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Lessons from Killer Snails: A Q&A with Biologist Mande Holford

September 11, 2015 | The University

This Q&A features Mande Holford is Assistant Professor, Chemical Biology at City University of New York’s Hunter College. She does research into how the venom of conoidean snails can be used to help fight cancer.

A Message from Chancellor Milliken

September 10, 2015 | The University

Dear Colleagues: Welcome As the new academic year starts there is much good news to report and so many reasons to be proud of how one of the nation’s largest and most important public universities serves the city, state and country. We have the highest enrollment in our history; we’re launching a medical school and […]

On 9/11, CUNY Students Will Pledge Service to New York City

September 10, 2015 | The University

Nearly 900 students from eight CUNY colleges will pledge to serve New York City by joining 135 community organizations through the CUNY Service Corps.

Female cowbirds pay attention to cowbird nestling survival, study finds

September 9, 2015 | The University

Brown-headed cowbirds have a reputation for being deadbeat parents: They lay their eggs in other birds’ nests and then disappear, the story goes, leaving the care and feeding of their offspring to an unwitting foster family. A new study suggests, however, that cowbird moms pay close attention to how well their offspring do, returning to lay their eggs in the most successful host nests, and avoiding those that have failed.

Ivory May Have Driven Greenland Colonisation

September 9, 2015 | The University

Scientists have traditionally believed that the reason Greenland was colonised around 1000 CE was farming. Arable land in Scandinavia at the time must have been in short supply, this traditional view goes, so the Vikings went north in search of new lands to grow crops on. A new study, however, is challenging this view with an alternative explanation: walrus ivory.

Homo Naledi, New Species in Human Lineage, Is Found in South African Cave

September 9, 2015 | The University

Acting on a tip from spelunkers two years ago, scientists in South Africadiscovered what the cavers had only dimly glimpsed through a crack in a limestone wall deep in the Rising Star Cave: lots and lots of old bones.

CUNY Projects New Record Enrollment in 2015, Boosted by Value, Academic Choices

September 5, 2015 | The University

Student enrollment at CUNY is at record levels —approximately 278,000 degree credit students, the highest in CUNY’s history.

Underwater Dominican Monkey Fossil Is Over One Million Years Old

September 4, 2015 | The University

A fossil of a monkey found in a water-filled sinkhole on the island of Hispaniola has been found to be over 1 million years old, revealing new information about the evolution and extinction of monkeys in the Caribbean. A study in the Journal of Human Evolution by Alfred Rosenberger of Brooklyn College and co-authors confirms that the now-extinct Hispaniola monkey, Antillothrix bernensis, lived on the island for at least one million years, only to disappear coincident with the arrival of humans in the 16th century.

Statement of Chancellor Milliken to the CUNY Academic Council

September 2, 2015 | The University

As the new academic year starts there is much good news to report and so many reasons to be proud of how the nation’s largest and most important public university serves the city, state and country.

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.

City Tech students ready to compete in solar home decathlon

August 31, 2015 | The University

Students from New York City College of Technology (City Tech) held a send-off party at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday for a solar home they built, which will be shipped to California and entered into the 2015 Solar Decathlon International Competition in October.

Rare Nautilus Spotted for First Time in 30 Years

August 26, 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.

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 .

Octopuses seen throwing things may be using shells as weapons

August 24, 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.

A Piece of the Earliest Baboon Ever Found

August 24, 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.

Ancient Monkey Fossil Could Be First Modern Baboon

August 22, 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.

Earliest baboon found at Malapa

August 19, 2015 | The University

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

To Pluto and Beyond: Planetarium Show Wows Space Fans

August 19, 2015 | The University

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

New evidence suggests marmosets learn vocalizations from parents

August 14, 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

August 13, 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.