the Uihlein Forest, told The New York Times how maple trees are not harmed when sap is removed. 
  • International Business Times published a piece about Cornell research that shows an explosive start is not needed to create a fast radio burst. Scientific American and Tech Times also published similar stories. 
  • Economist Eswar Prasad commented on China’s economy in this Wall Street Journal article. Marketplace and The Washington Post also posted related stories.
  • Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr joined Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor to debate if
  • Donald Trump and Ted Cruz's strategies are constitutional.
  • This Hill opinion column by Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, relayed the importance of preserving farmland and developing students to be future agriculture leaders. 
  • Constitutional law expert Michael Dorf said while he is sympathetic to the public policy questions Apple is raising, he believes the government will prevail in this NBC News article. Stephen Wicker, professor in electrical and computer engineering also commented on this issue in a MarketWatch piece, saying while he appreciates the efforts by prosecutors to get whatever they can, it is also the job of the courts to let the intent of the public be heard through Congress.
  • Adam Seth Levine, an assistant professor in the Department of Government, wrote an opinion column for The Washington Post about whether Bernie Sanders’s political revolution is fading.
  • Professor of psychology at Weill, Peggy Drexler, penned this CNN opinion column about homeopathic alternatives to prescription drugs to deal with attention-deficit disorder.
  • Sergio Garcia-Rios, assistant professor of government and Latino studies, wrote an opinion column for Univision about the ‘Jorge Ramos Effect.'
  • Lab of Ornithology's Kevin McGowan said bald eagles are living closer to residential areas because they just "don’t really care as much about people anymore” in this Washington Post piece.
  • The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on Cornell researchers that discovered pairs of male and female fairy-wrens who sang together when sexual rivals approached were less likely to cheat.
  • Slate published piece about Sea Star Wasting Syndrome and research by CALS Ian Hewson to identify the virus and ways to prevent it from spreading.
  • Sean Marshall, a doctoral candidate who observes near-Earth asteroids, told readers not to panic, the asteroid will miss earth in this New York Times article.
  • Economist Armin Rick argued that mass incarceration has masked a lot of economic pain and a lot of inequality in this Washington Post piece.
  • This Huffington Post opinion column by CAS' Sara Warner examined the transgender movement in America. 
  • Weill’s Neel Mehta told Tech Insider in this in the past, doctors were focused on reducing or eliminating their patients’ pain as a benchmark of progress, constantly asking patients to rate their level of pain from 1 to 10. Today, specialists are focusing on increasing patients’ function, such as their ability to go to work or move physically.
  • Africana’s Adeolu Ademoyo wrote an opinion column in All Africa about why Hillary Clinton should be the next president.
  • Constitutional law professor Michael Dorf said Justice Thomas’ view requires you to reconfigure some doctrine, but it doesn’t require you to undo most of incorporation doctrine in this Politico piece. Dorf is also quoted in an NBC News story saying the standard that Texas argues the court should apply to abortion is actually what the dissenters in Casey wanted.
  • Economist Armin Rick argued that mass incarceration has masked a lot of economic pain and a lot of inequality in this Washington Post article.
  • SHA’s research showed tipping is not significantly related to servers’ or third parties’ evaluations of the service in this Wall Street Journal piece.
  • Constitutional law professor Michael Dorf said it's useful to distinguish the subjective motives of the legislators who voted for a law and the objective purpose of the law in this Bloomberg BNA article.
  • The Wall Street Journal covered a new paper from Cornell economists that found about 8 cents of the 21-cent wage gap cannot be accounted for even after controlling for factors such as women’s career decisions or geography.

In Memoriam of Elizabeth Garrett:

Cornell’s 13th president, Elizabeth Garrett, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, after a battle with colon cancer. President Garrett's vision for Cornell University was reflected in the volume of widely shared tributes. The news of her passing was covered by more than 1,000 outlets around the world including, The New York TimesNBC NewsBloombergThe Wall Street JournalCNNChina PressUSA TodayHuffington PostNew York Daily NewsNBC New YorkHotel Business, and The Los Angeles Times.

Stories by Associated Press and Reuters were published in nearly 800 outlets including, Business InsiderYahoo!NewsFOX News and Daily Mail.

The Chronicle of Higher EducationInside Higher EducationThe Times Higher EducationUSA Today College, and The Washington Post Grade Point were among the higher education publications to report the news.

Following the announcement by Chairman Robert Harrison, The Ithaca JournalWHCUWSYRThe Cornell Daily SunIthaca VoiceCNY CentralSyracuse Post StandardWBNG14850WETMWSKG,The IthacanIthaca TimesCentral New York Business JournalRochester Business JournalWKBWWRVO, and Time Warner Cable News conveyed the message to the local and regional community. 

Many current and former community and political leaders extended their condolences. Former Cornell President David Skorton told WHCU Elizabeth Garrett’s death was the "true meaning of tragedy.” The Ithaca JournalThe Ithaca VoiceThe Cornell Daily Sun covered reactions of local leaders including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Svante Myrick, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Ithaca College President Tom Rochon, and Tompkins County Legislature Chair Michael Lane.

Students shared their feelings of shock and sadness in The Ithaca Voice and The Cornell Daily Sun

Following the 4 p.m. moment of silence on campus, many local and regional outlets published additional stories, including Ithaca JournalThe Cornell Daily SunWBNGThe Ithaca Voice, and Time Warner Cable News.

Cornell Daily SunIthaca VoiceWENY and Ithaca Journal produced stories about Cornellians gathered on Ho Plaza Tuesday, March 8 for a candlelight vigil honoring President Elizabeth Garrett. 

Feb. 19 – 25, 2015:

Curbing Kitchen Cravings:

An international study co-led by Dyson School and Food & Brand Lab Professor Brian Wansink was featured by the Today Show, NPR, Time, The Conversation, Smithsonian, and  Business Insider, Research by the Food and Brand Lab is featured in The Atlantic, indicating people with a healthy weight usually weigh themselves at least weekly, eat breakfast, and exercise.



  • Weill Cornell Medicine Psychiatry Professor Marie Rudden connected the situation in Flint, Mich. to the groundbreaking study of children’s self image relied upon by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education, and argued that children are acutely aware when they are not fully valued in this Washington Post story.
  • Cornell’s Freedom on the Move project and it’s creator, History Professor Edward Baptist, are featured in this New York Times piece on new sources of knowledge about slavery in America.
  • Research by Weill Cornell Medicine’s Dr. Alexander Merkler is featured in the HealthDay article, which appears in more than a dozen media outlets.
  • Popular Science reported on how researchers at Weill have started using an Oculus Rift VR headset to see and interact with 3D models of microscopic proteins, which allow researcher to better understand the genetic mutations that drive cancer.
  • Economist Eswar Prasad spoke with Bloomberg's Alix Steel and Joe Weisenthal about why he thinks China's capital controls won't work.
  • New York Times opinion column by George Makari, a professor of psychiatry and director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry at Weill, discussed the idea of doctors having more than one office to talk to patients – one office for answers and another for questions.
  • Huffington Post opinion column by Noliwe Rooks, professor in Africana Studies showed the importance of creating urban farms in black communities.
  • Prabhu Pingali, director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative, said in this New York Times piece, a diet of corn or rice may keep a person alive, but can result in myriad health issues from night-blindness to severe anemia. 
  • Reuters covered a story about new research from Weill’s M. Carrington Reid about how to prevent severe low back pain.
  • Study coauthored by SHA’s Gary Thompson exploring the influence of event sequencing on repeat season-ticket sales at venues such as a concert hall is referenced in this Globe and Mail story.
  • Cornell Tech associate professor Tom Ristenpart said the privacy versus security debate is complicated and said Americans need to make a choice between their information privacy and their security in terms of safety is loaded in this Voice of America piece.
  • Huffington Post opinion column by Sara Warner, an associate professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts discusses how Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé showed solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the Black Panther Party for Self Defense before audiences of millions at the Grammy awards and the Super Bowl.
  • This New York Times wedding section article notes the rising import of food and quotes School of Hotel Administration Professor Alex Susskind.


Feb. 12 – 18, 2016

Disease, warming oceans rock lobster and sea star populations

This Washington Post story about biologist Drew Harvell’s latest research showed a correlation between ocean warming and diseases in sea stars and lobsters. NPR, Seattle Times, and Nature World also published similar stories about the research. 



  • David Just, a professor of behavioral economics, told The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune Coca-Cola’s move to mini cans means a more profitable product, since packaging is such a significant contributor to price.
  • This Hill opinion column by Dean Laurie Glimcher revealed the important role academic medical centers play in cancer research.
  • This Guardian story covered the work of Human Ecology's Richard Burkhauser on estimating how the rising income of the 1 percent relates to average life satisfaction, even where household income and a country’s GDP remain constant.
  • Biologist Laura Harrington, professor and chairwoman of the entomology department continued to comment on Zika this week in a USA Today piece stating pyripyroxyfen interferes with a mosquito growth hormone, preventing the larvae from developing into adults and could help with the spread of Zika.
  • Amanda Rodewald, director of conservation science at the Lab of Ornithology, also wrote about Zika in The Hill.
  • On The Today Show, Weill Cornell psychiatrist Samantha Boardman said the problem with New Year's resolutions is that they really undermine our confidence and make us think of ourselves as failures.
  • NPR reported on a recent Food and Brand Lab study showing people with messy kitchens are more likely to be overweight. Fox News also published a similar story.
  • Research by Human Ecology’s Karl Pillemer is the subject of this Discovery story about the secrets to finding and keeping love.
  • Veterinarians from the CVM said pre-feeding your cat to help control overeating at meals does not increase begging, meowing, and pacing in The New York Times.
  • CBS News reported on SHA’s Michael Lynn proposal to add automatic service charges to tables of six or more to compensate servers who would otherwise fare better by waiting on multiple smaller parties.
  • Seth Harris, an attorney and former acting labor secretary who teaches employment policy at ILR said independent workers occupy a gray area between employees and independent contractors in this Fortune piece on the Gig Economy.
  • Law school’s Josh Chafez penned an opinion column for The Hill about what could happen if the Senate contests any SCOTUS nomination by President Obama. 
  • In The Guardian, Robert Howarth, ecologist and methane researcher, said with the U.S. being responsible for as much as 60 percent of global methane emissions growth, it’s critical that the country reduce natural gas use as quickly as possible.
  • Mostafa Minawi, assistant professor of History, wrote an opinion column for The Hill about how the war in Syria is not a civil war. 
  • The New York Times wrote a story about a recent Cornell study showing drivers using GPS detach from the environments that surround them.
  • SHA’s Chekitan Dev said services like HomeAway are steadily growing and may compete with big chain hotels in the near future in this New York Times piece.
  • The Washington Post published a story about a new study from researchers at Cornell that suggested specific techniques to help people win arguments online. Daily Mail and Telegraph also published a story about the study. 
  • Time opinion column by Sara Warner, associate professor of theatre, film, and dance communicated how gay marriages have changed traditional wedding culture.
  • Bart Selman, professor of computer science said Artificial Intellegence is moving rapidly from academic research into the real world in this Financial Times article. He was also quoted in The Guardian.
  • Sarah Kreps, an associate professor in the department of government and an expert on weapons proliferation and international security, said the proliferation of armed Chinese drones is stratifying the weaponized drone club somewhat in this Fortune piece. Kreps was also quoted in The Washington Post.

Feb. 5 – 11, 2016

Gravitational Waves:

Astrophysicist Saul Teukolsky talks about the magnitude of the latest discovery of gravitational waves, proving Einstein’s general theory of relativity in this NPR piece. His quotes were also featured in the LA Times, Discovery News, and more than 3,000 other outlets.



  • Economic Times covered a story about Soumitra Dutta’s appointment as the dean of the College of Business. Similar stories were published in over 50 outlets throughout India, including Dainik Jagran. CBS Radio also syndicated a story about the college creation that played in over 100 outlets. 
  • Astronomer and Cassini co-investigator Phil Nicholson told Discovery News appearances could be deceiving when it comes to Saturn's rings. Vesti, Russian ‘s largest news publication, also covered the news.
  • Law professor Robert Hockett wrote a column for The Hill disclosing many have been overlooking a mass atrocity underway in Turkey. 
  • CBS News covered a story in which Cornell Lab of Ornithology helped to identify a bird that snatched a flying drone in the sky.
  • The Hill opinion column by Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue, professor of Development Sociology, debated if democracy can fix inequality. 
  • Adam Seth Levine, assistant professor in the Department of Government, wrote an opinion column for The Washington Post about Bernie Sanders’ platforms. 
  • Law professor Robert Hockett wrote an opinion column for Huffington Post about Bernie Sanders’ appeal to voters.
  • CBS This Morning interviewed Stephen Master, director of the Central Laboratory at Weill, who said all genetic tests must been validated before going on the market.
  • USA Today column by Travis Gosa, assistant professor of Africana Studies said politicians cynically use hip-hop to win young minority voters.
  • Washington Post published a story about new researchers from Cornell that sheds some light on how and why people are convinced to change their minds.
  • CNN column by psychology professor at Weill Peggy Drexler explained why Playboy has decided to no longer publish nude photos. 
  • This Christian Science Monitor story referenced a study by Cornell that found that for Coke and Pepsi, only a fraction of the soda tax was passed on to consumers, effectively thwarting the impact of the measure in reducing the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages. 
  • Jeffrey Scott, a professor of entomology, said while DDT has unquestionably saved millions and millions of lives around the world, he doubts it will ever make a comeback in the U.S. in this CNN article.
  • ILR’s Linda Barrington said many workers are still a little discounted in most fields because labor is now on sale in this Wall Street Journal article.
  • George Lewis, a visiting scholar at Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies said in this Time feature that THAAD interceptors deployed in South Korea do not have the speed or range needed to intercept a rocket such as the one North Korea launched.
  • Senior lecturer Randy Allen said Amazon bookstores could become a destination location in this Washington Post piece.
  • Johnson’s James Detert told The Financial Times that employers should talk to employees in an informal manner to learn what they really think.

Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2016

College of Business:

On the heels of the announcement to create a College of Business, over 100 outlets published stories, including: CNBCInside Higher EdBloombergNPR, Reuters, and Yahoo! Finance. President Elizabeth Garrett and Cornell College of Business dean Soumitra Dutta also appeared on Bloomberg where they discussed the college with Scarlet Fu and Alix Steel on "Bloomberg Markets."


Zika Virus:

Entomologist Laura Harrington discussed the latest developments in the Zika virus story in this USA Today article. Harrington has spoken to many top media outlets over the last week, including the Washington Post, CNN, BBC, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. In addition, Gary Whittaker, a virologist, said a vaccine for Zika should be do-able in this NPR piece.



  • The Wall Street Journal featured a piece about a $50 million gift by Robert Smith and Fund II Foundation that aims to increase opportunities for minorities and women in technology.
  • Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton promised to increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for their proposals, but each took a different approach. Clinton supporter Michael Barr and Sanders supporter Cornell law professor Robert Hockett (from the Cornell Broadcast Studios) joined MSNBC’s Lawrence O'Donnell to debate the plans. 
  • In addition to its age, several factors put the Porter Ranch well in jeopardy of a blowout, said Anthony Ingraffea, engineering professor in this CBS News article.
  • Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill told NPR treating phobias with a beta-clocking drug sounds almost science fiction like.
  • Law professors Sherry Colb and Mike Dorf wrote a CNN opinion column about if journalists should be allowed to record undercover videos.
  • Research by Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor, showing experiences make people happier than material items is cited in this Bloomberg story about millennials. 
  • The New York Times featured new research by Nicholas Sanders, assistant professor of economics in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, showing an increase of flu rates in geographical areas that have an NFL team advance to the Super Bowl. The Chicago Tribune also published a similar story.
  • David Wolfe, professor of plant and soil ecology in the School of Integrative Plant Science and chair of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future's Climate Change Consortium, wrote an opinion column published in The Hill about the need to raise awareness of indigenous peoples' vulnerability to climate change.
  • Robert Hockett talked with the national paper of Argentina, La Nacion, about the recent caucus results in Iowa.
  • The New Yorker ran a piece about how Weill’s Christopher Mason has assembled the complete genome of Cimex lectularius. Over 100 different outlets have carried similar stories.
  • Chair of the department of microbiology and immunology Avery August described how the overuse of antibiotics could be to blame for antibiotic resistance in this Inside Higher Ed Academic Minute.
  • Ithaca Journal ran a story about the new Klarman Hall and what it means for Humanities at Cornell. The story also features a video interview with Dave Taylor, associate dean of admissions. 
  • Eli Friedman, a labour expert, said in this Guardian piece, the crackdown appeared designed to warn workers that unrest would not be tolerated at a time when many factories were either closing as a result of China’s slowing economy or relocating to parts of south and south-east Asia where costs were lower. 



Jan. 22 – 28, 2016:


  • The New York Times and Huffington Post published features about a new animated map by Lab of Ornithology that shows how birds migrate up and down the Western Hemisphere over a year.
  • Laura Harrington, chair of the entomology department, said there are many parts of the United States that are vulnerable to the Zika virus in this Washington Post piece. The story was also printed in The Chicago Tribune
  • SHA’s Michael Lynn talked with NPR’s Planet Money about the future of tipping.
  • Entomologist Linda Rayor said gregarious arachnids are not often studied because so few of them exist in this BBC article.
  • J. Mijin Cha, a fellow at the Worker Institute, penned an opinion column for The Hill about how the water crisis in Flint, Mich. is a sign of environmental racism.
  • SHA’s Chris Anderson told The New York Times hotels could discount rates during a storm as a way to replace lost business.
  • In this CNN opinion column by psychology professor Peggy Dexler explains why Ted Cruz is "the most popular jerk in America.”
  • Economist Eswar Prasad commented on how China’s economy is changing U.S. currency in this New York Times article. He is also quoted in similar stories by the Economic Times and CNBC.
  • David Just, a professor of behavioral economics commented on how a lot of things that control what and how much people eat have nothing to do with the state of nutrition in the Chicago Tribune. Just was also quoted in USA Today saying people are on the lookout for certain words when shopping for food, and use them as purchase signals regardless of whether the claims are regulated or not.
  • From the Cornell Broadcast Studios, law professor Michael Dorf talked with CBS Evening News about how the indictment of the anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos about Planned Parenthood could set a dangerous precedent.
  • In this Bloomberg article, ILR’s Chris Collins said the chat function on computers or phones can become overwhelming for many.
  • Law school’s Josh Chafetz explained why politics cause policy in The Hill.
  • Civil and environmental engineer Anthony Ingraffea explained what the gas leak in California could cost the environment and tax payers in this Public Radio International piece.
  • Law professor Sandra Babcock said Cruz’s cases as Texas solicitor continue to be a thorn in the side of relations between the U.S. and Mexico in this Wall Street Journal piece.
  • Professor of nutrition and psychology David Levitsky talked about the daily need for weigh-in’s to maintain and shed pounds in this Consumer Reports article.
  • This Associated Press story quoted finance professor Murillo Campello saying while Apple still has a lot of value and a lot of cash flow, it's difficult to say that it's on the cutting edge.
  • Susanne Bruyere, director of the Employment and Disability Institute, said there has been an increase in hiring autistic people, especially in technology companies, in this story about a Starbucks barista who dances while making beverages in this MarketWatch article.
  • Richard Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill said in The Guardian, that the risk averse industry nearly shut down their brain research in recent years.


Jan. 15 - 21, 2016


  • Economist Eswar Prasad commented on how China's economy could change due to the slowdown in this PBS NewsHour.
  • Behavioral economist David Just explained the phenomena behind the recent Powerball drawing in this CNBC, Nightly Business Report
  • SHA’s Christopher Anderson said the hotel industry is adopting new technologies to make online booking easier. Steven Carvell, associate dean for SHA is also quoted in this New York Times article.
  • This NPR piece referenced a Food and Brand Lab study showing sales of unhealthy foods went up during the holidays and sales of healthy foods went up after the holidays. But, sales of unhealthy foods never went down after the holidays—people just bought more food.
  • Huffington Post published a story about Cornell Tech’s new energy-efficient building.
  • Susan Vannucci of the Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill said any sort of double training can place one at serious risk of overtraining syndrome in this New York Post article.
  • Work by Mitchell Gaynor, a former oncologist and clinical assistant professor at Weill, promoting 'sound healing' is referenced in this Quartz article several times. 
  • Eli Friedman, an expert on labor relations, said unions represent one of China’s greatest fears: that economic dissatisfaction, a widening crack in one of the key pillars of the ruling Communist Party's claim to legitimacy, might lead to an organized political movement in this AFP article.
  • Law school’s Lynn Stout speculated in this Time article as to why people can’t forget Hillary Clinton’s economic record, no matter how well she does in debates with Sanders.
  • In this CNN piece, Law school’s Stephen Yale-Loehr said the Supreme Court might say that the President's authority to interpret what Congress meant and prioritize how to implement congressional directives is more limited than presidents would like.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf commented on if Ted Cruz should be considered a natural born citizen in this Fortune article.
  • Weill Cornell Medical Dean Laurie Glimcher talked about scientific discoveries combatting cancer on The Open Mind (PBS)

Jan. 8 – 14, 2016:


  • Dyson School economist Eswar Prasad was in high media demand as China’s economy struggled. He was quoted as a leading expert on China in this New York Times article, and in dozens of other outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Marketplace. Prasad was featured in an additional Wall Street Journal piece
  • Nutrition Professor Tom Brenna, a former member of the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, was featured in dozens of outlets about new federal nutrition suggestions including NPR, the LA TimesChicago Tribune and UPI.
  • Weill Cornell Medicine Neurologist Dr. Barry Kosofsky appeared as the independent expert in this CBS This Morning piece about new University at Buffalo research.
  • The Hill published a column by law professor Robert Hockett about Bernie Sanders’ proposed financial reform. 
  • David Just, professor of applied economics and management, said a bigger jackpots draw bigger headlines, which will entice more people to dish out $2 for a ticket in this New York Times article. Just is also quoted in a similar Los Angeles Times story. 
  • Arts & Sciences’ Thomas Gilovich, is quoted in the Huffington Post saying, "we buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while.”
  • Southern Tier economic development experts, led by Cornell’s Jan Nyrop, explained how agricultural innovation driven by Cornell with new funds from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative will help transform the region in this Time Warner Cable News feature.
  • Food supply expert and Cornell Lecturer Christopher Gaulke is quoted in this Wall Street Journal Market Watch piece.
  • Entomology Professor Jeff Scott is featured in this Daily Mail piece on open-air food safety.
  • Research by Development Sociology Professor Tom Hirschl is featured in this CNN Money piece, part of CNN’s “American Opportunity” series. Hirschl was also quoted several times in this Telegraph article about how many people who don’t make much money today can rationally hope to end up in the top 10 percent or even top 1 percent at some point in their careers.
  • Professor of behavioral economics David Just, said the majority of consumers have no clue what they’re eating or how it’s produced in this Washington Post piece.
  • Worker Institute’s Jeff Grabelsky said a Supreme Court loss for the unions could have a very profound impact on unionism in the United States in this NBC News article. 
  • ILR’s Art Wheaton said there will be a very, very long line of lawyers trying to sue Volkswagen for the next 20 years in this Forbes article. 
  • ILR Associate Dean Richard Hurd explained why Democratic candidates turn to unions for support in this Bloomberg BNA article.
  • Law School’s Angela Cornell said in this Time piece, full ramifications of right-to-work are unknown in states like Indiana and Michigan, which only recently adopted the policy.
  • In this CNN opinion column, professor of psychology at Weill Peggy Drexler discusses the benefits of being married. 
  • Kevin Hallock, dean of industrial and labor relations, said most employers keep pay secret because letting employees compare paychecks with each other or with top executives is too disruptive in this Wall Street Journal article.

Dec. 24 to Jan. 7:


  • This PBS documentary by Michael Pollan about what people should eat featured Brian Wansink. Also part of Pollan’s work featured on PBS is this web extra featuring Thomas Bjorkman’s broccoli research.
  • Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at Weill, Louis Aronne, discussed on CBS This Morning how to reduce body fat by reversing the damage to our brains.
  • Government professor Jonathan Kirshner wrote an opinion column in the New York Daily News about why Donald Trump is popular with American voters.
  • Daniel Barone from Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Sleep Medicine explained the medical reasons why “we all need to sleep” in this CBS Evening News broadcast.
  • This Huffington Post opinion column by government professor Adam Seth Levine explored climate change rhetoric. 
  • Zev Rosenwaks, director of the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill was quoted in this Marketwatch piece about new fertility treatments.
  • The Atlantic referenced a study by Anthony Burrow, assistant professor of human development, which shows purpose was associated with well-being among college students.
  • New research published by the Food and Brand Lab finds a correlation between the size of a waiter and the amount of food customers eat. BBC and International Business Times covered the story among others. 
  • This Washington Post opinion column by government professor Jeremy Wallace discussed why statistics from the Chinese government are unreliable and what it could mean.
  • Kevin Hallock, dean of the ILR School said it is fair for an employer to want to ensure that it is getting its money’s worth, but it is also fair for workers to be seen as valuable members of a team in this New York Times article.
  • Christian Science Monitor published a story about new Cornell and Human Computation Institute scientists research showing 'human computation' has the potential to solve the world's most persistent problems. The piece was also picked up by Daily MailDiscovery News and Live Science
  • Developmental Psychology Professor Ritch Savin-Williams led the conversation in this Live Science article on changing attitudes toward sexuality.
  • Public Radio International featured a story about ornithologist Marshall Iliff’s trip to Millenial Park in Boston to track migrating birds. 
  • Internet columnist Matt Elliot offered a fresh piece in CNEt on the Hotel School/CIS/CALS Communication collaborative online project Review Skeptic.
  • This Economic Times article covered how researchers from the Human Computation Institute (HCI) and Weill are designing a new vision of human computation (the science of crowd-powered systems), which pushes beyond traditional limits, and takes on hard problems that until recently have remained out of reach.  
  • Law professor Robert Hockett wrote a column in The Hill about Bernie Sanders’ Glass-Stegall proposal.
  • Food and beverage management professor Michael Lynn commented in Christian Science Monitor on a new SHA study which found that federal and state minimum wage increases over the past 20 years have not resulted in fewer restaurants or lower employment. CBS News also published a similar story. 
  • In this Forbes feature, Cornell is highlighted as having cool campus jobs including cheese production, developing ice cream mixes, packaging cheese products and getting paid to take classes.
  • USA Today featured an article about how a Cornell veterinary team helped give a dog with amputated legs a set of wheels.
  • Law School Professor Gerald Torres is quoted as an expert in this Agence France-Presse piece explaining the Oregon standoff to world audiences.
  • The Atlantic referenced a study by Anthony Burrow, assistant professor of human development, which shows purpose was associated with well-being among college students.
  • Accounting professor Luo Zuo’s work investigating the impact fluctuations in state taxes have on company earnings is cited in The Atlantic.



Dec. 18 to 24:


  • This Washington Post story about "Education City” profiled the quality of education students receive. The Atlantic featured a story about how Cornell Tech is building one of the greenest high-rises in the world.
  • Hotel’s Christopher Anderson said hotel reservations have been slow to become more restrictive because of competition in this New York Times story.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Dean Javaid Sheikh are featured throughout.
  • Professor of Fiber Science Juan Hinestroza’s research on nanotechology used in the fashion industry is featured in this Epoch Times story. 
  • Eswar Prasad wrote a Wall Street Journal opinion column about how advanced economies welcome the Fed’s move to raise its benchmark interest rate by a quarter percentage point, but many emerging markets may face trouble.
  • New York Times featured a column by Thomas Gilovich, professor of psychology regarding how critical thinking is all about conducting more balanced inquiries. 
  • Government professor Suzanne Mettler said in many ways, today’s college system is exacerbating inequality by creating a caste system that for too many people takes them from wherever they were on the socioeconomic spectrum and leaves them even more unequal in this Huffington Post article.
  • CALS’ Tom Hirschl commented on how America's middle class is shrinking in this Al Jazeera article.
  • Holly Prigerson, director of the Center for Research on End-of-Life care at Weill was quoted in this Wall Street Journal article saying that the holidays can be exceptionally difficulty for the sickest patients as they are fraught with fears of whether this may be their last.
  • Cornell Technology professor Thomas Ristenpart said shutting off Internet connectivity to entire regions of people is difficult and would require the cooperation of local Internet Service Providers in this Fox News article.
  • As long as the weather stays mild and the avian visitors find a food supply, summer birds could survive in the Northeast this winter said Andrew Farnsworth, a researcher at Lab of Ornithology in this Bloomberg story.
  • The Hill featured a column by Michael Hoffman about how climate change is changing what we eat.
  • Marketing and branding expert Chekitan Dev was quoted in USA Today saying while bathroom amenities are typically not the reason a guest stays at a hotel, they can play an important role in increasing satisfaction and repeat purchase.
  • If you’re looking for the perfect gift, buy an experience said psychology professor Thomas Gilovich in this Daily Mail story. His research is also the subject of this Yahoo Travel story. 
  • Executive director of the Institute for Compensation Studies Linda Barrington is quoted in this Marketplace story saying the latest numbers about CFOs may be a better indicator of a crack in the glass ceiling than overall pay equity.
  • In this Bloomberg article, law professor Robert Hockett said establishing a list to report misconduct by a bank employee creates a shaming effect.
  • The Atlantic published an article in which sociologist Travis Gosa said the Black Lives Matter movement developed in the wake of the failure of the Obama administration.
  • Dyson’s Eswar Prasad said in the New York Times that the reforms represent an important step but still only constitute a partial shift in making the IMF’s governance structure fully representative of emerging markets’ growing influence in the world economy.
  • Business Insider featured an article about Alex Alemi, a graduate student and author of a study analyzing the safest place to be when the zombies started moving, says modeling zombies takes you through a lot of the techniques used to model real diseases.

Dec. 11 to 17:

Why you can’t quit Facebook: New research by a Cornell team explored why people rarely quit Facebook for long. Hits include Daily Mail, Yahoo! NewsSlashGearAllIndia, MSN News, Business Finance NewsCTVMen’s Fitness, NBC News and Huffington Post.

The Chinese Economy: Eswar Prasad talked about China’s economy with Bloomberg, Wall Street JournalFinancial Times, and Yahoo.



  • In this Christian Science Monitor article, planetary scientist Jonathan Lunine said Saturn’s moon is a world with a habitable environment in its interior.
  • Trevor Pinch, a science and technology professor, said Amazon is trying a new reviews system that will address issues without having to make big changes in this Seattle Times story.
  • International News Editor Sewell Chan authored this New York Times feature obituary for the late Professor Emeritus Benedict Anderson. Additional coverage of Anderson’s death continues worldwide, including this AP piece that ran in English-language outlets throughout East Asia.
  • Virologist Edward Dubovi said infected dogs produce about 100 times more of the new fly strain than H3N8 canine influenza in this New York Times article.
  • New York Magazine featured Dianne Augelli, a sleep expert at Weill who said estrogen works on several different neurotransmitter pathways that may have an impact on the regulation of sleep.
  • In this PBS NewsHour feature, Law School’s Stephen Yale-Loehr is quoted saying the EB-5 program creates jobs for U.S. workers at no expense to the U.S. taxpayer.
  • Cornell Tech’s Ari Juels warned readers in this NBC News article that encryption tools are well-known and readily available.
  • Statistician Giles Hooker explained the math behind a new cancer study from Hopkins in this Los Angeles Times feature.
  • Neurologist at Weill, Joseph Safdieh, is quoted in this New York Times story about a new discovery to battle migraines.
  • Thomas Ristenpart, a computer science professor, said the internet is no longer under American control in this Time story.
  • Hotel’s Michael Lynn, is quoted in this Washington Post story about tipping. A study by CALS's Toby Ault showing the likelihood of a megadrought is referenced in The Daily Show’s story about climate change. 
  • Dimitris Kiosses, a psychiatry researcher at Weill is quoted in this Fox News story about brain function following a stroke. 
  • Kenneth Barish, a clinical professor of psychology at Weill offered advice on what parents should say to their children when playing games in The Wall Street Journal article.
  • Legal expert Stephen Yale-Loehris is quoted in by ABC News saying the high court has never been faced with a challenge against a whole religion, like the temporary halt to Muslims entering the United States that Trump is asking for.
  • Sharon Sassler, a sociologist and professor in the department of policy analysis and management said parents have more influence when they give a teen a measure of autonomy in dating in The Wall Street Journal.
  • Seth Harris’ new study about the need to create a new, third category of worker dubbed the “independent worker” is referenced in this story in International Business Times.
  • In this CCTV article, economics professor Steve Kyle commented on U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike choice.
  • Michael Dorf, professor of constitutional law, helped to determine if a “person” could be legally defined as a company or even a robot in The Washington Post story.
  • ILR’s Sam Nelson co-authored a CNN opinion column on how televised presidential debates deliver vital information, especially during the primary stage when voters must choose among candidates within a party, whose positions on important issues may seem to differ relatively little.
  • Dean Laurie Glimcher said in this Politico article that the recent advances in immunotherapy, which uses the body’s immune system to fight tumors, and epigenetics are revolutionary.


Dec. 4 to 10:

First Test-Tube Puppies in World: Alex Travis of the Vet College successfully bred dogs via IVF and has been published in over 1000 outlets including the New York Times, CBS, NBC, ABC News, Los Angeles Times, BBC, Time, Discovery, The Guardian, Reuters, NPR and El Mundo.


  • Law professor and immigration expert Stephen Yale-Loehr said Trump’s immigration policy would require an unlikely act of Congress in this New York Times story.
  • Lab of Ornithology’s book "The Living Bird" is listed as one of the “Must Have” coffee table books in this Los Angeles Times article.
  • The Wall Street Journal featured how Cornell Tech will work with teachers at Roosevelt Island’s P.S./I.S. 217 on computer science lessons.
  • Johnson’s Randy Allen is quoted in this Associated Press story saying independent and smaller retailers should take advantage of their strengths and uniqueness to increase sales.
  • ILR’s Richard Hurd is quoted in this New York Times story about worker rights in a Pennsylvania steel mill.
  • Economic Times wrote about how The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has provided a grant of USD 13.4 million to the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi) to help combat malnutrition in India.
  • Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr is quoted in this PBS NewsHour immigration story.
  • Linguistics professor Sally McConnell-Ginet is quoted in this BBC story about the growing debate over what pronoun to use when people identify as neither gender, or both.
  • Mother Nature Network featured a story about fabrics that help prevent the spread of germs mentions a line of antibacterial dresses and jackets that prevent colds and flu created by the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory.
  • Government professor Sarah Kreps is a featured panelist on this American Aboard episode about how drones are revolutionizing the skies.
  • Eswar Prasad talked with CNBC about China’s economy.
  • Cornell’s work with farm breweries is mentioned in this Wall Street Journal story about craft beers.
  • ILR’s Seth Harris is quoted in this Wall Street Journal story about worker rights at Uber.
  • Neil Mattson, a greenhouse expert said growing lettuce in greenhouses in New York state can release twice the amount of climate-warming gases as growing lettuce in California in this NPR segment.
  • Aija Leiponen, associate professor at Dyson, is quoted in this Wired story about Yahoo’s changing business plan.
  • Marketing and branding professor Chekitan Dev is quoted in this New York Times story about mergers in hospitality.
  • ILR's Art Wheaton says a lot of people will not give up the freedom to drive their own car in this story featured in The Atlantic about autonomous vehicles.
  • Law professor William Jacobson said the no-fly list at best is a blunt instrument to protect air travel, and at worst a denial of the ability to travel without due process in this FOX News story.

Nov. 27 to Dec. 3:

Renminbi Approved by I.M.F. as a Main World Currency: Economist Eswar Prasad penned a column in The New York Times on what will happen now that the renminbi is considered by the I.M.F as one of the world’s elite currencies. He was also quoted in USA TodayThe GuardianFinancial TimesWashington Post, as well as two additional New York Times stories: China’s Renminbi Is Approved by I.M.F. as a Main World Currency and The Choice Facing China as Its Currency Becomes More Global.


  • Astrophysicist James Cordes is quoted in this Scientific American story about what may or may not cause fast radio bursts.
  • Chicago Tribune wrote a story about the new mural at the Lab of Ornithology.
  • Animal Behavior scientist Danielle Lee and psychology researcher Alexander Ophir are quoted in this MSN article discussing evolution and the idea of social monogamy. Yahoo also ran a similar story.
  • Law professor William Jacobson told The New York Times that the new reporting guidelines for brokers’ dismissals are not the answer to all problems, but it is a step in the right direction. 
  • New York Times column by Julie Penzner, an assistant professor of psychiatry and the director of the psychiatry residency program at Weill, about objective parenting. 
  • English professor Daniel Schwartz wrote a column for the Huffington Post about what students should consider when deciding to join or not join the Greek system. 
  • Nick Salvatore, an American history professor, is quoted in the Wall Street Journal saying Sanders has very liberal deep roots.
  • Tech Times featured a story about a new Food and Brand Lab study analyzing how cost changed the relationship between a customer’s overall judgment of the meal.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf is quoted in The New York Times story about the Supreme Court Case on race in the admissions process.
  • Cornell’s Regional Climate Center is quoted in this Reuters story about how the Northeast at the warmest October since 2007.
  • Daily Mail wrote an article about a new ten-minute test developed at Cornell that detects strokes from just a few drops of blood.
  • Robert Harris, retired Africana professor said the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have learned to organize on the grassroots level in this Christian Science Monitor story.
  • ILR’s Art Wheaton said the first priority for manufacturers making autonomous vehicles is to make them safe, reliable, and affordable—with seamless interface with GPS mapping in this article by The Atlantic.
  • Weill Cornell’s Fred Pelzman said the dirtiest place in the office is usually the kitchen or break room in this New York Post article.
  • In this CBS News article, Weill’s Jeffrey Laurence says one of the reasons millennials don’t understand the dangers of HIV and AIDS is because most haven’t known anyone who died of AIDS.
  • CNN column by Weill psychology expert Peggy Drexler about how recent images of Amy Schumer and Serena Williams are a reflection of how people continue to be interested in a woman’s looks. 
  • The voice of Lab of Ornithology’s Christopher Clark is among the first in the Discovery documentary Racing Extinction.
  • Andrew Clark, a population geneticist, is quoted in this NPR story about why people with grandkids tend to live longer.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf is quoted in this USA Today story about the recent Planned Parenthood attacks.
  • Food and Brand Lab’s Brian Wansink told readers how environmental cues can influence your eating habits in this New York Magazine article.
  • Several books from the Cornell University Library’s Rare Books are featured in this Epoch Times story about fore-edge painted books.

November 20 to 26:

Austin Kiplinger: Dozens of media outlets around the world carried features about the death of publisher and former Cornell Board of Trustees Chairman Austin Kiplinger. Tributes were published in the New York Times, Washington PostThe Associated PressYahoo! NewsBusiness InsiderReuters and the Cornell Daily Sun.



  • Death penalty expert and Law School Professor Jonathan Blume is interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered in a piece about the tradition of last-minute action on capital appeals.
  • American Studies Professor Maria Cristina Garcia authored this Washington Post op-ed about the legacy of anti-immigrant bias in America.
  • Wall Street Journal covered how the first residential building on the Cornell Tech campus is using cutting-edge design, materials and insulation to make the tower virtually airtight. 
  • Adjunct Law Professor Menachem Rosensaft authored this Huffington Post piece about the world’s responsibility to Syrian refugees.
  • Dyson School Professor George Warren comments on monetary policy under FDR in this Wall Street Journal feature.
  • Lab of Ornithology Conservation Director Amanda Rodewald authored this column for The Hill on the upcoming Paris climate conference.
  • Natural Resources lecturer and urban wildlife expert Paul Curtis is quoted as an expert in this New York Times piece on the battle over culling one of New York’s largest invasive species.
  • Business Insider covered CALS Professor Robin Dando’s research into how sound can affect our perception of taste.
  • ILR labor expert Kate Bronfenbrennter weighs-in on the conversation about Walmart labor unrest, specifically those who are active members of OUR Walmart, a group of employees backed and funded by a union in this Bloomberg Business feature.
  • Michelle Cilia, CALS plant expert is quoted in this Chicago Tribune story about citrus greening.  
  • Hotel School Professor Chris Anderson is quoted in this New York Times piece on holiday travel.
  • Jens Ohlin, Law School Professor, is quoted as an expert on international law in coverage of the Mali terror attach in multiple outlets worldwide including Sina News, the Associated PressYahoo! News India and the Washington Post.

November 13 to 19:

Men eat to excess when they need to impress: CALS’ Kevin Kniffin’s new study shows that when it comes to how much we eat, the gender of our dining partners may play a bigger role than appetite, especially for men. The story was featured in more than 700 other publications including: CBS, The Atlantic, Fox 5, The Economic Times, Yahoo and Live Science.



  • The Washington Post quotes professor of food science Robert Gravani, about expiration dates on food being more about food quality than food safety.
  • Harold van Es, a soil scientist, is quoted in this Smithsonian Magazine story about what could be involved with growing potatoes on Mars.
  • CBS News references Cornell’s – a website designed to identify fake reviews.
  • Food scientist Robin Dando discusses his recent research explaining why umami foods (like tomato juice) taste better when flying in Time and
  • Weill’s Amos Grunebaum is quoted in this story by The Wall Street Journal about what products are on the market that can help women conceive. A similar story also ran on Fox News.
  • Venture Beat published an overview of Cornell’s new tech campus.
  • Huffington Post published a story about Cornell’s 4th Entrepreneurship Summit in New York City.
  • ILR’s Kate Bronfenbrenner says Black Friday strikes have put pressure on executives to hike pay, but they've also managed to bring more workers into the ranks of the labor group and focus public attention on Walmart's workplace conditions as mentioned in International Business Times.
  • While superstitions can be arbitrary, once they are in the culture, we tend to honor them, said Thomas Gilovich, in this National Geographic story about Friday the 13th. 
  • Thomas Whitlow, an urban ecologist, says having houseplants is unlikely to lead to significant improvements in indoor air quality in this New York Times Q&A.
  • Richard Friedman, a psychiatrist at Weill, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times about a Pentagon study that links prescription stimulants to military PTSD risk.
  • Human Ecology professor Sean Nicholson was featured in a WalletHub Q&A about 2015’s Rates of Uninsured Before & After Obamacare. 

Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

Junk Food Consumption Not Always Linked to Obesity: David Just and Brian Wansink with the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab published a study suggesting Americans’ overall eating habits are bigger contributors to obesity, than junk food.   The study looked at a national data from 2007-08 describing people’s food habits based on their body mass index (BMI). The story was featured on CBS, NBC, and was published in the Chicago Tribune, Yahoo Health and more than 125 other outlets.



  • Cornell is now home to the largest Velvet Underground collection in the world, as detailed in the Washington Times, Seattle Times, U.S. News and World Report, and 270 other publications.
  • Cornell’s RubyFrost and SnapDragon apples were listed as some of the tastiest in a New York Times article about apple varieties.
  • Government professor Jeremy Lee Wallace discussed the change of China’s one-child policy with The Economic Times.
  • WalletHub spoke with professor John Cawley with the College of Human Ecology about a recent study on current weight problems in America.
  • Biochemistry professor Karl Siebert talked to Popular Science about Guinness beer making its product more vegan friendly, by no longer using fish bladders in the filtration process.
  • A study co-authored by professor Nicholas Sanders about the rise in crime associated with “falling back” for daylight saving time, was highlighted in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, WENY and in more than 90 other outlets.
  • Psychology professor Peggy Drexler of Weill Cornell Medicine discussed new death trends of middle-aged white Americans in a CNN op-ed.
  • The Wall Street Journal quoted professor Jessica Chen Weiss in a story about China’s new five-year plan.
  • Fishery management expert Patrick Sullivan talked to NPR about the lack of cod fish in New England.
  • Marketplace featured an article with economist Robert Frank about people’s optimism in their views on finances

Oct. 23 to 29

NASA released the first images from Cassini’s fly by Saturn’s moon: Cornell’s Astrophysicists Jonathan Lunine and Paul Helfenstein are featured prominently in this week’s coverage of the mission. In The Christian Science Monitor Lunine discussed the scope and goals of the flyby. Lunine is also quoted by National Geographic about what planets need in order to be capable of supporting life. Paul Helfenstein explained to Cosmos Magazine that a spidery network of gossamer-thin cracks crisscrosses Enceladus’ northern regions.



  • The Wall Street Journal announced the archives of the Atlantic Philantripies, among the world’s largest and most influential foundations, will be housed permanently at Cornell.
  • Harry Katz, dean at the school of industrial & labor relations, explained on the Marketplace what the GM union pay raise mean for future negotiations.
  • The New Yorker quoted Food and Brand Lab’s director Brian Wansick discussing the “Chipotle health halo” in a story about fast casual dining. 
  • Martin Wiedmann, professor of food safety, discusses FDA practices with The Atlantic  and said the agency’s primarily focus should be on food safety, not on the accuracy of labeling.
  • The New York Times quoted psychologist Thomas Gilovich’s paper about “hot handed fallacy” in a story about hot streaks in sports.
  • Mark Lachs, an expert in aging and finances at Weill Cornell Medicine, discusses the impact of increasing costs for dementia treatment on Reuters.
  • Physicist Henry Tye commented on NPR about a new China-based research center nicknamed the “Great Collider,” Tye said the new enterprise will have the opposite effect of the “Great Wall:” it will inspire collaboration and “bring foreigners in.”
  • PBS NewsHour spoke with Richard Geddes, associate professor in the department of policy analysis and management, about gas tax law. 
  • Behavioral economist David Just was featured in a Q&A article by the Los Angeles Times. He explained why despite experts’ recommendations,
  • people continue eating unhealthy food
  • Eswar Prasad commented on China’s newest five-year plan on the Wall Street Journal, he was also quoted on Reuters about the possibility that the China’s RMB will be part of the International Monetary Fund’s currency basket.
  • Economics of Social Security expert Richard Burkhauser was quoted on the Washington Post about the exhaustion of the part of Social Security that supports disabled people when they're unable to work.
  • On Marketplace, Stephanie Thomas, a program director at Cornell's Institute for Compensation Studies, said pay raises aren’t what they used to be in this story about the economy.
  • The New York Times quoted ILR’s professor Ben Rissing in a story about the H-1B visa lottery.
  • Psychology professor Thomas Gilovich spoke to The Daily Telegraph about the correlation between money and happiness.
  • Steve Master, director of clinical chemistry at Weill, told Wired how finger pricks are the best way to get blood for testing. 
  • Blackstone Charitable Foundation will provide a $4.5 million grant to establish a partnership across five universities across the state of New York, including Cornell. Cornell’s president Elizabeth Garrett told MarketWatch that Blackstone LaunchPad will be a critical, new addition to Cornell’s already robust entrepreneurship ecosystem across many different disciplines. Locally, the Ithaca Journal also reported on the gift.  

Oct. 16 to 22

History of Canine Linked to Central Asia: In one of the most comprehensive genetic surveys, Dr. Adam Boyko and his colleagues in the College of Veterinary Medicine studied more than 4,600 purebred dogs, and found that most can trace their origin to wolves in Central Asia. The story was featured in the New York Times, BBC, Popular Science, The Atlantic and more than 290 other publications.

Fake Amazon Reviews: An Associated Press story about Amazon’s fake review lawsuit quotes Computer and Information Science professor Claire Cardie about Cornell’s computer program, The story has been published more than 680 times, including in the Washington Post, New York Times and NBC News.

Keeping Your Weight Down: Researchers at Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab studied hundreds of kitchen countertops, and found women who kept fresh fruit out in the open tended to be a normal weight compared to their peers. Lab director Brian Wansink’s work was featured in the Chicago Tribune, CBS News, Yahoo Health, and more than 25 other outlets.



  • Law professor Robert Hockett compared Bernie Sanders to other Democratic presidential candidates in an opinion piece in The Hill.
  • Andrew Farnsworth with the Lab of Ornithology talked to Bloomberg about the impact El Nino could have on cold-water species of fish.
  • A new Weill Cornell Medicine study about concerns over sterility devices was featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, and 147 other outlets.
  • The Lab of Ornithology was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air about the photographs and birds included in the new book, “The Living Bird”.
  • A 3D tentacle developed by engineering professor Rob Shepherd and his team was written about in more than 20 articles including in the Science Daily and Yahoo News.
  • Psychiatrist Robert Abrams talked about the benefits of technology applications like FaceTime in preventing depression in the elderly with Yahoo.
  • Labor specialist Ken Margolies discussed union policies with The New York Times.
  • Curator Brenda Marston talked about the evolution of sexuality in America related to Playboy’s announcement of no longer publishing nude photos with Quartz.
  • Food and beverage management professor Michael Lynn discussed the practice of tipping at restaurants with PRI’s To the Point program.
  • WSYR, WENY and the Ithaca Journal covered the family-fun and educational event, Insectapalooza 2015, presented by the Department of Entomology.
  • Cornell University will receive more than $7 million in federal funding to research viticulture and develop digital mapping technology, as detailed in the Ithaca Journal

Oct. 9 to 15

President Garrett Visits New York City: Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett met with several of the nation’s leading journalists and media outlets on October 8 and 9. Articles highlighting Garrett’s academic focus were featured in Bloomberg News, Huffington Post, Politico, and the New York Post. President Garrett also did interviews with Bloomberg GO and Bloomberg Advantage about college costs and student debt.


  • Steve Carvell with the School of Hotel Administration spoke to the New York Times about the creation of airport hotel complexes.
  • Dermatology professor Neil Sadick at Weill Cornell Medicine was quoted in an article about perspiration and Hillary Clinton in Yahoo Health.
  • Law school professor Robert Green talked to the New York Times about the role of artificial intelligence in battling tax evasion.
  • An article featuring ornithologist Jacob Berv about the relationships between species of birds was published in Business Insider, Tech Times, and 18 other outlets.
  • Articles quoting Dyson associate professor Aija Leiponen about the Dell EMC merger were published in USA Today, CNBC, Yahoo Finance and 12 other publications.
  • More than a half dozen outlets, including United Press International, wrote about an artificial foam heart created by assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Rob Shepherd.
  • Johnson professor Andrew Karolyi talked to Bloomberg about the future of initial public offerings in the stock market.
  • An Op-Ed by Weill Cornell Medicine professor Rainu Causal that argued against federal healthcare cuts was published in The Hill.
  • Nutritionist Tom Brenna was quoted in The Atlantic article about the influence of the agriculture industry on nutrition guidelines.
  • A Time article about raising healthy kids quoted Cornell research.
  • The Syracuse Post-Standard wrote about National Geographic Wild’s “Vet School” series about the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • CALS professor Andrew Novakovic talked to WSKG about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. dairy industry.

October 2 to 8

Prison Education: The Cornell Prison Education Program plans to expand to provide classes and degree programs in four regional prisons, establish a consortium of regional colleges and universities participating in prison education, and create a model college-in-prison network in the region with support from a $1 million, three-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The New York Daily News featured Robert Scott, the program’s director, saying that the new donation “basically doubles the scale of the program.” Other outlets covering the announcement included: Politico, Ithaca Voice, Auburn Citizen, and The Cornell Daily Sun.

Weill Cornell Medicine: On the medical front, the unveiling of a new name for Weill Cornell Medicine was noted by Bloomberg Business, Reuters, and several other media outlets. Laurie H. Glimcher, Dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, explains the reasons behind the new name on The Huffington Post.



  • In a feature article in The New Yorker about a recent case of mortgage fraud in New York’s Chinatown, Robert Hockett – professor at Cornell’s law school – commented on the similarities between lending practices among Chinese immigrants and mainstream American banking.  
  • In The Hill nutritionist Tom Brenna argued that federal food guidelines that call for more fish consumption is out of touch with the reality of limited ocean catches. Brenna says that ocean-harvest sustainability is key to the success of such guidelines. 
  • Samantha Pfeifer, an associate professor at Weill Cornell Medical College talked with NPR about the accuracy of fertility tests.
  • The Washington Post featured plant pathologist Meg McGrath’s observations about a pathogen that is damaging sweet basil plants.
  • ILR labor expert Francine Blau told The Washington Post that Japanese women now outpace American women in labor force participation. Sixty-four percent of working-age women in Japan are employed, compared to 63 percent of American women.
  • Dyson Professor Eswar Prasad told The New York Times that the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement “at least temporarily halts the seemingly inexorable waning of U.S. influence and the corresponding rise of Chinese influence in the Asian region.” In USA Today, Prasad said the TPP deal is unlikely to be a game-changer for the U.S. economy in the short run, but it could have significant net positive effects in the long run.
  • Reuters quoted Cornell’s ornithologist Jacob Berv about the evolutionary relationship among the world’s bird species.
  • Reuters’s Business Insider quoted Michael Jackson - Weill Cornell Medicine infectious-disease epidemiologist - saying influenza vaccine may help prevent influenza-relaxed pneumonia.
  • In The Washington Post ILR automotive expert Art Wheaton comments on the most recent talks between Fiat Chrysler and trade union UAW. He said the talks will be a “nightmare,” with no improved offer on the horizon.
  • Dyson professor and Food & Brand Lab Director Brian Wansink revealed to The Washington Post tricks to eating healthy.
  • Dyson professor Vicki Bogan told Bloomberg Business that living at home, or living away from home but depending on help from Mom and Dad, keeps many young people from learning how to manage their finances.
  • In Reader’s Digest planetary scientist Jonathan Lunine was quoted saying that humans should continue exploring space, but funding would be needed for decades if we are to reach Mars. 
  • On NPR’s On Point, Cornell’s ergonomist Alan Hedge urged people to stand up and move around while at work. 

Sept. 25 to Oct. 1


MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ winner: Chemistry professor William Dichtel was named one of the 2015 MacArther ‘Genius Grant’ winners. The fellowships are awarded to 24 people, recognized for exceptional creativity.  The article was published in several large outlets including the New York Times,  The Atlantic and the Huffington Post.




  • Kathryn Boor, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean, had an OpEd featured in The Hill on how the government shutdown could affect your kitchen table.
  • Law professor Annelise Riles and anthropology PhD candidate Vincent Ialenti discussed the Pope’s letter (encyclical) about the environment on NPR ahead of his visit to the Americas.
  • Office design and ergonomics expert Alan Hedge spoke to On Point with NPR about the dangers of too much sitting during the workday.
  • ILR professor Art Wheaton was quoted on NPR, in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and a Toledo Blade article that was re-printed in Bloomberg Business on UAW Fiat Chrysler contract negotiations.
  • CALS applied economics and management professor Vicki Bogan spoke to Bloomberg Business about the saving and spending habits of young adults.
  • The Wall Street Journal quoted undergraduate admissions director Shawn Felton on the impact of pay commissions on foreign enrollment.
  • Law professor Robert Hockett penned an OpEd for The Hill about how politicians use surrogates to smear successful opponents.
  • Active Minds, Inc. lists Cornell as one the top five healthiest in the country, detailed in Huffington Post and more than 30 other outlets.

Sept.18 to 24

Inauguration: The community came together to celebrate Elizabeth Garrett’s inauguration as the 13th president of Cornell University. Local media outlets covering the occasion included WBNG, WHCU, and Time Warner Cable News. The Ithaca Voice compiled a list of “seven favorite quotes from the president’s speech,” and the Cornell Daily Sun posted a video featuring parts of Garrett’s speech.



  • The New York Times featured government professor Jessica Chen Weiss in a Q and A article about the features and risks of Chinese nationalism.
  • Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy, wrote an opinion piece on the New York Times on why she uses trigger warnings before introducing sensitive readings to her students. The OpEd was also quoted in the Atlantic in an article about free speech on campus.
  • In an opinion piece in The Hill, Amanda Rodewald, director of conservation science at the Lab of Ornithology, wrote that the current wave of migrants/refugees in Europe, fleeing from the Middle East, demands a global response. 
  • The Huffington Post quoted Vanessa Bohns on the awkwardness and embarrassment of saying no.
  • In this week’s coverage of the discoveries from the Cassini probe, many outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post quoted Peter Thomas, a Cassini Imaging Team member at Cornell.
  • Drew Harvell, a biologist professor at the Atkinson Center told AFP that climate change might be killing millions of starfish in one of the “worst marine disease event ever recorded.”
  • ILR professor Beth Livingston told TIME that companies who offer good parental leave policy and other benefits are “one of the first low-hanging fruit of trying to improve gender representation in these organizations.”
  • Art Wheaton, ILR professor of labor and automotive expert, told Discovery that Volkswagen has really gotten into a pickle by “going for quantity over quality” in their diesel cars strategy.
  • John Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, commented on the government’s decision not to list sage grouse as endangered on the Washington Post and CBS News.
  • Human Ecology professor Karl Pillemer’s research on marriage and relationship was included in an Huffington Post article titled: “The 8 most overlooked threats to a marriage.”
  • Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr discussed with the Atlantic the EB-5 visa program that grants green cards to foreigners who make big investments in the U.S.  

Sept. 11 to 17:


  • History professor Edward Baptist wrote an OpEd for The New York Times Magazine about his experience teaching slavery to college students.
  • The Associated Press talked to ILR labor expert Lee Adler about a presidential candidate’s proposal to impose restrictions on unions.
  • Bloomberg talked with Andrew Novakovic, an economics professor, about the cause of the recent dip in milk prices.
  • Finance expert Andrew Karolyi told Marketplace about the factors that may have led to the real’s depreciation.
  • History professor María Cristina García is quoted in El Mundo talking about the refugee crisis in Europe.
  • Time talked with ILR professor Beth Livingston about corporate benefits.
  • Eswar Prasad discussed the global weakness in commodities, the benefits and pitfalls for the U.S. from lower prices and the potential geopolitical problems if oil prices get too low with Bloomberg.
  • The Washington Post talked with Art Wheaton, ILR professor of labor and automotive expert, about labor negotiations at Fiat Chrysler.
  • Hotel School professor Arturs Kalnins wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times about proposals to treat corporate franchisors as joint-employers, which would compel them to bargain with unionized employees.
  • CALS microbiologist Ian Hewson was quoted a National Geographic story about the West Coast starfish die-off.
  • Two human development professors, Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci, penned an OpEd asking their critics if they would have had the same criticisms of their study if it had revealed anti-women hiring attitudes for The Chronicle of Higher Education


September 4 to 10:

Nat Geo Wild’s ‘Vet School:’ A new Nat Geo Wild series premiering this weekend follows a group of students through rotations at the the College of Veterinary Medicine. To build some interest around the new show, Cornell veterinarians and students went on a media tour. The group helped The Today Show stars learn how to care for their pets, and how to properly wash their hands.  Associated Press wrote a story that was published in over 100 outlets including Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. DMV360, Ithaca Journal, WHCU and Ithaca Voice also wrote stories.



  • CALS food science professor Robin Dando talked with NPR about his research into the relationship between emotion and the sense of taste.
  • Finance expert Andrew Karolyi talked with Marketplace about the factors that may have led to the real’s depreciation include sagging commodity markets and corruption scandals swirling around in the South American country. Karolyi also talked with the Associated Press about Iran divestitures.
  • Bloomberg talked with Andrew Novakovic, an economics professor, about the cause of the recent dip in milk prices.
  • Management professor William Schmidt told The Wall Street Journal companies should secure backup sources before something goes wrong.
  • El Mundo talked with History professor María Cristina García about the refugee crisis in Europe.
  • Human development expert Karl Pillemer recommended those considering ending their marriage should spend some time reflecting on what brought them spouse together in this Huffington Post story.
  • USA Today reported Cornell made Campus Pride’s list of the most LGBTQ-inclusive colleges and universities.
  • Plant Science professor Susan McCouch was quoted in this NPR story about rice cultivation in the Midwest.
  • Cornell researchers Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams wrote an OpEd for The Chronicle of Higher Education asking their critics if they would have had the same criticisms of their study if it had revealed anti-women hiring attitudes.
  • CNY Central talked with fabric scientist Juan Hinestroza about what clothes could look like in the future. 

August 28 to September 3:


  • Sturt W. Manning, chair of the Department of Classics, wrote an OpEd for CNN about why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra's history.
  • Emma Greig, project leader at the Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch, was featured on Science Friday talking about birds to look for in your back yard this fall.
  • The Smithsonian featured food science professor Robin Dando’s research that may offer clues to the origins of emotional eating disorders.
  • Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis, discussed smartphone ergonomics in Forbes.
  • NPR featured the Lab of Ornithology in a story about squirrels using bird calls to foil an enemy.
  • Carnivores at the top of the food chain and don’t face much predation as they care for defenseless young, said psychology expert Barbara Finlay, in National Geographic.
  • The Wall Street Journal talked with Economist and Dyson professor Eswar Prasad about currency issues between Hong Kong and mainland China.
  • Astronomer Jonathan Lunine told FOX News and that he believes we have the highest chance of getting an indicator of alien life.
  • Washington Post talked about Lab of Ornithology’s live camera footage that allow people to watch rare baby California condors grow up.
  • Sergio Garcia-Rios, assistant professor of government and Latino Studies, wrote an OpEd for Time about what impact Donald Trump's decision to escort Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of the press conference could have on the election.
  • Biomedical Engineering professor Jonathan Butcher talked with The New Yorker about how researchers use videos to illustrate their methodology to colleagues.
  • WHCU and Time Warner Cable News carried stories following interviews with President Elizabeth Garrett.
  • Yahoo! Health quoted Weill Cornell emeritus pharmacology professor Marcus Reidenberg about the dangers of mixing alcohol with over-the-counter medication

August 21 to 27

A New Year: With the start of the fall semester and President Elizabeth Garrett’s tenure, media was buzzing with stories. Washington Post’s Grade Point featured a column by President Garrett about the responsibilities and freedoms associated with higher education. Local news outlets including WHCU, Time Warner Cable News, Ithaca Journal, and Ithaca Voice, sat down with President Garrett and talked about Town-Gown relations and the future of Cornell.  


  • Cornell Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher was profiled in the Financial Times.
  • Time Warner Cable News showcased how Cornell helps turn food ideas into reality at the Tech Farm in Geneva
  • CCTV America spoke to Johnson professor Christopher Marquis about the growing popularity of Airbnb in China.
  • The New York Times talked to Weill Cornell clinical psychiatry professor Richard Friedman article about transgender issues.
  • Lab of Ornithology researcher Jessie Barry helped a NPR listener identify the bird chirping in her backyard.
  • Carl Sagan Institute research associate Jack O’Malley-James talked with National Geographic about the search for extraterrestrial life.
  • The Washington Post, NBC News, Ithaca Journal wrote stories about Cornell making the list of ‘most friendly’ colleges for LGBT students.
  • CALS communications associate professor Sahara Byrne wrote an op-ed for CNN about how media should cover incidents of violence.
  • Dyson professor and economist Eswar Prasad is quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times talking about China’s latest efforts to stabilize the yuan. 
  • The Washington Post talked to hotel professor Michael Lynn is about disparities between server pay and chef/cook pay at restaurants.
  • Lab of Ornithology research associate Ken Rosenberg told The Wall Street Journal about the use of technology in birding.

August 7 to 13

Falling Yuan: As China's currency devalued this week, economist Eswar Prasad took to the airways and print media to explain why it was happening and what it could mean for the world. PBS NewsHour, The New York Times, PRI, CNN, CBS News, Boston Globe, Vietnam Daily, Marketplace, and The Wall Street Journal all cited Prasad as the expert on the subject. An Associated Press story also quote Prasad and was reprinted in over 300 outlets.

Daily Weight: If you’re looking to lose some weight, weigh yourself daily said nutritionist David Levitsky in Yahoo!, Today Show, and CNN.


  • Sarah Sander, a postdoctoral associate of molecular biology and genetics, told Public Radio International the secret behind fireflies’ light.
  • Christopher Clark, who directs the bioacoustics research program, talked to NPR about how listening to whale migration revealed a sea of noise pollution.
  • The Atlantic did a feature on Kevin Kniffin’s (CALS) research looking at whether redshirting influences the likelihood that a child will eventually obtain a Ph.D. 
  • Law professor Joseph Margulies told Reuters he believes the Obama administration’s lack of action to close Guantanamo proves its closing is not as important as other goals. 
  • Professor of Africana studies Travis Gosa explained to NBC News how #BlackLivesMatter became a digital civil rights anthem.
  • Huffington Post names Cornell at one of America’s prettiest campuses.
  • Weill Medical's Peggy Drexler explains how the 'B-word' is used to keep women down in this CNN opinion piece.
  • Chekitan Dev, professor of marketing and branding, told The New York Times that hotels are evolving to become a hybrid ‘high touch, high tech’ business.
  • Cornell’s Institute for Prevention Research Center was cited in The Guardian story about hip-hop music. 

July 31 to August 6

Work Environment: Ergonomics and environment expert Alan Hedge told NPR, Popular Science, The Telegraph, Discovery, Live Science, and CBC how cold work environments increase errors and decrease productivity. Hedge also talked with CNN about the importance of moving every 20 minutes throughout the day.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: President Garrett, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, Matt Erskine were among those who participated in a roundtable discussion about regional economic development, and Rev: Ithaca Startup Works. Regional outlets covering the conversation included, Ithaca Journal, WBNG, WENY, and Ithaca Voice.



  • Katy Payne, acoustic biology expert, talked with NPR about how researchers decoded the complex song in whale calls.
  • $15 minimum wage may have negative employment effects said Ronald Ehrenberg labor economist in Bloomberg.
  • The New York Times story about potential extradition of an American who shot an African lion quoted Jens David Ohlin, professor of law.  
  • Atkinson Fellow Robert Howarth was quoted in The New York Times talking about how methane in the atmosphere may greatly exceed estimates.
  • Jerrold Meinwald, chemical biology expert, told BBC that we could discover frog species that inject venom deadlier than a viper snake.
  • NPR’s Morning Edition did a story on how the experts at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology helped listeners identify animals making noise their backyards.
  • Infrastructure expert Rick Geddes explained to The Christian Science Monitor why Congress has been gridlocked on highway funding.
  • Daniel Lichter, director of the Cornell Population Center, discussed how segregation is worsening in The New York Times.
  • The Associated Press quoted Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy, saying trade deals play only a modest role in job creation.


July 24 to July 30

Atomic Kirigami: Research published this week by Paul McEuen, professor of physical science and director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science (KIC), showed the world that grapheme can be cut, folded, twisted and bent, just like paper. More than a hundred outlets carried the story including, BBC, The New York Times, NBC News, Wired, and Quartz.

NPR’s Close Listening Project: Airing on Morning Edition every Thursday throughout the summer, NPR’s Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound series follows Science correspondent Chris Joyce and Bill McQuay of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as they introduce the researchers who had the imagination to listen when others heard nothing. This week the two talked with sociologist Trevor Pinch about how sounds can give people clues to diagnosing illnesses.



  • Mostafa Minawi, professor of history, explains motivations for Turkey's military activity in The Wall Street Journal.
  • The Associated Press quoted Law professor Steven Yale-Loehr talking about how immigrant children should be treated while in family detention.
  • Stav Atir and David Dunning, both psychology experts, explained to Science Friday listeners explain why know-it-alls overestimate what they actually know.
  • Finance professor Andrew Karolyi told CNN readers a strong U.S. dollar could trigger a currency crisis.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education published a story on why Cornell Tech wants to import Israeli-Style entrepreneurship.
  • Nutrition and chemistry professor Thomas Brenna explained the importance of federal Dietary Guidelines to Bloomberg.
  • The Wall Street Journal quoted professor of trade policy Eswar Prasad saying China’s government is learning that the lack of an independent and credible central bank with a powerful authority figure at the helm can severely hamper efforts to contain investor panic and manage market volatility.
  • Food and Brand Lab Director Brian Wansink warns U.S. News and World Report readers that eating at restaurants could be causing you to pack on a few pounds. 

July 11 to July 23

Quality of life: A new study led by Weill Cornell Medical College investigators, including Holly Prigerson, director of the Cornell Center for Research and End-of-Life-Care, found treating terminally ill cancer patients with chemotherapy in the months or weeks before their deaths did not improve patients’ quality of life and may actually do more harm than good. NPR, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time, CBS News, USA Today, and Daily Mail all carried stories.

Headlines predict obesity rates: When it comes to obesity rates, journalists appear to hold a crystal ball says new research from Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab. Outlets writing about the study included The Washington Post, Yahoo! News, Tech Times and Shape.



  • The Washington Post featured sociologist Thomas Hirschl’s new research showing most people experience relative poverty at some point.
  • CALS food scientist Robin Dando explains why fat could be the ‘sixth” taste to ABC News readers.
  • Sociologist Kim Weeden discusses her research showing students from higher-income families tend to pursue majors in English and history in this USA Today story.
  • In The Hill, Stephen Ceci, professor of psychology authored a column about court testimony by children.
  • Weill Cornell professor of psychology Peggy Drexler discusses a widely reported hacking incident in the context of what motives people to commit adultery in this CNN opinion piece.
  • Professor of design and environmental analysis Alan Hedge warns office workers that frozen colleagues make more errors and are less productive in The Washington Post

July 1 to July 10


  • Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy, tells the Wall Street Journal about how China’s stock market woes could prompt lower import demand from China.
  • An article in Inside Philanthropy highlights the commitment of Peter and Nancy Meinig to Cornell University.
  • Learn about how the technology driven design of Cornell’s planned Ho Fine Arts Library will help “reaffirm the centrality of the printed word” in an increasingly digital world in a Metropolis magazine article.
  • Kenneth Merkley, Johnson accounting professor, discusses Wall Street’s increasing reliance on artificial intelligence in The Wall Street Journal.
  • The need for a comprehensive approach to oceanic disease management is outlined in an opinion column in The Hill co-authored by Drew Harvell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
  • Chris Hernandez, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and biomedical engineering, makes a case in The Hill for additional research into common human diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis and back pain, which don’t kill directly, but prevents many people from functioning in their jobs.
  • Tristan Zuber, dairy foods extension specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, tells the Associated Press that New York state is becoming “the Silicon Valley of yogurt,” from soaring demand, particularly as more school districts replace meat with Greek yogurt made in the Empire State.
  • Food Science Professor Robert Gravani tells The New York Times about how foods spoil at different rates, depending on their type, how they are harvested, handled, distributed and stored.


June 26 to July 1

Welcome, President Garrett: Local media was buzzing with excitement over the arrival of President Elizabeth Garrett. Outlets that carried stories included: Cornell Daily Sun, Ithaca Voice, Ithaca Times and WHCU.

Health: Many Cornell researchers were in the news this week talking about ways to maintain a healthy body weight:

  • Weill-Cornell obesity researcher Louis Aronne told NPR, FOX News and The Guardian the key to avoiding obesity is eating vegetables first and carbohydrates last.
  • Weigh yourself every day said nutritionist David Levitsky in FOX News.
  • Food and Brand Lab Director Brian Wansink told Prevention readers the key to weight loss is emphasizing the possible effects of eating healthy. He also told CBC listeners the easiest way to get slim is to change your environment.


  • Historian Edward Baptist wrote an op-ed for Los Angeles Times saying forgiveness in Charleston isn't absolution for 400 years of racial violence in America.
  • Curator for the Lab of Ornithology Greg Budney explained why birds sound like morning people in this week’s Science Q&A in The New York Times.
  • Phasing out trans fats is a long, costly process said chemist and nutritionist Thomas Brenna in the Chicago Tribune.
  • Steven Strogatz, professor of applied mathematics, told The Atlantic the math is key if you want to go into high tech, modern medicine, or finance.
  • While staying at a hotel, no need to call the front desk if you need something, just send a text said Reneta McCarthy, from the hotel school in The New York Times.
  • Fast Company and Wired both carried stories about the new Cornell Tech campus.
  • Christopher Barrett, professor of applied economics was quoted in The New York Times about One Acre Fund, a new program in Africa designed to assist people wanting to become farmers. 

June 19 to June 25

Miscellaneous -

  • As part of CNN's What in the World series, the network takes a look at what Washington, D.C. could learn from New York City on technology, including the Cornell Tech effort.
  • Law professor John Blume is quoted by ABC News in this article about the complications with the death penalty and suicide laws.
  • NPR's Morning Edition talks to economist Eswar Prasad to preview the emergency summit in Brussels to prevent Greece from defaulting on its debts.
  • Technologist Mason Peck's DIY Sprite satellites are featured in this article.
  • Historian Edward Baptist has shared some strong words with the New York Times regarding the debate over the Confederate flag. He was also quoted by the Washington Post and wrote this op-ed for the Los Angeles Times.
  • Nutritionist Tom Brenna talked with Science FridayKojo Nnamdi Show, and Wired about FDA’s decision to ban trans fat.
  • Tracking your weight daily may help you lose weight says nutritionist David Levistsky. Over 100 outlets carried the study including, Live Science, HealthDay, and Glamour Magazine.
  • CNN's The Seventies documentary includes thoughts from Vice Provost for International Affairs, Fredrik Logevall, on the Vietnam War.
  • Riché Richardson, professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center, asks in the New York Times, "Can we please, finally, get rid of ‘Aunt Jemima’?"
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports on the $50 million gift from Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig to start the School of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Policy Analysis professor Sharon Sassler is quoted in this Washington Post article about online dating.

June 12 to June 18

Cornell Tech: On Roosevelt Island, with the Manhattan skyline in the background, Cornell Tech announced a $100 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies to help fund construction of the campus. The New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Crain’s New York, New York Business Journal, Business Insider, and NY1 are a few of the outlets who carried the news.


  • Arts and Sciences Dean Gretchen Ritter wrote a column for The Hill about how cutting social science funding stalls future innovation.
  • Gerontologist Karl Pillemer talked with Fox and Friends about his research that shows marriage is good for your health.
  • The Guardian and The Epoch Times used research by psychology grad student Stab Atir to warn readers not to be fooled by a know-all.
  • Following FDA’s announcement to eliminate Trans Fats, two Cornell nutrition experts took to the airways. Chemistry and nutritional sciences professor Thomas Brenna spoke with WSYR about the decision, while nutritionist David Levitsky speculated on what could be next in this LiveScience story.
  • Don’t know the name of a bird? CNET told readers not to worry, because thanks to Lab of Ornithology and Cornell Tech, there’s now an app for that.
  • Chief of large animal medicine Tom Divers, told The Horse how owners can protect their equine friends from Lyme Disease.
  • Communications professor Jonathon Schuldt talked with Time about how people are more concerned with nutrients than food. 

June 5 to June 11

Merlin Bird Photo ID - The Lab of Ornithology and Cornell Tech have teamed up to create Merlin Bird Photo ID, an app and website that can identify birds in photos you upload. Media coverage this week comes from Wired, Engadget, Futurity, IFL Science, Quartz, Washington Post, Gizmodo, New Scientist, Treehugger, International Business Times, and UPI.

Miscellaneous -

  • Dean of Cornell Engineering, Lance Collins, argues in this Washington Post opinion piece that social sciences are just as important as STEM disciplines.
  • Nutritionist David Levitsky weighs in on the effects of skipping breakfast for this Reuters article.
  • The Cornell Library fired up its original telegraph receiver from 1844 for Reunion Weekend, as reporter by the Ithaca Journal.
  • The Wall Street Journal quoted law professor George Hay for this article on agribusiness industry consolidation and its effects on farmers.
  • Research into new hybrid grape varieties, including those by Bruce Reisch who leads Cornell's wine and grape research and development program, are featured in multiple outlets this week syndicating this Associated Press story.
  • Yahoo! News featured a recent honeybee experiment by entomologist Bryan Danforth.
  • Former Cornell president Hunter Rawlings authors this Washington Post opinion piece about what makes an education valuable.
  • ranked Cornell's psychology program number one in the country this week.
  • Scientists at Cornell are attributed with helping to verify Rembrandt artwork, according to the New York Times.
  • This Huffington Post opinion piece on Pope Francis and climate change is authored by professor of religious studies, Kim Haines-Eitzen.

May 29 to June 4

Miscellaneous -

  • Law professor Joe Margulies chimes in on the 2016 presidential elections for CBS News, commenting on former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's bid.
  • Popular Science featured work from CIS's Ashutosh Saxena in the realm of culinary robots.
  • Virologist Colin Parrish is quoted in this Los Angeles Times article about the H3N2 dog flu hitting some parts of the nation.
  • "Why are we really interested in Caitlyn Jenner," asks Weill Medical's Peggy Drexler in this CNN opinion piece.
  • Immigration law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about gaming the federal visa system.
  • Mathematicians Steven Strogatz and Danielle Toupo explain to Science how Rock, Paper, Scissors may help explain evolutionary games in nature.
  • Futurity featured work from neurobiology grad student Jay Falk finding that bats hunt by listening to katydid ‘love songs.'
  • The Large Hadron Collider in Europe was fired back up this week, much to the celebration of physicist Julia Thom-Levy, who spoke with NPR's Here & Now about it.
  • Environmental researchers from Cornell are mentioned in this Reuters story about vanishing meltwater lakes atop Greenland's ice sheet.
  • Research from professor of human development, Ritch Savin-Williams, is cited in this Science article about how scientists are using pupil measurements to study a wide range of psychological processes and to get a glimpse into the mind.
  • Neuroscientist Nathan Spreng is quoted in this article from Lifehacker explaining the science behind how our brains learn new skills.
  • Research from finance professor David Ng is cited in this Bloomberg article about the bleak outlook for the bond market.
  • The Washington Post quoted Christopher Collins, director of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, in this article about workers being limited by non-compete agreements.

May 22 to May 28

Commencement - Local and regional media covered Commencement Weekend, including previews from Time Warner Cable News and the Ithaca Journal, Convocation reporting from WBNG-TV, the Ithaca Journal, WHCU, Ithaca Voice, and Cornell Daily Sun, as well as Commencement ceremony reporting from the Ithaca Journal, Ithaca Voice, Cornell Daily Sun, and WHCU. - Cornell research on different types of food fed the media this week, including CNN, which quoted Mark Milstein, head of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, in this piece about safer fast food practices. CNN also let you know about 10 items in your fridge you've been eating incorrectly, citing Cornell research suggesting tomatoes should be heated first. Unrelated tomato research from food scientist Robin Dando was featured by Time. Cornell's growing guide on cucumbers is heavily cited by this LiveScience article on the health benefits of the vegetable. If you're a fan of honey, you'll want to read this Washington Post feature on honey bees quoting neurobiologist Thomas Seeley. The Albany Times Union is reporting that Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prioritize rebuilding Cornell's grape-research lab in Geneva. And professor of plant breeding and genetics, Margaret Smith, talks about genetically modified foods with NPR affiliate WAMC.

Miscellaneous -

  • Edward Dubovi, professor of virology, is quoted in this Popular Science article about a strain of dog flu that has the potential to infect humans.
  • The New York Times quoted Linda Barrington, executive director of the Institute for Compensation Studies, in this article about the trend of companies offering one-time bonuses instead of pay raises.
  • Professor of law, Josh Chafetz, pens this opinion piece for The Hill about the NSA's surveillance programs.
  • Bloomberg Business dissects the effects of a higher minimum wage and quotes economics research fellow Mabel Andalon.
  • Astronomer Jonathan Lunine is a featured guest in this video posted by the Los Angeles Times that shows Saturn making its closest annual pass of the Earth, live with expert commentary.
  • The Washington Post quoted economist Eswar Prasad for this article about the economic state of China.

May 15 to May 21

Lombardi joins Cornell - Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student affairs at Ohio University, was named Cornell’s future vice president for student and campus life this week. Regional media coverage in Ithaca and Ohio included the Post Athens, Athens News, Athens Messenger, WOUB, Cornell Daily Sun, and the Ithaca Journal.

Sagebrush Sea - The PBS Nature documentary produced by the Lab of Ornithology, "Sagebrush Sea," aired Wednesday night to much fanfare and included media features by the Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Gannett, Audubon, Mother Nature Network, and of course, PBS.

Miscellaneous -

  • Law professor Michael Dorf is quoted in this Washington Post article about same-sex marriage legislation in Texas.
  • Tech Crunch featured Cornell Tech and how it's helping students turn class projects into businesses.
  • Cornell biologists are credited with determining the types of color hues this luminous shark can see, as reported by the BBC.
  • "How can money buy happiness", asks Bloomberg Business. Psychologist Thomas Gilovich's research shows that experiences make people happy compared to possessions.
  • Commentary by archaeologist Sturt Manning is cited in this extensive CNN roundup that tracks the trail historical sites destroyed by ISIS.
  • NPR's All Things Considered quotes the Law School's Lynn Stout for this piece on a new survey finding financial professionals tend to confirm the widely held belief that the financial industry has an ethics problem.
  • Engineering professors Mason Peck and Robert Shepherd have their new NASA grant to explore the possibility of building a new moon rover featured in this CNNMoney video.

May 8 to May 14

Eel-like Robot: A team of engineers is developing an autonomous robot that could explore Europa's subsurface ocean. The robot grabbed the interest of media outlets such as CBS, Discovery, NBC, Washington Post, IFLScience, and FOX News.

Flying Taste Buds: Food scientist Robin Dando explains how cabin noise ruins the taste of airline foods. The Los Angeles Times, Forbes,, YAHOO!, and Daily Mail all carried stories.

Carl Sagan Institute: Scientists from around the world gathered at Cornell May 9 to celebrate and inaugurate the university’s Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dot & Beyond. The announcement was recognized in hundreds of national media outlets via the Associated Press, including The New York Times, ABC, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and San Francisco Chronicle. Original stories also ran in the Ithaca Journal and


  • AAP professor Mildred Warner warns D.C. planning officials of the consequences of building housing for single millennials in this Washington Post story.
  • Food Science Professor Martin Wiedmann spoke with The New York Times about what germs you should ­– or should not – worry about.
  • The GOP has an opportunity to define its environmental identity, says faculty director for the environment Alexander Travis in a column in The Hill.
  • USA Today wrote about the work of two human development professors, Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci, showing women are preferred over men in hiring for STEM assistant professorships.


May 1 to May 7

Slope Day – A number of local outlets previewed Slope Day by showing a behind-the-scenes look at the extensive efforts of Cornell staff and administration to make sure the event is both fun and safe for students. The Ithaca JournalWENY-TV, and WHCU published stories.

Spring is for the Birds: Operated by the Lab of Ornithology, the bird cam on the red-tailed hawk nest on Tower Road was a popular news item this week. News outlets covering the new high-def cameras - and the hatching of two eggs - included Discovery News and Ithaca Journal. Interested in watching the birds? You can watch them here.



  • Are you headed to the grocery store? Eat an apple first says Aner Tal, associate researcher in CALS, in Christian Science and Yahoo! Health.
  • Research from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School showing your boss probably can't hear you was featured in this Bloomberg story. 
  • Colin Parrish, a professor of virology was quoted in Chicago Tribune about how dogs can act as a host for influenza virus.
  • Tracy Mitrano, director of Internet culture at the Law School talked with The Chronicle of Higher Education about students using Yik Yak to cheat on tests.
  • The Guardian talked to Travis Gosa, associate professor of Africana studies, about old school hip-hop.
  • ILR School Professor Louis Hyman wrote an OpEd on the race riots in Baltimore for Slate.

April 24 to April 30

Charter Day Weekend - Many news outlets covered Cornell’s Sesquicentennial and the various events happening throughout the weekend of ideas and imagination. Ithaca Journal gave 150 facts, Cornell Daily Sun did a special edition, and Ithaca Voice shared the best photos. But, Ithaca Times may have put it best, “you only turn 150 once.” Other outlets covering the momentous occasion included, Huffington Post, WHCU, WENY, and WVBR.

Miscellaneous -

  • A team of Cornell researchers has developed a three-atom thick transistor that could herald a new generation of ultrathin and flexible electronics, solar cells and displays, according to the International Business Times. Coverage also comes from Engadget, Nature, and The Verge.
  • Aner Tal with the Food and Brand Lab is quoted in this Time article about buying healthier food.
  • A Cornell start-up, UMA Bioseed, won the grand prize Friday at the New York Business Plan Competition at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, as reported by the Albany Times Union.
  • English professor Dan Schwarz asks "Does it Make Sense to Pursue a Humanities Doctorate?" in this opinion piece for the Huffington Post.
  • This Washington Monthly article about tuition tax breaks cites A 2011 study by government professor Suzanne Mettler.
  • Professor of history Fredrik Logevall told New York Times readers about how Vietnam showed how leaders play politics with war.
  • Don’t be afraid to dine alone says psychologist Thomas Gilovich in this Guardian article.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf spoke with Bloomberg and the Washington Post for their features on the same-sex marriage debate in the Supreme Court.
  • Law professor Josh Chafetz contributed this op-ed on Loretta Lynch's long-awaited confirmation as attorney general to The Hill.

