Cornell News Wrap

Weekly updates featuring Cornell research and experts in the news.

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 14850.com. 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 NaturalNews.com 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.
  • CNN.com 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 Philly.com
  • 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 Space.com.

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 www.cornell.edu. 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 Ed-Helms.net – 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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, WorkersCompensation.com and Safety + Health magazine.

Miscellaneous

  • 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, iOL.com 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 CardHub.com.
  • 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 Naija.com. 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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, iAfrica.com 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 CNN.com 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 CNN.com, 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 Sci-News.com.
  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 MSNBC.com.

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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 CNN.com 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 Space.com 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 CNN.com 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, Phys.org, 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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, MSN.com 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 Amazon.com 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 CNBC.com, 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 News.com 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, iol.com, 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 CNN.com.
  • 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 News.com.au, 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 Change.org 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 Phys.org.
  • 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/NJ.com, 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 CNN.com.
  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 Astronomy.com, 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 Space.com 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 News.com 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.

Miscellaneous

  • 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 “The Private Life of Deer.”
  • Weill Cornell Medical College senior lecturer Elaine Heffner authored an op-ed for Fox News on motherhood.
  • And CALS/Atkinson Professor Chris Barrett has an opinion piece published on CNN.com about how the U.S. should handle global food aid.

News wrap for April 25 - May 1, 2013

Meteors hit Saturn's rings - With the sun in just the right position, Cornell's Matthew Tiscareno and the NASA Cassini team were able to capture stunning photos of space rocks crashing into Saturn's rings. The resulting study is receiving attention from National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times, the Weather Channel, and Science. According to NBC News, these findings could help scientists understand the nature of space rocks in the solar system at large. The study also received international attention, including from the U.K. Daily Mail.

Chile earthquake report - Cornell geologist Richard Allmendinger and his team have found that major earthquakes (with a magnitude 7 or higher) have caused the crust in Northern Chile to crack permanently. While the report received attention from major U.S. publications like the Christian Science Monitor, NBC News and the Verge, it's receiving considerable coverage from international publications like India Today, the French Tribune, I Love Chile, the Latin Times, and the Economic Times of India.

Tracking moods after Boston Marathon - The day of the Boston Marathon bombings was the saddest recorded day in five years, according to a measure of global happiness created by using Twitter data. Cornell Ph.D. candidate Scott Golder talked to LiveScience about the data following his 2012 study of global mood trends using similar techniques. His quotes were also used by Discovery News, NBC News, Huffington Post, Yahoo! News, and Mother Nature Network.

Food Aid - The Obama administration wants to overhaul its $2 billion in food aid programs, pushing to transfer authority over the spending from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the U.S. Agency for International Development. Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Business Insider, and the Economist quoted agricultural economist Christopher Barrett, who says the aid system isn’t very efficient, pointing out that of every U.S. taxpayer dollar spent on food aid, only about 40 cents on average goes toward food.

Miscellaneous -

  • Ph.D. student Erin Spottswood published a study finding that the more past romantic relationships people have had, the more interests they list in their Facebook profiles.  The study was covered by Malaysian Insider.
  • Greatist.com has named Cornell one of its top 10 healthiest colleges, and USA Today picked up the story.
  • Cornell astronomer extraordinaire and NASA principal investigator, Steve Squyres, comments on the search for life on Mars for Christian Science Monitor.
  • Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell, talks to the Wall Street Journal about the battles that occur between different unions.
  • Chris Anderson, government, is quoted in this BBC article about the use of numerical analysis in soccer. Professor Anderson is a former semi-pro soccer player and author of "The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football Is Wrong."
  • Listen to political scientist Suzanne Mettler and economist Rich Burkhauser talk about tax expenditures on American Public Media's Marketplace.
  • Law professor Robert Hockett talks to Forbes about mortgage seizure proposals.

News wrap for April 18 - 24, 2013

Jacobs’ giftThis one speaks for itself, and did so in the media very well in the New York City and international arenas, as well as being received very positively in the Ithaca region. Leading coverage of the Jabobs’ gift of $133 million to help create the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute included the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Time magazine, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Associated Press and the New York Daily News. Globally the story carried from the Times of Israel and the Jewish Press to as far as the Cambodian Times and the Beijing News. In this region, same-day coverage came from the region’s Gannett news outlets in Ithaca, Binghamton and Rochester, as well as the Syracuse Post Standard and WENY-TV.

AP Twitter hack – For about 15 minutes Tuesday, the markets were in free fall after an official Associated Press tweet announced the White House had been bombed and President Obama was injured. In those minutes, $200 billion in asset value evaporated, and did not recover until the AP followed that tweet with another announcing it was hacked. Within a few hours of that event, Communication and Computer and Information Science Professor Jeff Hancock was out to the media with his view that it’s time to take Twitter seriously. His speed there resulted in Jeff being featured in a front-page feature story in Wedneday’s USA Today, as well as almost 150 other news outlets around the world including MSNBC, Silicon Beat, Mobile Tech Today and (for those who read German) DerWesten.

Seeing stars – A study of the very early universe published in the journal Nature and lead by Astronomy Professor Dominik Riechers with the European Space Agency drew international attention this week as well, shifting accepted cosmology theory with evidence of massive star factories forming shortly after the big bang. Coverage included feature pieces by the Los Angeles Times, McClatchy News Service, MSN News, BBC World Radio News, London’s Space Daily, Der Spiegel and Radio Francophone, as well as The Kenyan Star, The Australian and AFP Asia.

