News & Community Issues

The record flooding this month affected tens of thousands of residents in the Southern Tier, with damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  Two special Community Conversation programs...
The record flooding this month affected tens of thousands of residents in the Southern Tier, with damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  Two special Community Conversation programs...
Planning for the end of a person's life is one of the most difficult experiences we will ever go through. As people approach the end of their lives, they are faced with a number of decisions...
There's an old Yiddish saying, "S'iz shver tsu zayn a Yid" -- "it's tough to be a Jew." Surely any religious discipline is going to make some uncomfortable demands on...
On June 24th, New York became the sixth state in the country to legalize gay marriage. While many view the Marriage Equality Act as a significant victory, many others are quick to point out that the...
Change is not necessarily for the better.  Just as it is wrong to equate evolution with "slow", it is also wrong to equate it with "progress".  Evolution doesn't...
The decline of traditional media has brought up new questions about the role that  the media plays in our lives. How has the rise of new media changed our society? How necessary are journalists...
Water is one of our most vital resources, yet we often take it for granted. In the face of declining fresh water supplies, climate change, environmental threats, and a rising global population, the...
Over the past decade, demand for local foods has grown dramatically. In the Southern Tier, the number of farmers' markets and small farms is growing, and policymakers are paying more attention to...
Among Paul McEuen's writings is, "Plasmon Resonance in Individual Nanogap Electrodes Studied Using Graphene Nanoconstrictions as Photodetectors."  As Goldwin Smith Professor of...