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‘Be your own judge’: how to avoid debate misinformation

President Donald Trump will debate former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday evening in Cleveland, Ohio. Chris Wallace of Fox News will moderate the matchup and announced the debate will include discussion of the Supreme Court, COVID-19, economy, race and violence, and election integrity.

 Yagna Nag Chowdhuri

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Alumna Spotlight: Yagna Nag Chowdhuri, Ph.D.

Yagna Nag Chowdhuri, Ph.D. ’20, is a recent alumna of the Asian literature, religion, and culture program at Cornell from which she holds a Ph.D. Now, she will be starting a new position as Manager of Strategic Research at Asian Cultural Council in New York as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow.

What is your area of research and why is it important?

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SCOTUS nominee represents the religious American woman

Following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday to the Supreme Court. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, is a religious conservative and draws criticism from Democrats for her positions on healthcare and abortion.

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Protestors, not monarchy, now hold moral high ground in Thailand

Protests continued in Thailand on Friday after parliament failed to reach an agreement on possible constitutional reforms. Demonstrators have been taking to the streets since July in an effort to pressure parliament to limit the powers of the country’s monarchy. 
 
Tamara Loos, professor and chair of history, says that the rallies highlight how Thai society has changed its approach to politics, and the monarchy:  

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Charging officers in Breonna Taylor’s killing won’t fix ‘deeply flawed’ system

On Sept. 23, the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky declared a state of emergency for the city in advance of the attorney general’s announcement regarding possible charges against the police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor in March.

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Center for Historical Keyboards presents fall concerts online

The Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards (CCHK) presents a full program of virtual events for the fall 2020 semester, comprised of two distinct series: "Music as Refuge," beginning Sept. 23; and "Beethoven and Pianos: Off the Beaten Path," beginning Oct. 2.

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Middle East deal underscores foreign policy chasms in region

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump will host leaders of Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House in a ceremony to mark the normalization of relations between Israel and the two Gulf countries. The deal, which the Trump administration has described as a pivotal step towards peace in the Middle East, signals a shift amongst Arab countries, traditionally wary of siding too close to Israel.
                                           

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Ancient ocean, meteorites could have seeded life in Venusian clouds

An international team of researchers has discovered the presence of the chemical compound phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus — a discovery that could indicate some form of life on the hot planet. They describe their findings in the journal Nature Astronomy.

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The College Welcomes New Faculty for 2020-21

Twenty-seven new faculty join the College of Arts & Sciences this year.
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Thai king reinstates ‘disappeared’ royal consort as protests continue

In the wake of the largest anti-government protests in Thailand since 2014, the Thai King Vajiralongkorn reinstated his Royal Noble Consort, Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, after having demoted her in October of 2019.  
 
Tamara Loos, professor and chair of history, says that the King’s treatment of Sineenat represents one of the many reasons why protestors in Thailand have targeted the monarchy for reform:
 

 Barum Park

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Barum Park

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Barum Park, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Academic focus:

Political sociology, social networks, social mobility

Current research project:

 Ivanna Yi

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Ivanna Yi

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Ivanna Yi, Assistant Professor, Asian Studies

Academic focus:

Korean literature, culture, and performance 

Current research project: 

 Chaoming Jian

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Chaoming Jian

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Chaoming Jian, Assistant Professor, Physics

Academic focus:

Theoretical condensed matter physics

Current research project: 

 Casey Schmitt

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Casey Schmitt

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Casey Schmitt, Assistant Professor, History

Academic focus:

Early American and Caribbean history, slavery, labor, and human trafficking

Current research project: 

My book manuscript titled: "The Predatory Sea: Human Trafficking, Colonization, and Trade in the Greater Caribbean, 1530-1690" 

 Michele Belot

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Michele Belot

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Michele Belot, Professor, Economics

 Academic focus:

Labor economics, health economics, behavioral economics

Current research project: 

Randomized controlled trial testing interventions to support job seekers in their search 

Previous positions: 

 Noah Tamarkin

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Noah Tamarkin

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Noah Tamarkin, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Academic focus:

Social politics of genetics, race, citizenship and belonging, South Africa

Current research project:

 Xin ZHou

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Xin Zhou

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Xin Zhou, Associate Professor, Mathematics

Academic focus: 

Geometric analysis, calculus of variations, general relativity

Current research project: 

 Jason Sion Mokhtarian

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Jason Sion Mokhtarian

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Jason Sion Mokhtarian, Associate Professor and Herbert and Stephanie Neuman Chair in Hebrew and Jewish Literature, Near Eastern Studies

Academic focus:

Rabbinic Judaism, Iranian studies, Talmud in its Sasanian context, Jews of Persia

Current research project: 

 Landon Schnabel

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Landon Schnabel

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Landon Schnabel, Robert and Ann Rosenthal Assistant Professor, Sociology

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