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Cornell Chronicle, Feb. 28, 2020
"What impact does weather have on Mexican migrants’ decisions and routes? What is the connection between contemporary human migrations and the forced migration of the African slave trade? Can we relocate a sinking city to become a new political crossroads and hub of biocultural diversity? And how are emerging diseases like COVID-19 related to the increasingly mobile practices of humans and animals? The world is on the move, and Cornell faculty members are finding answers to these questions with a boost from Cornell’s first Migrations grants, awarded by the Global Grand Challenge, Migrations, which launched in October 2019. ... Three interdisciplinary research teams will launch Cornell’s new Migrations Lab. One of the teams, co-funded by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, is a multicampus collaboration focused on advancing the health of refugee and immigrant populations in the U.S. through research that is at the nexus of law, medicine and technology. In the study – led by Gunisha Kaur (Weill Cornell Medicine), Stephen Yale-Loehr (Cornell Law School) and Deborah Estrin (Cornell Tech) – the researchers hypothesize that increased digital access to information about legal rights will increase engagement between refugees and immigrants and health care systems. Estrin is the founder of the Health Tech Hub on the Roosevelt Island campus; Kaur and Yale-Loehr have received dual funding and will serve as new Migrations faculty fellows, leading a group that will include two postdoctoral fellows in the fall."