More good (NY) Times – Cornell answered the Science Section’s reader question again this week, with Lab of Ornithology evolutionary biologist Irby Lovette explaining why birds sometimes mate across species. Extension plant pathologist Margery Daughtrey explained the danger of mildew to ornamental plants (she did the same for the Chicago Tribune as well). Cornell’s Hip Hop collection was featured in the N.Y./Region section. And two Cornell faculty members, Weill Cornell’s Robert Abrams and Human Ecology’s Karl Pillemer, were featured in a recent Health Section piece on how therapy can help senior citizens.

Miscellaneous

  • The must see video of the week comes from Discovery Canada’s Daily Planet show, which came to Ithaca to build a very dynamic broadcast segment on Fiber Science Professor Huiju Park’s use of 3D imaging to design lighter and better firefighting gear. Note Environmental Health and Safety staffer Leah Stoner as the featured Cayuga Heights volunteer firefighter.
  • Brian Wansink, David Just and the Food and Brand Lab at the Dyson School continued to draw media attention, getting coverage for tips on portion control on USA Today and the Indianapolis Star, on strategies for eating at a buffet in the Philadelphia Inquirer, and on a new study that says slicing fruit may be the key to getting kids to eat it in Yahoo! News.
  • New Soil Sciences faculty member Cathelijne Stoof is receiving coverage for her Geophysical Letters study on wildfires and soil conditions that may help firefighters and forest agents save lies and restore growth.
  • The Lab of Ornithology’s “hawk cam” off Tower Road is gaining attention for the second year in a row from YNN-TV, LiveScience and even Fox 5 New York City as red-tailed hawk chicks start to emerge.
  • Soil and Water Management Professor Harold van Es has been helping journalists understand what might have happened at the fertilizer plant that exploded in Texas, with interviews by USA Today, Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.
  • Meanwhile CALS nutritional toxicologist Dan Brown helped Scientific American readers understand the roots and dangers of ricin.
  • Law School Professor and physicist Oskar Liivak explored gene-patenting issues in Forbes.
  • Lastly, fellow Law School Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr continued to be cited as an expert on U.S. immigration reform, including reports on CNN, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo Mundo, and, closer to home, in the New York Daily News (the latter with Government Professor Michael Jones-Correa).

News wrap for April 11 - 17, 2013

Pulitzer Prize - It’s been a strong week for Cornell University in the media, but two stories beg for first mention. Top honor, however, goes to Fred Logevall, professor of international studies, director of the Mario Einaudi Center and incoming vice provost for international relations, was honored this week with the Pulitzer Prize this week for his 2012 book, “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam." Media coverage included Inside Higher Education, History News Network and the Christian Science Monitor. Coverage is ongoing, with Cornell’s Media Relations Office and “Embers” publisher Random House coordinating efforts to push Fred and his work.

Cornell Tech - A second gem of the week, after months of cooperation and anticipation, the New York Times multi-part package on the fledgling Cornell NYC Tech campus was published. It includes a massive Sunday feature on the campus, “Building a Better Tech School,” which explores Cornell Tech’s goals, its progress its challenges and its student; as well as a companion piece, “The Technion: Israel’s Hard Drive.” This package and the Times news syndicate led to news stories and new versions of the Times piece in news outlets around the world, including a the Financial Post. This heightened attention should set the stage will for more news to come.

Troubled week - There were several troubling breaking news stories this week around the nation and the globe. A potentially devastating earthquake on the Iran-Pakistan border caused less damage and few casualties that first feared, and Cornell Geophysicist Rowena Lohman told the world why through an AP story datelined from Tehran. Just in the U.S. more than 200 distinct news organizations used Rowena's insight, with Google finding the story repeated more than 3,870 times worldwide as of Thursday morning. Just a few top-shelf hits include the Huffington PostNPRThe Washington PostYahoo! NewsCBS News and USA Today; and, of course, the New York Times and its International Herald Tribune. The Ricin threat in Washington D.C. saw media comment from Science and Technology Studies Professor Kathleen Vogel, one of the nation's leading experts on bioterror threats, as well as CALS ricin expert Dan Brown. Interviews were requested and/or set up with the New York Times, BBC, the Talk Radio News Network, and local NBC TV affiliate WETM. Cornell's ricin expertise was also cited in national stories by Decoded ScienceUSA Today and the Huffington Post.

Miscellaneous -

  • Several faculty members found their way to National Public Radio, with Law Professor Jeff Rachlinski interviewed on Morning Edition about tension between states and the federal government over gasoline additives, Enologist Chris Gerling spoke with NPR’s The Salt about U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s efforts to promote the hard cider industry, and Crop and Soil Sciences Professor Harold Van Es explaining to WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show the science behind fertilizers.
  • Dyson Economist David Just was once again featured in national stories about the battle over large sugary drinks, including the Los Angeles Times, CBS News and the McClatchy News Service.
  • Coverage of Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments on patenting human genes feature regular issue expert WCMC’s Christopher Mason in the Chicago Tribune and The Huffington Post, with patent expert and Law School Professor Oskar Liivak quoted by Yahoo! News in several countries.
  • The appointment of new Arts & Sciences Dean Gretchen Ritter was covered in Ithaca and Texas.
  • History Professor Barry Straus wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal on the accuracy of the television series “Spartacus.”
  • Food Science Professor Terry Acree’s work on taste and perception was featured online at National Geographic and several other outlets.
  • And, at New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin’s invitation, Communications Professor Jonathon Schuldt offered commentary on a post about political party affiliation and perception of climate change.

