As part of the recent hold on campus activities all nonessential research has been halted, putting current projects and papers in limbo.

Cornell Suspends Majority of on Campus Research

On March 15, Provost Michael Kotlikoff and Vice Provost Emmanuel Gianellis alerted principal investigators and researchers in an email that the majority of on campus research activities would be restricted.

For some, this suspension could result in significant delays in conducting experiments and publishing papers. But it remains unclear how this halt in research will affect the long term projects of laboratories or the degree progress of graduate students.

Healthcare centers across the country are hard-pressed for resources necessary to care for patients with COVID-19, like PPE and respirators, which has led to difficult questions regarding who receives care.

Medical Ethicist Weighs In on Questions Raised By Coronavirus

COVID-19 is placing unprecedented pressure on the U.S. health system, with medical professionals and supplies in high demand. As New York State faces a potential shortage of respirators and intensive care unit beds due to the exponential rise in coronavirus cases, healthcare systems may have to answer the difficult question: Who receives care when there isn’t enough for everyone?

The Space Sciences Building at Cornell.

Big Red Taking On the Red Planet: The History of Cornell’s Mars Exploration

For over 50 years, Cornell has made astronomical contributions in the ongoing efforts to explore and understand the mysterious inner workings of Earth’s rust-colored neighbor, Mars. In honor of these decades of research and discovery, The Sun illuminates the achievements of Cornellians past, present and future in their tireless expedition towards revealing the secrets of the Red Planet.

Plastic carryout bags are now banned from distribution in New York State.

How helpful is New York’s Plastic Bag Ban?

New York State put into effect a new plastic bag ban on March 1 that aims to reduce high levels of plastic consumption and mitigate environmental hazards, such as water and air pollution from plastic disposal. The new ban prohibits any distribution of plastic bags by any establishment that collects New York State tax unless it is an exempt bag — bags used for pharmacy prescriptions or produce bags used for fruits and vegetables. Although many states like New York have policies in place to limit the overuse of single-use plastics, the production of plastic still continues to be a looming issue. It is projected that by 2028, the mass production of plastics will increase by more than 40 percent. “Until we are talking about limiting plastic production, we still are going to be pushing the problem around into different places without really addressing what’s going on here,” said Ph.D. student Bethany Jorgensen, department of natural resources.

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In-Person Class Cancellations Halt Undergraduate Research on Campus

Undergraduate students in the biological sciences honors program were informed on Wednesday afternoon that they will officially not be allowed to work in laboratories starting March 28, the deadline the University set after which all classes must be held online. As a part of the honors program, students conduct novel, independent research and then write a formal honors thesis in a specific field of study. As a result of the disruption, participants should plan to collect as much data as possible before spring break, according to an email sent by Laura Schoenle, coordinator of undergraduate research and honors. Even though aspects of the course will be cut short, students enrolled in Biology 4990: Independent Research in Biology, will receive full credit. “If you are enrolled in BIOG 4990, you will be able to receive full credit for the course, as we will have passed the 60% time point in the semester when we reach spring break,” Schoenle wrote in an email to biological sciences honors students.