Ready, set, count: Great Backyard Bird Count turns 25 (Cornell Chronicle)

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

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

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

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: History, music, physics harmonize in keyboard project

Cornell Chronicle: History, music, physics harmonize in keyboard project. “Closely allied with the Cornell-based Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, the leading international organization for historical keyboard studies, the [Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards] brings together scholars and musicians from across the globe for its programs on the long history of keyboard music and instruments, technologies, repertoires and aesthetics – from the baroque organ to the player piano to the Moog synthesizer.”

Cornell Chronicle: Online ILR publications open up wealth of workplace wisdom

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.”

The Ithaca Voice: Cornell launches new COVID-19 school district tracking tool

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 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: AI tool detects global fashion trends

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.”

Cornell Chronicle: Five projects awarded 2019 digitization grants

Cornell Chronicle: Five projects awarded 2019 digitization grants. “Cornell University Library’s Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences transforms fragile artifacts into lasting online collections for teaching and research. This year, the program has awarded funding to five projects representing a range of study, from unearthing a vanished hamlet in Enfield Falls, New York, to examining modern art in Indonesia.”

Cornell: CVM scientists develop online tool to guide wildlife repopulation efforts

Cornell: CVM scientists develop online tool to guide wildlife repopulation efforts. “Wildlife ecologists often turn to reintroduction programs to help sustain key species in certain habitats. While the wild turkey effort was a success, other long-term reintroduction programs struggle to see their species thrive. To help address this problem, a multidisciplinary team with the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab has created StaPOPd, an interactive online tool that tells users exactly how many plants or animals they need to introduce into a habitat in order to establish a stable population.”