News wrap for April 4 - 10, 2013

Environment and sustainability - As the world increases its focus on the environment and sustainability issues leading up to the annual Earth Day celebration, Cornell researchers are raising their profile on these issues as well. A Cornell-Stanford study co-led by Bob Howarth and Tony Ingraffea from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable future got national exposure through an Associated Press feature, hitting more than 100 news outlets including Newsday, the Huffington Post, MSN Money, the Albany Times Union, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and even Yahoo! News Singapore. Some new voices entered the media conversation as well, with Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Rowena Lohman quoted in national coverage of increased seismic activity linked to oil and gas drilling, and Natural Resources professor Rebecca Schneider getting international attention through a China Daily feature on her anti-erosion work in Ningxia Province.

Good Times - Cornell also had a strong week in the New York Times, with several experts either featured our quoted in section-leading coverage. Food Science Professor Rui Hai Liu was featured on the Science section cover explaining the nutritional differences between raw and roasted nuts. Jack Goncalo, a professor of organizational behavior in ILR and an expert in mass psychology, jumped onto the Fashion & Style page by explaining why the online universe seems to hate actress Anne Hathaway. Computer Science Professor Emin Sirer was quoted in a Times piece on evaluating tech startups, international agriculture expert Norman Uphoff commented on way to increase food production in India, ILR professor and “Debtor Nation” author Louis Hyman talked about how historians treat capitalism, and Cornell Population Center graduate researcher Ankita Patnaik’s work was noted in a Times Magazine report on gender roles and the economy.

Miscellaneous -

  • Work by the Food and Brand Lab on the “halo effect” of organic food was featured in several outlets, including Yahoo! News.
  • Communication Professor Jonathon Schuldt’s research on using green labels to change the perception of food continued to draw coverage, including trade leader Food & Drink.
  • Dyson School Professor Eswar Prasad was featured internationally on Japan’s banking moves, including the Los Angeles Times.
  • Plant breeding and genetics researcher Martha Mutschler-Chu’s work on “dual resistant” tomatoes was featured in several reports.
  • Food Science Professor Martin Wiedmann spoke with NPR about e coli and frozen foods.
  • ILR Professor Kate Bronfenbrenner was featured on Salon’s coverage of a New York City fast food workers strike.
  • Johnson School economist Robert Frank criticized President Obama’s planned cuts to Social Security benefits on CNBC.
  • Weill Cornell Medical College faculty member Christopher Mason was featured in several reports about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court argument over who owns human genetic information.
  • And, topping all Cornell voices this week, established U.S. Postal Service expert and Policy and Analysis Professor Rick Geddes appeared in more than 100 news outlets about the continued struggles of that agency.

News wrap for March 28 - April 3, 2013

Same-sex marriage - Law Professor and former U.S. Supreme Court clerk Michael Dorf has been among the leaders in explaining the challenges and dynamics on the Court's two cases on this issue heard last week. The New York Times gave Dorf the last word in its piece about what to expect from the court when a decision comes, and Business Insider turned to Dorf to explore what gay marriage could mean for the corporate world. Regional media as well, led by WBNG-TV, have been relying upon Dorf for commentary.

International affairs - Cornell faculty did not limit their expert comments to the United States. Allen Carlson, professor of government, penned an op-ed for The Diplomat that looked at China's Tibet policy. George Lewis, a senior research associate at the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, sat down for a Q&A on events on the Korean peninsula with the Newark Star-Ledger. Sociology professor Mabel Berezin was also featured in a Voice of America piece on the cultural roots of the banking crisis in Cyprus.

Secret scientist revealed - Information science professor Tanzeem Choudhury saw the complete set of her Secret Life of Scientist and Engineers video post to the Nova website on PBS. The four-video set include the previous 30-Second Scientist outtake reel, as well as two pieces on what brought Choudhury to her field and a 10-question Q&A interview.

Miscellaneous -

  • Atkinson Center researcher and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Charles Greene continued to get coverage of his Arctic ice and super storms research, including hits in The Japan TimesNews24, and the global AFP News.
  • Astronomy Professor Rachel Bean helped Time magazine readers understand the significance of new data on the Big Bang.
  • Policy Analysis and Management Professor Rich Burkhauser was featured in an NPR interview with All Things Considered host Robert Siegel on cycles of poverty
  • John Sipple from Development Sociology, argued against the move toward school consolidation in a budget-season op-ed in the Albany Times Union.

News wrap for March 21 - 27, 2013

Facebook and feeling good – Frequent media superstar Jeff Hancock, a professor of Communication and of Computing and Information Science, made an international impression with his latest research that found Facebook improves self esteem.

Memory patterns – Sociology Professor Matthew Brashears saw his latest research on the patterns on human memory draw wide media coverage.

Stretching fiber – Her opinion on the Lulelemon yoga pants scandal earned Fiber Science and Apparel Professor Margaret Frey a spot in a Wall Street Journal report on the resurgence of polyester.

