3D printed artificial gut creates realistic model for research

Cait M. Costello The top image shows cells dying off (light blue) along the tips of intestinal villi, a response to fluid flow in the intestine that mimics living guts. The bottom frame shows that when such flow is missing, cells all along villi become self-destroying (as seen by light…

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Satellite data paints a portrait of global plant health

Postdoctoral researcher Christine Yao-Yun Chang measures photosynthesis in a soy field near Musgrave Research Farm. When it comes to measuring photosynthesis, green is not all that counts. A Cornell researcher is using a NASA satellite to measure photosynthesis in high resolution at the global scale, advancing how we measure plant…

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Student delegates to attend Clinton Global Initiative conference

Alistair Englebert Preston/Provided Kanyinsola Obayan, right, speaks with summer camp students in Nigeria in July 2016. Fourteen Cornell students were selected by the Clinton Foundation as delegates to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University conference Oct. 13-15 at Northeastern University in Boston. The meeting will bring together more than…

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Upcoming Cornell Cooperative Extension programs

4-H membership openings Enrollment in area 4-H clubs for children and young adults ages 8-18 is now open, as well as for the Cloverbuds program, ages 5-7 years old. Hundreds of 4-H members all over Tompkins County are learning subjects as varied as photography and arts and crafts, gardening and…

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Teach Better podcast spotlights education innovation

Doug McKee “This Is Going to Be Big,” proclaimed Doug McKee’s Teach Better blog post on Feb. 13. The Cornell economics department had just received an Active Learning Initiative (ALI) grant to transform its entire undergraduate core curriculum over the next five years. It was the culmination of eight months…

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Sea salts bring potentially harmful mold to the table, researchers find

Megan Biango-Daniels/CALS Several molds that were found in sea salt, including Aspergillus and Penicillium species. Like fine wines, sea salts are artisanal products that inspire talk of terroir, texture and provenance. Now there’s evidence that they can also be sources of spoilage molds. New research from Cornell mycologist Kathie Hodge…

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A new kind of influenza vaccine: One shot might do the trick

Tom Fleischman/Cornell Chronicle Researchers Matt DeLisa, left, Gary Whittaker and David Putnam are pictured in DeLisa’s Olin Hall lab. A seasonal flu shot is a bit like a local weather forecast: Based on the conditions elsewhere and the direction of the prevailing wind, a meteorologist can give the public a pretty…

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Cornell United Way campaign will be shorter, more intense

Jason Koski/University Photography James Brown, United Way of Tompkins County president, at the 2017 Cornell United Way campaign kickoff, Sept. 20. At the Cornell United Way kickoff Sept. 20, Andy Noel, the Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education and co-chair of this year’s campus campaign, announced this year’s goal…

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‘Moving toward harmony’: Yasin Ahmed, Cornell’s first Muslim chaplain

Patrick Shanahan/University Photography Yasin Ahmed Arriving on campus in August alongside new students, Yasin Ahmed, the university’s first Muslim chaplain, was impressed. “The first thing that struck me about the students in particular is their humility and willingness to learn,” he said. “They have a growth mindset, which made this opportunity…

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Home Plate seeks families to host students

Home Plate connects Cornell students with the Ithaca community by matching small groups of students with local families for regular social events, usually dinners hosted by the families. It’s an opportunity for both sides to learn about one another and establish meaningful relationships. Home Plate was started in 2015 by…

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