Cornell Chronicle: App creates time-lapse videos with a smartphone. “An app developed by Cornell researchers uses augmented reality to help users repeatedly capture images from the same location with a phone or tablet to make time-lapse videos – without leaving a camera on site.” The app is for iOS and is available for free in Apple’s App Store.
Cornell Chronicle: Ready, set, count: Great Backyard Bird Count turns 25. “For a quarter of a century the annual Great Backyard Bird Count has been a bright spot for nature lovers. The 25th edition of the event is coming up Feb. 18-21. Everyone is invited to join the count, so their birds can become part of a massive database used by scientists to track changes in bird populations over time. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society and Birds Canada.”
Cornell Chronicle: Faster checkouts could reduce virus spread at stores. “[Professor Jamol] Pender specializes in queuing theory – essentially the science of waiting in lines. His research has sought to ease traffic congestion, help driverless vehicles navigate and minimize the wait for rides at Disney World. So he turned his attention to a similar kind of queueing and set out to model the probability of how often pairs of shoppers might overlap in a store – an approach that could be used to predict the transmission of COVID-19, and guide strategies to reduce its spread.”
Cornell Chronicle: Rural humanities projects explore NYS past and present. “‘In 1850, the federal census recorded 19 black residents in the Town of Caroline in Tompkins County.’ That’s the first line of Ethan Dickerman’s essay about the Tompkins County Rural Black Residents Project, a website he created that details where Black residents in the county lived from 1820 to 1870.” This is one of several projects exploring Black history in rural New York.
CNN: Cornell University shuts down Ithaca campus after surge of nearly 500 Covid-19 cases detected. “Cornell University is shutting down its Ithaca, New York, campus and moving to ‘alert level red’ after what the school described as a “rapid spread” of Covid-19 among students. There were 469 active student cases as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Cornell’s online Covid dashboard, and an overall positivity rate of 3.01% for the week of December 6, among the students tested.”
Cornell Chronicle: Online ILR publications open up wealth of workplace wisdom. “Scholars studying the shifting landscape of work can now dig deep into more than a half-century’s worth of knowledge from the [Industrial and Labor Relations] School’s digitized publications available on HathiTrust Digital Library, a vast collection of digitized content from libraries around the world.”
The Ithaca Voice: Cornell will require vaccinations for students returning to campus in fall; expects full in-person learning
The Ithaca Voice: Cornell will require vaccinations for students returning to campus in fall; expects full in-person learning. “Cornell University announced its fall 2021 return plans Friday, with an ambitious requirement that any students returning to Ithaca, Geneva and Cornell Tech campuses must have received the full doses of one of the various COVID-19 vaccinations.”
Cornell Chronicle: Cornell’s Adult University to offer winter ‘education vacations’. “Building on the success of its online courses for alumni and friends last summer, Cornell’s Adult University (CAU) is offering winter online programming for adults and young people. CAU Winter Session: A Season to Study runs Dec. 28 through Feb. 5, 2021.”
The Ithaca Voice: Cornell launches new COVID-19 school district tracking tool. “Cornell University’s International Labor Relations School has launched a new tool to track the coronavirus pandemic’s presence across New York State by school district, charting how districts have chosen to carry out their learning programs during the pandemic and how infection rates are trending in those places.”
Cornell Sun: Cornell Cancels Swim Test for Fall 2020. “Cornell will not conduct any swim tests during the upcoming semester, and it will waive the requirement for students graduating either in fall 2020 or spring 2021, according to the University’s physical education requirements webpage. First-year students unable to take the swim test this fall will also have the $100 late fee waived when they take it during their subsequent years at Cornell.”
Cornell Chronicle: Cornell creates detailed COVID-19 website for food industry. “To keep New York’s food processing industry safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cornell’s Institute for Food Safety has created a comprehensive, practical and convenient website for commercial processors: Food Industry Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Cornell Chronicle: AI tool detects global fashion trends. “GeoStyle analyzes public Instagram and Flickr photos to map trends using computer vision and neural networks, a kind of artificial intelligence often used to sort images. Its models help researchers understand existing trends in specific cities and around the world over time, and its trend forecasts are up to 20% more accurate than previous methods.”