Easy being green – Communications Professor Jonathon Schuldt’s research into using green on food labels to influence consumers’ perceptions of how healthy a product is continued to gain national attention.

Spring will come – The Cornell-based Northeast Regional Climate Center sent word out this week to a chill-fatigued nation that spring would indeed soon come.

3D mania – Very much worth noting is that sometime this morning, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Larry Bonassar will have his work on 3D printing of human body parts featured on NBC’s Today Show. Here’s a look at what he does from his portrait on CornellCast. His colleagues at Cornell’s Fab@Home team also made the news, in a Popular Science piece about the future of food printing.

Mosh pit science ­– Physics graduate students Matt Bierbaum and Jesse Silverberg continued their phenomenal media run on their “mosh pit” dynamics research, with coverage this week on NPR and affiliated stations nationwide, as well as in Inside Science.

More CALS voices – Several College of Agriculture and Life Sciences voices were featured in a USA Today College piece on the bright prospects for Ag graduates. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, our Long Island-based entomologist who’s famous for bed bugs branches out for comments on WNYC-FM and NPR’s All Tech Considered on cicadas. Crop and Soil scientist Tony DiTommaso helped CNBC put some perspective on the notion that modern humans could forage for their food. Mike Van Amburgh, animal science professor who specializes in dairy management, explained to readers of the Syracuse Post-Standard why someone might pay $170,000 for a Jersey cow. The Albany Times Union featured several Cornell University voices this week, including fruit crop physiologist Terrence Robinson on wind power and the fruit industry, Uihlein Forest Director Michael Farrell on the future of the state’s maple industry,

Opinion makers – David Patel, assistant professor or government, argued for the inevitability of U.S. military intervention in Iraq in a Gannett op-ed piece tied to the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. An op-ed ran today in the Albany Times Union from Development Sociology Professor John Sipple on education funding and the coming state budget. History Professor Holly Case authored a piece on the depth of current troubles in Turkey for The Nation.

And, of course, Cornell President David Skorton and Vice President for University Relations Glenn Altschuler penned a blog for Forbes on the transformative value of prisoner education programs. Skorton also had a post in the CNN Schools of Thought blog on how students can find the best value for themselves in higher education.

Secret lives ­– Tanzeem Choudhury, an Information Science researcher who has a secret life to reveal, is among a handful of scientists being feature by PBS/NOVA this week in a series of online videos. Her first, part of the “30 Second Science” page, was posted this week. More will soon follow.

Space – This planet’s leading expert on Martian geology, Astronomy Professor Steven Squyres, was quoted in a BBC piece explaining, not surprisingly, Martian geology and recent rover discoveries. Fellow Astronomy Professor Rachel Bean’s view on new data about the origins of the universe were featured in Space Daily.

Veterinary success – A celebration of heroic companion animals who overcame grave illness at the Cornell University Veterinary Specialties facility in Stamford, Conn. Was covered by several outlets, including the Stamford Patch and News12 Connecticut. Robin Radcliffe, a doctor of veterinary medicine and the director of the Cornell Conservation Medicine Program had his work with endangered rhinoceroses featured last week on a primetime PBS Nature program “The Loneliest Animals.”

Miscellaneous Research by Cornell and the Boyce Thompson Institute into ways to modify corn to allow the food crop to grow in soils once thought toxic made waves in the Ag trade press, with coverage in Ag Professional, Western Farm Press and The American Agriculturist.

Policy Analysis and Management Professor Rick Geddes continued to be the go-to voice on the U.S. Postal Service, featured this week in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article on the job of postmaster general.

Law Professor Michael Dorf commented to WBNG-TV on the same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

News Wrap for March 13 – 20, 2013

Immigration Reform – President David Skorton’s open letter to college and university presidents calling for a higher education-wide rally April 19 to call for immigration reform kept collecting media attention, including an on-air interview this past week in the Bay Area.

New Census Data – The U.S. Census Bureau released new population data this week and Jan Vink from the Program of Applied Demographics became the go-to expert for journalists in New York.

Green labels - New research from CALS Communications Professor Jonathon Schuldt into how the color of foods labels affects people’s perception of the food itself is drawing media attention.

Atkinson Center – Cornell University’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future had several fellows enter the media on national energy policy changes being debated in Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure – Policy Analysis and Management Professor Rick Geddes continued his leadership of the national dialogue on our sagging infrastructure, including interviews on Minnesota Public Radio, Newsday and an op-ed in The Hill.

Brain science – National media coverage continues for Human Development Professor Nathan Spreng and his research into using brain scans to tell who a person is thinking about.

Miscellaneous – People still struggle with how to tip people in the dining and hospitality industry, so the Hotel School’s Michael Lynn continues to get coverage for his work. Dan Litchter from PAM was quoted in a widespread Associated Press article about the rise of the U.S. Latino population. CALS/Atkinson professor Charles Greene’s work on Arctic Ice and the intensity of Atlantic storms continues to get coverage, including stories in the Asbury Park Press and Climate Progress.

Plant Breeding and Genetics Professor Mike Mazourek earned attention from national agriculture publications on the potential impact of the federal sequester. Cornell experts continued to be cited in the national debate over sugary drinks, including Nutritional Sciences’ David Levitsky, and Food and Brand Lab’s Brian Wansink. CALS yogurt specialist Tristan Zuber was cited on yogurt and school lunches in the American Agriculturalist.

