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CUNY Alumni Ranked In Top Ten for MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grants”

September 1, 2015 | The University

The City University of New York ranks among the top ten public and private universities and colleges in the number of its undergraduate alumni who have gone on to win “genius grants” from the MacArthur Foundation, according data released by the Foundation.

Governor Cuomo Announces Four CUNY Colleges Ranked Highest as “Best Bang For the Buck” in the Northeast

August 26, 2015 | The University

Governor Cuomo announced that four out of the top five “Best Bang for the Buck” four-year colleges in the Northeast are City University of New York colleges, according to new rankings by the Washington Monthly. They are: Baruch College, Lehman College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Queens College .

Statement by CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken On Incarcerated Individuals And Access To Pell Grants

July 31, 2015 | The University

We are much encouraged by the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to pilot a program allowing incarcerated individuals to receive Pell grants to pursue higher education while in prison.

Ancient Monkey Fossil Could Be First Modern Baboon

July 30, 2015 | The University

According to researchers from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, an ancient monkey fossil found in Malapa could be the earliest evidence of a modern baboon ever discovered.

Fighting pollution critical to fight against diseases of poverty

July 30, 2015 | The University

This fall, the international community will gather in New York City at the United Nations to officially endorse a game plan, called the Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at reducing poverty and inequity over the next 15 years.

Rare Nautilus Spotted for First Time in 30 Years

July 30, 2015 | The University

In early August, biologist Peter Ward returned from the South Pacific with news that he encountered an old friend, one he hadn’t seen in over three decades. The University of Washington professor had seen what he considers one of the world’s rarest animals, a remote encounter that may become even more infrequent if illegal fishing practices continue.

Octopuses seen throwing things may be using shells as weapons

July 30, 2015 | The University

Octopuses have been recorded gathering up armfuls of debris – and remember, they have eight arms – before taking pot shots at one another. Whether it’s a case of “get off my turf” or merely “oops, didn’t mean to hit you” is still a puzzle.

It’s Shockingly Common for New Yorkers to Blow Through Red Lights

July 30, 2015 | The University

If you stand at the corner of 50th Street and 7th Avenue, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, you might notice something disturbing. At this heavily traveled intersection, swarming with people on foot, a lot of drivers aren’t obeying the most fundamental rule of the road: stopping when the light turns red.

Earliest baboon found at Malapa

July 30, 2015 | The University

A team from Wits University’s Evolutionary Studies Institute has discovered a fossil monkey specimen representing the earliest baboon ever found.

Higher-Tech Fake Eggs Offer Better Clues To Wild-Bird Behavior

July 30, 2015 | The University

Since the 1960s, biologists have made fake eggs for some studies of bird behavior. But Mark Hauber of Hunter College in New York says this kind of scientific handicraft is not exactly his forte.

A Piece of the Earliest Baboon Ever Found

July 30, 2015 | The University

A two-million-year-old skull fragment comes from the earliest baboon ever found, a new study reports. The fossil was found in Malapa, a cave in South Africa and a Unesco World Heritage site where specimens of Australopithecus sediba, an early ancestor of modern humans, werediscovered in 2010.

To Pluto and Beyond: Planetarium Show Wows Space Fans

July 30, 2015 | The University

The first-ever flyby of Pluto left scientists and the public wide-eyed, and the surprises will likely keep on coming.

The shark that glows in the dark

July 30, 2015 | The University

Swell sharks generally keep a low profile, squeezing between rocky crevices to keep out of the way of predators.

New evidence suggests marmosets learn vocalizations from parents

July 30, 2015 | The University

A team of researchers with Princeton University has found that marmosets appear to learn at least some of their vocalizations from their parents. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes a study they carried out with the little South American monkeys and what they learned from it. David Margoliash with the University of Chicago and Ofer Tchernichovski with City University of New York offer some insight into the work done by the team in a Perspectives piece in the same journal edition.

Science Assures It’s Fine to Have Fewer Friends in Your 30s

July 30, 2015 | The University

Social networks tend to follow predictable cycles throughout a person’s life, expanding in the 20s and shrinking in the 30s and beyond, a notion borne out by social-scienceresearch and popular trend pieces alike. Now, a new study takes this idea and fast-forwards several decades into the future, giving a hint about the long-term impact of this friendly ebb and flow.

Study Finds Sun Belt Population Growth and Warming Climate Could Quadruple Exposure to Extreme Heat

July 30, 2015 | The University

A valuable study published this week in Nature Climate Change projects that exposure to extreme heat in the United States is likely to rise enormously by mid century, driven equally by demographic shifts boosting Sun Belt populations and projected changes in heat waves in a warming climate.

How friendship affects well-being in each decade of life

July 30, 2015 | The University

Eighteen months ago, Chad Every moved from Ohio to St. Petersburg, Florida. He had a new job, apartment and bicycle, but one important ingredient of a good life was missing: friends.

Every was content at first to spend time reading and relaxing alone, but the self-proclaimed extrovert knew he’d eventually need pals for impromptu trips to coffee shops, movie theaters and concerts.

“I finally reached a point when I knew I needed to put myself out there. A (vinyl) record fair was happening by my house, so I literally went with the hope of finding a friend,” said Every, 26.

Millennials Are Very Mixed Up About Sex

July 30, 2015 | The University

“Each generation thinks it invented sex,” science fiction author Robert Heinlein famously claimed.

CUNY School of Medicine to Launch in 2016

July 14, 2015 | The University

Governor Cuomo announced the accreditation for the CUNY School of Medicine, located on the City College campus in Harlem.

Record season for CUNY recipients of Gilman Scholarships

July 1, 2015 | The University

With awardees from both community and senior colleges heading to destinations including China, India, and Spain, some 21 CUNY students won the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for study abroad experiences, the most of any university on the east coast for the summer term. In addition, eight students from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) […]