April 17 to April 23

M.H. Abrams - M.H. “Mike” Abrams, the influential literary critic and beloved Cornell English professor who edited the renowned reference “The Norton Anthology of English Literature” for four decades, died April 21 at Kendal of Ithaca. He was 102, and his life was recognized in hundreds of national media outlets via the Associated Press, including The Guardian, Voice of America, Newsday, Yahoo News, Boston Globe, and the Huffington Post. Original obituaries were printed by The New York Times, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Los Angeles Times.

Tech for cars and coffee - Professor Ashutosh Saxena's robotics lab received national attention this week for a pair of research projects - one involving a smart car safety system that was covered by CNN, Discovery News, PC Magazine, Forbes, The Boston Globe, and Gizmag. The other research project featured "robobarista," a coffee-serving robot, which received coverage from CNET, Popular Science, Wired, Fusion, IEEE, Gizmag, and International Business Times.

Big Red Refuel - Cornell’s dairy bar has formulated a recovery drink for athletes called Big Red Refuel and the creation was featured by the New York Times, ABC News, the Daily Mail, Syracuse Post-Standard, and HUB Magazine.

Miscellaneous -

  • Fast Company featured an app developed by CALS in partnership with the USDA that notifies the user when his food is about to go bad.
  • CALS plant breeding scientist Walter De Jong is featured in this Daily Show piece about genetically modifided potatoes.
  • Professor of managerial economics, Sharon Poczter, authored this opinion piece on the federal efforts to address inequality for the Wall Street Journal.
  • The work of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine to address a dog flu outbreak in the Midwest was covered by Discovery News.
  • Eswar Prasad, a professor of trade policy, was quoted in this USA Today article about economic reform in Europe.
  • The New York Times delved into the mythms of microwaves with Ashim Datta, professor of food engineering.

April 3 to April 10


New York Times: Several stories featuring Cornell experts and research were featured in the New York Times this week:

  • Francine Blau, an ILR economist, talked about how the share of working women in their 30s and 40s – which once was higher in the U.S. than in Canada, Australia, Japan and much of Europe – has dropped in recent years.
  • CALS atmospheric scientist Toby Ault’s research predicting a “megadrought” in California was featured in this story.
  • Hotel School associate dean for academic affairs Steven Carvell talks about the trend of conference centers offering companies meeting space without strings.
  • Weill Cornell psychiatrist and faculty member Anna Fels discusses the ethics of using Google to research your therapist in this opinion piece.
  • Eduardo Iñigo-Elias, coordinator of the Neotropical Conservation Initiative at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, discusses the zunzuncito, a Cuban bird.



  • Geophysicist Katie Keranen talked to The New Yorker and NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook about the cause of man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma.
  • Also in The New Yorker was Lisa Kaltenegger, director of Cornell University’s newly formed Institute for Pale Blue Dots, talking about the possibility of alien life.  
  • Economist Steven Kyle authors this op-ed for The Hill regarding the strength of the dollar vs. the euro.
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics, Andrew Novakovic, authors this op-ed for The Hill on the right to know about GMOs vs. an obligation to understand the science.
  • Gerontologist Karl Pillemer told readers how you know you have found “The One” in this Huffington Post story

March 27 to April 2

Miscellaneous -

  • Research from astronomy's Lisa Kaltenegger that catalogs new Earth-based life-forms was featured this week by
  • The Los Angeles Times quoted Mary Jo Dudley, director of the Cornell Farmworker Program, in this article about the affects of immigration reform on farmers.
  • A study by climate scientist Toby Ault is cited in this CNBC piece about how the drought in California is affecting farmers.
  • Time refers to a Cornell study that suggests framing your exercise as something other than calorie burning can help you eat less after.
  • Government professor Suzanne Mettler's book, "Degrees of Inequality," is cited in this New York Times article about a limited government built on tax breaks.
  • Law professor Steven Yale-Loehr is quoted in this Politico article about a housing project being developed by Hillary Clinton's brother.
  • The Washington Post quoted Ankita Patnaik, a Ph.D. candidate in economics, in this article about Canadian research into fathers and housework.
  • Alan Hedge, professor of Design and Environmental Analysis, can be heard in this MarketPlace piece about open office plans.
  • This U.S. News & World Report feature painting NYC as the next Silicon Valley includes an update on Cornell Tech.
  • Biomechanical engineering professor Andy Ruina is quoted in this New York Times piece about motor-free, boot-like device to make walking more efficient.
  • Bloomberg Business covered the USDA launch of a new food safety app designed by Cornell.
  • Economist Steve Kyle authors this op-ed for The Hill on the dollar's strength versus the Euro.
  • Time quotes Dave Sherwyn, law professor in the School of Hotel Administration, for this article on how McDonald's wage hike will and won't help its employees.
  • Research from Human Ecology's Tamar Kushnir and Nadia Chernyak is cited in this Wall Street Journal article about how children develop the idea about free will.
  • Scientific American points to research from computer scientists Ittay Eyal and Emin Gün Sirer in this article about the flaws of Bitcoin.
  • The Wall Street Journal breaks down the cost of home-grown veggies with Patricia Curran, horticulture educator at CCE Tompkins County.
  • This New York Times blog on math education quotes mathematician Steven Strogatz.

March 20 to March 26

Final frontier - A number of Cornell's astronomers were quoted this week in a wide range of space-related stories. Steve Squyres was quoted in hundreds of outlets like CNN, USA Today, The Washington Post, Time, and NBC News after the Mars Opportunity rover reached the milestone of having traveled 26.219 miles - the first-ever Martian marathon. Outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, Astronomy Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and featured research from Ryan Lau and Terry Herter finding the Milky Way's center contains a supernova "dust factory." The Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine featured research from Jonathan Lunine on what life on Titan may look like. And Lisa Kaltenegger was quoted by ABC News, the Epoch Times, and CTV News regarding the parallels of life discovered in the Antarctic and the potential for life in space.

Town gown - Cornell announced it has pledged $400,000 toward a bicycle/pedestrian corridor to preserve the Pine Tree Road Bike and Pedestrian Paths Project in the Town of Ithaca, as reported by the Ithaca Journal. Cornell also announced it's contributing to the Tompkins County Housing Fund, which will help continue the affordable housing program for another six years, as reported by the Ithaca Times and Ithaca Journal. Local families were invited to campus this week to attend BOOM - a tech showcase hosted by the College of Engineering. TWC News was there and its video piece syndicated by NY1. The Ithaca Journal also provided coverage. The Albany Business Review and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle report that the state added 16,400 private sector jobs from February 2014 to February 2015, thanks in part to Cornell. And the Cornell Chronicle reports that Amy Somchanhmavong, associate director of service learning at the Public Service Center, has received the 21st annual Anne Tompkins Jones Awards for Community Service.

Miscellaneous -

  • CNN asks "should you be worried about arsenic in California wine?" Gavin Sacks, academic director of the CALS says probably not.
  • Gail Saltz, a professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, is quoted in this Reuters/New York Times article about the mental health of pilots.
  • Weill Dean Laurie Glimcher writes for Washington Post's Grade Point blog about how private donors have stepped up to save medical research.
  • Arts and Sciences Dean Gretchen Ritter also blogged for the Washington Post's Grade Point, writing that colleges must foster good citizenship.
  • A third op-ed comes from Mijin Cha, fellow at Cornell's Worker Institute, arguing in The Hill that universal voting would be good for our democracy.
  • The Wall Street Journal quotes law professor Lynn Stout Wal-Mart's fight against the curb of its gun sales.

March 13 to March 19

Ides of March - Historian Barry Strauss's new book, "The Death of Caesar," was timed perfectly for the Ides of March and is receiving positive reviews and mentions from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, VOX, Washington Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Inquisitr, Time, The Takeaway, Slate France.

Life-form catalog - To help find life beyond our solar system, a group of scientists led by astronomy's Lisa Kaltenegger have created a colorful catalog containing reflection signatures of Earth life forms that might be found on the surfaces of far-flung planets. Media coverage comes from Astronomy Magazine, Smithsonian, Wired, Futurity, Medical News Today, and the Daily Mail.

Pi Day - While Pi Day (3/14) was being celebrated on campus, outside media outlets like the Washington Post, The Hill, The New Yorker, and NBC Bay Area called mathematician extraordinaire Steve Strogatz to ask why Pi matters.

Miscellaneous -

  • Suzanne Mettler, a professor of government, is quoted in this New York Times article about the give and take of taxes.
  • Rats are smarter than you think and could one day save your life, says biologist Danielle Lee in this Fast Company article.
  • The Albany Times Union takes a look at the hunt for the perfect barley for microbrews with professor of plant breeding and genetics, Mark Sorrells.
  • CIS announced its new dean this week, Greg Morrisett, reports the Ithaca Journal.
  • The Washington Post reported on a new study by the Food and Brand Lab finding that watching too many cooking shows leads to weight gain.
  • Ecologist Laura Martin is quoted in this New York Times feature about exploring the "indoor biome."

March 6 to March 12

In their own words - Several faculty members placed opinion editorials in the media this week, including human development professor Stephen Ceci, who authored this Washington Post piece about how courts hear testimony from children. Two high-profile op-eds from Cornell anthropologists addressed the Islamic State’s destruction of artifacts housed in Iraq’s Mosul museum. One from the Wall Street Journal by professor Adam Smith and another from CNN by professor Sturt Manning. Noliwe Rooks of the Africana Center wrote about Ferguson in this piece for The Hill. History professor Barry Strauss points out "Things Shakespeare Got Wrong About the Ides of March" in this op-ed for the History News Network. And professor of civic ecology, Marianne Krasny, blogs about the impact of environmental conservationists for the Huffington Post.

World renowned - The Times Higher Education released its "World Reputation Rankings 2015" this week and Cornell University is in the top 20. Coverage of the UK-based publication's rankings comes from the BBC, Daily Mail, and Telegraph, and domestically from the Ithaca Journal and Syracuse Post-Standard. Also, eight graduate engineering areas at Cornell are ranked in the top 10 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 “Best Graduate Schools” report, released March 10. Cornell Law School and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management also earned rankings comparable to those in last year’s U.S. News report. Coverage comes from a number of publications including the Wall Street Journal.

Miscellaneous -

  • Hotel Admin's Chekitan Dev was quoted in this New York Times article about one-day-only vacations.
  • Salon and Politico Magazine both quoted sociologist Tom Hirschl for pieces involving Millennials and social mobility.
  • This piece from USA Today College features viticultural education at Cornell.
  • The Washington Post covered the science of protecting people’s feelings, citing a study from psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger.
  • Astronomer Jonathan Lunine is quoted in this Christian Science Monitor article about exploring Saturn's moon, Enceladus.
  • Minimalist living is the topic of this Time article that quotes psychologist Thomas Gilovich.
  • Lab of Ornithology director John Fitzpatrick is quoted in this interesting Wired feature about the strange evolution of jay birds on California’s Santa Cruz Island.

Feb. 27 to March 5

Aw, rats - In the first study of its kind since the 1920s, new research from Cornell's Integrated Pest Management Program reveals that some rats in NYC are carrying fleas capable of transmitting the bubonic plague. "Grossest. Thing. Ever." writes Yahoo News. The study gained national attention from FOX News, CBS News, NBC News, Wired, and Newsweek. NYC coverage included NY1, amNY, PIX, Gothamist, and the New York Daily News, which made the research its cover story.

Life not as we know it - A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of researchers from Engineering and A&S. Media coverage comes from Time, Forbes, NBC News, Los Angeles Times, Daily Mail, Gizmodo, Scientific American, UPI, Discovery News, Popular Science, Futurity, Christian Science Monitor, Popular Mechanics, and Yahoo News.

Zombies return - Research from a group of physics students using zombies as a vector for real-world diseases is back in the news this week. Among the hundreds of outlets providing coverage are the Washington Post, NBC News, Huffington Post, LiveScience, CNET, Popular Science, and Stuff Magazine.

Miscellaneous -

  • Human Development professor Ritch Savin-Williams was featured on the Academic Minute, which aired on over 60 NPR stations across the country this week.
  • USA Today quoted sociologist Travis Gosa in this story about the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.
  • Government professor Suzanne Mettler is quoted in a story about social benefits by the Washington Post.
  • Vice Motherboard featured astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger's project to help build a database of "alien worlds" at Cornell.
  • History professor Barry Strauss gets his book mentioned in this New York Post article about the assassination of Julius Caesar.
  • Fortune featured a study from sociologist Thomas Hirschl finding more class mobility than most economists previously thought.
  • ILR economist Francine Blau is quoted by the New York Times for this article about health care affecting career paths.

Feb. 20 to Feb. 26

Nutrition guidelines - The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has submitted its new proposed dietary guidelines to the feds. Tom Brenna, professor of nutrition at Cornell University and a member of the committee helped explain the new guidelines to the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg News, Mashable, MSN, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, and Runner's World.

Zombie attack - Where's the best place to hide during a zombie apocalypse? A group of Cornell physics students are presenting a study that answers the question and has real-world implications for disease outbreaks. Early coverage comes from FOX News and affiliates, CBS News and affiliates, New York Daily News, International Business Times, and the Daily Mail.

Miscellaneous -

  • Lance Compa, senior lecturer at ILR, is quoted in this CNN Money piece about unions.
  • Engineering professor Mason Peck authors this USA Today op-ed providing some unique thoughts about the Mars One project.
  • This story from the Associated Press about a U.S. jury finding a Palestinian group liable for terror attacks quotes Law professor Jens Ohlin.
  • A study of class mobility co-authored by sociologist Tom Hirschl was covered this week by CBS MoneyWatch and the Wall Street Journal.
  • FOX News covered anthropologist Adam Smith's discovery of ancient shrines in Armenia. The story comes by way of LiveScience.
  • The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the price-setting process for metals, and the Wall Street Journal quotes Law professor Robert Hockett in its coverage.

Feb. 13 to Feb. 19

Immigration - After President Obama's immigration plan was put on hold by a court order this week, media looked to one of the nation's top immigration experts, Law's Stephen Yale-Loehr, for his opinion. Yale-Loehr was quoted in CNN, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Business, The Legal Broadcast Network, and NPR's To the Point. Sociologist Dan Lichter was quoted in an unrelated New York Times article about immigrants moving to more rural areas.

Ernest Sternglass - Cornell physicist, Ernest Sternglass, whose correspondence with Albert Einstein led to an electron amplification discovery that allowed hundreds of millions to watch live video of Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the moon, died of heart failure Feb. 12 at the age of 91. The New York Times is working on a feature obituary, but in the meantime the Associated Press shared Sternglass' story with cities like Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Houston, countries like Great Britain, India, China, Israel, Canada, as well as countries in South America, and local outlets like the Ithaca Voice, Ithaca Journal, and Ithaca Times.

Miscellaneous -

  • President David Skorton is quoted in this Washington Post op-ed about the importance of liberal arts education.
  • The Albany Times-Union published an opinion piece from CALS' Michael Mazourek on the economics of agriculture.
  • Amanda Rodewald, director of conservation science at the Lab of Ornithology, also published an op-ed. This one for The Hill and about how the environment should be included in the conversation about national security.
  • Entomologist and bug-eater extraordinaire Jason Dombroskie is quoted in this ABC Good Morning America story about a student who is only eating insects this month.
  • Hotel Admin's Michael Lynn chimes in for this NPR Morning Edition piece on tipping-wage hikes.
  • CIS researchers are still getting a run out of their new study on tweet strategy and messaging. ABC News Radio was among the outlets covering the story this week.

Feb. 6 to Feb. 12

Megadroughts - CALS atmospheric scientist Toby Ault says the U.S. could face a "megadrought" scenario in the near future. He presented his new study to journalists during a press conference this week at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose. The wave of resulting media include hundreds of articles from outlets like the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, BBC, PBS Newshour, NBC News, Smithsonian, Huffington Post, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, Daily Mail, and Business Insider.

Mapping NYC subway bacteria - Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have created the first map of microbes hidden from sight on the NYC subway system. After the Wall Street Journal broke the news, coverage included the New York Times, NPR, National Geographic, CNN, MarketPlace, PBS Newshour, Time, FiveThirtyEight, Popular Science, New York Post, CBS News, and USA Today.

Test your tweets - CIS researchers have identified an array of features that can make a tweet likely to get attention on Twitter, even creating a website where users can test their tweets. Outlets taking an interest are the Washington Post, Daily Mail, Futurity, Economic Times, Ithaca Times, Times of India, and

Miscellaneous -

  • Economist Eswar Prasad told Bloomberg the stars seem to be aligning to make India the world’s fastest-growing major emerging economy.
  • MSNBC talked to political scientist Adam Seth Levine about his new book, "American Insecurity," and his argument that the rich need to mobilize for the poor.
  • As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Karl Pillemer tells the Ithaca Journal and Today Health the secrets to love and marriage.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf says the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is further confirmation that the legal fight over gay marriage is over in this Chicago Tribune story. 
  • Associate professor of math Tara Holm wrote this op-ed about the real reason why the U.S. is falling behind in math for the Boston Globe.

Jan. 30 to Feb. 5

Verizon gift - A $50 million gift from Verizon to Cornell Tech will support the development of the Verizon Executive Education Center. The announcement was covered this week by Bloomberg Business, Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Crain's Business, New York Business Journal, Chicago Tribune, and local outlets like the Ithaca Journal and WHCU.

Mealworm tofu - A group of CALS students have created what they're calling "C-fu" – a new protein product made entirely of crushed mealworms. The creative creation has grabbed the interest of media outlets like Popular Science, Huffington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Mail, The Mirror, Mashable, Jezebel, WENY-TV, International Business Times, and AOL News.

Miscellaneous -

  • Will S&P’s penalty for too-rosy mortgage securities ratings send a message? The Law School's Lynn Stout answers for PBS Newshour.
  • Nutritionist David Levitsky is quoted in this Associated Press story about the health benefits of milk.
  • Rick Geddes, professor of policy analysis and management, could be heard on this MarketPlace radio feature on the USPS.
  • Bloomberg Business quoted Annelise Riles, professor of far east legal studies, in this story about Japan's campaign to promote a “correct understanding” of its wartime past.
  • NPR quoted nutritionist Kathleen Rasmussen in this piece about the nutritional value of white potatoes.
  • A $3 tip on a $4 cup of coffee? Leading gratuity expert and Hotel Admin professor Michael Lynn gives some historical perspective to the New York Times.
  • Cornell's involvement in the Warrior-Scholar Project is mentioned in this Inside Higher Ed article.
  • This Nature article, which quotes physicist and arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg, details how arXiv shows how cosmologists rapidly embraced, then gradually lost interest in one of last year’s most sensational announcements about the universe.
  • Immunologist Cynthia Leifer pens her second op-ed for CNN on the recent measles outbreak.

Jan. 23 to Jan. 29

Maternity wear - Fiber science and apparel design student Blake Uretsky was featured in several outlets this week for her award-winning smart maternity wear concept designs. Coverage came from the Ithaca Journal, Wearable, Shiny Shiny, the Economic Times, Asian Age, Hindustan Times,, and Blake's hometown publications: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Miscellaneous -

  • Ed Scholes of the Lab of Ornithology is quoted in this BBC article featuring his work documenting birds of paradise.
  • CBS MoneyWatch quoted Murillo Campello, a professor of management and finance at Johnson, in this article about Apple's sales strategy in China. He's also quoted in this Los Angeles Times article.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf weighs in on this FOX News article about a gun range that has banned Muslims.
  • Gerontologist Karl Pillemer was back on television this week, this time on FOX Business News, to promote his new book "30 Lessons for Living."
  • The Washington Post quoted engineering professor Hod Lipson in this piece about 3D printing.
  • Professor of reproductive biology and wildlife conservation Alexander Travis authors this opinion piece in The Hill about protecting the Great Lakes through legislation.
  • Cornell's Food and Brand Lab is cited by ABC News in this article about counting calories at Super Bowl parties.
  • Director of the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Jonathan Lunine, is quoted in this Cosmos Magazine article about the potential for life on Saturn's moon, Titan.
  • The New York Times taps entomologist Scott McArt to answer this science Q&A: "Do bees hibernate, especially where temperatures are below freezing for extended periods? Why don’t they just freeze?"
  • Anthony Hay, professor of environmental toxicology, is quoted in this New York Times article about mosquito nets not being used for their intended purpose in Africa.
  • Business Insider featured "19 Incredibly Impressive Students At Cornell," this week.
  • Sociologist Thomas Hirschl is quoted in this Money Magazine article about income inequality and mobility.
  • And don't forget to get your weather forecast questions to the New York Times so climatologist Mark Wysocki can answer them.

Jan. 16 to Jan. 22

30 lessons for loving - Professor of human development Karl Pillemer's new Marriage Advice Project and accompanying book, "30 Lessons for Loving," has recently gaining media attention from outlets like The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, FOX News, the Huffington Post, and popular Italian news outlet ANSA. Also this week, Pillemer's study of abuse among residents in senior living facilities was covered by the New York Times.

Miscellaneous -

  • Children’s birthday parties are getting more and more extravagant. Economist Robert Frank helps explain to Slate how it got to that point.
  • Cynthia Leifer, professor of immunology, authors this CNN op-ed on the measles outbreak at Disney Land. She is also quoted in this BBC News story.
  • Law professor Dave Sherwyn is quoted in this Time piece about a civil rights suit against McDonald's.
  • The Observer details the impact of Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island in this article about university expansion in NYC.
  • A new study by glaciologist Michael Willis on Greenland ice melt is covered by Yahoo! News via LiveScience. The International Business Times also covered the study.
  • Giuseppe Pezzotti, lecturer on beverage management at the School of Hotel Administration, talks to the New York Times about alcohol options for health-conscious drinkers.
  • Medical anthropologist Stacey Langwick is quoted by NPR in this story about albinos in Tanzania.
  • Professor of English literature, Daniel Schwarz, authors this Huffington Post piece about making the most of one's senior year in college.
  • The History News Network describes Cornell as becoming a center of research into the history of capitalism.
  • CALS undergrad Katherine Corn is back in the news, this time in Discovery News, with her power saw made from shark teeth.
  • Demographer Jan Vink is quoted in this New York Times article about how to define generations.
  • Cornell is featured in USA Today College's "Top colleges for a degree in fine and studio arts."

Jan. 9 to Jan. 15

Recess before lunch - If you want kids to eat more fruits and vegetables at school, schedule recess before lunch says new joint research between Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab and Brigham Young University. New York TimesUSA TodayTimeDesign and TrendExaminerAtlantic Journal Constitution, and WCCO all carried the stories about this new research.

Miscellaneous -

  • The Washington Post featured president-elect Elizabeth Garrett this week in the debut of its new blog, Grade Point.
  • Glenn Altschuler, professor of American studies, is quoted in this Chronicle of Higher Education piece about Obama's free-college plan.
  • Professor of sociology, Mabel Berezin, authors this CNN opinion piece about how the terror attacks in Paris will empower Europe's far right.
  • FOX News presents "seven ways to stay married" based on human development professor Karl Pillemer's Marriage Advice Project.
  • Lab of Ornithology director John Fitzpatrick chats with PRI's Living on Earth about the unique Maya Lin Sound Ring project at the lab and the significance of endangered soundscapes.
  • Uris Library was named this week one of Architecture and Design's "50 of the Most Majestic Libraries in the World."
  • Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Kim Haines-Eitzen, was PRI's featured Academic Minute on Tuesday, in which she explained her work examining how acoustic soundscapes affected religion texts and thinking.
  • The Ithaca Journal featured Cornell's newest astronomer, Lisa Kaltenegger, in this piece about her work and institute.
  • Anthropologist Adam Clark Arcadi was quoted in this Science article about drumming chimpanzees.
  • Larry Brown, professor of earth and atmospheric science, is quoted in this Live Science article about the seismology of urban noise.
  • Bacteria can’t stick to a new type of nanoscale surface developed by food scientists Carmen Moraru and Guoping Feng, as detailed in this Futurity article.
  • Law professor Muna Ndulo is quoted in this New York Times article the lack of attention for the Nigerian terror attacks in light of the attacks in France.
  • Fast Company quotes communications professor Lee Humphreys in this piece about the benefits of being buried in smartphones and tablets.
  • Johannes Lehmann, a crop and soil scientist, is quoted in this Nature article about how biochar could boost agricultural yields and control pollution.

Jan. 1 to Jan. 8

Two cents - Cornell faculty had their opinions heard - in their own words - this week with several opinion editorials, Q&As, and live interviews. Government professor Jonathan Kirshner spoke to the Washington Post in this Q&A about the state of America's global economic strength. Karl Pillemer, professor of human development, sat down with the CBS This Morning crew to talk about the importance of listening to our elders, especially when it comes to relationship advice. Economist Kaushik Basu writes about the state of global poverty in this op-ed for MSN's Live Mint. Government professor Peter Katzenstein writes about what happens when memories of the past take on political overtones in this piece for the Korean publication Naver. Physicist and arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg discusses the state of research publishing in this Q&A with The Scientist. And law professor William Jacobson pens this op-ed for USA Today about the "Constitution's horrible, no good, very bad year."

New Year's resolution - Dyson School professor Brian Wansink offered some advice to people resolving to eat healthier and lose weight in the New Year. NBC’s Dateline and The Today Show, along with USA TodayMSNFast CompanyYahoo and Men’s Health all highlighted some of his helpful tips and tricks.

Miscellaneous -

  • David Just, Dyson School behavioral economist, spoke with The Atlantic about how people think food tastes better, if it costs more.
  • Maria Cristina Garcia, an expert on the issue of immigration reform and Professor of History talked with CNN about how the renewed ties between Cuba and the United States will affect those forced to flee the island in the 1960s.
  • Director of Cornell's Death Penalty Project, John Blume, is quoted in this piece from the Associated Press about the jury makeup in the Boston Bomber case.
  • The New York Times quotes Michael Farrell, director of Cornell’s sugar maple research station, in this article that takes a closer look at the ties between syrup and seed production.
  • The Wall Street Journal quotes law professor Sherry Colb in this article examining several new laws taking effect in 2015.
  • And this video posted by Science is a must see. Cornell undergrads have created a "jawzall" - an electric saw spiked with shark teeth that shows just how deadly different bites from the animal can be.

Dec. 12 to Dec. 18

Foreign relations - The U.S. is beginning a new relationship with Cuba and this week we received analysis from government professor Gustavo Flores-Macias on TWC News and WENY-TV. Government professor Allen Carlson authors this piece for ChinaFile on Chinese-Japanese relations. Eswar Prasad, professor of applied economics and management, is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about China's ambitions to raise the yuan’s global status in an effort to challenge U.S. dominance. Computer Science professor Emin Sirer talks with the Epoch Times about how the U.S. can protect itself from cyberterrorism by countries like North Korea. And how do computers view the rest of the world? Discovery News says they have their own perspective, according to computer scientists at Cornell.

Miscellaneous -

  • VP for University Relations, Joel Malina, speaks with the Ithaca Times about Cornell's economic impact on the community in this Q&A.
  • Engineer Thomas O'Rourke is quoted in this Los Angeles Times article about the potential for an earthquake to cause an even greater water shortage in southern California.
  • Money Magazine quotes psychology professor Tom Gilovich in this story about the best last-minute holiday gifts.
  • A new study by physicist and arXiv founder Paul Ginsparg finds hints at the geography of plagiarism, according to articles in Science and Fast Company.
  • Rebecca Slayton, professor of science and technology, tells NBC News she's not optimistic about the immediate usefulness of new laser technology developed by the Navy as a weapon.
  • A new "Robo Brain" project developed by the lab of engineer Ashutosh Saxena is featured in this Popular Science article.
  • AAP professor Mildred Warner is quoted in this USA Today piece about small cities solving big problems.
  • ILR economist Francine Blau spoke with the New York Times about why U.S. women are leaving jobs behind.

Dec. 5 to Dec. 11

Chief in D.C. –

Cornell University Police Department Chief Kathy Zoner headed to Washington D.C. this week to testify before a Senate Subcommittee about combating sexual violence on college campuses. Zoner’s appearance was featured in coverage by NPR, Associated Press, Bloomberg, USA Today, and Inside Higher Ed.

Miscellaneous –

  • Cornell veterinarians assisted in a groundbreaking seven-hour surgery, which repaired a leaky mitral valve and ruptured heartstrings of Esme, a Japanese Chin. Ithaca Journal, and The Dodo followed Esme’s journey through surgery and recovery.
  • Business Insider uses Dyson professor Kevin Kniffin’s research to explain why powerful people are more attractive.
  • Cornell Law professor Cynthia G. Bowman talked to CNN about the legal options of those involved with the Bill Cosby case.
  • The Hill, one of the Washington’s most prominent outlets, featured a column by Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences professor Charles Greene.
  • Richard Granstein, professor and chairman of dermatology at Weill Cornell unveils some of the hidden signs you’re stressed in this Yahoo story.
  • Good news if you have ADHD. Weill Cornell clinical psychiatry professor Richard A. Friedman says, in the right environment, ADHD traits are not a disability, and can be a real asset, in these Business Insider and Yahoo stories. 
  • NPR’s All Things Considered did a story on Cornell’s role in digitizing a rich hip-hop archive. The archive contains 500 vinyl recordings, an impressive collection of books in several languages and roughly 100,000 newspaper and magazine articles about rap and hip-hop.
  • Joseph Margulies, a visiting professor in Cornell’s Department of Government and Law was in the news this week talking about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture methods.  Atlanta Journal-Constitution was one of hundreds of media outlets to carry this story from the Associated Press. Margulies also wrote an op-ed for Al Jazeera America.

Nov. 27 to Dec. 4

Leaders - President David Skorton co-hosted Bloomberg Surveillance this week, where he discussed a number of topics ranging from college enrollment to immigration to global economics. The Gainsville Sun published a trio of articles on Provost Kent Fuchs, including "Fuchs deftly led Cornell out of its budget crisis," "Fuchs' signature deal: Cornell's 'new campus for new age'," and "New president Kent Fuchs plans to lift up UF." The Chronicle of Higher Education published a long feature piece on CALS Dean Kathryn Boor, complete with photos. And being a good leader makes you more attractive according to Dyson professor Kevin Kniffin, who authored this Harvard Business Review article about his own research.

Miscellaneous -

  • USA Today quoted Jonathan Lunine, director of Cornell's Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, in this article about NASA's Orion capsule.
  • Historian Edward Baptist's new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism," received a mention in this Los Angeles Times piece about a cathedral and its painful legacy of slavery.
  • Physicist Paul Ginsparg is quoted in this CNET article about the journal Nature removing its paywall. Paul is also the founder of the open-access journal arXiv.
  • John Broussard, a veterinary gastroenterologist at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists, is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about probiotics helping pets with digestive problems.
  • National Geographic quotes engineer Hod Lipson in this feature piece about how 3D-printing is changing the future.
  • Government and Law professor Joseph Margulies pens this FOX News opinion piece about the grand jury's decision in Ferguson.

Nov. 14 to Nov. 20

Sea stars - CALS researchers Ian Hewson and Drew Harvell have identified the pathogen at the heart of the wasting disease that’s been killing starfish by the millions along the Pacific shores of North America, according to PBS Newshour. The discovery was also covered by NBC News, The Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, and Reuters.

Art detective - Thanks to an AP article that syndicated to over 100 outlets, the work of electrical and computer engineering professor Richard Johnson is well known this week. He uses x-ray technology to unlock the age and authenticity of world famous paintings. USA Today ran the AP's video piece, and syndication included FOX News, ABC News, Yahoo! News, U.S. News & World Report, AOL News, and the Washington Times.

Miscellaneous -

  • History professor Edward Baptist talks with NPR's Here & Now about his new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism."
  • Cornell's rare titan arum plant, Wee Stinky, bloomed this week. Aside from local and regional coverage, LiveScience provided national coverage.
  • Historian Barry Strauss authored two national pieces this week. One for FOX News on the secret formula to keep Congressional midterm winners on top, and one for The Wall Street Journal on the ancient roots of the film "The Hunger Games."
  • Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr is quoted in this New York Times article about Obama's immigration plan.
  • ILR professor Sean Sweeney is quoted in this NPR story about the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • Time speaks with Ken Rosenberg, a conservation scientist at Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, about how climate change is affecting avian populations.

Nov. 8 to Nov. 13

AOL + Cornell Tech - Venture Beat reports that AOL and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute have announced they’re partnering to build a Connected Experience Lab co-located in New York City and Israel. AOL announced the news on its own blog, and coverage also came from New York Business Journal, Epoch Times, NYConvergence, JustTechNews, and TechNewsNow.

Breakthroughs - Cornell horticulturalists have successfully bred an apple variety that doesn't brown, and a CNY Central television piece that was rebroadcast by ABC affiliates around the country. Is a treatable condition mimicking the symptoms of Alzheimer's? Dr. Norman Relkin of Weill Medical helps answer for FOX News. Weill neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg is quoted by the BBC in the piece "The code that may treat blindness." Cornell astrophysicists teamed with CalTech to discover a new view of blackhole mergers, according to Scientific American. Meanwhile, the Christian Science Monitor reports that the Cassini satellite revealed incredible vanishing 'Magic Islands' on Saturn's largest moon thanks to the work of astronomer Alexander Hayes. It was a major breakthrough this summer when the Navy promoted Michelle Howard to Admiral, making her the highest rank ever of any African-American woman in the U.S. military. She spoke at Cornell for Veteran's Day and local media coverage included Nature covered an implant that uses the human brain’s electrical activity to control gene expression in mice using flashes of light, but Weill medical ethicist Joseph Fins says scientists may be further from a breakthrough than they think.

Miscellaneous -

  • Law professor Robert Hockett is quoted in this Washington Post article about price rigging on Wall Street.
  • ILR professor Arthur Wheaton talks to the New York Post about how Hostess's financial comeback is inspiring other companies to downsize in the same way.
  • History professor Ed Baptist has his new book featured by Salon.
  • David Pimentel, professor of ecology, is cited in Time for his work studying how agriculture relates to global warming.
  • People are using standing desks all wrong, according to ergonomist Alan Hedge and FOX News.
  • The Wall Street Journal features research on money and happiness by psychology professor Thomas Gilovich.

Oct. 31 to Nov. 7

Heritable gut bacterium - A person’s genes can shape the types of microbes that reside in the human gut independent of the person’s environment, according to a new study by Ruth Ley, associate professor of microbiology. The study received national attention this week from the New York Times, National Geographic, BBC, U.S. News & World Report, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, and more.

On the Hill - With the midterm elections this week, a number of Cornell faculty contributed to the coverage. Government professor Elizabeth Sanders gave her take on the midterms to FOX News. Government professor Michael Jones-Correa authored this piece on election laws for the Washington Post. Dyson postdoctoral research associate Kevin Kniffin had his study of charisma in politicians featured by NBC News. Professor of Reproductive Biology & Wildlife Conservation, Alex Travis, had his op-ed on on biodiversity published in one of the Hill's most prominent outlets, The Hill. Some historical perspective on voting rights comes from government professor Richard Bensel in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Lawmakers on the Hill may be poised to end the green-card lottery, so The Wall Street Journal asked law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr about it.

Miscellaneous -

  • Law professor Michael Dorf is quoted in this New York Times article about courts upholding gay marriage bans in four states.
  • The New York Times did a video feature on the work Ronald Hoy, a professor of neurobiology and behavior, did mapping the brain of jumping spiders.
  • The New York Times featured on effort by Cornell Tech to restore several murals on Roosevelt Island.
  • Vice President for University Relations, Joel Malina, was featured on WHCU radio's Real People, Real Jobs.
  • USA Today College featured Cornell's effort to expand its MOOCs curriculum in 2015.
  • The Ithaca Journal covered a womens veterans panel hosted by Cornell, and that featured a 94-year-old grad that flew airplanes during WWII for the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

News wrap for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30

Ebola - As fears of a U.S. Ebola outbreak continue, Cornell experts were back in the news this week, sharing their insights on a number of different angles to the story. Law professor Michael Dorf tells the Wall Street Journal there may not be a sound legal case for Kaci Hickox to challenge her quarantine. In terms of screenings for international travelers, USA Today quoted law professor Jens Ohlin as saying it's wrong to discriminate against someone based on national identity. Economist Ravi Kunbar pens the Huffington Post op-ed: "Scared of Ebola, ISIS, Putin, or Climate Change?" Chemical engineer Julius Lucks comments on a new paper Ebola test for UPI. And Joseph Fins, chief of medical ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College, chimes in on this Huffington Post article about hospitals potentially withholding care to Ebola patients.

Halloween - The Washington Post provides us with "10 signs that she's a witch," with some help from lecturer in American Studies, Katherine Howe. LiveScience and Discovery News take a creepy look inside a spider's brain with Ron Hoy, a professor of neurobiology and behavior. Tis the season for cider, and the New York Post featured Cornell's SnapDragon apple. The Cleveland Plain Dealer asks, "What's scarier, Halloween or your kid's sugar rush?" with some advice from the Food and Brand Lab. Veterinarian Daniel Fletcher tells NBC to keep pets away from Halloween candy to avoid a scary medical bill. And Dr. Clifford Bassett of Weill Medical helps share "8 ways to take the fear out of Halloween food allergies" from FOX News.

Miscellaneous -

  • The Atlantic profiled President David Skorton this week along with the demands of running a 21st-century museum.
  • This week Fast Company featured Uli Wiesner's (ENG) cancer-detecting nanoparticle Cornell Dots.
  • How did an antifreeze ingredient lead to a whisky recall in Europe? Food scientist Motoko Mukai answers for ABC News.
  • Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr is quoted in this Time article about the GOP's stance on immigration in light of the upcoming midterm elections.
  • NPR talked to historian Barry Strauss about "gladiator Gatorade," an ancient athletic recovery drink.
  • MSNBC's Chris Hayes examines Pope Francis’ take on evolution with Cornell zoologist and lead singer of Bad Religion, Greg Graffin.

News wrap for Oct. 18 to Oct. 23

Taking a stand - Citing deep concern over the ongoing issues surrounding worker and factory safety in Bangladesh, Cornell has severed the university’s business relationship with JanSport, the collegiate apparel manufacturer. The move received national attention from Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, and Politico. Local outlets like the Ithaca Journal, and WHCU also covered the news.

Economic impact - "Report: Cornell generates big bucks for Ithaca, state" reported the Ithaca Journal after Cornell discussed its economic impact statement during a media event this week. Local coverage also came from Time Warner Cable News, the Ithaca Voice, and the Cornell Daily Sun.

Miscellaneous -

  • Beauty lies in your political affiliations says postdoctoral research associate at Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Kevin Kniffin. Outlets talking about his research included The Washington PostYahoo, and Ithaca Journal.
  • Kevin Kniffin wrote a piece for the NY Times Room for Debate page on the benefits of high school competitive athletic teams.
  • Mostafa Minawi, expert and professor of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean history spoke with France 24 about Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. He was also quoted by Al Jazeera.
  • Aner Tal, postdoctoral researcher at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab told NPR and New York Magazine that charts and graphs makes drug claims more credible.
  • Bill Gates blogged about his experience touring CALS and Fast Company wrote about it.

News wrap for Oct. 11 to Oct. 17

Kent Fuchs - Bittersweet news this week as Cornell Provost Kent Fuchs accepted an offer to become the next president of the University of Florida. Some of the media covered included the Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel, Ithaca Journal, CBS Miami, Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington Times, and the Ithaca Voice.

Yogurt Summit - News of Cornell's Yogurt and Dairy Summit reached across the state and beyond thanks to coverage from the Associated Press and others. The Albany Times Union reported that Gov. Cuomo signed the so-called "Yogurt Bill" to coincide with the kickoff of the conference, making yogurt the official state snack. Other details were covered by the Washington Times, Ithaca Journal, Syracuse Post-Standard, WHCU, WHAM, am New York, Buffalo News.

Death Star moon secret - Saturn's moon, Mimas, may hold an ocean or strange-shaped core under its surface, according to a new study published this week by research associate Radwan Tajeddine. The exciting finding about Mimas - which some compare to the Death Star - was covered by FOX News, NBC News, Huffington Post, The Weather Channel, BBC, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science-Monitor, National Geographic, Washington Post, Discovery News, The Smithsonian, and Popular Mechanics.

Ebola - Cornell faculty weighed in on the Ebola outbreak this week from many different angles. Professor Valerie Reyna discussed the psychology of Ebola fear on PBS Newshour. Cornell Tech's Deborah Estrin was quoted by BBC on the potential for tech to diagnose rare diseases. Bloomberg asked American Studies professor Maria Cristina Garcia how the outbreak may affect treatment of immigrants in the U.S. Law professor Mike Dorf gave his opinion on the legality of airport Ebola screenings to the Associated Press. And law professor Jens Ohlin commented on the challenges of developing international health protocols to the AFP.

News wrap for Oct. 4 to Oct. 10

Engaged Cornell - A groundbreaking, 10-year initiative to establish community engagement and real-world learning experiences as the hallmark of the Cornell undergraduate experience was launched this week thanks to a $50 million gift from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust. The New York Times broke the story and national coverage later included Forbes, Newsday via The Associated Press, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Chronicle of Higher Education, Insider Higher Ed, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Local coverage included TWC News, WHCU, Ithaca Journal, WENY, Ithaca Voice, and CNY Central.

Props over here - CNN Money asks: Can Ithaca compete with Silicon Valley? The article mentions Cornell's heavy investment in fostering bright, entrepreneurial minds. Cornell landed on USA Today's top 10 list of colleges to attend for a major in history. Two Cornell alums received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this week. Physics World has the details. USA Today reports that emeritus chemist Jerrold Meinwald was honored by the White House with the National Medal of Science.

