Cornell’s largest pre-health services career organization, PATCH, spent six weeks this semester working on an initiative to bring science education to a poverty-stricken elementary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
For the past two months, Cornell student and avid filmmaker Jamie Johnson ’13 has been working on a documentary film that he hopes will result in the closing of a Haitian orphanage that he says is abusing and selling children.
Hungover fraternity brothers getting out of bed on Saturday morning may see the Keystone Light cans littering the floor as obstacles, but Dawn Potter — a secretary in Cornell’s Department of Neurobiolgy and Behavior for 22 years — sees the cans as an opportunity.
At his Apr. 21 lecture, Prof. Cin-Ty Lee, earth sciences, Rice University, shared his finding on the origins of the continental crust, or lithosphere. His research provides new insight into the formation of the planet.
On Feb. 27, when Haiti laid in shambles from a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that leveled the nation less than two months prior, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck Chile. The quick succession of these two calamities jolted public conscience of earthquakes, rekindled curiosity about forecasting and generated speculation about the relationship between natural disasters and climate change.
Can solar power really solve the issue of fossil fuels? Are solar cells economically efficient? And how do they build those solar panels anyway? New Cornell research strives to transform solar technology, using newer, cheaper materials to generate renewable energy.
The outpouring of support in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake serves as a testament to our drive to help those in need. Yet, identifying the most effective and holistic way to “do good” can be challenging, and even discouraging at times. The best form of aid is not always obvious, and depends on conditions on the ground, urgency and resources available.
As Director of the GHESKIO clinics in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, I’d like to thank you all for the outpouring of support, sympathy and sacrifice on behalf of the people of Haiti as we continue to struggle in the wake of the powerfully destructive earthquake. As you have heard, the death toll is in excess of 200,000 and our small country is dealing with over 250,000 injured.