A notable national media hit came from Cornell economist Richard Burkhauser, who was quoted in an NPR Morning Edition piece on the Earned Income Tax Credit; while international economics expert Steve Kyle helped explain the Cyprus banking crisis to readers north of the border through the Toronto Star.

News Wrap for March 6 - March 12, 2013

Immigration Reform - Cornell's efforts to encourage other universities to join the push for immigration reform was covered this week by:

Tipping – Michael Lynn, hotel, is a leading expert on tipping etiquette, and was quoted in various stories this week relating to a pizza delivery person whose small tip went viral, and the trend of tipping with credit cards.

Queen bee phenomenon – Peggy Drexler, Weill, continues to receive media coverage this week for her research of the queen bee phenomenon – intolerance among women in the workplace.  Also, Wendy Williams, human development, was quoted about the gender gap in Nature, and Francine Blau, economics, was quoted in the Journal Gazette.

Brain scans reveal thoughts – New research from Nathan Spreng, human development, proves it’s possible to successfully decode which person test subjects are thinking about.

Hotels - CNN published a pair of articles this week quoting professors from Hotel Administration. This article tackles the hotel towel dilemma: Replace or reuse?  And this article details how hotels are attempting to cater accommodations to female business travelers.

Climate change hits elderly – After presenting to a group of reporters in New York City, Elaine Wethington, human development, gained media attention for her research of how climate change and natural disasters affect the elderly.

March madness – It’s March madness for bball fans and birders alike, as the Lab of Ornithology begins its annual bird bracket. The Lab was also recognized by the Washington Post this week for its Merlin app, and the New York Times and Discovery News cover the recent discovery of the Gunnison sage-grouse.

Auto industry – Art Wheaton, ILR, is quoted on auto industry sales and innovations in several media outlets this week.

Ovarian cancer – Cornell researchers have discovered the likely origin of epithelial ovarian cancer.

NYC sugar ban – David Just, behavioral economics, and Brian Wansink, Food and Brand Lab, are quoted in multiple media outlets this week as a NYC court temporarily blocks Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks.

Miscellaneous – Dan Schwarz, English, pens this op-ed for the Huffington Post about the editorial direction of the New York Times. Nobel winner Toni Morrison discussed her craft at Cornell last week and Gannett was there. Science Magazine published a pair of articles this week, one from Michael Macy, sociology, as he reviews “The Emergence of Organizations and Markets,” and one with Paul McEuen, physics, about technologies to enable mapping of neural circuit activity.

If you can understand Russian, Anindita Banerjee, literature, was interviewed by Radio Free Europe about her new book “We Modern People.” The Albany Times Union quoted Rebecca Schneider, natural resources, about post-Sandy reconstruction. It’s Oreo’s 101st anniversary, and Joe Regenstein, food science, was quoted by the Huffington Post about the cookie’s Kosher properties.

William Trochin and Maria Fitzpatrick, policy analysis, both appear in this Wall Street Journal article about assessing preschool payoff. And the Cornell Dairy Bar gets a shout out from the New York Times this week.

News Wrap for Feb. 27 - March 5, 2013

Op-eds - President David Skorton and VP Glenn Altschuler ask "do we really need more guns on campus" in this op-ed for Psychology Today. The piece was originally published last week by Forbes.  Caren Cooper, research associate at the Lab of Ornithology, penned her own op-ed for Scientific American about citizen science in the "zooniverse."

3D printer - Watch professor Hod Lipson impress CBS This Morning hosts Rebecca Jarvis and Anthony Mason as he makes them a coffee mug using a 3D printer.

Carbon Taxes - Economist Robert Frank appeared on Full Court with Bill Press this week to discuss carbon taxes and the sequester.

Government cuts - Francine Blau, economics, was quoted this week about trailing employment gains for U.S. women, and how government cuts will augment the problem.

Slate - Two interesting articles from Slate this week: The first is a look at the form for donating a brain to Cornell's Wilder Brain Collection. Also, mathematician Steven Strogatz is quoted in this article about computers explaining scientific discoveries that humans can't comprehend.

Queen bee phenomenon - Peggy Drexler, a psychologist at Weill Cornell Medical College, is researching the "queen bee" phenomenon in business.

Natural gas - Professor Robert Howarth is consistently in the news for his research of natural gas. This week was no exception.

Miscellaneous - In this Salon article, Eli Friedman, a professor of international and comparative labor, says Apple received great PR when its Chinese supplier unveiled a new worker policy, but the full story's more complicated. Entomologist John Losey is quoted in this National Geographic article about citizen science and his Lost Ladybug Project. Brian Wansink of the Food and Brand Lab is quoted in this ABC News article about candmakers fighting obesity regulation. Health economist John Cawley chats with Minnesota Public Radio about health insurance rates for smokers and the obese.

News Wrap for Feb. 21 - Feb. 26, 2013

3D Ear Printing - Larry Bonassar and his biomedical engineering team made major headlines this week after publishing research that shows the possibility of creating an ear using a 3D printer and grafting it to a human.

Postal Service - Rick Geddes, policy analysis, continues to be a go-to expert for journalists writing about the U.S. Postal Service and its financial problems. This week he comments on proposed reforms.

