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Research and engagement

Man in button-down shirt standing in front of a construction site.
Startup aims to improve construction safety

OnSiteIQ visually documents work conditions on construction sites

Several rows of fresh fruit in baskets with prices hanging off the handles.
How do supermarkets source foods for the poor?

Better understanding could bring healthier food to low-income customers

tudent groups work on their projects for the Cornell Animal Health Hackathon on the second floor of eHub in Collegetown.
Hackathon inspires solutions for animal health

A decidedly low-tech product beat out a field of 24 teams

A prototype of Iko One, a smart herb garden.
Smart herbs, weather app top innovation contest

The competition was open to teams from across the university

Thought Leaders in Economic Impact & Entrepreneurship

Mark Sorrells

Ancient Grain Project Feeds Growing Demand

Mark Sorrells leads the Cornell Small Grains Project, which for more than a century has developed innovative approaches to crop improvement.

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Brooke Erin Duffy

Social Media, Culture, and Technology

Brooke Erin Duffy examines social media production, media and creative industries, digital labor, and gender and feminist media studies.

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Lara Skinner

Engaging Workers on Climate Change

Lara Skinner studies workers' and labor unions' engagement in issues of sustainability, climate protection, and economic alternatives.

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Scott Yonker

Madoff Damaged Trust in Financial Markets

Scott Yonker and two co-authors estimated the cost of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme to the financial intermediation industry.

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Olga Padilla-Zakour

Food Entrepreneurship

Olga Padilla-Zakour focuses her research on increasing the economic viability of farm-based ventures.

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Deborah Streeter

Small Business Management

Deborah Streeter designed an online program to provide women with a highly personalized approach to achieving their leadership goals.

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Vicki Bogan

Behavioral Finance

Vicki Bogan examines the decisions corporations or individuals make regarding their investments and how they manage their portfolios.

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Samuel Bacharach

Organizational Behavior

Samuel Bacharach, director of the Institute for Workplace Studies, is an expert on leadership, management and teamwork.

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Cornell’s Local Economic Impact

Cornell’s dedication to the local community, demonstrated through engagement and contribution of resources, is one reason Ithaca is consistently ranked among the top small cities in the nation.


  • $2.8M
    Property taxes paid
  • $142.8M
    Purchasing in Tompkins and adjacent counties
  • $7.5M
    Local contributions to governments, schools, non-profits, public transit
  • $310M
    External federal, state and corporate research funding spent locally