In his daily briefing on April 17 Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced several measures  required to move the state toward reopening- one of which was wide scale testing.

As Cuomo Issues New Executive Order, Weill Cornell Medicine Ramps Up COVID-19 Testing

As many people yearn to return to some form of normalcy, states are beginning to consider what the reopening of nonessential businesses should look like. In his daily press briefing Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) said a crucial first step for reopening is widespread COVID-19 testing — which New York State currently lacks.

On that same day, Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, Weill Cornell Dean, announced a new initiative to begin antibody testing employees of Weill Cornell.

An empty Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on April 5, 2020.

The Earth During a Pandemic

As people continue to huddle indoors, avoiding their usual daily commute to work and school, it is inevitable that humans’ dramatic new relationship with the world would have a major impact on the state of the environment.

Several biotechnology companies are hoping that a better understanding of SARS-CoV-2's antibodies will lead to effective treatments.

Harnessing the Human Immune System: Why Antibody Treatments Might Just Work Against COVID-19

In the race to develop a safe, effective treatment for COVID-19, biotech companies like Regeneron and Vir Biotechnology, led by Cornell alumni, have turned to antibodies — which are naturally created by the human immune system — as a form of therapeutic treatment.
But what are antibodies, and how can they be repurposed into drugs to help people recover from COVID-19?

Mika Matera-Vatnick ’21 in the Wolfner lab, where she conducts her undergraduate research.

Student Spotlight on Mika Matera-Vatnick ’21: Researching Insect Reproduction Genetics

When Mika Matera-Vatnick ’21 received President Martha E. Pollack’s email in March announcing the closing of campus, her first thought was, “What am I gonna do with my flies?” Matera-Vatnick, like many other undergraduate student researchers on campus, had to abandon her honors thesis research project as classes transitioned online for the remainder of the semester.

The new solar farm, located in Cascadilla, will greatly add to Cornell's capability to power its campus using renewable sources.

New Cascadilla Solar Farm Sustainability Powers 20% of Cornell University’s Annual Electricity Usage

In a new step towards sustainability, Cornell celebrated the opening of its sixth, and largest, major solar project on March 1.

The newly minted 18-megawatt Cascadilla Community Solar Farm will be responsible for generating 10 percent of Cornell’s energy, making strides towards the University’ goal of becoming entirely carbon neutral by 2035.

The Curious Case of a Virus

Viruses are puzzling. These tiny parasites aren’t really alive, but they aren’t inactive either. They’ve flourished and mutated throughout the years, achieving astounding rates of diversity yet are surprisingly simple in structure. Despite being the main perpetrator of some of the world’s largest pandemics, such as COVID-19, there is still much that is unknown about a virus’s transmission and method of infection.