Wansink In The News - Brian Wansink, Food and Brand Lab, finds his way into multiple media outlets this week by providng healthy eating tips and research.

Mosh Pits - Doctoral student Jesse Silverberg's research into the science of mosh pits continues to gain media interest.

Cornell Tech - Various media outlets mention Cornell Tech as they reflect on Mayor Bloomberg's strategy to grow New York City's technology sector.

Robert Richardson - Nobel leureate and physics professor, Robert Richardson, passed away this week at the age of 75.  His contributions to the world of science weren't forgotten, as hundreds of media outlets ran obituaries.

Lab of Ornithology - The Lab continues to have a news presence following its release of rare footage of the spoon-billed sandpiper and the commencement of the 2013 Backyard Bird Count.

Flowers' Electric Energy - Thomas Seeley, neurobiology and behavior, says he's intrigued by a new study finding the possibility that electric fields may facilitate rapid and dynamic communication between flowers and pollinators.

Miscellaneous - President David Skorton and VP Glenn Altschuler ask "do we really need more guns on campus?" in their latest blog in Forbes. There was a pair of faculty making NPR appearances this week. John Cawley, economics, talked to Morning Edition about monetary incentives for losing weight, while Kelly Musick, policy analysis, talked to All Things Considered about her research of family meals.

There were three notable op-eds this week: One from Travis Gosa, Africana studies, in Ebony Magazine examining the continued impact of racism on the mental health of African Americans, and one from Allen Carlson, government, who discusses why it's not in China's best interest to provoke a war in Foreign Affairs.  Andrew Mertha, government, also discussed China - in light of a recent hacking scandal - with KGO radio. The third guest blog came from Steven Kyle, economics, who argues at CNBC.com that the sequester cuts will hurt the U.S. economy.

Maria Fitzpatrick, policy analysis, continues her media presence in USA Today and Yahoo! News, both of which published a FactCheck.org article on President Obama's call for more pre-K programs. Terence Turner, anthropology, was quoted by the Smithsonian about controversial anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon. Peter Hirtle of the Cornell Library was quoted in an article from The Economist about copyright issues surrounding the character Sherlock Holmes.

 

News Wrap for Feb. 14 - Feb. 20, 2013

Christopher Dorner - Following the death of ex-LAPD officer and former fugative Christopher Dorner, Travis Gosa, Africana, helps explain the state of race relations in the U.S. and the reasons why some sympothized with Dorner.  Gosa also published on op-ed in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the emergence of hip-hop studies at universities.  He will also be appearing on an upcoming episode of ClearChannel's New Inspiration for the Nation.

Jumping Robot - One of Cornell's newest faculty, Robert Shepherd, mechanical engineering, is gaining some media attention for his robot, which uses methane to propel itself into the air.

Lab of Ornithology - The Lab was everywhere in the news this week as it continues to promote a slew of research projects - everything from the Backyard Bird Count and the Macaulay Library, to rare footage of the spoon-billed sandpiper and a new owl species.  Here are just some of the hundreds of news pieces:

Moshpits - Doctoral students Jesse Silverberg and Matt Bierbaum received quite a bit of attention this week for their research of mosh pits. They examine the physics and special characterists behind them, and then simulate the crowd movements with computers.

Pre-K Research - Maria Fitzpatrick, policy analysis, discusses the problems and misconceptions related to pre-K programs in light of President Obama's call to expand such education.  Fitzpatrick was also consulted by NPR Morning Edition's science correspondent.

3D Printing - 3D printing has always been hot in the media, but much of this week's news has been spurred by the realization that the technology could be used to print weapons.  Some of these articles mention Hod Lipson's  new book, “Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.

Burkhauser - Rich Burkhauser, policy analysis, was quoted in several media outlets this week as he explains his research of why raising the minimum wage is a job killer.  He's also quoted on his research of the U.S. health care system.

Marriage Advice Project - Karl Pillemer continues to receive media attention for his Marriage Advice Project - a spin-off of his Legacy Project.  He's looking for elders to share their wisdom and advice for a long, lasting marriage.

Miscellaneous - Bloomberg cited a study by Michael Lovenheim and Emily Owens, policy analysis, examining the relationship between drug laws and education. Bloomberg and the Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Steven Carvell, dean of academic affairs at the School of Hotel Administration, on the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines.  Bloomberg also quoted Brian Wansink, Food and Brand Lab, on why portion sizes have such a large effect.

Robert Gravani, food science, was interviewed by NPR's Talk of the Nation about the uproar over what critics call "pink slime."  Drew Harvell writes about her adventures swift diving in Bali for her last New York Times Scientist at Work blog. Rick Kline from the Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility sat down with WENY-TV to talk about the recent meteorites in Russia.

Ed Baptist, history, was the featured Academic Minute on 50+ NPR member stations this week as he explores the cultural and economic importance of cotton in antebellum America.  The piece was also posted by Inside Higher Ed.  Anindita Banerjee’s, (comparative literature) new book “We Modern People" was featured by Times Higher Education.  The Lab of Ornithology and Daily Revolution remind you of a great last-minute gift idea: adopt an elephant.

News Wrap for Feb. 6 - Feb. 13, 2013

End of Saturday Mail - Rick Geddes, policy analysis, was featured all over the news this week as he continues to share his solutions for saving the U.S. Postal Service. Geddes also testified in front of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Wednesday, which you can watch here.

