In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Adam Siepel of Cornell University explains why humans and chimpanzees are drastically different despite sharing much of the same DNA.
Adam Siepel is an associate professor of biological statistics and computational biology at Cornell University where his research explores the intersection of statistics, computer science, evolutionary biology, and genomics. His current focus is the development of computational methods for the identification of functional elements in genomes. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California Santa Cruz.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Ed Baptist of Cornell University explores the cultural and economic importance of cotton in antebellum America.
Ed Baptist as an associate professor of history at Cornell University where his teaching and research interests are focused on the nineteenth-century United States, and particularly, the history of slavery in the South. His work has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
On matters of the heart, a Cornell University gerontologist is working on a Marriage Advice Project, seeking the wisdom of older adults to impart to younger generations. He wants to survey hundreds of individuals, and has homed in on Orange County as one of the project’s locations.
Despite decades of differences and technological advances, Dr. Karl Pillemer says he has found in his research that younger people do want to get married, and to one person for a lifetime, and they’re looking for advice from their elders on how to do this successfully.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Jeff Clune of Cornell University reveals why the biology of life often takes a winding path through seemingly unnecessary developmental stages.
Jeff Clune is a visiting scientist in the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University where he studies evolutionary computation, a technology that uses natural selection to bypass engineering and evolve artificial intelligence, robots, and physical designs. His work has been featured in a number of publications and he holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
New research has found that a missing gene could be responsible for almost 28% of human breast cancer cases, that’s more than 60,000 cases a year in the U.S. and more than 383,000. The study on the NF1 gene, and its role in breast cancer, is from Cornell University. For more on the findings, WAMC’s Brian Shields spoke with the research paper’s senior author, John Schimenti, a professor of genetics at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
The lunch line offerings at schools across the region could look a little different to students returning to class this week. Under new U.S.D.A. guidelines effective this school year, schools must offer students fruit and vegetable options with every breakfast and lunch served.
Of course, simply offering healthier options doesn’t mean kids will necessarily choose an apple over cookies or other sweets, especially when you consider the millions of dollars spent marketing sugar and calorie laden snacks to children.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Gary Evans of Cornell University explains the link between stress and obesity.
Gary Evans is a professor of design and environmental analysis at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology. He studies how the physical environment affects human health and well being among children, including the link between stress and obesity. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.