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Poetry book by Nobel-winning chemist features science, nature

Roald Hoffmann received a Nobel Prize in 1981 for chemistry—and he’s been writing poetry since the 1970s. His fifth book of poetry, “Constants in Motion,” was recently published by Dos Madres Press. These poems interweave Hoffmann’s scientific perspective with his poetic sensibility.
Red book cover: How to Tell a Joke

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Translation updates Cicero’s treatise on jokes as ‘weapons’

Michael Fontaine’s lively new translation amuses as well as instructs.
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Health inequities the focus of ‘Racism in America’ webinar on March 29

The fourth webinar in our Racism in America series features faculty from A&S, CALS and Weill Cornell Medicine.
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FYS Telescope partners in Canada receive new $4.9 million grant

A team of Canadian researchers have been awarded $4.9 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to help build a next generation telescope, the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST), part of the CCAT-prime project, an international collaboration including Cornell University.
Richard Boyd

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Pioneering philosopher Richard Boyd dies at 78

Richard Newell Boyd, the Susan Linn Sage Professor of Philosophy and Humane Letters Emeritus, died in his sleep in Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 20. He was 78.
Poster featuring photo of woman and police officer

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‘Racism in America’ webinar to examine protest movements

… with the Royal Chicano Air Force: Mapping a Chicano/a Art History (2017), which explores the art, poetry, performance, and political activism of a … and politics.  Her current book project, “Making Sense of Martial Law,” analyzes the sensational politics of the Marcos …
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Wolfgang Wuster Mozambique spitting cobra

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Study: Did cobras first spit venom to scare pre-humans?

New research by Harry Greene, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, suggests that for some cobras, the venom evolved additional complexity to deter potential enemies– possibly including bipedal, larger-brained hominins like Homo erectus, our extinct close relative.
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NY Times theater critic wins 2019-20 Nathan Award

Alexis Soloski’s articles about theater during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic “transcended the limits of traditional reviews," the award committee said.
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Roper Center hosts forum on public opinion polling

While some consider public opinion polls critical to democratic accountability, others question the ability of today’s pollsters to accurately reflect the public’s preferences on issues and candidates.

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Cornell faculty featured on ‘The Academic Minute’

The program, airing on 70 stations, covers new and emerging topics in higher education.
 Bulldozers at the site of the telescope, with mountains in the background

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Ground broken in Chile for alum-backed telescope

The telescope itself will arrive in mid- to late 2022, with first light anticipated in 2023.
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Yuri Orlov memorial webinar held Nov. 18

Some of the world’s most prominent human-rights leaders honored the late Yuri Orlov, professor emeritus of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, in a webinar Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.

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Reading series finale to feature Black feminist scholars

Black feminist scholars will examine the current socio-political and cultural moment in “Triangle Breathing: A Conversation with Hortense Spillers and Alexis Pauline Gumbs,” the final Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series: At Home virtual event of the fall.

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‘Racism in America’ webinar to examine education, housing

Join us at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 for the next event in this yearlong webinar series.
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Astronomers find evidence for a rapid evolution of galaxies in the early universe

"It rather seems to be the norm for galaxies to mature quite rapidly at these early epochs."
 John Kerry

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John Kerry will speak at Belnick presidential forum Oct. 29

Former U.S. Sen. John Kerry, secretary of state in former President Barack Obama’s administration and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, will be the Belnick Family LaFeber/Lowi Presidential Forum speaker Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. The virtual event is open to those with a Cornell NetID; registration is required.

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Alum’s film to be available for online sneak peek Oct. 16

Director Robert H. Lieberman ’62 takes viewers on a journey into the vast and little-known country of Mongolia in his latest film, “Echoes of the Empire: Beyond Genghis Khan,” in a one-week online sneak peek beginning Oct. 16.

Cornell Cinema and Cinemapolis of Ithaca are presenting the advance showings, ahead of the film’s international release. The film will be available for two-day rental, for $12.

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Physics graduate student receives DOE grant

Christopher Morrison Pierce, a doctoral candidate in the field of physics, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program.

 Carl Sagan

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Jeep’s new ad will support the Carl Sagan Institute

The Carl Sagan Institute is getting a boost from an unexpected source: Fiat Chrysler Automotive’s ad for its new plug-in hybrid, Jeep’s Wrangler 4XE. The ad features the late Carl Sagan’s famous “Pale Blue Dot” monologue and images -- and for every view of the ad on Jeep’s Youtube channel, a donation will be made to the Carl Sagan Institute (CSI).
 

 The top of the U.S. Capitol building, half in blue and half in red

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Polls, voters and election 2020: A&S webinar on Oct. 19

Polls don’t tell the whole story and many forecasts in 2016 were proved wrong: what can we expect this year?
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