“Cornell can be a different experience for anyone. The motto about any person and any study appears to be true – it’s hard to think of something that’s not going on here. It is fantastically energizing.”—Steven Stucky, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer.
“The President’s executive order aimed at increasing transparency about wages and preventing retaliation against those who discuss their wages is not new. It reinforces longstanding decisions of the National Labor Relations Board that protect employees’ Section 7 rights to discuss their wages without fear of retaliation. Most employers – whether federal contractors or not – are covered by the National Labor Relations Act. Tomorrow’s executive order highlights the law of the land and gives employees additional protection.”—Esta Bigler, director of the Labor and Employment Law Program at Cornell University’s ILR School, argues that federal law already protects employees’ rights to talk about their pay – but Obama’s order should strengthen those rights.
“The big question is – is this magnitude 8.1 earthquake the ‘big one’ that we have been expecting in northern Chile, or is this a foreshock to an even bigger earthquake to come? As big as an 8.1 is, it probably has not released all of the stored up energy on the subduction earthquake fault in northern Chile. For the sake of all of our friends in the region, we’re hoping that there isn’t a bigger one still to come!”—Rick Allmendinger is a structural geologist who specializes in earthquake analysis. He warns that tonight’s massive 8.1 magnitude quake may not be all there is in store for the region.
Citizen Preparedness Corps readies Southern Tier residents for disaster
New Yorkers learned many tragic lessons from 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, including the need to be prepared for all disasters. Governor Andrew Cuomo has created regional citizen emergency preparedness training sessions to ensure that all New York residents and their families have the opportunity to be trained and prepared in the event of a disaster.
The Southern Tier Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29 on the Cornell University campus at the Statler Auditorium, 130 Statler Drive, Ithaca, NY 14853. Doors will open at 10 a.m.
Parking for this event is available at Cornell’s Hoy Parking Garage at 167 Hoy Road, which can also be accessed via Campus Road..
The program seeks to provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.
Each family that attends will receive a New York State Disaster Preparedness Kit that contains key items to assist individuals in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The state training and kits will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.
This event is free and open to the public, but everyone must register to attend and show identification at check-in.
“Quote of the day: “A real barrier to effective climate change communication is that the public tends to think about climate consequences as a very distant thing — something that threatens faraway countries or the North Pole. The new government website may be an attempt to shrink this distance, to psychologically put climate change in Americans’ backyards, so that we are more motivated to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and take other climate-mitigating actions. Although there’s good reason to expect this could be an effective strategy for promoting more progressive climate policy, it might not be a magic bullet. For example, the website might make some citizens and businesses realize that while their neighbors will be negatively affected, they will fare relatively well, which could give them a false sense of security and undermine their motivation to stop climate change.””—Jonathon Schuldt, professor of communication in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an expert on effectively communicating environmental issues, says while the new White House website provides accurate data, it could give people a false sense of security and undermine motivation to stop climate change.