Author: Shira

Shira Polan graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a B.S. in animal science and a minor in communication. She was a staff writer for the Cornell Daily Sun science section, covering topics ranging from tiger beetles to red algae invasions to gluten intolerance. When not running, singing, horseback riding, or training in karate, Shira can be found rehearsing for her numerous theatrical performances in the copious amount of free time left to her.

A four-legged two-step

A four-legged two-step

Para-equestrian dressage rider Eleanor Brimmer shows success comes from grace, style, and a great partner

By Shira Polan | Posted September 6, 2016

VIDEO: Forensic genetics for saving wildlife

VIDEO: Forensic genetics for saving wildlife

DNA barcoding helps hunt down criminals trafficking illegal wildlife products

By Shira Polan | Posted June 29, 2016

The sport injury you can’t see

The sport injury you can’t see

Despite the health benefits of exercise, college athletes still struggle with depression.

By Shira Polan | Posted June 27, 2016

Why do allergies make our eyes swell?

Why do allergies make our eyes swell?

(Since “why, God, why!” is rhetorical)

By Shira Polan | Posted May 30, 2016

Butting heads over rhino horns

Butting heads over rhino horns

Conservationists are furious as South Africa moves to reinstitute domestic horn trade

By Shira Polan | Posted May 18, 2016

The other (other) white meat

The other (other) white meat

Why it’s time to grow up and start eating insects

By Shira Polan | Posted April 4, 2016

Why dogs growl and light flickers

Why dogs growl and light flickers

Iconicity may play a surprisingly large role in the English language

By Shira Polan | Posted February 29, 2016

What does a cow need all those stomachs for anyway?

What does a cow need all those stomachs for anyway?

The cow’s quirky digestive system powers the animal kingdom

By Shira Polan | Posted

Acting out

Acting out

Theater-based therapy may improve autistics’ social skills

By Shira Polan | Posted

About face

About face

Why we keep seeing faces in cars, electrical outlets and even cappuccinos

By Shira Polan | Posted February 2, 2016

Erica of the Jungle

Erica of the Jungle

Erica Mueller, zookeeper, cares for wolves, cougars and other predators at the Turtle Back Zoo

By Shira Polan | Posted January 19, 2016

Running away from fat

Running away from fat

Lower levels of fat hormone may increase motivation to exercise

By Shira Polan | Posted December 27, 2015

Pecking order for birdbrains

Pecking order for birdbrains

Monk parakeets, like humans, use complex thinking to understand where they stand in their group’s social order

By Shira Polan | Posted October 22, 2015

Scientists have injury on the brain

Scientists have injury on the brain

Sample-stretching technique lets researchers study brain injuries using living tissue

By Shira Polan | Posted October 4, 2015