Miscellaneous -

  • Nutritionist David Levitsky explains to NPR why eating comfort foods may not be so comforting after all.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf is quoted in this Bloomberg article about gay marriage gaining ground in the SCOTUS.
  • Vice Provost Fred Logevall pens this piece for the New York Times asking "Will Syria be Obama's Vietnam?"
  • FOX News published this opinion piece from history professor Mostafa Minawi on the ISIS threat to Turkey.
  • Director of Cornell's American Indian Program, Jolene Rickard, is quoted in this Washington Post article about a new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian.
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics, Andrew Novakovic, authors this op-ed on how investment in infrastructure helps farmers for The Hill.

News wrap for Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

Elizabeth Garrett - Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, will serve as Cornell University's next president after the Cornell Board of Trustees approved the appointment earlier this week. As reported by the New York Times, Garrett will be the first woman to lead the university. Other coverage includes the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg News, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Chronicle of Higher Education. Locally, the Ithaca Journal and Cornell Daily Sun printed Q&As with Garrett.

Bill Gates - Bill Gates was on campus this week to dedicate Gates Hall, tour several programs within CALS, and have a public conversation with President David Skorton. Coverage includes TWC News, WENY-TV, WBNG-TV, CNY Central, WHCU-FM, Ithaca Journal, Ithaca Voice, Cornell Daily Sun, and some national coverage via the Associated Press, including FOX Business, The Washington Times.

Miscellaneous -

  • Johnson Dean Soumitra Dutta appeared on CCTV to discuss China becoming a leading innovator.
  • The work of psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger were cited in this Economic Times article about relying on expert investment forecasts.
  • Communications professor Tarleton Gillespie co-authors this piece for the Atlantic regarding Facebook's rules for using alternative monikers.
  • The Midtown Gazette featured the Cornell Tech - Johnson accelerated MBA program.
  • Dyson School of Applied Economics Professor Eswar Prasad spoke with ForbesThe Wall Street Journal and Financial Times about the Chinese economy. 
  • What is killing all the sea stars was the topic of a article this week featuring professor of ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Drew Harvell.

News wrap for Sept. 19 to Sept. 26

Rev revs up - Administrators from Cornell, Ithaca College, and TC3 joined local officials and entrepreneurs this week for the grand opening of Rev - a new business incubator located in downtown Ithaca. Coverage included The Ithaca Journal (with photo gallery), TWC News, WENY-TV, WBNG-TV, The Cornell Daily Sun, The Ithaca Times, The Ithaca Voice, WHCU, The Ithacan, and ICTV.

Listicles - Print media loves its listicles and this week Cornell helped contribute to the mania by becoming a talking point in the following lists:

  • 19 Awe-Inducing Space Facts That Will Make You Feel Really Small - Among those facts presented by Buzzfeed is astronomer Lynn Carter's: You wouldn't be able to hear sound in space.
  • 15 Thing You Didn't Know About Tipping - Money Magazine asked Hotel Admin professor Michael Lynn about the proper etiquette when tipping hotel maids.
  • 10 News Stories You Might Have Missed - While the Scotland independence vote was dominating the media, The Guardian took a look at CALS professor Toby Ault's prediction of a "megadrought."
  • 10 Ways Consumers Are Often Duped - Yahoo! News cited the Food and Brand Lab's study finding consumers tend to spend more when dollar signs are left off the menu.
  • 9 Ways to Lose Weight by Rearranging Your Kitchen - Brand Lab director Brian Wansink is the focus of this listicle from USA Today about how to set one's self up for successful weight lose.
  • 5 Ways to Prepare Your House for Winter - Kevin Mathers of Broome County Cornell Cooperative Extension is consulted in this Gannett piece.
  • 5 Dire Climate Change Predictions - Professor Ault's megadrought study is once again referenced in this listicle from GOOD Magazine.

Miscellaneous -

  • President David Skorton authors this op-ed for U.S. News & World Report examining the costs versus benefits of a college education.
  • This op-ed in The Hill comes from biologist Drew Harvell, and uses the recent population decline of sea stars to demonstrate the domino effect of an underwater disease outbreak.
  • American Entrepreneurship Today reported on MakerCon, including Cornell Engineering's robotics showcase.
  • Take a listen to history professor Ed Baptist as he discusses his new book, "The Half Has Never Been Told," with WAMC.
  • National Geographic quoted the Lab of Ornithology's Jody Enck in this piece about the lack of diversity among bird watchers.
  • Angela Cornell of Cornell Law School is quoted in this Economist piece about the app SheTaxis.

News wrap for Sept. 12 to Sept. 18

Get the party started – Late last week, Cornell University student, faculty, administrators, alumni and friends kicked off the celebration of Cornell’s sesquicentennial year Big Apple style – lighting the Empire State Building red and white, lighting up Times Square with congratulations from the NASDAQ, and more. Media coverage spread nationwide, from news Fox 5-TV, WABC-TV, WCBS-TV in New York City to The Ithaca Journal, The Cornell Daily Sun, WHCU-AM, WSTM-TV and Time Warner News upstate. The Associated Press issued a short piece on its national news wire, sending news as far as Newsday, the New Jersey Herald, the Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Celebrating at home – On Monday, after six years of renovations, Cornell welcomed hundreds of visitors to the reopening of the Cascadilla Gorge Trail. The $2.75 million project once again connects the heart of downtown Ithaca with our campus core through one of the region’s signature gorges. Media coverage included The Ithaca Journal, The Cornell Daily Sun, WHCU-AM, The Ithaca Voice, WENY-TV and Time Warner Cable News.

Miscellaneous –

  • Research by School of Hotel Administration Professor Rohit Verma into the dollars-and-cents benefits of hotels going green was featured in the Los Angeles Times and the Orlando Sentinel.
  • Engineering Professor Anthony Ingraffea was quoted in nationwide Associated Press coverage of new research into groundwater contamination and gas drilling, including this Washington Post piece.
  • Dyson School of Applied Economics Professor Eswar Prasad talked with the Wall Street Journal about India’s economy.
  • Hotel School Professor Michael Giebelhausen talked with NBC News about the future of robotic bartenders.
  • Popular Mechanics turned to Cornell Geophysicist Larry Brown to explain new research into plate tectonics.
  • Law School Professor Jens Ohlin was featured in a Time piece on grand jury proceedings tied to the Ferguson, Mo., shooting.
  • NPR asked S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management Professor Robert Frank to explain the advantage in ongoing negotiations of consistently demanding fair treatment.
  • ILR School Professor Louis Hyman talked with the Today show about the dangers of seasonal layaway plans.
  • Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise Director Mark Milstein was featured in a New York Times piece on consumer costs and multinational companies.
  • Anthropology Ph.D. candidate Vincent Ialenti explained in this commentary for NPR that envisioning landscapes of humanity's very distant future will require an attentiveness to climate change and deep understanding of the earth’s changing environments.
  • And Drew Harvell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, talked to NPR about proposed federal funding for research into sea star wasting disease and other critical marine diseases.

News wrap for Sept. 5 to Sept. 11

Soft robot – A video of a “soft” robot squirming over fire, ice and water, and being run over by a car, is getting the attention of the global media. The robot is the creation of Engineering Professor Robert Shepherd and is featured in this Reuters television piece. Coverage also comes from Slate, Re/code, The International Business Times, The Washington Post, Engadget and Popular Mechanics.

Hot birds – New research from Cornell University and the National Audubon Society this week showed that as the Earth gets warmer, birds will need to move north to escape the heat. Outlets featuring the State of the Birds report included Washington PostAssociated PressChristian Science MonitorUSA TodayCBS News and The Huffington Post

Miscellaneous –

  • Maria Fitzpatrick, an economist and professor of Policy Analysis and Management, added her insights into a Sunday New York Times piece on why more men don’t go into teaching.
  • Arts and Sciences graduate researcher Amit Kumar talked with NPR’s food blog, The Salt, about why people wait hours in a line for a popular food items. His research about how experiences make you happier than purchases was also featured this week on Discovery News.
  • Researchers from the Cornell Ergonomics Lab talked to Fast Company about the importance of moving every 20 minutes.
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor David Winkler was featured in a LiveScience piece that explored an international effort to track the global migration patterns of North American swallows.
  • Lab of Ornithology director of conservation science and Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future fellow Amanda Rodewald penned a “Contributors” column for The Hill on the lessons still to learn from the loss of the passenger pigeon.
  • featured an opinion piece by History Professor Edward Baptist about the lingering shadow of slavery on America.
  • And Cornell President David Skorton marked another first this week as the featured subject of the Cornell Daily Sun’s new “Cornell Close-Ups” package.

News wrap for Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

News diet - New research from Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab found people ate more snacks while watching an action movie than when watching Charlie Rose’s news talk show. The story was carried by hundreds of news outlets, including CBS This MorningGood Morning America, The GuardianBloombergPBS NewsHourFox NewsLos Angeles TimesNew York Times, and Time.

Megadrought - Assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences Toby Ault's study predicting a "megadrought" within the next century continued to gain media interest. USA Today (front page, print), New York TimesLos Angeles TimesWashington PostGood Morning AmericaKABCThe Weather ChannelLiveScienceEarthSky, and Slate.

Robo brain - Professor Ashutosh Saxena and his team have created a giant repository for robots that is currently absorbing a chunk of the internet, including 120,000 YouTube videos, 100 million how-to documents, and billions of images. The repository can learn from the content and turn the videos and images directly into a format that robots can use to recognize objects, how they’re used, and how humans refer to the objects with language. Media coverage came from Yahoo Tech, CNET, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, CBS, Engadget, Washington Post, BBC, New York Times, Popular Science, Wired, and ABC News.

Possessions vs. experiences - New research from Amit Kumar and Thomas Gilovich finds that anticipating experiences tends to make people happier than anticipating material purchases, as reported by Huffington PostToday Show/NBC, LifehackerPsychCentral, and NPR.

Miscellaneous -

  • The Lab of Ornithology's John Fitzpatrick pens this op-ed about the annual State of the Birds report for the New York Times.
  • Business ethics expert Dana Radcliffe shares his opinion with the Huffington Post regarding the FDA's tobacco regulation.
  • Veterinarian Daniel Fletcher shows his robo dog invention to Reuters. Sydication included Yahoo, Venture Beat, CBS, and MSN.
  • The New York Times reports that a team of mathematicians, including Cornell's Steven Strogatz, has calculated that if taxi riders were willing to share a cab, New York City could reduce the current fleet of 13,500 taxis up to 40 percent.

News wrap for Aug. 22 to Aug. 28

Tough settlement. When corporations misbehave, sometimes it’s best to punish the corporation itself rather than its employees. That’s the advice that Lynn Stout, professor of Corporate and Business Law at the Cornell Law School, provides in her New York Times op-ed, “Settlements Hit Banks Where it Hurts,” about the $16 billion settlement Bank of America made with the U.S. Justice Department. This follows Stout's earlier appearance exploring this issue on PBS NewsHour.

Happiness is a warm experience. Money can buy you happiness – even before a big purchase – but only if you spend it right, says new research by College of Arts and Sciences Psychology professors Tom Gilovich and Amit Kumar. Their research appeared in dozens of outlets this week, including Washington PostNew York MagazineBig Think and Business Insider.

Megawarning. Just when you thought the drought in the Southwest couldn't get much worse, a new study by Toby Ault, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, predicts a "megadrought" within the next century. NBC News, the Huffington PostThe GrowerNature World News, Los Angeles Times, the Daily Mail and several other media outlets covered this new research.

Miscellaneous –

  • Tro Bui, visiting Animal Science Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences told New York Times Science Q&A readers not to judge eggs by the color of their shells. 
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Stacey Langwick told Voice of America the key to preventing the spread of Ebola is to change how people care for the sick.
  • David Just, Dyson School behavioral economist, spoke with NPR’s Morning Edition this week about the addition of kid’s snack sections in grocery store’s produce aisles.

News wrap for Aug. 15 to Aug. 21

High profile – On his way to a midday meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management Dean Soumitra Dutta sat down for a conversation with The Economic Times. The in-depth profile highlights the transformations in Dutta’s life and the global perception of India’s economy.

Spotlight on Ferguson – Much of the global media this week has focused its light on ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., and Cornell Law Professor Jens Olin offered several outlets his insights. Olin, and expert in international as well as criminal law, appeared on NBC News as well as the Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and many others (in a busy week, Olin also spoke with The Times of Israel and The Hill about events in Syria and Iraq). Joining Olin in engaging the media on the impact of the police shooting of African-American youth Michael Brown was Africana Studies Professor Travis Gosa, who spoke with WHCU-AM about the larger context of this incident.

Sound advice – For many families, the end of August is a time for packing kids off for their first trip to college. When MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski entered that right of passage, she took her story to the airwaves and turned to Cornell University President David Skorton for advice.

Miscellaneous –

  • Weill Cornell Medical College Professor of Health Care Policy Dr. Matthew Press spoke with the New York Times about coordinating care under Medicare.
  • WCMC colleague Dr. Ana Krieger, medical director of the Center for Sleep Medicine, helped readers of the New York Times Q&A section make sense of white noise claims.
  • Continuing Big Red’s Gray Lady run, Joe Wakshlag, professor of clinical nutrition and sports medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine was featured in a New York Times Well Section piece on feeding a canine athlete.
  • The New York Times also turned to ILR economist Francine Blau to understand the unique challenges faced by poor women.
  • ILR Senor Lecturer Kate Bronfenbrenner was quoted by Boston NPR affiliate WBUR in a story about Market Basket worker protests.
  • Cornell’s leading voice in The Hill’s new Contributors feature continued, with Law Professor Robert Hockett writing about the struggle to define “the vision” for U.S. policy on the Middle East.
  • A new nitrogen-management software package developed for farmers by Crop and Soil Science Department Chair Harold van Es was featured in The Guardian’s Technology and Innovation Hub section.
  • Cornell mathematician Steven Strogatz was featured in a Financial Review piece on the communication-killing effects of social media.
  • National Geographic offered English Professor Emeritus and Pulitzer Prize winner Alison Lurie an international forum to introduce her new book, “How Building speak to Us.”
  • Law and Economics Professor George Hay spoke with NPR’s Marketplace about antitrust concerns linked to a proposed merger of retail chains Family Dollar and Dollar General.
  • Communications and CIS Professor Jeff Hancock’s work on online honesty was cited by both Time and Forbes.
  • New research by Weill Cornell Medical College Professor Janey Peterson into financial abuse of the elderly was the focus on this CNBC piece.
  • And Fast Company turned to School of Hotel Administration Clinical Professor Bill Carroll to assess global hospitality industry rising star Airbnb.

News wrap for Aug. 8 to Aug. 14

Front page news - Cornell faculty found its way into some of the top national stories this week, including government professor Sarah Kreps, whose opinions regarding U.S. involvement in Iraq were featured in the New York Times. Africana Studies professor Travis Gosa was quoted in the Epoch Times about how riots in Missouri over the police shooting of an unarmed teen are reinforcing stereotypes. Voice of America tapped law professor Jens Ohlin when trying to define what should and shouldn't be considered a war crime in Gaza. NPR's Morning Edition spoke with professor of American Studies, Maria Cristina Garcia, about the surge of young migrants from Central America. Law professor Lynn Stout weighed in on the Market Basket strike that has left many New Englanders without their favorite grocery store this week, as reported by the Washington Post. And communications professor Jeff Hancock was featured on the front page of the New York Times's business section for his thoughts on research ethics and online data.

We're going to Mars - As humans continue to prepare for a potential journey to Mars, Cornell researchers Bryan Caldwell and Apollo Arquiza have been investigating how cooking might be conducted in low gravity, as reported by Fast Company, Lab Equipment Magazine, Coalition for Space Exploration, and Yahoo! Philippines. The Ithaca Voice noted that astronomer Alex Hayes and research associate Rob Sullivan will be helping to create the high-tech camera for the next Mars rover, while NBC News chatted with astronomer Jim Bell about the sun dial on the Spirit rover.

Miscellaneous -

  • A new study by Rana Zadeh, co-director of the Health Design Innovations Lab, finding that nurses performances are tied to the amount of sunlight they receive during the workday, was featured by ABC News Radio and CNN.
  • The New York Times looks at the future of Cornell Tech's campus on Roosevelt Island.
  • Mike Hoffman, director of the Ag Experiment Station, is featured in the CBS News piece about global warming.
  • Professors of human development, Stephen Ceci and Wendy Williams, received some attention for their study of women in the STEM field, including from the Christian Science Monitor and Time, after mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the first female to win the Fields Medal.
  • Cornell was named a top college for entrepreneurs by FOX Business News.
  • Why Do Secretaries of State Make Such Terrible Presidential Candidates? History professor emeritus Walter LaFeber helps answer for the Smithsonian.

News wrap for Aug. 1 to Aug. 7

Origami robots – New research by physicist Jesse Silverberg describes how an origami technique known as Miura-ori tesselation can be used to create robotic transformers, according to NBC News. Silverberg’s work received attention from The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe among other publications.

Tricky menus – New research from the Food and Brand Lab demonstrates how restaurant menus can affect everything from nutritional choices, as reported by The Atlantic, to how much patrons spend, as reported by WSJ MarketWatch. Coverage this week also came from Quartz, Yahoo News, Huffington Post, New York Post, and CBS.


  • Science Friday invited Peter Wrege from Cornell’s Elephant Listening Project to join them live on air to discuss his latest research of elephant “pandemoniums.”
  • Fuse TV takes us inside the Cornell Hip Hop Collection and explores the archives of the legendary DJ and visiting scholar Afrika Bambaataa.
  • Mathematician Steve Strogatz explores the “mathematics of discovering new things” with the Washington Post.
  • New York Law Journal profiled Law School Dean Eduardo Peñalver this week.
  • Dan Schwarz, professor of English, provides 19 suggestions for incoming college freshmen in the Huffington Post.
  • Law professor Jens Ohlin is quoted in this Mashable piece about the challenge of proving war crimes in Gaza.
  • IBM has unveiled a new chip that simulates human brain functions, and as reported by the Wall Street Journal, Cornell Tech played a role.
  • Chen Jian, an expert at Cornell on American-Chinese relations, is quoted in this New York Times piece about China’s efforts to edit its image online.

News wrap for July 25 to July 31

Doing business – “In the last decade Cornell has graduated from open-for-business to full-blown startup shop.” That was just one observation among many in a Forbes magazine feature that place Cornell University alongside Stanford, MIT and Berkeley as “America’s most entrepreneurial colleges.” The pieced traced Cornell’s business pedigree from Ezra Cornell’s Western Union roots through the century-old Student Agencies and on to Cornell Tech as it gets ready to rise on Roosevelt Island.

Off-world driving record – The Opportunity Mars rover team, led by Cornell Astronomy Professor Steve Squyres, celebrated this week after breaking the off-world driving record at 25 miles. As reported by CBS News, the previous record was held by a Soviet robot from the 1970s. Squyres was quoted by The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Astronomy Magazine, and Discovery, as well as popular blogs such as the Huffington Post, Boing Boing, VICE and CNET.

Future of food – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack came to Cornell this week to hear about the latest dairy, nutrition and climate change research. While in town he spoke with local media about the creation of Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, a board Dean Kathryn Boor was appointed to last week. News coverage included WHCUIthaca JournalWENY, WBNGWSKG and The Cornell Daily Sun.

Miscellaneous –

  • This week began with M.H. Abrams, a professor of English Literature emeritus who taught at Cornell University for nearly four decades, receiving the 2013 National Humanities Medal from President Obama at the White House. International coverage of the award ceremony included the Los Angeles Times, the Syracuse Post-Standard and Gannett.
  • The pioneering work of Weill Cornell Medical College professor Catherine Lord in the study of autism was noted in a New York Times feature about children who appear to recover from the developmental disorder.
  • Nutritionist David Levistky told Good Housekeeping that drinking coffee might help promote a healthy weight. 
  • Cornell’s soon-to-be-operational 2-megawatt solar farm on Snyder Road near the Tompkins County airport – just one part in the university’s renewable energy and carbon neutrality campaign – was featured on the front page of The Ithaca Journal.
  • Computer and Information Science Professor Jeff Hancock’s research on social media was cited in a Huffington Post piece on how your smartphone can make you happier.
  • Want to live longer? Define and follow a clear purpose in life. That’s the wisdom Developmental Psychology Professor Anthony Burrow gave NPR listeners this week.
  • Dyson School professor Brian Wansink explained two ways restaurant menus trick people into ordering foods they might not really want, often at higher prices. Stories about this research ran in scores of outlets, including New York MagazineTime and Yahoo! News.
  • ILR School Professor Ron Seeber was called upon by The Boston Globe to help analyze the tensions and tactics in that city’s Market Basket labor dispute.
  • Bucking recent news reports, Policy and Analysis Professor Sharon Sassler told Time that her research shows couples that share the housework have every bit as healthy a romantic life as those who don’t.
  • The New York Times “Upshot” blog praised paid leave policies for helping women stay in the workforce, and relied on work by ILR professors Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn to underline that point.
  • NPR’s Weekend Edition turned to the sky, wondering if a mysterious radio signal picked up by the Arecibo Observatory could be a sign of extraterrestrial intelligence. Remaining grounded, Astronomy Professor James Cordes cautioned against expecting contact with ET until we get a far better sense of all that’s out there in the big sky.
  • Steven Miranda, managing director for Cornell’s Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies, told Fortune magazine that loneliness at work is bad for business.
  • And Linda Rayor, a behavioral ecologist with a passion for arthropods, came to the defense of a brown recluse spider accused in an ABC News piece of biting a home health nurse in Tennessee.

News wrap for July 18 to July 24

Highest honor – This week, the White House announced that M.H. Abrams, a professor of English Literature emeritus who taught at Cornell University for nearly four decades, will receive the 2013 National Humanities Medal at a ceremony hosted by President Obama on Monday. Abrams was cited “for expanding our perceptions of the Romantic tradition and broadening the study of literature” in a release issued the day before his 102nd birthday. The announcement was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Los Angeles Times, and is expected to draw fresh coverage following next week’s Washington DC ceremony.

Red not so green – Malden Nesheim, emeritus professor of Nutrition and provost emeritus, was quoted worldwide courtesy of an Associated Press story about how raising beef creates more pollution than pork, poultry or dairy. Nesheim’s comments appeared in almost 300 news outlets, including Fox News, The New York TimesUSA Today, the Daily Mail, and the San Francisco Chronicle

A smarter lunchtime – Nutrition guidelines for school lunches are useless unless kids in cafeterias consume the proper foods, according to Dyson School professors David Just and Brian Wansink in an op-ed this week in USA Today. Just and Wansink call on schools to use behavioral science and marketing to make food more attractive and convenient to kids in the lunch lines. 

Miscellaneous –

  • Want to know how to build the campus of the future? Then check out this Chronicle of Higher Education interview with Cornell Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher and find out.
  • Because one nationwide media hit is never enough, an Academic Minute featuring Brian Wansink discussing his survey of the health and general wellness of more than 700 veterans of World War II was played on more than 30 NPR stations and featured on Inside Higher Education.
  • Entomology Department Chair Laura Harrington spoke on-air with Fox 5 News in New York City about new phone apps that claim to use a high frequency ultrasound to repel mosquitoes. Harrington told viewers the apps will not work. 
  • A Cornell School of Hotel Administration study was featured in a set of stories about sneaky tricks restaurants use to make you spend more money. The Cornell study showed that guests given a menu without dollar signs spent significantly more than those who received a menu with them.
  • Human Ecology Assistant Professor Matthew Hall and Gregory Sharp of Rice University were featured in more than a dozen news outlets about their new peer-reviewed study that found African Americans are at greater risk of transitioning away from homeownership and back into renting. Coverage included Futurity, WPC News and InsightNews.
  • Law School Professor Bob Hockett, a longtime Wall Street watchdog, spoke with Reuters about who should benefit from big-ticket bank settlements.
  • Fellow Law School Professor Mike Dorf, a former U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerk, helped Bloomberg News understand the impact of recent appellate court rulings on the Affordable Care Act.
  • Dyson School economist and media heavyweight Eswar Prasad offered his thoughts on global hopes for a U.S economic recovery, appearing in scores of outlets including the Boston Globe and U.S. News & World Report.
  • What life form rules the Earth? Human Ecology’s Robert Sternberg told LiveScience the planet’s rulers are a bit smaller than your think.
  • Government Professor Tom Pepinsky reported on this month’s elections in Indonesia in the Washington Post.
  • Science and Technology Studies Professor Sara Pritchard talked about the gender gap in the tech world with the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • And, in case you were wondering if a 112-year-old ham can still be eaten, Food Science Professor gave the Wall Street Journal the answer – yes, but it won't taste very good.

News wrap for July 11 to July 17

Showtime – The battle for morning show distinction in the media is intense, and this week Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance,” hosted by Cornell alumna Scarlett Fu, brought out the big guns. Joining Fu and regular co-hosts Tom Keene and Adam Johnson on Monday was special guest host and Cornell University President David Skorton. His one-hour stint helping helm the show – which is broadcast to Bloomberg subscribers on their video, audio and mobile channels as well as to the public through Bloomberg’s radio network – featured Skorton talking about immigration policy and careers on Wall Street, as well as offering advice to prospective students and analyzing that morning’s $7 billion settlement between Citigroup and the Department of Justice over claims the financial institution misled investors.

Game time – Only minutes after that same Department of Justice-Citigroup deal was announced Monday morning, Law School Professor and financial reform advocate Bob Hockett was reaching out to the media to offer his take on the move. His outreach paid off, with more than 40 hits in national media, including NPR, MSNBC and CBS News.

Poor timing – Nearly everyone in any job has felt the impact of failed workplace humor – be it a poorly timed joke or comments that offend. New research by Michele Williams of the ILR School says that failed workplace humor significantly impacts people’s moods and confidence. This week Williams’s work found its way into more than 20 international outlets, including the Times of India, Cambodian Times, Toronto Telegraph and the Business Standard.

Miscellaneous –

  • Early this week Israel announced it shot down a drone sent by Hamas as part of the escalating conflict in the Mideast. Author, Professor of Government and drone proliferation expert Sarah Kreps helped several news outlets including KCBS Radio, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times assess this new development.
  • Computer Information Science’s Kavita Bala was highlighted as the mastermind behind this much more benign use of drone technology – a flying flash rig for photographers featured by CNET.
  • Human Ecology Professor Barbara Lust was quoted by NPR in this piece about how babies’ brains practice speech.
  • ILR’s Ken Margolies helped the Wall Street Journal, Capital New York (twice) and The Epoch Times explain the implications of a threatened strike by Long Island Railroad workers, and the prospects for a proposed settlement.
  • Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and College of Engineering Professor Louis Derry explained the short- and long-term impact of methane on climate to the Christian Science Monitor.
  • The College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Food and Brand Lab’s latest study – showing people who exercise for fun eat less – continued to gain media attention this week, including PreventionNewsdayHealth and
  • A move by the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management to allow prospective students to use LinkedIn to fill part of their applications continued to draw coverage, including USA Today’s College section.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s online video channel, WSJ Live, invited Astronomy Professor James Cordes to help explain a mysterious burst of radio waves detected at the Arecibo telescope. That same interview was picked up and spread worldwide by Yahoo! News.
  • And Dyson School Professor David Just, fresh from testifying before Congress on school lunch programs, offered his insights into why people buy lottery tickets to listeners of NPR’s All Things Considered.

News wrap for July 4 to July 10

Oklahoma earthquakes - A new study from geophysicist Katie Keranen made international news after finding Oklahoma's sharp spike in earthquakes is due to a small number of wastewater disposal wells. The Associated Press and Reuters covered the findings along with almost every major media outlet, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and NPR. International coverage came from the BBC, CBC, Yahoo! India, Russia Today, and The Guardian.

Post-workout meal - Learn to enjoy exercise and you'll eat less afterward. That's the finding of a new study by the Food and Brand Lab, which says those that don't enjoy working out view the post-workout meal more as a reward. The study was explained this week by Forbes, The New York Daily News, International Business Times, Epoch Times, and Times of India, among other publications.

Brain code - Although feelings are personal and subjective, the human brain turns them into a standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations and even people, according to ECN Magazine reporting on a new Cornell study from Human Ecology neuroscientist Adam Anderson. The research was also covered by International Business Times, Business Standard, The Hindu, The Daily Mail, and Psych Central.

Miscellaneous -

  • Professor of archeology, Stuart Manning, argues in this FOX News op-ed that archeology should be a vital U.S. strategic interest.
  • Director of the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research, Jonathan Lunine, can be heard in this PRI radio piece about putting humans on Mars.
  • USA Today tried to pinpoint the cost of the American dream, with some help from developmental sociologist Thomas Hirschl.
  • Lance Compa, a labor law expert, is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about the looming LIRR strike.
  • Rev Ithaca Startup Works opened its doors to journalists this week, including one from The Ithaca Journal, for a sneak peek at construction progress.
  • Jason Hofgartner, a graduate student in the field of planetary sciences explains his discovery of the "Magic Island" to Popular Mechanics.

News wrap for June 27 to July 3

Fracking Study - A new study published in PNAS by Engineering's Tony Ingraffea finds that newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones. A story from one of the Associated Press's top science writers is being syndicated by networks like CNBC, CBS, and ABC, while other publications like Slate, The Times Union, and local outlet WBNG-TV developed their own coverage.

Sea Star Plague - Interest in the mystery behind the massive sea star (starfish) die off continues to grow. This week, Public Radio InternationalAllGov in California and Seattle Times featured interviews with Cornell’s Drew Harvell about her team’s highly anticipated research results determining what is causing the sickness.  

Food Fears - From the grocery aisle to the TV dial, health and safety claims about foods and their ingredients are dominating conversation, often scaring consumers away from many products and ingredients. New research out of the Food and Brand Lab examines what makes people afraid of food and what can be done to correct misconceptions. NY Daily NewsToday.comFood Product Design and Food Navigator were among those who carried the story.

Miscelaneous -

  • CNN declared "5 things Obama can and can't do on immigration" and No. 1 is brought to you by law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr
  • Cornell's Fish Diagnostic Laboratory is credited in this USA Today article for diagnosing last year's mysterious Finger Lakes fish kill.
  • Africana's Nowile Rooks pens this op-ed on the battle over school lunch nutrition for The Hill.
  • Cornell law professor Michael Dorf weighs in on this Wall Street Journal article about Chief Justice Roberts's voting record.
  • Slate reports on this ice cream serving robot from the lab of Engineering's Ashutosh Saxena.
  • And Professor of American studies, Glenn Altschuler, authors this op-ed for CNN, writing that today's vets get shortchanged with the GI Bill.

News wrap for June 20 to June 26

Magic Island – A team of Cornell University astronomers captured the attention of major media this week after announcing they had discovered a mysterious object that appeared and then disappeared within the largest lake of Saturn’s moon, Titan. Media coverage, which spread worldwide and continues to expand, included FOX News, National Geographic, NPR Morning Edition, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, CNET, The Christian Science Monitor, Gizmodo, BBC and TIME.

Tell Me Dave – From the Robotics Learning Lab of Engineering and Computing and Information Science Professor Ashutosh Saxena, comes a new robot that can be programmed by casually speaking to it. The lab has also begun a crowd sourcing project, which is getting attention from Gizmag, CNET, The Los Angeles Times, Business Insider, TechCrunch, Washington Post TV, as well as many international outlets such as The Times of India.

Winning strategy – Dyson School postdoctoral researcher Kevin Kniffin’s work showing people who played youth sports have a higher chance of having better careers later in life received wide media attention this week. An interview with Wall Street Journal Live appeared on several new sites including Atlanta Journal Constitution and News Australia. NPR’s Innovation Trail and The Huffington Post also carried stories.

Miscellaneous –

  • ILR’s Art Wheaton issued a tipsheet this week noting that how an automaker handles a recall has a greater impact on the brand’s image than the actual number of recalls. Media outlets responded with more than 50 hits, including a feature in the Washington Post.
  • Law School Professor Bob Hockett took his campaign for using eminent domain to buy back underwater mortgages to New York City this week, with hometown media such as News 12 New Jersey taking note, as well as far-flung outlets such as the Miami Herald and the Sacramento Bee.
  • Cornell scholars continued to make their presence known on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, with new “Contributors” pieces in The Hill this week from Government Professor Sarah Kreps on drone proliferation and Dyson Professor Steve Kyle explaining how instability in Iraq affects American gasoline prices.
  • News of a $3.4 million boost to expansion plans at Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva courtesy of State Sen. Mike Nozzolio drew statewide coverage, lead by the Messenger Post news group.
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education called Law Professor Muna Ndula a “national treasure,” and also covered the gift from alumni Rueben Munday and Cheryl Casselberry Munday that will allow the Africana Studies and Research Center bring leading scholars to campus.
  • Bloomberg News and several local outlets wrote about the elevation of Cornell’s women’s sailing program to varsity status.
  • Law Professor and frequent U.S. Supreme Court analyst Michael Dorf spoke with The Christian Science Monitor about the continuing evolution of case law around gay marriage.
  • Cornell University Police Department Chief Kathy Zoner headed to Washington DC this week to join a roundtable discussion on combating sexual violence on college campuses led by U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill. Zoner’s appearance was featured in coverage by the Huffington Post, Gannett and C-Span.
  • Entomology Department Chair Laura Harrington helped the New York Times explain why some people get bitten by mosquitoes repeatedly, and others not at all.
  • Fox News quoted Near Eastern Studies Professor Zaid Fahmy in a piece on women and girls being kidnapped in Egypt.
  • Research by Psychology Professor Tom Gilovich was featured in a New York Times science column about the illusion of the “hot hand” in sports.
  • And while it may not count as major media coverage, Law Professor Lynn Stout did find herself with a few notable hits published this week by a well-known outlet. Her research was cited three times in a dissenting opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas handed down this week in the Haliburton v. John Fund case.

News wrap for June 13 to June 19

Facebook contagion - A new study by Jeff Hancock, CALS Communications, and researchers at Facebook finds that, as The New York Daily News puts it, people's emotional expressions on Facebook can predict their friends' emotional expressions, even days later. Also covering the study this week was CNET, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Mail and Mashable.

Bitcoin breakdown - After publishing a study finding flaws within the Bitcoin system, computer scientists Gun Sirer and Ittay Eyal were the first to find that a single group controls over 50 percent of the system - something Business Insider calls a "doomsday scenario." Other publications covering the finding is The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, ABC News, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Verge, and The Washington Examiner.

Picasso's secret - Researchers from Cornell's Wilson Synchrotron Lab were part of a team of scientists and art experts who used X-ray and infrared imagery to find a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso's first masterpieces, "The Blue Room." The news garnered over 400 national and international media hits, including from CNN, The New York Daily News, ABC News, USA Today, BBC News, and The Washington Post.

Miscellaneous -

  • Law professor Robert Hockett authored this opinion piece for The Hill about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's surprising primary loss.
  • Anna Haskins, an incoming sociologist, wrote her own opinion piece for The Washington Post about the effects of imprisoned fathers on their children's education.
  • Astronomer Jonathan Lunine was interviewed by alum Bill Nye on Science Friday about the future of humans in space.
  • Mashable featured work by plant breeding and genetics professor Mark Sorrells to bring more barely crops to New York State, which can't currently meet the demand from regional breweries.
  • New York could be a key state in the GMO labeling debate. NPR's Innovation Trail explored with plant geneticist Margaret Smith.
  • U.S. News & World Report featured a new study by Vet School immunologist Brian Rudd shedding light on how immune systems work within infants.
  • Why does Friday the 13th frighten us so much? Psychologist Thomas Gilovich explained for National Geographic.
  • The Atlantic spoke with government's Chris Anderson about why being short in height can make one a better soccer player.
  • Kim Weeden, director of the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell, explained to CNN American's love/hate relationship with the rich.
  • WNYC aired an interview with marine epidemiologist Drew Harvell about scientists' search for the cause of a massive starfish die off.
  • Law professor Muna Ndulo received his own feature in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, being called a "national treasure" by his colleague Robert Hockett.
  • Research from Kevin Kniffin, postdoctoral research associate in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, garnered attention from Forbes.
  • Communiations professor Jeff Hancock's research of online deception is the focus of this NPR TED Radio Hour.

News wrap for June 7 to June 12

Cheese production - As the New York Times explains: "A decision by the Food and Drug Administration to question the use of wooden planks to age some cheeses has produced a stink that rivals Limburger." Food scientist at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Robert Ralyea, led the charge against the FDA and was quoted by over 280 media outlets, including The Washington Post, ABC News, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Daily News.

War - Professor of Law Jens Olin teamed with Congressman Chris Gibson to chat with reporters, including Time Warner Cable News, on Capitol Hill about reforming the War Powers Act. Vice Provost for International Affairs, Fredrik Logevall, was quoted in this NPR piece about President Obama's military decisions, while government professor Sarah Kreps (A&S) helps answer the question "do Americans really love drone strikes?" for this Washington Post opinion piece. Work from Cornell's Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design is featured in this Discovery News piece about functional clothing that can aid everyone from athletes to soldiers on the battle field. Africana professor Adeolu Ademoyo authors this opinion piece for All Africa about the myths and realities surrounding the rebel group Boko Haram in Nigeria. And according to The Guardian, Cornell researchers are working with the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to find the tipping point at which social movements turn into military revolutions.

Take our advice - Cornell experts provided many words of wisdom in this week's news, including astronomer Jonathan Lunine, whose Human Spaceflight Committee is advising Congress on the future of humans in space, according to the New York Times. Andrew Farnsworth of the Lab of Ornithology provided some tips to National Geographic for getting rid of pesky birds. Nutritionist David Levitsky spoke with Bon Apetite about how to rid yourself of food hangovers. Dr. Zev Rosenwaks of Weill Cornell Medical College provided advice to the New York Post about taking fertility drugs. Business Insider says your money can affect your happiness, and psychologist Thomas Gilovich agrees, suggesting to spend money on experiences rather than material objects.

Miscellaneous -

  • FOX News explored a new study finding married men are more likely to get health screenings. Human Ecology's Kelly Musick helps explain why.
  • Food safety expert Martin Wiedmann was quoted by CBS News about mad cow disease and other foodborne illnesses.
  • Cornell Tech's Serge Belongie discussed with Fast Company Visipedia and its long-running project that aims to create a visual encyclopedia.
  • Gizmag covered a survey released by Cornell astronomers finding the Milky Way may be host to over 100 million planets hosting life beyond the microbial stage.
  • Cornell's Creative Machines Lab gets a shoutout in this Forbes article about 3D printing.
  • Christian Science Monitor quoted plant geneticist Susan McCouch in this story about breeding drought resistant crops.
  • Steve Carvell, an associate dean at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, is quoted in this Newsday article about the widening "vacation gap."
  • Law's Stephen Yale-Loehr is quoted in this CNN piece about the effect of Congressman Eric Cantor's loss on immigration reform.

News wrap for May 30 to June 6

Remembrance – As the world paused Friday to note the 70th anniversary of Allied forces storming the beaches of Normandy, two Cornell University historians offered their perspectives to national audiences. Professor John Weiss noted for Gannett that the lessons we learned as children may not tell the whole story of D-Day. Professor Barry Strauss reminded Fox News readers that the lessons of war, from 70 years ago and long past, are too quickly forgotten – to our peril. Two days earlier, Arts & Sciences colleague and Government Professor Andrew Mertha helped Bloomberg News host and Cornell alum Scarlett Fu reflect across 25 years to the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Out of this world – At the request of the U.S. Congress, Cornell Astronomy Professor Jonathan Lunine led a team in developing a National Research Council report on the future of human in space. The report – which called on the United States to set Mars as the objective and invite the world to join the effort – drew coverage from almost 200 media outlets across this planet, with Lunine explaining its findings to The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters, USA Today, NBC News, The Christian Science Monitor, Popular Mechanics, and

Out of the gate – On the heals of reports in the New York Daily News and across the nation about the College of Veterinary Medicine opening Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists adjacent to Belmont Park, interest on California Chrome’s Triple Chrome bid at this weekend’s Belmont Stakes has brought the specialty and critical care facility back into the limelight – with fresh features in Horse, The Easthampton Star, WCBS-TV and Newsday.

Out of college – How can higher education help graduates prepare for the economic realities they will face? Cornell University President David Skorton offered his insights this week on Fox Business News during his appearance on “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo.”

Miscellaneous –

  • Law School Professor Michael Dorf offered his opinion on the U.S. Supreme Court and the influence of television in USA Today.
  • New York Times Personal Health columnist Jane Brody, a Big Red alum, turned to Weill Cornell Medical College gastroenterologist Dr. Ellen Scherl to help explain new treatment options for bowel disease.
  • Entomology researcher Jody Gangloff-Kaufman, a world-renowned bed bug expert, moved outdoors with North Country Public Radio to explore the expansion of deer ticks into the Adirondacks.
  • News that Cornell University and local firm Incodema were partnering to support a major business expansion through the Start-Up NY program was covered statewide, from the NPR Innovation Trail to Newsday as well as Central New York Business Journal and The Ithaca Journal.
  • City and Regional Planning Professor Susan Christopherson explained the real economic impact of tax credits to lure movie studios to town to readers of the Cincinnati Inquirer.
  • National Geographic turned to Lab of Ornithology researcher Andrew Farnsworth for his impression of new research into avian intelligence.
  • Engineering's Steve Wicker was quoted in The Economist regarding the cost of privacy  in the age of increasing commercial use of personal data and security breaches.
  • Beantown residents got world-class lawn tips courtesy of turfgrass entomologist Kyle Wickings and the Boston Globe.
  • Cornell’s Northeast Regional Climate Center was in the news, with climatologist Jessica Spaccio outlining the local weather impacts of global climate change in the Syracuse Post-Standard.
  • Hotel School Associate Dean Steve Carvell’s thoughts on the high-end travel market hit The Washington Post and other outlets nationwide through the Associated Press.
  • The Financial Times, Bloomberg News and others reported on the new partnership between the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and Tsinghua University in Beijing to offer double degrees from both institutions.
  • Dyson School economist Steven Kyle was quoted by NPR in its coverage of the European Central Bank’s surprising move to a negative interest rate.
  • Atkinson Center and CALS Professor Robert Howarth measured new Obama Administration rules on greenhouse gasses in a Bloomberg News piece.
  • And good news on The Hill continues, with three more Cornell scholars being featured inside the heavily read Washington DC publication’s new “Contributors” column, including Andy Novakovic (CALS-Dyson), Barry Strauss (A&S) and Chris Barrett (CALS-Dyson).