Klondike, the Puppy - One of the first dogs born from a frozen embryo, Klondike is making headlines for the College of Veterinary Medicine. The research has important implications for preserving endangered species.

Backyard Bird Count - The 2013 Backyard Bird Count is almost upon us. The four-day annual event run by the Lab of Ornithology was mentioned in hundreds of local media outlets around the country this week. Here's a look at some of the national coverage, along with a nice article on the Lab's Birds of Paradise project in New Scientist.

New Grape Names - Cornell has selected the official names of its two new grape varieties. The names are important since there are 7,000 existing varieties.

Owning a Dog - Are you prepared to own a dog? Dr. Brian Collins, who supervises veterinary students' appointments and surgeries at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, helps answer the question.

Cemeteries as Parks - Following his Inside Cornell event in NYC, Aaron Sachs, history, begins to see some media attention for his research of how cemeteries can teach us lessons about environmentalism and land preservation.

3D Printing - Cornell's Fab@Home team consistantly makes headlines as it pioneers 3D printing technology. This week's media coverage includes an assortment of hits, some international.

Blame in on Barney - Research from Cornell paleontologists Warren Allmon and Robert Ross show that fictional depictions of the T. rex are outdated and are leading to misconceptions about the dinosaur.

Life Lessons from Elders - Karl Pillemer continues to garner attention for his Legacy Project and has become the go-to scholar for journalists seeking answers about elder wisdom. This week he reacts to a Superbowl ad and shares some advise on relationships just in time for Valentine's Day.

Chocolate Craving Study - Continuing its success from last week, a study of chocolate cravings from Brian Wansink of the Food and Brand Lab is once again in the news.

King Richard III - Paul Hyams, history, is quoted about the discovery of King Richard III's remains.

Chekitan Dev, hotel, provides an alternative to those pricey hotel rooms in this USA Today article. USA Today also explores the world of online reviews using some Cornell research. Andrew Mertha, government, comments on Chinese computer hacking for MSN NZ. Katherine Howe, history, tells us what Dowton Abbey can teach us about the history of domestic service in this piece from Slate. Stephen Yale-Loehr, law, is quoted by NBC News regarding immigration reform.

Cornell Tech received some shine this week from New York Daily News, which refers to the collegen as the "genius school." New York Daily News also mentioned the campus in this Mayor Bloomberg profile. Cornell economist Robert Frank is quoted in this New York Times article about modern connoisseurship. David Levitsky, nutrition, is quoted about Governor Christie's appearance on the David Letterman Show in this Star-Ledger article.

And this age-old question finally receives a professional answer in Digital Trends thanks to ornithologist Kevin McGowen: Which would you rather fight, a horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?

News Wrap for Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, 2013

Scarecrow Gene - Cornell University researchers have discovered a gene that could lead to new varieties of staple crops with 50 percent higher yields. The research comes from A&S's Thomas Slewinski, a postdoctoral researchers in the lab of plant biologist Robert Turgeon.

Immigration - Stephen Yale-Loehr, law, continues to receive heavy media attention this week as the debate over immigration policy continues to heat up.

Postal service - Rick Geddes, policy analysis and management, authors this CNN op-ed using his ideas to save the U.S. Postal Service.  Geddes was also interviewed by CNN television for a piece to be aired at a later date.  In light of the news that the USPS will be dropping its Saturday service, Geddes will be featured in a number of media hits next week.

Killer cats - Bruce Kornreich, a veterinarian at Cornell's Feline Health Center, weighs in on a new study finding that cats kill billions of birds every year – a surprisingly high number compared to previous estimates.

Cornell in Forbes – Cornell's AguaClara program receives a mention in this article about the world's best sustainability ideas, while insurance tax credit research from professor Rich Burkhauser, policy analysis, is mentioned in this article.

Evolving robots/computers – Hod Lipson is consistently in the media for his various research projects.  This week, National Geographic features the computer network he created to simulate evolution.  Also, Fast Company features several robots from his Creative Machines Lab that have gained the ability to learn – video included.

Sassler study — Media outlets have taken several different angles on Sharon Sassler's (policy analysis) latest study of how cohabiting couples split household chores.  This week, several outlets point to her data indicating doing chores may mean less sex for married men.

NPR Coverage — Talk of the Nation talks to Weill's Dr. Richard Friedman about how patients balance their careers with their psychosis. Weekend Edition features the Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library, which has received heavy media attention over the last several weeks.  And All Things Considered talks to nutritionist Rebecca Stoltzfus about the role of microbes in malnutrition.

Chocolate Research — Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab, reminds us that half a bar of chocolate can be just as satisfying as a full one.  With Valentine's Day approaching, his new study finds it's all about portion control.

Homing Pigeons – Geophysicist Jon Hagstrum attributes his time at Cornell to his discovery of a new theory on how homing pigeons find home.  In an unrelated article, The New York Times talks to geneticist Adam Boyko about pidgeon evolution.

Reef Research - Drew Harvell, associate director for environment at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, returns with another New York Times blog on her research of coral reefs.  Harvell is writing regularly for the Scientist at Work blog, so check back often.

Mars Recipe – Following last summer's media frenzy over Cornell's roll in researching and simulating a flight to Mars, Chef Rupert Spies of the Hotel Admin School provides one of his favorite Mars recipes to Science Friday.

