The project team gathers before the app is launched.
Top: Andrew Gao ‘22, Kaushik Ravikumar ‘21, Evan Welsh ‘21, Raymone Radi ‘19, Ashneel Das ‘22, Matt Coufal ‘20, Andrew Xiao ‘20
Bottom: Kathy Wang grad, April Ye ‘21, Neha Rao ‘20, Kaitlyn Son ‘19

App Designed by Cornell Project Team Estimates Crowd Density of Campus Facilities

After more than a semester of development, a team of 10 undergraduates and one graduate student within the Cornell Design and Tech Initiative released an app that allows the user to preview the crowd density of Cornell campus facilities without having to physically visit. Using current and historical ID swipe data provided by Cornell IT, Flux’s algorithm makes estimations of how many people are in a certain facility at a given time and presents crowd density information in a way that users can understand. At the time of writing, Flux provides data from all ten of the All You Care To Eat dining rooms as well as Cafe Jennie and Libe Cafe. An older version of the app was released last December under the name Density, which was intended to gain feedback from the general student population outside of DTI. However, because of legal issues, they were forced to temporarily halt distribution and revise their brand.

Professor Paula Heron, University of Washington, presents her Physics Education Research findings to Cornell faculty and students

How Can Students Most Effectively Learn Physics?

Prof. Paula Heron, physics, University of Washington suggests that students make mistakes as a result of imperfect ideas and failure to override intuition rather than an actual lack of knowledge.

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Spotlight on NTRES 2100: Introductory Field Biology

The course does not follow the typical prelim and final schedule; instead, students have several species identification quizzes scattered throughout the course of the semester. For these exams, students often roam the Cornell Botanical Gardens, identifying different types of trees.

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Cornell Mathematician’s New Book ‘Infinite Powers’ Reveals the Scintillating World of Calculus

With the rise of computer algebra systems, the limits, integrals and derivatives that plague freshman calculus are no longer a problem. However, learning calculus has other advantages. Indeed, while not necessary for every occupation, knowledge of higher mathematics does allow one to attain jobs in advanced STEM fields, from quantitative finance to engineering.

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Reptile Expert Discovers a Toothy Truth

Utilizing tpsDig, a landmark scaling software, D’Amore was able to map out the shape and size of each Nile Monitor tooth on a coordinate plane. This new measuring method allowed him to contribute numeric data to an area in which qualitative descriptions were coming up short.