In Monday’s coronavirus press briefing, President Trump said that he has “total authority” to reopen the economy, in contrast to plans being made by governors and local officials across the country to lift restrictions.
With the coronavirus pandemic challenging the wellbeing of people and countries around the world, global financial institutions face the tremendous task of coordinating economic policies and offering relief for the most vulnerable countries. Such effort will be on display this week, as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their annual spring meetings.
On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved into an intensive care unit after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. Johnson, who secured his premiership last December with a landslide victory for the Conservative Party, ran on a populist and pro-Brexit platform. As coronavirus started to spread in the country, Johnson initially opposed lockdown-type measures suggesting that a speedy spread of the virus would create “herd immunity.”
Earlier this week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency in major cities across the country in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Abe asked people to refrain from going outside in Tokyo and six other prefectures worst hit by coronavirus.
As part of the nation’s record $2 trillion relief bill, Congress has set aside $500 million for the CDC to develop a “public health surveillance and data collection system” meant to track the spread of coronavirus. While it’s not clear what this system will look like or how it will function, it puts Americans on a historic path towards giving up certain privacies for the benefit of public health.
Victoria Pihl Sorensen is a doctoral student in performing and media arts with a concentration on media and feminist studies. After earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and her master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate Center, she chose to pursue a doctoral degree at Cornell due to its faculty and welcoming community.
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has awarded the 2020 Karl Taylor Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics to Paul Ginsparg, professor of physics and information science and founder of arXiv. The medal and $10,000 prize is presented by AIP every four years to “highly distinguished physicists who have made outstanding contributions through exceptional statesmanship in physics.”
Eun-Ah Kim, professor of physics, has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create new data science approaches to meet the data-driven challenges of strongly correlated quantum matter (SCQM), Cornell Research reports. This project, undertaken with Kilian Q.
The rich cultural history of Korea – including powerful percussion and traditional dance – will be featured at the Korean Language Program’s (KLP) 30th anniversary celebration on Friday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 pm. The event will also feature Korean foods, and will conclude with musical performances by Shimtah, E.Motion, LOKO, and Hanchum. The celebration, which will take place in the Rhodes-Rawling Auditorium in Klarman Hall, is free and all are welcome.
Sex workers play a key role in mobilizing social activism in Asia, as Lily Wong will discuss in her lecture on Sept. 10, “Sex Work, Movement Politics, and Affect Labor in the Sinophone World.” Wong will also discuss LGBT activism in Taiwan and cultural belonging in the Sinophone world. The lecture will draw on Wong’s book, Transpacific Attachments, and the entwined histories of Taiwan’s queer activism, sex-work rights movement, and labor justice movements.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revealed magnesium and iron gas streaming from a strange, football-shaped world outside our solar system known as WASP-121b. The Hubble observations represent the first time that so-called "heavy metals"—elements heavier than hydrogen and helium—have been spotted escaping from a hot Jupiter, a large, gaseous exoplanet very close to it star.
A common approach to problem-solving is to split a problem into smaller sub-problems, solve each of the smaller problems, and assemble the answers into a solution to the original problem. This last step is often very difficult, as there are multiple ways of gluing the pieces of the solution together. The mathematical area of K-theory studies the different ways of putting such solutions back together, as well as the relations behind differently-assembled pieces.
Cornell Cinema welcomes back the electronic/ambient musical group Coupler to perform their new score for Yasujiro Ozu’s "Dragnet Girl "(1933) on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Willard Straight Theatre. The screening will be introduced by Andrew Campana, who will be joining the Department of Asian Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences in the Fall to teach courses on Japanese cinema and popular culture.
Electronegativity is one of the most well-known models for explaining why chemical reactions occur. Used daily by chemists and materials researchers all over the world, the theory of electronegativity is used to describe how strongly different atoms attract electrons. In a new paper, researchers have redefined the concept with a more comprehensive electronegativity scale.
Vikram Gadagkar, MS ‘ 10, PhD ‘13, has received the Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), along with Harvard postdoctoral fellow Johannes Kohl. Gadagkar is a postdoctoral fellow in Assistant Professor Jesse Goldberg's lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.