News wrap for May 23 to May 29

Graduation 2014 – Once again the sun shined upon thousands of graduates and tens of thousands of guests over Memorial Day weekend, as actor Ed Helms and Cornell University President David Skorton offered the class of 2014 their insight and congratulations. And once again, the media took note of what was said at Schoellkopf Stadium. In addition to both addresses being live streamed on CornellCast, ABC News tweeted its live stream of Helm’s speech to its online audience. Follow-up coverage appeared in more than 100 outlets including Mashable, the Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly, the Hollywood Reporter and Time Warner Cable News. President Skorton’s call for graduates to invest in people and society was also featured on the cover of The Ithaca Journal.

Taking The Hill – This week, The Hill, one of Washington DC’s most influential publications, launched its new “Contributor” project — a collection of rotating columns written by key scholars designed to reach lawmakers and government leaders. At its debut, this feature will include regular contributions from more than a dozen Cornell scholars, with first pieces by Law School Professor Robert Hockett and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Economist Chris Barrett already in print. News of the new project itself, and Cornell’s leading role in it, drew coverage from AdWeek and Media Bistro’s FishbowlDC.

High IQ – On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court handed down one of it’s most noted decisions of this term – drawing limits on how state’s can define mental disability when imposing capital punishment. For the next several days, Cornell Law Professor John Blume, one of this nation’s leading death penalty experts, helped the media analyze the impact of the ruling. Among the more than 100 media hits Blume collected were industry leaders NPR’s All Things Considered, the New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and NBC News. Joining his colleague in the public discussion of the case was College of Human Ecology Professor Robert Sternberg, who was featured in the New Republic.

Miscellaneous –

  • The Huffington Post put Government Professor Andrew Mertha’s course on revolution and reform in China at the top of its list of the best American college courses on China.
  • This same week, The Telegraph featured the comments of his colleague, Government Professor Allen Carlson, in a piece about China’s crackdown on domestic terrorism.
  • The growth and expanding business partnerships being developed at Cornell Tech were featured this week in Bloomberg News, with coverage expanding to Crain’s New York Business.
  • Two notable alums were in the news this week, with the New York Times reporting that ILR grad Rob Manfred may become the next commissioner of Major League Baseball, and Forbes naming Mondelez International CEO Irene Rosenfeld (B.A. ’75, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’80) among the world’s most powerful women.
  • Research by Cornell into the economic impact of invasive species was noted in reports in The Washington Post and ABC News.
  • Chris Barrett, a CALS-Dyson School expert on global food issues, spoke with the International Business Times about spikes and shifts on global food prices.
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Hod Lipson explored new frontiers in 3-D printing with Wisconsin Public Radio.
  • Dairy expert and CALS researcher Tom Overton offered his thoughts on the limits to benefits from pasture-raised dairy cows to the Associated Press in a piece that spread globally on Yahoo News!
  • Dr. Shakil Ahmed, a pain medicine specialist at Weill Cornell Medical College, helped the New York Time’s Q&A feature explain why some pain medications lose their effectiveness over time.
  • The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle highlighted how citizen science tools from the Lab of Ornithology are helping researchers understand and protect migratory birds.
  • ILR public employee union expert Lee Adler offered his impression of recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments about the future of public employee unions to Mother Jones.
  • And in this week’s edition, the Ithaca Times featured Todd Bitner, Cornell’s director of natural areas, and the $1.75 million in restoration work Cornell has done along the Cascadilla Gorge Trail.

News wrap for May 16 to May 22

FIRST word – With the House Science, Space and Technology Committee getting set to markup legislation that could reorder how the National Science Foundation supports academic research, Cornell University President David Skorton entered the national debate by penning an op-ed in the Washington Post. His piece, “FIRST Act has flaws that could limit future discoveries,” ran the day the committee began work and called on lawmakers to defend peer-review oversight and social science research – both of which Skorton argued are put in jeopardy by the proposed legislation. The Washington Post also moved the piece through their news service, with the op-ed appearing from Pennsylvania’s York Dispatch to Washington State’s News Tribune and being referenced in Politico’s “Pulse” blog.

Going and coming – When Gannett national new reporter Brian Tumulty was searching for inspiring stories of soon-to-be graduates who create their own careers, he met his match with Cornell master’s degree candidate Yve-Car Momperousse. This Brooklyn native and daughter of Haitian immigrants is launching Kreyol Essence as she gets set to walk from the Arts Quad to Schoellkopf Stadium, and her story was featured this week on the cover of The Ithaca Journal, as well as in other Gannett properties including the Elmira Star-Gazette, The Journal News and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. That success story was joined by another this week, as Newsday highlighted the bright futures of Evelyn Sanchez and Vanessa Chicas, two students who rose through Long Island’s troubled Roosevelt High School together to become part of Cornell’s incoming Class of 2018.

Last words – Worth noting for all those focused on the upcoming Commencement Weekend at Cornell is this NPR blog, which named Saturday’s Convocation speaker, actor Ed Helms, as one of the 25 most promising speakers of this graduation season. Backing that up is a great Syracuse Post-Standard feature on Helms as “a comedian with a message.” Helms’s noon address, along with President David Skorton Commencement Address at 11 a.m. Sunday, will be available for viewing live at Complete information on Commencement Weekend is available here.

Miscellaneous –

  • School of Hotel Administration Professor of Marketing Michael Giebelhausen helped the New York Times explain why hotels are embracing higher education brands, the same week Hotel colleague and Consumer Behavior Professor Michael Lynn was called on to explore the future of tipping by Pacific Standard magazine.
  • Dyson School economist and Professor of Trade Policy Eswar Prasad was featured in Forbes – in a conversation with Steve Forbes – about the strength of the U.S. dollar, just days after discussing Indian electoral politics with The New York Times.
  • An NBC News feature on the impact federal deportation policy is having on the political views of young Latino voters began with the insight of Government Professor Michael Jones-Correa.
  • Arts and Sciences colleague Alberto Fairen, a planetary scientist in the Astronomy Department, underscored the importance of protecting Mars from Earth’s microbes in National Geographic.
  • Citizen science and the Lab of Ornithology’s “YardMap” project won front-page coverage in Gannett publications nationwide this week, the same week ABC News Australia spoke with Lab Researcher and citizen science champion Caren Cooper.
  • The College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation center for pets was featured statewide by Time Warner Cable News.
  • Law School Professor and internationally known death penalty expert John Blume’s expertise was cited in the National Review.
  • Pioneering spinal work by Weill Cornell Medical College Director of Pain Medicine Dr. Neel Mehta was highlighted on-air and online by Fox News.
  • Corporate Law Professor Charles Whitehead talked with Bloomberg News about the implications of recent headline-making crackdowns on financial institutions.
  • And the New York Times Sunday Review took a sincere look at recent work by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Food and Brand Lab Director Brian Wansink’s work on eye contact and marketing.

News wrap for May 9 to May 15

All things Cornell – On the heels of a week that saw multiple Cornell researchers appearing on National Public Radio about elephants in Africa, two more Big Red scholars were featured on NPR this week helping listeners understand the news of the day. On Tuesday, Africana Professor Travis Gosa spoke with All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish about news that Apple is expected to buy hip-hop star Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics for more than $3 billion. Two days later, Policy Analysis and Management Professor Rick Geddes spoke with Morning Edition’s Brian Naylor about the need for the United States to invest in its aging infrastructure.

Fast response – Days before fast food workers carried out a global strike to protest low wages, several researchers from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations were helping journalists explain the cause of the action. Those interviews continued through the week, with hits in the New York Times, CNN Money, The Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, Time and more than 150 news outlets nationwide.

Homecoming live – Cornell alumnus and former football player Brandon Roth, now a journalist with CBS and NBC affiliate CNY Central television in Syracuse, brought his weekly live “where is Brandon Roth” segment to the end zone at Schoellkopf Field. During his Thursday morning visit, he talked up the history and beauty of Cornell, chatted with College of Veterinary Medicine pet health expert professor Joe Wakshlag, and talked Big Red sports with Athletics Director Andy Noel.

Miscellaneous –

  • Continuing a strong week for ILR, lecturer Lee Adler was featured in a WNYC-FM report on New York City’s contract offer to the United Federation of Teachers.
  • Coverage of a study that found coffee might help protect eyes from aging continued, with a “5 most incredible discoveries” mention in USA Today along with stories in dozens of other print, broadcast and online outlets.
  • In addition to breaking down fast-food politics, Cornell scholars found themselves in the New York Times often this week. Hits include School of Hotel Administration’s Kathy LaTour on private-label wines, Weill Cornell Medical College’s Dr. Jenifer Downs on new insight into what makes HIV so devastating to women in Africa, WCMC colleague Betty Casey on ways to treat attention deficit disorders, and Lab of Ornithology researcher Kevin McGowan on why birds don’t get sick from oft-used bird baths.
  • Horticulture Professor and Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow David Wolfe continued to talk climate change with the BBC and the Huffington Post.
  • The Economic Times turned to Dyson School Professor Eswar Prasad about the future of China’s yuan as a global reserve currency.
  • WCMC’s Catherine Lord, a professor of psychiatry, spoke with the Washington Post about the leading edge of research into sensory processing disorders.
  • Cornell Tech was highlighted by the New York Daily News in a report on the rise of the city’s rejuvenated tech startup sector.
  • Dr. JoAnn Difede, director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies at WCMC, explored the impact of the newly opened 9/11 Museum in New York City with CBS News.
  • City Planning Professor Thomas Campanella walked Wall Street Journal readers through the history of New York’s World’s Fairs.
  • The movement toward a global standard for sustainable marine plant life, being led in part by Shoals Marine Laboratory senior researcher Robin Seeley, was featured in the most recent Scientific American.
  • Africana Professor Emeritus Robert Harris recalled the history of Jet Magazine for Black Politics on the Web, following news the iconic publication will be moving wholly online.
  • And American Studies Professor Glenn Altschuler defended the honor and utility of a liberal higher education in Inside Higher Ed.

News wrap for May 2 to May 8

Coffee – Few lovers are as passionate as coffee lovers, and news that their favorite beverage may help prevent retinal deterioration opened media eyes all around the globe. Word of Food Sciences Professor Chang Lee’s insight spread to more than 300 media outlets, including USA TodayFOX News, the Huffington PostMen’s FitnessElleMetro New York, the Syracuse Post Standard, and Times of India. WCBS-TV in New York City even tweeted about the study, with a photo of their morning anchors enjoying their favorite cup.

Climate change – Early this week, when word broke of a coming White House report on climate change, some great coordination among the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future led to three our of top climate change experts (two of whom were co-authors of the report) being highly cited in media reports around the world that followed. Among the more than 100 hits for professors David Wolfe, Drew Harvell and Frank DiSalvo were BBC, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Huffington PostLiveScience, the Albany Times Union, the Sydney Morning Herald, NBC News, WBNG-TV, Rochester NPR affiliate WXXI, and Gannett through the Democrat and Chronicle.

Elephants and NPR – This week, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition explored the plight of African elephants, and they did so on Thursday and Friday through the eyes and with the sounds collected by Bill McQuay, sound engineer with NPR and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library. The features also provided the Lab of Ornithology with a chance to highlight the related work and past NPR appearances of Visiting Fellow Andrea Turkalo.

Miscellaneous –

  • A tipsheet from CALS’s Natural Sciences Professor Paul Curtis on why there are still so many ticks in spite of the cold winter (blame deer and leaves, apparently), led to quick interviews by Newsday and WCBS-AM, and more than 50 hits across New York State including the Shelter Island Reporter, Entomology Today, CNY News and Counsel & Heal, NYC.
  • Cornell’s work to promote juneberries as a viable commercial crop and healthy food alternative was highlighted throughout the Northeast by the Associated Press, even landing as far away as the Houston Chronicle..
  • Research by Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab into why diners prefer expensive food reached new audiences this week, with fashion media leader Refinery 29 joining the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo! News in continued coverage.
  • Dyson School economist Eswar Prasad outlined some of the challenges still facing the expanding Chinese economy for readers of the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
  • History Professor and Vice Provost for International Affairs Fred Logevall talked with the BBC as the world’s largest news agency explored a possible US-France nuclear plan as the latter nation clung to its outpost at Dien Bien Phu.
  • Venture Beat reported that a new smartphone app called “Waggl” was inspired by Neurobiology and Behavior Professor Tom Seeley’s groundbreaking work on honeybee democracy.
  • The opening of the new College of Veterinary Medicine’s Ruffian Equine Specialist center in Elmont, near world famous Belmont Park, drew attention from several media outlets this week, including Newsday.
  • The New York Times City Room blog about resources for birders in metro-NYC featured the Lab of Ornithology’s free Merlin Bird ID app.
  • Michael Lynn, the School of Hotel Administration professor of consumer behavior and marketing who has established himself as the expert on tipping, was widely quoted again this week as stories circulated through Business Insider, MSN News and beyond about restaurants rejecting the practice altogether.
  • And research coauthored by Sociology Professor Emeritus Phyllis Moen was cited in an opinion piece in Time about the challenges a family can face when dad becomes a stay-at-home parent.

News wrap for April 25 to May 1

Auto insight – On Monday, Toyota announced it was moving its U.S. headquarters from Southern California to Texas, a shift first seen as a grab for tax incentives and lower costs. ILR’s auto industry expert Art Wheaton saw more, and his comments on the move’s implication for bold new design and decision making helped lead Associated Press coverage that spread from Yahoo! News and NBC News to the San Antonio Express-News, Canadian Business and as far away at the Cambodian Times.

Dying stars – They’re not just in space, and the work of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences researchers and Atkinson Center fellows Drew Harvell and Ian Hewson to shine a light on the disappearance of ocean starfish is again drawing media attention. This week, Science magazine featured the team’s research (and for the full impact, take a look at layout of the piece in print), with additional pieces by NBC News and Reuters.

Capital punishment questioned – On Tuesday night, complications during an execution by lethal injection at an Oklahoma prison led to an inmate dying of a heart attack more than 40 minutes after the process began. Just hours later, Law School Professor and nationally recognized death penalty expert John Blume was quoted in the Los Angeles Times coverage, warning that without transparency in the process there’s a danger this could happen again. Blume’s expertise, and his warning, reached almost 50 media outlets by late Thursday including the Chicago Tribune, the Irish Times and NPR.

Paying forward – Charlie Phlegar, Cornell University’s vide president for Alumni Affairs and Development, is well known for his professional excellence and great achievements in connecting the generosity of Cornell’s many supporters to our mission of research and education. But last week, following the publication of a feature in The Ithaca Journal about his effort to help a dying young man realize his dream to see the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, news of Phlegar’s personal generosity spread far and wide – from Gannett flagship USA Today to the Detroit Free Press, the Montgomery Advertiser and even Guam’s Pacific Daily News.

Miscellaneous –

  • Law School Dean Stewart Schwab had a busy week, outlining the challenges faced by employment discrimination plaintiffs for the New York Times, then sharing his insights into a suit brought by NFL cheerleaders over compensation with CNN Money (which CNN shared with more than 50 affiliated stations nationwide).
  • Maple syrup researcher Michael Farrell had a sweet week, with feature coverage of his work in USA Today and on Fox News.
  • Government Professor Sarah Kreps, a drone proliferation scholar, is featured in The Verge piece on reports that Saudi Arabia has purchased a fleet of Chinese-made vehicles.
  • Linda Barrington, director of ILR’s Institute for Compensation Studies, explored the changing nature of careers with CNBC.
  • Policy Analysis and Sociology Professor Dan Lichter had his research into nonmarital childbirth and “shotgun cohabitation” highlighted by many Gannett news outlets, led by USA Today.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Professor Andrew Ryan talked with the New York Times about an Obama Administration report that found federal policies penalize doctors who treat more poor people.
  • Continuing ILR’s high profile in auto industry coverage, Lance Compa, professor or labor law and international labor rights, was featured in the Detroit Free Press on a United Auto Workers battle with Nissan in Mississippi.
  • And, in a new Cornell springtime tradition, media attention once again turned toward our nesting pair of red-tailed hawks as three eggs hatched this week live on the Lab of Ornithology’s streaming All About Birds camera. Read about that in more than 40 outlets including The Outdoor Wire, or watch for yourself here.

News wrap for April 18 to April 24

CHESS funding - The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source has received its requested grant renewal of up to $100 million over five years, securing the national X-ray facility’s near-term future. Coverage ranged from local media outlets like the Ithaca Journal, WHCU, and WENY-TV to regional outlets like WBNG-TV, the NPR Innovation Trail, TWC News, and WICZ-TV. CNY Business Journal and Lab Manager Magazine also picked up on the news.

New York Times - Cornell received lots of great coverage from the New York Times this week, including this article quoting geneticist Andrew Clark on the differences in molecular biology between males and females. Kathy Barrett, a senior extension associate at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is quoted in this article about the dairy industry. Mycologist Kathie Hodge answers this week's science Q&A regarding store-bought mushrooms. Food and Brand Lab director Brian Wansink continues to receive coverage for his study of cereal box marketing. Work by his lab was also featured in this story covering a new study of chocolate milk. Economist Robert Frank pens this column using some interesting examples of supply and demand theory, and also mentions the work of engineering professor Richard Johnson. CALS demographer Tom Hirschl is mentioned in this piece about income inequality. And this blog cites a natural gas drilling study by Anthony Ingraffea (Engineering) and Robert Howarth (CALS).

Food - From agriculture to diet, food aid to marketing, Cornell's food research was represented well in the news this week. The Syracuse Post-Stardard featured work by Michael Farrell, director of Cornell's Sugar Maple Research Station, including a photo slide show and video. He was also quoted in this Boston Globe article about the launch of a new maple water product that Cornell helped to develop. A new bill is threatening to cut U.S. food aid, and this Wall Street Journal article cited a study by Cornell economists. The Huffington Post listed "7 secret reasons you're still hungry," including your medication, according to Louis Aronne, director the weight management center at Weill Cornell Medical College. And NBC's Today Show talks to Brian Wansink about how your mind can be tricked into helping you lose weight.

Miscellaneous -

  • Philosophers at Cornell's College of Arts & Sciences and the University of Notre Dame have been awarded a $3.8 million grant to study hope and optimism. The Associated Press picked up the annoucement, which received syndication from the Wall Street Journal.
  • Cornell's Elephant Listening Project was featured by The Weather Channel and The Dodo, both of which used new video from the project's director, Peter Wrege.
  • NPR's Morning Edition talked to Arts & Science's Suzanne Mettler about her new book, "Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream."
  • Kevin McGowan from the Lab of Ornithology is quoted in this BBC piece about an invasive U.S. bird feature prominently in Shakespeare's plays and poetry.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf is quoted in this Politico article featuring five takeaways from this week's SCOTUS affirmative action ruling.
  • Africana's Travis Gosa writes this opinion piece for The Root linking gun control policy to the 20th anniversary of one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time. Syndication included the Chicago Tribune and the Orlando Sentinel.

News wrap for April 11 to April 17

Chocolate milk study - Concern over the sugar in chocolate milk has led some elementary schools to ban it, but a Cornell University study by Dyson's Andrew Hanks shows removing it from the menu has negative consequences, according to CBS News, Business Insider, Medical Daily, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Star-Ledger and The Blaze. Hanks will appear later this week on the Lars Larson Show.

Brain scan breakthrough - Determining levels of consciousness in people who have severe brain injury is notoriously hard. That task may become a little easier, according to New Scientist, with the Weill Cornell finding that brain scans can help doctors identify whether patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state are likely to recover to some degree. Coverage this week also comes from the New York Times, CNN, and Time.

Broadcast - It was another strong showing this week for Cornell faculty on television and radio. Human Ecology's Rick Geddes debated the value of public-private partnerships on Bloomberg Television. Law professor Lynn Stout chatted with NPR's On Point about getting ahead in the business world without an MBA. Peter Wrege, director of Cornell's Elephant Listening Program, was featured on Scientific American's 60-Second Science podcast. Government professor Benedict Anderson spoke with BBC about nationalism. And Michael Farrell, director of Cornell's Maple Sugar Research Station, was featured on NBC affiliates throughout the country discussing this year's maple syrup season.

Miscellaneous -

  • Noliwe Rooks of Arts and Sciences penned this thought-provoking opinion piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education about racial inequality.
  • Physicist Jane Wang was quoted in this Los Angeles Times article about how flies fly. Human Ecology professor Tasha Lewis's work with upcycling clothing from Haiti was featured in this Guardian article.
  • Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in this CNN article about immigration reform.
  • Hotel Adminstration's Chekitan Dev is quoted in this USA Today/CNBC article about the option to own a piece of the Hard Rock Hotel.
  • And new A&S post-doc Danielle Lee blogs for Scientific American about how much she loves Cornell so far.

News wrap for April 4 to April 10

Science - In Cornell-related science news this week, CNN featured some of the most promising research regarding 3D-printed organs, which included bioengineer Lawrence Bonassar's work with 3D-printed ears and spinal disks. Horticulture professor David Wolfe weighed in on this National Geographic piece about how climate change is affecting agriculture. Discover shows that Cornell was a leader in the field of science, even in 1924, when the university conducted a study finding the connection between sleeping on a thought and one's ability to retain said thought. And a pair of local news stories showcased some of Cornell's most timely science - WBNG-TV took a close look at the Cornell's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and how such technology could be used to help track a missing black box such as that of Flight 370. And WSYR-TV takes a look at the local maple syrup season with Michael Farrell, director of Cornell's Sugar Maple Research Station.

Policy/business - ILR's Esta Bigler tells CNN that this week's effort to boost transparency over wages is not new. USA Today spoke with health economist John Cawley about the cost of childhood obesity in light of a new study. In business news, Eswar Prasad's new book "Dollar Tree," continues to gain attention, this week from the Wall Street Journal, meanwhile the Dyson School lands at #3 on Business Insider's list of top undergraduate business schools. CNBC examined the consequences of high frequency trading, asking Law's Lynn Stout for her opinion. And across the world this week the Indonesian elections begin. Arts and Science's Tom Pepinsky comments for Al Jazeera.

Psychology - Brian Wansink continues to receive attention for his study of how cereal box art is used is used to market the brand, including this article from CBS. Behavioral economist David Just talks to MSN about the reasons why adults are hesitant to pack a lunch for work. Pyschologist David Dunning tells SmartPlanet why humans aren't smart enough to recognize genius, even when it's right in front of them. The Times of India took a look at a Cornell study finding that childhood memories go back further than scientists first thought. And what do selfies say about us? Psychologist Peggy Drexler answers for Al Jazeera.

Miscellaneous -

  • Bloomberg examined the Fort Hood shooting, quoting Cornell's Hannah Rudstam about reintegration of PTSD-affected veterans.
  • The New York Times featured Bruce Monger's Introduction to Oceonography as one of it's 10 "courses with a twist."
  • Arts and Sciences's Suzanne Mettler spoke with Jefferson Public Radio about inequality in higher education.
  • Hotel Administration's Chekitan Dev was quoted by USA Today in this article about hotels offering a tex relief day.
  • And the Syracuse Post-Standard makes not of Cornell's partnership with Wegman's to bring more local cheeses to the grocery store, including in Wegman's new "cheese caves."

News wrap for March 28 to April 3

Quake in Chile – Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Richard Allmendinger conducted exhaustive research into the boundary between the Nazca and South American plates, and his website chronicles the history of “megathrust” earthquakes along that line – and highlights a small, white box inside which Rick warned the next big quake was due. On Tuesday night that quake, or just a foreshock of more to come, hit off the Chilean coast, and Rick was working with the media just minutes after news spread to the world. Just some of the more than 200 media hits include:

Quisp, not quake – Sometimes likened to a force of nature themselves, researchers at the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Food and Brand Lab published a study this week examining the psychology of cereal boxes – particularly the boost in sales and brand loyalty cereal makers get when they target the gaze of the cartoon characters on their boxes downward toward kids. Journalists couldn’t get enough, with coverage in more than 400 outlets including:

Out of this world – Beyond our borders, news broke this week that astronomers from Cornell and the California Institute of Technology have detected an ocean of liquid water underneath the surface of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. Astronomy Professor and director of Cornell’s Center for Radio Physics Jonathan Lunine – a world-recognized expert on Saturn’s smaller siblings helped explain the implications of extraterrestrial liquid water to more than 150 news outlets, including:

Not to be overlooked – Scores of other Cornell researchers and experts found there way into major media coverage this past week, including:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension-NYC educator and aquaponic pioneer Philson Warner explaining urban fish farming from Cornell-sponsored Food and Finance High School in Manhattan on Fox News.
  • Business Insider featuring a product the Cornell Maple Research Station helped develop under our Land Grant mission.
  • Nutritional Science Professor Sera Young talking with NPR’s The Salt about the history of humans eating dirt.
  • CNN Money quoting Lowell Turner, the director of ILR’s Worker Institute at Cornell University, about union-fighting efforts at Amazon.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College gastroenterologist Dr. Christine Frissora explaining the benefits of gut bacteria to the New York Times Science section.
  • And a feature profile of the many successes of the members of incoming Law School Dean Eduardo Peñalver’s family in The News Tribune.

News wrap for March 21 to 27

Inside view – This week, Business Insider’s Education section turned its focus to Cornell University, profiling “19 Incredibly Impressive Students At Cornell.” Included in the package are rising international chess master Adarsh Jayakumar, start-up investor Ali Hamed, cancer fighter Amy Zhoa, Olympic hockey gold medalist Brianne Jenner, humanitarian standout Kelechi Umoga, SWAG co-president Thaddeus Talbot, math education advocate (through her YouTube alter-ego “Mathematigal”) Saramiora Shields, Marine Corps veteran and health care volunteer Ryan Radwanski, and a 11 more students whose stories have been recommended more than 3,700 times on Facebook and viewed by more than 350,000 people online in just the first two days online.

More genius – The 2014 edition of the technology showcase BOOM – or Bits On Our Minds – featuring students from the College of Engineering and Computing and Information Science took place this week at Cornell. In addition to drawing crowds to Duffield Hall, the event drew advance and game-day coverage in regional media and beyond, including the Syracuse Post-Standard, The Ithaca Journal and outlets as far away as the Shreveport Times.

Money man – One of Cornell’s most oft-cited voices on global economic issues had a busy week, even by Eswar Prasad standards. The Dyson School economist was featured in the New York Times “Economix” section, explaining why the U.S. dollar remains the world’s reserve currency. Those comments drew the attention of MoneyNews. Prasad also appeared on Bloomberg Television from their Hong Kong studio to talk global reserve currencies; and was quoted by CNN Money and the Wall Street Journal about China’s currency plans. To cap the week, the trade policy expert helped USA Today readers understand the likely impacts of rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia.

Miscellaneous –

  • Weill Cornell Medical College Dean Laurie Glimcher was featured in US News & World Report coverage of a new study that found women a three times less likely to become science researchers.
  • Law School Professor Michael Dorf talked with the New York Times about the likely legal trajectory of fresh court battles over same-sex marriage, and the Philadelphia Inquirer about anti-diversity laws – both in the same week he launched his new Huffington Post blog.
  • Nationally syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson, aka Ask Amy, used her pulpit to encourage teens suffering from depression and self-injury to seek help, directing them to knowledge available from The Cornell Research Program on Self Injury and Recovery.
  • The School of Hotel Administration hit the New York Times twice this week, with research cited in a piece on hotel loyalty programs and Associate Dean Steven Carvell quoted in a piece on airlines and hotels trying to help travelers get a good night’s sleep.
  • Fast Company featured new research by Cornell Sociology Professor Benjamin Cornwell into why constantly switching roles in life increases stress.
  • As the debate over the merits of the standing desk continues, the New York Times Magazine explored its history and benefits with Ergonomics Professor Alan Hedge.
  • ILR Labor History Professor Louis Hyman spoke with NBC News about the current economic recovery and its impact on big-ticket purchases, such as new cars.
  • An opinion piece on the Sunday New York Times, titled “The Evil of the Outdoor Cat,” noted recent research by Araceli Lucio-Forster, a Cornell veterinary researcher, into a new six-inch parasitic worm being found in domestic felines.
  • Human Ecology’s Karl Pillemer had his work collecting the life lessons of older people featured this week in Time magazine.
  • Popular Science highlighted the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdCast real time forecasting project.
  • Astronomy Professor Joseph Burns helped both National Geographic Magazine and the Christian Science Monitor see the implications of the first asteroid to have its own ring system.
  • Corey Calabrese, a legal fellow at the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, was featured in an Al Jazeera America special report on sexual assault in the U.S. military.
  • Science website io9 highlighted a PBS/Nova video in which Cornell alum Bill Nye remembers his days as a student of Astronomy Professor Carl Sagan.
  • And former Cornell University President Hunter Rawlings III, now the president of the American Association of Universities, was quoted by New York Times national higher education writer Richard Pérez-Peña in a piece on the increasing pressure on American universities to produce commercial success for students.



News wrap for March 14 to March 20

Skorton – Media outlets continued to report this week on President David Skorton’s appointment as the next leader of the Smithsonian, including the Washington Post, which featured “Cornell’s highly regarded president” in its style section. Arts Journal presented this interesting column with the headline “Supportin’ Skorton,” The Washington City Paper outlined the balancing act that lies ahead for Skorton, while this letter to the editor in the Cornell Daily Sun provides one student’s perspective on what the university’s leader means to him.

Gilovich – Psychology professor Thomas Gilovich was quoted in several media outlets this week, including this CBS News piece drawing three investing lessons from March Madness. Similarly, Gilovich was cited by his Ph.D. student Nicholas Epley in this Freakonomics podcast about how psychology can provide insights into the business world. He was also quoted in this CNN piece explaining the health benefits of happiness that was syndicated by multiple outlets including KPRC in Houston, WSBT in South Bend, and CNN Espanol. And while a happy mind leads to a healthy body, mental traps can lead to empty pockets according to Gilovich in U.S. News and World Report.

Helms – Actor Ed Helms, who plays proud Cornell alum Andy Bernard on NBC’s The Office, will be the university’s next Convocation keynote speaker. Local and regional outlets such as the Gannett, Syracuse Post-Standard, WVBR, and WHCU took notice, as did national publications Huffington Post and the University Herald. And of course, it wouldn’t be news without it landing on – the actor’s self proclaimed “#1 Ed Helms fansite.”

Evolving worms – As reported by Newseek, UPI, Wired, The Scientist, and Mother Jones, a new study shows that a particular species of worm has evolved to feed on a GMO corn originally designed to kill it. Cornell entomologist Elson Shields weighs in.

Gray Lady – The New York Times appeared to have its eye on Cornell this week as it featured, quoted and cited several experts, including this article and video explaining the science behind insect wings using research from the College of Arts and Sciences. Astronomy professor James Lloyd was quoted in this story about start-ups in the space market. Chickadee mating zones is the topic of this article featuring research from the Lab of Ornithology. This opinion piece by sociology professor Michael Macy and doctoral candidate Milena Tsvetkova delves into the science of paying it forward. ILR’s Rosemary Batt was quoted in this article about culinary schools producing chefs. This story quoted economist Eswar Prasad the power of foreign investors to influence sanctions in Russia, and he’s also quoted in this piece about China’s Central Bank. And Ritch Savin-Williams along with Gerulf Reiger of the College of Human Ecology were featured in this article about bisexuality.


  • The next dean of Cornell’s Law School will be Eduardo Penalver as reported by the New York Law Journal this week.
  • Cornell’s recent investment strategy is mention in this Bloomberg article that also quoted Ronald Ehrenberg, director of the Higher Education Research Institute at Cornell.
  • Hotel Admin professor Michael Lynn once again explains how e-payments affect tipping in this piece for Slate.
  • Can big data help U.S. cities adapt to climate change? Jonathon Schuldt answers for Scientific American.
  • Travis Gosa, Africana, discusses with Politini the politics of black men’s style on.
  • It was announced this week that scientists have detected ripples made in the fabric of the universe just after the Big Bang. Cornell Astronomer Rachel Bean told USA Today the discovery was “phenomenal,” while physicist Liam McAllister was cited by Wired.
  • Hotel Administration’s Bill Carroll was quoted in this Fast Company article about what hotel operators really think of Airbnb.
  • That disgusted look? It’s just evolution explains this Discovery News article featuring a new study from neuroscientist Adam Anderson.

News wrap for March 7 to March 13

President Skorton to lead Smithsonian - The announcement that President David Skorton has been named the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution garnered national attention this week, as major publications like the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes broke the news. Local outlets like The Ithaca Journal, WHCU, WSKG, WENY, and TWC News had the opportunity to meet with the president in his office. Over 450 media outlets covered the news, including outlets from Canada, Taiwan, Great Britain, Germany, India, South Korea and Australia. Perhaps the Iowa City Press-Citizen summed it up best with its headline "With Skorton, Cornell's loss is nation's gain."

Cohabitating couples - A spate of new studies looking at cohabitation and how it affects a couple's relationship were examined by outlets like Time, CNBC, and the Christian Science Monitor this week, all of which cited work by Human Ecology's Sharon Sassler. The Today Show aired a piece, and Sassler was also quoted by FOX News, Yahoo! News, Live Science, and the Mother Nature Network.

Currency and economy - Eswar Prasad's new book "The Dollar Trap" is gaining media attention from outlets like Business Insider and The Economist for its examination of the world's love-hate relationship of the dollar. Prasad also discussed the yuan, or more broadly the Chinese economy, with the Wall Street Journal and Business Spectator, while also analyzing the Indian economy for Financial Times. A historical analysis of the U.S. economy was published in the Chicago Sun-Times in the form of an op-ed written by professors Louis Hyman (ILR) and Ed Baptist (A&S), in which they describe how American finance grew on the backs of slaves. The virtual currency Bitcoin was a popular topic in this week's news, and Engineering's Gun Sirer was quoted by The Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal, twice.

Miscellaneous -

  • This CNN article shows five ways to decode a TripAdvisor review, including methods from Jeff Hancock's (CALS) research of fake online reviews.
  • ILR's Linda Barrington is quoted in this NPR article about this week's government jobs report. Seth Harris, also with ILR, discussed the report with Al Jazeera America.
  • One of Cornell's newest professor, Rob Sternberg of Human Ecology, was quoted this New York Times Magazine article about the SAT overhaul.
  • Travis Gosa, A&S, pens this opinion piece for The Root about hip-hop’s continuing struggle with the boundaries of black masculinity.
  • Another opinion piece this week comes by way of Richard Maass (A&S), who wrote about Washington-Moscow relations in the Washington Post.
  • ABC News was one of hundreds of media outlets to carry this story from the Associated Press, in which AAP's Michael Manville helps disect a new report finding more Americans are taking advantage of public transit.
  • Law professor Michael Dorf was quoted in this New York Times article about death row inmates being informed of the method in which they'll be put to death.
  • The Washington Post reviewed Suzanne Metler's (A&S) new book "Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream."
  • Amanda Rodewald (CALS), could be heard on NPR's All Things Considered this week discussing the controversial plan to eliminate wild mute swans in New York State.
  • Professor at the School of Hotel Administration, Michael Lynn, talked to MarketPlace radio about tipping etiquette.
  • The Chicago Tribune quoted Susan Ashdown (CHE) about dolls and standards of beauty.
  • This FOX Business article cites a study by Arturs Kalninsa (Hotel) and Michele Williams (ILR) finding female-owned businesses out survive male-owned businesses.

News wrap for Feb. 28 to March 6

The good fight – How can higher education fuel the dream of upward economic mobility in the 21st century, and what recent changes threaten to undermine this traditional role? That essential conversation got a powerful stir this week from two opinion pieces by Government Professor Suzanne Mettler, one in Sunday’s New York Times, and another in this week’s edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. So energetic was the debate around Mettler’s pieces (431 comments online at the Times, another 48 at The Chronicle) that the conversation itself drew coverage from Inside Higher Education.

Bright lights – Two new video studios at Cornell University helped researchers shine their light into public conversations this week on two monumental issues. On Wednesday, Law School Professor John Blume took part in an hour-long Google Hangout hosted by CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield from the new Day Hall web-based “studio lite.” The session drew more than 100 participants and nearly 800 online comments, and came in advance of the CNN original series “Death Row Stories,” which launches Sunday at 9 p.m. ET with an episode featuring Blume (who also was quoted this week as a death penalty expert by USA Today and UPI). Earlier that same day, visiting Professor of Government Richard Maass joined Fox News live from the Video Production Group’s new network uplink studio in Collegetown for an extended segment on Russia’s military strategy in the Ukraine. For those who prefer text, History Professor Barry Strauss, and International Studies and Government Professor Valerie Bunce also offered their views of Russia’s motivations to the Washington Times.

Big City – A new multi-institution study that included work by Policy and Analysis Professor Rick Geddes found that New York State’s long-defended and nationally unique “scaffold law,” designed to keep construction sites safe, may be causing hundreds of injuries and costing the public millions of dollars. Those findings drew attention from around the state and in the construction industry, including pieces by WHEC-TV in Rochester, Buffalo’s NPR affiliate WBFO, the Olean Times Herald, and Safety + Health magazine.


  • An opinion piece in defense of college courses in prisons authored by American Studies professors Glenn Altschuler and Mary Fainsod Katzenstein was featured in Inside Higher Education, the same week Cornell’s past efforts to educate inmates in New York won praise in the Albany Times Union’s opinion section from essayist John Crutchfield, who took classes while in the Auburn Correctional Facility.
  • Policy and Analysis Professor Richard Burkhauser was quoted in a Time piece about states were income inequality has soared.
  • Work by Human Development Professor John Eckenrode about the effect that income inequality has on children continued to earn coverage, including reports by NPR affiliate WAER in Syracuse and Southern California Public Radio.
  • Fellow Policy and Analysis Professor John Cawley was quoted in an ABC News/Yahoo! News piece about the personal economic impacts of obesity, an article that was featured as the main story on the fourth busiest website in the world.
  • The ILR School’s pioneering Employment and Disability Institute was highlighted by the Wall Street Journal.
  • A Reuters piece about the continued struggles of online currency Bitcoin included insight from Computer Science Professor Emin Gun Sirer. City and Regional Planning Professor Susan Christopherson talked about the challenges of shipping oil by rail in New York State with Gannett.
  • Shanjun Li, a professor of energy economics in the Dyson School, spoke with NPR’s Marketplace about the dwindling federal highway repair fund.
  • A presentation on Charles Darwin’s personality at New York City’s 92nd Street Y by Weill Cornell Medical College Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Gail Saltz won national coverage through LiveScience.
  • Recent research at WCMC into the dangers of home births was cited this week in coverage on the rising trend by Time and MSN.
  • Nutritional Sciences Professor Kathleen Rasmussen was featured in an article in Parents magazine about the dangers of gaining too much weight during pregnancy.
  • Work by Cornell Tech and WCMC Professor Deborah Estrin into health information privacy landed her on-air for in interview on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show.
  • Johnson School researcher Wesley Sine was quoted in a Wall Street Journal piece about family businesses and CEO hours.
  • Steve Miranda, the director of ILR’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, offered CNN Money audiences some timely insight into acing your annual review.
  • Work by College of Veterinary Medicine researcher Araceli Lucio-Forster that discovered the expansion of a foot-long parasitic worm from wildlife into house cats caught the attention of UPI, the Epoch Times and other news outlets.
  • And Cornell’s Viticulture and Enology programs were featured in this month’s Teen Vogue article “The Craziest Things You Can Actually Major in at College” – don’t worry, the editors note crazy means “these degrees seriously rule.”

News wrap for Feb. 21 to 27

Thor’s Day thunder – Thursday may be named for the Norse god of thunder, but this week it belonged to Cornell. The morning began with a live broadcast by NY1 News from the basement of Cornell-sponsored Food and Finance High School in Manhattan, in the aquaculture lab of College of Human Ecology researcher and Extension science educator Philson Warner. By afternoon, drive-time travelers nationwide were listening to NPR's All Things Considered host Melissa Block talk with College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Dyson School economist Andrew Novakovic about the end of “Got Milk?” and the future of the American dairy industry (this followed a week of hits for Novakovic, including Dairy Herd, Colorado Public Radio, AgWeb, WXXI and the Daily Gazette). The day was capped by Nutrition scientist and psychologist David Levitsky leading the NBC Nightly News with First Lady Michelle Obama in a piece about plans for new nutrition labeling on foods.

Union of experts – In the week following the highly watched unionization battle at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. plant, journalists searched for meaning and they repeatedly found Cornell voices to help provide it. ILR’s Kate Bronfenbrenner explored the import of American labor unions on PBS NewsHour, just a few days after her op-ed in the New York Times. ILR colleague and labor historian Jefferson Cowie helped Automotive Weekly analyze events leading to the vote. ILR’s Lance Compa told NBC News that politicians who threatened to withhold development funding if the workers supported a union had crossed a key legal line. And Buffalo-based ILR auto industry expert Art Wheaton helped CBC News understand how recent events reflect the struggles of the United Auto Workers.

Runway success – Also this week, the leadership of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech announced the “Runway Program,” a new model for launching tech researchers into business. The world took swift notice, with feature coverage appearing in Inside Higher Education, The New Yorker, the Epoch Times, the Huffington Post and The Jerusalem Post.

