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Shira Polan

Shira Polan

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.

September 6, 2016

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

June 29, 2016

DNA barcoding helps hunt down criminals trafficking illegal wildlife products

June 27, 2016

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

May 30, 2016

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

May 18, 2016

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

April 4, 2016

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

February 29, 2016

Iconicity may play a surprisingly large role in the English language

February 29, 2016

The cow’s quirky digestive system powers the animal kingdom

February 29, 2016

Theater-based therapy may improve autistics' social skills

February 2, 2016

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

January 19, 2016

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

December 27, 2015

Lower levels of fat hormone may increase motivation to exercise

October 22, 2015

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

October 4, 2015

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


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