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 Yuri Orlov

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Renowned dissident Yuri Orlov, professor emeritus, dies at 96

Internationally renowned physicist, human rights champion and Soviet-era dissident Yuri Orlov, professor emeritus of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), died Sept. 27 in Ithaca. He was 96.

Fred Young ’64, M.Eng. ’66, MBA ’66 in front of the summit of Cerro Chajnantor in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, site for the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope.

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Breakthrough telescope in Chile renamed for benefactor alum

The powerful new telescope being built for an exceptional high-elevation site in Chile by a consortium of U.S., German and Canadian academic institutions, led by Cornell, has a new name: the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST).
 Fred Young standing in front of snow-covered mountain

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Breakthrough telescope in Chile renamed for benefactor alum

Fred Young ’64, M.Eng. ’66, MBA ’66 has been instrumental in keeping the telescope project moving forward.
 Black Lives Matter protest, masked people holding signs of men who have been killed

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A&S launches ‘Racism in America’ webinar series Sept. 16

The year-long series features faculty experts and journalist moderators exploring the far-reaching impacts of institutional racism.
 Ray Jayawardhana

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A&S dean Ray Jayawardhana awarded Carl Sagan Medal

The medal is given for excellence in public communication in planetary science.
 Roger Livesay

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Roger Livesay, emeritus professor of math, dies at 95

G. Roger Livesay, professor emeritus of math in the College of Arts and Sciences, died Aug. 1 in Ithaca after a long illness. He was 95.

Livesay received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1948 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his Ph.D. in 1952 from the same institution.

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A&S dean delivers keynote at K-12 ed conference

Jayawardhana showed teachers how the at-times esoteric subject matter of astronomy “is not only relevant but integral to our lives.”
 Black woman doctor sitting in chair with stethoscope around her neck and expression of exhaustion

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Webinar to examine systemic racism, health equity

What can, and should, faculty members, staff, students and the community be doing in response to institutional racism and its role in shaping health equity?

 Person holds a map and points to it

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New book explores maps as tools of political power

Maps are more than two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional terrain. They are also powerful political tools to control territory, as Cornell sociologist and science studies scholar Christine Leuenberger explains in her new book, “The Politics of Maps: Cartographic Constructions of Israel/Palestine,” co-written with Izhak Schnell of Tel Aviv University.

 Young person, talking into microphone

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Study finds hidden emotions in the sound of words

New research reveals that the sound of the word "virus" was likely to raise your blood pressure – even before “corona” was added to it.
 Robert and Carola Jain

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Alum establishes scholarship for Black students

The gift is part of the Cornell Promise initiative to support students in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 Depiction of Rosa Parks made of fabric

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Richardson explores Rosa Parks’ life in new animated video

“One of our goals with the project was to spotlight dimensions of Rosa Parks that are less familiar and to help viewers move beyond the myths."
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New video engages public in cosmic exploration

A new animation about two innovative telescopes being developed at Cornell has just been released by the research group led by Michael Niemack, associate professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The two-minute video explains how researchers are “measuring the oldest light in the universe with the highest telescopes on Earth.”

 Hand putting ballot in box

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That swing: Many systems hinge on ‘pivotal components’

In a group decision-making process such as the one happening in the U.S. this November, swing voters are crucial. At least that’s the conventional wisdom.

Whether it’s a presidential election, a Supreme Court vote or a congressional decision – and especially in highly partisan environments, where the votes of the wings are almost guaranteed – the votes of the few individuals who seem to be in the middle could tip the scales.

 An ocean with a wooden boat, painted in pastels

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Students translate ancient religions for the 21st century

“This was definitely my favorite project I’ve ever done in my time at Cornell,” said Aliyah Geer ’21.
 J.C. Séamus Davis

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New awards to enable ‘quantum’ leaps in research

Physicist J.C. Séamus Davis, the James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a $1.6 million five-year grant renewal from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of the Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Initiative.

 Tom Ruttledge

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Tom Ruttledge, retired chemistry lecturer, dies at 55

Tom Ruttledge, retired senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, in the College of Arts and Sciences, died May 19 in Ithaca. He was 55.

 A crowd at the March for Science

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Study finds funding does not drive scientists’ political advocacy

In this time of increasing political polarization, the participation of scientists in political advocacy has become yet another flashpoint, with some critics accusing scientists of being self-serving if they advocate for increased science funding.

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