Miscellaneous –

  • Following moves by the U.S. Government to step up oil exploration in the Atlantic Ocean, Cornell Lab or Ornithology bioacoustics research director Aaron Rice, who helps Cornell run a whale listening network off Boston Harbor, explained to the New York Times how offshore drilling could impact marine mammals.
  • Johnson School Professor Randy Allen spoke with Reuters about the dangers Amazon faces if it hikes its fees.
  • Policy Analysis and Management Professor Dan Lichter told readers of USA Today to expect more dramatic social changes as Baby Boomers age out of the driver’s seat in American culture.
  • Sociology Professor Michael Macy's research into posts by Twitter users found that we’re happiest right around breakfast time, and that work found its way into multiple outlets including Brides magazine, and ABC News Radio.
  • Law School Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr helped US News & World Report look at President Obama’s aggressive efforts to deport illegal immigrants.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College urology researcher Dr. Harry Fisch spoke with NBC News about the increased risk of older fathers passing on certain genetic disorders.
  • The innovative handiwork of Cornell students Ray Li and Michael Ndubuisi, who created electronic gloves that allow the wearer to create music, earned continuing coverage this week including the Syracuse Post Standard, the London Daily Mail and Business Standard.
  • Also still scoring hits – this week in Yahoo! News, Sify News and others – is research by Dyson School postdoctoral researcher Kevin Kniffin that shows “game winning momentum” is an illusion.
  • New research coauthored by Law School Professor Michael Frakes on a better future for medical malpractice rules was featured in Bloomberg News.
  • Research by the Lab of Ornithology and the University of Chicago into the surprising appearance of monk parakeets was featured in the Chicago Sun Times.
  • Cornell University’s decision to join the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh was coverage from EHS Today.
  • Human Ecology Research Scientist Janis Whitlock spoke with the New York Times news service about the influence college roommates have upon each other.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Psychiatry Professor Gail Saltz was featured in a WebMD article on emotional cheating.
  • Dyson School economist Eswar Prasad was quoted in a New York Times piece that looks at the Federal Reserve’s role in combatting the 2008 financial crisis.
  • And innovative work being done by a team of Cornell students to develop shape-celebrating plus-sized clothing in advance of the annual student fashion show was celebrated by industry voices in PlusModel magazine, and by their academic peers in Syracuse University’s The Daily Orange.

News wrap for Feb. 14 to 20

VW Union Vote - The United Auto Workers’ failure to organize employees at a VW assembly plant in Tennessee was big national news this week, and ILR saw six of its faculty weigh in. Reuters and the Wall Street Journal talked to Lance Compa, while The Los Angeles Times spoke to Richard Hurd. Bloomberg received insights from Art Wheaton, Jeff Cowie wrote about "labor's WTF movement" for Politico Magazine, while research from Kate Bronfenbrenner was cited by Slate. International coverage comes by way of the BBC, which quoted Lowell Turner.

Free college for NY prisoners - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a controversial plan to fund college classes in state prisons, arguing that a college degree will reduce the likelihood an inmate will return to crime when released. While outlets like the Huffington Post, CBS New York, and the Syracuse Post-Standard mentioned Cornell's Prison Education Program, the program's director, Dr. Rob Scott, spoke in favor of Cuomo's proposal to WHEC-TV in Rochester and FOX23 in Albany. Mary Katzenstein of Arts and Sciences was also quoted in favor of the plan by WROC, WXXI and WAER, while the Democrat and Chronicle quoted an op-ed written by President David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler.

Musical gloves - Engineering students Ray Li and Michael Ndubuisi invented a new musical instrument called the Aura, which is controlled using one's hands and a pair of gloves. Discovery Channel News has a video for you to watch, while the network's primetime science show, Daily Planet, will be featuring the instrument on Friday night. Tech blogs like Gizmag and Evolver took interest, while UPI also featured the work.

Curing paralysis - Cornell and Harvard scientists working on a paralysis cure, including Engineering's Maryam Shanechi, have demonstrated how a subject can use only its thoughts, transferred by electrodes, to manipulate another subject's arm. Thanks to coverage by the AFP, the research is getting international attention from the Times of India, MSN Philippians, Le Huffington Post, the Japan Times, the UK Daily Mail, and The China Post. Domestic coverage comes from Futurity and Yahoo! News.

Miscellaneous -

  • Travis Gosa, Africana Studies, discussed the Michael Dunn murder trial as a featured guest on NPR's Here and Now. He also penned this op-ed for The Root, which has received 2,000 Facebook shares and 735 tweets.
  • Sarah Kreps, Arts and Sciences, wrote an op-ed of her own for Foreign Affairs about the future of drone warfare.
  • The Wall Street Journal quoted Cathy Enz, School of Hotel Administration, on Radisson's new hotel brand for millenials.
  • A few journalists got a tour of the newly constructed Gates Hall this week. Coverage comes from Time Warner News, Gannett, and WEBO radio in Owego.
  • Louis Hyman, ILR, and Edward Baptist, Arts and Sciences, write about the value of MOOCs for the History News Network.
  • Michael Macy was quoted in this Globe and Mail article the Internet giving guidance to health providers in unexpected ways.
  • Human Ecology doctoral candidate, Lauren Jones, helps answer questions about the CARD Act for
  • This study from Thomas Gilovich, Arts and Sciences, finding bronze Olympic metals provide more happiness than silver metals has resurfaced in Bloomberg for the Sochi Olympics.
  • Few people can make math fun like Arts and Science's Steven Strogatz, as he proves in the Huffington Post this week.
  • CNN named Bradfield Hall one of the world’s 10 most spectacular university buildings because of its lack of windows.

News wrap for Feb. 7 to 13

Timely insight – As economists and policy experts continue to debate a widening gap between the haves and have-nots, a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics by John Eckenrode, professor of human development and director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research in the College of Human Ecology, added a powerful new dimension to that debate – a correlation between rising child abuse and increasing income inequality. The study was featured by Reuters and spread through their international network to Yahoo! Health, The Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune and the Orlando Sentinel, and as far as the Pakistan Observer and a Spanish-language translation on Yahoo! Noticias. Additional ongoing coverage included the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Gannett and Medical News Today.

Continued insight – The analytic ability of Cornell economist and Dyson School Professor Eswar Prasad was in high demand again this week, with the former head of the financial studies and China divisions of the International Monetary Fund helping the New York Times and the Economic Times of India explain the recurring rebound of the dollar,  and Bloomberg News and the Financial Times lay out the role (or lack thereof) of The Fed in recent market volatility.

Critical insight – The powerful voices of the scholars from the Africana Studies and Research Center could be heard in multiple outlets this week, led by Professor Olúfémi Táíwò’s piece on the struggles of independent Africa in Nigeria’s Professor Travis Gosa was featured in a dialogue on the 10th anniversary of Hip Hop icon Kanye’s “The College Dropout” in Mass Appeal. And Senior Lecturer Adeolu Ademoyo was featured in an All Africa piece about Nigeria’s expanding domestic surveillance efforts.


  • Two ILR professors led national coverage on a potentially groundbreaking unionization effort underway at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Lowell Turner, director of ILR’s Worker Institute helped Bloomberg News and Al Jazeera America explain the import of the vote, while colleague and auto industry expert Art Wheaton spoke with Detroit Free Press’s national industry writer in coverage that elevated to USA Today.
  • Two well-known Cornell voices also continued their public discussion of “fracking” to extract natural gas from shale, with Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology Bob Howarth featured in a Gannett Q&A, while a public forum by research colleague and Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Tony Ingraffea earned coverage in the Messenger Post newspapers.
  • Research by Law School Professor Lynn Stout was cited in a Washington Post column about pressures to provide shareholder value.
  • History Professor Ed Baptist and ILR Professor Louis Hyman, co-creators of the upcoming MOOC on the history of capitalism, outlined their vision for that education medium for The Huffington Post.
  • Astronomy Professor Martha Haynes explained to NPR and Gizmodo the potential impact a new 1.5 billion-pixel camera on our understanding of deep space.
  • Entomologist and Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station Director Mike Hoffman examined industry hopes for a new series of federal climate-agriculture “hubs” in New Scientist.
  • The ongoing danger of the spread of the deadly chikungunya virus by Asian tiger mosquitos was explored by fellow entomologist Professor Laura Harrington in LiveScience and Fox News.
  • Policy and Analysis Professor Rick Geddes once more took to the media, this time in Time, to help outline a new direction for the U.S. Postal Service.
  • PAM colleague Professor Sean Nicholson explained to USA Today why the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to collapse.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Urology Professor Dr. Scott David was quoted in a Fox News report on risks associated with fish oil supplements.
  • The move by Cornell University to join the international Accord on Fire and Building Safety to protect workers in Bangladesh was highlighted in several student and trade news outlets, including The Cornell Daily Sun and Just-Style.
  • With the Olympics again underway, news outlets including Bloomberg News returned to Psychology Professor Tom Gilovich’s 1995 study that found winning the bronze medal is more satisfying than taking gold (and Tom has a fresh tipsheet on this headed out the door Monday).
  • And, although usually cited for his expertise in food economics and public policy, Dyson Professor David Just was quoted in a section-front New York Times feature this week for another reason – hosting work conference calls while being stuck in an El Paso, Texas airport due to the most recent wave of winter storms.

News wrap for Jan. 31 to Feb. 6

Super Sunday – As readers, viewers and web surfers worldwide prepared for the uniquely American spectacle known as the Super Bowl, a trio of leading Cornell University researchers helped ease their concerns about foul weather and poor food choices. Leading the way was Northeast Regional Climate Center Director Art DeGaetano, who correctly called for mild gameday weather at kickoff in East Rutherford N.J. in a LiveScience interview that spread as far as Yahoo! News UK. Advice on healthy food choices for the game came from Dr. Christine Frissora, a gastroenterologist at Weill Cornell Medical College, who's guidance spread through MSN HealthDay, US News & World Report, Newsday and scores of television stations nationwide. When ABC News and Good Morning America went looking for insight into gameday overeating, they turned to Dyson Professor and Food and Brand Lab Director Brian Wansink, who admitted fans have little chance against the snacks and emotions connected to the event.

Better weekdays – But weekend overeaters did find some solace later in the week when a new study by Wansink reported that, when it comes to weight control, it’s not the weekends but the weekdays that really matter. Coverage hit more than 250 media outlets, including CNN, CBS News, MSN, the Huffington Post, WebMD, the Examiner, the Baltimore Sun and the New York Daily News.

Better health ahead – Strong new coverage also continued into this week on the opening of the new Belfer Research Building at New York City-based Weill Cornell Medical College. The $650 million, 18-story collaborative research facility was featured on DNAinfo, Crain’s New York Business and NY1 News.


  • Coverage continued on research being led by Cornell’s Drew Harvell and Ian Hewson into a massive die-off being observed in sea stars, with fresh reports appearing in New Scientist, International Business Times and The Weather Channel.
  • Ongoing media fascination with the unusual appearance of snowy owls in the United States drew Lab of Ornithology researcher Kevin McGowan into the news, with his insight being featured in the New York Times and The Atlantic.
  • Lab of Ornithology colleague and Elephant Listening Project co-founder Andrea Turkalo was featured in a National Geographic piece on the fate of forest elephants in Africa.
  • Dyson Economist Eswar Prasad appeared on PBS NewsHour this week, outlining the challenges facing emerging markets, and a day later appeared on Bloomberg Television to offer insight into the stability of virtual currency Bitcoin.
  • The paths of four Cornell Women’s Hockey players who are headed to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia was profiled in the region’s Gannett news outlets.
  • Food Science Professor Rui Hai Liu explained the benefits of ripe fruit to New York Times readers.
  • Psychology Professor James Cutting was quoted in a piece by The Dish on our obsession with speed.
  • Government Professor Norman Uphoff explained the promise of a new rice farming method, known as SRI, to the Christian Science Monitor.
  • BBC News featured an interview with Economics Professor Kaushik Basu, now serving as the World Bank’s chief economist.
  • Cornell Government Department graduate researcher Christopher Cairns is quoted in a Guardian report on using social media to track pollution.
  • Communications Professor Jeff Niederdeppe’s insight into the CVS decision to end tobacco sales was carried worldwide by Reuters and broadcast on Albany’s NBC affiliate, WNYT-TV.
  • Dr. Nathan Spreng, director of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at Cornell’s Human Neuroscience Institute, co-authored an opinion piece in the Huffington Post on the battle against dementia.
  • WCMC Psychology Professor Peggy Drexler authored a piece for CNN on the sexist motivations behind criticism of Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’s past, during the same week USA Today quoted her in a piece on the public’s view of art and controversial artists.
  • Communications and CIS Professor Jeff Hancock’s research was cited in a piece by CNN on the good and the bad of Facebook as it turned 10 (his work showed the good).
  • Natural Resources Professor Mark Whitmore delivered the bad news to Buffalo News readers: even a snowy, cold winter can’t kill pests such as the emerald ash borer.
  • ILR’s Kate Bronfenbrenner was quoted in a Salon piece about unions and the resurgence of the right wing in American politics.
  • Dyson Professor and agricultural economist Andy Novakovic talked with NPR affiliate WAMC about the potential impacts of the Farm Bill.
  • And Astronomy Professor Steven Squyres, who has led the pioneering Mars Sprit and Opportunity rover expeditions for more than a decade, exchanged Tweets with actor William Shatner, who’s signature character James Tiberius Kirk explored where no one has gone before, in a Huffington Post piece on the origins of a mysterious new rock on the Red Planet.

News wrap for Jan. 24 to 30

Silencing the mutes – When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced its plan to declare the European mute swan – introduced into the U.S. as a lake and pond decoration more than a century ago – a “prohibited invasive species,” the New York Times turned to Natural Resources Professor Paul Curtis to explain why. When the world quickly took note, Curtis drew two radio interviews on BBC News, and text coverage from France’s AFP appearing in places from The Telegraph of London, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Wishing on a star – Something is decimating starfish populations along North America’s Pacific Coast, and marine ecosystem researcher Drew Harvell, a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and associate director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, is working with colleagues here and at the University of Washington to find the cause. Harvell and her ongoing work were featured this Thursday on PBS NewsHour.

State of the Union – During the week when President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address, much of the media conversation around his message focused on income inequality. Both before and after the speech, Cornell voices were helping to frame the public conversation – including CALS-Dyson School Professor Sharon Poczter’s critique of Obama in Forbes, Policy Analysis Professor Richard Burkhauser on CBS News, Johnson Economist Robert Frank in the New Yorker, Government Professor Elizabeth Sanders on Sirius XM’s national “Polioptics” talk show, and Law School Professor Bob Hockett in Salon.

States of the nation – Jan Vink, a researcher in Human Ecology’s Program on Applied Demographics, capped a very busy month this week as media outlets reported news that U.S. Census data shows New York holding on to its title at the nation’s third most populous state – but just barely. Vink’s voice was featured in the New York Times, Newsday, U.S. News & World Report, the Albany Times-Union, and Gannett, among many others.


  • Cornell NYC Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher was featured in a Forbes piece on the future of entrepreneurship in New York City, the same week The Architect’s Newspaper profiled plans for the new Roosevelt Island campus.
  • Dyson School Economist Andy Novakovic helped Wisconsin Public Radio break down the impact a new Farm Bill could will on consumers.
  • Cornell’s sustainability efforts on campus were highlighted by the National Resources Defense Council’s blog.
  • Nutrition Psychology Professor David Levitsky was cited in a New York Times “Well” section feature about weight loss obsession.
  • North Country Public Radio aired a two-part interview with Maple Research Forest Director Mike Farrell about his new book designed to help sugar makers succeed.
  • Incoming Human Development Professor Robert Sternberg authored an advice piece for academics who face career crises for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Cornell’s innovative “aquaponics” science education program in New York City’s Food and Finance High School were featured in DNAinfo and Business Insider, with CBS News planning coverage this spring.
  • David Owen, professor of Near Eastern Studies, was quoted in a widely carried Associated Press article about new discoveries related to the roots and true design of Noah’s Ark.
  • Psychology Professor Tom Gilovich’s work on the true roots of happiness was cited in a Financial Times feature.
  • Foob and Brand Lab director Brian Wansink’s work on plate sizes and perceptions of portion size was noted in Fast Company, the same week Food and Brand Lab researcher Kevin Kniffin’s new study on how death row meal choices relate to a prisoner’s claims of innocence or admission of guilt was covered widely, including reports in Wired and Popular Science.
  • The Washington Post turned to Cornell Lab of Ornithology researcher Kevin McGowan as it covered the controversy around Pope Francis releasing domesticated doves into the wild at St. Peter’s Square.
  • In a week that saw the official opening of the new Belfer Research Building on Manhattan’s East Side, Weill Cornell Medical College earned broad media coverage, with international attention to new work on the relationship between food toxins and multiple sclerosis on BBC News, NBC News and other outlets, along with NY1’s coverage of the causes of football brain injuries.
  • Also from the gridiron, ILR economist Ron Ehrenberg talked with The Chronicle of Higher Education about new efforts to unionize college athletes.
  • And Cornell Hockey mainstay Dave Nulle, aka “Zamboni Dave,” had his unique contribution to the legend of Lynah Rink traced in a Gannett feature piece.

News wrap for Jan. 17 to Jan. 23

Mystery Doughnut Rock - This week the nation was focused on a single rock the size of a jelly doughnut - at least that's how Cornell's Steve Squyres described the Mars stone that mysteriously appeared in front of the Opportunity rover to CNN. Additional coverage included networks like NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as blogs like CNET and publications like the Washington Post, Discovery News, and Popular Mechanics.

Merlin Bird ID App - The Lab of Ornithology's latest app can help its users identify any bird by asking just five questions. The free app was featured this week by Fast Company, UPI, Gannett, the Ithaca Times, the Syracuse Post-Standard, and many more publications throughout the country.

Prolonged Sitting Study - Older women who spend the most time sitting and resting have a higher risk of dying early, according to a new study led by Cornell nutritional scientist Rebecca Seguin. Coverage came from the Washington Post, Yahoo! News, Huffington Post, Gannett, Health Magazine, Newsday, and more.

Miscellaneous -

  • Why should scientists embrace the liberal arts? President David Skorton discusses in this opinion piece for Scientific American.
  • Another opinion piece came this week from professor Stephen Sass in the New York Times, where he poses the question: Can China innovate without dissent?
  • Speaking of China, The Wall Street Journal spoke with Eswar Prasad about his new book "The Dollar Trap," which pits the Chinese yuan versus the U.S. dollar.
  • NPR's Morning Edition featured a study by Brian Wansink examining school lunches and how students' diets can be affected by how they pay for those lunches. The study also made Politico's syllabus.
  • Is reading this sentence slowly killing your eyes?  It might be if you don't have your computer settings adjusted correctly.  That's according to ergonomics expert Alan Hedge in this Washington Post article.
  • The debate continues over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's promise to abolish carriage horses in the city, and The New York Times talks to proponents, opponents, and in the case of Cornell's Lisa Fortier, people in between.
  • Michael King's cancer research continues to impress the media this week, including Men's Health.
  • Environmental engineer Patrick Reed is quoted by the Christian Science Monitor in this article about the California drought.
  • Sean Nicholson talked state Medicaid expansion with USA Today.

News wrap for Jan. 10 to Jan. 16

Downtown Ithaca Incubator - The collaborative Downtown Ithaca Incubator project between Cornell, Ithaca College, and TC3 was the focus of many local and regional news outlets this week, including WBNG-TV, WENY-TV, YNN, WHCU radio, the Ithaca Journal, and WXHC, with more coverage expected.

Power Moves - Cornell wished one vice president a farewell this week, and welcomed another. Elmira Mangnum left Cornell to become the first female president of Florida A&M University. The move garnered national attention from outlets like Reuters, UPI and Ebony, while local outlets like the Ithaca Journal and WHCU reported the news along with their counterparts in Florida like the NBC affiliate WJHG and the Miami Herald.

Cornell welcomed this week its new vice president for university relations, Joel Malina. Local and regional outlets like the Ithaca Journal and Capital NY took notice along with PR news outlet O'Dwyer's.

Mars Rover Exhibit - The mission was only supposed to last a few months, but 10 years later one of the original Mars rovers is still operating. To celebrate, The Smithsonian has opened a new exhibit featuring some of the best photographs of Mars taken by the rovers. Principal investigator Steve Squyres shared his insights with the Washington Post, ABC News, Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, NBC News, International Business Times, and UK Daily Mail.

Roman Masks - A team of researchers from the College of Arts & Sciences made cast molds of their own faces to recreate Roman funeral masks. As LiveScience first reported, the masks are giving researchers new insights into the well-documented Roman tradition. Additional coverage came from NBC News, Yahoo! News, Archaeology, and io9.

Miscellaneous -

  • ILR's Risa Lieberwitz is quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about inappropriate job interview questions.
  • Cornell economist and former professional soccer player, Chris Anderson, is quoted by Wired in this article about how soccer teams are using data analytics.
  • A talk given by political scientist Ron Herring is quoted in the Discover Magazine article about misinformation surrounding failed cotton crops that led to tragedy in India.
  • Michael King's lab continues to receive heavy media attention this week, including features from Voice of America and Futurity, for it's discovery of new cancer-killing proteins that attach to white blood cells.
  • The Los Angeles Times quoted Richard Hurd in this article examining possible labor violations committed by Walmart.
  • The Lab of Ornithology's new Merlin app had launched and coverage includes this article from UPI.
  • Economist Robert Frank penned his latest column for the New York Times, this time discussing income inequality, while Richard Burkhauser's take an inequality is mentioned in this second New York Times opinion piece by David Brooks.
  • The Wall Street Journal quotes Andrew Novakovic in this Wall Street Journal article about the political battle surrounding the farm bill.
  • LiveScience featured a new study by Ritch Savin-Williams finding that a landmark sexuality study may have not been as accurate as first thought.

News wrap for Dec. 20 to Jan. 9

Conquering cancer, part 1­ – Ninety percent of all cancer deaths are related to metastasis, as cancer cells spread throughout the body in the bloodstream. Now, a team led by Biomedical Engineering Professor Michael King may have found a way to destroy blood-borne cancer by attaching cancer-killing proteins to white blood cells. This potentially groundbreaking work was reported to a global audience through more than 100 outlets, including the BBC, The Telegraph, UPI, Business Standard, Health Central, The Guardian and the Voice of America – with coverage still ongoing.

Conquering cancer, part 2 – Cancer research and care innovation also received a tremendous boost earlier this month, when Weill Cornell Medical College announced a $75 million gift from Sandra and Edward Meyer. News of this philanthropic act, and what it will do to advance research at the newly named Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at WCMC, spread globally as well, with coverage as close to home as Bloomberg News, The New York Daily News, WNBC-TV, WHCU-AM and The Ithaca Journal, and as widespread as The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The International Business Times and even Australia’s Cloud Computing Journal.

Real cereal science – Shortly after General Mills announced its iconic Cheerios brand would be made from only non-genetically modified crops, Cornell experts jumped in to help journalists understand the significance of the move. Plant Breeding and Genetics Professor Margaret Smith explained to Business Insider, The Weather Channel, Women’s Health magazine and others that, since any altered proteins are processed out of the cereal, there will be no chemical or nutritional difference at all. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences colleague, Dyson School behavioral economist David Just, echoed Smith’s insight, noting to NBC News that the move was a marketing ploy designed to appeal to consumer fears.

Leading edge – Following an interview with Student and Academic Services Vice President Susan Murphy, Huffington Post national higher education reporter Tyler Kingkade lauded Cornell in a feature piece as a leader among higher education institutions in America for it’s efforts to actively combat sexual violence – taking the initiative to examine and alter policies even in the absence of crisis.


  • CALS Dean and Food Scientist Kathryn Boor wrote a New Year’s Eve feature op-ed for USA Today, urging Americans to take pause during their holiday meals to become more familiar with the challenges facing food production around the world.
  • Fellow Food Science Professor Gavin Sachs was featured again on Science Friday’s website, in the second part of the show’s series on wine science. Sachs is set to appear live on NPR’s Science Friday later today (Friday, Jan. 10).
  • Food and Brand Lab Director Brian Wansink had a busy break, releasing studies on both fast food meals and kids (Yahoo! News and NACS Online) and the relationship between youth sports and fitness later in life (CBC News and the Syracuse Post Standard), and speaking with multiple outlets about controlling overeating (Salon and the San Francisco Chronicle).
  • Cornell’s 3-D printing pioneers continued to rack up media hits, with Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Hod Lipson’s new fully printed electronic speaker getting continued coverage by CBS News, Al Jazeera and IEEE Spectrum; while Lipson and MAE colleague Larry Bonassar’s work on printable body parts was featured by Gannett.
  • Fiber Scientist Juan Hinestroza’s work to use nanotechnology to help the garment and apparel industry combat counterfeiting was covered in the London Daily Mail.
  • Hotel School Marketing Professor Chekitan Dev helped Gannett explain the need for high-quality photos and videos on hotel booking websites.
  • Law Professor and former U.S. Supreme Court Clerk Michael Dorf was quoted in a New York Times piece about the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Utah.
  • Work by Plant Biology Researcher Jocelyn Rose to combat a beetle that could devastate Colombia’s coffee crops was highlighted by the science news hub LiveScience.
  • NPR’s Marketplace featured two Cornell voices over the break, with ILR’s Compensation Studies Center Director Linda Barrington talking about the real relationship between stock market activity and economic prosperity, and Dyson Economist Ravi Kanbur voicing concern for the increasing numbers of the world’s poor who live unnoticed inside otherwise rising global economies.
  • City and Regional Planning Professor Michael Manville penned an op-ed for The Seattle Times about the limits placed on urban planning by our cultural obsession with parking.
  • A team of Art History researchers had their work on recreating Roman wax masks featured by LiveScience and Yahoo! News.
  • Mother Jones asked ILR Labor History Professor Jefferson Cowie to evaluate plans by one retailer to increase pay for garment workers.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College ethicist, Dr. Joseph Fins, was quoted in a New York Times piece about the science behind brain death; while WCMC colleague Dr. Nicholas Schiff, professor of neurology and neuroscience, helped CNN explain the reasons for inducing coma in patients with brain injuries.
  • Astronomy Professor Steven Squyres was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor feature about the first decade on Mars for rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
  • The New York Times quoted Entomology Professor Jan Nyrop in a piece about the potential pest-purging benefits of deep cold.
  • Developmental Psychology Professor Ritch Savin-Williams’ new study on the challenges facing researchers examining attitudes of gay youths was featured in the Los Angeles Times and other outlets.
  • The Huffington Post reported on research by Policy Analysis and Management Professor Michael Lovenheim that recommended a sugar tax as a superior public policy method for combatting obesity.
  • A new CALS website designed to collect and share climate change research data was the focus of a feature piece in Modern Farmer.
  • Tara Bishop, associate professor of public health and medicine at WCMC, helped USA Today explain the impact the new Affordable Care Act could have on mental health access.
  • And College of Veterinary Medicine Lecturer Brian Collins talked with the Associated Press about the needs of pets in severe cold weather.

News wrap for Dec. 13 to Dec. 19

Future of 3-D – As Hod Lipson notes in a Cornell University-produced video that spread globally this week, the world has just seen the “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the possibilities of 3-D printing. Work done in the aerospace and mechanical engineering professor’s Creative Machines Lab drew broad attention this week with the debut of the planet’s first fully functional 3-D printed electronic device – a big red loudspeaker. Multimedia media hits appeared in more than 100 outlets by week’s end, including CNET, Scientific American, PC Magazine, PC World, Gizmodo and Endgadget.

Future Tech – This week also was a landmark moment for Cornell NYC Tech, with the release of new Roosevelt Island campus renderings and the official transfer of the 99-year lease to the 12-acre East River property to Cornell. Early coverage of the plans and the event – which came two years after the Dec. 19, 2011 announcement that Cornell had won the international competition to build an applied science and technology campus in New York City – includes multiple pieces in the New York Daily News, the New York Post, Architectural Record, Curbed, The Real Deal, NY1-TV and ENR New York.

Future prosperity – Taking a quick break from the recent Board of Trustees meetings in New York City, Cornell’s Chief Investment Officer AJ Edwards headed to the Upper East Side for a conversation on institutional investing with Bloomberg Television’s Deirdre Bolton. “Money Moves” viewers heard of the success of Cornell’s endowment, praise for its managers, and were advised to think long-term when investing.


  • Work by Aerospace Engineering Professor David Erickson to develop the app and hardware that combine to create a smartphone-attached portable cholesterol tester drew wide coverage in health and tech publications, including Time, Yahoo! News, Bloomberg Businessweek and Business Standard.
  • Food Scientist and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Kathryn Boor was featured in a Reuters Health report on the risks tied to drinking raw milk – coverage that spread nationally including CBS News and the Chicago Tribune.
  • Africana Studies Professor Grant Farred authored an op-ed on South Africa in the post-Mandela era that was published in the region’s Gannett newspapers.
  • Policy Analysis and Management Professor Donald Kenkel helped the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester understand the impact Obamacare policies might (or might not) have on public smoking habits.
  • Rick Kline, astronomy professor and a researcher at the NASA-supported Cornell Planetary Imaging Facility, spoke with USA Today about origins of the Geminid meteor showers.
  • New research from the Food and Brand Lab on the benefits of schools using nutritional report cards to help parents monitor kids’ meal choices was covered by the Examiner and other outlets.
  • English Professor Dagmawi Woubshet took part in a Newsweek special feature on the increasing dangers to homosexuals in Ethiopia.
  • Fashion industry leader Refinery 29 highlighted work by Fiber Science Professor Juan Hinestroza to build Nanoscale signatures to help tell knockoffs from the real thing.
  • Dyson School Economist David Just penned an op-ed for on the damage high-profile lotteries do to the nation’s poor.
  • Cornell’s Northeast Regional Climate Center issued its annual 50-year look at holiday snow and predictions for a white Christmas in major US cities, with resulting media coverage from a radio interview by Climatologist Jessica Spaccio in Juno, Alaska to print coverage the Newark Star-Ledger and NewsLI, as well as national coverage by Gannett (thanks to probability tables from Jessica that included more than 50 cities).
  • CALS faculty members Margaret Smith and Walter De Jong were both featured in a long-form examination of GMO foods by Technology Review.
  • Our friend, the surprisingly southbound snowy owl, helped the Lab of Ornithology continue to land coverage this week, with fresh pieces in the New York Times, Live Science, Yahoo! News, Discovery News and many more.
  • And the first in a series of video and audio packages on the science of wine flavor, featuring Food Science Professor Gavin Sacks and Dyson Consumer Behavior Professor Brian Wansink, has posted to NPR’s Science Friday’s website. The producer will also be on air Friday, Dec. 20, talking about the piece and Cornell’s research.

News wrap for Dec. 6 to Dec. 12

Mass media migration – With media interest coming into the Lab of Ornithology, Biologist Kevin McGowan stepped up to spread his message that homesick snowy owls, uncommon in the Lower 48, are headed toward conveniently tundra-like U.S. airports. His efforts resulted in more than 75 high-value media hits featuring the Lab, McGowan and Harry Potter’s favorite pet, from NBC’s Today Show, National Geographic, the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune to The Weather Channel, The Outdoor Wire and the Adirondack Almanac.

Weill Cornell irruption – It also was an extraordinarily busy media week for the researchers and clinicians at Weill Cornell Medical College, with the institution logging well more than 500 media hits, led by Dr. Tara Bishop’s report that fewer psychiatrists are accepting health insurance being featured in the New York Times, Reuters, Health Day, Health magazine and scores more outlets. Her colleague, Psychology Professor Peggy Drexler, authored three opinion pieces this week as well, including a critique of Playboy at 60 for Time, a warning that pop icon Miley Cyrus may be promoting drug use through her music on, and an examination of the habits of successful entrepreneurs in Psychology Today. Among the hundreds of other media hits: Pediatric Sleep Center Director Haviva Veler talking about jet lag and toddlers with Slate.

Farm Bill watching – With Congress headed toward its break and an already extended Farm Bill headed toward expiration, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences leaders continued to outline the perils presented by a failure to act on Capitol Hill. Dean and Food Scientist Kathryn Boor issued her call for action in the Boston Globe as well as industry information leader Farm and Dairy, while Dyson School economist Andy Novakovic followed his Inside Cornell DC appearance by talking with Time about how the USDA could temporarily hold off a spike in milk prices. Also this week, Dean Boor’s appointment to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Anti-Hunger Task Force was featured in the Albany Times Union, Riverhead Local and elsewhere around the state.


  • The History News Network spoke with History Professor Judith Byfield about the legacy of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela, while Slate turned to Africana Studies Professor Locksley Edmonson to understand why the West originally resisted Mandela’s campaign to and Apartheid.
  • Cornell University’s plans to work with partners Binghamton University and Corning Inc. to create the Southern Tier Innovation Hot Spot, and partners Ithaca College and Tompkins-Cortland Community College to develop a business incubator in downtown Ithaca, were outlined by Vice President Mary Opperman in the region’s Gannett newspapers – one day before New York State announced both projects will receive funding and other support.
  • Insights produced by the annual real estate survey from Cornell’s Baker Program were highlighted by Bloomberg News.
  • New work by College of Veterinary Medicine Evolutionary Genomics Professor Michael Stanhope on parallels between human and shark genes was featured in Futurity and
  • Two extended video interviews from our new Day Hall “studio lite” on the future of fuel cell and battery technology in cars with Atkinson researcher Paul Mutolo were included in a piece by EV World.
  • Cornell’s locovore and Wild Harvest Table programs were highlighted in a Democrat and Chronicle interview with Natural Resources Extension Associate Keith Tidball.
  • ILR Professor Alex Colvin was quoted in the New York Times DealBook section on new labor and business relationships.
  • Work by Psychology Professor Jack Goncalo was included in a Slate piece on people and creativity.
  • The New York Times Travel Section turned to Hotel School Senior Lecturer Stephani Robson for insight into the evolution of hotel bathrooms.
  • Research by Government Professor Peter Enns was featured in a New York Times op-ed about rising economic inequality, as well as Talking Points Memo on how government gridlock helps the rich.
  • Hotel School Associate Dean Steve Carvell was cited in an Associated Press report on the economics of the hotel industry.
  • And warnings about lead in holiday lights from Joseph Laquatra, professor of design and environmental analysis, found audiences in Carolina Parent and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s On Earth.

News wrap for Nov. 28 to Dec. 5

Work and pay – The past week saw a number of media outlets examine the state of the American workforce, both as Black Friday fell upon us and as fast food workers prepared for a nationwide strike – and Cornell labor and economics researchers helped lead that conversation. ILR Labor History Professor Louis Hyman helped NBC News, London’s Daily Mail and several regional television stations spotlight the economic alarm within the irony of Wal-Mart’s top seller on Black Friday being a 29-cent towel. Meanwhile, following a joint tipsheet with divergent viewpoints, Policy and Management Professor Richard Burkhauser and ILR Senior Lecturer Kate Bronfenbrenner were both featured on NPR’s Innovation Trail network, including WRVO and WXXI. Bronfenbrenner extended her media voice to CNN, with Burkhauser’s thoughts on economic opportunity extending to the New York Sun as well.

Happy ending – That’s how Newsday described the lease-buy deal struck by the College of Veterinary Medicine as it plans to take over and operate the once-troubled Ruffian Equine Medical Center just outside Belmont Park racetrack in New York City. The news of the soon-to-open Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists was also featured in the New York Daily News, the Daily Racing Form, The Horse, and even as far away as TopNews Arab Emirates and Horsetalk New Zealand.

Food for thought – Kathyrn Boor, food science professor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, had a busy media outreach week. The dean issued a tipsheet on Wednesday warning that Congressional inaction on the Farm Bill could mean disaster for American families, resulting in interviews with the Boston Globe as well a WWSE-FM (Jamestown Ag Radio) and a request for an op-ed from trade publication The Delmarva Farmer. Ahead of the curve on that, Boor has already penned a holiday-themed op-ed on food policy that is being reviewed by The Washington Post and other publications. This all comes in the same week that CALS/Dyson Professor Andy Novakovic traveled to Washington DC for visits to The Hill and a Farm Bill-focused Inside Cornell event that included Reuters, McClatchy, The National Journal and the Dallas Morning News.


  • Cornell President David Skorton underscored the value of bringing higher education to inmates in correctional facilities in a feature by the Washington Post.
  • Natural Resources Wildlife Specialist Paul Curtis talked to the Wall Street Journal about the effectiveness of using “inflatable dancing tube men” to scare birds from vineyards, and then was featured in a report on the same 21st century scarecrow by ABC News.
  • A Dyson School team led Harry Kaiser and Brad Rickard drew UPI and Men’s Health coverage for their study on food labels and consumers’ desire for more information.
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Professor Hod Lipson took part in a Q&A on consumer safety and 3-D printing with Russian television network RT.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Professor Dr. Joseph Fins was quoted by the New York Times in their piece on rare cancer treatments.
  • The ongoing evolution of the first MBA class at Cornell NYC Tech was featured in a piece by Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Benedict Anderson, Government professor and expert on Southeast Asia, was quoted by the New York Times and Time magazine on developments in Thailand, with his colleague Tom Pepinsky speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Government Ph.D candidate Danielle Thomsen authored an opinion piece for the Washington Post, calling for more Republican women in Congress.
  • Dyson economist Eswar Prasad was featured in a Wall Street Journal piece on the domination of the dollar in international trade.
  • A new report on teacher pay and its relation to geography in New York state by ILR’s Bargaining for Better Schools project was featured in the Canandaigua Daily Messenger and Irondequoit Post.
  • And the career and accomplishments of History Professor Michael Kammen were celebrated in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and The Ithaca Journal, with features also being developed by the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

News wrap for Nov. 21 to Nov. 27

Advance warning – As the American media audience shifted it’s attention toward an anticipated round of holiday indulgence, media members sought the insight of Brian Wansink of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab for advice on to eat less. Brian’s advice for facing holiday buffets (start at the healthier end) was featured in Health magazine and Newsday; his tips for eating less without realizing it were shared by Huffington Post, Prevention, FoxNews and The Guardian; and his research into helping kids control the urge to overeat appeared in Huffington Post, CTV, US News and World Report and ABC News Radio.

Advance work – As early reports of a new Harvard University study on methane on the atmosphere began to circulate, Atkinson Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology Robert Howarth reached out to key reporters, working with them to frame the public conversation about this explosive topic. The result, more than 250 media hits, including central roles in coverage by the New York Times, Yahoo! News, Fox News and

Advanced character – The New York Times College Football section last weekend included a feature profile of Big Red Quarterback Jeff Mathews, with a look at both his stellar career and professional prospects, as well as the inspiration he draws from his sister, Katie.


  • Almost a year after a Russia 1 television crew traveled to Ithaca for days of interviews that included Food, Nutrition and Public Policy Professor (and World Food Prize winner) Per Pinstrup-Anderson, along with Creative Machine Lab leader and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Hod Lipson, that country’s largest television network aired a prime-time special this week called, “When Hunger Strikes.”
  • The Albany Times-Union carried a feature on Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Natalie Mahowald, the only researcher from the region listed as a lead author on the recent UN report on climate change.
  • Kelly Musick, a professor of Policy Analysis and Management, was quoted in a New York Times package on “The Changing American Family.”
  • Alberto Fairen, a research associate in Astronomy, was quoted by Scientific American in article about new bacteria discovered in NASA clean room.
  • Professor Kim Weedon’s research on the relationship between long hours and increased pay was explored by Inc. magazine.
  • Noliwe Rooks, a professor of Africana Studies and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies authored a piece on the challenges facing African American scholars for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • A Washington Post article on the disappearance of sea stars in two oceans included comments from marine life researcher Drew Harvell, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Psychology Professor Peggy Drexel wrote an opinion piece for on “intrasexual competition” among adult women.
  • NPR’s Marketplace turned to ILR Professor Louis Hyman to understand why we cling to the 30-year mortgage.
  • And Northeast Regional Climate Center senior lecturer and State Climatologist Mark Wysocki explained the perils of predicting long-range winter weather for viewers of regional NBC affiliate WETM-TV.

News wrap for Nov. 14 to Nov. 20

Gettysburg Address – This week marked the 150th anniversary of the President Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address, and to celebrate the Cornell Library exhibited its copy – one of only five in existence. National outlets including CNN, Popular Science, the Los Angeles Times, CBS News, Forbes and NBC News took interest, particularly in how Cornell has kept the document preserved. Local interest came from WSYR-TV, WENY-TV, WHCU radio, and the Ithaca Journal. Google also featured a link to Cornell's online exhibit on its homepage, a move that itself earned the attention of the Washington Post.

Hydrogen cars roll into U.S. – This week, tree automakers unveiled plans to introduce hydrogen fuel cell cars to the U.S. market. Cornell's go-to fuel cell researcher, the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future’s Paul Mutolo, helped dissect the news for the Associated Press, in a national story that spread to NPR, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo!, Boston Globe and more. A day earlier, Mutolo also talked with the San Jose Mercury News and KCBS radio in San Francisco after the federal government announced it would look into battery fires in Tesla Motor’s electric cars.

Reading the Law – On Tuesday, JP Morgan Chase agree to pay a record $13 billion penalty for its behavior leading to the banking collapse of 2008. Hours later, Law School Professor and financial regulation expert Lynn Stout was one PBS NewsHour to explain why this fine might get the industry’s attention. This same week, Law School colleague and fellow financial reform advocate Professor Bob Hockett appeared twice in the New York Times – the first as an architect of a local government effort to block foreclosures through eminent domain, and then for his insight into Obama Administration nomination of Timothy Massad to a key oversight post.

Miscellaneous –

  • Kate Bronfenbrenner, the director of labor education research at ILR, was featured in multiple media outlets, including Forbes and The Daily Beast, commenting on news one Wal-Mart store in Ohio started an employee food drive to help fellow employees who can’t afford groceries.
  • Fiber Science and Apparel Design Professor Tasha Lewis explained the hidden genius in Lululemon’s move to recycle and rebrand their recalled yoga pants to fashion industry leader Refinery29.
  • Noliwe Rooks, professor of Africana Studies, authored a piece for Time magazine on the “Evolution of the Black-Female Stereotype.”
  • General George Casey’s lecture at Johnson was republished in Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
  • Geriatrician and Weill Cornell Medical College Professor Dr. Mark Lachs was quoted in a New York Times piece about using hidden cameras to fight elder abuse in nursing homes.
  • Social Ecologist and Extension disaster response specialist Keith Tidball, along with Dyson School Economist and global food expert Chris Barrett, offered their insights into the recovery of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan to LiveScience.
  • Natural Sciences Professor Paul Curtis outlined for ABC News Chicago and the Huffington Post the conditions under which a coyote might attack a child following an incident in the Midwest.
  • Research done by Harry Kaiser, Dyson economist, on the effects of detailed food labeling was featured in Huffington Post and Science 2.0.
  • Cornell NYC Tech’s leadership in developing an applied sciences base in New York City was highlighted in a New York Times article about new Carnegie Mellon efforts there.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine Professor Lisa Fortier is quoted in a New Yorker article about the potential gains and risks of a new blood therapy.
  • Anthropology Professor Adam Smith talked about federal funding issues on Voice of America’s “Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology.”
  • And low-frequency recordings captured by the Lab or Ornithology’s Elephant Listening Project were featured in Discovery News after researchers uncovered the sound of an African elephant being killed by poachers.

