A research institution devoted to exploring other worlds, the Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dot and Beyond, was unveiled May 9 at Cornell University, Sagan’s teaching and research home for most of his career. More.
“Perhaps more than any findings to date, these results indicate that increases in the prevalence and severity of coral diseases will be a major future driver of decline and changes in coral reef community composition, and at least as great a driver as coral bleaching.”
This innovative project will generate new knowledge about creating sustainable changes in the local food environment that increase access to healthier foods for low-income families as well as prompt behavioral changes that will help prevent childhood obesity. This project will also examine a viable framework for sustaining cost-offset CSAs [community-supported agriculture] as a strategy to strengthen local agricultural economies.
Our data suggest it is an auspicious time to be a talented woman launching a STEM tenure-track academic career, contrary to findings from earlier investigations alleging bias, none of which examined faculty hiring bias against female applicants in the disciplines in which women are underrepresented.
"A commitment to the role of college in fostering good citizenship correlates to the view that knowledge and human understanding provide us with a pathway to a better future."
"We are at the verge, for the first time in history, of determining whether life is dominant in the universe or not."
"The days when a very, very substantial share of the work force would be able to make good middle-class incomes from jobs that did not require post-high school training are just not the case anymore."
“You can’t just tell Americans to eat less saturated fat. We not only have to tell them what to reduce, but we have to tell them what to substitute it with that won’t worsen their health. You don’t want to substitute one poison for another.”
“It’s important for us to start thinking as a globe about a serious discussion on flood adaptation, and aiding affected populations to reduce their risks. We want to give people time to evacuate, to make better choices, and to understand their conditions.”
“You’ll be able to say when I wake up in the morning I want the printer to print my breakfast and I want it to have the right amount of trans fats, whatever we need ... This is where software meets cooking and the possibilities are really limitless.”
Different types of biochar “have unique potential to mitigate some of the greatest soil-health constraints to crop productivity — for example, in highly weathered and sandy soils."