Punxsutawney Phil vs. the NRCC – The groundhog saw his shadow this week, but as Cornell's Northeast Regional Climate Center points out, he's not always on point when it comes to predicting the arrival of spring.

Robo-Fluffy – Daniel Fletcher of the Vet School has been getting attention for his creative inventions – Robo-Jerry II and Robo-Fluffy. The robotic mannequins help veterinarians and students practice surgery on dogs and cats.

Bob Harris - Africana's Bob Harris found his way into the news this week with several projects he's working on. The Albany Times Union features an exhibit of New York's African American history. The Ithaca Journal mentions his upcoming talk on Black History Month. And WENY interview Harris for a special on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beautiful Math Equations - Several Cornell mathematicians are quoted in these articles about the 11 most beautiful math equations.

News Wrap for Jan. 16 - 22, 2013

Cornell NYC Tech – Classes have officially begun at Cornell Tech. Below is a look at coverage from this week, including an article from the New York Times and a report from WNYC. Aside from these features, Cornell Tech also received additional mentions from the Wall Street Journal and WNYC.

Animal Sound Archive - After extensive national media coverage last week, the Lab of Ornithology’s online animal sound archive continues to make headlines. Among the outlets praising the Macaulay Library is Gizmodo, which described the collection as “…more or less like the grown-up, nerded-out scientist version of those spinny roulette toys you had as a kid…”

Mali Islam Extremists - With Islamist militants gaining ground in Mali and Algeria, professor of government, Nic van de Walle, weighs in with his expertise. This week he was quoted by Reuters in an article that was heavily syndicated, especially internationally. He also conducted an interview with Congressional Quarterly for an article yet to print.

Floating Ice on Titan - After extensive national media coverage last week, Jonathan Lunine, professor of astronomy, is back in the news for his recently published study - as part of NASA's Cassini mission - finding that blocks of hydrocarbon ice might decorate the surface of existing lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbon on Saturn's moon, Titan. "One of the most intriguing questions about these lakes and seas is whether they might host an exotic form of life," Lunine told the Weather Channel.

Dr. Ana Kreiger on CBS This Morning - Dr. Ana Krieger, medical director of the Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine, gives advice on how to get a great night’s sleep on CBS This Morning. Watch here:

Sleep position: How to improve comfort in bed
CBS This Morning

FOX Business News - FBN quoted two professors this week. Thomas Gilovich, professor of psychology, is quoted about his research of what brings true happiness to people. "Probably the biggest force in happiness is our remarkable capacity to adapt to things," he says. “People think 'It'll be a total blast if I have a BMW,' and at first it is. Then it becomes the new standard, and you don't notice it as much."

When You Can (and Can’t) Buy Happiness
Fox Business News

Charles Whitehead, professor of law, is quoted in this article about a potential deal to make Dell a private company. He says that in these types of management buyouts, “There’s always an incentive for management to low ball it. That’s the basic conflict.”

Dell buyout raises awkward conflict of interest questions
Fox Business News

Firefighter Gear Research - Following a Gannett feature and attention from every firefighter magazine/website in the country, fiber science professor Huiju Park sees his research featured by NPR’s Innovation Trail, which is shared by 30+ radio stations in New York. Park is using 3-D motion sensor technology to improve gear for firefighters.

Researcher looks to make firefighters’ work a bit easier
Innovation Trail

Rooks Op-Eds - Noliwe Rooks, professor of Africana studies, is a frequent contributor to TIME. This week she asks “is Obama’s cabinet too male?” She argues that “…instituting policies that make employment and wage discrimination illegal in the U.S. will move us closer to a level playing field than will adding more female Cabinet appointments.” In a second op-ed, Rooks reminds us on MLK Day that problems of racial segregation in housing and education still exist.

Is Obama’s Cabinet Too Male?
TIME

MLK Day: It’s Time for a Second Emancipation Proclamation
TIME

Cold Snap - In an AP article circulated by 80+ publications, Art DeGaetano of the Northeast Climate Center reminds us that the cold snap this week is typical for upstate New York winters, saying, "it just seems cold because it's been two to three years since we've seen something along these lines."

Arcadian America - Aaron Sachs, history, is the author of a new book and this op-ed for the Boston Globe. The piece features the history and importance of garden cemeteries, which Sachs will discuss as the featured guest of an Inside Cornell on Feb. 5.

Mt. Auburn’s farsighted message
Boston Globe

Postal Service – Rick Geddes, professor of policy analysis and management, is a media favorite when it comes to analysis of the bankrupt U.S. Postal Service. This week, Geddes points Salon and the UK Guardian to some important statistics.

Miscellaneous - ILR's Lee Adler weighs in on the NYC bus strike for Transportation Nation. Jeff Hancock, communications, talks about the Manti Te'o scandal with Network World. The BBC frequently mentions Hod Lipson when discussing 3-D printing, just as theNew York Times favors Trevor Pinch when covering Amazon reviews. Lee Humphreys was quoted in a syndicated article about archiving America's tweets. Government's Allen Carlson is fequently interviewed by Voice of America, this week he talks about the rising tension between China and Japan. And Greg Eels of the Gannett Center is quoted as a national expert on mental health in thisWall Street Journal article.

 

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