News wrap for Nov. 7 to Nov. 13

USPS-Amazon deal - A deal between the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service and Amazon will allow for Sunday deliveries during the upcoming holiday season. Outlets like CBS News and The Financial Times tapped Postal Service expert Rick Geddes for his take. This Reuters article received heavy syndication while Geddes also chatted with NPR's All Things Considered.

Origins of life - Biological engineer Dan Luo published a study theorizing that life may have originated within clay, sparking scientific and religious conversations in publications like the Christian Science Montior, FOX News, UPI, Futurity, The Telegraph, The Hindu, and French Tribune.

Grocery checkout robot - Professor Ashutosh Saxena's knife-wielding, grocery checkout robot continued making headlines this week in outlets like FOX News, Futurity, Mobile Magazine, and the French Tribune. Baxter the robot also made its television debut on the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet.

Miscellaneous -

  • Thomas Brenna weighs in on the FDA's proposal to ban trans fats for the Huffington Post and LiveScience.
  • The Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell wants to create a better cup of coffee, as reporter by Gannett news.
  • Music professor and Google Glass Explorer Cynthia Turner was back in news outlets like USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, International Business Times, Classicalite and this week after Google's announcement of new music features for Glass.
  • Chris Barrett talks to NPR's All Things Considered about how a new U.S. food aid proposal would affect merchant marines.
  • CNBC featured the works of Jon Kleinberg to conduct a study that that examines methods of categorizing the different roles that people play in each other's lives on Facebook.
  • The Washington Post quoted Robert Hockett in this article about investors discovering how to capitalize on rental properties.
  • Need a new buffet strategy? Brian Wansink provides some tips for ABC Radio, the Toronto Star, and Gannett news.
  • Robert Frank is quoted in this CNN article about the wealth gap.
  • Fast Company featured a blog created by Cornell's Erika Mudrak, in which she features data charts gone beautifully wrong.
  • Debarah Estrin talks about her research at Cornell Tech with Crain's Business.
  • Nicolas van de Walle talks to Marketplace about the fall of a Congolese militant group.
  • Brian Collins, head of the community service practice at Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals, talks to Gannett news and offers some useful tips for dog and cat owners who head outdoors this time of year.
  • USA Today featured Dragon Day as one of its "10 odd college traditions you might find hard to believe."

News wrap for Oct. 31 to Nov. 6

Grocery checkout robot - From the lab of Ashutosh Saxena, this robot knows exactly how to bag your bread, and how to safely scan a knife at the checkout line thanks to its ability to learn from humans. The viral video and study has hit popular blogs like TechCrunch, SlashGear, CNET, and Gizmag. Many outlets had fun with their respective headlines, including NBC News, which declared "Robots can learn to hold knives — and not stab humans." Coverage also included Popular Science, MSN, CBS News and LiveScience.

Bitcoin flaw - Gun Sirer and Ittay Eyal have found a flaw in Bitcoin - a popular peer-to-peer digital currency - that could allow users to cheat the system, jeopardizing its $2.6 billion market. Mashable first broke the news, followed closely by CNN. The Bitcoin Foundation praised the study, but also challenged its contents in publications like Business Insider and Forbes. Meanwhile, coverage spread to New Scientist and PC World, and international coverage included BBC, Russia Today, The Guardian, and The Telegraph.

Better picture of HIV - Weill Cornell Medical College has determined the first atomic-level structure of the HIV protein, providing the most detailed picture yet of the AIDS-causing virus's complex envelope and paving the way for a vaccine, according to AFP. The Los Angeles Times included a video with its coverage, while additional coverage came from FOX News, Medical News Today, The Times of India, The China Post, and The Telegraph.

Miscellaneous -

  • This article by the Times Union mentions Cornell's involvement in Gov. Cuomo's State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies.
  • Business Insider takes you inside the Cornell Daily Sun headquarters to show you how the #1 college newspaper operates, and reveals a legendary quote now immortalized on in the newsroom from Sun-to-NPR reporter David Folkenflik.
  • The Vet School's Karyn Bischoff answers this science Q&A for the New York Times: I know chocolate is harmful to dogs. What else hurts pets but not people?
  • FOX News highlights a new study from Engineering's Maryam Shanechi which show how a brain-machine interface can put anesthesia on autopilot.
  • CALS's Margaret Smith was quoted in several publications this week that featured GMO pieces, including the New York Times, Reuters, and The Guardian.
  • Professor Robert Frank pens his latest New York Times column on New York's casino vote, while Dan Schwarz writes in the Huffington Post what students can accomplish with a B.A. in English. Some of those accomplishments include money, according to Nerd Wallet, which put Cornell in its top 10 list of highest earning humanities and social sciences programs.
  • Statistics from Cornell's Employment and Disability Institute are used in this New York Daily News piece about the challenges faced by blind workers.
  • Noliwe Rooks is quoted in this BuzzFeed article giving a personal and political history of the afro.

News wrap for Oct. 24 to 30

Love and Facebook – Cornell University Computer Science Professor Jon Kleinberg, working with former Cornell graduate researcher and current Facebook Senior Engineer Lars Backstrom, developed an algorithm to help identify a member’s romantic partners from clues given by their network of friends – one that they say can also predict how likely a couple is to last. News of that romantic insight spread to more than 400 media outlets worldwide since the New York Times premiered the research, including Yahoo! News, CNET, PC Magazine, NBC News, Fox News, The Boston Globe, The New York Post, Salon, Popular Science and a whole lot more.

Seeing music – This month’s installment of Inside Cornell NYC saw Music Professor and Google Glass tester head down to the ILR’s Conference Center on 34th Street to explore the art- and performance-boosting possibilities of this coming augmented reality technology. More than a dozen NYC-based journalists joined the conversation, with coverage already appearing in the International Business Times, Broadway World, All Voices, Slipped Disc and The Verge.

The future of higher ed – As Trustee-Council Advisory Weekend launched, a coalition of student and university groups brought former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher together for a conversation about the future of higher education. The talk, moderated by Cornell President David Skorton, packed the house at Baily Hall and drew coverage from WBNG-TV, the Cornell Daily Sun, WENY-TV, The Ithaca Journal, WHCU-AM and other regional media outlets.

Miscellaneous –

  • A new study from ILR’s Institute for Compensation Studies found that workers with disabilities were paid 10 percent less than others, and that work found national coverage in USA Today and other Gannett properties around the country.
  • The life of George Washington Fields, an escaped slave who graduated from Cornell in 1890, was featured on the New York Times “Opinionator” blog.
  • New research on future resource needs and how to meet them, published by Earth and Atmospheric Science Professor Larry Cathles, was explored in a feature piece by Fast Company.
  • The New Haven Register and other media outlets helped spread the call for volunteers to take part in the Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch, which begins Nov. 1.
  • Lab of Ornithology researcher Andrew Farnsworth was also profiled in the New York Times Sunday Review section.
  • Groundbreaking research done by Cornell scientists at the Boyce Thompson Institute into the genome of the kiwi fruit appeared in Business Standard, Lab Manager and the Times of India.
  • Dyson School of Economics Professor Eswar Prasad outlined the challenges to economic growth facing China for the Financial Times.
  • A skeptical look at the economic benefits of “going green” in the hotel industry by Cornell’s Center for Hospitality Research was highlighted by the Los Angeles Times.
  • Trevor Pinch, a professor of Science and Technology Studies, was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” for his unique insight into the sometimes profitable relationships Amazon has with its top online reviewers.
  • His Science and Technology peer, Kathleen Vogel, earned space in Yahoo! News coverage on global bioterror threats.
  • Economics Professor Kushik Basu, who doubles as the chief economist for the World Bank, authored a piece for Business Day on ending global poverty.
  • Steven Squyres, astronomy professor and principal investigator for the Mars Opportunity rover mission, outlined its ambitious new path up a hill on the red planet for and UPI.
  • Dominik Riechers, a fellow of Squyres in Astronomy, wrote for Nature and was quoted by CNN, the Los Angeles Times and others about the discovery of the most distant known galaxy.
  • Food Science Professor (and trained veterinarian) Motoko Mukai joined WENY-TV via Skype from a conference in California to explain the risks tied to pet jerky treats.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Professor of Psychology Peggy Drexler wrote a opinion piece about what she called, “the most crass dating app ever.”
  • The Wall Street Journal also featured WCMC Psychiatry Professor Jeffery Kahn as its “Careers” section explored “The Sunday Blues.”
  • And Cornell University President David Skorton and Glenn Altschuler, Vice President for University Relations and Professor of American Studies, authored a Forbes blog taking a hard look at President Obama’s plan for rating higher education institutions.

News wrap for Oct. 17 to 23

Green flight – Research lead by Sociology Professor Kendra Bischoff and coauthor Sean Reardon of Stanford University found that as income inequality grows, so does the flight of wealthier families from middle-income neighborhoods – leading to far greater segregation by economic status than at any time since the 1970s. That groundbreaking work found audiences around the world, courtesy of feature coverage in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Planetizen, Futurity and other news outlets.

Cyber awareness – A new study on cyberbullying published by Communication Professor Sahara Byrne noted that most parents are unaware of their own children’s aggressive online activity. The work struck a chord as the media grappled with fresh developments in a Florida case involving cyberbullying, and Byrne’s work was featured in multiple outlets from the Christian Science Monitor and the Business Standard to truthdive and The Times of India.

Sustaining Atkinson – For the third time in recent years, the David and Patricia Atkinson demonstrated their commitment to the study of sustainability and the development of practical solutions here at Cornell University, this time with a $12 million gift to enhance the leadership of the pioneering center that bears their name. News of their continued generosity was featured on Philanthropy News Digest, and carried by the Associated Press to a Philadelphia-area NBC-TV affiliate, and places as far as the Houston Chronicle and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Bug’s life – And closer to home, one of Cornell’s most successful science education outreach annual events – Insectapalooza – took over Comstock Hall for another run, earning advance and event coverage from WBNG-TV in Binghamton, WSTM-TV in Syracuse, WENY-TV in Elmira and The Ithaca Journal.

Miscellaneous –

  • As Americans began to wonder if our republic was rattling apart, History Department Chair Barry Strauss drew upon lessons from ancient Rome to remind Fox News readers that we’re a long way from collapse.
  • Ronnie Coffman, international professor of plant breeding and director of International Programs at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences who was honored with the first World Agriculture Prize this week from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences, was featured in coverage by Ag Professional, AgriMarketing, SeedQuest and The Pioneer.
  • When the readers of the New York Times wondered why sugar and honey don’t rot, they turned to Mycologist Kathie Hodge for the answer.
  • American Public Radio’s “Performance Today” featured an interview this week with Music Professor and Google Glass tester Cynthia Turner.
  • A Time magazine piece about communicating with your baby cited pioneering research done by psychology Professor Michael Goldstein.
  • Biotech business incubation work being done at the McGovern Center was featured in several Upstate Gannett news outlets.
  • Research on statins and older patients by Weill Cornell Medical College Dean Emeritus Dr. Antonio Gotto Jr. was covered by the New York Times, while Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietician at WCMC, was quoted on an AARP Magazine article about going gluten free.
  • Dyson School economist Andy Novakovich was interviewed by local ABC and CBS affiliate WENY-TV following President Obama’s call for Congress to move on the Farm Bill.
  • Research done at Cornell that discovered happy people may be more likely to steal is featured in the current issue of Scientific American Mind.
  • Work done by Cornell and the Boyce Thompson Institute to explore the genetic structure of the kiwi fruit was highlighted in Discovery News.
  • A summit between leaders of the Cornell Institute of Fashion and Fiber Innovation and New York City fashion industry leaders is explored in the current edition of Computerworld.
  • And our old friends, Horticulture Professor Susan Brown’s new apple creations SnapDragon and RubyFrost, were featured in two more outlets this week, with “Gourmet Galley” section coverage in The Advocate, and a Science Section piece in the International Business Times.

News wrap for Oct. 10 to 16

World's thinnest glass - Just weeks after officially breaking the Guinness record for creating the world's thinnest piece of glass - just two atoms thick - physicist David Muller broke the glass, literally. By bending, deforming, and melting the glass, he recorded the first ever look at the dance molecules perform as the glass breaks. Photos, video, and the study were published by Gizmodo, LiveScience, Chemistry World,, Science Blog, NanoTech Now, Science World Report, and more.

Algorithm extracts your life story - Information scientist Claire Cardie has developed a new technique that can read your tweets and accurately create your life history, according to Digital Trends. As reported by Mashable, the algorithm can tell your story chronologically as well, and does this all without knowing anything else about you – just whatever you’ve sent into the Twitter ether. More coverage from Tech Tree, Complex, Yahoo! News, the Times of India.

School lunch debit cards - Students eat more junk food and eat more overall when they pay electronically at school cafeterias, finds a new study from Brian Wansink of the Food and Brand Lab. Media outlets picking up on the study this week included Prevention Magazine, The Huffington Post, Health Magazine, Newsday, Medical Daily, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Health Day.

Conservative shift - Cornell political scientist Peter Enns shows the Washington Post that the conservative shift in public opinion has happened in all 50 states. The piece received additional attention from Politix, the Examiner, The Blaze, Breitbart, and America Magazine.

Miscellaneous -

  • English professor Daniel Schwarz authors this opinion piece about the importance of the arts and the humanities for Huffington Post.
  • ILR's Richard Hurd comments in the New York Times about the union dispute between Volkswagen and the United Automobile Workers over organizing the company’s new plant in Tennessee.
  • Richer Americans like living with poorer people until they have kids according to the Wall Street Journal and an analysis of Census data by researchers Kendra Bischoff.
  • Cornell's 2013 Entrepreneurship Summit received coverage from FOX Business News, twice, and Business News Daily.
  • Psychologist Adam Anderson published a study finding a gene variation linked to a darker view of life, as reported by the Washington Post.
  • WAMC reports that Sturgeon are making a comeback in New York State. Randy Jackson from Cornell’s Shackleton Point field station is leading the research.
  • Finance professor Andrew Karolyi is quoted in this Washington Times article about the costs of investments in China on the rise for U.S. businesses.
  • Insectapalooza isn't until this weekend, but pre-coverage includes WBNG-TV and CNY Central.
  • History professor Barry Strauss provides the Washington Times with an interesting parallel between the fall of ancient Rome and current U.S. politics.
  • Professors Gustavo Flores-Macías and Sarah Kreps team up to write this opinion piece for the Washington Post about why the rise of China makes the U.S. even lonelier at the United Nations.
  • Juan Hinstroza's work to eliminate blue jean dye pollution using a native plant from Colombia is the first featured post for this new Popular Science blog.

News wrap for Oct. 3 to 9

Shutdown lowdown – It’s the story of the month across U.S. media platforms, and multiple Cornell voices have been among those at the core of the public conversation. Chief among them was frequent constitutional arbiter Law Professor Mike Dorf, whose perspective on the 14th Amendment and the power the president has to resolve the debt ceiling crisis on his own was featured in coverage by the New York Times, CNBC, CNN Money, WNYC-FM, the Chicago Tribune and Bloomberg News, among many others. Joining him was Johnson Management and Organizations Professor Kathleen O’Connor, who opinion piece on Fox News warned that a “generation gap” in Congress could make compromise impossible. Joining them in the shutdown conversation was Dyson Professor Andy Novakovic, whose prediction that the congressional battles over the budget will hamper much needed progress on the Farm Bill was picked up by trace giant Farm Futures, as well as WAMC-FM, Ag Weekly and Sugar magazine. Fellow CALS researcher, Food Science Professor Randy Worobo, warned the Brownfield Ag News radio network that the shutdown could impact food safety protections. Even Neurobiology and Behavior Professor Tom Seeley’s work on honeybee swarm decision making was noted by Nature in its reporting on Congressional incapacity, while Associate University Librarian Xin Li outlined the dangers of lost access to the Library of Congress for Men’s Health magazine.

Making history – Pulitzer Prize winning Cornell History Professor Fred Logevall, whose work “Embers of War” explores the Vietnam War, found himself in high demand following the death of former Vietnamese general Vo Nguyen Giap, including a feature interview on CNN International as well as coverage from BBC and several Vietnamese language news organizations. Logevall also had his book reviewed by Australian national news network, ABC News.

Still sweet – As the leaves continue to brown and apples continue to ripen, so goes media coverage of Horticulture Professor Susan Brown and Cornell’s two new apple varieties, SnapDragon and RubyFrost. NPR’s “The Salt” food blog featured a new interview with Brown, with fresh feature stories coming from as near at the Batavia Daily News and spreading as far as The Californian, and beyond.


  • Hotel School Marketing Professor Chekitan Dev tempered the rage toward “social media hotels,” predicting in the New York Times that old-school values like privacy will keep this phenomenon on the fringe of the industry.
  • Pro hydraulic fracturing voice Joe Nocera had praise in this New York Times op-ed for recent work done by the University of Texas, and for Cornell Professor and fracking critic Robert Howarth’s open mind and scientific integrity.
  • Modern Jewish Studies Professor Jonathan Boyarin offered his perspective on a new Pew Research survey to the Jewish Journal. Daniel Schwarz, professor of English literature, took a turn defending the study of arts and humanities in his Huffington Post blog, only three days after his Arts & Sciences colleague, History Professor Barry Strauss, used his humanities perspective to offer Huffington Post readers some ancient Roman lessons on current struggles in Italian politics.
  • Fiber Science Professor Juan Hinestroza’s pioneering work again found front pages, with feature coverage in several Gannett properties including the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  • History Professor Holly Case authored an essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education about former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin’s role in crafting information as a ruthless editor.
  • ILR Human Resource Studies Professor John Hausknecht spoke with CNBC about high-tech hiring trends.
  • Gannett’s Washington DC bureau quoted Policy and Analysis Professor Sean Nicholson for the most recent part in a weekly series on the impacts of Obamacare.
  • Mukoma Wa Ngugi, an author and professor of English, offered his insight into the Kenyan hostage crisis to the international readers of The Guardian.
  • Hod Lipson, robotics researcher and professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, comments on new work by one of his peers in an article by the Telegraph of London.
  • Forbes turned to ILR Professor Emeritus Lois Spier Gray to answer the question: “Why do stagehands at Carnegie Hall earn $400,000 a year?”
  • NPR’s Innovation Trail interviewed Dyson Economist Brad Rickard in its piece on new laws to promote wine sales in Upstate New York.
  • Research that found women leave STEM-related professions due to gender barriers to advancement, not child rearing, done in part by Policy and Analysis Professor Sharon Sassler was featured in a UPI article and in US News & World Report.
  • And Government Professor Peter Enns, taking a turn as the guest poster in the Washington Post’s “The Monkey Cage” blog, outlines research that tracks a nationwide conservative shift in public opinion.

News wrap for Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

Snap coverage – Years of research, months of planning and weeks of very patient cooperation from Horticulture Professor and apple developer extraordinaire Susan Brown came to fruition with a text, photo and video package by the Associated Press that reached almost 400 news outlets worldwide – from national outlets such as NPR, Huffington Post and ABC News, to regional giants including the Boston Globe and The San Francisco Chronicle, to more local television and print outlets than can conveniently be named here. The coverage was noticed across the border as well, with CBC crews on their way to Geneva in the coming weeks.

Remaking the media – Reputations can be made in the media, and they can be made by helping to reinvent the media. The latter was on display this week as Cornell NYC Tech announced its first dual-degree program with The Technion through the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute. The “Connective Media” program will train the next generation of technologist to prepare them to head out and continue the digital revolution in the information industry. Coverage reached more than 150 news outlets worldwide, led by Crain’s New York Business, The Gothamist, Metro New York and the New York Business Journal.

'Pouring' over data – The latest Food and Brand Lab study, done in partnership with researchers from the Iowa State University, found that the type of glass you use, and even how you hold the glass itself, can dramatically change the amount of wine you consume. Coverage of this research reached the lips of ABC World News host Diane Sawyer, and spilled over to more than 400 news outlets, including Yahoo! News, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, WABC-TV Good Morning NYC, Fox News and Live Science.

Climate leaders – In the wake of the most recent climate change report from the UN’s IPCC panel, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future fellows took to the media to explain the impact. Notable hits include Earth and Atmospheric Science Professor Charles Greene’s comments being quoted in the International Business Times, Al Jazeera English and Reuters, as well as Chemistry Professor and Atkinson Director Frank DiSalvo’s extended appearance on HuffPost Live – underscoring the report’s key findings from University Communications’ new “studio lite” site in Day Hall.

Miscellaneous –

  • In a cover feature destined to trigger the envy of every dairy cow in the U.S., Modern Farmer took an in-depth look at the new Teaching Dairy Barn.
  • News of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s “$63 million makeover” earned front-page placement in several Gannett outlets.
  • Art History Professor Minh-Ha T. Pham authored a piece for Salon about the challenges to diversity in the fashion industry.
  • Work being done by Fiber Science Professor Juan Hinestroza in cooperation with colleagues in South America was featured in Science Daily.
  • Africana Studies Professor Noliwe Rooks was quoted in a New Scientist report about strategies for improving diversity in higher education.
  • A Washington Monthly piece on perceptions of Obamacare cited Government Professor Suzanne Mettler and her research into people who rely on government support while deny receiving benefits.
  • Lab of Ornithology citizen science leader Jessie Barry helped the New York Times answer an age-old question: Why do seagulls gather in parking lots?
  • Kathryn Bleiberg, professor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College, was quoted by Parents magazine in an article about rude reactions to pregnancy.
  • Tip No. 4 for employees in this week’s Washington Post Capital Business column on how to approach a conversation about more pay at work came from Kevin Hallock, director of the Institute for Compensation Studies in ILR.
  • Dyson School economist Sharon Poczter argued against extremism in budget politics on both sides in a piece on Forbes.
  • And Cornell graduate student Loren Loiacono won coverage from Gannett and WSYR-TV for coming away from a primetime visit to the television game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” with $25,000 (she called it “The most profitable half-hour I ever had”).

News wrap for Sept. 19 to 25

Genius recognized – On Sept. 25, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced the 2013 recipients of its MacArthur Fellowship awards, or “genius grants.” Only three higher education institutions – Stamford, MIT and Cornell – could boast of two faculty members on the list of 24 honorees. The brilliant work being done by Weill Cornell Medical College Neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg and College of Engineering Professor of Applied Engineering Physics Craig Fennie was celebrated internationally in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal Huffington Post, Washington Post, Inside Higher Education and The Guardian, as well as in hometown coverage by WNYC-FM, WHCU-AM and The Ithaca Journal.

Off-key spring – A seven-year study by the Lab of Ornithology and faculty from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology found that even survivably low levels of PCBs in the environment can alter the songs of many birds, with potential dire consequences for migration and breeding. Coverage of the groundbreaking research stretched from the International Business Times, The Guardian, and Nature World News, to the Albany Times Union and The Ithaca Journal.

Delivering the future – When Esquire magazine’s editor at large, A.J. Jacobs, was asked to explore the future of 3-D printed foods for a New York Times Sunday Review piece, he turned to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor and 3-D printing pioneer Hod Lipson. The Creative Machines Lab leader not only sent custom-printed cutlery and a neck tie, he dispatched Ph.D. researcher Jeff Lipton (whose Seraph Robotics is among the tech businesses being incubated at Cornell’s McGovern Center) to the author’s home to print and prepare a multi-course meal. The pizza shaped like Italy was a hit. To round out a great week in the media, Lipson was also featured in 3-D printing pieces by Forbes, the Toronto Star and L'Atelier.

Miscellaneous –

  • Dyson School economist and world food resources expert Chris Barrett was featured in a correspondent’s report on The Daily Show, outlining the need to transform how the U.S. offers food aid for a piece that took playful aim at lobbyists for the global shipping industry.
  • Outgoing New York City Deputy Mayor Robert Steel told CNBC’s Squawk Box that “handing the keys” to Roosevelt Island to Cornell by the start of the new year will be one of the Bloomberg Administration’s most important accomplishments.
  • Plant Biologist Karl Niklas returned to his perennial role, explaining to Gannett and WBNG-TV what area residents can expect from this fall’s foliage display.
  • The New York Times Science Q&A feature turned to Dr. Ana Krieger, the director of Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Sleep Medicine Center, for advice on making the most of a good night’s sleep.
  • Downtown, the New York Daily News called on ILR’s Lee Adler to explain the importance of renewed negotiations between NYC and the MTA.
  • Meanwhile, at 30 Rock, ILR Labor Economist Ron Ehrenberg spoke with WNBC-TV about the divergence between increases in teacher pay and college tuition.
  • Government Professor Chris Anderson continued to draw coverage for his other passion, explaining the challenges inherent to predicting soccer results to CNN.
  • As New York officials made headlines for cracking down on fake online reviews, two groups of Cornell researchers helped define the story; with Science and Technology Studies Professor Trevor Pinch explaining tricks reviewers play on to the Wall Street Journal, and research done by the multidisciplinary team of Jeff Hancock, Claire Cardie and Myle Ott being relied upon in national coverage by the Associated Press and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
  • New York City-based ILR researcher Linda Barrington talked about employers moving workers toward new government health care exchanges with the Washington Post.
  • A new study out of WCMC on the risks of home births was featured in Parents magazine and Science News.
  • A new wave of images from the Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of Paradise project drew feature coverage from Wired.
  • And Law School Professor Lynn Stout and her work on the dangers of a corporate focus on shareholder value were quoted in Time.

News wrap for Sept. 12 to 18

Seeing clearly – Never discount the significance of serendipity in the scientific process. That may be one lesson from David A. Muller, professor of applied and engineering physics and director of the Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, whose team secured the official Guinness Book record for the world’s thinnest glass – just a molecule thick – when they explored some “muck” they produced during a graphene experiment. One result: A very dense pack of media hits, with more than 100 tech and mainstream outlets worldwide covering the news including PC Magazine, Fox News, Huffington Post, Mashable, the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Saying Yes – On Wednesday, Vice Provost Barbara Knuth joined U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and leaders of the Say Yes to Education campaign to announce Cornell’s participation in the program, which offers free tuition and other support to urban scholars who might not otherwise aim for top higher education institutions. Knuth was quoted in reports by WAER-FM, The Ithaca Journal, the Auburn Citizen and the Cornell Daily Sun, and Cornell led the Associated Press coverage that moved worldwide to more than 200 media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Sacramento Bee, Time Magazine, ABC News and even the Cambodian Times.

Hot topic – The release of a long-awaited study into methane leakage at natural gas drilling sites by the University of Texas triggered a fresh spike in media coverage of this hotly debated point in the argument over hydraulic fracturing and climate change impact. Once again, Cornell researchers were at the center of that vital public conversation, with Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Professor Bob Howarth featured on NPR, and in USA Today and the Associated Press nationwide coverage. Both Howarth and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Larry Cathles had their views featured in the New York Times Dot Earth blog coverage, while Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Tony Ingraffea warned of groundwater contamination in Scientific American, and College of Veterinary Medicine Molecular Medicine Professor Robert Oswald told the Oregonian (and BBC News in a follo-up interview) that fracking presents a risk to livestock.

Miscellaneous –

  • For those who suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia last week had it’s obvious challenge, but relief came from Psychology Professor Tom Gilovich, who explained the enduring power of such superstitions to National Geographic and NPR.
  • Joining their College of Arts and Sciences colleague on the nation’s public radio network were Government Professor Gustavo Flores-Macias, who helped Morning Edition listeners understand social and economic reforms underway in Mexico, and History Professor Fred Logevall, who put President Obama’s struggle with how to react to Syrian chemical weapons in perspective for It’s All Politics.
  • Gerontologist and best-selling author Karl Pillemer was featured in the New York Times New Old Age blog’s look at daughters as caregivers.
  • Horticulture professor and weed ecologist Antonio DiTommaso enjoyed a front-page feature in multiple Gannett New York outlets, explaining the true culprits behind hay fever.
  • Ahead of his pending appearance on The Daily Show, Dyson School Economist Chris Barrett talked food security and U.S. food aid policy with Salon and NPR’s The Salt and Morning Edition.
  • Peggy Drexler, a professor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College, examines the roots and dangers of posting “selfies” online in Psychology Today.
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Professor Margaret Smith continued her outreach on GMO foods, with Upstate’s many YNN stations broadcasting her feature interview on the subject first aired by sister station NY1.
  • Cornell’s almost decade-long trek to the cosmos for the CUSat team was featured on the front page of The Ithaca Journal and in sister Gannett publications.
  • A canning workshop series hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Suffolk County research station in Riverhead was featured in the New York Times Long Island Dining section.
  • Horticulture Professor David Wolfe was among a handful of experts sought by USA Today to help explain how climate change will affect agriculture, in some ways opening up new opportunities.
  • And Mark Campbell, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who has helped build an experimental self-driving Chevy SUV, told the Christian Science Monitor that heightened interest from major auto makers could mean commercial self-driving cars in this decade.

News wrap for Sept. 5 to 11

Leading the way – On Tuesday, Weill Cornell Medical College announced its new $300 million Driving Discoveries, Changing Lives campaign designed to support education at WCMC and realize the medical college’s vision for its Belfer Research Building – set to open in January – as a hub for multidisciplinary biomedical research with a mission to advance research and treatment of some of the most formidable health challenges. To jump-start that drive, the couple whose names are, literally, synonymous with this world-leading institution – Joan and Sandy Weill – announced a $100 million gift. News of the Weills’ continued generosity spread far and wide, with coverage launching on CNBC Squawk Box’s new “Change the World” segment with additional reporting on, and spreading from Crain’s New York Business, Bloomberg News, to Jewish Business News, the Dublin News, Sydney News and beyond to more than 150 media outlets worldwide.

Calm in a storm – As Greek yogurt makes Chobani announced a voluntary recall and that it identified the mold behind reports of swelling and foul-smelling product, Cornell Food Science Professor and dairy safety expert Randy Worobo reached out to the media to help journalists and the public understand the real nature of the mold and it’s implications for human health. Beginning with a national feature by the Associated Press on Friday and wrapping up with a second national feature on Huffington Post this Tuesday, Worobo’s reasoned measure of science was featured by more than 300 media outlets, from The Oregonian and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Boston Globe to CBS News, NPR, USA Today, and the International Business Times.

Name that tune – Do you still hum the tunes your heard your parents play when you were a kid? If you were tracking the news this week, you now know why as new research from Psychology Professor Carol Lynne Krumhansl published in the journal Psychological Science was featured in more than 100 media outlets, including NPR and affiliates nationwide, Salon, Popular Science, Discover, Business Standard, BBC Radio, The Telegraph of London, The Guardian and the The Times of India.

Picking Apple – Days before Apple Inc. announced its latest products, Johnson Management and Finance Professor Murillo Campello told the media that it’s low-cost iPhone 5C would be the prospect that investors would be watching. His prediction was carried by NBC News Radio, beginning with their KLIV-AM affiliate in Silicon Valley. When news disappointed and stock prices tumbled, Campello handled announcement-day interviews by the ABC News Radio Network, ABC and the Voice of America.

Miscellaneous –

  • College of Engineering Dean Lance Collins spoke to a packed house this week in Ithaca at a Tompkins County Area Development event, and Gannett helped him spread the news that Cornell NYC Tech will mean great things for the economies of both New York City and Central New York.
  • Bad employees with a passion to improve found good advice this week in the Wall Street Journal, courtesy of Psychology Professor David Dunning.
  • Nutrition and Psychology Professor David Levitsky’s groundbreaking and often-controversial work on eating and weight control was highlighted in a New York Times report on breakfast and dieting.
  • Showing the full palette of his passions, Government Professor Chris Anderson helped BBC Sports fans understand where talent can be found in Premier League football.
  • Chemical weapons expert and Science and Technology Studies Professor Kathleen Vogel was quoted by Business Insider as they covered the world grappling with events in Syria’s civil war.
  • Linda Barrington, executive director of the Institute for Compensation Studies at ILR-NYC, explained to CNBC that older workers face long odds when wrestling with unemployment.
  • New laws and habits surrounding tipping were sorted out for Los Angeles Times readers by Hotel School Professor Michael Lynn. Local news station WHCU-AM took a weekend morning ride with officers of the Cornell University Police Department.
  • ILR Associate Dean and Professor Richard Hurd was quoted by Reuters as the AFL-CIO headed into its latest convention.
  • Law Professor Lynn Stout’s work on American corporate fixation with shareholder value was featured in a Washington Post article on the same topic.
  • Geneva Experiment Station researcher and Horticulture Professor Thomas Bjorkman’s groundbreaking work developing new, East Coast climate friendly strains of broccoli was featured in Business Insider’s “Game Changers” series.
  • A new study on college and retirement savings accounts by Dyson School of Applied Economics Professor Vicki Bogan was featured in a Forbes report.
  • And Cornell University was once again among the world’s top higher education institutions in multiple categories of the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings.

News wrap for Aug. 29 to Sept. 4

Nobody does it better – That’s what U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said when he came to Cornell’s new Stocking Hall dairy plant on Tuesday to announce that he will be pushing the Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to have Cornell designated the nation’s first center for dairy food safety. Shaking off the long holiday weekend that preceded the event, media coverage of Schumer’s visit was strong, with more than 100 media outlets reporting on his call for action. Hits came from as far as the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Anchorage Daily News, the Wall Street Journal and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, supporting strong local pickup from The Ithaca Journal, YNN-TV (which moved statewide on Time Warner’s YNN news network), WENY-TV, CNY News, WBNG-TV and the Cornell Daily Sun.

Still work to do – Was the message delivered by Africana professors Noliwe Rooks and Travis Gosa late last week as online news hub LiveScience analyzed the lessons from national celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Both researchers stressed the need for a renewed civil rights movement in the U.S., with Rooks highlighting current struggles to discuss race and Gosa pointing out de facto discrimination in local school systems. The piece was picked up by traditional media, including NBC News and the Oregon Herald, and moved by Yahoo! News on its newswires in the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe.

Battling for better work – For another week, national media attention was drawn to efforts by fast food workers nationwide protesting poor pay and working conditions in that industry. And, for another week, multiple ILR faculty members were among the most cited academic experts explaining the significance of the effort to American news consumers. Professor Ron Ehrenberg told the Christian Science Monitor about the challenges faced by low-wage employees. His colleague Jefferson Cowie told the Economic Times and China Daily about wage stagnation and the changing nature of fast-food employment. And fellow ILR faculty member Kate Bronfenbrenner explained the strategy for organizing fast-food workers to USA Today and Salon. In all, the trio of experts appeared in more than 100 news outlets in the past seven days.

Beginning a better future – Cornell University President David Skorton was the lead voice in a Washington Post package in which higher education leaders analyzed President Obama’s call for a national college ratings system. Skorton cautioned against using a “single yardstick,” but praised Obama for highlighting the challenge of expanding access to quality higher education.

Miscellaneous –

  • Music Professor Cynthia Turner was quoted in a New York Times Magazine feature about her experience as a tester of Google Glass.
  • Fiber Science Professor Juan Hinestroza had his work on nanotech-infused fabric highlighted among the top 10 stories of the week in the New York Time’s “T” fashion magazine.
  • News of the coming availability of Cornell’s two newest apple varieties – RubyFrost and SnapDragon – continued to draw coverage, with stories this week in key trade outlets The Packer and Farm and Dairy.
  • The world’s largest news agency, BBC, featured a report on Cornell research into the origins of the Orkney vole.
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Hod Lipson helped the Washington Post explain some of the new business opportunities that 3-D printing offers entrepreneurs.
  • National Public Radio explored the benefits of Dead Sea salt with Food Science researcher Mokoto Mukai.
  • Hotel School Associate Dean Steve Carvell was quoted by the Associated Press in a feature about remaking hotel lobbies.
  • Michael Dorf, Law School Professor and former clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy, was featured in a New York Times report on that justice’s shift on gay rights.
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Professor Margaret Smith continued her role as a media voice on GMO foods, with an appearance in a piece by Time Warner’s NY1 News.
  • History Professor Barry Strauss was quoted in an Epoch Times piece about Congressional debate over military action in Syria.
  • Gold and other heavier-than-iron elements may be been born billions of years ago during a collision of neutron stars, Astrophysicist Dong Lai told Bloomberg News.
  • Economist Richard Burkhauser told CNBC that Americans should expect years of wage depression ahead.
  • And mathematics professor and longtime columnist Steven Strogatz told the New York Times in a special science education edition that K-12 classrooms need the additional energy and insight that “real mathematicians” can bring to in order to inspire young students.

News wrap for Aug. 22 to Aug. 28

March on Washington - On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Robert Harris and Travis Gosa from the Africana Studies & Research Center provided their unique perspectives to regional and national media. Gosa penned an op-ed for FOX News, and the piece quickly reached "trending" status in FOX's opinion section. All regional Gannett papers ran this editorial from Harris, who also chatted with WHCU radio as he participated in anniversary events in D.C.

Cornell at the NYS Fair - Cornell always has a strong presence at the NYS Fair, and it's no exception this year with the addition of the Dairy Cow Birthing Center, which received coverage from YNN News, Troy Record, Oneida Daily Dispatch, and the Press & Sun Bulletin. The Saratogian covered Cornell's best milk competition, the Post Standard produced this video feature on Cornell Cooperative Extension's 4H Clubs, Oswego County Today covered the safe boating exhibit in the Cornell Youth Building, and the Watertown Daily Times highlights a rally for undocumented immigrants in this article, which quotes Arthur Baderman, agricultural educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Camera software - New photography software developed by Cornell and Adobe brings professional lighting techniques to amateur photographers. The innovative software has received coverage from Engadget and other tech blogs like Digital Trends, Peta Pixel, MIT Technology Review, and Imaging Resource. Unrelated to the research, Nabil Imam was quoted in this Salon article about new camera technology developed by Swiss engineers.

Baguette evolution - The crusty baguette, a world-renowned symbol of French gastronomy, is under threat due to a growing Gallic penchant for soggy, undercooked bread, experts have warned. The Telegraph taps Cornell's Steven Kaplan, who has written multiple books on the subject, for some insight. After MSN picked up the story, it was translated into several other languages for publications such as Plantine, Europe 1, Detik Food, and the Wall Street Journal Germany.

Miscellaneous -

  • Scientific American poses the interesting question, "Is NASA too worried about contaminating Mars?" Yes, answers Cornell's Alberto Fairén.
  • Andrew Novakovic is quoted in this Bloomberg article about restrictions preventing some NY farmers from expanding their farms.
  • Nutritionist Ling Qi is quoted in this ABC News piece about finding the right diet to lose weight.
  • The Wall Street Journal details the comeback of hops farmers in NY State, and quotes Cooperative Extension's Steve Miller.
  • NPR/PRI's Academic Minute this week features Adam Siepel explaining why humans and chimpanzees are drastically different despite sharing much of the same DNA. The piece was also featured on Inside Higher Ed.
  • Ronald Ehrenberg weighs in on the recent fight for higher pay demanded by fast food workers, as reported in this Time article.
  • USA Today quoted Chekitan Dev in this article about a hotel offering guests credit for Botox treatment.
  • The Washington Post details Cornell's involvement in solving the mystery behind a wooden beam that could be part of the famous Griffin shipwreck.
  • Richard Burkhauser tells the Wall Street Journal that he expects median household income to drop through at least 2030 in this article highlighting financial challenges ahead for Americans.
  • Elizabeth Sanders is quoted in this national Gannett piece covering President Obama's upstate NY tour.
  • Research by Paul Sherman is cited in New Scientist about spices used in cooking 6000 years ago.
  • Kevin Hallock talks to PRI's Marketplace as it speculates how much Microsoft will pay its next CEO.

News wrap for Aug. 15 to Aug. 21

Cornell on TV - It was difficult to flip through the channels this week without seeing Cornell on television. Professor Eswar Prasad discusses with Bloomberg News why investors are fleeing emerging markets. FOX Business featured a new study from ILR finding that the percentage of women in the workforce hasn't changed in 23 years. Dozens of CBS affiliates across the country also reporter the study, while NBC's Today Show mentioned a Cornell study from Michael Lynn about gratuity. Al Jazeera America is piloting a new primetime evening news show, and two of our professors were invited to join this week.  Professor Rick Geddes joined live to discuss road infrastructure policy, while Robert Hockett discussed underwater mortgages. Jens Ohlin joined FOX News Live as an expert on international criminal law to discuss the Bradley Manning sentencing. And finally, professor Margaret Smith was interviewed by NY1 for an upcoming piece on GMOs.

Two Cents - This USA Today op-ed from President David Skorton and VP Susan Murphy calls for students to shoulder more of the responsibility when it comes to changing the culture of hazing. Skorton joins VP Glenn Altschuler in this Forbes piece providing some advice for parents of new college students. With the recent sale of the Washington Post and Boston Globe, professor Daniel Schwarz delves into the possibility of the NY Times being sold in this Huffington Post blog. And in this Bloomberg BusinessWeek Q&A, Johnson grad student John Sharkey talks about why Cornell was the perfect home for him following his career in the military.

More Mars - Excitement continues this week over a Cornell-led research project testing food and diet on a mock mission to Mars. A number of ABC and FOX affiliates ran reports this week. Coverage also included outlets such as NPR, Discovery News, The Weather Channel, The Atlantic, Business International, Smithsonian and CBC.

Miscellaneous -

  • Michael Dorf is quoted in this Los Angeles Times article examining the fight for same-sex marriage in New Jersey.
  • John Fitzpatrick and the Lab of Ornithology are included in this New York Times article about the use of crowdsourcing in gathering bird data.
  • The Wall Street Journal covers research from Maria Fitzpatrick and Michael Lovenheim finding K-12 grades improve with the implementation of early retirement programs.
  • One in every ten text messages includes a lie according to this Atlantic piece featuring research from professor Jeff Hancock.
  • Professor and novelist Mukoma Wa Ngugi discusses with BBC Radio why he writes fiction despite being a former political editor.
  • Chekitan Dev is quoted in the USA Today article about Holiday Inn rebranding itself.
  • The Boston Globe informs us that Margaret Washington will be interviewed for an upcoming documentary about the Gettysburg Address.
  • Steven Strogatz weighs in on this Popular Science article questioning the importance of K-12 algebra.
  • National Geographic quotes Nicholas Schiff in this article about human consciousness.
  • Do you know what to do if you're attacked by a bear? Paul Curtis tells MSN News.

