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WETM NEWS: An asteroid zips past the earth on Wednesday, closer to us than the moon is from the Earth. Matt Tiscareno, a senior research assistant at Cornell University, says advanced technology, like powerful telescopes and satellites, help us find and track asteroids like we never have before.
The Los Angeles City Council has joined New York City and Chicago in recommending a ban on e-cigarette use in public spaces. This decision comes on the heels of public criticism of glamorization of these products in Los Angeles during the Academy Awards by Julia Louise Dryfus and Leonardo DiCaprio. The decision is thus likely to be consequential from the perspective of de-normalizing and de-glamourizing their use.
E-cigarettes have rapidly grown in popularity, yet there is much left to learn about their potential health impact and potential utility as a way to help smokers quit smoking cigarettes. Preventing their use in public spaces seems appropriate in light of their potential to hook young people on nicotine or lead to their use of cigarettes.
Jeff Niederdeppe, a communication professor at Cornell University who studies health messaging – specifically how media, marketing and warning messages on tobacco products impact sales to youth – comments on how Los Angeles’ decision to ban e-cigarettes in many public spaces will help stop the glamorization of e-cigarette use.
Chimesmaster Ivana Thng ’12, center, returned to campus today to visit for the first time since her Cornell graduation. She joined chimesmasters Keiran Cantilina ’15, left, and Ilia Karp ’15, right, for the afternoon concert — and the three played the Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, second movement. It is currently the only piece arranged for a trio in the Cornell Chimes playlist (and it’s one of the pieces Thng played during her own Commencement ceremony in 2012; she chose to play that weekend instead of walk in her own graduation procession).