News wrap for July 25 to Aug. 14

Economic oasis – When New York Times Albany Bureau reporter Jesse McKinley wanted to explore why Ithaca and Tompkins County continually buck Upstate economic trends, he reached out to Cornell University. After a conversation with Mary Opperman, vice president for Human Resources and Safety Services, and Steve Johnson, vice president for Government and Community Relations, he had his story. Cornell’s hometown, the New York Times found in a section-front feature, benefits from the economic engine of higher education, the willingness of institutions to invest in the community, and a partnership with the City of Ithaca and other local government officials to spread the wealth.

Them apples – Just three years after Cornell apple breeder extraordinaire Susan Brown announced two new varieties – temporarily dubbed NY1 and NY2 – and a pioneering new partnership with an organization of growers dedicated to bringing these apples to market swiftly, Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and the New York Apple Growers hosted a celebration to announce the apples’ names and that they will hit farm stands this fall. SnapDragon is crisp, sweet and aimed at kids. RubyFrost is a late bloomer that will offer deep, red, fresh apples well into the winter. More than 150 outlets across the U.S and Canada helped spread the news, including the Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Innovation Trail, Time Warner’s YNN-TV news network (as far away as California), the Buffalo News, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Messenger Post News, and Orleans Hub; and national trades such as Progressive Grocer, The Grower and AgAnnex News.

Leading the class. In an investigative feature, the Albany Times Union looked at the varying rates of success State University of New York and affiliated institutions have at graduating students. Top among all SUNY-linked schools: Cornell University’s contract colleges, where the Times Union reports that 94 percent of all incoming freshman graduate within six years.

Space food – Cornell-led research into what types of food can sustain an off-world space team for extended periods hit an on-world milestone this week, with the emergence of the HI-SEAS Mars simulation crew from the University of Hawaii’s facility on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano. Although preliminary findings from the work are months away, more than 160 news outlets worldwide – including NBC News,, Fox News and the Telegraph of London – heard from Cornell researcher Jean Hunter and others about the final frontier of dining.

Opinion drivers – Following a call from Association of American Universities President and former Cornell President Hunter Rawlings to increase the public conversation about immigration reform, President David Skorton penned an op-ed highlighting how responsible legislation can be a boon to the New York and U.S. economies. That piece was published in all three Central New York Gannett newspapers – a media reach that spans two Congressional districts. Reaching more than a few Capitol Hill policymakers as well was Lab of Ornithology Director John Fitzpatrick, who authored an opinion piece emphasizing why the Farm Bill's Conservation Reserve Program is essential to protect critical habitat for wild birds for the Washington Post.

Heating debate – Driving a healthy dose of public debate as well, this time outside the nation’s capital, was Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Tony Ingraffea, who wrote an op-ed for the New York Times that argued pursuing natural gas resources through hydraulic fracturing was walking the “Gangplank to the Future.” That piece drew respectful disagreement from Cornell Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Louis Derry, who took the debate to Andrew Revkins’ Dot Earth Blog in the Times. The conversation continued later that week, with Revkin managing continued discussion by Cornell and other researchers.

Miscellaneous –

  • Just as news was breaking that Major League Baseball was set to crack down on 12 additional players for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs, Chemistry and Nutritional Sciences Professor Tom Brenna was featured in the Los Angeles Times outlining the challenges still ahead for professional sports.
  • Research by ILR Economist Francine Blau was featured in a CNN Money article about the challenges facing women in the workplace.
  • History Professor John Parmenter was quoted in an Albany Times Union piece looking at the ongoing significance of the 400-year-old Two-Row Wampum agreement between the native Haudenosaunee Confederacy and European colonial powers.
  • National Public Radio interviewed ILR Labor Economist Linda Barrington for a segment on the hidden bad news inside the good news of declining jobless rates.
  • Marketplace talked with Government Professor Suzanne Mettler the less-obvious aspects of the national economic safety net.
  • Exploring a less prudent retirement option, the Ithaca Journal spoke with Psychology Professor Tom Gilovich and visiting Mathematics Professor Nate Eldridge about why people do, and shouldn’t, spend money on big-prize lottery tickets.
  • Africana Studies Professor Noliwe Rooks talked with Marketplace as well, this time about the danger to everyone presented by lingering barriers to African-American and Latino attending America’s elite college and universities.
  • Billed as a back-to-school article, CNET looked at backbacks being fitted to birds at our Laboratory for Intelligent Machine Systems to explore micro-power generation from motion.
  • Jonathon Jacobs, and professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College helped New York Times readers understand the development of immunity to some causes of the common cold.
  • And Labor Relations Professor Richard Hurd and Time looked at the use of “Occupy” style civil disobedience tactics by workforces unable to create unions.

News wrap for July 18-24, 2013

Love and miles – It turns out they mix quite well, according to a new study in the Journal of Communication co-authored by Communication and CIS Professor Jeff Hancock. The research, done with 63 Cornell University couples and joined by City University of Hong Kong Psychologist Crystal Jiang, found that long-distance relationships showed more intimacy and meaningful interactions. News of the research hit more than 200 media outlets worldwide this week, including a feature in USA Today and parallel coverage in the New York Daily News, The Telegraph of London, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, CBS News DC, Time magazine, US News & World Report and WebMD.

A different love story – After a pair of animal lovers, Nancy Krieg and George Goldner, found beloved pig “Nemo” listless and uninterested in eating, they discovered their 730-pound pet had B-cell lymphoma. Rather than give up, they turned to College of Veterinary Medicine for help. A team at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals devised a groundbreaking cancer treatment for Nemo, which included chemotherapy, and now the pig is recovering nicely and enjoying a summer in Ithaca. News of the pioneering “Nemo on chemo” treatment was featured on WINS 1010 News and CBS News in New York City, and then spread globally thanks to a Reuters feature. Coverage, which took off at the end of this report period, has already gone as far as NBC News,  the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo! News New Zealand. He even has a YouTube video.

Cyber security and higher ed ­– Cornell’s Director of IT policy, Tracy Mitrano, continued to spread the word about the challenges facing officials in higher education as they combat hacking and information piracy. Following her New York Times interview last week, which moved on their international wire service, Mitrano’s message was spread broadly by UPI, and followed with an op-ed in Inside Higher Ed. She capped the week by sitting down for a television interview with local CBS News affiliate WBNG-TV.

Humanities – Also in this week’s Inside Higher Ed, reporter Doug Lederman broke the news that a new House proposal would halve support for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Among those he turned to for a defense of humanities education was Cornell President David Skorton.

Breakfast battle – In the same week Harvard researchers promoted a study praising breakfast as an essential meal, Cornell nutritional sciences and psychology Professor David Levitsky published a study with a different conclusion: Healthy people who skip breakfast do not overeat to make up for the calories later on the day. The extension of that conclusion, according to Glamour magazine: skip breakfast to help lose weight. Levitsky’s research was also covered by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Oregonian, the Daily Meal and MedicalXpress.

Miscellaneous –

  • Peggy Drexler, a professor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College, authored an opinion piece about how shopping makes us happy for
  • Cornell’s Astronomy team helped readers of the Los Angeles Times, the MSN News and the Christian Science Monitor understand development involving Saturn and it’s moon Titan.
  • Hotel School Associate Dean Steve Carvell was quoted in a New York Times piece on the evolution of the hospitality industry, while colleague and Hotel Professor Chekitan Dev explained the expansion of brands and services in the industry to USA Today.
  • With regional sightings of coyotes up this year, Gannett’s Central New York news group turned to Natural Science Professor Paul Curtis for some perspective.
  • Cornell NYC Tech’s summer partnership with Girls Who Code continued to draw attention, including a feature in AM New York.
  • Cornell Tech Dean and Vice Provost Dan Huttenlocher was featured in the Seattle Times Business and Technology section, with that outlet warning that New York City could steal Seattle’s software industry.
  • The Atlantic turned to Southeast Asia History Professor Tamara Loos in a piece exploring changing attitudes about sexuality in conservative Singapore.
  • Horticulture Professor Marvin Pritts told the Associated Press that New York is in for a good year when it comes to its fruit crops, with pickup including Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Hod Lipson, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, co-authored a LiveScience op-ed assessing the real promise of “eco-friendly 3-D printing.”
  • And Africana Studies Professor Noliwe Rooks was featured in a New York Times report on identity struggles at Essence magazine.

News wrap for July 11-17, 2013

Understanding intelligence – A new study set to be published in Psychological Science is already gaining media attention for Valerie Reyna, a professor of both human development and psychology who studies risky decision making. Her latest work examines government intelligence agents and finds that they are more prone to irrational decisions than other groups, including college students. Reyna and her work, which struck a chord with an Edward Snowden-obsessed media, were featured in an extended national Fox News interview, as well worldwide coverage in Business Standard, Medical News Today, Red Orbit, Australia’s, Italy’s State of Mind, and Norway’s Forskning.

Cornell NYC Tech state of mind – Cornell’s revolutionary tech campus operating now at Google’s NYC space in Chelsea and coming soon to Roosevelt Island found itself in the top-tier media spotlight several times this week. An innovative summer immersion computer science program now underway with nonprofit Girls Who Code was featured in the New York Observer’s BetaBeat, and story that also earned mention in the New York Business Journal. Plans for a new MBA program at Cornell NYC Tech in cooperation with the Johnson Graduate School of Management was featured in Bloomberg Businessweek’s Business Schools section. An interview between NPR All Things Considered host Robert Siegel and the Brookings Institution’s Bruce Katz turned to the “Metropolitan Revolution,” leading Katz to cite the new campus as an urban economic “game changer.” And an interview between Charlie Rose and architect David Rockwell turned for an extended talk about new thinking about education and the use of space in Cornell Tech’s current and future homes.

Feeding the future – Continuing the leadership role in the public conversation about genetically modified organisms and agriculture begun with last month’s Inside Cornell NYC, plant breeding and genetics professor Margaret Smith took her balanced examination to the national stage with a feature interview on Fox News. Smith also spoke with listeners of KTRH Radio in Houston, and was one of the featured guests on this weeks “Community Conversation” news hour on Binghamton’s local NPR affiliate WSKG-FM.

Let the sun shine – Cornell University’s continued sustainability efforts drew attention this week with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that 79 solar energy projects statewide are being assisted in part by the state. Saturday’s Ithaca Journal front page featured a story about Cornell’s planned 6,766-panel project in Lansing with Distributed Sun LLC, a Gannett story that repeated in Binghamton and beyond. News of the announcement was also highlighted in the Central New York Business Journal.

Miscellaneous –

  • Cornell’s Director of IT policy, Tracy Mitrano, was quoted in a New York Times feature on cyber security and the challenges faced by college campuses.
  • A competition to develop a better cooking stove for emerging markets run by the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Johnson was featured in the Bloomberg Businessweek Business Schools section.
  • An Associated Press feature with photo gallery on the return of puffins to coastal Maine was narrated by Steve Kress, a lecturer at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with pickup including ABC News and the Huffington Post.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Professor Christopher Starr was interviewed in CBS This Morning about a new technology that lets user change the prescription of their glasses by touching a dial.
  • Robotics researcher Andy Ruina helped readers of Tech News Daily understand the real science, and its limits, behind the new movie “Pacific Rim.”
  • A story in National Geographic about a new Titan Arum or “corpse flower” set to bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden included comment for corpse flower veteran and Cornell chemical ecologist Rob Raguso.
  • A CNN Money profile of COO and Cornell graduate Jennifer Dulski included her praise for the life-changing advice of Psychology Professor Tom Gilovich.
  • Universe Today talked with Astronomy Professor Steve Squyres about the 10th anniversary of the Opportunity Rover on Mars, while Tech News World turned to astronomy colleague Jonathan Lunine to examine the future of robotic missions to Mars.
  • National Geographic cited research by Cornell’s Paul Sherman on rotifers in explaining why there are so few male sea monkeys.
  • And PC World asked Communication and CIS Professor Jeff Hancock to explain the genius behind Facebook “Stickers.”

News wrap for July 4-10, 2013

Global Innovation Index – This year’s rollout of the Global Innovation Index – a measure of economic and scientific creativity generated by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization that ranks the nations of the world – has drawn high worldwide attention both from its initial unveiling in Geneva, Switzerland, and a large media event July 8 in New York City. Coverage from the NYC event, attended by more than 25 journalists, has already appeared in Tech News Daily and Information Week, with rounds of international coverage continuing in outlets as varied as China Daily, Dublin News, Smart Planet, Science Business, The Jerusalem Post, Die Presse and The Hindu’s Business Line.

Indian education – Another wave of strong media attention came following President David Skorton’s comment at the NYC event that a slowing in the growth of Indian students coming to the United States was a sign of Indian academic strength and “brain circulation” and not a reverse brain drain. His comments, including a positive portrayal of Cornell as the most diverse school in the Ivy League, were featured in The Hindustan Times, The Siasat Daily, The Hindu and Silicon India.

Better broccoli – Plant Science Professor Thomas Bjorkman’s multi-year quest to develop a new strain of broccoli that can stand up to the heat of Eastern U.S. growing regions got a fresh lift from a section-front feature in the New York Times this week. The goal of the work is to provide a better, less expensive, more environmentally sustainable version of the iconic vegetable to consumers through traditional breeding methods, and word of the effort quickly spread to Salon, Gizmodo, WHAM-TV, Bon Appetit, Canada’s National Post, Time magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

Sounds in space – This week, researchers announced that humans have discovered four mysterious radio bursts from outside the Milky Way Galaxy. As the world media took note, many outlets relied up Astronomy Professor James Cordes as the top outside voice to put the discovery in context. His comments were featured the Christian Science Monitor, io9, NBC News, The Guardian Express, Yahoo! News, Business Insider, Mother Nature Network, La Libre and Der Spiegel among others.

Start-Up NY – On Wednesday afternoon, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to Cornell to speak with university and community leaders about his plan to leverage the genius of the state’s academic institutions to spur economic development by creating temporary tax-free zones at key sites, including Cornell. Media attendance was strong, and positive coverage has already appeared locally on WENY-TV, statewide on YNN News and nationally through the Gannett chain courtesy of local news outlet, The Ithaca Journal.

Miscellaneous –

  • Neurobiology and Behavior Professor Andrew Bass continues to draw global coverage for his research linking ancient fish to the modern human tendency to gesture with our hands while talking, including hits in Popular Science, The Hindu, JOL Press and the Deccan Chronicle.
  • Architectural Record featured Cornell’s new teaching dairy barn on its cover, with online architectural renderings and photo galleries available as well.
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Professor Susan McCouch’s call for researchers to tap the world's seed banks to increase the genetic diversity of the food crops we eat, issued in the journal Nature on July 4, drew immediate attention from The International Business Times, Scientist and
  • A new book by Human Ecology research scientist Sera Young on the human craving to eat dirt was praised by the New York Times.
  • If you prefer your food off the grill, Food Science Professor Gavin Sacks helped Wired explain why charcoal is the smarter option for maximum flavor.
  • Economist Karl Mertens work on tax policy and economic activity was featured in pieces by Townhall Finance and City AM.
  • English Professor Mukoma wa Ngugi was profiled along with his father, iconic Kenyan writer Kenya's Ngugi wa Thiong'o, by the BBC World Service and Africa in Words.
  • Law Professor Michael Dorf helped NPR’s Nina Totenberg sum up this term’s crop of decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Astronomy research associate Alberto Fairen told IEEE Spectrum that we could do more on Mars if we didn’t worry so much about spreading microbes there.
  • And his colleague, Astronomy Professor Steve Squyres, helped the Huffington Post speculate on how a young Muhammad Ali would fare boxing on the red planet.

News wrap for June 27 to July 3, 2013

Keeping quiet – Since before Charles Darwin observed the phenomenon in Chile in 1835, scientists have tied major earthquakes to increased volcanic activity. But now Cornell University Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Matthew Pritchard has found that in at least two recent quakes – another in Chile and the Tohoku event in Japan in 2011 – volcanoes not only didn’t erupt, they sunk. No one, not even Pritchard (yet), understands why, but media coverage of the Nature Geoscience study has gone worldwide, with hits in the Los Angeles Times, CBS News, LiveScience, the Christian Science Monitor, NBC News, France 24 and New Scientist.

Equal Justice – Following up on his tipsheet praising Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he worked, Law School Professor Michael Dorf was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog and main edition, as well as fresh coverage in Bloomberg News, CNN Television, WIBW-TV and PrideSource.

Extra cheese – The story of Cornell’s partnership with Wegmans Food Markets to develop new artisan cheeses and move production of the supermarket giant’s in-house brand cheddar to New York continues to draw mainstream and trade media attention, including being featured in a new statewide Gannett report on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s efforts to boost the Upstate economy. Ongoing coverage included Supermarket News, Yahoo! Finance, Farm and Dairy, Capital Press, WRVO, Food Manufacturing and The Gourmet Retailer. More stories are in development.

Miscellaneous –

  • Law Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr told Time that he expects Edward Snowden, wanted for leaking classified domestic survelience information to the media, could be a man without a country for a long time.
  • ILR-NYC Professor Samuel Bacharach authored a piece for Inc. on the enduring management lessons offered by President Dwight Eisenhower.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Real Estate blog talked with Horticulture Professor Nina Bassuk about reviving dogwood trees.
  • ILR Labor History Professor Ken Margolies told drive-time commuters to KGO News Radio in San Francisco that their BART strike won’t last too long.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education turned to Alumni Affairs and Development engagement officer Ashley Hennigan to find lessons from the fictional website created for the new movie “Monsters University.”
  • China Radio International featured Near Eastern Studies Professor David Patel in its coverage of the crisis in Egypt.
  • The Associated Press cited History Professor Jon Parmenter in its coverage of the 400th anniversary of the Two-Row Wampum agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Dutch settlers.
  • Andrew Bass, professor of nuerology and behavior, explained to MSN News that we can all thank fish for our instinct to use hand gestures in speech.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College neurologist Dr. Matthew Fink helped the New York Times explain the impact of barometric pressure on humans.
  • Johnson economist Robert Frank was once again called upon as a carbon tax expert in the Time’s Economix blog.
  • And LiveScience featured a video interview on the human thought process with Psychology Professor Tom Gilovich.

News wrap for June 20-26, 2013

Gay marriage ruling Jumping in and issuing his third U.S. Supreme Court tipsheet of the week paid off, with Law School Professor and former Supreme Court law clerk Michael Dorf helping USA Today, Salon, the Wall Street Journal, Star-Ledger/, Bloomberg News, and WNYC understand this week’s rulings on gay marriage. In praise, Dorf called his former boss, Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court’s “first gay justice.”

Say cheese This week, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Kathryn Boor joined Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman and Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Darrel Aubertine on stage in Rochester, N.Y., to announce a new partnership between Cornell and Wegmans to ignite the specialty and artisan cheese making industry in New York. Through a Wegmans gift, Cornell will start a three-year program to train large and start-up cheesemakers. Wegmans is also shifting its cheddar production to New York. News of the new frontier in the state’s thriving dairy industry we met with same-day coverage including Rochester’s ABC-TV, NBC-TV, CBS-TV and Fox News affiliates as well as the Rochester Business Journal, statewide through NPR’s Innovation Trail, YNN-TV News and Gannett Newspapers, and beyond through Ag Radio Network, USDA Radio and trade journals such as Progressive Grocer and Dairy Herd Management. Coverage on this continues.

What’s in a name Early in the week, Dyson School economist and Food and Brand Lab leader Brian Wansink helped ABC News remember that “fat-free” foods don’t automatically translate into smart eating options. Later in the week, Wansink and Dyson/Food Lab colleague David Just released a new study looking at descriptions of portion size and how it impacts how much we eat and how much we’re willing to pay for our food. Coverage was immediate and, likewise, is ongoing, with reports already in the London Daily Mail, BioSpace, WIVB-TV and the International Business Times Medical Daily.

Tech advances Much watched Cornell NYC Tech took another leap forward in its continued growth this week, with news that Brooklyn-based and veteran high-profile project developer Forest City Ratner Cos.  Has been taped to be the master developer for the opening phase of the new Roosevelt Island campus. The news premiered in Crain’s New York Business, and quickly spread through the tech and real estate media, including The Real Deal, DNAinfo, Curbed, Law360, Globe St. and Real Estate Weekly.

Great careers This week, the New York Times highlighted two feature-length obituaries of accomplished Cornell University Faculty. On June 22, the Times wrote about the life and accomplishments of “Black Athena” author and retired Cornell History Professor Martin Bernal. His career was also covered in pieces by the Guardian and the Times of London, and the Pioneer Press. Two days earlier, the New York Times featured report on Nobel Prize winner and former Cornell Physics Professor Kenneth Wilson, one of more than 60 news outlets to do so this week, including the LA Times and the Boston Herald.

Miscellaneous –

  • Following an Inside Cornell NYC on genetically modified foods that included Plant Geneticist Margaret Smith, CALS Dean Kathryn Boor, and more than 25 local, national and international journalist, coverage began with a feature on misconceptions surrounding GMO foods in the International Business Times.
  • USA Today reported that Cornell University made the AARP’s list of best employers for people over 50.
  • Industrial and Labor Relations School Professor Jefferson Cowie marked the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act with a New York Times op-ed tracing the groundbreaking history of this legislation.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Psychology Professor Peggy Drexler argued for a four-day workweek in an op-ed at
  • WBNG-TV came to campus in light of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call for mandatory composting in NYC, to show how Cornell handles its food waste.
  • Cornell NYC Tech’s Deborah Estrin was quoted in a New York Times piece about health and technology.
  • English Department Lecturer Daniel Pena talked to Huffington Post’s 40 million readers about lessons to learn from NBA Finals competitor The San Antonio Spurs.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education explored the educational possibilities of Google Glass with the Music Department’s Cynthia Turner.
  • Hotel School Professor Chekitan Dev was quoted in a USA Today feature on hospitality leaders targeting younger travelers.
  • Johnson School Associate Dean Randy Allen helped CNBC explain how employers can improve employee job satisfaction.
  • And the Vet College’s Adam Boyko, a professor of biomedical sciences, explored the annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest with National Geographic and the Huffington Post.

News wrap for June 13-19, 2013

Kenneth Wilson - The former Cornell physicist and Nobel Laureate passed away on Saturday, but left behind a different way for scientists to think about phase transitions. His legacy was recognized by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Salon, Gannett, Yahoo! News, NBC News, and the Boston Globe among others.

Time Cloaking - With the publishing of a new study on time cloaking making national news, outlets like MSN News are gathering thoughts from time-cloakers Alex Gaeta and Moti Fridman, who first outlined the possibilities of such science at Cornell. Other coverage comes from TIME, the Christian Science Monitor, Gizmodo, Huffington Post, Forbes, and many other publications.

Eminent Domain Research - Robert Hockett contributed to a new report finding eminent domain used by local governments to seize blighted property may reduce foreclosures by helping borrowers who owe more than their homes are worth. His contributions were noted by Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal.

Greek Yogurt - Andrew Novakovic was quoted in several sources, including the Huffington Post, Globe and Mail, ABC News, CBS News, Gannett, the Washington Post, and the Times Union thanks to an article by the Associated Press about greek yogurt powering New Yorkers and their homes.

Cornell Tech - Gizmodo explains how Cornell Tech is a perfect example of how the industry is changing the face of American cities, and The Verge and PolicyMic say Mayor Bloomberg's succes with Cornell Tech gives NYC's next mayor some big shoes to fill. Dezeen says New York is moving in on Silicon Valley as the top city for tech, while the New York Daily News and San Francisco Chronicle detail Bloomberg's plan to make that happen.


  • Cornell President David Skorton and Former Lockheed Martin CEO Norman Augustine penned this op-ed for USA Today about the importance of the humanities and social sciences.
  • John Weiss authored his own op-ed for Canada Free Press regarding what he calls the U.S. government's blind eye toward genocide in countries like Sudan.
  • A paper by grad student Ankita Patnaik is referenced in this Wall Street Journal article about paternity leave.
  • Michael Lynn, Hotel, is quoted in this NBC News article about the pros and cons of tipping.
  • Gizmodo featured work from Hod Lipson's lab regarding evolving robots.
  • Human Ecology students continue to receive attention for their plus-size mannequin, including from the Wall Street Journal.
  • Ashutosh Saxena's robot that can anticipate human actions could be seen this week on FOX News television.
  • Jan Vink from the Program on Applied Demographics helped break down some new Census figures for Newsday, the Buffalo News, and WHCU radio.
  • The New York Times pointed to a study by Francine Blau and Lawrence Kahn as it explored teh unspoken stigma of workplace flexibility.
  • Michael Dorf tells WNYC everything you need to know about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.
  • Barry Strauss shares his grim outlook for Taliban peace talks with the Los Angeles Times.
  • This Boston Globe article quotes Steven Strogatz about a new technique using chaos theory to generate musical variations.


News wrap for June 6-12, 2013

NSA under fire Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Stephen Wicker, one the eve of releasing his new book “Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy,” took the time to issue a tipsheet following revelations the National Security Agency has been tracking domestic cell customers. The result was more than 100 media hits, including McClatchy News Service, the Washington Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, US News & World Report, and even the Voice of Russia.

Wet Mars Steven Squyres, astronomy professor and leading advocate for human and robotic space exploration, was quoted in more than 300 news outlets worldwide this week as his workhorse Opportunity rover on Mars uncovered evidence of non-acidic, liquid, life-friendly water in that planet’s past. Global coverage included Reuters, The Guardian, Yahoo! News, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, CBS News and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Promiscuity vs. friendship A new study by Human Development graduate researcher Zhana Vrangalova attracted widespread media attention with findings that college-aged women judge promiscuous peers harshly and reject them as friends, even if they are casual about sex themselves. Under a wide range of creative headlines, the research was covered in the New York Daily News, the London Mail, Huffington Post, Slate, Cosmopolitan magazine and others.

Future fuel The expertise of Paul Mutolo, director of Cornell’s Energy Materials Center and a fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, was cited in a number of news outlets this week on the United States lagging behind Asia and Europe in the development of fuel cell cars and related infrastructure. Hits included the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and the Mideast-based Gulf Today.


  • The Daily Beast offered a feature subtitled “How to win a Pulitzer” that focused on the success story of History Professor and 2013 Pulitzer winner Fred Logevall.
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Kathryn Boor penned an op-ed for the Albany Times-Union praising Gov. Cuomo’s call for statewide reforms to help boost New York’s dairy industry.
  • The Mars food research project, being led by CALS Biological and Environmental Engineering Professor Jean Hunter, is returning to the news, with a report in Kansas City infoZine about the ongoing simulation underway on a mountain in Hawaii.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College cancer center Director Dr. Lewis Cantley was quoted in a New York Times article about new trends in research and testing.
  • Cornell’s five-person team approach to promoting diversity on campus was featured in a special section of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Hod Lipson and his Creative Machines Lab were featured in several articles this week, including a Gizmodo piece on robotic evolution, a Tech News Daily story on 3D food printing, and a Global Times article on 3D printing and the future of design.
  • Law School Professor Lynn Stout helped NPR listeners understand the limits of shareholder value in this Marketplace piece.
  • Her colleague, Law Professor Stephen Garvey, helped Wall Street Journal readers explore the complex Zimmerman trial.
  • For the trifecta, fellow Law Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr outlined issues with immigration reform for readers of La Opinion.
  • Not to be left out, Economist and Johnson Professor Robert Frank also took to the airwaves on Marketplace to explain the challenges of escalating consumer demands in middle-class America.
  • And CALS-Dyson Economist David Just was quoted in a Time piece looking at the limits of retail return guarantees.

News wrap for May 31 - June 4, 2013

Education Gene - Professor Dan Benjamin led a research team that discovered certain genetic markers play a role in what level of education a person acheives. HealthDay broke the news, which recieved syndication on dozens of outlets including Fox 5 NYC and Health Magazine. Popular science website Futurity shared the research, and international coverage includes Deutchland Radio and MedIndia.

3D Printing - Cornell has always been a leader in 3D printing, and this week a random assortment of quotes and mentions in the news this week continued to boost its reputation. The prospect of 3D printing in the kitchen was featured by The UK Guardian and IEEE Spectrum. Professor Hod Lipson's new book was mentioned by Bloomberg Businessweek. The book addresses printed weapons, which was covered by Huffington Post. The implications for manufacturing were covered by FOX News Latino and NDTV, while the implications for health were covered by USA Today.

Final Frontier - Congress has been critical of NASA's longterm plan to reach Mars, but professor Steve Squyres fired back, saying it isn't receiving the support it needs (as reported by Yahoo! News, Huffington Post, and the Washington Times). He also gave an update on the Mars rover Opportunity to the International Business Times. Alex Hayes is somewhat of a space meteorologist, as he predicts wild Titan weather for, while Jonathan Lunine talks more about Tian with The Age.

Beer-Pouring Robot - On the heels of a successful week in the media, Ashutosh Saxena returns to the media for another round of interest in his robot able to forsee human action and offer a helping hand - or more accurately, a helping claw. Coverage included a television appearnce on FOX News with Shepard Smith (available on DVD) and several ABC News affiliates, National Geographic News, the Los Angeles Times, TIME, and Forbes.


  • Steve Strogatz was quoted by Popular Mechanics, Yahoo! News, and LiveScience about the concept of infinity.
  • Barry Strauss provides four jarring sings of Turkey's growing Islamisation for The Atlantic.
  • Cornell's support of Gov. Cuomo's proposed tax-free zones on campuses was mentioned in the Albany Times Union and many Gannett publications such as the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and the Elmira Star-Gazette.
  • Stephen Yale-Loehr was quoted in the USA Today article about immigration reform.
  • The New York Times revisited the Lab of Ornithology's Birds of Paradise project.
  • Robin Dando speaks with the Wall Street Journal about the art and science of taste testing. Lowell Turner also chats with the WSJ about medical marijuana workers unionizing.
  • Passing on your values is more important than passing money, accoridng to Karl Pillemer in this Forbes article.
  • Trevor Pinch continues his series on Radio France International with a discussion about software that allows you to create your own guitar pedal effects and to share them online.

News wrap for May 24-30, 2013

Plus-Size Mannequin – Unable to find realistic plus-size mannequins for a developing clothing line, two Cornell students used a laser cutter to develop their own mannequins.  Some media outlets say this modest project could be a major revelation in the quest to create better-fitting clothing for plus-sized people. Dozens of general audience and specialty fashion publications have covered the story, including Cosmo, New York Magazine, Business Insider, Glamour, MSN and Style Bistro, with the Wall Street Journal hosting a conference call with our student researchers later this week.

Beer-Pouring Robot – Understanding when and where to pour a drink or knowing when to offer assistance opening a refrigerator door can be difficult for a robot because of the many variables it encounters while assessing the situation. A team from Cornell's Personal Robotics Lab has created a solution: a robot that can foresee human action in order to step in and offer a helping hand. Major news coverage this week included CBS News, NBC News, Popular Science, Wired, Mashable, CNET and Slate Magazine; with the daily news spotlight extending from as far away as the Houston Chronicle, the London Daily Mail, the French Tribune and the Hindustan Times. Looking ahead, in-depth interviews have already been completed with the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic News.

Faith and combat Dyson School Economist Brian Wansink teamed with his brother, brother, Craig Wansink, professor and chair of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan College, on a study about the long-lasting effect of intense combat on how veterans view religion and community service. They found that even more than half a century later, intense combat experience increases church participation. Media outlets picked up the story in the lead to Memorial Day weekend, including UPI, the Christian Press, The State, the Times of India and The Washington Post.

Commencement Weekend News outlets in the community and beyond noted Cornell University’s 145th Commencement weekend ceremonies, including local coverage of Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s Convocation address on YNN-TV and WBNG-TV. A Gannett feature on the Simon family graduation celebration – featuring grandfather and veteran Raymond Simon, who was called to service before his 1954 ceremony, and grandson and Class of 2013 member Andrew Simon – was carried in newspapers across the country, including The Ithaca Journal, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Louisville Courier and the Detroit Free Press.


  • Cornell University continues to lead in the conversation about the benefits and challenges of the Greek yogurt boom, with Dyson Professor Andrew Novakovic being quoted in a Yahoo! News piece about managing acidic whey byproducts, and CALS dairy industry specialist Dave Barbano commenting for Scientific American and Fox News and other food industry options.
  • Horticulture Professor and Atkinson Center climate expert David Wolfe joined a panel of experts on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss the future of farming in a changing world.
  • Entomologist Cole Gilbert’s work with the periodic cicadas emerging in the U.S. East Coast made is all the way to the Australian edition of Popular Science.
  • Policy and Analysis Professor, and nationally recognized infrastructure expert, Rick Geddes offered his thought on how to improve Memorial Day traffic in U.S. News & World Report.
  • Kevin Hallock, Economics professor and director of Cornell’s Institute for Compensation Studies, was relied up to explain why everyone thinks they’re underpaid in Business Insider.
  • ILR Professor Lance Compa offered an opinion piece in the Washington Post on the benefits of labor unions in developing nations.
  • Dr. Ben Gold, an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, helped LiveScience understand if vitamin C can help fight tuberculosis.
  • WCMC colleague Peggy Drexler, an assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry, was quoted in NBC News coverage of a new study on how men react to women who earn more money.
  • Vet College professor and Feline Health Center assistant director Bruce Kornreich offered strategies for moving pets during a natural disaster to CBS News.
  • And Tracy Mitrano, director of Internet Technology Policy at Cornell's Computing and Communications Center, was quoted in a USA Today article about how college students view online privacy.

News wrap for May 16-23, 2013

Go Big Red It was a great week for Big Red Sports. Most notably, although the news broke just as this report was being prepared, broad media coverage of wrestler Kyle Dake being named Sport Illustrated’s College Athlete of the Year is already under way, including a report on WSYR-TV. At the same time, Cornell lacrosse heads to the NCAA national semifinals this weekend and star player (and Dyson School student) Rob Pannell is featured in a New York Times Sports Section piece.

Still boldly going Meanwhile, Cornell’s Astronomy team continues to make headlines, with Professor Steve Squyres quoted in coverage of a Congressional hearing on future missions to Mars, USA Today coverage of the Mars rover “Opportunity” setting an off-Earth travel record and a Science Daily report on the same rover examining water-altered rocks. Fellow Professor Peter Thomas was also featured in a New Scientist piece on Saturn’s egg-shaped moon Methone.

Big view And there was good news closer to home, with both the Cornell and Ithaca communities reacting with enthusiasm to the removal of temporary means-restriction fencing from most of the bridges on and around campus. Coverage included pieces by YNN-TV, The Ithaca Journal, the Cornell Daily Sun and local news web portal 14850 Today.

New deal Cornell University’s new partnership with nonprofit MOOC provider edX drew national coverage and wide praise, with pieces in several major outlets including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and the Washington Post.


  • This month’s Inside Cornell media luncheon in New York City earned swift coverage following its Tuesday session, with Engineering graduate researcher Nick Cheney’s work on evolving robots being covered in Tech News Daily, the International Business Times and LiveScience.
  • Dr. Ana Krieger of Weill Cornell Medical College’s Center for Sleep Medicine was quoted in an article in the New York Times about how parents and caregivers can cope with active children.
  • A new study by Policy Analysis and Management Professor John Cawley on the inverse link between obesity and attending gym class in school continued to gain traction throughout the week, with coverage appearing in multiple outlets including the Los Angeles Times and Science Daily and the Times of India.
  • Communications Professor Jeff Neiderdeppe’s work on mass media marketing campaigns for medicines was featured in the Washington Post.
  • Early advice for college seniors was handed out in the Huffington Post by English Literature Professor Daniel Schwarz.
  • Johnson School Finance Professor Maureen O’Hara and Arts & Sciences Economics Professor David Easly warned of a “big data” crash for financial markets in an op-ed for CNBC.
  • Behavioral biologist Tom Seeley’s work was cited in a Wired feature on swarming and the battle against cancer.
  • Fiber Scientist Juan Hinestroza had his research and his voice featured in an international Wired story on the future of wearable technology.
  • Food Science Professor Randy Worobo warned readers of Fox News “M” magazine of the dangers of chopped beef, uncooked bean sprouts and raw milk.
  • Sarah Kreps and Gustavo Flores-Macias, both assistant professors of Government, penned an op-ed on China’s trade policies for The Diplomat.
  • Hotel School marketing and branding expert Chekitan Dev was quoted in a USA Today article on increasingly personal hotel wake-up calls.
  • And viticulturalist Tim Martinson talked about cold-weather wine grapes with NPR’s David Greene.

News wrap for May 8 - 15, 2013

Medical wisdomIt was a very strong week for media coverage of Weill Cornell Medical Center researchers, led by a new study that demonstrated success for a unique “anti-cocaine” vaccine. The work by Dr. Ronald Crystal, chairman of Genetic Medicine at WCMC, was covered in almost 100 media outlets worldwide, from CBS News Radio reports in New York and Los Angeles, to online and print coverage in the Huffington Post, the Voice of America, the London Sunday Daily Mail, Russia Today and the Times of India. Also prominent this week was Dr. Rache Simmons, breast surgery chief at WCMC, who talked to with the media about actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a preemptive double mastectomy. Simmons was quoted by the Associated Press which led to media hits in Newsday, AM New York and more than 20 television stations across the country.

Still shoppingDyson Professor and Food and Brand Lab leader Brian Wansink and his team continued their strong run in the media this week, with the new study on going food shopping while hungry appearing in more than 100 news outlets around the world, including Fox News, Men’s Health magazine and the New York Times. Other work by Brian on diet, nutrition and human behavior was featured as well, including reports on the failure of short-term food depravation in dLife, and a new look at mindless eating in Weight Watchers magazine.

Still making noiseCornell University’s lead role in explaining the emergence of the 17-year cicada in the Northeast this year continued, with several voices getting into the story. Entomologist Cole Gilbert, who was featured in last month’s Inside Cornell NYC, was quoted by MSN News. Fellow entomologist (and spouse) Linda Rayor took part in a Huffington Post Live video conference. Extension entomologist Chris Logue spoke to Albany area viewers through CBS6, and Walter Koenig, a senior scientist at the Lab of Ornithology, commented on how the insect affects bird populations in the New Scientist. Even the College of Veterinary Medicine got into the news on this, commenting for the media on why it’s not a good idea to let your pets eat fallen cicadas.

Brothers Remembered Noted Cornell alumnae Joyce Brothers died this week, and news of her passing and reflections on her pioneering career were featured in more than 1,000 news outlets worldwide, including the New York Times as well as our own Cornell Chronicle and the Cornell Daily Sun, which included comments by Human Development Assistant Professor Jane Mendle.


  • The Wall Street Journal featured several other Cornell voices this week, including ILR Professor James Gross on clothing factories in Bangladesh, Dyson Professor Eswar Prassad on the Chinese economy, a review Lab of Ornithology researcher Tim Gallagher’s new book, “Imperial Dreams,” and Law School Professor Lynne Stout on shareholder behavior at KPMG.
  • The Johnson Graduate School of Management was featured twice this week in BloombergBusinessweek, including articles on applications surging at business schools, and singling out Johnson for its leadership in promoting diversity.
  • The New York Times carried a fresh opinion piece by Johnson’s Robert Frank on setting value in an economy, and quoted microbiologist Ruth Ley in a Times Magazine cover feature about germs.
  • On the tech side, the Cornell Cup engineering competition sponsored by Intel saw feature-length coverage in the Huffington Post, Cornell NYC Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher was interviewed on WNYC-FM, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Hod Lipson’s work on 3D printing was featured on local ABC News affiliate WENY-TV and in a Bloomberg View piece on the dangers of that technology.
  • Some press-captivating physics theory work returned to the media fore, with Reuters Television and Scientific American highlighting our science of mosh pits research.
  • Economist Richard Burkhauser warned of a Social Security Disability Insurance crisis in a Real Clear Markets opinion piece.
  • Human Nutrition and Psychology Professor David Levitsky explained the challenges of dining out to ABC News.
  • Cornell research and viticulturalist Tim Martinson were featured in a North Country Public Radio-NPR piece on cold weather wines.
  • And last, but not least, the public value of the Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library was a topic this week in a piece on the CBS Evening News.

News wrap for May 2 - 7, 2013

Science Times – For shear wow factor, the best media hit of the week may go to Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future co-director Drew Harvell, who through perseverance, good research and great writing parlayed her success with the New York Times Scientist at Work blog in January and February into authoring a full-page, section-front feature in Tuesday’s Science Times. The online version also has interactive graphics to allow readers to explore unique glass sculptures or rare underwater creatures Drew is working to protect.

Food and Brand – Never to be out done, Brian Wansink and his Food and Brand Lab had two pieces of research draw major media attention this week. Leading the way, Brian was featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and ABC on Monday for new research about bad habits people fall into when shopping hungry. This story also founds its way in many forms to more than 500 media outlets, including NBC News, the Huffington Post, the London Daily Mail, Fox News, the LA Times, Reuters, US News & World Report and Yahoo! News. In their second major hit of the week, the Lab’s research on the benefits of preordering school lunches landed in scores of outlets, including Time, Health Magazine and MSN.

Cornell Tech – Of course, the great news that plans for Cornell Tech won City Council approval on Wednesday earned great coverage as well, including Crain’s New York Business, the New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal and WCBS-TV.


  • CALS Communication postdoc Erick Baumer’s research into why people quit Facebook continued to get coverage, with almost 100 media hits this week including NBC News, ABC News Radio and Yahoo! News worldwide.
  • The Cornell Cup, our engineering competition sponsored by Intel that’s now in its second year, drew increased media attention with coverage from EngadgetYahoo! Tech, AARP, and the Huffington Post.
  • The appointment of World Bank economist Prabhu Pingali to lead effort to help reduce poverty and malnutrition in India through the support of the Tata Trusts was covered in the Business Standard and The Hindu.
  • CUPD’s new bomb-sniffing dogs were featured on YNN television news throughout the state.
  • The April Inside Cornell in NYC on emerging cicadas continued to create news, with reports this week in Salon, Bloomberg News, NBC News and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • A presentation by Fiber Science Professor Juan Hinestroza in NYC drew coverage from international news service LiveScience and others.
  • A team of researchers from CALS Natural Sciences was featured on the PBS Nature episode “